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From the mussel farm to the table: a traditional food experience

Availability: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
Duration: 4 hours
Language: English, Italian
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  • Visit a mussel farm in the Gulf of Poets by boat and discover the secrets of a traditional activity
  • See the beautiful Portovenere and Palmaria Island from the sea
  • Eat a delicious dish of spaghetti and ‘muscoli’ on board, with a local white wine
What to expect

A special experience that will allow you to discover the secrets of a traditional activity, the mussel-farming, and to taste a delicious dish with freshly harvested seafood. The richness of plankton, the quiet and not too salted waters, make the Gulf of La Spezia the ideal place for mussels cultivation. An indigenous work, handed down from father to son, made by repeating gestures, with the maintenance of the farming, the mussels harvest and the day (not less than 24 hours) necessary for their purification, after that the seafood is ready for the kitchen.

The excursion starts each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning from Mirabello harbor in La Spezia: you will get on board of a farmer wooden fishing boat, which will bring you to the sea between Porto Venere and the Palmaria island, where mussel-farms (locally named ‘muscoli’) are located.

There, along with the mollusk farmers, you will observe how they are cultivated throughout the year. Then, you can actively participate in the harvest of mussels. At the end of the excursion, the mollusk farmers will cook for you a delicious dish of spaghetti and ‘muscoli’ on board, that you will taste with a good glass of wine produced in the area.


This tour requires a minimum of six people.

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What's included
  • Boat tour with an expert mussel farmer
  • Light lunch on board based on “muscoli” and wine from Cinque Terre
What's not included
  • Extra
Reduced price

Children up to 10 years old have a 50% reduction.


Viale Italia, 19124 La Spezia SP, Italy

Meeting point:

Cross the white bridge, stay on the left and pass two parking bars. You'll find the central bench of the port; this is the meeting point.

What to remember

To bring with you: sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, camera and, depending on the weather conditions, also an extra jersey or a wind jacket.

The tour can be organized in Italian or English, depending on the participants.


This tour requires a minimum of six people.

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Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

Departure at 10.30 am

Return time at 2.30 pm

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Arbaspàa srl
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