Bajeicò is basil in Ligurian dialect. When in Tuscany you should not miss a visit of 5 Terre & taste of the famous pesto Ligure made with basil, pine nuts, garlic, parmesan or pecorino Romano cheese, extravergin olive oil – obviously using the “Pesto” mortar and pestle. Linguine al pesto is one of the most delicious pasta of Italy and is known all over the world. It is fresh, yummy, simple and can be enjoyed in every time of the year, although in summer pesto is to die for. Being a Certified Sommelier in Italy, to me the perfect pairing of this dish is a fresh white wine of the 5 Terre region made with the grape Pigato still grown by brave farmers like it was done in the old days. A few weeks ago I admired the spectacular and breathtaking views from the ferry boat when I visited 5 Terre. Gorgeous scenery, dark blue sea, terraced vineyards that almost fall into the sea. Rio Maggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, Monterosso – 5 small villages nestled on top of steep cliffs, with colourful fishermen homes that make the visit there truly unique. I loved every single moment I spent in the charming village of Monterosso and in the picturesque town of Portovenere too, walking through the small streets full of shops selling local wine, food, territory products, hats & souvenirs, and small cafè bars & restaurants – all this dominated by the ancient church of St. Peter set right on top of the cliff and protecting the town. Portovenere – namely the harbour of Venus – is a corner of paradise where the English poet Byron spent time and got the inspiration for some of his beautiful poems, strategic spot where Napoleon set up an important observation point on a rock in the sea, and now wonderful destination that tourists from all over the world come visit.
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