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What a day! Sitting here blogging under the Cinque Terre stars is one for the memory books. A beautiful night sky and cool sea breeze is a far cry from how we started our day. Let’s recap!

We woke to a beautiful morning in Parma, where we were able to enjoy one last breakfast at our hotel. Light meats, yogurt and granola–the perfect start to a FEAST of a day šŸ™‚

From Parma we headed straight toward the land of Culatello–a cured meat delicacy made from the backside of a pig that is prohibited in the United States. We were able to explore the aging room, learn the process of curing and meet the family who has made Culatello their lives for generations.

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After our tour, we were lucky enough to sit down for a Culatello and Salami feast!

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It’s safe to say everyone in our group took to the traditional way of eating this cured meat treat!

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From there, we hit the road for Levanto, the “sixth” town in the Cinque Terre. A beautiful day greeted us and our group upon arrival–couldn’t have ordered better weather!

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A little bit of afternoon relaxation and we headed toward an exciting dinner downtown near the waterfront. We had been building up this dinner the whole trip–but I still think that some of our guests weren’t quite sure what to expect.

19 courses later, I think we all know (and love!) what an Italian feast truly is.

Are you ready?

Shrimp Salad, Octopus Salad, Calamari Salad, Fried Crab, Anchovies with Bread and Butter, Lemon Anchovies, Lemon Salmon, Lemon Swordfish, Smoked Tuna, Smoked Swordfish, Vegetable Pie, Baked Vegetable Fritters, Fried Anchovies, Fried Ravioli, Meat Ravioli with red sauce, Stuffed Mussels in red sauce, Seafood Risotto, Freshly baked fish.

And for dessert?

The choice of Apple Cake or Pastry with Cream and Chocolate Sauce.

An absolutely fabulous feast shared among friends on the Italian seaside, what could be better?

*Don’t worry–more pictures to come! In the meantime, check out our adventure so far here!