Oil and Aromatic Herbs of Portofino

A special tour of the picturesque villages in the heart of Portofino Natural Park: Santa Margherita and Portofino. The tour starts in the picturesque village of Santa Margherita Ligure, once called the “salotto” of the entire Gulf with its troump d’oeil painted palaces, will fascinate you. You’ll live “la dolce vita” walking among charming villas surrounded by elegant gardens and parks. From Santa Margherita you’ll reach Portofino, a small fishing village which is now the center of élite tourism. You’ll visit the tiny village with its spectacular castle, the church perched on the cliff and the luxury boutiques.

Your day continues with an exclusive experience in Portofino: you will reach private terraced gardens  just above the village (10 minutes walk) with an amazing view of the bay. From there you will enjoy an amazing view of the village and its bay. Among olive and lemon trees, herbs and vines, you’ll meet the local producers who will tell you about the typical aromatic herbs that grows spontaneously in Portofino gardens, such as basil, rosemary and sage. You will see, touch and smell the herbs and learn the way local people has been using them for centuries to prepare traditional recipes. You will also taste the local, precious extra-virgin olive oil and discover how it is mixed with herbs to prepare delicious sauces that you will taste with a glass of local wine.

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Cooking Lesson in Portofino Terraced Gardens

On typical terraced gardens of Mediterranean vegetation restored and brought back to life

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Historical Ligurian Artisans

Accompanied by your local tour guide you’ll be welcomed in Fratelli Levaggi factory. An artisan small company

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Chiavari Old Town and its Artisans

A unique experience where you will do a walking tour of Chiavari old village and its ancients shops

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Sailing along the Italian Riviera

captain Michael will welcome you on board for a private day trip where you can choose to swim, snorkel and more

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