Genoa and the West Riviera Food Tour

About this trip

A trip into the culinary tradition of the Italian Riviera. Discover Genoa with its street food and learn to prepare the famous Pesto sauce with mortar and pestle. Be enchanted by the picturesque hamlets of the West Riviera and meet a Slow Food producer who still cultivates the precious “chinotto” citrus.


  • Discover Genoa amazing historical center
  • Step back in time visiting old food shops
  • Learn to prepare Pesto with mortar and pestle and have lunch with local specialties
  • Visit the picturesque hamlets of Finalborgo and Noli on the West Riviera
  • Visit the beautiful plantation of a local Slow Food producer
  • Taste hand-made Chinotto specialties

Why choose it

The ideal trip for those who want to travel off the beaten path and believe that food can tell many stories.

Day 1 – Welcome to the Italian Riviera

Today is your arrival day. Benvenuto! Check-in at your boutique accommodation in Genoa old town. Relax after a long trip and start feeling the Italian atmosphere!

Overnight in Genoa

Day 2 – Let’s discover the authentic fishing villages of the Italian Riviera and taste chinotto slow food presidia products

Today you will explore the less known part of the Italian Riviera, from Genoa toward France. Accompanied by your insider guide, in about a 1-hour drive from Genoa (private driver not included) you will reach the amazing village of Finalborgo, a hidden gem, still completely surrounded by Medieval walls and dominated by 2 castles. Taking a stroll in the narrow alleyways and small squares will make you step back in time.

Close to the village, you will visit a Chinotto (citrus) plantation: you’ll discover one of the rarest and precious citrus found in nature, the Chinotto, a bitter orange that grows just in this area of the Italian Riviera and has a long history. It is under the wings of the Slow Food Presidia and few producers in the area transform it into delicious jam, candied, and liquors, following ancient recipes. The producer Roberto will show you his citrus grove, garden and you’ll hear about his family story and taste his products made in his small laboratory thanks to the expert hands of his wife.

Overnight in Genoa

Day 3 – Genoa food shops and pesto lesson. Arrivederci day!

After breakfast, you’ll meet your private local tour guide for an amazing walking tour of the historical center of Genoa discovering the town and its ancient food shops! You’ll discover the ultra-centenarian food shops of the historical center: the old “friggitorie” serving friscieu (fried croquettes filled with herbs), farinata, fried fresh seafood eaten at the counter or to take away, the prestigious old pastry cafè where the famous composer Giuseppe Verdi loved to spend his time tasting the pastries and then, the “Pietro Romanengofu Stefano” old shop.

Then, you’ll have a pesto sauce lesson done by a local Ligurian culinary expert. He will welcome you to a gorgeous Renaissance palace. Here, under centuries-old frescoes, you will learn how to make the famous pesto sauce with mortar and pestle, following the old tradition. After the pesto lesson, you will have lunch with typical and genuine Ligurian specialties, accompanied by local wine!

Check out and departure.


Important information

  • This is a private trip idea and can be fully customized.
  • Daily departures available all year round by request.
  • Suggested duration: 3 days / 2 nights.

This trip is not suitable for people with mobility problems.

What’s included

  • 2 nights in one of our selected boutique accommodations with breakfast
  • Private English speaking guide for your tour of Genoa old food shops
  • Private pesto lesson with lunch
  • Private English speaking guide for your tour of Finalborgo, Noli
  • Chinotto slow food tasting and meeting with producer
  • all our assistance and care before and during your trip

What’s not included

  • meals and beverages other than those mentioned above
  • transfers beyond those mentioned
  • city tax
  • travel insurance
  • airfare to/from Italy


This is a tailor-made trip. There are a number of factors that could influence the price; these include the standard of accommodation, the season, the mean of transportation you prefer and the number of private tours and activities.

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