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.
The ideal trip for those who want to travel off the beaten path and believe that food can tell many stories.
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
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
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.
This trip is not suitable for people with mobility problems.
The price for this trip starts from Euro 590 per person.
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