Italian Riviera Culinary Tour

About this trip

A trip tailored around great food and wine that will let you discover the most authentic side of the Italian Riviera. Following our insider track, you will learn the secrets of local recipes, visit amazing vineyards, meet local producers and find old food markets and traditional shops.

Highlights

  • Fall under the spell of Genoa old center
  • Learn to prepare Pesto with mortar and pestle
  • Have an amazing cooking class in Portofino with Km0 ingredients
  • Discover Chiavari hidden gem
  • Explore the picturesque Cinque Terre villages
  • Visit the Cinque Terre vertical vineyards
  • Taste great food and wine

Why choose it

A trip created for those who believe that food can unveil the most authentic side of a territory and are searching for the real local culinary traditions, meeting local people and producers, having fun and discovering the best of Italian Riviera.

Day 1 – Welcome to the Italian Riviera

Today is your arrival day. Benvenuto!

Check-in at your boutique hotel in Genoa and prepare yourself for a tasting dinner chez Roberto aka The King of Pesto!

Day 2 – Discover Genoa and learn to prepare Pesto

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! It will look like stepping back in time discovering the centuries old 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  our Pesto expert. He will welcome you in 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!

Day 3 – Flavors of Portofino

Your private guide will pick you up at the hotel to start an amazing tour of the Portofino area.

Take a stroll among villas and gardens in the elegant coastal resort of Santa Margherita with its painted palaces and lovely harbor. From here, you will reach Portofino with a panoramic trip by public boat.

In one of the typical colorful houses of Portofino village you’ll be welcomed by a local chef to enjoy a cooking class. This is a great chance to immerse yourself in the Italian Riviera extraordinary flavors. You’ll learn how to make typical handmade pasta and discover the secrets of Ligurian cuisine! You’ll use many local ingredients grown in Portofino on the recovered lands brought back to life by a group of dynamic producers.

Before the lesson, it is possible to reach the panoramic terraced garden of the producer to collect fresh herbs, an essential ingredient of Ligurian recipes.

At the end of the cooking lesson you’ll have lunch, enjoying the fruits of your labors accompanied with local wine made in Portofino!

After you will take a digestive stroll in the village with its lovely piazzetta overlooking the sea, the glittering boutiques and VIP yachts.

Day 4– Be charmed by Chiavari hiddem gem

After breakfast check-out and transfer to Cinque Terre by private driver.

Along the way you will stop in Chiavari a lively town still untouched by tourists. Accompanied by your private insider you will take a walking tour of the Medieval historical center with its alleys flanked by ancient arcades and noble palaces. You will discover traditional food and artisans shops and the colorful market. At lunch you will taste the best Farinata (a flat cake made of chickpea flour) cooked in the old wood oven of a traditional trattoria.

Continue your way to Cinque Terre and check in at your boutique accommodation. Slow down and feel the breeze coming from the sea.

Day 5– Cinque Terre villages and vineyards

Today you will take an authentic tour of the picturesque villages. Exploring the hamlets with your  insider will make a difference since you will get in touch with the authentic soul of these lovely villages, we’ll navigate you away from crowds and tourist traps. You will discover secret corners and the best places to take amazing pictures.

To understand the real essence of Cinque Terre, your experience continues visiting the amazing vineyards overlooking the sea.

A local wine producer will welcome you in his vertical vineyards: you will hear about his story and discover the huge job there’s behind the heroic wine of Cinque Terre. After admiring the breathtaking panorama you will visit his ancient cellar and taste the most typical Cinque Terre wines among which the rare Sciacchetrà, paired with traditional appetizers.

 

Day 6 – Learn traditional Cinque Terre recipes

Today our local expert chef will guide you for a tour of the very authentic food market of La Spezia. You will learn about local fishes and vegetables and buy the ingredients for your cooking class. After this genuine shopping tour, you will learn to prepare the most typical local recipes of the area such as the famous stuffed mussels and other specialties that you will eat at the end of the lesson, with great local wine of course!

In the afternoon we suggest you to take a ferry from La Spezia and reach the amazing village of Portovenere.

Day 7 – Day at disposal

Enjoy the day as you prefer, relaxing hiking or exploring more on your own with our tips by locals.

Day 8- Arrivederci day!

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.
  • Duration: 8 days / 7 nights.

This trip is not suitable for people with mobility problems.

What’s included

  • 3 nights in a boutique hotel in Genoa, breakfast included
  • 4 nights in a boutique hotel in the Cinque Terre area, breakfast included
  • Private guide in Genoa, Portofino, Chiavari, Cinque Terre
  • Private Pesto lesson in Genoa
  • Cooing class in Portofino
  • Visit to the vineyards and wine tasting in Cinque Terre
  • Cooking class and food market tour in La Spezia-Cinque Terre
  • Private transfer form Genoa to Cinque Terre
  • Train and boat tickets

What’s not included

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

Price

Price for this trip starts from Euro 2300 per person.

The price shown is designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip. Since this is a tailor made trip, there are a number of factors which will influence the price; these include the standard of accommodation, the season, the mean of transportation you prefer, the number of private tours and activities.

Feel free to ask for a customized quote, fill the form below.

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