Top Culinary Vacations in Sanremo

A view of Sanremo in Ligurian on a cooking vacation in Italy with The International Kitchen.Begin your unforgettable culinary tour in Sanremo, a charming city located on the Italian Riviera in the food-lover’s paradise of Liguria. This region, with its narrow stretch of coastline in northwest Italy bordering France, is known for its stunning beaches, picturesque villages, and pleasant climate, making it an ideal spot for exploring and enjoying local gastronomic treasures.

A street in the historical center of Sanremo, Liguria, on an Italy cooking vacation.Sanremo  is located on the western part of the Riviera known as the “Riviera dei Fiori,” or “Riviera of Flowers”. It was founded in Roman times, but it has now long been known as one of the most popular destinations. Sanremo is famed for its gorgeous beaches and coastline, as well as its olive oil and flowers. In fact, this part of Liguria is known to produce some of the best olive oil in Italy, and Sanremo is called the “City of Flowers” for the gorgeous abundance of flowers grown there. 

But perhaps Sanremo’s biggest claim to fame is the annual music festival, which has been held there since 1951. The festival (known simply as “Il Festival” by Italians) includes a European song contest. Among the many famed songs introduced at the Sanremo music festival is the beloved “Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare),” first performed in Sanremo by Domenico Modugno in 1958.

The harbor of Sanremo, Liguria on an Italian Riviera cooking vacation.The Italian Riviera in general, due to its location, has a climate that is ideal for the production of olives, wine, flowers, fruits, and vegetables. All of these are employed in the excellent cuisine that you will explore during hands-on cooking lessons as part of your Sanremo cooking vacation. From delicious homemade pastas like pansoti to the famed pesto alla genovese, local food is both comforting and delightful. There is also, of course, an abundance of seafood caught in the coastal waters of the Ligurian Sea. In all, Ligurian cuisine can be said to be one of the most emblematic of Italian Mediterranean cuisine, and one of the most delicious!

Sanremo Food Tour Details

Our culinary vacations in the beautiful town of Sanremo will introduce you to the best of local gastronomy. Our unique and authentic food and wine tours include:

  • boutique hotel accommodations
  • market tour in Sanremo
  • excursion to an olive producer with tasting
  • visit of the Riviera dei Fiori with wine tasting
  • a cooking class in a private home
  • meals as indicated
  • transportation
  • and more!


A view of Sanremo in Ligurian on a cooking vacation in Italy with The International Kitchen.See a day-by-day itinerary for our Sanremo cooking vacation below. And keep in mind that we can tailor this to suit your preferences.

Day One

  • Welcome to the Riviera dei Fiori! Arrival in Sanremo for your culinary vacation and check in to your boutique hotel. (Transfers are not included but can be arranged on request. However, the hotel is an easy taxi ride from the train station.)
  • Welcome dinner this evening featuring local specialties

A street in the historical center of Sanremo, Liguria, on an Italy cooking vacation.Day Two

  • After breakfast at the hotel, start your culinary vacation by discovering the vibrant heart of Sanremo. A local food expert will lead you on a walking tour to visit family-run shops as well as the local food market to find the best seasonal ingredients. Then, head to a local home to prepare a delicious and authentic family meal. You will make homemade pasta and sauces to accompany it, as well as a typical Ligurian antipasto, main course, and dessert. Best of all will be the chance to cook and dine with a Ligurian family in their home.
  • After lunch based on your efforts, time at leisure for shopping or exploring on your own.
  • Dinner on your own and overnight.

A view of stunning Dolceacqua in Liguria, on a cooking vacation in Italy.Day Three

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart with your driver and private guide to discover the “secret” side of the Italian Riviera, including the so-called “Riviera dei Fiori” (Riviera of Flowers). It is one of the loveliest parts of Liguria’s hinterland. This is the domain of Rossese di Dolceacqua, one of Italy’s finest wine and best-kept secrets.
  • Head to the village of Dolceacqua where you will see the high perched ruins of the Doria castle as well as the stone Ponte Romano bridge, which was immortalized by Monet in one of his paintings.
  • At the end of the guided tour of the Medieval village of Dolceacqua, your unique experience will continue, and you’ll enjoy a unique wine tasting, pairing 2 local wines – including Rossese di Dolceacqua DOC wine, extra virgin olive oil, and local bakery specialties. But the best is yet to come…you will also taste the authentic Ligurian ravioli and the zabaione with michetta di Dolceacqua. This is the best way to relax, enjoy local wines and taste local good food. La Dolce Vita at its best!
  • Return to Sanremo, dinner on your own and overnight.

A traditional squid dish in Sanremo, Liguria.Day Four

  • Breakfast at the hotel, then meet your driver to explore the inland valley beyond Imperia. This area is famed for its production of olive oil.
  • You will head to a secluded village where you will meet Cristina, one of the most traditional producers of olive oil in the area. She will show you her olive groves and will teach you about the production of the oil, which you will also learn to taste and evaluate. During your walk you will also learn about the typical drystone walls that characterize the landscape of this part of Liguria.
  • Finish with a visit to an oil mill and a special tasting of local products for lunch.
  • Return to Sanremo, dinner on your own and overnight.

View of Sanremo and the sea of Liguria on an Italian Riviera culinary vacation.Day Five

  • Breakfast at the hotel, and departure. (Transfer not included but can be arranged on request.)

Trip Details of Sanremo Cooking Vacations

Included in our 4-Night Sanremo Culinary Vacation


Four nights in a sea-view room at a boutique 3* hotel

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 3 lunches
  • 1 dinner

Classes & Instructors

Your cooking class in Sanremo will be a wonderful experience preparing a full meal with a local family in their home. In addition to pastas and sauces, learn to make an Italian antipasto, main dish, and dessert.


  • Food market tour in Sanremo
  • Tour of the Riviera dei Fiori on day 3, including wine tasting
  • Visit to olive producer and olive mill, with tasting, on day 4

Transfer Details

Transfers are not included but can be arranged on request for an additional cost. However, your hotel will be within an easy taxi ride from the Sanremo train station. 

Not Included

  • City tax, paid locally at your accommodation
  • Meals not indicated
  • Transfers
  • Gratuities

Accommodation Information

Your home for your Italian cooking vacation in Sanremo will be the Hotel Lolli Palace (or similar). This boutique hotel is a historical hotel in a refined Liberty-style building and overlooks the sea. It is just a few steps from the main pedestrian area of the city center. The sunny, renovated, sea-view rooms feature en suite baths, wood floors, WiFi, flat-screen TVs, air conditioning, hair dryers, and other amenities. 



Sanremo Food and Wine Tasting Tour Pricing & Dates

Find pricing and dates for our culinary vacations in Sanremo below, and contact us for availability or to plan your trip.

4-Night Sanremo Food Tours 2024 Pricing:
April, May, June, September, & October

(excluding Easter & Gran Prix de Monaco)

4-Night Sanremo Cooking Vacation Pricing

US$2925 per person based on double occupancy

  • Add US$230 for single occupancy (use of a double room by 1 person)

30% deposit due to confirm booking.

Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

July & August supplement: please inquire
Single occupancy supplement: please inquire.

Sanremo Culinary Vacations in Tour Dates 2024

Our culinary vacations in Sanremo are available from April through October for a minimum of 2 people. If you are interested in an off-season culinary tour, please inquire. Please inquire for July & August dates and pricing.

We recommend you avoid the following dates:
Easter (March 31, 2024)
Gran Prix de Monaco (May 23-26, 2024)

Available April through October. Please inquire for dates.


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