The rooftops of Genoa, as seen on an Italian Riviera culinary vacation.
Visiting the Italian Riviera during a cooking vacation with The International Kitchen.
Making homemade pesto with mortar and pestle during a hands-on cooking class on the Italian Riviera with The International Kitchen.
A view of Portofino, on of Italy's loveliest villages, during a culinary vacation on the Italian Riviera.
Tagliatelle pasta with pesto enjoyed on a Ligurian cooking vacation
A picturesque view of Genoa, Italy.
The basil harvest on the Italian Riviera in Liguria, Italy.
A tray of pansoti pasta in Liguria's Cinque Terre ready for finishing.
The buildings of Genoa around a small piazza.
Delicious homemade focaccia on a cooking vacation with The International Kitchen.
A fountain in a public square in Genoa, Italy.
The old port of Genoa, Italy, visited on an Italian Riviera cooking vacation.
The rooftops of Genoa's old town, visited during a culinary vacation on the Italian Riviera.
Genoa, Italy, your home for your Italian Riviera cooking vacation.
A view of the building and boats of the Italian Riviera.
Overview

Taste of the Italian Riviera: Genoa & Portofino

The rooftops of Genoa, as seen on an Italian Riviera culinary vacation.This trip is eligible for our Worry-Free Booking promotion.

 The Italian Riviera, also known as the Ligurian Riviera, is a paradise on earth and one of the most beautiful destinations for a cooking vacation in Italy. The region of Liguria is a thin strip of land that runs along the coast of the Ligurian Sea and borders the French Riviera. The result of this is a land defined by its incredible coastline, and, due to the mountains that lie just beyond, by its temperate climate and lush vegetation.

A view of the building and boats of the Italian Riviera.While many know of the Ligurian towns of the Cinque Terre, less known are the towns of the Western Riviera, which you will explore on your Taste of the Italian Riviera culinary vacation. All the towns of the Liguria region are brightly colored, perched along the coastline, and characterized by picturesque centers, which you can explore on our culinary tours.

The region is also known for its sunshine–some 300 days of it each year!–which is key to its production of fruits and vegetables, olive trees, and vineyards.

The basil harvest on the Italian Riviera in Liguria, Italy.In fact, the cuisine of Liguria is dictated by the climate, making it one of the most distinctive of Italy. From the abundance of produce, to the fresh seafood harvested from the Ligurian sea, to the native products like Genovese basil and “chinotto”–the indigenous citrus fruit of the Western Riviera–Ligurian cuisine will delight and beguile.

The center of Liguria, and its capital city, is Genoa, a beautiful place full of old-world charm. Genoa divides the Italian Riviera into its eastern and western sections, and in addition to the famed town of Portofino you will explore the “Riviera di Ponente,” or the Riviera of the Setting Sun, on this amazing 4-night cooking vacation in Italy.

The buildings of Genoa around a small piazza.Genoa, called Genova in Italian, has for centuries been one of Italy’s most important ports. As such it has also been a key player in the commerce and culture of Italy’s storied history. Part of Genoa’s city center has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it boasts the largest medieval city center in Europe. The old town center is comprised of a dizzying array of tiny, ancient cobblestoned alleys called “caruggi.” To travel from there to the old port is to understand Genoa in an instant.

Genoa is a perfectly wonderful destination to explore on its own, and it is also a great place to set off from when exploring the Italian Riviera. During your Taste of the Italian Riviera culinary vacation you will head out from Genoa to visit such towns as the famed Portofino, Finalborgo, and Noli.

Whether it is your first time in Italy or whether you have visited it many times before, our Taste of the Italian Riviera culinary vacation will reveal a truly amazing corner of Italy, full of wonderful local dishes, native fruits and vegetables, beautiful scenery, and plenty of sunshine.





Trip Details

Your two cooking classes will feature traditional Ligurian dishes, including the regional pasta dish “pansotti” and, of course, homemade Ligurian pesto.

Itinerary

The old port of Genoa, Italy, visited on an Italian Riviera cooking vacation.Sample itinerary, subject to modification depending on season and weather.

Day One

  • Arrive in gorgeous Genova and check in to your boutique hotel. (Transfers can be arranged on request, but your hotel will be an easy taxi ride from the airport or train station).
  • Dinner tonight at a local restaurant recommended by the Slow Food guide.

The rooftops of Genoa's old town, visited during a culinary vacation on the Italian Riviera.Day Two

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Today, explore Genoa “from market to market” accompanied by your local guide who will give you an insider’s perspective to this wonderful city.
  • Start at the picturesque Mercato Orientale, one of the largest markets in town and a true food lover’s paradise.
  • Then, head to the historical center of Genoa to discover its ancient food shops. Genoa has the largest medieval old town in Europe. Your guide will show you the authentic medieval alleys, the squares and Renaissance streets. You will explore the traditional food shops, such as the “friggitorie,” which serve friscieu (fried croquettes filled with herbs), farinata, and fried fresh seafood eaten at the counter like the locals. Discover the prestigious old pastry café beloved by the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi, and the “Pietro Romanengofu Stefano” confectionary shop, which dates back to the 1700s.
  • Finish the tour at the gorgeous salons of a private Renaissance palace where our culinary expert will teach you to make the most typical pasta from Liguria: pansotti. This hand-made pasta is a type of raviolo stuffed with wild herbs and dressed with a walnut sauce prepared the traditional way, with mortar and pestle. After the lesson enjoy lunch based on your efforts along with other Ligurian specialties, all accompanied by local wines.
  • In the afternoon, time to explore on your own or to shop.
  • Dinner on your own and overnight.

A view of Portofino, on of Italy's loveliest villages, during a culinary vacation on the Italian Riviera.Day Three

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • After breakfast, depart for one of the most picturesque towns of the Italian Riviera–Portofino. You will travel there on your own with a short train ride followed by a panoramic trip by public boat (tickets and directions are included).
  • Upon arrival in Portofino, meet your driver and travel to an old mill immersed in a natural setting surrounded by olive groves, vineyards, and other vegetation of the region. Here you will be welcomed at the Portofino Natural Park by a local culinary expert who will teach you the classic Ligurian pesto sauce, as well as “Corzetti,” a traditional type of pasta shaped like a coin.
  • Lunch after the lesson based on your efforts, accompanied by local specialties and paired with a glass of wine from Portofino.
  • Transfer back to Portofino’s center to have time to explore this beautiful village on your own.
  • Return on your own by boat to Santa Margherita, and then by train to Genoa (tickets included).
  • Dinner on your own and overnight.

Visiting the Italian Riviera during a cooking vacation with The International Kitchen.Day Four

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Meet your guide and depart for the western side of the Italian Riviera. Travel first to Finalborgo, an untouched village that is part of the “secret” riviera, a beautiful town completely surrounded by medieval walls. Visit a chinotto (citrus) grove and taste one of the rarest and most precious of citrus fruits: the chinotto. This bitter orange grows only in this area of the Italian Riviera and was used in past centuries by sailors for its rich vitamin content. The chinotto fruit is protected by the Slow Food Presidia, a project that works to save artisanal food products and native animal breeds and plant varieties. The producer you will visit is one of the few that transforms the fruit into delicious jams, candied fruit, and liqueurs. Visit the citrus grove, hear his family’s story, and taste the products made by the expert hands of his wife.
  • Enjoy a traditional lunch in the historical center of Finalborgo, then continue on to the medieval hamlet of Noli, with its beautiful sandy beach. Here you will discover the “gozzi,” the typical boats of the local fishermen.
  • Transfer back to Genoa, dinner on your own and overnight.

Day Five

  • Breakfast and depart on your own for the Genoa train station or airport.
  • Or, are you interested in staying on another day and visiting the famed Cinque Terre? Please inquire for a special 1-night extension including guided tour! 

Trip Details

Included in the 4-Night Trip

Accommodations

Four nights in a 4* hotel in the center of Genoa

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 3 lunches
  • 1 dinner

Classes & Instructors

Your two cooking classes will feature traditional Ligurian dishes, including the regional pasta dish “pansotti” and, of course, homemade Ligurian pesto.

Excursions

  • Half-day private guided tour of Genoa
  • Full-day private guided visit of the Western Riviera including Finalborgo (with Chinotto plantation) and Noli
  • Private cooking class in Genoa
  • Private cooking class in Portofino

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 Genoa airport or train station. 

Miscellaneous

  • Train and public boat tickets between Genoa and Portofino

Not Included

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

Accommodation Information

Enjoy four nights in an elegant 4* hotel in the heart of Genoa, such as the Bristol Palace. The Bristol Palace is a historical luxury hotel dating back tot he Nineteenth Century and boasting a Liberty and Decò style, with plenty of old-world charm. The elegant and sound-proofed bedrooms feature high ceilings, mini-bars, flat-screen TVs, room safes, private en suite baths, and air conditioning. The hotel offers a restaurant with a seasonal terrace, as well as two bars.  (If unavailable a comparable property will be proposed.)

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Pricing:

4-night Program
US$2625 per person based on double occupancy
  • Add US$480 for single occupancy (use of a double room by 1 person)

30% deposit due to confirm booking.

This trip is eligible for our “Worry-Free Booking” promotion*, which means your deposit is fully refundable up to 31 days prior to the trip start date. Questions? Please contact us!

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Tour Dates

Available April through October for a minimum of 2 people. Sample dates follow, other start dates also possible.

2021
April 18-22
April 25-29
May 2-6
May 9-13
May 16-20
May 23-27
May 30-June 3
June 6-10
June 13-17
June 20-24
June 27-July 1
July 4-8
July 11-15
July 18-22
July 25-29
August 1-5
August 8-12
August 15-19
August 22-26
August 29-September 2
September 5-9
September 12-16
September 29-23
September 26-30
October 3-7
October 10-14
October 17-21
October 24-28

2022
April 3-7
April 10-14
April 17-21
April 24-28
May 1-5
May 8-12
May 15-19
May 22-26
May 29-June 2
June 5-9
June 12-16
June 19-25
June 26-30
July 3-7
July 10-14
July 17-21
July 24-28
July 31-August 4
August 7-11
August 14-18
August 21-25
August 28-September 1
September 4-8
September 11-15
September 18-22
September 25-29
October 2-6
October 19-13
October 16-20
October 23-27

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