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(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Portofino, Italy - 5 nights

Available March to November 


Put Liguria on your bucket list! Liguria is one of the loveliest and most picturesque regions of Italy. This region is home to captivating seaside villages such as Santa Margherita Ligure, Portofino and Camogli and further south to the simply darling Cinque Terre hamlets of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, not forgetting beautiful Portovenere just below the Cinque Terre. The coastline is breathtaking, with pastel colored villages crowned with medieval churches and abbeys rising up on dramatic rocky outcrops, and vineyards and olive groves descending vertically down to the turquoise sparkling sea. 


Portofino is the gem of the Italian Riviera and is where you will have your two cooking lessons. The lessons will take place in two different farms, a up in the hills, with breathtaking views of the coast. This unique location will allow you to discover the authentic and unexpected side of Portofino. 


Ligurian cuisine is the true Mediterranean diet and characterized by its use of fresh herbs and vegetables such as basil, bay leaves, fennel, marjoram, zucchini (courgettes), eggplants (aubergines), seafood (anchovies, swordfish, sea bass, etc) and of course extra virgin olive oil and fragrant wines. Local specialties of the area include Focaccia (delicious flatbread), Pesto Genovese (gorgeous sauce made with basil, pine nuts, walnuts, Parmigiano and Pecorino cheese, and ample olive oil and garlic - all served over pasta), vegetable quiches, pansoti (hand- made pasta).             


Santa Margherita Ligure is one of the most charming and elegant seaside towns of the Italian Riviera, located between Portofino and the Cinque Terre. This small town is worldwide famous for its wonderful natural landscape and for the charm of its past centuries villas as well as for its special style of life. Santa Margherita Ligure boasts a range of things to see, from local antique shops to beautiful cathedrals and botanical gardens. The 4 star hotel, your home during your cooking vacation, is in the heart of the town center, immersed in a wonderful garden and features a private beach.                                                                                                                                                    










Arrival on your own to Santa Margherita Ligure. Accommodation at  4 star hotel in a sea view room. Time at leisure to walk through the ancient city center or along the seaside “promenade”.    


Dinner in a gourmet restaurant, walking distance from your hotel.  


Welcome to Liguria! 




COOKING LESSON - PASTA , PESTO & DESSERT                                                                                                                                                                                                 


Make your own way to Portofino (by public bus or public boat), then you will be picked up from Portofino with aprivate transfer to a farm in the hills behind Portofino with amazing sea views. This farm is a historic mill that has been brought back to life and has become a unique place on the mountain to observe the ancient gears that once ran the mill. Experience and taste the local cuisine in the protected area where the mill is located. 


You will have a private cooking class with a local chef and you will prepare traditional pasta such as Corzetti, pesto sauce and a traditional dessert.


Lunch will follow : Corzetti, Pesto and Dessert made by yourself during the class and local products tasting such us: home-made focaccia, local Parma ham, salami, fresh fruits, farm-to-table vegetable pies, selection of honey, cheese, craft beer, white wine from the farm. 


Transfer back to Portofino village. 


Afternoon at leisure and dinner on your own.






Today you will explore the Cinque Terre villages by train.


Meet our guide at the hotel and take the train. You will first reach Riomaggiore. Then ontoVernazza where you will enjoy a lunch in the most typical restaurant of the Cinque Terre. Continue by train to Monterosso, another stunning village. 


Back to Santa Margherita Ligure by train and dinner on your own.  




 Make your own way to Portofino (by public bus or public boat), then you will be picked up from Portofino with a private transfer to a different farm, also located in the hills behind Portofino. You will have a  guided tour of the self sustainable farm and you will be able to visit the bees’ garden, the heroic vineyards, butterfly’s garden and more. 


Today the experience is focused on learning how to make Pizza and Focaccia. The class is followed by a lunch experience of your own made Pizza and Focaccia together with other local products, including the craft beer, honey and other local products of the farm. 


Transfer back to Portofino village and afternoon at leisure .


Take the public bus or public boat to reach Santa Margherita Ligure, then, if you want you can reach Camogli by public bus (it takes 20 minutes). 


Dinner on your own.








Make your own way to Portofino (by public bus or public boat) where you will meet our guide for a hiking tour and lunch tasting. You will explore Portofino park and San Fruttuoso bay.


On your way to San Fruttuoso, you will stop for a lunch tasting at a farm overlooking a wonderful bay.


After lunch you will continue your hike to San Fruttuoso bay. This place is tucked away in a tiny, pristine bay between Camogli and Portofino surrounded by lush vegetation. To add to its exclusiveness, you can only reach it by sea or on foot, hiking the nature trails of the National park of Portofino. From San Fruttuoso you will get a ferry boat (or private boat) to Portofino.


Dinner in a gourmet restaurant in Santa Margherita Ligure.  






Check out and departure 


*The content or order of the itinerary may change depending on dates, availability of services or activities, local festivals/holidays, weather constraints, etc. Menus are samples and may vary according to the season 





A minimum of 2 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 12 participants.


(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)






Closest train station is Santa Margherita Ligure (just a few steps from the hotel)


Closest airports are Genova and Florence and Milan

*Private transfers by car or minibus can also be arranged


*These details are provided as additional information. Please check below to see if transfers are included in this tour.







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Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.




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