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8 Days Cooking and Walking Holiday in Italy

Exciting Culinary and Walking Vacation in Liguria, Italy

Join the Bernadin brothers at their cookery school to learn about and to taste the typical food of this region. Learn how to prepare authentic Italian dishes! Explore Liguria on guided walks and excursions. Learn about the lifestyle and the traditions in the enchanting Cinque Terre from your knowledgeable leader. Discover the Mediterranean cuisine and culture by signing up now!


  • Wine tasting
  • 3 cooking classes
  • Train journey along Cinque Terre
  • Visit to olive oil press with tasting
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Explore Bonassola


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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The 3-star Hotel Delle Rose is a charming family-run hotel, owned and run by two brothers, Roberto and Enrico Bernadin. This accommodation is branded Character and Comfort as it is a small friendly family-run hotel, offering a warm welcome, and more personal and friendly service.

Hotel Delle Rose has 25 en-suite bedrooms, all of which have been refurbished within the last few years. All bedrooms have a bathroom with shower, telephone, satellite television, fridge, safe deposit box, hairdryer and adjustable ceiling fans.

On the ground floor, there is a lounge area. The roof garden terrace has a serviced bar with sea views. Our guests can enjoy an aperitif before dinner or a cup of tea or coffee during the day. A small lounge with seating offers a quiet corner to read in. Tourist literature is displayed here and a small library of foreign language paperbacks, which include English.


Day 1 - Arrival. Welcome to Bonassola!



Day 2 - Walking tour


Walking tour to explore the hillside and villages above Bonassola.

Our route ascends narrow streets and pathways to the small settlement of Scernio before contouring above Bonassola on a wide track. There are open views, taking in the broad sweep of the bay, the town and the pretty chapel at Punta della Madonna below.

We will continue through Costella to reach the church of San Giorgio with its commanding views. A steeper section of path takes us to the village of San Giorgio for a well-earned rest.

Our path then leads through woods, where we may see signs of wild boar. The track crosses a stream and winds up to Montaretto, a magnificently-situated village and one of the first to be founded in the area. Its a great spot for lunch. We hear tales of the history of Bonassola and the surrounding communities before returning on a good mule track, an original supply route between the two villages.

The distance covered will be 4.5 miles (7.1 kilometers) with 1.400 feet (420 meters) of ascent and descent.


Day 3 - Cooking day


Morning cooking class focusing on antipasta.

At lunchtime, you can join an optional walk to the local chapel or to relax.

Afternoon cooking class focusing on pasta production and techniques.


Day 4 - Cooking and walking day


Morning cooking class focusing on main courses.

In the afternoon, we will take the train and walk along part of the famous Via DellAmore.

Visit a local wine producer for a wine tasting.


Day 5 - Free day


You can choose various activities like swimming, visiting the surrounding areas or reading.

You can take part at the homemade pasta demonstration.


Day 6 - Cinque Terre walking tour


Train journey along the Cinque Terre coastline takes us through all five of the Cinque Terre villages to Riomaggiore which we explore by foot.

From Riomaggiore, we follow the Via dellAmore (Lovers Path) which is carved into the cliff and adorned with lovers tokens.

We continue through the lovely harbor village of Manarola to arrive at Corniglia station which is a busy, but justifiably popular area of the Cinque Terre with incredible sea views throughout. Those with energy might ascend the 377 steps up to Corniglia (the rest of us will take the local shuttle bus!) to explore Corniglia.

We continue along the coast path climbing, contouring and then descending to the charming village of Vernazza with its waterfront bars and colorful houses.

The distance covered will be 6 miles (9.5 kilometers) with 1.200 feet (360 meters) of ascent and descent.

We will take the train back to Bonassola.


Day 7 - Cooking session


Morning cooking class focusing on Italian desserts.

In the afternoon, we will travel to Levanto to visit an olive oil press.

Free time in Levanto.


Day 8 - Departure day


Time to return home and share our incredible experience!


Included excursions

  • Afternoon train trip to Via DellAmore for wine tasting
  • Afternoon trip to Levanto to visit an olive oil press, followed by free time in the town
  • Full day walking tour to Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia and Vernazza
  • Full day walking tour to Scernio, Costella, San Giorgio and Montaretto


This holiday will take place in Bonassola, Ligurna, Italy. Bonassola is a quiet coastal resort with easy access to the enchanting Cinque Terre villages and the peaceful countryside further inland.


Bonassola lies just outside the national park and as such is quieter than its more famous neighbors, making it a pleasant base in the evenings. It has a very attractive beach only a few minutes from the hotel. The town is surrounded by hills and can only be accessed by train, or by using a narrow winding road.

Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre or five lands is the name given to the stretch of coast between five unique coastal villages. Originally fishing villages and pirate hideaways, they are now one of the most popular tourist areas in Italy. The coastline is now designated as a National Park and the villages are recognized by UNESCO.

Nearby places

  • Beach - 5 minutes walk
  • Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre



  • Boating nearby
  • Cooking classes
  • Shopping nearby
  • Wine tasting / tour


  • Bar
  • Bar nearby
  • Beach nearby
  • Caf nearby
  • Dining area
  • Gelateria
  • In-room safe
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace


  • ATM / banking nearby
  • Bread shop nearby
  • Convenience / grocery store nearby
  • Hair dryer
  • Library
  • Library nearby
  • Local market
  • Pharmacy nearby
  • Post office nearby
  • Tour assistance


Our holidays at Hotel Delle Rose are on a half board basis and include breakfast and evening meal. Dinner is served in the light and airy dining room on the ground floor and the breakfast is served on the roof garden terrace with sea views. Hotel Delle Rose offers a self-service continental breakfast, including freshly baked croissants and Ligurian Focaccia from the local bakery.

The hotel provides a typical Italian three-course evening meal. A selection of local dishes and locally-caught fish form an important part of the menu. Each morning the manager likes to discuss any vegetarian or other dietary requirements with you personally. The pasta is homemade and the hotel offers pasta demonstrations once a week, a possible option on your free day.

Hotel Delle Rose serves drinks on the roof garden terrace in the serviced bar with sea views. The chef prepares daily Ligurian specialties to eat with your drinks. You can order a picnic lunch from the hotel. Alternatively, ingredients for a picnic lunch can be purchased from the local shops, either in Bonassola or one of the other villages. On certain days it may be possible to eat in a caf whilst out on the walks; your leaders will advise.

Things to do (optional)

Cinque Terre villages - revisit

Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before hearing about the next day's walks. Your evening meal will be the main focus of the evening. After dinner you may like to join your leaders for a walk out to Punta della Madonna a lovely evening stroll or the headland to the south of the bay for a late evening firefly display. Your leader will also be checking for any local events going on nearby. Or you may like to relax on the terrace or in the bar, with a drink and chat with your fellow guests.

Visit Genoa, the largest port in Italy and the European Capital of Culture in 2004. After quite a long train journey you will find a number of attractions including the cathedral, churches, opera house and museums, plus a regenerated dock area (Porto Antico) and a vast and ornate cemetery with its very own bus network!

Visit Portofino. The chic resort town is situated approximately two-thirds of the way to Genoa. This is a picturesque town where you can admire the expensive yachts and Italys rich and famous.

What's included

  • 2 days guided walking tours
  • 4 cooking sessions
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • A visit to a local vineyard and olive oil press
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily dinner
  • Local transport where required

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Meals, drink, excursions that are not listed in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance, personal expenses, tips

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Arrive at Pisa International Airport - Galileo Galilei (PSA). If you book a holiday which includes flights with us, we automatically include transfers between the airport and the hotel.

Arrival by taxi

Our airport taxi service operates at this resort, offering quick and easy transfers for guests booking their own flights. All prices are per taxi for single journeys, allowing you to mix and match different transfer options. Transfers must be pre-booked.


  • Airport - 2 hours drive
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