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3 Days Casa Anna Cooking Vacation near Portofino in Liguria, Italy

Casa Anna, Via degli Ulivi 180, Cogorno, Province of Genoa, Liguria, Italy

Ligurian Culinary Vacation in Itlay

Join Mandilli de Saea to learn how to cook delicious local Italian food. Led by Anna, an expert in Italian food, you will attend cooking workshops on Ligurian cuisine. Hosted in a beautiful terrace garden overlooking the gulf, the classes offer fun while preparing Italian dishes and their more typical sauces and pasta fillings. So, get your taste buds ticking and learn how to cook aromatic food, relish the dishes that you prepare, and sip a glass of Vermentino in a relaxed environment.

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  • 4 hours of cooking lessons using local ingredients
  • Copy of Ligurian recipes book edited by Mandilli de Saea
  • Guidance of an expert cook specializing in local Italian cuisine
  • Friendly and relaxed learning experience
  • Enjoy local wine as an apéritif
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals


1 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, Italian, English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
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  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Free parking
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Wireless internet

During this holiday, you will be staying in Anna's apartment, by yourself and enjoying all the comfort and privacy. You will have the fully equipped kitchen at your disposal, along with the double bed bedroom, the living / dining room and a private bathroom with toilet and shower. The main entrance at the ground floor allows the guests to enjoy the front terrace garden overlooking the gulf. Anna's beautiful garden is also fully equipped with table, chairs, and umbrella for you to relax outside.


This culinary vacation is a great opportunity to experience the Italian real lifestyle in an enchanting area as the east coast of Genoa, dominated by Portofino peninsula. Anna from Mandilli de Saea is pleased to welcome you to this part of Liguria, offering her own apartment as accommodation and leading you to experience this region through her cooking lesson.

You will be taught the art of the local cuisine in Anna's kitchen and lead to experience this region through wine tastings, and lots of suggestions for your own excursions.

Cooking lessons

You will be introduced to the secrets of this simple but savory cuisine, while you prepare its typical dishes yourself. Each workshop will last three hours, either in the morning or in the afternoon, depending on the menu and the requests. In any case, Mandili de Saea will provide a relaxed, learning experience while creating the same atmosphere as found in typical Italian homes, also using local products. You will have real fun preparing Ligurian dishes such as Pansotti with hazelnut sauce, lasagne with pesto, stuffed vegetables, pizza with anchovies, cheese focaccia, and much more. The cooking session foresees the active involvement of the participants and will end by enjoying a tasting session or a real dinner together, wine included. The meal will be based on the dishes prepared with Anna the cook and enjoyed on her cute terraced garden overlooking the gulf.

Included excursions

This culinary vacation includes a local trip to the outdoor Chiavari's typical fruit and vegetables market before reaching the apartment for the cooking session.


Anna Minghetti


This vacation takes place at Cogorno, a small village on the hill above Lavagna small town, along the coastline belonging to the Tigullio Gulf, east of Genoa, Italy. As many villages on the Ligurian hills, it is spread on the side of the hill overlooking the gulf, creating a picturesque area with scattered houses and villas plonged in the Mediterranean greenery.



  • Cooking classes
  • Shopping


  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen


  • Free parking
  • Toiletries


Every day during this holiday, you will be served daily delicious lunch and dinner. Wine is also included as an aperitif.

The following meals are included:

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During this holiday, you will have plenty of time to sightsee, along with a visit to the Tigullio Gulf and its small villages, still so genuine in their environment and style of life. Good shopping, spoilt for choice about restaurants and street food spots.

A great variety of outdoor sports facilities is available along the beaches and in the inland areas, like trekking, sailing, free climbing etc.

What's included

  • 4 hours of cooking lessons
  • Copy of Ligurian recipes book edited by Mandilli de Saea
  • Guidance of an expert cook specializing in local Italian cuisine
  • A local trip to the outdoor Chiavari's typical fruit and vegetables market
  • Enjoy local wine as an apéritif
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Daily lunch and dinner

What's not included

  • Airport transfer

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport (GOA) or Pisa International Airport (PSA). From there, take a train up to Lavagna train station along the track Genova-Livorno. Transfer from this station is available upon request.

Car is recommended to reach Casa Anna and move around more easily.

Arrival by train

You can book your train to arrive at Lavagna from Genoa for around 10 EUR, or from Pisa to Lavagna for around 20 EUR. Transfer from this station is available upon request.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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