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Italy Sightseeing and Culinary Holiday

Take a grand and unusual tour around the Portofino area, leading you through the grand Portofino Gulf Coast and some of its refinement. Have the time to enjoy and admire the spectacular sceneries of the Ligurian villages, as well as experience true Italian cuisine.

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  • 1 cooking class based on traditional seafood with final dinner
  • 1 street food and wine tasting and 1 aperitif with seafood tasting
  • Explore the Portofino area and have a guided visit to Abbazia dei Fieschi
  • Excursions to two traditional craft local factories (eg. silk, chairs, slate, olive mill)
  • Daily breakfast and 2 full dinners based on seafood are included
  • 1 scenic walk in Santa Margherita village
  • 1 dinner in a typical restaurant
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


2 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French
Group size: 2-5 participants
Airport transfer available:
Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport (US$85 per person)
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  • Gym
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Steam room
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

During this holiday, you will be staying in Villa Paggi guesthouse which will offer you, depending on the availability, either comfortable ensuite bedrooms on B&B basis or a self-catering independent apartment. All accommodations in Villa Paggi guesthouse enjoy a private patio or terrace and a view over the sea. Private car parking is also available inside the property.

In alternative to Villa Paggi accommodation, Anna also proposes other nearby independent apartments with a fully equipped kitchen and enjoying a private garden and a beautiful view over the gulf and Portofino promontory.


During one day of your stay, Anna, your hostess, will introduce you to the Portofino area leading you on an unusual tour of the Portofino Gulf Coast through some of its refinements, such as a medieval basilica, or a new age style sophisticated villa with its own park, now a museum, an old refined silk factory with handlooms, etc.

During another day of your stay, Anna will hold a cooking class for you in her private kitchen, on the theme of typical Ligurian cuisine, ending with a dinner cooked during the class and enjoyed in her garden, with a magnificent sea view during the sunset.

In this tour, you will visit Santa Margherita village a pearl of the Gulf of Tigullio, with its refined historical downtown, with arcades and painted buildings new age style, not to talk of the 16th-century abbey of San Girolamo, better known as “the Cervara”, with its terraced gardens overlooking the sea.

While visiting Santa Margherita, you will be taken by its typical atmosphere, perfect to taste some traditional street food and local wine. You will continue your trip up to Portofino village where you will have a quick visit to its worldwide known square, the uphill church, and castle.

You will spend the afternoon moving back along the coast where you will reach Zoagli village and visit one or two traditional silk factories. Both of them will show you their old handlooms, and you will be invited in their show rooms, where you can indulge yourself with your purchases.

The next day, Anna will also lead you to a guided visit to Abbazia dei Fieschi, just in her neighborhood, at the back of Lavagna town, and show you a jewel of the past belonging to the medieval local noble family. After the visit, you will be invited to her house and kitchen for a cooking session, followed by a full meal enjoyed in her garden.

Included excursions

  • Visit to the abbey of San Girolamo of Portofino in Santa Margherita village
  • Visit Portofino square
  • A walk along Santa Margherita village
  • Exploration of the city center
  • Visit two traditional silk factories
  • Guided visit to Abbazia dei Fieschi
  • A nice walk along the river Entella


Anna Minghetti


This tour will take you to visit the Portofino area, touching various places along its gulf coastline including Santa Margherita, Portofino, Zoagli, Lavagna, Cogorno, and Fieschi's abbey. Villa Paggi guesthouse welcomes you in an enchanting green spot, definitely off the beaten tracks but very convenient to the beaches and the coastline of the Tigullio Gulf (only 9 kilometers).

The cooking class will be held in Anna's private kitchen instead, in the village of Cogorno, not far from Villa Paggi guesthouse. From Anna's house and garden, you will enjoy a spectacular view over the gulf, with Portofino Promontory at a distance.



  • Barbeque facilities
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen


  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Room cleaning
  • Wireless internet


The prices include daily breakfast, one lunch based on street food and wine tasting, 1 dinner at a local restaurant and 1 dinner served after the cooking class at Anna's the cook. All the meals include wine. Food will be seafood and vegetarian dishes from the typical Ligurian cuisine.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Seafood
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)

  • Enjoying the beach and seaside sports in Chiavari and Lavagna small towns
  • Shopping in Chiavari or Rapallo downtown, the closest small towns to the accommodation, easily reachable either by car or by local train (only 15 to 30 minutes).

Spa treatments

A small spa is available to the guests in Villa Paggi guesthouse providing a free small gym area with a spin bike, cross-trainer, and multi-function bench, a wellness area equipped with a hammam for two, and a four-seat jacuzzi bath.

What's included

  • 1 aperitif with seafood tasting
  • 1 street food meal with local wine
  • 1 cooking workshop based on traditional seafood
  • 1 excursion with transports
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 dinners based on seafood

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Transport to the accommodation (Car rental is needed)
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from the airport to Lavagna

  • Motorway A12 Genova-La Spezia, exit Lavagna
  • Once in Lavagna village, continue to Carasco village, inland from Lavagna at about 6 kilometers away.
Airport: Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport Airport transfer available: Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport (US$85 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% 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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Availability information

Due to the density of accommodation occupancy in the high season, these packages have more chances to be available in May, June, September, and October. For more information, please send an inquiry.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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