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4 Days Traditional Cooking Vacation in Liguria, Italy

Bamby House - Via al Campo sportivo 48 - Consenti - 16040 Ne - Province of Genoa, Liguria, Italy

Authentic Culinary Vacation Italy

Mandilli de Saea invites you to the Italian holiday with cooking classes and much more in Liguria, Italy! Enjoy this part of the Ligurian Riviera while learning the secrets of its local cuisine. Enjoy a superb combination of relaxation in an enchanting nature, the temptation of simple but savory food, like handmade pasta with pesto or cheese Focaccia, and the thrill of being able to cook it yourself. Chance it, you will never regret it. Anna from Mandilli de Saea is pleased to welcome you to this part of Liguria.

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  • 1 three-hour cooking session
  • 1 local guided tour to be arranged on the spot
  • Delicious wine aperitif with local wine from Tigullio area
  • 1 copy in English of the Ligurian recipes book edited by Mandilli de Seae
  • Kitchen tools and aprons provided
  • Delicious dinner with local wine
  • 3 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


2 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, Italian, English
The maximum participants in the group is 4
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  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • ATM / banking
  • Convenience / grocery store
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Tour assistance

The accommodation provided for this holidays is in an independent apartment Anna proposes, located inland from Lavagna town (Portofino area). The cooking session will be held in the kitchen of Anna's apartment in the village of Cogorno, immersed in the greenery, located on the hills overlooking the Tigullio Gulf.

The apartment of your accommodation is part of a traditional, countryside block building. Situated at the first floor it offers a comfortable dining room with a fully equipped kitchen, a double bedroom with king-sized bed and a cozy, private bathroom with shower; a perfect solution for a couple. The apartment also has a cozy balcony furnished with table where to enjoy meals and relaxation outside. A wide common garden and a parking space is also available to the guests and their pets.



A great opportunity to experience the Italian real lifestyle along with a narrow coastline between Portofino and Cinque Terre. 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 and a guided trip to one of the typical local handcraft factories.

You will be taught the art of the local cuisine in Anna's kitchen and lead to experience this region through wine tastings, typical restaurants and guided trips.

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. 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

One guided excursion of your choice is included in the price. You can choose among the followings:

  • Guided tour around Portofino area visiting a traditional silk factory with old handlooms
  • Guided tour in Chiavari area visiting historical Chiavarine Chairs factory
  • Guided tour in Lavagna area visiting historical Fieschi's basilica and surroundings
  • Guided hill walk around old Genoa's hilly areas and its picturesque lanes overlooking the gulf


Anna Minghetti


This retreat will take place in the village of Nè, off the beaten tracks close to Portofino, along Genoa east coast, Italy. This apartment is situated along the stream Graveglia, inland from Lavagna town at 9 kilometers from the beaches. While the nearest shops and restaurants are downtown within 10 minutes walk from the apartment. A private car is recommended to move around the area more easily.

Nearby places, Lavagna, Chiavari, Portofino

  • The beaches, 9 kilometers
  • Shops and restaurants - 10 min walk



  • Cooking classes
  • Golf course
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Shopping
  • Swimming
  • Wine tasting


  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen


  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Wireless internet


Dinner or lunch after the cooking session will be based on your cooking class. Anna's cuisine ingredients involve fresh local products, such as fresh vegetables and herbs.

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 your free time you may go swimming, trekking on the hills, horseback riding, golfing or shopping.

What's included

  • 3 or 4 hours of cooking session
  • 1 local guided tour in the area
  • Wine aperitif with local wine from Tigullio area
  • 1 copy in English of the Ligurian recipes book edited by Mandilli de Saea
  • Kitchen tools and apron
  • Wine
  • Dinner or lunch at the end of the cooking class
  • 3 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Transportations
  • Museum fees

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Genoa

  • From motorway A12 Genoaa / La Spezia
  • Exit Lavagna
  • Continue for Cogorno

Arrival by train

You can take a train to Lavagna train station (Genoa-La Spezzia route).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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