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4 Day Traditional Cooking Vacation in Liguria, Province of Genova

Frazione Campodonico 16042 Chiavari

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 Saea
  • Kitchen tools and aprons provided
  • Delicious dinner with local wine
  • 3 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


2 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Italian
Group size: Maximum of 2 participants
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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

The accommodation provided for this holidays is in an independent apartment Anna proposes, located in Campodonico "Borgo" (fraction, or tiny village), placed on the hill dominating Chiavari town (Portofino area). The cooking session will be held in Anna's kitchen instead, in her private apartment in the village of Cogorno, located nearby Chiavari but on another hill, also overlooking the Gulf.

The apartment consists of a part of an old stone house, as the majority of the houses in this "borgo". It has been newly renovated and decorated as per the local countryside style, keeping the atmosphere of the past. it developes on two floors, it offers a comfortable dining/living room with a fully equipped kitchen on the first floor and a double bedroom with king-sized bed and a cozy, private bathroom with shower at the ground floor: a perfect solution for a couple.

The apartment also has a cozy back garden with fruit trees and flowery bushes, it is furnished with table, chairs and hammock to enjoy meals and relaxation outside. A walking path through terraced olive groves leads to the borgo from the main road (500-meter distance). Car has to be parked along the main road, but it is necessary to reach this accommodation and visit the area more comfortably. Great location for hillwalkers.



A great opportunity to experience the real Italian 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 a characteristic old style apartment as accommodation and leading you to experience this region through her cooking lesson, one dinner out in a local restaurant and a guided tailor-made excursion along Portofino area and its gulf. with local street food and local wine tasting

Cooking lesson

Under Anna's guidance you will be introduced to the secrets of this simple but savory cuisine, while you prepare its typical dishes yourself. Each workshop will last from 3 to 4 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 full-day guided excursion is included in the price, with focaccia and wine tasting break. Guided tour will be around Portofino area visiting Portofino, enjoying the aperitif in the beautiful terrace of Hotel Splendido, Santa Margherita village and its elegant sea front promenade, Zoagli village, cute seaside village with its traditional silk factories showing their old handlooms. Anna will be your guide telling stories about the local history and traditions and sharing her Italian life style with you.
  • Morning excursion in Chiavari medieval city center, guided by Anna, walking under the original ancient arcades and visiting the outdoor fruit and vegetable market before the cooking class.


Anna Minghetti


This retreat is situated in the small village of Campodonico, at 6 kilometers on the hill outside the town of Chiavari. It is definitely located off the beaten tracks along Genoa east coast, but overlooking Portofino promontory and its gulf. A private car is recommended to move around the area more easily.


  • The beaches, 4 kilometers
  • Shops and restaurants, 4 kilometers
  • Lavagna
  • Chiavari
  • Portofino



  • 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. Street food or restaurant meals offered in this package will respect the genuineness of the local products and ingredients.

The following meals are included:

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • 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 enough free time to sightsee, visiting one or more characteristic villages along the Gulf of Tigullio (Portofino area). Zoagli, Rapallo, Santa Margherita and Sestri Levante are some good choices where to spend your free time. There you can enjoy a good shopping or a good ice cream break, typical restaurants, or relaxation at the beach, or an easy hillwalk immersed in the greenery.

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

Spa treatments

A small spa is available to the guests in Villa Paggi guesthouse prividing a

free small gym area with spinbike, crosstrainer and multi-function bench, a wellness area equipped with hammam for two and a four-seat jacuzzi bath. Villa Paggi also offers a wellness program that includes a Turkish bath with essential oils, a treatment in a hot tub and a final rest with herbal teas on the relaxation loungers on request with additional cost. Also available relaxing / regenerating massages or shiatsu with qualified therapists.

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
  • Transportation/car rental
  • 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 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 3 days before arrival.

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4 days / 3 nights
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