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6 Days Cooking Holidays in Liguria, Italy

Cooking Holidays in Italy

"Mandilli de Saea" invites you to your Italian holiday with cooking classes and much more. Enjoy this part of the Ligurian Riviera, close to Portofino and Cinque Terre, 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.


  • 4 days of cooking classes
  • 2 local guided tours in the area
  • One copy in English of the Ligurian recipes book
  • Wine aperitif with local wine from Tigullio area
  • Ingredients, wine, kitchen tools, and apron
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily dinner and lunch


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, Italian, English
The maximum participants in the group is 5
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Casa Emma is a bright and spacious apartment with independent entrance at the first floor of a countryside villa. Located on the hill at six kilometers from Chiavari city center and the beaches, it enjoys a quiet and green environment along with a magnificent view over the valley.

This apartment can easily accommodate up to six people, offering two comfortable double bedrooms, a wide living room with fireplace and TV, sofa and armchairs, a cute dining room leading to a spacious and furnished terrace, a fully equipped kitchen, and a finely tiled bathroom with shower and tub.

Two extra beds can be placed in the living room. A wide, paved, and sunny yard in front of the main entrance is available to the guests, along with a private parking place. Local traditional restaurants are available at one kilometer. A big shopping center is located at four kilometers. Private car is recommended.

Mandilli de Saea Cooking Vacations Italy Program

Enjoy your Italian holidays along the Ligurian Riviera while learning the secrets of its local cuisine. A great opportunity to experience the Italian real life style along a narrow coast line between Portofino and Cinque Terre. Anna from Mandilli de Saea is pleased to welcome you to this part of Liguria, and offer tailor-made vacation stays, specifically arranged for those who love cooking in a traditional way.

You will be accommodated in apartments in the hilly area overlooking the gulf. You will also be taught the art of the local cuisine and lead to experience this region through wine tastings, typical restaurants, and guided trips. Chance is you will never regret it.

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, lasagna with pesto, stuffed vegetables, pizza with anchovies, cheese focaccia, and much more.

The cooking sessions foresee the active involvement of the participants, from a minimum of four to a maximum of five people, and will end by enjoying a tasting session or a real dinner together, wine included. The meals will be based on the dishes prepared under the friendly guide of the cook and enjoyed on Anna's cute terraced garden overlooking the gulf.

Included excursions

Two guided excursions of your choice are included in the price. You can choose among the followings: guided tour around Portofino area, guided tour in Genoa historical city center, or guided tour at Cinque Terre. You can also choose to enjoy Anna's company who will make your stay even more interesting showing you around and sharing the Italian lifestyle with you.


Anna Minghetti
Italian from Milan, Anna mastered a diversified career as a sales executive secretary in different companies in her own town. After three years stay in Dublin (Republic of Ireland) where she picked up the fluency in English, Anna moved to Liguria, Portofino area, in 2003, she successfully managed her own B&B for 12 years, thanks to her command of the English and French languages, and her familiarity in public relations. After closing the B&B, she has been busy promoting the Portofino area and offering different initiatives such as holiday rentals and cooking classes held by herself.


This holiday will take place in Casa Emma apartment, located in Leivi (Portofino area). The cooking session can be held either in the apartment itself (the village of Leivi) or in Anna's house and kitchen in the village of Cogorno (the same area, at five kilometers from Leivi).



  • Hiking
  • Wine tasting


  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Multilingual staff
  • Patio


  • Free parking
  • Ironing / ironing board


Dinners and lunches will be based on your cooking class. Anna's cuisine ingredients involve fresh local products, such as fresh vegetables and herbs. You will be provided with wine aperitif with local wine from Tigullio area.

The following meals are included:

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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)

  • Swimming
  • Trekking on the hills
  • Horseback riding
  • Shopping

What's included

  • 3 or 4 hours cooking session
  • 2 local guided tours in the area
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Dinner or lunch at the end of each class
  • Ingredients, wine, kitchen tools, and apron
  • One copy in English of the Ligurian recipes book
  • Wine aperitif with local wine from Tigullio area

What's not included

  • Transportation

How to get there

Driving directions from Genova La Spezia

  • From motorway A12 Genova La Spezia, take exit to Chiavari
  • Continue for Leivi

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport (GOA).

Arrival by train

You can take a train and arrive at Chiavari train station. From there, you can take a taxi to Leivi and the apartment.

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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