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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.


  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 4 days of activities out of 6
  • 2 half-day cooking classes on local recipes with final meals wine included
  • 3 meals out based on local street food
  • 1 dinner in local restaurant
  • 1 wine tasting session
  • 1 full day guided tour in Genoa
  • 1 full day guided tour along the Gulf of Tigullio area
  • 2 local guided tours


4 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Italian
Group size: Maximum of 5 participants
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  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Multilingual staff
  • Terrace
  • Free parking
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Tour assistance

Casa Emma is a bright and spacious apartment with independent entrance at the first floor of a countryside villa. Located on the hill in the village of Leivi at 6 kilometers from the coast 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 5 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.

One extra bed 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 1 kilometers. A big shopping center is located at 4 kilometers. Private car is recommended.


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 comfortable countryside houses located in the hilly area of Chiavari overlooking the gulf and/or inland valleys. You will also be taught the art of the local cuisine and lead to experience this region through wine tastings, typical restaurants, street food stops downtown and guided trips along the coast. Chance it, 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 4 to a maximum of 5 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 full day excursions are included in the price. 1 guided tour around Portofino area, 1 guided tour in Genoa historical city center.

While not in the kitchen with Anna, she will also be your guide through your tours inside Genoa and along the Gulf of Tigullio coastline. She will introduce you to the historical and cultural atmosphere of these places sharing her Italian life style with you.


The accommodation provided for this holiday is at Casa Emma Apartment located in Leivi above Chiavari Town (Portofino area). The cooking session can be held either in the apartment itself (village of Leivi) or in Anna's kitchen (the cook) in the village of Cogorno (the same area, at 5 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 involves fresh local products, such as fresh vegetables and herbs.

Local street food, meals at restaurant and wines will respect the genuineness of the local food 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)


Trekking on the hills

Horseback riding


What's included

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 2 local guided tours in the area with transportation and museum fees
  • 2 street food meals
  • 2 cooking sessions of 3-4 hours each with full meals at the end wine included (dinner or lunch as per arrangement)
  • Fresh local Ingredients, Kitchen tools, Apron
  • One copy in English of the Ligurian recipes book edited by the cook
  • Wine aperitif with local wine from Tigullio area
  • 1 dinner out at one local restaurant

What's not included

  • Transportation during free time

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions: Milan-Genoa motorway A7 + Genova-La Spezia motorway A12

  • Once on Motorway A12 Take exit to Chiavari, continue for Leivi.

Arrival by train

  • From Chiavari train station, take taxi to Leivi and the apartment.

Arrival by airplane

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

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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This holiday requires a minimum of 4 participants. 
This holiday is available in April, May, June, September and October.

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