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Cooking Holidays in Liguria Italy

Mandilli de Saea invites you to your Italian holiday with cooking classes and much more. 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.

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  • 2 half-day cooking classes with final meal and wine
  • Enjoy 1 half-day and 1 full-day sightseeing guided tours
  • Wine tasting and street food meals with the guided tours
  • A copy in English of the Ligurian recipes book, tools, and aprons
  • Wine aperitif with local wine from the Tigullio area
  • Daily breakfast and 1 dinner at a local restaurant
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner


4 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Italian
Group size: 2-6 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

Two types of accommodation are provided for this holiday's package, either on B&B basis in a countryside charming guesthouse called Villa Paggi, or in independent and self-catering countryside houses. Both types are located on the hill, a few kilometers from the coast, immersed in the greenery and enjoying calm and a magnificent sea view.


Enjoy your Italian holiday along the Ligurian Riviera while learning the secrets of its local cuisine. It's a great opportunity to experience the real Italian lifestyle along a narrow coastline between Portofino and Cinque Terre. Anna from Mandilli de Sara 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 a charming guesthouse, or according to availability, in the characteristic countryside and independent houses in the hilly area overlooking the Gulf of Tigullio with Portofino promontory. 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 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 from three to four hours, either in the morning or in the afternoon, depending on the menu and the requests, and will take place in Anna's kitchen, nearby your accommodation. Anna, the cook, 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 2 to a maximum of 6 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 guidance of the cook and enjoyed in Anna's cute terraced garden overlooking the gulf.

Included excursions

Two guided excursions, one around the Portofino area, visiting the coastal characteristic villages reminding you of the "dolce vita" time, and one in Genoa's historical city center. One street food and wine tasting are also provided for each excursion. Outside her kitchen, Anna will be your guide during your excursions showing you around and telling stories about the places you visit, but most of all she will be sharing her Italian lifestyle with you.


Anna Minghetti


This holiday will take place in Liguria, Italy, along Genoa's east coast, more precisely in the Portofino area, so popular with its picturesque gulf and for being one of the "Dolce vita" attractions in the past.



  • Cooking classes
  • Wine tasting


  • Balcony
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Multilingual staff


  • Free parking


Daily breakfast is included. Dinners and lunches will be based on your cooking class. Anna's cuisine ingredients involve fresh local products, such as fresh vegetables and herbs. Meals enjoyed at street food places and restaurants during the tours in the area will respect the genuineness of local food and ingredients.

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:

  • 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 good shopping or a good ice cream break, typical restaurants, relaxation at the beach, or an easy hill walk 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 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-seats jacuzzi bath. Villa Paggi also offers on request a paying 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.

What's included

  • 2 half-day cooking classes with final meal and wine included
  • 1 half-day sightseeing guided tour with wine tasting and street food meal
  • 1 full-day sightseeing guided tour with wine tasting and street food meal
  • Daily breakfast
  • 1 dinner at a local restaurant
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Public transport and museum fees during tours

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Transportation for reaching the accommodation and moving more comfortably in the area
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions

  • From motorway A12 Genova La Spezia, take exit to Chiavari or Lavagna.

Arrival by car

A car is needed to reach the accommodation and move more comfortably in the area.

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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