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Guided Culinary Vacation in Italy

Come to this celebration of Ligurian cuisine and live the best of Italian Riviera! Stendhal Tours has planned a unique holiday for you to experience the best of Ligurian cuisine, as well as to discover the jewels of that area: Monterosso, Manarola, Vernazza, Riomaggiore, Portofino, and Camogli. With Stendhal Tours, you can taste the flavors of this land: delicious local products and amazing cooking classes. On this tour, you will also explore with the guide some of the Cinque Terre paths that offer unforgettable views and experience other activities that will leave new memorable moments for you to take back home.


  • Explore the Cinque Terre Paths with guided walks
  • Enjoy cooking classes at the villa in the Cinque Terre
  • Have a wonderful walk in the famous small village of Portofino
  • Food and wine experiences in Camogli and Cinque Terre villages
  • 4 nights accommodation at an elegantly furnished 17th-century villa
  • 2 nights accommodation at a four-star hotel with a private beach
  • Breakfast included at the hotels
  • Free airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
Group size: Maximum of 1 participants
Airport transfer included: Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport
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You will stay four nights at a 17th-century villa in Levanto, only few minutes away from the most picturesque coastal villages of the Cinque Terre, in a Junior Suite with private bathroom and two nights at a four-star hotel, sea view room, with private beach in Santa Margherita Ligure.


Day 1: Levanto

Private transfer from Genova airport to Levanto. The accommodation will be in a 17th-century villa only few minutes away from the most picturesque coastal villages of the Cinque Terre, where you will find a peaceful atmosphere surrounded by 15 hectares of silver-green olive groves and bright green vineyards, only few minutes away from the beautiful Ligurian sea.

Olives, grapes, vegetables, and fruit (which are used to prepare the delicious jams and preserves) are cultivated without the use of pesticides or chemicals, thus the guests will be able to taste 100% natural products. Fresh herbs are grown in the gardens for the guests to pick and use in their meals to get a true taste of Italy.

The estate offer accommodations in the elegantly furnished noble villa and in the charmingly restored historic stone farmhouse. All the junior suites have private terraces or gardens with a panoramic view. Your accommodation will be in a junior suite.

Upon your arrival, you will meet the owner of the farmhouse who will lead you to discover the estate and its organic products, the olive groves and vineyards. A welcome cocktail and tasting of typical Ligurian gastronomic products (anchovies, “focaccia” with cheese and olives, pesto), local extra virgin olive oil and wines will follow.

Day 2: Levanto and cooking class

Enjoy your breakfast on the enchanting flower-filled terraces tasting organic and local products. Then, a private car will transfer you to Levanto, where you will meet your private guide. Levanto is a small village called "the northern door of the Cinque Terre", famous for its 20th-century villas overlooking the sea, for the typical colorful houses, narrow roads and the small vineyards on the mountains behind the village, producing the famous "Sciacchetrà wine" (a dessert wine).

You will visit the village, the ancient church of Sant’Andrea (the symbol of the village with its black and white stripes façade) and together with your guide, you will visit the local food market where you will learn about the fresh local vegetables (and above all the basil) so much important in the Ligurian cuisine, about the fish, the extra virgin oil and typical products (honey, marmalades, olive patés, typical sauces). You will visit a gastronomic shop, in Levanto, where you have also a light lunch based on typical products. Transfer back to the villa.

In the afternoon, you will attend your first hands-on cooking class with the cook of the villa. He will teach you how to prepare the most typical Ligurian recipes: focaccia in Genovese style, vegetable quiches, the renowned pesto and more. Then an aperitivo will be served on the panoramic terrace and a candlelight dinner will follow.

Day 3: Cinque Terre villages

Private transfer to Levanto, meet your guide for a full-day tour of the Cinque Terre. You will visit the villages of Monterosso, Riomaggiore, Vernazza and Manarola make up this stunning area of shoreline dotted with villages and rocky cliffs. First you will reach Riomaggiore. You will enjoy a lunch at one of the most typical restaurants of the Cinque Terre with a breathtaking sea view.

In the afternoon, you will reach Levanto by train, then a private driver will transfer you to the villa. Dinner on your own.

Day 4: Cinque Terre path - cooking class

Pick up from the villa and transfer to Levanto train station, where you will meet your guide, take the train to Corniglia then you will hike. Following the Volastra’s Ring to Manarola, you will walk through the typical Ligurian vineyards (the ones who produce Sciacchetrà wine), then you will reach Manarola where you have time at leisure for lunch on your own. Back to Levanto by train and transfer to the villa.

In the afternoon, you will attend your second hands-on cooking class with the chef of your relais. He will teach you how to prepare the most typical Ligurian recipes: pansoti and pesce alla ligure. Dinner will follow.

Day 5: Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino

Today, you will reach by private car and English speaking driver Santa Margherita Ligure where you will stay the next two days. The accommodation will be at a 4-star hotel with a private beach, nestled amidst grand evergreen oaks, leafy palms, and centuries-old pine trees. From atop a verdant promontory, the hotel overlooks the sea, the picturesque harbor, and the old town. You will be accommodated in a Sea View Room.

Santa Margherita is one of the chicest seaside resorts in Italy with an elegant seaside “promenade “ and a lively ancient city center. In the early afternoon, you will meet your private guide at the hotel, then you will reach Portofino by public bus or public boat and enjoy a walk in this wonderful small village famous in the world.

From Portofino, you can reach by public boat San Fruttuoso, a small fishing village in a deep inlet along the coastline of the Portofino promontory, one of the most suggestive places in Italian Riviera. Dinner will be in a gourmet restaurant walking distance from your hotel.

Day 6: Camogli and Cheese Focaccia

From Santa Margherita you will reach, by public bus or public boat, Camogli a city of ancient maritime traditions, famous for its colorful, typical Ligurian tower-houses overlooking the bay. Your guide will let you discover also the gastronomic heritage of this village, above all the tasty cheese “focaccia” (light lunch included). The afternoon will be at leisure and overnight in Santa Margherita.

Day 7: Departure

Private transfer to Genova airport.

Included excursions

  • Guided walks in the Cinque Terre
  • Guided visits in Portofino and Camogli
  • Visit the food market in Levanto


You will be fascinated by the beauties of the small Cinque Terre villages, their pristine waters, and their natural environment, where wild nature is interspersed with vineyards, olive groves, and citrus orchards, creating a precious bond between man, his traditions and this breathtaking stretch of coast.

The tour will also take you to:

  • Levanto
  • Monterosso
  • Manarola
  • Vernazza
  • Riomaggiore
  • Santa Margherita Ligure
  • Portofino
  • Camogli


All breakfasts are included. Also included are dinners during cooking classes, lunch in the Cinque Terre, light dinner in Levanto including traditional food on day 1, visits of the food market and the gastronomic shop in Levanto and light lunch on day 2, dinner in Santa Margherita Ligure on day 5, light lunch and local food tasting in Camogli on day 6.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Whole food
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)

  • Tour by private boat along the coast
  • Hike from Portofino to San Fruttuoso Abbey
  • Explore Sestri Levante and Chiavari villages nearby Santa Margherita Ligure

What's included

  • 4 nights accommodation in a junior suite at the Villa, Cinque Terre, breakfast included
  • 2 nights accommodation in Santa Margherita Ligure, breakfast included
  • Two hands-on cooking classes followed by dinners
  • Half day guide in Levanto on day 2
  • Full day guide for the Cinque Terre villages excursion on day 3
  • Half day guide on day 4
  • Half day guide on day 5
  • Half day guide on day 6
  • Private transfers by car and English speaking driver as per program
  • Light lunch on day 2 and day 6 (drinks included)
  • Lunch on day 3
  • Dinner in Levanto on day 5
  • Dinner in Santa Margherita on day 6
  • Transfer from and to Genova International Airport (GOA)
  • Trip planning
  • Support during your trip available any time

What's not included

  • City tax
  • Insurance
  • International flights
  • All not in the "what is included" section
  • Boat/train tickets in the Cinque Terre

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport (GOA). Transfer from and to this airport is included. A Stendhal Tours representative will pick you up at the airport.

Airport: Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport Airport transfer included: Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 15 days before arrival.
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