Cinque Terre-Portofino & Liguria™

Hands-On Cooking with Chef Orietta ~ 8 Days

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There is a beautiful seaside town about half way between Portofino and the Cinque Terre called Moneglia in Liguria and here in the kitchen, Chef Orietta takes you on a culinary journey through Liguria’s delicious cuisine.

Set in an ideal position, our charming 3-Star Villa style hotel is protected by typical Ligurian hills with woods full of fragrant Mediterranean scrub and endless olive trees, and yet is a mere 200 meters from the sea. Here with Chef Orietta, learn how to make corzetti, taglierini and trofie and hand blended pesto! Liguria’s cuisine is subtle and delicate, and makes the very best use of super-fresh local ingredients. This is a region where land meets sea and the salty sea breezes ensure local crops that are especially healthful and tasty. Here, nonnas still collect wild herbs and borage to make their beloved ravioli and pansoti, and cheese artisans churn the local fresh cheese called prescinseua. And of course, everyone loves the small, sweet-leafed Ligurian basil which is used to make emerald green pesto. Truly, if you’ve never eaten pesto in Liguria, you’ve never really eaten pesto! But as well as cooking up a storm, there will be time explore your surroundings. Our program takes you on a trip to visit the unique pastel villages of the Cinque Terre (a protected UNESCO Site) where you’ll enjoy a professional wine tasting and to the exclusive piazza in Portofino where local celebrities like Armani and Dolce & Gabbana can be seen sipping a wine at one of the swank cafes or anchoring their boat in the port. Trattorias, cafés and wine bars spill across the piazza making it a great place for lingering and people watching too.


Located in Moneglia, recently voted one of the Borghi Più Belli d’Italia – one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, your pretty 3-Star residence is just a few steps away from wide, sandy beaches, hidden rocky coves and wild rambling nature trails.

Our villa style hotel has been run by the same family for over 4o years, and the atmosphere here perfectly reflects their deep love for hospitality. Rooms are large, bright and individually decorated with a view of the swimming pool or across the green Ligurian hills. All individually furnished, each comes with en suite bathroom with shower and hairdryer as well as air conditioning, TV with satellite channels, telephone with direct external line and safe. Every morning, enjoy an ample breakfast with an organic section and one for coeliacs. The sweet and savory buffet includes Ligurian flat bread and homemade cakes, jams of the seasons, fresh fruit juices, cereals along with local cheese and hams. During the warmer months, breakfast is served in the garden.

The villa is surrounded by a magnificent Mediterranean garden, with palms, sweet smelling lavender and rosemary bushes, where you can completely relax. The garden also offers a large sunbathing terrace with two swimming pools: one with a jacuzzi and a smaller one for children. To invigorate body and spirit, guests can use our fitness room, with semi-professional equipment and sauna.

Cooking Classes

Thanks to its geographic location and its mild climate, Liguria offers organic, farm fresh ingredients and produce that translate into delicious local cuisine. The Villa is very proud of local Ligurian cuisine and its cooking classes are hands-on, informative and entertaining. Chef Orietta treats guests to interactive, refined culinary classes featuring Ligurian and Italian specialties where he shares the secrets of creating traditional dishes using fresh local ingredients. Learn how to prepare pesto, cappon magro, cima alla genovese and homemade pasta including taglierini, corzetti and trofie with the enthusiastic assistance of the your Chef and his team. The sweet olive oil here is some of Italy’s best, but Ligurians also make great use of simple ‘poor man’s’ ingredients like chestnut flour and chickpea flour to make specialties such as castagnaccio – chestnut flour cake, and farinata. And if you’ve never tried handmade ravioli stuffed with walnuts and ricotta or focaccia hot from the oven, you’re in for a treat!

Cinque Terre~The 5 Villages

The Cinque Terre brings you into Nature’s wonder of winding green paths, the sound of the sea, and the intense perfumes of myrtle, oleander and lemons. Step into the five villages and discover a treasure of culture and cuisine. The entire area, hailed the Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre, or the National Park of Cinque Terre, is a little corner of Paradise, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The first village is called Monterosso al Mare (when coming from Genoa). It is the only village with a large beach and promenade connecting its historical center to the new Fegina quarter. Then there is Vernazza, located at the mouth of the river, and naturally protected from the sea by a rocky cape. Next, onto Corniglia, which is nestled on a hill surrounded by vineyards with its own sweet country appeal. Then Manarola and Riomaggiore, both clinging to rocky cliffs with multi-colored houses overlooking the sea. Both villages are the most typical and unspoiled villages of the five.


Portofino is the famous Italian fishing village on the Riviera. It was first discovered by the Romans, who had named it Portus Delphini, or Port of the Dolphins because of the dolphins that lived in the Tigullian Gulf. Then the sleepy fishing town became an international attraction with jetsetters from around the world. The small harbor, however, still holds its charm. The Gulf is filled with small wooden boats that are owned by the local fishermen who still make a living with their daily catch. Pastel palazzos stand tall around the piazza that has not changed over time. Small cafés, family owned trattorias cooking up fresh seafood and hand-made pasta, and artisan shops still producing the famous Ligurian olive oil, line alongside the center.

Itinerary ~ 8 Days, 7 Nights

  • Check in and start your program on Saturday

Saturday: Day 1 – Check in and Welcome Dinner

  • Arrival & Check in.
  • In the evening welcome aperivivo and dinner at the Hotel Restaurant. (Wine, drinks, grappa and an assortment of after dinner digestives are not included, and are available at a surcharge).

Sunday: Day 2 – Full Day of Relax & Leisure

  • Breakfast is served.
  • A full day of leisure – relax on the beach or in the hotel’s swimming pool or choose from the optional activities available on request – yoga or pilates classes, painting classes, massages (booking required and at extra cost).
  • 12pm Lunch at the property (Wine, drinks, grappa and an assortment of after dinner digestives are not included, and are available at a surcharge).
  • In the evening dinner at the Hotel Restaurant. (Wine, drinks, grappa and an assortment of after dinner digestives are not included, and are available at a surcharge).

Monday: Day 3 – Trip to Cinque Terre

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Morning excursion to the wonderful Cinque Terre with its five pastel villages lined along the coast. Take in the breathtaking panoramas of the Cinque Terre villages with views from paths high above the sea. In one of the villages, pick out a little trattoria and stop for a relaxing bite (not included). In the afternoon, visit a local wine cellar to enjoy a professional wine tasting of some of the great boutique winemakers of the Cinque Terre. English-speaking guide included.
  • Return to property.
  • Afternoon Olive Oil Tasting at the hotel with homegrown produce & local Slow Food products at the restaurant or on the terrace
  • In the evening at the property, dinner with a variety of local products. (Wine, drinks, grappa and an assortment of after dinner digestives are not included, and are available at a surcharge).

Tuesday: Day 4 –Trip to Portofino

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Morning excursion to Portofino & Santa Margherita  – two of Italy’s most beautiful fishing villages, surrounded by the aromas of the Mediterranean countryside. Here tradition meshes with the jet-set. Stroll through Portofino’s famous piazza with one eye open for the celebrities that often have their yacht moored in the bay, and enjoy a cool ‘Paciugo’ gelato or snack in the shade. English-speaking guide included.
  • Return to property.
  • In the evening at the property, dinner with a variety of local products. (Wine, drinks, grappa and an assortment of after dinner digestives are not included, and are available at a surcharge).

Wednesday: Day 5 – Cooking Class 1 & Wine Tasting

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Morning – Cooking Class 1 with demonstration of pesto sauce. Head into the kitchen for your first hands-on cooking class with Chef Orietta who will open up her Ligurian cookbook and share her best recipe secrets with you. Learn how generations of Ligurians have worked their simple ingredients of basil, pine nuts, salt, garlic, olive oil and Parmesan cheese into an splendid emerald green pesto. Class includes a pasta dish, a main dish and pesto sauce. Lunch follows on the foods made in class. Beverages not included and available at a surcharge.
  • Take a couple of hours to explore your pretty seaside town, then visit to the Cinque Terre by night throughout narrow streets and alleys.
  • Wine tasting in Riomaggiore or Manarola.

Thursday: Day 6 – Excursion to Genova

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Morning excursion to Genova. Your guide will take you on an interesting walking tour through the small streets of the historic center of Genoa, the city with the largest intact Medieval center of Europe. No visit to Genoa would be complete without a visit to the bustling ‘Mercato Orientale’, the colorful market where the locals go to buy their produce, meats, fish and spices daily. Pick a sweet little trattoria like Matteo Cambi in a splendid building with painted ceilings or head to the Porto Antico and visit Eataly Genova where you can stop off for lunch (not included). Guide included.
  • Return to property.
  • In the evening dinner at the Hotel Restaurant. (Wine, drinks, grappa and an assortment of after dinner digestives are not included, and are available at a surcharge).

Friday: Day 7 – Excursion to Chiavari & Cooking Class 2

  • Breakfast is served.
  • In the morning enjoy an excursion to the historic seaside town of Chiavari, with its vaulted walkways, Liberty-style archways, fashionable boutiques, famous cafés and wine shops as well as the lively “Mercato delle Erbe”.  English-speaking guide included.
  • Return to property.
  • Afternoon – Cooking Class 2. Aprons on and sleeves up for your second cooking class with Orietta. Learn more about the area’s exceptional olive oil and its uses in the kitchen and learn how to cook fish in ligurian style, limoncello and dessert.
  • In the evening , special dinner at the Hotel Restaurant with wine pairing.

Saturday: Day 8: Departure & Arrivederci

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Check out & Arrivederci Liguria!

Program Includes:

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  • Daily breakfast.
  • 1 Welcome aperitivo.
  • Four dinners at the hotel restaurant, with a variety of local products. (Wine, drinks, grappa and an assortment of after dinner digestives are not included, and are available at a surcharge), plus one special Ligurian dinner with wine pairing.
  • Olive Oil Tasting.
  • 1 guided walk in the Cinque Terre National Park.
  • 1 Wine tasting in the Cinque Terre.
  • 1 guided walk in the Portofino & Santa Margherita Regional Park.
  • 1 guided tour of the city of Chiavari with a visit to the weekly market and its Liberty-style shops. Lunch included.
  • 1 guided tour of Genova.
  • 1 demonstration of traditional pesto making with mortar.
  • 2 cooking classes with traditional Ligurian recipes (gluten-free classes available upon request). Beverages not included, available at a surcharge.
  • Train tickets
  • Private parking
  • Complimentary WIFI within the lobby, garden and swimming pool, and also in rooms.
Program Prices:

$3,995 per person, based on double occupancy in 3-Star Villa Hotel.
$795 supplement for single room, based on minimum 2 people doing program.

*Superior Rooms: Upgrade to a Superior Room, starting at $400 per person per program, based on double occupancy. The Superior Rooms have a balcony or terrace with views of the villa’s garden. Lots of natural sunlight and relaxing rooms on the first or second floor with all modern comforts.

Check Availability

2021 Dates: This program is available April through October. Check in and start your cooking program on Sunday (other check in days may be available on request.)  This program is available 12 months per year. Rates are subject to change based on currency exchange. Call for updated rates. Airfare not included. Group transfers for any cooking tour or tours that include transfers, are for the group and are not private. Transfers before, after or to another destination outside of your cooking tour are not included in the program price. If you would like to add on a private transfer or transfers, let us know and we will send you pricing.

*An Italian visitor tax may apply in some cities and must be paid directly on site at check out.