Cinque Terre-Portofino & Liguria™

Hands-On Cooking with Chef Orietta ~ 8 Days

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Portofino!  Santa Margherita!  Cinque Terre!  Words that sing food, wine, sea and sun!  There is also another beautiful seaside town in between and it’s called Moneglia, and in the kitchen is Chef Orietta.  Join us in Liguria for hands-on cooking classes and pasta classes and a wine tour with tasting in the heart of Liguria!

Set on a quiet green landscape, our charming 3-star villa hotel is surrounded by Ligurian hills and trees  with fragrant Mediterranean flowers and olive trees too.  The property is just few steps from the sea  conveniently located making day trips to any of the Cinque Terre towns just a hop-skip-and-jump.

Our Cooking Vacations tour takes you on a trip to visit precious 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 locals and celebrities alike – Armani and Dolce & Gabbana – who live there can be seen sitting in a restaurant or aboard their boats.  Trattorias, caffés and wine bars spill across the piazza making it a great place for people watching or simply sitting back with a book.

Liguria Accommodations

Check into the beautiful boutique 3-star guest house with big bright fresh rooms all dressed in white and just a few steps away – sandy beaches.  The family-owned property has been hosting guests for over 4o years welcoming everyone with open arms.  Each guest room has views overlooking the swimming pool and across the Ligurian hills.  Each room has been individually furnished with private ensuite bathrooms with showers and hairdryers.  Full amenities include air conditioning, TV with satellite channels, telephone with direct external line and safe.  An Italian breakfast is served including organic bread and homemade cakes, jams of the seasons, fresh fruit juices, cereals along with local cheese and hams. Coffee, tea and juice are also served.  During the warmer months, breakfast is served in the garden.

The villa is surrounded by a magnificent Mediterranean garden with palm trees, lavender and rosemary.  A large terrace for sunbathing and two swimming pools: one with a jacuzzi and a smaller one for children are open weather permitting.  There is also a full fitness room, with semi-professional equipment and sauna available for each guest.

Liguria Cooking Classes

Chef Orietta leads you in cooking classes and pasta classes using organic, farm fresh ingredients from the property.  Learn how to prepare pesto, cappon magro, cima alla genovese and homemade pasta – taglierini, corzetti and trofie along with pesto!  With its proximity to the sea, shrimp, calamari, bass and clams are just a few of the treasures that you’ll prepare following Ligurian recipes.  You’ll learn about Ligurian extra virgin olive oil, and chestnut flour and chickpea flour and how to make castagnaccio – chestnut flour cake, and farinata. And if you’ve never tried handmade ravioli stuffed with walnuts and ricotta or focaccia topped with wild rosemary, you’re in for a treat!

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 produces prescinseua.  When you are not cooking, you’ll be touring and tasting!

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, named the Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre, or the National Park of Cinque Terre, is a little corner of Paradise, and an 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.  There’s Vernazza, located at the mouth of the river, and naturally protected from the sea by a rocky cape. Corniglia, is nestled on a hill surrounded by vineyards with its own sweet country appeal.  Manarola and Riomaggiore, both clinging to rocky cliffs with colorful houses overlooking the sea.


Portofino is the famous Italian fishing village on the Riviera. It was first discovered by the Romans, who had named it Portus Delphini, Port of the Dolphins, because of the many dolphins that lived in the Tigullian Gulf. Then the sleepy fishing town became an international attraction with jet setters from around the world. The small harbor is charming and magical peppered 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 while small caffés, trattorias and artisan shops line the town.

Itinerary ~ 8 Days, 7 Nights


Saturday: Day 1 – Check in and Welcome Dinner

  • Arrival & Check in.
  • In the evening welcome Prosecco.
  • Following, a welcome dinner is served including a Chef’s tasting menu.  Wine not included.

Sunday: Day 2 – Leisure Lunch

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Following breakfast, 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 (let us know your interests and we will reserve it for you).
  • A Ligurian lunch is served at 12pm at the property.  Wine not included
  • In the afternoon, get ready to learn about Ligurian extra virgin olive oil.  The olive oil Tasting with homegrown produce and local Slow Food products is hosted at the hotel restaurant or outside on the terrace.  Tastings included.
  • In the evening, a traditional dinner prepared by the Chef.  Wine not included.

Monday: Day 3 – Trip to Cinque Terre & Wine Tasting Tour

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Following breakfast, meet your driver for a morning excursion to the beautiful Cinque Terre with its five pastel villages. 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 lunch on your own.
  • In the afternoon, your driver continues on to visit a local winery and cellar to enjoy a professional wine tasting of some of the great boutique winemakers of the Cinque Terre.  Driver and English-speaking guide included.
  • Following your tour, return to property.
  • In the evening, dinner is served at property with a variety of local products.  Wine not included.

Tuesday, Day 4 – 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 family recipes. Learn how generations of Ligurians have worked their simple ingredients of basil, pine nuts, salt, garlic, olive oil and Parmesan cheese into a splendid fresh pesto. Class includes a pasta dish, a main dish and pesto sauce. Everyone enjoys the food that was made in the cooking class to follow.  Wine not included.
  • Following your cooking class, meet your driver for an excursion to Riomaggiore or Manarola.
  • Following the visit to Riomaggiore or Manarola, wine tasting follows where you will taste the local wines.
  • Return to the property.
  • In the evening and at the property, Chef’s wine tasting dinner, each course paired with wine.  Wine included.

Wednesday: Day 5 – Excursion to Portofino & Santa Margherita

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Following breakfast, meet your driver and English-speaking guide for an excursion to Portofino & Santa Margherita – two of Italy’s most beautiful fishing villages, surrounded by the scents of the Mediterranean countryside.  Stroll through Portofino’s famous piazza, enjoy a cool gelato or vino at any out of the outdoor trattorias.
  • Following the tour, return to property.
  • In the evening, dinner is served at property with a variety of local products.  Wine not included.

Thursday: Day 6 – Excursion to Genova

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Following breakfast, meet your driver for an excursion to Genova. Your English-speaking guide a walking tour through the small streets of Genoa and to the bustling Mercato Orientale.  The Mercato Orientale is the famous market where locals and chefs come to purchase meats, fish and spices.  Learn about the history of Ligurian food and wine while also learning how to select the best product.   Take time out to have lunch, we suggest Matteo Cambi.
  • Following your tour, return to property.
  • In the evening, dinner is served at property with a variety of local products.  Wine not included.

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

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Following breakfast, meet your driver and English-speaking guide for an excursion to the historic seaside town of Chiavari, with its vaulted walkways, Liberty-style archways, fashionable boutiques, famous caffés and wine shops.  Visit the Mercato delle Erbe and discover the many spices this market has to offer.
  • Lunch at a traditional trattoria included.  Wine not included.
  • Following the tour, return to property.
  • Afternoon – Cooking Class 2.  Tie on your aprons for cooking class 2.  Learn how to make a Ligurian dinner including antipasto, main course and dessert.  Wine not included available at a surcharge based on what you order.

Saturday: Day 8: Departure & Arrivederci

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

Program Includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation based on two guests. Click To View!
  • Daily breakfast and maid service.
  • Prosecco welcome drink.
  • Five dinners at the hotel restaurant. Wine not included.
  • Wine tasting dinner with wine pairing included.
  • Extra virgin olive oil tasting.
  • One guided walk in the Cinque Terre National Park with English-speaking guide.
  • Wine tasting in the Cinque Terre.
  • Excursion with driver and English-speaking guide to Portofino and Santa Margherita Regional Park.
  • Excursion to Chiavari with driver and English-speaking guide with a visit to the market.  Lunch included.  Wine not included.
  • Excursion to Genova with driver and English-speaking guide.
  • 2 Cooking classes – Pesto making demonstration using the traditional mortar and traditional.  Wine not included.
  • Train tickets to the Cinque Terre included.
  • Cooking Vacations’ welcome bag with Prosecco, chef’s aprons and recipe booklets.
Program Prices:

$3,995 per person, based on 2 guests.

*Superior Rooms: Upgrade to a superior room, starting at $400 per person per program, based on two guests in on room.

For Single Guests: If you are traveling on your own, please call us for the best group price. We are happy to welcome you into an already scheduled group.

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.