Starts in: Manarola | Available: Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday (varies seasonally)
Guided Tour
Air Conditioned Transport
1 hour tour
$65/ person
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Traditional Pesto Cooking Class in Manarola Highlights


Discover the dazzling origins of one of the world's most famous sauces


Prepare traditional pesto with a stone mortar and pestle


Delight in the flavors of fresh Ligurian cuisine


Taste homemade focaccia and classic Cinque Terre wine

Why we chose this tour

Our Traditional Pesto Cooking Class in Manarola puts you in the hands of an experienced local chef to plunge into the flavors, preparation, history, and tradition of one of the world's most beloved sauces, pesto, as you learn tips and techniques to perfect this favorite dish. After spending the afternoon in the kitchen with Mariza, you'll end the tour with some freshly-baked focaccia and a glass of Cinque Terre DOC white wine to finish with a flourish. This tour is available every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday with seasonal variations and leaves with guaranteed departures.

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Traditional Pesto Cooking Class in Manarola Itinerary

16:00 - Pickup from Manarola
  • Meet the local chef at the venue in Manarola.
Traditional Pesto Cooking Class
  • Meet Chef Mariza, your culinary guide for the day, at a local venue and start with an introduction to the history, traditions, and typical flavors of Ligurian cuisine before you start cooking.
  • After your welcome, it's time to throw on an apron, discover the fresh ingredients from local farms and fields that you'll be preparing, and follow along as Mariza gives you her favorite tips and techniques.
  • Grind the basil and other ingredients with a mortar and pestle, slowly adding in the rich pine nuts, spicy garlic, creamy olive oil, and perfectly aged parmesan into the mix.
  • Explore the history of this delicious dish as you work away, and enjoy the scent of the focaccia baking nearby as you create your edible masterpiece under the chef's helpful gaze.
  • Once you're done with your kitchen magic, it's time to sit down with some of the fresh bread and a glass of Cinque Terre DOC wine and see what the fuss is all about before finishing your tour.
17:00- Drop off at Manarola
  • The tour ends at the venue.
NB - all timings on Traditional Pesto Cooking Class in Manarola are approximate
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Important Details

Traditional pesto course with a local chef
Pesto tasting with focaccia
1 glass of Cinque Terre white wine
Personal travel insurance
Essential Information
The minimum age required is 7 years old
The drinking age in Italy is 18 years
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