Cooking Lessons Tour Itinerary
We’ll start our tour at 11 o’clock at our accommodation.
After check in well go with our guide by train to Cinque Terre.
We take a “hop on, hop off” train, which gives you the chance to see each of the five beautiful villages as much as you like over the course of the day. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to speak with the locals, too.’ For lunch, we’ll dine at a very typical restaurant in the area of Corniglia where we can enjoy traditional fish and pasta dishes, such as acciughe fritte (fried anchovies), testarolo al pesto (a typical pasta with green pesto) or pansotti con salsa di noci (filled pasta served with a sauce made from walnuts), all served with local wine.
After lunch we’ll carry on visiting the villages, accompanied by our expert guide, before returning to our accommodation later in the afternoon.
In the evening, you’re free to have something to eat in one of the restaurants that we can suggest to you.
Today you will have your first cooking lesson with our amazing Silvia, cooking food from the earth. You will eat your food in Silvia’s restaurant.
We will finish at around 3:30 in the afternoon and then we will catch the ferry to visit the fascinating Porto Venere and its stunning Gulf of the Poets bay.
Porto Venere is famous for its castle, houses, churches and the picturesque islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto, which have numerous caves.
Among its many famous visitors, Lord George Gordon Byron spent a long time at Porto Venere in 1822. It is said that he once swam across the Gulf to Lerici, to visit his friend and poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, who died shortly afterwards in a storm off the coast of Viareggio.
The bay is a very wide and deep inlet at the eastern end of Liguria. Among the many artists who loved this place, David Herbert Lawrence, George Sand, Lord Byron and Percy Shelley are remembered here. Shelley had his last residence in Lerici: in 1822, on July 8th, he was drowned in rough seas while trying to reach San Terenzo with his schooner. The Gulf also hosts one of the most important Italian naval ports and arsenals, which has made La Spezia a site of considerable historical significance since the mid-19th century.
While here you can visit the local shops while wandering through the narrow alley ways, taking in the brightly coloured houses, and sampling some of the local dishes using the Italian that you’ve learned. We’ll return to our accommodation late afternoon.
You are going to have a free evening and you can go to have something to eat in one of the restaurants that we had suggested to you.
After breakfast, we will go with our bus to Cinque Terre for wine tasting. We will try different wines including Sciacchetrà, the typical wine of this area. You will taste some local stuzzichini (food fingers) and you will visit the winery to see how difficult it is collect grapes in this hilly area. You will see the real landscape of Cinque Terre and, if you are lucky, you can eat some grapes directly from the vines. You also have the opportunity to buy some local wines and food from the cantina.
When we return from wine tasting, we will go to meet our second chef, Nicoletta, in Lerici to learn different kinds of food and amazing cooking techniques. You will eat your food in Nicoletta’s restaurant accompanied with refreshing wine from this area. Lerici is a fascinating seaside village overlooking the Gulf of the Poets and Porto Venere.
Today you will have your lesson with Silvia, cooking food from the sea. You will eat your food in Silvia’s restaurant.
In the afternoon, we will go with our bus to Lerici and you will have the chance to visit this picturesque village that stretches along the Mediterranean sea, overlooking the stunning Gulf of the Poets. You will see a little, tidy harbour, a passeggiata (pedestrian walk) along the blue sea leading to the beautiful, central square full of restaurants, coffee places and gelaterie. At night time, in Summer, this square is the center of socialising life of the locals and tourists living in the village. If you are lucky you will see open markets, local street artists and much more. You can walk the old part of the village, through cobbled stone paths, leading to a small square at the top of the village overlooking the bay. At night time, it is unforgettable.
After dinner, our bus will take us back to the accommodation.
After breakfast, we say goodbye and arrivederci.
We could take you to Pisa airport if you like, for an extra charge. Please, let us know.
If your flight is later in the day, we can organise more activities in the area. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more info.