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Genoa Food Tour and Pesto Class - private tour

Genova, Italy

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds


Explore the historic streets of Genoa Old Town on a 4-hour food tour, and discover the eateries loved by the locals. After visiting a historic candy shop, bakery, spice shop, and more, you’ll search for fresh basil at a food market. Learn the secrets behind a good Genoese pesto, then sample a dish of trofie pasta and pesto with wine. The tour is run with a private guide, just for your sole group.
  • 4-hour Genoa food tour with a private guide
  • Explore Genoa Old Town and admire its medieval buildings
  • Visit a chip shop, bakery, and a spice shop
  • Scout out the best basil on a tour of a local market
  • Savor a dish of trofie pesto with Ligurian wine
Local guide
Private tour
Private pesto lesson
Pesto tasting accompanied by the typical focaccia, local wine and a dessert with local cookies
Hotel pickup
Hotel drop-off

Departure Point

1: Genova Brignole, Piazza Giuseppe Verdi, 2, 16121 Genova GE, Italy
2: Genova Piazza Principe, 16134 Genoa, Metropolitan City of Genoa, Italy

Traveler pickup is offered
We can pick-up travelers at their hotel if centrally located in Genoa or at Genoa train station or Genoa Port


  • Port of Genoa, 16149 Genoa, Metropolitan City of Genoa, Italy

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

Campetto, 16123 Genova GE, Italy
Start with a pickup from your Genoa hotel, or meet your private guide at the Piazza Principe train station. 

With your group, you’ll walk around the city’s medieval center. One of the largest such quarters in Europe, Genoa Old Town is made up of a tangle of narrow lanes that open onto historic piazzas. Lined by boutiques and painted houses, the streets are also home to eateries that serve up some of the city’s most interesting bites.

Call in at a friggitoria, an old chip shop, to see local specialities such as herb-stuffed croquettes, farinata (unleavened pancakes), and fresh seafood, which can be eaten at the counter. 

See typical bakeries that make the Genovese focaccia bread, and a historic spice shop. Visit a centuries-old candy shop, loved by opera composer Giuseppe Verdi, and discover more off-the-beaten-track sites that many visitors miss. 

After exploring the food shops, you’ll head to a market to learn about Genoa and its pesto. The dressing — traditionally made with basil, pine nuts, and olive oil — originated in the city, and your guide will share a local recipe. Learn how to select the freshest basil, and to prepare the pesto using a pestle and mortar. The best is saved ‘till the end: Enjoy a dish of trofie pasta, served up in the mortar with pesto, and a glass of Ligurian wine, too.
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A fascinating private walking tour through the medieval “carrugi” alleys of Genoa historical center, discovering the “real” essence of this old town. Your culinary expert guide will lead you to ultra-centenarian food shops such as the old “friggitorie” serving friscieu (fried croquettes filled with herbs), farinata, fried fresh seafood eaten at the counter or to take away, the prestigious old pastry cafè where the famous composer Giuseppe Verdi loved to spend his time tasting the pastries and then, the unique “Pietro Romanengo fu Stefano” 200 year old shop. Your immersion in local perfumes and flavors continues with a special pesto class. Our local culinary expert will welcome you in a noble palace to participate to a pesto sauce lesson with mortar and pestle, just as the tradition wants.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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What is the maximum group size during Genoa Food Tour and Pesto Class - private tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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Pesto class tour and city highlights
, Aug 2019
We booked this private tour for 5 people and we had the BEST time Ever. The Genoa city highlights were just enough and the cooking part was beyond our expectations. Everyone in the family LOVED it We spend 18 days in Europe and this tour was our Favorite. WE WOULD DO IT AGAIN. THE Host and hostess for our lesson were Gracious and Wonderful and went beyond . Our tour guide Laura was marvelous and very well informed.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Your words are the best reward for us since our aim is to make people discover the most authentic side of places where we live, far from mass tourism and standard proposals. We're really happy you liked Genoa and the pesto experience.

Product code: 33422P1

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