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Pesto Course in Levanto

Levanto, Italy

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icon1 hour  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Learn the authentic recipe for pesto Genovese with an hour-long, hands-on cooking class in Levanto. Use a mortar and pestle to turn fresh basil, pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan, and olive oil into a classic Ligurian sauce, then enjoy what you’ve made alongside a glass of wine, and a spread of local products.
  • Pesto cooking class in Levanto
  • Cook alongside a local chef
  • Learn to make Genoese pesto from scratch
  • Taste local products with wine
  • Fun, hands-on way to explore Italian cuisine
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level
pesto sauce
Served on bruschetta
Local olive oil
Served on toasted bread
wine tasting
Included in the price: pesto course with mortar, pesto tasting with a glass of wine and local appetizers, olive oil tasting, printed recipe.

Departure Point

Corso Italia, 16, 19015 Levanto SP, Italy

Departure Time

11:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your way to a small shop and kitchen that’s walking distance from the Levanto train station, then meet a charismatic local chef who loves to share Ligurian food and culture.

Start the class Italian-style—with a glass of sparkling wine and bruschetta made with local olive oil—then learn how Ligurian chefs make pesto using traditional tools.

Next, roll up your sleeves to make the classic Genoa sauce from scratch. Wash and dry the fresh basil leaves, then pound them with salt, pine nuts, and garlic, finally blending in Parmesan cheese and extra virgin olive oil.

Finally, enjoy a glass of white wine and a spread of local products, such as small, black taggiasche olives, bruschetta with anchovies, and a local pastry made with limoncino.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

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

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Pesto Course in Levanto?
This activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Bring home some of their jarred pesto sauces, they are amazingly delicious!!!" See review


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Lovely Diversion!
, Aug 2019
We had a lovely time learning to make pesto with Mornia. She demonstrated and then let us (family of 3) make some. We tasted delicious samples of everything. It was about one half hour. A perfect way to experience Levanto!
Amazing class! Amazing pesto!
, Jun 2019
We knew we wanted to do a pesto class whilst we were visiting the area but a lot of the classes were very expensive. We saw this one and though we'd give it a go. We were not disappointed and had such a wonderful time making and trying pesto. We first got to try pesto made by blender and compared to homemade, then we got to have a go at making the pesto too. There were lots of local ingredients to try and we had a lovely glass of local wine followed by lemoncino to finish. I would recommend this class to everyone, it was really enjoyable. Don't let the price fool you, it is a 5* experience and apart from having to travel to Levanto (which has a lovely beach) the experience would be exactly the same in the Cinque Terre towns.
Pesto class
, Sep 2018
Class was very fun and entertaining, more of a demonstration than a hands on class. The instructor was wonderful and very nice! It was great that the class was right in the center of Levanto.
Great fun, I would suggest it for anyone
, Aug 2018
I have never been a great pesto fan, but learning how to make fresh pesto was a fun & I’ll make as soon as I get home for friends and family
Great fun!
, Jul 2018
My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed this class! It was intimate and hands on, plus it tasted great! Wonderful recipe. Purchased pesto and pasta before we left and enjoyed one of our best meals later that day! Highly recommend.
My sister and I had a lovely time...
LiezlAnn D
, Jan 2018
My sister and I had a lovely time learning how to make pesto and eating! A fun experience in a part of the area i may not have visited. Loved it!!
This was such a fun lesson and the...
Sharon B
, Oct 2017
This was such a fun lesson and the owners are lovely people! Bring home some of their jarred pesto sauces, they are amazingly delicious!!!!
Fabulous experience. Very engaging host...
Jennifer B
, Sep 2017
Fabulous experience. Very engaging host that made the experience quite enjoyable!
Loved this course! It was such a...
Heather W
, Aug 2017
Loved this course! It was such a beautiful and delicious way to spend a Sunday morning. Levanto is beautiful and a little outside the crazy tourists parts of Cinque Terre- but easily accessible by the main train line.
We had so much fun on this tour...
Kimberly K
, Jul 2017
We had so much fun on this tour. Not only did we learn how to make amazing pesto, but we sampled several different oils, enjoyed tasty wine and got to try a couple of different anchovy preparations. We also got to meet lots of different people. I would highly recommend this tour.

Product code: 6531P5

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