Liguria is one of the loveliest and most startlingly picturesque regions of Italy. This region is home to captivating seaside villages such as Rapallo, Santa Margherita and Camogli and further south to the simply darling Cinque Terre hamlets of Monterosso, Vernazza, Coniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, not forgetting beautiful Portovenere just below the Cinque Terre. Genova is the biggest town, with an international airport, Italy’s largest port, and a wonderful medieval center. The coastline is breathtaking, with pastel colored villages crowned with medieval churches and abbeys rising up on dramatic rocky outcrops, and vineyards and olive groves descending vertically down to the turquoise sparkling sea. Lush pine forests hug the coastline, shading many trekking paths between villages.
The jewel of the Ligurian crown is the glamorous village of Portofino and this tour is designed for those looking for a luxurious food and wine focused tour to include Portofino and the best of Liguria. You will stay at the finest hotel in Portofino, a once in a lifetime experience. With your own private chauffeur and private catamarans, you will explore alluring villages and inlets only reachable by sea. You will dine at an array of “ristoranti” and “trattorie”, from elegant to cozy and traditional- many with stunning views. Ligurian cuisine is the epitome of the Mediterranean diet and characterized by its use of fresh herbs and vegetables such as basil, bay leaves, fennel, marjoram, zucchini (courgette), eggplant (aubergine), seafood (anchovies, swordfish, sea bass) and of course extra virgin olive oil and fragrant wines.
Local specialties of the area include Focaccia alla Genovese (delicious flatbread) and Pesto Genovese (gorgeous sauce made with basil, pine nuts, walnuts, Parmigiano and Pecorino cheese, and ample olive oil and garlic- all served over pasta). Learn more about Ligurian cooking in your own private cooking class this short break. Wine as always is a focus on our tours and you will have the chance to visit a beautiful winery inland from the charming town of Lerici and taste the fabulous local Sciacchetrà wines. Looking for luxury, pampering and fine food and wine? Contact us for more information on this fantastic tour of Portofino.
Portofino Wine Tour Highlights:
- Ultra Luxurious Hotel Portofino
- Private Boat Tour
- Cooking Class Cinque Terre
- Wine Tasting Italian Riviera