Genoa Food & drinks

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Genoa: Aquarium of Genoa Entry Ticket with Snack

1. Genoa: Aquarium of Genoa Entry Ticket with Snack

Immerse yourself in the largest exhibit of aquatic biodiversity in Europe with a visit to the Aquarium of Genoa. Discover the world's fascinating seas and waterways, including all their creatures. Tuck into a snack at the Tender Café inside the aquarium, refueling with a drink and a butter donut. Walk through the aquarium's spectacular settings and learn about the secrets, curiosities, and interesting anecdotes about our world's oceans. End your visit with a hot or cold drink and a light snack at the aquarium's café, which has a splendid terrace overlooking the port of Genoa.

Genoa: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

2. Genoa: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a private dining experience at a local's home, enjoying an exclusive show cooking and tasting authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian "Mammas". This experience will allow you to feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. You will enjoy a 4-course menu including a starter, pasta, a main course with a side dish, and dessert, with drinks included (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars and coffee).

Genoa: Traditional Food Tour

3. Genoa: Traditional Food Tour

Explore Genoa's downtown alleys with a local foodie, sitting in typical restaurants, tasting some of the best traditional dishes carefully chosen on a daily basis. You will be surrounded by a genuine and unique environment, a memorable way of tasting the city's traditional specialties and of visiting Genoa. Your guide will choose the best dishes for you, aiming to introduce you to the city's traditions. He will suggest to you the best restaurants and make this culinary experience delightful. You will taste some of the following specialties on this food tour (depending on availability): Pasta with pesto, savory pastries, focaccia with cheese, fried calamari, stockfish, anchovies, frisceu, coffee and dessert.

Aquarium of Genoa: Entry Ticket and Aperitif

4. Aquarium of Genoa: Entry Ticket and Aperitif

Book your Aquarium Happy open ticket and enter the Aquarium of Genoa without any reservation. Take a break with a glass of wine or sparkling wine at the Tender Bar inside the aquarium with a spectacular view of the Old Port. Visit the Aquarium of Genoa after 4:00 PM, the quietest moment of the day, and enjoy the flexibility of an open ticket. In between your visit, sit down and relax at Tender Bar. With this ticket you can make your entrance only between 4 PM and 5 PM to visit the Aquarium and enjoy Your Aperitif.

Genoa: Guided Gourmet Food Tour with Tastings

5. Genoa: Guided Gourmet Food Tour with Tastings

Meet your friendly guide at the Neptune Galleon then set out on a food-lovers walking tour through the charming streets of Genoa. The tour takes you to a number of historic eateries, modern cafes, and trendy restaurants where you can sample the true gastronomic wonders of this city. During the tour, get a sense of authentic Genoese life whilst mingling with the locals and listening to stories about the city’s history and culinary culture. Tastings on offer: Focaccia and a cappuccino - a typical Genoese breakfast. Try dipping your focaccia into the cappuccino, which offers a unique sweet and salty taste. Focaccia with cheese - two very thin layers of dough filled with Stracchino cheese. Pasta with pesto - made using an authentic recipe of fresh, local basil and pine nuts. Traditional Genoese cake - visit the original pastry shop that invented this cake and let the pudding speak for itself. Artisan ice cream - taste the best artisan gelato in town, offering both traditional and innovative flavors. Gourmet coffee - a delicious coffee, garnished with tasty ingredients, suitable for all palates.

Genoa Market Tour and Home Cooking Class

6. Genoa Market Tour and Home Cooking Class

Uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, Your guide, or Cesarina will share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Go food shopping like a local with your host, enjoy the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land.  Immerse yourself in a private cooking class at your guide's home. Learn the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines. During the lesson, the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Participants will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that'll stay with you for life.

Genoa: Private Pasta-Making Class at a Local's Home

7. Genoa: Private Pasta-Making Class at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a private pasta-making class at the Cesarina's home, learn the secrets of the region's most famous pasta dishes and taste the fruits of your labor accompanied by a glass of local wine. During the lesson the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade for three authentic regional pasta recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test.  Each participant will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Taste everything you have prepared with a selection of red and white local wines.

Genova Cooking Class with Tasting

8. Genova Cooking Class with Tasting

Our cooking class in Genoa is the funniest and tastiest way to discover Genoa and its rich culinary tradition. You will be guided in the preparation of traditional recipes from Genoa and Liguria: you will learn 4 traditional recipes to be tasted together with fellow “chefs” straight. Learn how to make the perfect pesto sauce, the classic basil sauce was born in Genoa. You will have the chance to prepare and taste the authentic recipe made of local fresh basil and pine nuts, we ensure it will be the most delicious you'll ever have! Taste Focaccia with cheese, two very thin layers of dough filled with "Stracchino". Make Canestrelli which are handmade biscuits from Torriglia, a small village on the beautiful hills behind Genoa.

Genoa Private Home Cooking Class

9. Genoa Private Home Cooking Class

Uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, Your guide, or Cesarina will share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Immerse yourself in a private cooking class at your guide's home. Learn the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines.  During the lesson, the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Participants will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that'll stay with you for life.

Genoa: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

10. Genoa: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

On this tour, you can go food shopping like a local with your "Cesarina", enjoying the distinctive Italian local markets and learning how to recognize the best produce from the land. Then, attend a private cooking demo where your Cesarina will share the secret of her/his family cookbook while finishing one of the dishes in front of you. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including starter, pasta, main course with a side dish, and dessert with drinks (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, and coffee). Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home memories that'll stay with you for life.

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This was a very enjoyable tour. The guide was extremely knowledgeable of not photography and Genova. I was taken to some of the lesser known but far more interesting sites of the city which made the tour far more engaging. Throughout the tour, I was taught some tips and tricks of street photography and given many opportunities to practice what I had been taught on the sites of the city. I started this tour with little knowledge of photography and left it with new skills to make any trip in the future more engaging. We enjoyed a traditional Genovese snack and was given a water bottle to commemorate the tour. I would highly recommend this trip to anybody who wants to experience Genova from a different perspective and who wants to learn a new skill.

Our cooking class with Tomaso went very well. His apartment was 10 minutes walk from our hotel. We wanted to learn how to make pasta. We were served: gnocchi, maltagliati and stuffed mezzaluna hold no secrets for us. I was with my 2 teenagers (14 and 17). They participated well and were happy with the experience. Tomaso is a rather discreet but very well organized host. He had concocted some good sauces for us to enhance the pasta and we had lunch at his place. We warmly recommend this activity.

Ana was a fantastic host and provided such a unique experience. We were warmly welcomed into her spotlessly clean home and enjoyed an authentic lunch prepared with care and attention. Ana explained each dish and the ingredients she used and joined us at the table for conversation with the meal. We met her fabulous boys and felt like we were visiting a friend. I’d highly recommend booking this tour!

Very nice food cooked on the spot by welcoming host Daniele. Was interesting to hear more about the city and the customs from someone who lived there for long time. Would recommend!

Marina was an amazing host and filled our tummies up full with the best Ligurian dishes in Genoa. Well worth it!