Boccadasse District Tour Including Pesto Making Lesson, Pesto And Gelato Tasting - Genoa

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Imagine a lovely fishing village built out of pastel-coloured houses, carved into green hills along the Mediterranean Sea. No, its not a fantasy, its Boccadasse, just a short ride beyond Genoas city centre. On this food tour, youll take a trip to the village where youll learn the true way to make authentic Genovese pesto, and also go hunting for a proper Italian gelato.

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If you can't say Italy without thinking about a gelato, then you definitely can't say Genoa without trying the original pesto sauce! Lucky for you, on this Genoa tour youll go for both, and we're talking about an authentic local foodie experience!

Your Genoa food tour will start from Brignole Train Station, just under the big clock youll find outside the station building. From there, well catch the public bus that will take us to the village of Boccadasse, about 15 to 20 minutes away. Once we arrive, youll get a classic view of this magical place, from a terrace next to an ancient church. Snap a few photos of the yellow, orange, and pink houses surrounded by the green of the hills and the blue of the Mediterranean Sea.

After taking in this gorgeous view, well then walk down to the little harbour full of fishermen's boats, for a closer look at this unique village. Were headed towards a real local experience, the pesto lesson! Using the original recipe as your textbook, youll learn how this special sauce was invented and made. After an introduction and demonstration, itll be your turn, and youll get to show us how good you are at making authentic Genovese pesto. Of course, all that smell of basil and olive oil will leave you hungry, so then itll be time for the best part of the lesson: the pesto-tasting!

Once youve proven your skills as Italian chefs, well then discover another classic Italian flavour: gelato. We could spend days going on about how good it is and what's behind a good gelato, but on this tour, let's cut it short and just try it! We'll visit one of the oldest gelato shops (gelateria) in town, a place well-known among locals as the place to go for a sweet treatment. Youll learn all the secrets behind producing a true gelato and, most importantly for the non-experts, how to recognise a good one from a 'touristy' fake gelato.

After our afternoon with the locals of Boccadasse, learning about Genoese traditions, well hop back on the public bus and return to Brignole Train Station, where our tours ends and youll be free to see more of Genoa on your own.

Inclusions for Boccadasse District Tour Including Pesto Making Lesson, Pesto And Gelato Tasting

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Pesto lesson and tasting
  • Gelato tasting
  • Bus ticket to/from the district of Boccadasse

Exclusions for Boccadasse District Tour Including Pesto Making Lesson, Pesto And Gelato Tasting

  • Additional food and drinks
  • souvenirs and items of a personal nature
  • tips/gratuities for your guide.

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Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please wear comfortable shoes for walking.

For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

This is a child-friendly tour. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour.

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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4 Traveler Reviews

  • Nice lady and the weather was lovely. We went on a nice walking tour of Boccadasse but I felt like the food tasting part was short, not very hands on and the lady was nice but a bit boring. I felt like for what we paid was a bit under-rated. When we did the pesto making part she was basically just making it for us. Ive done several food making tours before and i feel like we did more hands on work and learned more about how to make it. And the gelato tasting was more of going into a gelato shop and getting an ice cream. We didnt sample the flavors or learn what they are/what goes in on them.

  • Experience made fabulous by our guide Francesco. Great way to spend an afternoon

  • Amazing tour and the guide Francesco was superb. Boccadasse is minutes away from the center of Genoa but is a beautiful small fishing town. The pesto making lesson was excellent and you realize there is a real art to get just the right balance of ingredients. As for the gelato, well, best place ever

  • Well.................I didn't actually go on the Pesto making tour - there was a family emergency so they had to cancel. However, my guide and please forgive me friend as I lost you name - I wrote it down and now cannot find the paper - asked me what else I may want to do. I told him I was a foodie and he said he normally does a walking food tour in the mornings but he'd be glad to take me on an afternoon tour. I was the only one on the tour that day so I had a private tour and loved it!!!!
    He took me to some amazing places to sample the local food and when he said the place he normally takes his morning group on would be closed at 3pm was there any other food I wanted to try. I told him I want to go get some meat - he took me to the coolest place and I had Lardo and a few other amazing meats.
    We ate small fried fish, focaccia bread, meats, gelato from the place voted the best gelato in Italy and finished off the tour with the local cookies at a wonderful bakery.
    I couldn't have had a better time - I got to see a lot of the old city and eat some awesome food. I would recommend this trip to all.

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