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

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 2 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Departure Time :
    2.30 PM
  • Departure Details :
    Outside Brignole Train Station, under the big clock.
  • Return Details :
    Brignole Train Station.
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable


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.


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


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

Additional Info

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.

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