Explore the historic streets of Genoa Old Town on a 4-hour food tour, and discover the eateries loved by the locals. After visiting a historic candy shop, bakery, spice shop, and more, you’ll search for fresh basil at a food market. Learn the secrets behind a good Genoese pesto, then sample a dish of trofie pasta and pesto with wine. The tour is run with a private guide, just for your sole group.
4-hour Genoa food tour with a private guide
Explore Genoa Old Town and admire its medieval buildings
Visit a chip shop, bakery, and a spice shop
Scout out the best basil on a tour of a local market
Start with a pickup from your Genoa hotel, or meet your private guide at the Piazza Principe train station.
With your group, you’ll walk around the city’s medieval center. One of the largest such quarters in Europe, Genoa Old Town is made up of a tangle of narrow lanes that open onto historic piazzas. Lined by boutiques and painted houses, the streets are also home to eateries that serve up some of the city’s most interesting bites.
Call in at a friggitoria, an old chip shop, to see local specialities such as herb-stuffed croquettes, farinata (unleavened pancakes), and fresh seafood, which can be eaten at the counter.
See typical bakeries that make the Genovese focaccia bread, and a historic spice shop. Visit a centuries-old candy shop, loved by opera composer Giuseppe Verdi, and discover more off-the-beaten-track sites that many visitors miss.
After exploring the food shops, you’ll head to a market to learn about Genoa and its pesto. The dressing — traditionally made with basil, pine nuts, and olive oil — originated in the city, and your guide will share a local recipe. Learn how to select the freshest basil, and to prepare the pesto using a pestle and mortar. The best is saved ‘till the end: Enjoy a dish of trofie pasta, served up in the mortar with pesto, and a glass of Ligurian wine, too.
Reviews by Viator travellers
Pesto class tour and city highlights
, Aug 2019
We booked this private tour for 5 people and we had the BEST time Ever. The Genoa city highlights were just enough and the cooking part was beyond our expectations. Everyone in the family LOVED it
We spend 18 days in Europe and this tour was our Favorite. WE WOULD DO IT AGAIN.
THE Host and hostess for our lesson were Gracious and Wonderful and went beyond . Our tour guide Laura was marvelous and very well informed.
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience.
Your words are the best reward for us since our aim is to make people discover the most authentic side of places where we live, far from mass tourism and standard proposals.
We're really happy you liked Genoa and the pesto experience.