• Location: Levanto, Italy
  • Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)
From USD $ 33.76 View price calendar

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Learn the authentic recipe for pesto Genovese with an hour-long, hands-on cooking class in Levanto. Use a mortar and pestle to turn fresh basil, pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan, and olive oil into a classic Ligurian sauce, then enjoy what you’ve made alongside a glass of wine, and a spread of local products.


  • Pesto cooking class in Levanto
  • Cook alongside a local chef
  • Learn to make Genoese pesto from scratch
  • Taste local products with wine
  • Fun, hands-on way to explore Italian cuisine
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level

What You Can Expect

Pesto Course in Levanto

Pesto course

Make your way to a small shop and kitchen that’s walking distance from the Levanto train station, then meet a charismatic local chef who loves to share Ligurian food and culture.

Start the class Italian-style—with a glass of sparkling wine and bruschetta made with local olive oil—then learn how Ligurian chefs make pesto using traditional tools.

Next, roll up your sleeves to make the classic Genoa sauce from scratch. Wash and dry the fresh basil leaves, then pound them with salt, pine nuts, and garlic, finally blending in Parmesan cheese and extra virgin olive oil.

Finally, enjoy a glass of white wine and a spread of local products, such as small, black taggiasche olives, bruschetta with anchovies, and a local pastry made with limoncino.

Customer Reviews

Anna P United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

I have never been a great pesto fan, but learning how to make fresh pesto was a fun and I’ll make as soon as I get home for friends and family

Geordie A M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This tour was amazing!

Sharon B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This was such a fun lesson and the owners are lovely people! Bring home some of their jarred pesto sauces, they are amazingly delicious!!!!

Jennifer B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Fabulous experience. Very engaging host that made the experience quite enjoyable!

Heather W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Loved this course! It was such a beautiful and delicious way to spend a Sunday morning. Levanto is beautiful and a little outside the crazy tourists parts of Cinque Terre- but easily accessible by the main train line.

Kimberly K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

We had so much fun on this tour. Not only did we learn how to make amazing pesto, but we sampled several different oils, enjoyed tasty wine and got to try a couple of different anchovy preparations. We also got to meet lots of different people. I would highly recommend this tour.

Leanne D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

We had such a wonderful time learning about the regions delicacies. Not only pesto, but olives, wine, pasta..educational and so much fun. The wine and chocolates were delicious, but the pesto was just out of this world. We very much enjoyed our class and would recommend to anyone visiting Levanto!

Deborah A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

My girlfriend and I loved doing this. We started our Cinque Terre adventure here and it was memorable. The pesto we made was fantastic. I am only sorry I didn't purchase some oh the pesto at the store.

Mallory W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

We loved this Pesto making class! The instructor was friendly, the ingredients were fresh and the pesto was honestly the most delicious pesto we have ever tasted. We bought a jar to take back to the U.S. Highly recommend.

Michael P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

One of the best experiences my wife and I had during our recent trip to Italy. Luigina our hostess provided an excellent course for making pesto. We made our pesto with another small group. We each sampled and compared the pesto we made - it was all great - while sampling appetizers and wine. It was all hands-on fun, with instructions to make the pesto included to take home. Optional purchases that are available at the store include: mortar and pestle, pesto ingredients, as well and foods, wines, and liquors. Luigina was friendly, enthusiastic, and engaging during the time we spent with her. We highly recommend the Pesto Course with Luigina!

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