Make your way to Genoa’s Brignole Train Station in the afternoon, where your foodie guide will be waiting under the station’s big clock. Travel like a local for about 20 minutes on a public bus to reach the fishing village of Boccadasse — a picturesque tableau of pastel-colored houses set against a backdrop of rolling green hills. Stroll past the quaint harbor filled with fishing boats on the way to your first tasting experience.
Roll up your sleeves and inhale the scent of fresh basil leaves during a lesson in making Genoa’s signature dish — pesto! Follow an authentic recipe as you combine basil, olive oil, and other local ingredients into a fragrant green sauce used on breads, pastas, bruschetta, and more Italian classics. Once the pesto is perfect, reward your efforts with a tasting.
Next, it's time for something sweet, so head to one of Boccadasse’s oldest and most locally loved gelaterias for a scoop of creamy, delightful gelato. Learn how to distinguish authentic Italian gelato from the sub-par touristy kind so you’ll never again have a bad bite of this favorite Italian dessert. Enjoy the views on the return to bus ride to Genoa, where you’ll bid farewell to your guide back at the train station.