Genoa Private Guided Tour and Pesto Lesson

4 h
min 30
Food, Wine & nightlife
difficulty Very easy
Wheelchair Not Accessible
Pick up included

Genoa Private Guided Tour and Pesto Lesson

Join our tour and visit to Genoa, the famous port city of Liguria. In addition, you will live the unique experience of learning how to make a great pesto sauce according to the tradition. Do not miss the opportunity of this trip to discover the history and local culture!

Discover the historical landmarks and story behind this one powerful city of Genoa
Explore the historical streets and monuments of Genoa: Torre della Lanterna, San Matteo, Via Garibaldi, Piazza de Ferrari, Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, St. Lawrence Cathedral
Be astounded with the paintings of the 15th century palaces in Via Garibaldi
Expose yourself to the different cultures and atmosphere of Genoa
Watch and learn how Genoa pesto is made using traditional methods and taste them!

Come along to our Genoa cultural tour along with pesto lessons and we assure that you will not be disappointed! Our local friendly guide, equipped with information of the historical Genoa will meet you at the railway station or we can do a pick-up at the hotel. At the end of the walking tour, you will be shown the traditional Genoa pesto making in the historical food market, where you are very welcomed to sample taste with your lunch.

Immerse in the historical Genoa

Genoa is the sixth largest city in Italy and its impressive landmark and rich cultural historical background has been inscribed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO. You will see the birthplace of Christopher Columbus in Piazza De Ferrari. A city that is rich in artistic history, you will find a lot of treasured paintings, mosaics, frescoes, sculptures and numerous tapestries in Genoa Cathedral, the Church of Gesu, and Church of San Donato. The famous Renaissance Basilica Santa Maria Assunta sits at the top of the hill and visible for everyone to see. We will pass by San Lorenzo Cathedral and the symbol of the city, Lanterna.

Visit the oldest quarter and streets of Genoa

As part of our tour route, we will wander through the maze of streets to the ancient alleys of "Carrugi" and discover the true essence of Genoa through these historical streets. One of them is Via Garibaldi or Strada Nuovo that will leave you utterly speechless at the painted palaces in Palazzo Rosso built by the noble families in the 15th century. You will catch glimpses of the 16th century Baroque styled joined together with the medieval architecture such as the San Matteo Church.

European Capital Culture

Not only is Genoa rich in history and culture but also in cuisines and one of them is pesto. Genoa pesto is famously known as the best and the basis of all regional pesto in Italy. Using ingredients such as fresh basil, pine nuts, olive oil, garlic and grated Parmesan pounded together is the most iconic and valued dish in the whole of Italy. Therefore, join us in this remarkable pesto making lessons in the traditional way at the historical food market, after which you will be tasting the pesto along with other Genoa cuisines.

Other tours in Liguria

Discover Manarola and Vernazza with a Private Wine Tasting or Portovenere with a Boat Trip to the Poet's Gulf.

  • Genova
  • Private tour guide
  • Private Pesto lesson
  • Tasting/light lunch at the end of pesto class
  • Tips (Optional)
Meeting point: 

Meeting point information and local telephone numbers at your destination are included on your Confirmation Voucher.


We suggest wearing comfortable clothes and shoes. In summer, bring a bottle of water; in winter, bring an umbrella.
Please, notify us of any food allergies or intolerances, during the booking.

Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability. Once your booking is confirmed we will email you a voucher. This is your ticket and proof of purchase.