Discovering the Enchanting Cinque Terre
Monterosso, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, & Riomaggiore
Discover the flavors of Levanto and the Cinque Terre while staying at a charming Hotel located right on the Ligurian coast. Situated near olive groves and vineyards and numerous coastal hiking trails, this region makes a perfect location for both an adventurous and relaxing culinary holiday. Your home for the next seven days will be in the Park Hotel Argento, one of the only four star hotels located in the heart of Liguria. Located at the northern entrance of picturesque coastal villages of the Cinque Terre, here you will find yourself in a land full of green olive groves and steep vineyards, only a few minutes away from the beautiful Ligurian sea. Your week will be filled with great food, cooking classes, market tours and a cruise along the enchanting Cinque Terre.
Park Hotel Argento - For One (Dbl Occ)
The hotel was recently built and includes all the facilities and comforts of a four star hotel to ensure that our guests enjoy a relaxing stay. Found in a convenient location from which to explore the rich Cinque Terre coastline. The guest rooms are spacious and luminous, and some have a furnished terrace with partial sea view or views over the rolling hillside. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, satellite color television, a safety deposit box, a minibar, a direct dial telephone, internet access, and an en suite bathroom with a shower, a hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. The Park Hotel Argento features a beautiful outdoor swimming pool, a wellness center with a sauna, Turkish bath, and one of the best restaurants in the Cinque Terre.
Welcome to Cinque Terre | Traditional Multi-Course Dinner
Levanto is a small village called “ the northern door of the Cinque Terre“, and it is famous for its 20th century Villas overlooking the sea, for the typically colorful houses, and narrow roads. As its backdrop, vineyards can be seen cascading down the side of steep mountains producing the famous “ Sciacchetrà wine. As you approach Cinque Terre by train or by car, you will be taking one of the most scenic rides in all of Italy. Along the Italian Riviera you will soak in the vistas of five beautiful seaside villages that make up the Cinque Terre National Park. On your day of arrival, check into your hotel and enjoy a traditional multi-course Italian Welcome Dinner. Complimentary shuttle is available for those arriving at the Levanto Train Station.
Levanto Market Visit | Ligurian Land & Sea Cooking Class
After a delicious breakfast, you will depart for a walk along the charming streets of Levanto as you explore the local markets. You will see stalls overflowing with bright produce, cheese, and seafood. Learn how to identify the perfect mussels, freshest fish, and top-notch local vegetables. With your local guide, you will learn the philosophy behind the slow food movement. In the afternoon you will visit a local estate for your first hands-on cooking course where your professional chef will teach you how to prepare typical Ligurian recipes using raw and marinated seafood, fish broths, sauces and creams, herbs, seaweed, and fresh local produce. Follow the chef’s instructions as you create dishes such as fried anchovies, spaghetti with mussels, sea bream with potatoes, anchovies filled with parsley, garlic, breadcrumbs, and eggs. In the evening, a multi-course dinner will be served on the panoramic terrace back at your hotel.
Monterosso al Mare Farm & Orchard Tour | Traditional Pasta & Pesto Class
Today you will travel to another of the five villages to explore its beautiful beaches, markets, cliffs, and assortment of colored houses. In the afternoon you will learn how to prepare a variety of traditional Italian homemade pastas and sauces, including two that were invented in this region – Pesto & Ravioli. Using a marble mortar and a pestle, you will learn how to prepare Mediterranean sauces such as pesto, salsa di noci, aioli, romesco, tapenade, and many others. Your pasta session will include pasta al dente and sauté techniques, creating three different pastas, such as maccheroni alla genovese, fidelini, gnocchi, trofie, corzetti, testaroli and pansotti. Your evening will conclude with a delicious dinner of the dishes you have prepared.
Vernazza Fishing Village | La Spezia Market Visit | Lunch in a Traditional Osteria
This morning you will meet your guide for a full day tour of the Cinque Terre by land – including a visit to the local fishing village of Vernazza and the famous markets of La Spezia. Throughout the day you will be exposed to numerous fresh produce markets and fisherman bringing in their catch of the day. In the afternoon you will experience a traditional “ Osteria “ for lunch where you will enjoy tasting typical Ligurian food. Dinner this evening will be served on the panoramic terrace back at your hotel.
Italian Bread and Focaccia Class
Today’s workshop will introduce various types of flour, slow rising techniques for the preparation of dough, bread, pizza, and focaccia. You will prepare delicious dishes, and be introduced to local biscotti specialties and almond-based pastries. You will learn about traditional breads & sweets reserved for holiday festivities such as tire (bread stuffed with sausage), and Ligurian apple pie. In the evening you and your fellow students will sit down and taste the dishes you have created.
Ferry Cruise along the Cinque Terre Coast | Traditional Ligurian Lunch
Spend a day exploring Cinque Terre by boat, getting an entirely different perspective of the beautiful villages that dot the coastline. From Levanto in the north, to La Spezia in the south, you will have the opportunity to see the gorgeous colored villages from the water, explore their beaches and winding streets. During your cruise you will also stop for time to explore each of the villages – Monterosso al Mare, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Riomaggiore before returning back to Levanto. En route, enjoy a delicious Ligurian lunch at a seaside restaurant overlooking the beautiful Cinque Terre Riviera.
Olive & Wine Vineyard Visit & Tasting | Farewell Dinner
After a delicious Buffet Breakfast you will embark on a tour to the local village where you will experience a myriad of wine vineyards and local olive mills. You will have an opportunity to see how the wines and oils are made and taste a selection of four local wines, olive oils, and vinegars. The wine, olive oil and vinegar tasting will be paired with a variety of local products and traditional sweets. Then a multi-course dinner will be served on the panoramic terrace, offering one last evening to soak up the wonder that is the Cinque Terre.