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The 8 BEST Cooking Classes in Cinque Terre [2024]

Eager to experience Liguria’s culinary world? Check out this amazing list of cooking classes in Cinque Terre, where you’ll make your own pasta fresca…and indulge in it later!  

The enchanting region of Cinque Terre is nestled along the picturesque coastline of Liguria. It’s a must-add to your Northern Italy itinerary, with its cliffside villages, breathtaking views, and delicious cuisine.

The famous coastline offers a remarkable gastronomic experience that’s as vibrant as its surroundings. From seafood specialties to pasta dishes unique to this region, and the beloved Ligurian pesto, the options are nothing short of mouth-watering!

To truly immerse in the flavors and secrets of Liguria, I highly recommend taking part in a cooking class. After all, a culinary lesson enables you not only to savor authentic cuisine, but to learn all its secrets!

In this article, we’ll explore the best Cinque Terre cooking classes. They all promise to awaken your taste buds, hone your skills, and provide a glimpse into the region’s gastronomic heritage. 

From learning traditional recipes passed down through generations to mastering the art of Ligurian pesto, each class is a door to culinary wonders. Are you ready? Let’s go!

Why trust me with your Italian getaway? Simple: I’m a Bologna native with a 10-year track record of making Italian vacations memorable. I pick activities like a chef picks ingredients – only the best – and make sure your tours are the crème de la crème of travel experiences.

I use Viator and Get Your Guide to book tours during my travels, and I especially recommend them for their great cancellation policy. It allows you to cancel most activities up to 24 hours in advance and get a full refund.

OUR PICK: The BEST Cooking Class in Cinque Terre

Step into the heart of Italian cuisine with this delightful Small Group Pasta and Tiramisu Class in Riomaggiore.

You’ll join a Cesarina at her home in the striking seaside town of Riomaggiore. Equipped with an apron and accompanied by only 11 other food enthusiasts, you’ll delve into the art of making homemade pasta from scratch.

Learn about the ingredients and the appropriate way of mixing and kneading the dough. You’ll craft two different types of pasta, and then follow your head cook’s instructions to whip up a delicious tiramisu.

At the end of the class, which only takes three hours, you’ll sit down with a glass of sparkling wine to enjoy your delectable creations.

Why this tour? It teaches you to prepare pasta and tiramisu, the two most iconic classic Italian dishes. The ambiance is intimate, as group sizes are small, and an authentic Cesarina will share family recipes and secrets with you. It’s cozy, unique, and memorable…Plus you’ll get incredible views!

Read what the reviews say

“This has become one of my favorite memories in Italy. Luca from the beginning was very friendly and welcoming into his home. We created 2 sauces to pair with 2 pastas and tiramisu. I was genuinely so impressed with the recipes. The dishes were absolutely delicious, better than if we went out for dinner. This experience had so much value. Thank you Luca!!”

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This cooking class in Cinque Terre includes: An aperitivo, and a meal with drinks. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

 Other Great Options To Consider

▶️ The Pasta, Pesto and Tiramisu class Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre takes place in a private home boasting striking views of the sea. Your host will welcome you with a glass of Prosecco and proceed to teach you the skills to create a mouthwatering Italian meal.

You’ll make local Trofie pasta from scratch, and discover the authentic recipe of Genovese pesto. Then, delve into the creation of a creamy tiramisu, Italy’s most beloved dessert.

At the end of the class, you’ll sit down to relish your dinner with a glass of local wine.

This tour includes: A cooking class with all ingredients, a meal, a glass of Prosecco, and wine. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ This Cinque Terre: Gnocchi & Pesto cooking class with seaview is a delightful alternative. It teaches you to prepare potato-based gnocchi in the enchanting home of a local.

Your expert guide will teach you the ins and outs of Italian cuisine, and provide cooking tips that you’ll keep using at home. Under their watchful eye, create homemade gnocchi and the traditional Pesto Genovese.

The best part? Relishing your meal with a glass of wine, and savoring a sweet dessert prepared by the Cesarina.

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This tour includes: A cooking class, all ingredients, a meal, wine, and coffee. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Pesto Making Classes in Cinque Terre

▶️ This Pesto Course in Levanto allows you to immerse yourself in the world of the oh-so-delicious pesto Genovese. Learn from a charismatic local chef as you crush fresh basil, pine nuts, and garlic with a mortar and pestle. 

Savor the mouthwatering results, paired with a glass of wine and a spread of local products. This hands-on culinary adventure is an amazing introduction to Italy’s cuisine for food enthusiasts of all ages.

This pesto-making class in Cinque Terre includes: Pesto class, wines, and local specialties. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ The Manarola: Authentic Pesto Making Class in Cinque Terre is a 1.5-hour lesson that will turn you into a Pesto Genovese connoisseur.

Equipped with mortar and pestle, you’ll crash basil and pine nuts, and combine them with the rest of the ingredients to create the famous pesto sauce.

Learn the right amount of each component, and by the end of the class, indulge in a freshly baked focaccia with pesto and wine.

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This tour includes: All ingredients, pesto class, and a meal with wine. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ Check out this BarCa Winery Cinqueterre Tour with Wine Tasting & Pesto Class for a slightly different experience.

You’ll tour BarCa’s cellar and historic vineyards, learning about the history and process of its wine production. Then, take part in a guided wine-tasting of white, rosé, and red wines.

The tour is followed by a pesto-making class, which will have you grinding basil leaves, Parmesan cheese, and pine nuts like a pro. Then, blend it all with extra virgin olive oil for the final product.

This tour includes: A winery tour, wine tastings, and pesto class. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Cooking Classes in La Spezia

La Spezia, located near Cinque Terre, is a popular location among those visiting the region. While technically not part of Cinque Terre, La Spezia serves as a fantastic base for exploring the rest of the towns.

If you’re looking for more affordable accommodation or a quieter area, staying in La Spezia is a great option. And you’ll be able to join a cooking class there as well!

▶️ You’ll be welcomed by passionate local hosts, known as Cesarine, in their charming home for a Small Group Pasta and Tiramisu Class in La Spezia.

Delve into the art of turning flour and eggs into mouthwatering pasta dishes, such as Trofie and Pasta alla Contadina. Then, follow the steps to make tiramisu, which you’ll relish for dessert.

By the end of the class, you’ll master these Italian classics like a pro and will be equipped with the skills to recreate them at home. Sip Prosecco with nibbles as you wait for your meal to be ready, and then enjoy lunch with a group of other foodies.

This tour includes: Cooking class, an aperitivo, a meal, and drinks. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ This Cinque Terre Cooking Lesson in La Spezia starts with a trip to the local market. There you’ll handpick the freshest seafood and produce for your dishes.

Continue to your chef’s cozy kitchen, ready to unlock the secrets of Ligurian cuisine. Following closely your guide’s instructions, you’ll create a 3-course meal with a starter, main, and a sweet dessert.

Learn about the philosophy behind the slow food movement as you shape your gnocchi and whip up a tiramisu. 

With a small group of only four, you’ll receive personalized attention and get to savor your creations with complimentary wine. You will leave with cherished recipes to recreate the magic at home!

This tour includes: A cooking class, a market tour, a meal, and printed recipes. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

  • Stefania Guglielmi

    Stefania Guglielmi is the founder of Every Steph. Originally from Bologna, Italy, she's been traveling full-time since 2016 and has visited over 50 countries across 6 continents. She believes sustainable travel and luxury travel can go hand in hand and has been advocating for responsible tourism since 2014. Stefania's advice and travel experiences have been featured in important publications such as Business Insider, Refinery29, and Yahoo Money.