Local Experience


A visit to the greenhouses, a cooking class in the heart of the historic center of Genoa, and a lunch in a local restaurant to discover the secrets of the true pesto sauce ….. A “Food Experience” that will make you discover the green side of Genoa!

The magnificent 7 of Pesto:

Ingredients: 4 bunches of protected-origin-denomination Genoese basil, 40 g of parmesan cheese, 20 g of Sardinian pecorino cheese, a handful of pine kernels, two Vessalico garlic cloves (a Slow Food presidium), coarse salt, and protected-origin-denomination Riviera Ligure extra virgin olive oil. Wash and dry the basil leaves, taking care not to crush them. Put the garlic and some grains of coarse salt in the marble or stone mortar, and crush it all with an “pestle” in olive-tree wood; add the dry basil leaves, the pine kernels and the two grated cheeses. Work it all to get a homogeneous mixture. Dilute with a dash of oil. Pour into a bowl and with a wooden spoon amalgamate with the remaining oil.

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The charm of old Zena contained in the old shops

Walking through the historic area of Genoa you may come across its beautiful historic shops that tell history and preserve all its charm intact. Butchers’ shops, grocery stores, confectioners’ shops, fried food shops, but also shops selling furniture, craft products, quality tailors’ shops and pharmacies with old remedies will allure you and allow you to know better the maze of caruggi that contains in itself the Middle Ages and the Risorgimento.

The shops are in old buildings, with architecture and furnishings rather original that recall stories of old legends and mosaics of peoples; some still preserve the old relics of arts and crafts, while others proudly show the new tools that allow them to continue the tradition. Yes, because Genoa is tradition, it is culture, it is art, it is the work of those who preserve shops with care and love, those who see them changing without losing that touch of the past that absolutely everybody likes so much.

There are 21 shops that belong to the “regional list of historic shops”, on which there are shops that have been in activity for over 70 years and satisfy a whole series of requisites imposed by the Superintendence for the Architectural Heritage. Another fifty are waiting for evaluation by a team of experts.

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The oldest chocolate factory Romeo Viganotti, founded in 1866, is still today a unchanged workshop and is using old machinery and molds. In the chocolate shop it seems that time has stopped, that the tranquility and patience are the right way to work. For 150 years, each chocolate is the result of a long and accurate manual processing: small “jewels” to be savored.

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