Taste of Tradition


The Farm


Villanova maintains the agricultural traditions of the estate in spite of the rather harsh character of the Ligurian terrain. The work is still done manually, because rarely are machines able to climb the steep hills.

All natural seasonal fruit and vegetables can be purchased fresh from the garden and the orchards or tasted at the breakfast buffet as ingredients of delicious jams and homemade cakes. Our guests may pick their own herbs, to add to their meals the distinct flavor of the traditional ligurian dishes.

Villanova is also a member of the Agriculture Cooperative in Levanto and by providing our grapes and olives, we contribute to the production of the local wine and olive oil.



At our tasting you will be sampling local white and red wines. Along with the wine we will serve a selection of regional specialties.


Pesto Class


Learn how to prepare the original “Pesto alla Genovese” with a mortar and taste it with a glass of local white wine on our amazing terrace.


Cooking Class

The ligurian kitchen

It is traditionally known for its natural and pure ingredients composed of fresh and local vegetables, seafood and game. Most characteristic is the abundant use of wild herbs, such as the aromatic rosmarin, thyme, sage and borage. You will learn how to prepare the original “Pesto alla genovese” and how to use fresh basil to add flavor to other traditional italian dishes. The class takes place in the characteristic cellar of the 17th century villa and is followed by a candlelight dinner on the panoramic terrace.

The program

The class takes place in our charming 17th century “cantina”. Lesson starts at 4:00 pm with an introduction to the menu and handout of the recipes, then continues with the preparation of the dishes. Participants will have hands-on experience creating a delicious 3 courses meal. Around 6:30 pm the aperitif will be served on the terrace. The lesson ends with the candlelight dinner accompanied by our local wines.

The price of the class

The price varies depending on the number of participants, from Euro 110/pax for 6 or more people to Euro 180/pax for 2 people, and includes the lesson with recipe cards, an aperitif and a 3 course meal with local wine.