Cooking & Walking in Liguria
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Food & drink
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Bonassola is a quiet coastal resort with easy access to the enchanting Cinque Terre villages and the peaceful countryside further inland.
Join the Bernadin brothers at their cookery school to learn about, and taste, food typical of this region.
- Cooking sessions at the cookery school
- Explore along the coast and inland on guided walks and excursions
- Sample the local wines
Great Reasons to Join Us:
- Great value: all prices include half-board ensuite accommodation, four cooking sessions, two days guided walking, visit to a local vineyard and olive oil press and local transport where required
- Expert leader: learn more about life and traditions in the enchanting Cinque Terre from your knowledgeable leader
- Accommodation: enjoy high quality accommodation at our family run hotel in Bonassola
- Sociability: we pride ourselves on the sociable atmosphere of our holidays, cook together, explore together, eat together, relax together
Hotel Delle Rose
The 3-star Hotel Delle Rose is a charming family-run hotel, owned and run by two brothers, Roberto and Enrico Bernadin. The hotel is located close to the seafront in Bonassola and within easy walking distance of all the local facilities, including the railway station. A handful of cafés and bars can all be found within a couple of minutes’ walk of the hotel. This accommodation is branded 'Character and Comfort' as it is a small friendly family-run hotel, offering a warm welcome, and more personal and friendly service.
HF Holidays Europe Partner Hotel Awards 2016
Silver Award for Great Hotel Staff.
Hotel Delle Rose has 25 en-suite bedrooms, all of which have been refurbished within the last few years.
All bedrooms have telephone, satellite television, fridge, safe deposit box, hairdryer and adjustable ceiling fans. The bathrooms have shower (no bath) and WC.
On the ground floor is a lounge area and the roof garden terrace has a serviced bar with sea views. Our guests can enjoy an aperitif before dinner or a tea or coffee during the day. There is a small lounge on the ground floor with seating and offers a quiet corner to read in. Tourist literature is displayed here and a small library of foreign language paperbacks, which include English.
Our holidays at Hotel Delle Rose are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal. Dinner is served in the light and airy dining room on the ground floor and the breakfast is served on the roof garden terrace with sea views.
Hotel Delle Rose offers a self service continental breakfast, including freshly baked croissants and Ligurian Focaccia from the local bakery.
The hotel provides a typical Italian three-course evening meal. A selection of local dishes and locally-caught fish form an important part of the menu. Each morning the manager likes to discuss any vegetarian or other dietary requirements with you personally. The pasta is home-made and the hotel offers pasta demonstrations once a week, a possible option on your free day.
Hotel Delle Rose serves drinks on the roof garden terrace in the serviced bar with sea views. The chef prepares daily Ligurian specialities to eat with your drinks.
Lunch (payable locally)
You can order a picnic lunch from the hotel. Alternatively, ingredients for a picnic lunch can be purchased from the local shops, either in Bonassola or one of the other villages. On certain days it may be possible to eat in a café whilst out for the day; your leaders will advise.
The friendly atmosphere of our holidays continues into the evening.
Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before hearing about the next day's activities. Your evening meal will be the main focus of the evening. After dinner you may like to join your leaders for a walk out to Punta della Madonna a lovely evening stroll or the the headlland to the south of the bay for a late evening firefly display. Your leader will also be checking for any local events going on nearby. Or you may like to relax on the terrace or in the bar, with a drink and chat with your fellow guests.
Day 1: Arrival day
Day 2 : Bonassola villages – Saltre de Lepre, Montaretto, San Giorgio and Scernio
We walk from the hotel today, exploring the hillside and villages above Bonassola. Our route ascends on a gravel path above Bonassola with views of Bonassola and the pretty chapel, Punta Della Madonna, below. We reach Saltre delle Lepre; a magnificent outcrop with views to Genoa and France. After a short wooded section we head up to Montaretto for lunch in a delightful cafe/restaurant. After lunch we take a path which leads us through woods, where we may see signs of wild boar. The track crosses a stream and winds up to San Giorgio, a magnificently-situated hamlet and one of the first to be founded in the area. We hear tales of the history of Bonassola and the surrounding communities before returning on a good mule track, an original supply route between the two villages. Alternatively, we can continue to Scernio using a wide path above Bonassola, with open views taking in the broad sweep of the bay. The route descends along narrow streets to Bonassola. 7.1 km (41/2 miles); 415 metres (1,360 feet) of ascent and descent
Day 3: Cookery School & Optional walk to local chapel
Our morning cookery session focuses on antipasta followed by an optional walk to the local chapel before returning to the cookery school for a session on pasta production and techniques.
Day 4: Cookery school, a walk to Groppo through wine terraces & wine tasting
Morning cookery session focusing on main courses. In the afternoon we will take the train and walk along to the harbour in Manarola along the wine terraces. Following a mule path up to Groppo through olive groves for a wine tasting. 3.2km (2 miles) with 160 metres (510 feet) of ascent and descent
Day 5: Free day
Day 6: Cookery School & Levanto
Our morning cookery session focuses on Italian desserts. In the afternoon we will walk to Levanto to visit the historic town, followed by an ice cream break. There is some free time to explore the town and make our way independently back to the hotel – or take up our leader’s offer of a walk over the saddle back to Bonassola with her.
Day 7: Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso
A train journey along the Cinque Terre coastline takes us to the Cinque Terre village of Corniglia, which we explore. This is a busy, but justifiably popular, area of the Cinque Terre with superb sea views throughout. Those with the energy might ascend the 377 steps up to Corniglia (the rest of us will take the local shuttle bus!) to explore Corniglia. Our walk continues along the coast path climbing, contouring and then descending to the charming village of Vernazza with its waterfront bars and colourful houses. From here we have the option to continue on the coastal path to Monterosso and explore this town before taking the train back to Bonassola.
First section: 4 miles with 900 feet of ascent and descent
Total walk: 11.5 km (7.5 miles); 600 metres (2,015 feet) of ascent and descent
Day 8: Departure day
Please note that the dishes mentioned are an example and will depend on the season and availability of local ingredients.
During your Cooking and Walking holiday your HF Holidays’ leader may adjust the programme at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather, local opening times or the wishes of the group.
The Cinque Terre or ‘five lands’ is the name given to the stretch of coast between five unique coastal villages. Originally fishing villages and pirate hideaways, they are now one of the most popular tourist areas in Italy. The coastline is now designated as a National Park and the villages recognised by UNESCO.
Bonassola lies just outside the national park and as such is quieter than its more famous neighbours, making it a pleasant base in the evenings. It has a very attractive beach only a few minutes from the hotel. The town is surrounded by hills and can only be accessed by train, or by using a narrow winding road.
Bonassola - Bonassola is an interesting small town in its own right and you could spend a leisurely day visiting the beach and local cafés.
Cinque Terre villages - You may enjoy re-visiting some of the Cinque Terre villages that you may previously have visited. Each village has its own railway station and the frequent trains mean that it is possible to visit all five villages in one day.
Genoa - Genoa is the largest port in Italy and the European Capital of Culture in 2004. After a long-ish train journey you’ll find a number of attractions including the cathedral, churches, opera house and museums, plus a regenerated dock area (Porto Antico) and a vast and ornate cemetery with its very own bus network! Alternatively you may just prefer to wander through the famous caruggi (narrow alleyways) in the old town.
Portofino - The chic resort town of Portofino is situated approximately two-thirds of the way to Genoa. This is a picturesque town where you can admire the expensive yachts and Italy’s rich and famous.
Shops & Facilities: There are a couple of minimarkets, a pharmacy, two breadshops and a greengrocer close to the hotel. The post office is located behind the hotel and the bank with an external ATM is just 200m away. There are several bars in Bonassola, including a couple overlooking the sea and a bar/gelateria attached to the hotel.
We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.
‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option
Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Heathrow and Manchester flights to Pisa airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.
If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes approx 2 hours to the Hotel Delle Rose.
‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option
Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.
If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, below are some suggestions to help you reach your destination:
Transfers must be pre-booked. Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details
Pisa has numerous UK connections, you may want to consider our transfer options or alternatively enjoy the rail journey to Bonassola.
* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach
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Dates & Prices
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Prices are per person
- Single room: no supplement (limited number)
- All transport to walks is included in the price of the holiday
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person