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Italian Riviera, is one of the most breathtaking coastlines in the world. Here, the sea and the mountains meet in dramatic fashion, and we spend a week exploring the fascinating history, indigenous wines, and traditional cuisine of the area among one of the most stunning backdrops in Italy.

With Yoga and daily excursions you are sure to earn every meal. We will be sharing some of the famous local cuisine with you every night at your private villa.

Pesto is the secret sauce of Liguria. Here is a quick recipe to get you in the pasta mood.

To a Ligurian, pesto requires very specific ingredients – light Ligurian DOP olive oil, Riviera pine nuts, fresh garlic from Vessalico (in western Liguria, near the French border) , sea salt, a 50-50 blend of Percorino sardo cheese from Sardinia (Sardo is richer while Pecorino Romano is more salty) and true Parmigiano-Reggiano, all combined with tender shade-grown basil.

The traditional technique for making pesto utilizes a marble mortar and an olive wood pestle, the grinding releases the herb’s oils and maximum flavor and produces the preferred crushed texture. The cutting action of the food processor is believed to cut off the plants capillaries and prevents the fullest release of flavor.

Give it a try, its delicious!

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