Portofino is known as the resort of the rich and famous, but there is much more to do here than just people-watch in the Piazzetta, or gaze at the sleek yachts docked in the harbor. There is also a flourishing indigenous culture represented by Niasca Portofino, a company founded by Portofino residents to restore local traditions and abandoned farms. On the hillside above the village, more than 10 acres of olive groves, vineyards, fruit trees and native herbs have been rescued from near extinction so that the rich biodiversity of the territory has returned.
Foremost among Niasca's production is olive oil, a staple of Italian culture and cuisine. The terraced hillsides of the Ligurian Riviera yield extra-virgin olive oils that are more subtle and delicate than those of other regions: sweet, light, golden-hued oils made primarily with Taggiasca olives that pair particularly well with fish, seafood and grilled vegetables. Our two-hour tasting is the ultimate way to experience the healthy deliciousness of extra-virgin olive oil in an idyllic, countryside setting!
After a 10-minute stroll up to Portofino's Three Lakes district, with its incredible views of the Mediterranean Sea, you will be refreshed by a glass of sparkling lemonade made from local Tigullio lemons before the tasting begins. An agronomist will explain step by step how olive oil is made while you relish bruschetta and Nostralino wine, along with several local sauces including pesto, black olives, fresh tomatoes, focaccia and Ligurian vegetable pies.
This guided olive oil tasting includes:
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