Enjoy pizza, pasta & pastries in one of Italy’s most beautiful and best food regions and enjoy some of the most magical views in the world. This week-long Amalfi Coast Culinary vacation, with the stunning Amalfi Coast as your setting, is not only about the great food and wine; we’ll take time to enjoy the sea and the sights of the coastal towns of Sorrento, Ravello, Amalfi and Postiano and the island of Capri. You’ll spend a day at sea on a private boat excursion along the coast. You’ll take a private drive along the famous Amalfi Coast Drive. Stay at a luxury boutique hotel, where each room has a view of the sea. Included in your week are two delicious full-meal cooking classes under a lemon grove, one pizza-making class beachside, and two winery visits – both with wine-paired 4-course meals.
2017 Vacation Dates:
$4,275 (based on double occupancy)**
Single Occupancy Supplement charge: $575 per person
Maximum Group Size: 12 people
MAKE THIS A PRIVATE GROUP VACATION: This vacation is also availabile for private-group bookings from 4 – 12 people throughout the year.
Rome to the Amalfi Coast – Do you want to include Rome in your Italy Vacation? We also offer an 9-day vacation that includes Rome! See all the details for this vacation: Food Lover’s Rome and Amalfi Coast Vacation
**Airfare, transportation to Naples (if flying in from elsewhere in Italy/Europe), travel insurance and expenses of a personal nature (souvenirs and other personal items) are not included in the vacation package price.
“The Amalfi trip was beyond “OK” – it was fabulous!:) “Touring” with you is a wonderful experience – visiting beautiful towns, eating at the best restaurants, and cooking local dishes. There were so many memorable moments on this trip including the dinners the first and last nights in Praiano, the lemon grove and cooking classes, pizza-making, the villas in Ravello, and of course, the boat ride back from Capri! You make travel so easy and so much fun. Thank you for making this trip one that we will all remember.” – Linda (Gaithersburg, MD)
“Kathy, You were a wonderful, caring, considerate, organized, and calm leader of our group. I enjoyed every minute – even the scary rides–Ha! I can’t say enough of how great you and the trip were. I’m sure we’ll get together again.” Susan (McLean, VA)
“It was truly an amazing experience and I can’t thank you enough for your expert planning down to every detail including the adorable Italian drivers/tour guides who were gentlemen in every respect. I’m sure we were quite the high maintenance bunch. All of my videos of our car rides on the Amalfi coast have a voice track of me screaming Yikes! They were amazinging patient and unflappable– as were you.” – Elizabeth (New Orleans, LA)
“I am still coasting on my wonderful time in Italy. It was such a pleasure to travel with you and the group. You handled us and the unexpected so well. I loved our hotel and visits to the beautiful towns along the coast. So many great meals and good laughs. The vistas everywhere still stagger my mind as I look at the photos.” Susan (Washington DC)
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THE COOKING CLASSES
You’ll have three cooking classes during the week; two full-meal cooking classes with an Italian mamma and one pizza-making class.
THE SIGHTS, ACTIVITIES AND EXPERIENCES
In addition to the cooking classes, there are many food-focused activities. Your week will include a special winery visit with wine-paired lunch. Learn all about the many pastries of the Amalfi Coast and Campania region with a pastry shop visit and tasting. Enjoy a lemon-grove tour and limoncello-making demonstration. In addition to the food fun, we’ll explore the main cities with a local guide; the island of Capri, Amalfi, Positano, Sorrento and Pompeii. Our private driver will take us on the twisting Amalfi Coast drive with views as dizzying as the drive’s heights. Explore the amazing hilltop town of Ravello and its lush villas, Cimbrone and Rufulo.
CITIES AND TOWNS YOU’LL VISIT:
Day 1 ~ Benvenuti in Compania!
Arrival at the Napoli Airport (or train station) – Your driver and I will greet you at the Naples Airport and/or Train Station. Pick up at the airport is for Noon and 12:30 for the train station.
Before we head to the Amalfi Coast, we’ll stop in Napoli for an authentic pizza in the city where pizza was born!
After our pizza lunch, our driver will take us to our hotel, Hotel Villa Maria Pia, in Praiano. You’ll have the rest of the afternoon to relax and explore the village and its famous marina.
In the early evening, we’ll meet at the hotel terrace bar for welcome wine reception. From there, we’ll go to dinner at a local restaurant with a gorgeous view of the sea and the sunset, the perfect beginning to the week.
Day 2 – A Day in Amalfi – Lemon Tour, Limoncello and Cooking Class Under a Lemon Grove
We’ll spend most of the day in Amalfi, starting with an orientation walk in the town and to the Cathedral. You’ll have free time on your own until lunch.
We’ll have lunch together on the terrace of a favorite trattoria.
After lunch, we’ll take a lemon grove tour and learn about the Amalfi Coast lemons and have a tasting of Limoncello and Lemon cake.
After the tour, we’ll have a cooking class with our new Amalfi friends in their kitchen under a lemon grove . Dinner will be what we cook together.
After dinner, we’ll head back to our hotel for the evening.
Day 3 ~ Today is all about the sea and the Isle of Capri
Private boat for the day – We’ll see the Amalfi Coastline from the sea and, weather permitting, we’ll take a swim in private coves and ride around the island of Capri. We’ll have a picnic lunch (weather permitting) on the boat.
You’ll have about 3 hours to explore the island of Capril and/or shop on your own.
Dinner will be at another local restaurant in Praiano with another spectacular view of the sea and the sunset.
Day 4 ~ Today is all about Positano and Pizza
Become pizzaioli for the morning at our pizza-making class in Positano. Lunch will be the pizza we make.
You’ll have the afternoon free to explore Positano on your own, shop or settle into a “lettino” (beach chair) and enjoy the sea. For those that would like, you can take an optional orientation walk through Positano with Kathy that will end with a pastry shop visit.
Dinner will be at a fabulous restaurant situated right on the rocks. You can hear the waves lap against them as you dine.
Day 5 ~ Pompeii, Wines of Mt. Vesuvius and Lunch and Sorrento
Today we’ll spend the morning in Pompeii with a private guided walking tour of the ruins.
On our way back from Pompeii we’ll stop for lunch at a winery that sits at the foot of Mt. Vesuvius. We’ll have lunch at the winery, where they’ll pair typical home-style Neapolitan cuisine with their wines.
We’ll have a short orientation walk in Sorrento, and then you’ll have the rest of the afternoon free to enjoy the town, shop, visit the Marina Grande or people watch at a café in Piazza Tasso.
Our driver will take us back to our hotel along the famous Amalfi Drive, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Dinner will be at a local trattoria in Praiano
Day 6 ~ Ravello and Its Villas (Rufolo and Cimbrone) – Evening Cooking Class Under the Lemon Grove
We’ll spend the morning and afternoon in the hilltop town of Ravello visiting both the Villa Rufolo and Cimbrone
Lunch in Ravello, with another breathtaking view, and you’ll have some free time to explore and/or shop
In the late afternoon, we’ll go to Amalfi for our final cooking class of the week with our favorite Amalfi Coast family under the lemon grove.
Day 7 ~ Amalfi Coast Winery Visit and Wine-Tasting Lunch – Afternoon by the Sea – Farewell dinner
Visit to the village of Furore, high above the sea and a world-famous local winery. Take a guided tour of the cellars and then enjoy a paired tasting lunch.
After lunch, you’ll have the rest of the afternoon to enjoy the view from the hotel terrace and Praiano.
Our farewell dinner will be one of the most, if not the most, spectacular views of the sea and a fabulous 4-course meal to end this dream vacation.
Day 8 ~ Arriverderci Divine Coast
Right after breakfast, we’ll say our goodbyes to our new family at the hotel, our drivers and the splendid Amalfi Coast. Your private transfer will leave at 8:30am from the hotel to the Napoli Airport or train station.
***Sequence of classes, activities, excursions and menus may vary. The final itinerary will be given to each guest on the first day of the vacation. Whenever there are local festivals or events happening during the week, we will try to include them with adjustments to the itinerary to enhance your vacation experience.