Food Lover’s Rome and the Amalfi Coast Vacation

Food Lovers Rome Amalfi Coast Vacation

Explore the classic sights of Rome and the magical views along the Amalfi Coast and Capri. Enjoy the most delicious pizza, pasta and pastries in TWO of Italy’s best food regions. This 9-day Food Lover’s Rome and Amalfi Coast Vacation is about more than the great food and wine. Experience the main sights and culture of the regions. We take care of all the details, transporting you in style, so all you have to do is relax and enjoy.

Three cooking classes, a winery visit at the foot of Mt. Vesuvius and meals at some of the best and most authentic restaurants make this the most delicious vacation package. You’ll also enjoy exclusive private tours, like an after-hours tour of the Vatican Museums and a private boat excursion along the Amalfi coastline and island of Capri.  You’ll take a private drive along the famous UNESCO World Heritage Amalfi Coast Drive. Stay at luxury boutique hotels in both Rome and Praiano. In Praiano each room has a view of the sea. This vacation is a collaboration with our friends at Browsing Italy (the award winning online publication about all things Italy), and we’ve put together a truly local and exclusive experience for you.

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DATES AND PRICING

***BOOK THIS VACATION BEFORE MAY 31, 2017  AND SAVE $500 OFF THE REGULAR BOOKING PRICE***

2017 Vacation Dates:

  • June 10 – 18, 2017 (FULL)
  • September 2 – 10, 2017

2018 Vacation Dates:

  • May 18 – 26, 2018

Vacation Price:

$4,990 per person (based upon double occupancy)
*Single Supplement Charge = $650

Maximum Group Size: 12 People

 

BOOKING AND PAYMENT:

  • To secure you spot on the trip, a non-refundable deposit of $1,250 per person is required.
  • The remaining balance is due 90 days prior to vacation start date.
  • You can make payments by credit card, bank transfer, or check.

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INCLUDED IN YOUR FOOD LOVER’S ROME AND AMALFI COAST VACATION:

  • 9-days/8-nights accommodations at luxury boutique hotels in Rome and on the Amalfi Coast – all rooms have sea views on the Amalfi Coast (3 nights in Rome and 5 nights on the Amalfi Coast)
  • Round-trip private transfer from the Rome Fiumicino Airport and all transportation for included activities
  • 19 meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners (2 glasses of wine included with all lunches and dinners)
  • THREE fun hands-on cooking classes with local chefs and Italian mammas
  • One Roman pasta-making class, one full-meal Amalfi Coast class under a lemon grove and one pizza-making class
  • Private Guided walking tour of the Roman Forum and Coloseum
  • Special Private After-Hours Vatican Museum Evening Tour
  • Roman Food Tour – Walking tour in the historic center of Rome and gelato tasting of 20+ flavors
  • Private, guided walking tour of Pompeii
  • Private boat ride along the Amalfi coastline and around the Island of Capri with stops for swims in breathtaking coves
  • Private drive along the Amalfi Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Winery visit at the foot of Mt. Vesuvius with a wine-paired lunch
  • Amalfi Lemon grove tour and limoncello demonstration and tasting
  • Chef Kathy will be with you the entire time as your guide and group leader
  • Food Lover’s Amalfi Coast recipe book
  • Food Lover’s Odyssey apron and welcome gift bag
  • Assistance with your travel arrangements from the U.S. to Rome, Italy and with any pre- and post-tour travel arrangements you’d like to make

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WHAT PREVIOUS GUESTS SAY ABOUT OUR VACATIONS:

“We all had such a wonderful time… Grazie di cuore to YOU! We all agreed that the Amalfi Coast was fabulous… But you are the key that made this trip and our Puglia trip so memorable! Your perfect research and planning and your sweet, easy going “leadership” made the trip! Everyone wants to do it again… With you!” – Teri  (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 amazingly patient and unflappable– as were you.” – Elizabeth (New Orleans, LA)

“BEST. TRIP. EVER.”  – Aimee (Flower Mound, TX)

“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)

“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, D.C.)

SEE SOME PHOTOS FROM OUR VACATIONS: FLO Vacations Photo Gallery

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THE COOKING CLASSES
Become Italian cooks on your vacation with three hands-on cooking classes; a Roman pasta-making class in Rome, a full-meal cooking class under a lemon grove on the Amalfi Coast and one pizza-making class in Positano.

THE SIGHTS, ACTIVITIES AND EXPERIENCES
Your vacation will include other food-focused activities: a special winery visit with a wine-paired lunch. You’ll take a food walk in Rome that ends with a gelato tasting of more than 20 flavors. Enjoy a lemon-grove tour and limoncello-making demonstration.

Explore the main sights of Rome – Coloseum, Roman Forum, Vatican Museums and more – with a local guide; the island of Capri, Amalfi, Positano, Sorrento and Pompeii. Our private driver will take us on the scenic Amalfi Coast drive with views as dizzying as the drive’s heights. Explore the amazing hilltop town of Ravello and the Villa Rufolo.

CITIES AND TOWNS YOU’LL VISIT:
• Rome
• Island of Capri
• Positano
• Amalfi
• Ravello
• Pompeii
• Praiano

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Day 1: Welcome to Italy – Arrival on the Amalfi Coast
Arrival at the Rome Fiumicino Airport with a private transfer to our boutique hotel on the Amalfi Coast in Praiano. After you’ve checked into the hotel and your room, will have a welcome drink and snacks at the hotel’s terrace bar

Afternoon to relax and explore the marina or Praiano

Welcome dinner with a view of sunset on the sea at the Marina di Praia
MEALS: (Lunch, Dinner)

Day 2: Pizza Making in Positano and the Afternoon to Relax on the Beach
You’ll be beachside in Positano for a late-morning pizza-making class. Lunch will be the pizza you make.

After lunch, you’ll have the rest of the afternoon and evening free. Take a chaise lounge and stay beachside for the day, or take time to shop. For those that would like, Kathy will take you on a short orientation walk of the city. You’ll have time for drinks or to dine on your own, too, before our driver arrives to take us back to our hotel for the evening.

MEALS: (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 3: Private Boat Ride Along the Amalfi Coast and Around the Island of Capri
Today you’ll experience the Amalfi Coastline by the sea on your private boat. After the ride along the coast, your captain will stop in the Li Galli islands for those that would like to swim. After your swim, we’ll head to the Island of Capri and continue our ride around the island.

After our trip around the island, we’ll stop in Capri for the afternoon, you’ll have free time to take the funicular up to Capri Town (round-trip funicular ticket included) and shop in Capri’s swanky shops, or visit the Garden of Augustus or take a taxi on your own to Anacapri.

We’ll meet back at the Capri Harbor later in the afternoon and take our boat back to Praiano.

Dinner will be at a local trattoria in Praiano.
MEALS: (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 4: Ravello and Its Villas – Lemon, Limoncello and Cooking Class in a Lemon Grove in Amalfi
This morning you’ll take a ride on the Amalfi drive from Praiano to Atrani and then up to the town of Ravello. We’ll spend the morning exploring Ravello’s Villa Rufolo and its hilltop view over the coast. After our villa visit, you’ll have time to explore Ravello on your own. You can choose to walk to the Villa Cimbrone and see another spectacular view of the coast, shop for ceramics and other items in the boutiques in town, or have lunch on your own.

In the afternoon we’ll meet back together in Ravello and head to Amalfi town. You’ll be able to visit Amalfi’s cathedral and cloister if you like or take a stroll on the pier and up Amalfi’s main street and through its historic porticoes.

We’ll meet back together in the late afternoon and start with a limoncello tasting and tour of a lemon grove. In the lemon grove, we’ll have a cooking class with our favorite Amalfi family, cooking a full meal based on lemons and local dishes. Dinner will be what we cook during class.
MEALS: (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 5: Pompeii – Mt. Vesuvius Winery Visit & Lunch – Private drive along the famous Amalfi Coast Drive
We’ll have a morning visit to Pompeii. Our guide will walk us through the ruins of the town bringing it to life with stories from over 2000 years ago.

In the afternoon, you’ll visit a local winery at the foot of Mt. Vesuvius and have a wine-paired lunch of local delicacies.

On our way back from Pompeii our driver will take us on the breathtaking Amalfi Drive, stopping a few times for photo ops, before arriving back at our hotel

You’ll have the rest of the afternoon to relax at the hotel, take a swim, or take a walk to the marina.

Our last dinner on the Divine Coast will be at our favorite restaurant with an amazing sunset view.
MEALS: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: Ciao Roma – Roman Pasta Making Class
Our driver will pick us up at our hotel in Praiano in the morning and we’ll drive to our hotel in Rome

You’ll have the afternoon to relax at the hotel or explore Rome on your own before our early-evening Roman pasta cooking class. We’ll make typical Roman pasta dishes together and dinner will be what we make.
MEALS: (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 7: The Roman Forum, Palantine Hill and Colosseum in the Morning – Special After Hours Private Vatican Museum
Explore the ruins of the Roman Empire – the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palantine Hill on a walking tour with a private local guide in the morning. After the walking tour, we’ll have a light lunch together at a favorite trattoria nearby.

You’ll have the afternoon free to relax or explore Rome on your own.

We’ll meet back together in the evening for our after-hours private tour of the Vatican Museum.
MEALS: (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 8: Roman Food Tour – Farewell Dinner
We’ll take a Roman Food Tour in the historic center of Rome, visiting the Campo dei Fiori Market and local food shops. The tour will end with a more-than-20-flavors gelato tasting from one of our favorite artisan gelato makers in Rome.

You’ll have the rest of the afternoon free to explore Rome on your own.

In the early evening, for those that would like, we’ll take a stroll with Kathy through the historic center seeing some of the most historic monuments and piazzas as the sun sets on Rome: Piazza Navona, The Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.

We’ll dine together at a favorite Roman trattoria for our last evening together in Rome and of the vacation.
MEALS: (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 9: Arriverderci Roma
In the morning, our driver will arrive for your private transfer to the Rome Fiumicino Airport

***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.

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