The idyllic village of Ravello, home-base for our Culinary Tour, is perched high above the sparkling Mediterranean and is among the breathtaking sites you'll experience during this week on Italy's Amalfi Coast.
On this memorable journey you will learn, first-hand, about the history, culture and cuisine of this magnificent area and hone your cooking skills with lessons under the expert guidance of some of the region's beloved local chefs.
The itinerary also includes visits to the legendary villages of Positano, Amalfi, and Sorrento, to vineyards for private wine tastings, olive orchards, lemon groves, and a full day in Paestum - famous for the ancient Greek Temples and the best mozzarella di bufala. And there's more!
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After landing in Naples, you will be provided with a transfer to our villa-hotel in Ravello, where you will have time to unpack and marvel at the spectacular views. Early in the evening, enjoy an aperitivo, followed by dinner with a private chef.
Discovering Ravello & Amalfi
After breakfast at the villa we spend the morning discovering Ravello, the jewel of the Amalfi Coast. A guided walking tour of Ravello will include the Villa Rufolo and the Villa Cimbrone, where you will be awed by its world famous gardens and the view from the Belvedere dell'Infinito. We will visit ceramic shops, a world-famous coral craftsman and enjoy tastings at a limoncello producer. Our afternoon will be spent in the charming and historical town of Amalfi, where we will enjoy lunch and have time to visit the lovely shops and cultural points that harken back to Amalfi's glory days as a Maritime Republic. Dinner will be at a local trattoria in Ravello.
Our Fabulous Cooking Day
After a light breakfast at our villa, our fabulous cooking day at Mamma Agata begins! We will cook, tour Mamma Agata's gardens and have lunch with all the delicious food we prepare in our cooking class. Dinner (if we have room left!) will be at a local trattoria or you can enjoy a free evening to explore the area at your leisure.
Vineyards and Lemon Groves
Breakfast at your leisure with time to relax at the villa. At midday we depart for the town of Raito, overlooking Vietri sul Mare, the colorful little town at the east end known as the “First Pearl of the Amalfi Coast”. We will visit an organic family-run vineyard guided by our own professional sommelier. Enjoy a tour of the vineyards and lemon groves followed by wine tastings, a wine-pairing lunch and limoncello tastings - all with stunning views of the Bay of Salerno as the backdrop. Dinner will be back in Ravello at a local trattoria.
Greek Temples & Mozzarella di Bufala
Breakfast at the villa and an early start to our day as we make our way to Paestum. This region, south of the Amalfi Coast, is known for the production of the world's best Mozzarella di Bufala (Buffalo Mozzarella). We will visit a local organic cheese Estate; see the different phases of artisanal mozzarella production and meet the water buffalos, followed by tastings of freshly made cheese, gelato and yogurt. We will then step back in time as we visit the Greek Temples of Poseidonia, founded around the end of the 7th century BC. This area of Paestum is one of the most important and fascinating Italian archeological sites. After the tour, lunch will be at a family run trattoria for some local specialties. Following this truly wonderful day, we return to the villa and have dinner at our leisure.
Sorrentine & Olive Oil, Positano, Scala
Today will include visits to two awe-inspiring coastal villages. Our personal driver will take us along the famous Amalfi Drive and across the Sorrentine Peninsula to the lively town of Sorrento where we visit one of the most well respected olive oil producers in the area; and have a tour and tasting. We will then make our way back to one of the most picturesque towns in Italy, Positano. This is a vibrant village where narrow lanes meander down from great heights toward the glistening sea, and where bustling restaurants serve the catch of the day. Positano is also known for its clothing, shoe, and jewelry boutiques. Later that evening, we will visit Scala, one of the oldest villages along the coast, and dine at Trattoria Lorenzo's, a fabulous spot to relax and enjoy a delicious authentic Italian dinner.
Free Day & Special Farewell Dinner
Enjoy breakfast at the villa and then spend your free day exploring Ravello or the surrounding area. If you would like, we can arrange an optional excursion or activity including visits to Pompeii and Capri. For our final evening, a wine pairing and farewell dinner at a Michelin Star restaurant. What a perfect end to a memorable week!
Breakfast and Departure
6 - 10
2017 Tour Dates
May 6 - 13
October 7 - 14
October 14 - 21
$5200 US dollars
Single Supplement available, please inquire
- Private Transfers between Naples and Ravello on the start-date and end-date of the tour
- 7 nights accommodation
- Daily breakfast
- 6 lunches
- 7 dinners
- Cooking classes, private tastings, as described
- Private guided tours and demonstrations, as described
- Ground transportation for all activities
- Entrance Fees to all activities included on the itinerary
- Keepsake photo album and Photo CD (upon our return)
- Airfare (we can arrange)
- Travel insurance (strongly advised)
- Wine, beer, and liquors ordered on your own
- Room service, laundry, valet service
- Telephone expenses
- Passport or Visa fees
- Private transfers to/from Ravello other than on start or end date
- Optional tips to restaurants, drivers, maids, etc. given at the sole discretion of each individual traveler and are not required for participation in the tour.