Splendors of the Amalfi Coast (Fall)

October 9 - 16, 2021

$5,500.00/person

Journey to the quaint towns of Amalfi where you’ll find yourself in the kitchens of famous chefs, cooking up flavorful recipes passed down through generations. Cozy up on a balcony with sea views and a glass of prosecco. Explore private vineyards, olive and lemon orchards, and history itself in ancient Pompeii. Take in the beauty of the coast on a private boat charter.  This tour goes beyond culinary to cultural delights.

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Overview

A perfect blend of sophistication and simplicity, the Amalfi Coast in Italy is best explored through its cuisine. Eat. Cook. Discover. This signature culinary tour, planned, executed and guided by Carol, celebrates one of Italy’s most spectacular regions. Located in the enchanting town of Ravello, your luxurious villa has breathtaking views and fresh aroma-filled air wafting from the surrounding lemon, orange and olive trees.

Embark on an epicurean adventure and discover Italy’s culture and the “Vita Bella” through food, wine and local traditions.

Lose yourself in the beauty of Ravello and its world famous gardens of Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo.

Experience the secrets of the region unfolding during behind-the-scenes visits to traditional shops.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival – Naples Airport

After arriving and getting your luggage, please proceed to exit and arrival area.
A driver from Amalfi Coast Destinations will greet you, holding a sign saying “Amalfi Coast Destinations”.

You will then be on your way to our private villa in the town of Ravello, known as the jewel of the Amalfi Coast. Time to relax with a light aperativo and take in the sublime views, surrounded by lemon, orange and olive trees.

7:00 pm – Welcome dinner with seasonal local specialties at the villa.

Day 2

History, Seaside Views & Amalfi

7:15 – 8:15 am – Breakfast

8:30 am – Depart the villa for a nice 20 minute walk up to Ravello. Meet our private guide in the piazza for a 2.5 hour walking tour. We will visit the famous and stunning gardens of Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone, as well as a visit to a well-known cameo craftsmen – his store and private museum is one of kind, with exquisite works of art, coral and cameos.

Return to the villa to freshen up.

1:00 pm – Our driver will pick us up and and off to the charming town of Amalfi for a seaside lunch at one of my favourite spots. Time to explore and enjoy the town. Return to our villa.

7:15 pm – A delicious meal at an authentic, family run restaurant in the town of Scala, known for the best fish & seafood dishes on the coast.

Day 3

Cooking Day at Mamma Agata

Light breakfast at the villa.

10:00 am – Cooking Day!

A short walk over to Mamma Agata’s Cooking School. Upon arrival you will be welcomed with a slice of Mamma’s famous lemon cake and a caffè.

After our welcome & overview of our day with Chiara, (Mamma Agata’s daughter), a three hour demonstration cooking lesson begins. During the lesson, you will be encourage to taste the sauces, olive oils and vegetables – all produced & freshly picked from their garden.

During the course of the day, you will have to time to relax in the beautiful terraced gardens, with a glass of wine in hand.

Upon conclusion of the cooking demo, lunch will be served on the terrace overlooking the coast. The day usually ends between 4:00 – 5:00 pm. A full day of wonderful aromas & flavours!

An incredible experience with a wonderful family and a true taste of the Amalfi Coast.

After all the delicious food and wine, we will head back to the villa. I left this night free for you to do as you please. From experience, after a day at Mamma Agata, not many guests will be very hungry! Just in case you are, no worries, plenty of options to choose from.

Day 4

The First Pearl of the Coast & Private Vineyards

7:30 – 8:30 am – Breakfast

8:45 am – Following breakfast, our driver will take us on a leisurely drive along the coast to the town of Vietri sul Mare, known also as the “first pearl” of the Amalfi Coast. Famous for its ceramics, we will partake on a short tour of this small charming village with our wonderful animated guide. Following, enjoy a very special visit to an organic vineyard – wine tastings and a wine pairing lunch with the owner, while soaking in the breathtaking views of the Bay of Salerno as our backdrop.

Dinner – At our villa

Day 5

Positano, Mozzarella Making & an 18th Century Palazzo

7:00 – 7:45 am – Breakfast

8:00 am – Following breakfast, our driver will take us on a beautiful drive along the coast to the stunning vertical town of Positano. Time to explore and shop!

Following, we will be going to the town of Agerola, known as “the small Switzerland”, due to its beautiful lush mountain landscape. Enjoy a private mozzarella class, and a delicious lunch at a one of the top restaurants in Italy at a beautiful 18th century palace.

Dinner – At our villa

Day 6

Ancient Wonders & Pizza Making

Breakfast at our leisure

12:15 pm – Lunch at the villa
1:30 pm – Our driver will pick us up and take us to the famous ruins of Pompeii. We will have a 2 hour

private guided tour of this fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Following, we will be off to Tramonti, a village in the beautiful valley of the Lattari mountains. Time for some pizza making, with a master “pizzaiolo”, and wine tastings at a family run vineyard.

Day 7

Leisure Day

A free day to do as you please. Enjoy the day at the villa and Ravello or surrounding area. If you would

like to discuss options for this day, it will be a pleasure to make the arrangements.

6:45 pm – Departure from the villa for our Farewell Dinner
Dinner at a family run trattoria, one of the oldest on the Amalfi Coast and situated in a most beautiful setting. Innovated and traditional cuisine, using seasonal produce from their gardens. A perfect end to a wonderful week!

Day 8

7:15 am- Departure from the villa to Naples Airport

Accommodation

San Cosma Country House

San Cosma Country House is a luxurious villa in Ravello, Italy that has recently been restored to its glorious past and more beautiful than ever. The villa is an oasis of  peace oasis, with bright and spacious apartments. Relax and take in the breathtaking views of the Amalfi Coast and fresh aroma-filled air wafting from surrounding lemon, orange and olive trees

It’s ideal location in Ravello, San Cosma Country House is the perfect location to enjoy your Amalfi Coast vacation. All the desired destinations of Positano, Capri, Pompeii, Paestum and all the most famous Campania touristic locations are within very short distances.

The villa’s atmosphere, with its bright white walls, will remind you of a much simpler time. A perfect mix of classical and modern design touches.

Leaders

Carol

Carol has perfected the formula for a successful trip: small groups; an attentive host; and culinary adventures off the beaten path. Her contacts around the globe include local cooks, internationally-renowned chefs, experienced drivers and personable vineyard owners. All come together to ensure Carol’s clients have a first-class travel experience.

Details

Included

  • Round trip pick up and transfer – Naples Airport (NAP – airport code) or train station
  • 7 nights accommodation at our private villa
  • All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Local wines included with all lunches and dinners
  • The cooking day at Mamma Agata’s Cooking School
  • Vineyard visits, wine, cheese, olive oil, and limoncello tastings
  • Pizza and Mozzarella Making
  • All excursions and tours as per itinerary
  • Ground transportation – Private for our group

Excluded

Airfare, train travel, insurance, incidentals, personal expenses and anything else not otherwise indicated as included.

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