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Cooking, Wine & Pampering Tour At A Lovely Villa Near The Amalfi Coast

“I don’t know how (she) Carmen could have made it any better. You can give it as many stars as… ”
Italy, Europe, Campania

from €2,100* per person 7 Days March-November
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Mama Margaret & Friends Cooking Adventures In Italy 8 people max
  • Sorrento+italy
  • Culinary & Wine Travel trips

Indulge in a dream-come-true cooking, wine and sightseeing adventure in Sorrento, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast. Stay at a lovely four star boutique villa hotel on 5 ½ acres with park, pool, gardens and vast views over the Bay of Naples. Just 10 a minute walk from Sant’Agata Sui Due Golfi and 25 minutes by bus to Sorrento. Peaceful but close to town.

In the hotel’s state of the art kitchen with individual work stations, cook with joyful teacher, Carmen, passionate about food all her life. At each cooking class dinner, a wine connoisseur guides you through your tastings of Campania’s best wines. Visit a warm, hospitable farm family who make excellent olive oil and mozzarella. Tour their farm and taste their cheeses, olive oil and limoncello. A genuine Italian experience! Explore the magnificent Amalfi Coast with its winding roads hugging the hillside that falls steeply to the azure sea: colourful Positano, lively Amalfi and stunningly beautiful Ravello.

Locations visited/nearby

Italy, Europe, Campania

1 testimonial about this trip

  1. Reviewer: located in Virginia USA

    I don’t know how (she) Carmen could have made it any better. You can give it as many stars as you want.

    We’ve been cooking her recipes at home and they taste just like with Carmen. The meals were simple and consistently good. We went to Carmen’s mum’s restaurant—wonderful.

    We took an excursion to a home, a small outfit that made mozzarella cheese and bottled olive oil. They showed us how they make mozzarella and where they process the oil. We had a nice lunch of their antipasti.

    She arranged a chocolate shop visit to see how they made it. Incredible chocolates!

    We visited Capri on our own but she gave us lots of tips.

    In all our travels, this hotel staff was one of the best. They couldn’t do enough for you.

    For foodies, this was a wonderful experience!

    5

2 testimonials about the provider, Mama Margaret & Friends Cooking Adventures In Italy:

  • Reviewer: located in Hanover, New Hampshire USA

    "Mo and I wanted to thank you again for arranging for us a most enjoyable and memorable vacation in Italy. I've been travelling to Italy at least once a year since 1980, when I met Mo. I've always enjoyed my yearly visits to Italy immensely, however, "Mama Margaret & Friends Cooking Adventures in Italy" was exceptional. I repeatedly tell my family and friends it was just too good. So good, I fear all my future trips to Italy will pale in comparison.

    Carmen was an absolute delight. She did everything she possibly could to make our stay in Italy perfect and perfect it was. Carmen was a joy to be with in addition to being a font of knowledge. She seemed to know everything about everything--the history, battles, castles, churches, towns, festivals, wines, cheeses, olive oil and food in general. I could go on forever.

    Elio was the perfect gentleman. Although Elio was not able to accompany us every day of the tour, we knew he was with us in spirit and via his cellphone. Elio was in contact with Carmen daily to make sure all was well. He is a very caring person.

    Toscana was great, but we absolutely loved Piemonte. All the cooking lessons were great with the various chefs--each with his or her own unique personality. What a perfect combination--to be able to laugh and learn at the same time. "


    5
  • Reviewer: located in Minneapolis, Minnesota

    "I would like to take the time to tell you how much Nanci and I enjoyed our gastronomical trip to Emilia-Romagna. We've spent most of the week since we've been back telling people about it. We are in awe of the energy and graciousness of our host and hostess (Marcello & Raffaella). We saw, tasted, and experienced things we never would have on our own. We met people--parmesan cheese maker, 5th generation balsamic vinegar maker/patriarch, Italy's best sfoglina (pasta maker), and much more. What a treat it was to gaze out the window of an ancient monastery, now hotel, overlooking dozens of sets of fireworks as the new millenium started. A very romantic moment neither of us will forget.

    We thought the price/value of the trip was exceedingly fair. Nanci is not the cook in the family...I even overheard her telling a friend she would do it again! We are your biggest fans."


    5

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Special information

  • Offers some women-only departures.

Itinerary


6 Night Itinerary

Day One

Private group transport from Naples airport to your villa hotel. Get settled. Relax on the estate or take a short walk into Sant’ Agata, a typical town.

Meet Carmen for your week’s “get to know you” orientation. Savour your welcome dinner in the hotel’s elegant restaurant.

Day Two

Every morning enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet.

Visit a farm owned by a local family, long time producers of excellent olive oil and mozzarella cheese. Tour their farm, sample their fresh mozzarella that the mother makes, taste their olive oil, drink their limoncello and experience a slice of authentic southern Italian life with a friendly, hospital family.

Return to the hotel to relax in your peaceful refuge or explore for the afternoon.

In the evening, your first cooking class with Carmen! Dine on your creations with good local wine.

Day Three

Leave at 9:45 on the public hydrofoil to explore the legendary island of Capri, weather permitting. Lunch on your own in Capri. Return to the hotel about 4:00 p.m.

In the evening, have fun cooking with Carmen in your class and chatting around your dinner table as you eat the dishes you make and drink local wines.

Day Four

At 9:00 your driver takes you to discover the magnificent Amalfi Coast and visit very beautiful Ravello, pretty Amalfi and busy, colourful Positano.

Lunch is on your own.

After a long day, relax back at your villa home.

In the evening, enjoy a wonderful dinner in a top quality restaurant.

Day Five

9: 30 am Meet your friend, Carmen for your cooking class. Over lunch and wine, congratulate yourselves on your Neapolitan cooking talents.

Afternoon free to relax on the estate, poke aound Sant’ Agata or explore Sorrento and beyond. Dinner is on your own.

Day Six

At 9:00 am depart for a visit to a chocolate and pasta factory followed by lunch.

6:00 pm Join Carmen for a half hour class on how to make Neapolitan pizza dough. Leave the dough to rise for about two hours.

At 8:00 enjoy your Neapolitan pizza dinner. The real pizza!

Day Seven

After breakfast, reluctant departure for Naples airport or train station.

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