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8 Days Spring Renewal Seasonal Culinary Vacation in Calabria, Italy

Gerace, Calabria, Italy

Immersive Culinary Vacation in Italy

Escape to Calabria for a seven-day immersive culinary adventure to experience the rebirth of spring and its culinary delights. Relax in the countryside, visit ancient villages, savor delicious foods and learn how to recreate classic Italian dishes from local masters. This holiday is for anyone that would like to escape their busy lives and reconnect with nature while learning about harvest season and its abundance of healthy natural food.

Highlights

  • Organic farm tour
  • Cheese-making demonstration & tasting
  • Enjoy traditional flavors of Calabria cooking lesson
  • Take part in homemade pasta & sauce, pizza-making lesson
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, 4-course dinner with wine
  • Hiking excursion, medieval village tour
  • 7 nights accommodations

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Garden
  • Free Wi-Fi

Agriturismo (farm stay in Southern Italy)

You will be staying at a beautiful farmhouse, situated only 10 kilometers from the mountains and 10 kilometers from the sea. Surrounded by nature among the olive groves and citrus trees, you will find yourself in an oasis of peace.

This organic farm specializes in developing natural olive oil, wine, olives, bread, and products made from citrus fruits, 100% derived from organic farming, following traditional processing methods.

The rooms are large and bright, each with its own private bathroom, air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi. There is also a relaxation room on the property with books and TV as well as an outdoor swimming pool with a spectacular mountain view.

Michelle will be the bilingual host and personal concierge. She will be available for anything the guests need.

There are only eight rooms available at this organic farm. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Program

This is a fun and relaxing group retreat the days will be filled with either a cooking lesson, workshop or excursion and evenings will be spent dining al fresco under the stars, enjoying delicious food and lots of local wine.

This is an educational and immerse experience where you will get to learn and live the Southern Italian lifestyle.

Day 1, Saturday, May 30: Welcome to Calabria!

Please arrive at the Agriturismo anytime after 2 p.m. for check-in. You are welcome to relax by the pool or go on a nature walk to explore your new surroundings. You will all meet together in the evening for a welcome orientation and to discuss all the details of the week.

At 7 p.m., there will be orientation and aperitivo in the lounge. Followed by a delicious welcome dinner at the agriturismo’s restaurant.

The restaurant features organic ingredients from the premises. Fresh pasta made by hand using their very own wheat, natural bread, sun-ripened fruits, and freshly picked vegetables, meat from farm-raised animals, fresh cheese, organic olive oils and local wines from ancient soil.

Day 2, Sunday, May 31

  • Morning: Wake up after a peaceful rest and enjoy a healthy breakfast. (Breakfast is served every morning from 7:30 until 9:30 a.m.)
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This morning, enjoy a guided tour of the farm. Visit the sheep, cows, and pigs. Learn about the land and the seasonal ingredients of Calabria. After the tour there will be a cheesemaking demonstration. Watch the master cheese chef work his magic to make delicious award-winning cheese.
  • 1:00 p.m. Enjoy a typical Calabrian lunch.
  • Afternoon: Enjoy a preserves workshop. Learn the tricks of canning, infusing and bottling Italian preserves.
  • 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a delicious dinner at the farm.

Day 3, Monday, June 1

  • Morning: Enjoy a healthy breakfast (Breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.)
  • 9:30 a.m. You will be picked up for a guided tour of the beautiful medieval village of Gerace.
  • 1 p.m. Enjoy a typical Calabrian lunch in Gerace.
  • 5 p.m. Learn to make your own yeast and dough for bread and pizza and create your own pizza. Afterward, take part in preparing Calabria’s traditional hand-rolled fileja pasta and Melanzane 'mbuttanate (stuffed eggplant) sauce.
  • 8 p.m. Enjoy a delicious family-style pizza party with the hand-made pizza created earlier.

Day 4, Tuesday, June 2

  • Morning: Enjoy a healthy breakfast (Breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.)
  • 9:30 a.m. A tractor will be waiting for you outside. Enjoy the ride that will take you to the fruit trees where you will pick your very own sun-ripened fruit. Afterward, learn the secrets of how to make delicious sweet marmalades.
  • 1:00 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing lunch on the farm.
  • 3:00 p.m. Workshop led by the lead farmer about how to create the perfect vegetable garden.
  • 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a delicious dinner at the farm.

Day 5, Wednesday, June 3

  • Morning: Enjoy a healthy organic breakfast (Breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.)
  • 9:00 a.m. Get picked up by our driver for an excursion in Scilla. Learn about the ancient fisherman village of Chianalea and its culinary traditions by a local host. You will then stop for a delicious seaside lunch to enjoy Scilla’s famous swordfish delicacies.
  • After lunch, you will depart for the city of Reggio Calabria where you will have free time to shop, stroll the lungomare or visit the museum before heading back for dinner.

Day 6, Thursday, June 4

  • Morning: Enjoy a healthy organic breakfast (Breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.)
  • 9 a.m. Get picked up for a relaxing hiking excursion in the Aspromonte mountains followed by a picnic lunch.
  • Afternoon: Free time to relax before dinner.
  • 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a delicious dinner at the farm.

Day 7, Friday, June 5

  • Morning: Enjoy a healthy organic breakfast (Breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.)
  • 7 a.m. Rise & Shine! This morning you will learn to make bread the traditional way, in a wooden oven. Knead the flour water and yeast, shape your loaves, light the oven and bake your bread.
  • Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch with the fresh bread you just made.
  • Evening: Enjoy a farewell dinner with live traditional music to say goodbye to your new friends in Calabria.

Day 8, Saturday, June 6

  • Morning: Enjoy a healthy organic breakfast (Breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m.)
  • 10:30 a.m. Check out and depart for the airport.

Every day at 4 p.m., you can watch the milking of cows and sheep. Volunteer opportunities on the farm during free time are possible, just ask a day before to see what's available.

Included excursions

You will enjoy a day trip to Scilla and Reggio Calabria.

Location

The Jasmine Coast is a region of Calabria which runs along the Ionian Sea between the cities of Riace and Locri and gets its name from the fragrant Jasmine plant that grows wild in the area.

This area is rustic and untouched and is famous for its surrounding views of the mountains and the sea. If you are looking for an authentic location in Italy where time stands still then look no further.

Food

The culinary traditions of Calabria are steeped in centuries of history. Many of the recipes and ingredients used in the cuisine have been brought over from the nations that have invaded and conquered Calabria since the beginning of history.

The Greeks, Romans, Byzantine, Saracens, Normans, and Arab just to name a few. All these cultures have gifted Calabria with their unique ingredients and recipes, and what remains today is an eclectic blend of flavors influenced by these cultures.

Fresh pasta made by hand, natural bread, sun-ripened fruits, and freshly picked vegetables, meat from farm-raised animals, fresh cheese, organic olive oils and local wines from ancient soil, here you will experience food pleasure in its finest form.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodations at an organic farm
  • Daily organic breakfast
  • Daily Mediterranean lunch
  • Daily 4-course dinners with wine
  • Organic farm tour
  • Cheesemaking demonstration and tasting
  • Learn to create the perfect vegetable garden
  • Fruit picking
  • 1 homemade pasta and sauce lesson
  • 1 traditional flavor of Calabria cooking lesson
  • 1 pizza-making lesson
  • 1 wine and prosecco tasting
  • 1 preserves workshop (learn the tricks of canning, infusing and bottling Italian preserves)
  • Day trip to Scilla and Reggio Calabria
  • Hiking excursion in the mountains with picnic
  • Tour of a medieval village
  • Volunteer opportunities to help on the farm
  • Transportation
  • Lots of time to relax on the farm, by the pool or explore the nearby beaches

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Lamezia Terme International Airport (SUF). You can find flights directly to Lamezia via Alitalia or Ryanair. Alternatively, you can book a flight into Rome then book a connecting flight directly to Lamezia.

Transfer from and to the airport is available upon request and for an additional cost. Please let Discover Calabria know what time you will be arriving and they will have a driver waiting for you at the airport.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
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Arrival: Saturday May 30, 2020
Departure: Saturday June 6, 2020

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