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7 Days Italy Food Tours and Wine Tasting

7 Days Italy Food Tours and Wine Tasting

  • Tropea, Italy

Delicious Cooking Holidays and Wine Tasting in Italy

This tour is for people who love Italian food, good wine and good company and who would like to learn how to prepare authentic, Southern Italian dishes from those who have been cooking from recipes passed down through the generations - the locals. The main ingredient that sets this tour apart from the formality of a conventional cooking tour is that you will be in the relaxed and informal setting of your host cook's home whilst having the opportunity to be hands-on in the preparation of the diverse array of dishes you will be introduced to during your Calabrian culinary adventure.

Highlights

  • Welcome dinner in the heart of Tropea
  • Enjoy samples of traditional local specialties
  • English speaking guide during the cooking classes
  • 5 hands-on cooking classes in the private homes of cooks with wine included
  • Private transfer to and from the airport or train station at Lamezia Terme
  • Get familiar with traditions in a farewell typical Calabrian feast
  • 6 nights accommodation in the center of Tropea
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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You will be staying in the center of Tropea, Calabria, a magical, mediaeval coastal town situated on a sandstone cliff overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. The sunsets are stunning, as are the views out to the Aeolian Islands of Sicily, one of which is Stromboli with its famous volcano. Luxury bed and breakfast accommodation is provided and it includes private bathroom, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and TV. From there, you will have very easy access to Tropea's many shops, bars, cafes, restaurants, and the beautiful beach that sits below the town.

Join Tania as she takes you directly into the kitchens of local friends known to her for many years and, more importantly, who are also known and admired for their skill in cooking traditional dishes from this beautiful region of Italy. Each day is dedicated to an evening or morning cooking class, leaving plenty of time to relax on the beach or take in the sights and atmosphere of Tropea. Transport is provided both to and from the cooking events, all of which take place within approximately five kilometers of Tropea.

Day 1 - Arrival, welcome dinner

Transfer to Tropea from Lamezia Terme Airport.

Settle in and relax in your new surroundings.

Welcome dinner at a local restaurant in Tropea.

Day 2 - Cooking class with Antonella: La cucina Calabrese di montagna

Breakfast.

Enjoy your first morning in the beautiful town of Tropea. Explore the cobble-stoned streets and quaint picturesque alleys. Enjoy a coffee or an early aperitivo in town or enjoy the morning soaking up the sun at the beach which sits below the cliff of Tropea.

Head off to a residential area situated close to Tropea: the private home of our friend and great cook, Antonella. Today, you will cook alongside her and learn from her expertise a creative way in producing unforgettable dishes from her hometown.

Enjoy lunch with plenty of wine and sweets from her province of Catanzaro.

Transfer back to Tropea.

Day 3 - La Macelleria in Calabria and meat recipes with Giuseppe, the butcher

Spend the day with Giuseppe, the local butcher (macelleria), in his store which sells the freshest organic meats and is known to be the best with the locals. It is located in Santa Domenica which is a 10-minute ride from Tropea.

Dinner will be served in his home above the store and accompanied by local DOC wines that Giuseppe will carefully select to compliment the various recipes he shares.

Transfer back to Tropea.

Day 4 - Cooking class alla Siciliana

Cooking class in a private villa with Signora Elide and Signora Luisa. The two cooks, who have been lifetime friends, will invite you to share the secrets of their Italian cuisine in a private villa situated in the hills above Tropea.

Learn from Elide about Sicilian cuisine. Many recipes have been rooted back to her ancestors. If it is a sunny day, we will cook outdoors under bougainvillea.

Luisa had the fortune to learn from her mother-in-law very rare recipes authentic to Tropean cuisine, including delicious breads and crostatas, some of which date back over 100 years.

Learn from both Elide and Luisa what makes them so well regarded in the kitchen and enjoy their vivacious characters cooking alongside them.

Lunch will be served with our ladies under Elide's beautiful outdoor setting with plenty of wine.

Transfer back to Tropea.

Day 5 - La Cucina Tropeana cooking class with Blaise in his home in Tropea

Head to Capo Vaticano in the afternoon. You will have time to sip on a prosecco before heading off to our next cooking adventure.

You will spend the afternoon with Blaise in his private home. Blaise owns a popular trattoria in the centre of Tropea and has an exuberant character. He loves good food, good wine and enjoys having people over for his fun dinner parties which will make for an enjoyable time to say the least.

Today's menu will highlight pasta dishes and recipes from Tropea, Blaise's specialty. Plenty of Blaise's favorite wines will be served.

Transfer back to Tropea.

Day 6 - Cooking class at Vera and Pepe's farm - La cucina di campagna

The last day will be spent cooking with Vera and her family. You will go to the farm of Vera and Pepe who own a beautiful agriturismo in the hills surrounded by vineyards and olive groves.

Tour the farm where they produce their own olive oil, wine, honey and cured meats including the famous 'Nduja of Spilinga.

You will enjoy the tours most popular cooking class at this location during the summer season, so it is a must to experience a festive day cooking traditional recipes with our wonderful friends.

A farewell Calabrian feast will follow.

Day 7 - Departure

Farewell and transfer to airport or train station.

  • Full day in Giuseppe's store in Santa Domenica
  • Visit Capo Vaticano

The tour will take place in Tropea, on its hills and in its surroundings, like Santa Domenica, which is located at a 10-minute ride from the town. On day 5, you will head to Capo Vaticano, a beautiful viewing platform to take in the magnificent views of the cape. Transport to and from the different destinations set for the cooking courses is provided.

The bed and breakfast accommodation that is provided ensures breakfast served daily. For the day of your arrival, you will enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. The five hands-on cooking classes will be followed by serving the results of your work in the friendly local settings mentioned above. Enjoy a farewell typical Calabrian feast for the last day of the tour.

You can choose from the following excursions available during your free time for an extra fee:

  • Boat and fishing excursions to Capo Vaticano
  • Painting and sketching in the town or port of Tropea
  • Private guided tour to Pizzo Calabro
  • Walking tour in the historic town of Tropea with an artist of the town (available on mornings and evenings)
  • 5 hands-on cooking classes with wine
  • 6 nights bed and breakfast accommodation in central Tropea
  • Daily breakfast
  • English speaking guide/translator
  • Guided visit to Capo Vaticano
  • Transfer to and from train station or airport and to all cooking classes destinations
  • Welcome dinner at a local restaurant
  • Anything not mentioned above.

Arrival by airplane

Arrive at Lamezia Terme Airport (SUF). In Italy Tours will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

Arrival by train

Arrive at Lamezia Terme train station. In Italy Tours will pick you up. The pick-up is included in the price.