Discover the fresh and local cooking traditions of the Amalfi Coast, while cooking with a chef with Michelin star experience. Explore the city of Napoli, the towns of the Amalfi Coast, and the island of Capri together with new friends and an experienced guide. Italy's Sorrentine Peninsula and Amalfi Coast are the stuff of legend; small towns perched precariously in the cliffsides, lemon groves with huge hanging fruit, vibrant and succulent vegetables, homemade cheese and pasta, and of course, warm and inviting people. All are hallmarks of this once-in-a-lifetime Amalfi Coast cooking vacation and cultural immersion in southern Italy.
You will be staying in a luxury hotel in downtown Sorrento. You will have a choice of 3, 4 or 5-star hotels.
The cooking class will be in a luxury villa in the heart of Sorrento just near Tasso Square with a spectacular sea view. Every night you will have a dinner in different restaurants for degustation of all the different cooking of Sorrento. And to top it all, you will have a Michelin star restaurant dinner. On this cooking school tour, you will heighten your tastebuds with local specialties and elevate your culinary skills with hands-on cooking lessons with a professional chef with experience working in a Michelin-star restaurant. You will enjoy staying in the down town of Sorrento, and will revel in excursions to Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, Napoli, Sorrento, and Capri.
Arrival at Naples International Airport (NAP) or train station and transfer to your accommodation in Sorrento. The day is at your leisure for relaxing in the garden or by the pool, perhaps with a glass of wine, or for taking a walk to explore this lovely area. When you will arrive in the hotel, proceed and check in. In the evening, you can have a dinner in the hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will go to the villa for the cooking school where the chef will give you an overview of the weeks itinerary during a welcome meeting.
Your first hands-on cooking class starts with a basic pastry course consisting of croissants, puff pastry, brioche, and short-crust pastry, with various types of creams. You will also explore traditional Neapolitan sweets such as pastiera, sfogliatella, and bab . Each student will have a hands-on cooking station where you will be elbow-deep in dough, sugar, and cream!
The chef will provide individualized instruction to aid in mastering the techniques and tricks of producing these classics sweets at home. Of course, you will sample your creations as they come fresh from the oven, and these amazing desserts will also be the crowning glory at lunch. If you are still hungry, lunch will follow the class and it will consist of homemade pasta and a main course, and you can decide together with the chef what you want for lunch. This afternoon is on your own so that you can enjoy Sorrento or just relax. Dinner will be at one restaurant in Sorrento.
After breakfast at the hotel, participate in your second hands-on cooking class, which features a variety of handmade pastas. After you have mastered the skill of fresh pasta making, you will try your hand at the stuffing process: ravioli, lasagna, and cannelloni, each stuffed with a selection of local fresh produce and meats, and of course with sauces to enhance them. Already your skill level will have grown to the point that you will think you have been making homemade pasta all your life, and you will be ready to impress your family and friends when you return home. The pasta will be paired with wonderful combinations of fresh produce, cheese, and meats from the Campania region.
Lunch will follow based on your efforts. The afternoon is free to explore the lovely area, take a walk, use the swimming pool, or simply relax in the garden. This evening, depart around 18:00 for a special excursion to Positano. Stop to admire the breathtaking views from a terrace overlooking Positano, and then proceed on to the heart of this famous town, with time to visit the churches and shops, or to have a glass of wine by the sea. Later on, have dinner on the beach, where you will enjoy typical dishes of the area. Depart around 23:00 to return to the hotel.
After breakfast, you will have a discussion of todays full immersion cooking course, from appetizer to dessert. Next, its off to the kitchen where the chef will teach you many skills today, including how to choose and filet fresh fish. You will prepare a full meal, including appetizer, fresh homemade pasta, delicious main courses, and traditional desserts of the Amalfi Coast. After the course, enjoy a wonderful lunch together, all made perfect by the accompanying local wines and amazing view!
In the afternoon, relax or take a tour to the charming local area with visits of the citrus grove, winery, and olive oil mill. The tour will be led by a member of the Persico family, which for generations has been a guardian of the traditions of the Sorrentine Peninsula. Return to Sorrento hills for a visit of their farmhouse plus a typical dinner with local products, including organic produce from the farmhouse's garden, as well as some of mamma Luisas limoncello digestivo. After dinner, transfer back to the hotel, and off to bed or you can enjoy the Sorrento night life.
After breakfast, depart around 09:30. Enjoy the food and culture of Naples on a sightseeing tour inspired by Eat, Pray, Love. Follow in the footsteps of Julia Roberts along streets of bars and baroque churches. Enjoy a pizza in a famous restaurant, before returning to Sorrento. Following a pick-up from your hotel in Sorrento, drive from Sorrentine Peninsula to the Bay of Naples. Upon arrival, take a tour of the historic center of Naples, including Piazza del Gesu to see the Baroque church of Gesu Nuovo and the romantic church of Santa Chiara. Discover hidden treasures on secret corners and famous squares.
Visit the Cappela Sansevero, where many works of art by leading Italian artists of the 18th century are located. Marvel at Raimondos Veiled Christ (Il Christo Velato) sculpture, before going to the Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore above the old Roman market. Stroll over to the church and monastery of San Gregorio Armeno just south of the Via dei Tribunali to see fountains adorned with dolphins and other sea creatures. Close by is the cobblestone alley of Via San Gregorio Armeno, where Christmas lasts all year round in the artisan workshops of Christmas Alley.
Stop for a pizza lunch at a famous restaurant. Then, spend the afternoon strolling around the monumental square of Piazza del Pleibescito. Enjoy some free time to admire the Royal Palace, San Carlo Opera, Galleria Umberto I, Via Toledo, and Piazza Trento e Trieste at leisure. Enjoy an afternoon snack of sfogliatella, a typical cake from Naples, served with coffee in the most popular bar in Napoli, Bar Gambrinus. Transfer back to Naples in the late afternoon for a drop off at your hotel; relax and have dinner in another restaurant.
After breakfast, depart around 09:30 for a full-day tour of the Amalfi Coast and Sorrentine Peninsula. You will return in the evening and the driver is always open to changes or suggestions such as stopping for lunch or dinner, stopping to swim or snorkel on the beach. The Amalfi Coast and Sorrentine Peninsula are among the most beautiful areas in Italy, and you will explore them both with a small group guided tour (maximum 18 people). The breathtaking, beautiful, sea-to-mountain views of the Amalfi Coast will lie before your lunch (a packed lunch will be offer to you). The Amalfi Coast is a UNESCO world heritage site for the uniqueness of its natural landscape and its undisputed beauty.
Here, you find Homers Land of the Sirens, along this narrow stretch of road ripped from the bare rock. It will provide memories you will never forget and an urgency to return as soon as possible. Some of the sites you will see are the famous town of Amalfi with its history and beautiful cathedral, Ravello, perched high above the sea, home to the beautiful Villa Rufolo gardens and amazing views of the coast, and of course Positano, a postcard-worthy seaside village dangling from the cliffs of the Mediterranean Sea.
Great shopping awaits you, including traditional handmade local linens, moda Positano sandals, jewelry, and ceramics. You can skip the shopping session and stroll along bougainvillea-covered walkways to the lovely Church of the Assumption, or to the sea for a scenic view of the Li Galli Islands. Back at the hotel, take some time to relax before having dinner in a different restaurant.
After breakfast, and depart around 09:30 for Capri. This luxuriant, extraordinary island is a Mediterranean gem, enjoying the temperate climate that has made it a mecca for intellectuals, artists, writers, and of course tourists enthralled by its beauty. Capri is a perfect mix of history, modern life, nature, culture, and spectacle. You will take a small boat to Capri (maximum 12 people), enjoying views of the coastline and time to stop for swimming and snorkeling. There will be snacks, beverages, snorkeling equipment, and lifejackets on board. When you arrive, take a scenic trip around the limestone island, with stops at the White, Green, and / or Blue Grottos (if the sea permits).
Then, disembark, with free time to explore the island and shop, or enjoy a walk around this magical place. A sack lunch will be provided for a picnic at your leisure, but should you want a heartier meal, there are many restaurants on the island you can enjoy on your own. Return by boat to the Piano di Sorrento port in time for happy hour, featuring a limoncello tasting, and then, transfer back to the hotel around 18:30 or 19:00. Back at the hotel, take some time to relax before your farewell dinner in a different restaurant.
After breakfast, your holiday comes to an end.
Amalfi Coast tour
Boat ride around Capri Island
Farmhouse visit in Sorrento
Sightseeing tour of Naples
Sorrentine Peninsula tour
Visits of the citrus grove, winery, and olive oil mill
This retreat will take place in Sorrento and its surroundings, in Italy.
The chefs will be your guides on this culinary immersion, and cooking classes take place in a luxury villa with sea view in the downtown of Sorrento near Tasso Square. As you discover the timeless cooking traditions of the Amalfi Coast, you will make dishes with organic product, cheese, and meat produced locally and fresh fish from the sea. Each of your fun and educational cooking courses on this Amalfi Coast cooking vacation will be hands-on.
Classes will feature recipes of the Campania region, such as homemade pastas, delicious sauces, delectable main courses, and real Neapolitan pastries and desserts. Foodie tours will expose you to the fascinating culinary treats this region has to offer, such as wine, olive oil, and limoncello. You will return home ready to recreate the wonderful flavors of the Amalfi Coast for your family and friends. Every night, you will have dinner in a different restaurant and one dinner will be in a Michelin-starred restaurant.
From Naples train station, take the Circumvesuviana towards Sorrento.
The nearest airport to the location is Naples International Airport (NAP).