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Come live an authentic Italian experience to discover Cilento! In this retreat, you will learn the secrets of the Cilento cuisine and how excellent it tastes. Away from stress, you will enjoy the benefits of the Mediterranean diet through wine and food tours, as well as a boat trip. The days will be unforgettable and filled with food, nature, sea, history, culture, and wellness in this barely-touched land abound in traditional tourist trails and laid back lifestyle. You are truly in for an amazing trip!
You will be accommodated at the Hotel Hermitage in single or double rooms. Plunged into the untouched nature of the Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, this hotel is located in Castellabate, a picturesque town characterized by narrow alleys, stairways, arches, small squares, and houses in grey tuff and set on a hill overlooking the spectacular view of the coastline between the Punta Licosa and Tresino capes.
The color navy blue seems to be stretching out in every corner of this town with a strong seafaring vocation, so the mixtures are clear between road and beach, and promenade and cliff, all surrounded by the intense fragrance of broom-making and typical Mediterranean vegetation.
Comfortable rooms are plainly-furnished but stylish, reflecting the local flair, and are equipped with all modern comforts. The restaurant does Mediterranean cuisine and offer a good selection of local Cilento typical dishes.The pool is equipped with deckchairs and umbrellas to help you spend comfortable, impressive, and relaxing moments. Access to Beach Waikiki by free shuttle service is available for hotel guests at predetermined times.
You will be picked up from either the airport or train station, and transferred to the hotel. You will be given ample time to settle into your room, meet your hosts, and review your program. You are welcome to sit out on the terrace with a cool Prosecco and relax. Later in the evening, a welcome dinner is scheduled. Local wine and coffee are included.
Breakfast will be served and then you will leave early for a visit to a buffalo bio-farm to taste local mozzarella cheese. After this, you will have a guided tour of the marvelous Greek archaeological site and national museum of Paestum. The day will continue with a visit to a wine and extra virgin olive oil farm, where you will be served a light lunch with local products accompanied by three different types of wines (two reds and one white).
In the afternoon, the tour continues with a visit to another spectacular farm where you can taste the famous white figs of Cilento, lovingly grown with ancient traditions and in different specialties. Dinner will be served back in the hotel.
After breakfast, you will have your first cooking class starting in the morning. It begins with a drive through the markets to shop for the freshest local products. You will be welcomed at a private home with aprons and an introduction to the course, and begin by preparing handmade fusilli pasta. You will then proceed to make Cilento tomato sauce, stuffed calamari, eggplant parmigiana, grilled vegetables, and pizza.
Lunch will be served with all the specialties that you have prepared, including beverages, dessert, and special coffee. You will have free time to rest in the afternoon before you head over for a guided tour of the marine village of Santa Maria and dinner at a local pizzeria.
After breakfast, you will start the day with discovering the divine Amalfi coast and all its secrets. There will be a visit to a ceramics workshop in Vietri sul Mare, visit to Amalfi's city proper by walking through the streets, cathedral, and paper museum. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in the town of Ravello. In the afternoon, you will visit and taste wine at a renowned pastry shop that is famous throughout Italy. Dinner will be served back in the hotel.
After breakfast, you will set out for a boat trip aboard the Masaniello. This day will be dedicated to the sea and to the discovery of the Cilento coast's natural beauty. You may dive in crystal clear waters, go for a relaxing swim, or snorkel in the marine protected area. On board, you can enjoy the seafood specialties of this region, accompanied by cool Prosecco and the great white wine of Cilento. During free time in the afternoon, there will be a guided tour to the medieval village of Castellabate. Dinner will be served back in the hotel.
Breakfast will be served and then, starting again in the morning, you will have your second cooking class. This time though, you will follow the recipes of the past's poor people's cuisine, which are easy to prepare but just as rich in flavors and emotions. You will cook handmade pasta, pork sauce, Cilento pizza with goat cheese or salted anchovies, caponata, and many other little surprises.
In the afternoon, you will enjoy about three hours of relaxation in a fantastic thalassotherapy spa. The wellness center, in addition to the pools, tubs, and showers fed with crystal-clear seawater, offer a relaxation path, vapors and warmth, and color therapy. Lastly, experience a magical moment in the solarium that has a beautiful view of the coast, while drinking refreshing herbal tea. You will then have a restaurant dinner with all of Masaniello's staff for a special evening together.
Check out time will be after breakfast. Masaniello Tourist will bid you farewell and a great journey home.
The following excursions are included in the price of this retreat:
The cooking classes will take place in Casa Guariglia. It's the private house of your host Nicola's parents. Here nonna Lia will welcome and teach you the culinary secrets in the Cilento tradition. The house is located in the town center of Santa Maria di Castellabate, a picturesque little village that still preserves the beauty and warmth of the simpler past life. It is nestled along the Cilento coast to the south of the Amalfi coast. The town is easily reachable by car, bus, or train, and is perfectly suited for exploring the many beautiful sights and towns in the surrounding areas.
All three daily meals are included in the price of this retreat. The food will revolve around the Cilento and Mediterranean cuisines.
Included in the price of this retreat, you have a total of three hours totally dedicated to your body and mind's health and wellness. You will go to one of the most innovative spas in central and southern Italy to enjoy the benefits of thalassotherapy, which is defined as the medical use of seawater as a form of therapy. It is based on the systematic use of seawater, sea products, and shore climate. Seawater properties are believed to have beneficial effects upon the pores of the skin.
The wellness center, in addition to the pools, tubs, and showers fed with crystal-clear seawater, offer opportunities for relaxation path, vapors and warmth, color therapy, and marine-inspired treatments such as massages, wraps, peels, and scrubs. To round up the whole experience, you will get to enjoy a magical moment in a solarium with a beautiful coastal view, while sipping a refreshing cup of herbal tea.
Naples International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Naples International Airport (NAP). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Masaniello Tourist will pick you up from the airport.
You can also travel by train to get to the Napoli Centrale railway station. Transfer from and to this train station is also included. Masaniello Tourist will pick you up from there.