4 Days Italy Wine Tour, Cheese, Cooking in Amalfi Coast

  • Nido degli Dei, via Castello Lauritano, 1 Agerola, Napoli, Italy

Overview

Culinary Holidays in Italy

Explore the art of cheese making and enjoy a wonderful wine tour in this beautiful region. Be immersed in the spirit of Southern Italian sea-meets-mountain cooking where you will create a complete menu of delicious dishes hailing from Agerola under your chef's guidance. Join Mamma Gabriella and her daughter Maria in their Italian kitchen in Agerola, perched atop the Lattari Mountains, high above the Amalfi Coast, and discover the secrets behind the simple but delicious cuisine that have delighted generations of Italians.

Highlights

  • 2 cooking classes
  • 1 wine tour, 1 wine tasting
  • 1 cheese making tour, 1 cheese tasting
  • 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners, wines, coffee
  • Welcome dinner, aperitif, Prosecco
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Apron, recipes
  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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Your Italian cooking holidays is hosted at our country house style bed and breakfast in the small town of Agerola on the Amalfi Coast. The country house is surrounded with an attractive garden where guests can relax in the shade of a tree in the company of a good book in the lovely gazebo overlooking the ocean, having a sun bath, taking a warm shower, relaxing on the chaise, or drinking a glass of fresh prosecco.

As the sun begins to set, sip a cool apperitivo on the big terrace overlooking the blue sea and the brightness of the moonlight under the stars. Around you, are chestnut trees, fig trees, perfumed jasmine, beautiful geraniums, flowering lavender, and a collection of terracotta pots dripping with rosemary bushes, mint, herbs, and flowers.

Each bedroom has a terrace or balcony offering enchanting sea views. Vietris ceramic tiles line each bed room. All rooms have a private bathroom with a shower and hair-dryer, and a TV. Breakfast is served each morning in the smartest breakfast hall that included dining area. Wi-fi internet and daily maid service is provided for your convenience.

Day 1 - Benvenuto and welcome dinner

  • Arrival and check in. Pick-up and transfer to property.
  • Check into your room, meet your hosts, and review your program.
  • Sit out on the terrace with a cool Prosecco and relax.
  • Later in the evening, a welcome dinner is scheduled. Dine on the chef's tasting menu featuring fresh seasonal ingredients. Local wine and coffee included.

Day 2 - Morning food trip to local mozzarella producer and first cooking class

  • Breakfast is served.
  • In the morning, visit to the traditional mozzarella producers of Agerola to see how they make the areas delicious fior di latte cheese. Tasting included of mozzarella and other delicious local cheeses. These products are part of Agerola's gastronomic history, and in fact, Agerola is located on the slopes of I Monti Lattari.
  • Lunch is on your own.
  • In the afternoon, roll up your sleeves and get ready for your cooking class. You will be making zeppole agerolesi, traditional deep fried fritters made by hand, paccheri pasta with eggplant and shavings of the local cheese provolone del monaco, and chicken with lemon and potatoes. Dessert today is tiramisĂș.
  • Dinner follows and everyone eats the foods that were prepared in class accompanied with a glass of red or white wine and finished with a coffee.

Day 3 - Excursion to local winery and second cooking class

  • Breakfast is served.
  • In the morning, visit to one of the most important local wineries Cantine del Vesuvio to discover their precious red and white wines, many of which are produced from ancient varieties of grapes. Tasting included. Return to Agerola.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • In the afternoon, you will have your second cooking class. You'll be making the famous and delicious gnocchi alla sorrentina with tomato sauce and mozzarella, pork loin in white wine, and a selection of grilled vegetables, all of which will come from Gabriella's vegetable garden. Dolce today is ricotta and pear tart.
  • Dinner follows and everyone eats the foods that were prepared in class accompanied with a glass of red or white wine and finished with a coffee.

Day 4 - Departure

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Check out and arrivederci!

The bed and breakfast is situated in a wonderfully panoramic position spanning over the Mediterranean with views of the Amalfi Coast. From its big terrace, you can look over the bay of Conca dei Marini and over the Calabria Coast. During the cool summer nights, you can watch the sky with a powerful binocular where you can see Jupiter and Saturn, the planets, in a wonderful prospective.

During the day don't miss an oxygenated walk through the pathways that takes you to the most amazing and unforgettable sights. In just 200 meters you can walk to the old Lauritanos Castle, from which you can see all of the Amalfi Coast, Ravello, Scala the little Pontone, Minori Cetara famous for the fresh angiovies, Maiori Salerno, all the Cilento coast till Calabria.

At only another 200 meters. you can visit the ancient Colonia Montana, a ruin of the Mussolini period from which you can admire an amazing panorama of all the Path of the Gods and the Sorrento Peninsula till the Isle of Capri with Faraglioni and the Isle of Galli, an protected sea area under UNESCO, you can imagine how gorgeous it is.

Activities
  • Horse riding/rental nearby
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Tennis court nearby
General
  • Concierge desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
Services
  • Car rental
  • Hair salon nearby
  • Laundry and ironing
  • Room cleaning
  • Scooter rental
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

All cooking classes take place in Gabriella's country kitchen and each class will include the preparation of a full menu. Discover wonderful local products and cooking traditions, and watch carefully as Gabriella guides you through lessons on handmade pasta, delicious Cannelloni, Tagliatelle, gnocchi, spaghetti, orecchiette, and pasta with porcini mushrooms.

Try your hand at preparing traditional veal dishes, chicken with lemon, ribs and pork chops roasted on the grill, beef, and sweets like fried chestnut zeppole, lemon cake, tiramisu and ricotta and pear tart.

Explore the town of Agerola and head to one of the view points for breathtaking panoramas over the coast including the towns of Amalfi and Praiano. For the more adventurous, why not consider taking a trek through the Path of the Gods. Leaving from Bomerano in Agerola, this trek leads you through some of Italys most stunning countryside, along paths and trails cut into the dramatic Amalfi landscape high above the Mediterranean.

Perhaps you will want to spend some time in Amalfi and enjoy lunch at a waterfront restaurant. Or what about a day spent exploring the winding streets of Positano with its striking tumble of pastel colored houses clinging to the cliffs, its cathedral, beach, and pretty boutiques. For pottery lovers, a day spent at Vietri Sul Mare is ideal. Here, you can stop off and watch artisan potters in their workshops, and even order a dinner set of distinctive local pottery, as most artisans offer international shipping.

You can also go with private boat to Capri for your free day or make a little cruise around the Amalfi Coast in a private boat, starting from Minori with the visit of Pandora grotto, then Amalfi from the coast, Natural Arch in Conca dei Marini, Sophia Lorens Villa, emerald Grotto, Furores Fiord, the Isle of Galli, and to spend 3 hours on a little beach having your lunch pack, that includes toast with salad, mozzarella, ham, and beer or wine, for a relaxing day under the sun.

Arrival by airplane

The closest airport is the Naples International Airport (NAP).

Arrival by train

The closest station is Napoli Centrale only 45 kilometers from Agerola.

Arrival by bus

There are hourly SITA buses from Napoli Porta Vecchia Immacolata which take just 1 hour to reach Agerola.

Arrival by ferry

Alternatively, it is also possible to catch a ferry or hydrofoil from the Beverello pier Naples to Amalfi from where you can then take a bus or taxi.

Driving directions from Naples

  • Whether coming from north or south of Naples take the A3 Napoli-Salerno motorway and take the exit for Castellammare di Stabia and then continue in the direction of Agerola/Amalfi along the SS 366 motorway.
  • When you have arrived in Agerola follow the sign for San Lazzaro.
  • At 300 meters to the square Generale Avitabile you will find the Nest of Gods.
For information about the booking conditions, please send Nido degli Dei an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by Ron and Sheila from Georgia, USA

    "My wife and I had a wonderful stay in this bed and breakfast owned and run by Gabriella and her son Salvatore. The room was cozy with great views over looking the Amalfi Coast and across the sea to Sicily. Amazing meals with ingredients straight from the garden to the table!! Home made pasta. Can't say enough about how helpful and informative Gabriella and her son Salvatore was. We didn't drive. So if you're not driving, be prepared for the hills and buses. If you're driving, enjoy the adventure. It was fun for us. Take time to walk around the village of Agerola. I won't spoil the surprise. We just wanted to thank our host for an absolutely great stay! Hope to see you next year!"

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  • Review by Liisuane from Tallinn, Estonia

    "Amazing terrace, wonderful views, place to enjoy an evening sun."

    "Excellent dinner with the music of Pavarotti. Gabriella is one of the best cooks and her son, Salvatore, is a really nice person. They took care of us very well and we wish we can come again in this beautiful place."

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  • Review by a traveler from Tallinn

    "Amazing terrace, wonderful views, place to enjoy an evening sun. excellent dinner with the music of Pavarotti, Gabriella is one of the best cooks. and her son Salvatore is a really nice person. they took care of us very well and we wish we can come again in this beautiful place."

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  • Review by Mariska from Amsterdam, Netherlands

    "It is hard to describe the extent of the hospitality of Gabriella and her daughter Maria, but we will give it a try. From the moment that we arrived, everything was just perfect. Maria was there to greet us outside (even though we did not call prior to our arrival, they just keep good track of everything around their property to ensure that the guests are well looked after) and provided us with details on the surroundings and the room. A little while later she even knocked on our door to lend us a detailed hiking map as we indicated that we were interested to hike a lot during our 4 day stay.Pursuant to her directions, we walked to Amalfi on our first afternoon there. The location of the B&B is great and very close to some well known hiking paths (such as Sentiero degli Dei) as well as some lesser know hiking spots. We were pleasantly surprised by this and made sure to hike every day. When we indicated that we would like to walk the Sentiero degli Dei one morning, Gabriella immediately offered us a ride by her daughter Maria to bring us to the starting point of the walk (which is in the Bomerano fraction of Agerola, a walk of approximately 2.5 kilometers). Maria drove us there when we were ready to depart and offered us an umbrella as it was raining, which was most kind. Alternatively, there is also a bus that services San Lazarro and that goes to Bomero with Amalfi as the end stop (which in its turn acts as a hub for departures to other tourist cities such as Praiano, Positano and Naples). While we had planned on renting a car (which did not go ahead due to unforeseen circumstances) we were actually quite pleased we did not as bus services are nice to get a view of the area, very cheap and very close to Nido degli Dei.Besides this, Gabriella was there every morning to greet us in the breakfast room and make a lovely cappucino for us. Breakfast was very good, plenty to choose from with fresh fruits, yoghurt, bread, all sorts of cheese, meat and sweet furnishings. To top this of, we were surprised each day with a home made pastry from Gabriella. If we needed anything, we could just call for her as she also lives in the B&B. She made dinner arrangements for us, ordered a pizza when we wanted to eat in and also offered us the use of her coffee and tea maker in the breakfast room. While we visited outside of the tourist season, there were still some nice restaurants to choose from in the fraction of San Lazzaro (a 5 minute walk), which were also quite cheap in comparison to restaurants in for example Amalfi or Positano. We cannot fault anything; Gabrielle and Maria made us feel right as home and we would love to return some time to enjoy the Amalfi Coast and Agerola further."

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  • Review by Kristine from Sydney, Australia

    "Beautiful views of the Amafi Coast in a peaceful and pretty setting. Gabriella is the perfect host and was very helpful with suggestions of places to eat and tips for places to visit. Nido Degli Dei is close to the Path of the Gods and Gabriella went to a lot of trouble drawing a map and checking bus and ferry times to help us with our walk.Our room was spotless and very comfortable with a balcony overlooking the ocean and Gabriella's beautiful garden. Gabriella provides a great breakfast and is a good cook and is happy to give cooking classes to her guests. We loved our stay at Nido Degli Dei and would recommend Agerola for those who would like to get away from the tourist crowds."

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Naples, Italy

Bed & Breakfast close to Amalfi Coast. Historic Italian Villa renovated in 2006 with 9 rooms, ceramic floors. Italian cooking tours.

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