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Private Culinary Holiday 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 has delighted generations of Italians.

Meet the instructors

Gabriella
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Highlights

  • 2 cooking classes
  • 1 winery 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

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2 days with instruction
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Accommodation

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

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace
  • Free Wi-Fi

Your Italian cooking holidays are hosted at a 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.

Program

Day 1 - Benvenuto and welcome dinner

  • Arrival and check-in. Pick-up and transfer to the 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 the traditional mozzarella producers of Agerola to see how they make the area's delicious fior di latte cheese. The tasting includes 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 tiramisú.
  • 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 a local winery and second cooking class

  • Breakfast is served.
  • In the morning, visit 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!

Please note that the menus provided are examples of dishes you may cook, but all menus depend on the availability of seasonal produce. Remember that the vegetables used are gathered fresh every day from the organic vegetable garden. Also featured in your program are visits to the local produce market and tours of local artisans' shops.

Instructors

Gabriella Acampora

Location

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 perspective.

During the day don't miss an oxygenated walk through the pathways that take 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, a protected sea area under UNESCO. You can imagine how gorgeous it is.

Features

General

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi

Food

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Alcoholic beverages

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Explore the town of Agerola and head to one of the viewpoints 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 Italy's 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.

What's included

  • 2 cooking classes
  • 1 winery 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

What's not included

  • Airfare

How to get there

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.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 48% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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