Naples Bay with view of Mount VesuviusSant'Agata dei Goti, CampaniaGnocchi pasta cooking lesson

Naples Bay with view of Mount Vesuvius

Sant'Agata dei Goti, Campania

Gnocchi pasta cooking lesson

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PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore Southern Italy’s Naples and take in the historic sights, whizzing around the city on a private Vespa tour
  • Shop a local market with a Neapolitan chef and gather ingredients for a hands-on cooking class followed by lunch overlooking the Bay of Naples
  • Learn the secrets of Neapolitan cuisine and join in a cooking class with wine tasting at the historical residence of the Mustilli winery’s owners
  • Try your hand at hand-crafting your own pottery and making a “corno” – a little red horn said to protect against the evil eye
  • Take part in a gnocchi pasta cooking lesson and wine tasting at a wine estate near the foot of Mount Vesuvius


Itinerary

Day 1 - NAPLES

Arrive in glorious Naples, in the South of Italy. Here you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel for check-in. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore on your own.

Day 2 - NAPLES

Get ready for an amazing day starting with breakfast at your hotel, then hop on a Vespa for an exciting private tour. Discover the island of Nisida and ride along the panoramic Via Petrarca. Enjoy views from the terrace of Sant'Antonio a Posillipo, the imposing Castel dell'Ovo, the elegant Piazza Trieste e Trento, and Piazza Plebiscito. Hop off to explore by foot and break for coffee and cake at the exclusive and panoramic Café Miranapoli. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 3 - NAPLES

After breakfast at your hotel, you will meet Marianna, a lovely Neapolitan local chef who will lead your next adventure. Stroll along with her to the local market, shop for fresh ingredients, and then on to the chef's home, to start your cooking class. Take part in this hands-on cooking lesson featuring an inspired fish menu including mussels gratin, spaghetti with clams, stuffed squid, and Zeppole di San Giuseppe (famous Neapolitan fritters with cream and cherries). Then savor your delightful lunch with wine overlooking the Gulf of Naples. Afternoon at leisure. (B,L)

Day 4 - NAPLES I SANT’AGATA DE’ GOTI I NAPLES

Rise and shine with breakfast at your hotel and get ready to learn the secrets of Neapolitan cuisine. Your driver will take you to Sant’Agata de’ Goti, a village situated in the heart of the Campania countryside dating back to the 5th century. Enjoy a cooking class at the historical residence of the Mustilli winery’s owners with a meal that celebrates typical local dishes. Sample two wines from the Mustilli selection during your delectable lunch. Return to Naples. (B,L)

Day 5 - NAPLES

Have breakfast at the hotel and meet your guide for a walking tour through “Spaccanapoli,” a sequence of alleys following the ancient Greek grid plan that traverses old Naples. See the handcrafted statues in San Gregorio Armeno, and then continue to a pottery store and try your hand at making a “corno” – a little red horn said to protect against the evil eye. Taste mouth-watering street food at a “tarallificio” and visit a fifth-generation umbrella factory before free time for lunch on your own. Continue your tour of Spaccanapoli in the afternoon where you will learn the traditions of clay and terracotta, and decorate your own piece of pottery in a bottega. (B)

Day 6 - NAPLES I MOUNT VESUVIUS I NAPLES

After breakfast at your hotel, a short drive will take you to a wine estate situated at the foot of Mount Vesuvius. Here you will learn how to make "gnocchi," a typical local homemade pasta. After the hands-on pasta lesson, visit the vineyards and then enjoy lunch accompanied by five different types of wine that await for you to sample. Tonight, say farewell to Naples with dinner in a private Neapolitan home. Independent return to your hotel. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - NAPLES TO USA (OR EXTEND YOUR STAY)

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)

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Includes

  • Deluxe class hotel accommodation for 6 nights
  • 10 included meals consisting of:
    - 6 buffet breakfasts
    - 1 lunch after cooking class in Naples
    - 1 lunch after cooking class in Sant’Agata de’ Goti
    - 1 lunch after cooking class near Mount Vesuvius
    - 1 dinner at private home in Naples
  • Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows:
    - Private orientation tour of Naples by vespa, including coffee and cake stop at Café Miranapoli
    - Private visit of a local market accompanied by a chef, followed by a hands-on cooking class and wine tasting
    - Private full day excursion to Sant’Agata de’ Goti, including cooking class and wine tasting
    - Private full day tour of “Spaccanapoli”, including visit of artisanal shops, pottery class and typical “street food tastings”
    - Private hands-on pasta making class, including wine tasting –at an estate at the foot of Mount Vesuvius
  • Private transfer from hotel to private house for dinner
  • Private round-trip transfers from Naples airport to hotel
  • Document holder and luggage tags
  • Hotel taxes and service charges

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