Full Itinerary

Our Itinerary for the Week

Our Villa on the Amalfi Coast
Our Villa on the Amalfi Coast
Our Villa on the Amalfi Coast
View from our Villa
View from our Villa
View from our Villa
Minori
The Beach at Minori
The Beach at Minori
shopping at local bakery
shopping at local bakery
Shopping at local bakery
shopping at local grocer
shopping at local grocer
Shopping at local grocer
Il Giardiniello
Il Giardiniello
Il Giardiniello

Day 1 (Saturday)

Welcome to The Amalfi Coast!

Places: Amalfi, Minori
Classes: None
Meals: Dinner: at Ristorante Il Giardiniello

For arrivals today, we offer two free shuttles to our accommodations in order to make it most convenient for our guests. The first shuttle is at 1:00 PM from the Naples International Airport (NAP) in Capodichino. The second shuttle is at 1:30 PM from the Napoli Centrale Train Station. If you are flying into Naples, be sure to choose a flight that arrives no later than 12:15 PM, or a train that arrives no later than 1:00 PM. If you cannot make these times, we will be happy to arrange a private driver from Naples or Salerno, however you will pay the driver for their services.

As we arrive at the villa, we'll help all guests to their home for the week, and give you a couple hours to get settled and rest up. You will find fresh fruit, a bottle of wine, and some extra goodies to make you feel at home as you get ready for the week ahead of us. In the meantime, in the villa's porticos, we will have a light buffet available for anyone wanting something a little more substantial. While there, you can meet some of our Amalfi family that will be with us for the week. One of our chef instructors will be preparing the dough for our Baba' dessert that will be made in tomorrow's class. You are free to jump in and help if you want to get started with the cooking experience right away!

In the early evening, we will all meet under the porticos for a cocktail reception and get together. We'll spend about an hour getting to know one another as we discuss the week we have planned, answer any questions and get ready to get started.

Next we will board our mini-bus for a very short drive to the coastal village of Minori. Minori is one of the smaller villages along the Amalfi Coast, and thankfully, it is one of the few villages that is not overrun with mass tourism. In other words, it is still real. We'll take a stroll around the town and visit some of the local shops (butcher, grocer, vegetable store) to do some shopping for tomorrow's cooking class. We'll already be meeting some of the locals we will be getting to know this week.

After shopping, we will make our way on foot to the beautiful "Il Giardiniello" restaurant, where we will have our welcome dinner tonight.

View from Cooking Class
View from Cooking Class
View from Cooking Class
Pasta in Cooking Class
Pasta in Cooking Class
Pasta in Cooking Class
Pasta in Cooking Class
Pasta in Cooking Class
Pasta in Cooking Class
Ravello
Ravello
Ravello
Ravello
Ravello
Ravello
Dinner at Pontone di Scala
Dinner at Pontone di Scala
Dinner at Pontone di Scala

Day 2 (Sunday)

Cooking Class Overlooking the Amalfi Coast + and an Afternoon in Amalfi

Places: Amalfi
Classes: Caponata, Dunderi’ pasta (from scratch) with Ragu, Beef & Pork Braciola, Ribs & Sausage in Ragu, Potatoes Gateau, Baba’ al Rum
We will also be making E’ Ricci’ & Cocce pasta from scratch to be used another day.
Meals: Breakfast: Italian / Continental Breakfast at the villa
Lunch: : The meal we prepare in cooking class
Dinner: Ristorante A Paranza

Breakfast this morning will be served on the main terrace of the villa under the porticos, overlooking the coast. We will have Italian pastries, espresso, cappuccino, etc. for breakfast each morning.

Our Italian cooking class today will be right here at the villa with all of its breathtaking views. As we get started, we'll give everyone a quick familiarization of how the classes will go and what we will be making. After you have been given your aprons and recipe books (yours to take home at the end of the week), we will get down to business. We have a huge meal to make for lunch, so we'll not waste much time, especially since our cooking classes are extremely 'hands-on'.

We'll start out by making Caponata together, which will be our appetizer today. Then we will get wrist-deep in dough, as we make three kinds of local pasta: Dunderi', E'Ricci & Cocce (A type of ricotta gnocchi, spaghetti and orichette).

As we continue with our class, we will be making a local recipe for Ragu sauce which we will have with our pasta, as well as Beef & Pork Braciola, Ribs & Sausage in the ragu for our second course.

Our side dish today will be Potatoes Gateau, and finally we will prepare the rum syrup soak for our Baba’ al Rum (for which we made the pastry yesterday), which will be our dessert.

After we've had some time to rest up after lunch, we will walk down to the town of Amalfi and visit an ancient paper mill in town. We'll have a tour, learning how they have made paper for centuries, and try our hand at making paper ourselves. Next, we will have a little free time for visiting Amalfi and shopping in town. before we head over to the seaside town of Atrani where we will have dinner.

Dinner tonight is at a wonderful little restaurant called A Paranza. For those guests that wish to stay in lively little Atrani after dinner are welcome to as the villa is within walking distance of town.

 

* Note that non-seafood alternatives are available if we are notified in advance.

Capri
Capri
Capri
Entering a Grotto in Capri
Entering a Grotto in Capri
Entering a Grotto in Capri
The Blue Grotto
The Blue Grotto
The Blue Grotto
Capri
Capri
Capri

Day 3 (Monday)

A Day of the Island of Capri

Places: Capri, Amalfi
Classes:

None

Meals: Breakfast: Italian / Continental Breakfast at the villa
Lunch: Pannini & Fruit on the boat
Dinner: Dinner at the villa

After breakfast at the villa, we will head to port, where we will have a "Gozzo Sorrentino" (The traditional boat of the Amalfi Coast) come pick us up and take us to the island of Capri. We'll make our way up the Amalfi Coast, viewing the spectacular coastline from the water, until we reach Capri, where we will begin a couple hours navigating around the island and its many beautiful grottos. We'll make some stops in some of the grottoes (including an opportunity to go inside the Blue Grotto), and finally anchor somewhere for a chance to swim as we have a light lunch on our boat.

Lunch will be traditional "Panini" of the area, including Caprese, Pancetta & Eggplant, Smoked Mozzarella & Olives + Wine, Beer, Water & fresh fruit.

After lunch, we will head to the marina in Capri, and take the funicular up to the village, where you will have a few hours to spend shopping, strolling, or head over to Anacapri.

In the early evening, we will board our boat once again and make our way home to the villa, where dinner will await us. Tonight we will be having Neapolitan lasagna, salad, and fresh fruit.

Pompeii
Pompeii
Pompeii
Pompeii
Pompeii
Pompeii
Mozzarella
Mozzarella
Mozzarella
Where we cook
Where we cook
Where we cook
Peppe and Tonino
Peppe and Tonino
Peppe and Tonino

Day 4 (Tuesday)

Pompeii and Our Second Cooking Class & Mozzarella Cheese making!

Places: Pompeii, Amalfi
Classes:

Pasta’Fazul (using pasta we made on Sunday), Eggplant involtini, Mozzarella (we will be making from scratch), Dessert: Bocconotto

Meals: Breakfast: Italian / Continental Breakfast at the villa
Lunch: Trattoria Add'u' Mimi in Pompeii
Dinner: The meal we prepare in our cooking class

After breakfast at the villa, we'll drive toward Naples and head to the ruins of Pompeii, and begin a guided tour of the iconic site. After our tour of Pompeii, we will walk to the nearby Trattoria Add'u' Mimi for lunch. This wonderful family restaurant offers local seafood fare as well as other local favorites.

After lunch, we'll haed back to the villa for a little rest before our second cooking class, which will result in tonight's dinner.

What would a trip to this area be without making Pasta’Fazul? Of course, we'll use one of he fresh pastas we made on Sunday for this one! Our second course will be Eggplant Involtini. Dessert will be Bocconotto - a pastry tart filled with seasonal preserves, pastry creme or chocolate.

During our class, we will have a visit from a local cheese-maker, and together we will make Mozzarella cheese from scratch. Some of our mozzarella will be used in today's meal, some we will naturally be eating right there while it is warm, and some we plan to set aside for our pizza class, of course..

Dinner tonight will give us the chance to take in the breathtaking sunset over the water from our splendid location!

 

* Note that non-seafood alternatives are available if we are notified in advance.

Positano
Positano
Positano
Positano
Positano
Positano
Boutique Shop in Positano
Boutique Shop in Positano
Boutique Shop in Positano
Beach BBQ
Beach BBQ
Beach BBQ

Day 5 (Wednesday)

An Afternoon in Positano, Prosecco Sunset & Beach BBQ

Places: Positano, Amalfi, Conca dei Marini
Classes: None
Meals: Breakfast: Italian / Continental Breakfast at the villa
Lunch: At the villa
Dinner: Grigliata (Beach BBQ) in a cove near Positano

We are in the middle of the week, so we have a little down time this morning. For those that want to relax, hang out by the pool, sleep in, or whatever you like. For those that want to stay on the go, take the short walk into Amalfi or Atrani for the morning. Either way, this is a good morning to relax, since it will be a late night.

Lunch today will be prepared for us at the villa. We'll be having Marinated anchovies, Fusilli allo Scoglio (One of the pastas made on Sunday with seafood), Totani e Patate (cuttle fish with potatoes), and Tiramisù for dessert.

At around 1:30 PM, we will head down to the boat docks in Amalfi and board our "Gozzo Sorrentino" boat. These stylish and comfortable watercrafts will take us to Positano for the afternoon.

Everyone will have a few hours to explore Positano on their own, do some shopping, and snap those photos!

About thirty minutes before sunset, we will hop back on our boat and set out to the outer bay, where we will pop open bottles of Prosecco for a sunset toast, overlooking Positano and the coast.

We'll then head to a tiny little cove, where we will have an Italian "Grigliata", essentially and Italian BBQ on the beach. We'll have candles lit as we dine under the stars tonight!

Weekly Market
Weekly Market
Weekly Market
Weekly Market
Weekly Market
Weekly Market
Limoncello Class
Limoncello Class
Limoncello Class
Pizza Class
Pizza Class
Pizza Class
Music at Pizza Class
Music at Pizza Class
Music at Pizza Class

Day 6 (Thursday)

The Minori Market, Limoncello, and Pizza Napoletana!

Places: Minori, Maiori, Amalfi
Classes:
  • Limoncello
  • Pizza Napoletana
Meals: Breakfast: Italian / Continental Breakfast at the villa
Lunch: Tony's in Maiori
Dinner: Pizza!!!

After breakfast this morning, we will head into the village of Minori once again to attend their weekly market. We'll visit the local vegetable stands to shop for the ingredients we will be needing for pizza class tonight, and give everyone some time to browse the market on their own.

Next, we will take a short walk to the Carlo Mansi Limoncello factory. This tiny producer of limoncello is known locally to be the best of the best, and we will quickly find out why. But not only will we taste his limoncello, but we will make it with him today, learning what makes his limoncello so unique. We'll get our limoncello started here, and tomorrow we will bring home some of what we made (along with the instructions for making the finished product since Limoncello takes time).

After our visit with Carlo, we will take a short drive to the tiny seaside village of Maiori, where we will have lunch at Tony's Restaurant. This wonderful trattoria is owned by the nephew of our Amalfi hosts and we'll be treated to a fantastic assortment of local specialties, including fresh vegetables, seafood, chicken and dessert.

After a little post-lunch rest at the villa, we will start our pizza class at the villa. Peppe will be here to teach us how to make Pizza Napoletana. Arguably...THE BEST PIZZA IN THE WORLD!

Pizza Napoletana is considered to be the best of the best when it comes to pizza, and it is truly different than all other pizza you find in Italy. We'll be preparing the dough, and each of us will make our own individual pizza... plus some other traditional favorites.

This promises to be another wonderful evening as Peppe and Tonino serenade us with their guitars and mandolins, and hopefully the rest of us have learned the words to some of the Neapolitan classics!

 

Amalfi
Amalfi
Amalfi
San Francesco Winery
San Francesco Winery
San Francesco Winery
San Francesco Winery
San Francesco Winery
San Francesco Winery
Music at the Villa
Music at the Villa
Music at the Villa

Day 7 (Friday)

Ravello, Tramonti Wines, & Our “Lemon” Dinner

Places: Ravello, Tramonti, Amalfi
Classes:

Family Cooking Experience

Meals: Breakfast: Italian / Continental Breakfast at the villa
Lunch: Tenuta San Francesco Winery
Dinner: Farewell Dinner at the villa

After breakfast today, we will be driven high up into the hills above Amalfi and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site and historic town of Ravello. Ravello grew from humble beginnings into a very weallthy and powerful seat of the vatican during the middle ages. The hilltop site was ideal to protect it from enemy invasion. It also was ideal for the wealthy inhabitants to build gorgeous villas boasting spectacular views of the Amalfi Coastline.

While we're in Ravello, we'll visit the historic and spectacular Villa Rufolo. With origins from the 13th Century, the villa and surrounding gardens are a testament to the powerful Rufolo family that were instrumental in constructing this beautiful villa overlooking the sea. After exploring the villa, you will have some time on your own to stroll this lovely town, visit the Duomo, shop or relax at one of the many enotecas.

After our visit of Ravello, we will take a drive into the hills of the mountain area of Tramonti, famous for its centuries old vineyards. We'll be visiting the San Francesco winery here, tour the vineyards (and see one vine that is over 700 years old!), visit their wine cellar, and have a lunch with the family that runs the winery with a full tasting of their wonderful wines.

After lunch, we will head back to the villa, where you will have some time to get a little packing done before our farewell dinner.

Dinner tonight is not quite a class, and not quite served dinner. Instead, it is a family cooking experience. We will be there with many of our new friends (guests and locals) as we prepare dinner together. Everyone chips in here and there. Tonight's dinner is based on Amalfi Coast Lemons.

We'll be making a Citrus salad, Tagliolini al limone, Scaloppini al limone, Potatoes sfruguliate, and finally Babà soaked in Limoncello syrup.

As has become our custom by now, Peppe and Tonino are sure to break out the mandolin and guitar for another, final evening music, singing and dancing... until we meet again!

Farewell
Farewell
Farewell

Day 8 (Saturday)

Goodbye :-(

Sadly, our week comes to a close this morning. We'll be leaving the villa at 8:00 AM, stopping at the Naples Airport, and Finally the Naples Train Station.

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Itinerary Subject to Change
This is a base itinerary, which is subject to minor changes before the vacation begins. Changes may be reorganization of days due to closure and festivals, changes due to weather, or seasonal changes. Additionally, these itineraries are prepared well in advance, and at times there are unexpected closures for various reasons that require us to alter the plans. In the end, our goal is always to make it better for our guests, and when substitutions happen, they are always wonderful.

Weather Disclaimer
This is a fair weather itinerary, and sadly we can never guarantee weather conditions. Many things we do this week, especially the boating activities and outdoor dining, are contingent on good weather and sea conditions. In case weather gets in the way of our plans, we will do all we can to reorganize the activities in order to miss out on as little as possible. However, this is not always under our control. In the event that weather forces us to cancel anything, we will substitute as best we can with available alternatives.

Menu Variations
The menus listed on the itineraries are subject to change depending on season. We use only fresh ingredients wherever possible, so if we are unable to prepare a certain dish, it will be substituted. Finally, from time to time we experiment with different recipes with our alumni groups, and sometimes dishes turn out so great that we decide to make them a part of our regular schedule.

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