FOOD, WINE & Pastry ON THE AMALFI & CILENTO COASTS, MAY 1-8, 2016
12 people maximum, 4 spots remaining
May 1: Arrive in Naples at noon, eat lunch at Antica Pizzeria Brandi. Depart by private bus to Borgo La Pietraia, dinner in the cantina.
May 2: Cooking class and lunch at the Baronessa's farm. Afternoon visit to Paestum ruins.
May 3: Sail to Capri!
May 4: Visit UNESCO world heritage site Castellabate and the beach at Castellabate Santa Maria
May 5: See the cathedral of Amalfi and ceramic shops of Vietri sul Mare, dinner at Locanda del Cantastorie
May 6: Free day to relax, hike to the sanctuary of the Madonna of the Pomegranate, afternoon cooking class with Angela Ranalli
May 7: Visit local buffalo mozzarella farms and Cilento vineyards for a wine tasting
May 8: Breakfast on the terrace, depart for Naples 11am
We're very excited to announce that Chef Angela Ranalli of the celebrated restaurants Le Virtù and Brigantessa will join us for our May tour. Angela will take us to her favorite pastry shops in Naples and Amalfi and teach a special pastry class for guests at Borgo La Pietraia.
Explore the food, wine and art of Campania's coast. Borgo La Pietraia overlooking the Tyrrhenian sea will serve as home base for exploring the Amalfi and Cilento coasts.
- Eat lunch at Naples' most historic pizzeria and learn about sfogliatelle, the city's signature pastry
- Travel by private boat along the Amalfi coast to the island of Capri.
- Visit the historic pastry shop "Andrea Pansa" in Amalfi and eat a 5-course seafood feast at a family-run trattoria in Vietri sul Mare.
- Spend a day on the beach at Castellabate Santa Maria and then eat like the locals do in Agropoli.
- Learn to cook from a Baronessa at her farm on the Sele Plain.
- Visit the 6th century BCE ruins of Paestum and then the beaches where the Allied forces came ashore during WWII.
- Taste wine at the Cilento vineyards and visit local farms.
$1950 per person includes accommodations, ground transportation (including airport transfers to Naples), breakfast daily, all dinners, tastings and most lunches.
Tour begins and ends in Naples. We will pick you up and drop you off at the Naples airport or train station. Airfare not included
Questions? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 917-881-3918 between 10am-6pm EST.
To reserve your spot, please make a $150 non-refundable deposit. An invoice for the balance will be sent to you and is due March 31, 2016.
I'm flying in to Rome/Milan. How do I get to Naples?
Easy, just take the train to Naples. We'll pick you up at the train station.
Can I fly directly to Naples?
Meridiana offers direct flights from New York to Naples while most other airlines will have a layover in Milan or Rome. The airport in Naples is wonderful and we will pick you up there.
How will we get around throughout our week?
We have a small bus and driver for the week with 20 seats, giving us a little extra room to spread out.
How much walking will we do? What if I can't keep up with the group?
Each day of sights allows you to do as much or as little walking as you like. For example, when we visit Amalfi, the group is free to explore on their own for 3 hours in each town. You may choose to sit in a piazza and relax.
I have some food allergies. Can you accommodate those?
At most places, yes. Please let us know in advance so that we may plan accordingly. Certainly we can customize the meals we enjoy at the Borgo as Chef Antonio plans them specifically to our liking. Do note that at places like the historic pizzeria in Naples, a gluten-free pizza will not be available nor are gluten-free pastries available.
Will there be alcoholic drinks during meals?
We always order wine for the table. If you would like mixed drinks, you may order them independently.
I'm single. Will I feel like the odd-man out if there are a lot of couples?
This is a family-style trip where we eat together and get to know each other. By the end of our last tour which included singles and couples ranging in age from 34 to 80, everyone had become friends.
I'm in a couple, will I get some time alone?
The rooms at the Borgo are entirely private and each one has a terrace overlooking the sea. You may choose to have breakfast in your room together every morning.
What should I pack?
Days are warm and evenings are cool and of course, bring comfortable shoes. All our visits are casual and relaxed. Think t-shirts, jeans, light sweaters for layering and a bathing suit. No need to bring a hairdryer as the Borgo has one in each room. Do plan to bring the appropriate charger for your cell phones.
Is there free Wi-Fi at the Borgo?
Yes, thought it works only in the rooms and not very well on the rest of the property.
It's hard to get a view of the Borgo from your pictures? What is it like?
It's very hard to photograph because of it's size and layout. The Borgo is a large gated property facing the sea with Monte Calpazio behind it. The property is planted with lush Mediterranean trees, flowers and herbs and little lizards scamper across the terracotta stone. The rooms are like little villas spread out across the property with both suites and single rooms. The Borgo was built between 2006-08, all from local Cilento stone, which makes it feel as though the property grow organically out of the earth. The rooms are modern and clean. The bathrooms have luxury showers and a bidet.
At the center of the property is the cantina where breakfast is served every morning with a sea view. We will enjoy two meals here prepared by Chef Antonio.
Borgo La Pietraia is run by brother-and-sister Antonio and Arianna Scariati. Antonio runs the kitchen while Arianna is available to help you with any other details related to your stay. They are the cousins of Feast on History founder, Danielle Oteri. The Scariati family have been in Capaccio Paestum for centuries and the ancient town of Capaccio Vecchio is a short hike from the Borgo. Also nearby is the Sanctuary of the Madonna of the Pomegranate and the ancient Greek temples at Paestum.