- Unpack your bags only once to stay at Borgo La Pietraia overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea
- See the 5,000 year old temples at Paestum, a UNESCO World Heritage site
- Learn to cook traditional Southern Italian dishes from a Baronessa at her farmhouse
- Travel along the Amalfi Coast by boat to explore the most beautiful sites including the Cathedral of Amalfi
- Explore the Cilento National Park's protected coastline and the medieval villages that dot the interior
- Learn about Cilento wine from an accomplished sommelier and visit local vineyards and winemakers
Day 1: Arrive at Borgo La Pietraia
We'll pick you up in Rome at noon and then drive you to the beautiful Cilento countryside. Unpack and unwind for the afternoon. Your home for the entire week is Borgo La Pietraia, a collaboration between renowned Italian architect Nicola Pagliara and the Scariati family. The property also boasts FOOD Restaurant where Chef Mario Stellato gives local ingredients a fine dining treatment.
All rooms have fully modern amenities and a private terrace with a sweeping view of the Tyrrhenian Sea and Capri. We'll have a glass of wine on the terrace during sunset before a celabratory feast.
Day 2: Buffalo mozzarella farm and a tour of the Paestum archaeological park and museum
The Cilento coast is famous for buffalo mozzarella and Tenuta Vannulo is considered the very best in all of Italy. Guests will receive a private tour of the farm followed by a tasting and an elegant lunch in their restaurant. In the afternoon we'll visit the archaeological park and museum at Paestum for an art historian led tour of the 6th century B.C.E. temples and museum.
Day 3: Cilento coast
We'll explore the medieval fishing villages along the unspoiled Cilento Coast including Acciaroli, Castellabate Santa Maria and Borgo of Castellabate, a medieval village that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the evening we'll travel to the ancient coastal village of Agropoli, first the acropolis of Paestum and later an Arab city for two centuries. We'll eat dinner at pizzeria tucked beneath a staircase that only the locals know about.
Day 4: Cook with a Baronessa
Meet the Baronessa Cecilia Baratta Bellelli who will lead us through a 5-course cooking class of regional specialities on her family estate and farm. Learn to make handmade ravioli, Neapolitan style pizza in a wood fired oven and torta caprese, a very regional cake made with chocolate and almond flour. Afterward we'll eat lunch in the Baronessa's dining room filled with antiques and relax on her terrace and gardens.
In the afternoon we'll explore the beaches of Paestum and see the bunker, not open to the general public, which was used during World War II.
Day 5: Amalfi by Sea
In the morning we'll drive to Salerno to see the extraordinary new ferry terminal designed by architect Zaha Hadid. We'll have a front row seat to the Amalfi coast as we travel by boat to the town of Amalfi. After a day exploring the Norman-Arab cathedral and the famous pastry shop Andrea Pansa, we'll return to Salerno by ferry and then have dinner at a very special family-run trattoria in Vietri sul Mare.
Day 6: Angel Caves and Small Cilento Villages
We'll cross through the Cilento National Park to reach the Angel Caves at Pertosa where we'll explore the grottoes and canyons carved by an underground river. Then we'll visit the small villages of the Cilento including Capaccio and Trentinara.
Day 7: Cilento wine
Tour the vines and meet the winemakers at San Salvatore, a Cilento vineyard that produces wines found at some of the best Italian restaurants in the United States including Del Posto in New York and A 16 in San Francisco. We'll have lunch in their beautiful tasting room.
Day 8: Arrivederci
After breakfast we'll depart for Rome at 10am. Before we leave, we'll stop at the 8th century Sanctuary of the Madonna of the Pomegranate for a last view of this magical land.
$5,100.00 per person, double occupancy. Single supplement is $572.00
Our largest room, the Executive suite is standalone building with a sea-facing wide terrace with table, chairs and two recliners. The Executive suite offers the most privacy.
$4,800.00 per person, double occupancy. Single supplement is $474.00
These large rooms also offer a queen bed and a sea view. They are closest to the breakfast dining room and connected in a bay of 7 suites. An extra single bed may be added to the Junior Suite if there are 3 guests sharing one suite.
$4,500 per person, double occupancy. Single supplement is $372.00
These rooms have a double bed and a partial sea view from their terraces. There are 4 superior suites situated on the eastern side of the property.
All suites have:
- En suite bathrooms with luxury showers, organic soaps and shampoos made from local olive oil and flowers, a heated towel rack and a bidet
- Private terrace overlooking the Tyrrhenian sea with table, chairs and a lounge chair
- Air conditioning and heating units that can are set by the guests
- Flat screen television
- Breakfast daily
- Four lunches
- All dinners
- Wine at all meals
- All ground transportation via private coach and drivers
- Ferry between Amalfi and Salerno
- Enrichment program of history and wine lectures
- All entrance fees, tours and local guides
- Transfers from Borgo La Pietraia and Rome Westin Excelsior
- Taxes, service charges and gratuities
NOT INCLUDED IN RATE
- International airfare
- Mini-fridge charges or room service
- Trip insurance
The tour begins and ends in Rome. Please plan to meet us at the Westin Excelsior at noon the day of your tour departure.
The tour ends on Sunday after breakfast. Our private coach will bring depart for Rome (about a 2.5 hour drive) at 10am.
To reserve your spot, please make a $2,000 deposit, $350 of which is non-refundable.
For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 917-881-3918 between 10am-6pm EST.
Upcoming Scheduled Departures
2018 Spring in Cilento: May 13-20, 2018 - 4 spots remaining
2018 Fall in Cilento: October 7-14, 2018 - 4 spots remaining
2019 Spring in Cilento: May 12-19, 2019
2019 Fall in Cilento: October 6-13, 2018
Our signature food and wine tour has been crafted for curious travelers who want to eat and drink like the locals do in this beautiful, rural and coastal corner of Southern Italy.