Feast on History
Food, wine and art focused tours of Southern Italy

Cilento 2018 Tours



Upcoming Scheduled Departures

Spring in Cilento: May 13-20, 2018 - 6 spots remaining

Fall in Cilento: October 7-14, 2018 - 6 spots remaining

Feast On History uses food, wine and art to explore the rich history of the Cilento. This 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.

Guests wake up to clear views of the Tyrrhenian Sea from their own private terrace. They walk the ruins of the majestic Greek temples at Paestum with an art historian, then experience the architecture of Zaha Hadid in Salerno. Every day of this 7-night/8-day tour has been designed to reveal the underpinnings of this culturally rich region.


  • Unpack your bags for the entire week to stay at Borgo La Pietraia overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea
  • See UNESCO World Heritage sites; the temples at Paestum, the medieval village of Castellabate and the monastery of San Lorenzo di Padula
  • A private cooking class with a Baronessa at her country estate
  • Exclusive wine tasting at San Salvatore, a prestigious Cilento coast vineyard.

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 wine tasting before dinner and then a celebratory feast of typical Cilento ingredients given a fine dining touch. 

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.

I really don’t know how to express my love for Feast on History without sounding completely schmaltzy. I hadn’t been on a “tour” vacation since my senior year of High School. They just weren’t for me. But when I read the description of this trip, I knew it was something different. Danielle and Christian had carefully crafted a week of experiences that gave me exactly what I wanted (and needed) in a vacation. We got to be tourists without feeling like tourists because were traveling with people who knew the area so well and never made us feel rushed or pressured. The balance was superb - the perfect blend of educational and experiential activities with just the right amount of relaxing down-time, all in one of the most beautiful locales I have ever been to. And here comes the schmaltz...this is a trip that makes you truly appreciate ALL of your senses. From the wafting scents of jasmine and rosemary in the groves around the incomparable Borgo La Pietraia, the gorgeous combination of blues and greens that meld when the mountains are so near the ocean, the feel of the pasta dough as you kneed it to the correct consistency for ravioli in cooking class, the clang of church bells that ring out unexpectedly in an ancient fishing village and last but certainly not least, the exquisite food...oh my god, the FOOD - this trip is truly a FEAST. (P.S. I could write several sonnets about the amuse-bouches and buffalo mozzarella - but I will control myself.)
— Sari Pessah, Spring in Cilento 2017 guest

Program Rate

Executive Suite: $5,100.00 per person, double occupancy. Single supplement is $572.00 (SOLD OUT IN MAY)

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.

Junior Suite: $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. 

Superior 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 rooms 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
  • Hairdryer
  • Mini-fridge
  • Flat screen television
  • WiFi

Look inside Borgo La Pietraia Country house

Click on the images to view them in a large lightbox.

Price includes:

  • 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


  • 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 on Sunday, May 28, 2017.

The tour ends on Sunday after breakfast. Our private bus 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 danielle@feastonhistory.com or call 917-881-3918 between 10am-6pm EST.