Experience food, wine and art in the mountains and the coast of Campania.
This group meets in Naples and spends the first two nights in Avellino as a base for exploring wine country. The second part of the trip is set on the coast at Borgo La Pietraia.
- Visit the prestigious vineyards Cantine Caggiano and Feudi di San Gregorio.
- Visit a local agriturismo for a truffle-laden lunch.
- Learn to cook from a Baronessa at her farm on the Sele Plain.
- Visit the 6th century BCE ruins of Paestum.
- Relax on the beach at Santa Maria di Castellabate.
- Dine al fresco in beautiful Agropoli at a secret pizzeria hidden beneath a staircase
- Hike to the Sanctuary of the Madonna of the Pomegranate.
- See the Zaha Hadid ferry terminal at Salerno and travel by boat to Amalfi
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.
What time should I plan to be in Naples?
Arrange to arrive by noon. Once you're arrangements are made, please send them to email@example.com and she will be in touch to make specific pick-up arrangements.
How will we get around throughout our week?
We have a small bus and a wonderful proivate driver for the week with 20 seats, giving us a little extra room to spread out. After we pick you up in Naples, we'll have lunch and then go directly to our hotel in Avellino which will serve as our based during our days in Irpinia. Then we'll transfer to Borgo La Pietraia on the Cilento coast for the remainder of our trip.
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. If you don't feel like walking around a vineyard, you're free to relax in the tasting room. If you want to hike to the town of Capaccio from the Borgo, feel free. If not, have another cappuccino on the terrace.
I have some food allergies. Can you accommodate those?
Yes, but it's important that you let us know in advance so that we may plan accordingly. 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 during meals. If you would like to continue drinking after the meal or order mixed drinks, you may do so 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. Above all, bring comfortable shoes and be aware that you'll be walking on grass at the vineyards. Irpinia has a similar climate to the Pacific Northwest while the nearby coast is warmer and has far less rain. All our visits are casual and relaxed. Think t-shirts, jeans, light sweaters for layering, a scarf and a sports jacket or blazer if you like. Do plan to bring the appropriate charger for your cell phones.
Is there free Wi-Fi at the Borgo and the hotel in Avellino?
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 restaurant where breakfast is served every morning with a sea view.
Borgo La Pietraia is run by brother-and-sister Antonio and Arianna Scariati. 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.