Painting in the Cilento

Private tour proposal

Contact: Danielle Oteri, or Jessica Scranton



Unpack your bags only once to stay at Borgo La Pietraia overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. The enclosed property is perfect for an artists retreat. Guests can set up their easel anywhere on the property and then gather together for conversation and critiques in the modern amphitheater overlooking the Amalfi and Cilento Coasts.

  • See the 3,000 year old temples at Paestum, a UNESCO World Heritage site which was a favorite stop on the Grand Tour.

  • Visit the protected Cilento coast and the town of Borgo Castellabate, a UNESCO World Heritage site, named one of Italy’s most beautiful villages.

  • Explore the Cilento National Park with a local guide who will lead you through the ancient sheep paths between the villages of Capaccio and Trentinara, then have a 0 Kilometer lunch at Fattoria Cavallo,

  • Paint in the gardens of the first medical school in Europe, overlooking the Amalfi Coast.

  • Learn to cook from a Baronessa on her buffalo farm.


Borgo La Pietraia enjoys a majestic panorama of mountains and sea stretching from the Sorrento peninsula to the Cilento coast. The buildings and terraces are all built from local stone, making the property feel as though it grows organically from the landscape, in complete harmony with nature. It is a true paradise insulated with pomegranate and olive trees and scented by hedges of bay leaves, rosemary and other Mediterranean herbs and flowers. The restaurant on property called FOOD is led by chef Mario Stellato, formerly of Michelin-starred Marennà. Everything served at FOOD is organic, locally grown, and utilizes the best of the season.

All rooms have:

  • En suite bathrooms with luxury showers, 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

Borgo La Pietraia also has:

  • A swimming pool with sea views

  • Parking

Transportation and Guides

You’ll have your own private bus and driver for the week that seats up to 25 guests. We’ll meet you in Naples at either the airport or train station and transfer to Borgo La Pietraia, about a 1.5 hour drive. From pickup through drop off, the tour you’ll have English speaking guides.

proposed itinerary

This itinerary is a sketch and will be more finely tuned once all final plans are made.

Day 1: Welcome to Cilento Arrive in Naples airport or transportation, driver pickup, travel to Borgo La Pietraia, by 2pm. Introductions and a toast to open the tour at sunset, followed by a 5-course tasting menu at FOOD, the property’s restaurant.

Day 2: Grand Tour of Paestum: Spend the day at the ruins of Paestum, one of the most important stops on the Grand Tour. The day will open with a 2 hour guided tour of the archaeological site and museum including the vaults to see the painted tombs from the 3rd century BC. The rest of the day is dedicated to painting outside. Guests may have lunch independently as the restaurants directly across the street from the ruins.

After a rest back at the hotel, we’ll drive just 5 minutes up the hill to the medieval town of Capaccio for a tour of the village by the town historian followed by dinner in the piazza, overlooking the sea.

Day 3: Cilento Coast: Spend the morning shopping and strolling along the beach at Santa Maria Castellabate on the Cilento Coast. In the afternoon we’ll drive to Borgo Castellabate, a UNESCO World Heritage site for an afternoon of exploring the medieval streets and alleys for painting.

At dusk we’ll transfer to Agropoli for the evening paseggiata through the modern town center (for shopping) up to the medieval castle where guests may have dinner on their own.

Day 4: Cook with the Baronessa: Spend the morning learning to cook on the buffalo farm of Baronessa Cecilia Bellelli. After feasting on your hard work, enjoy free time to sketch in her rose garden.

The evening meal will be at San Salvatore 1988, an organic wine producer with a wonderful restaurant with dishes all made from products grown on their property to promote bio-diversity.

Day 5: Salerno and Amalfi Coast Artisans: Visit the medieval herb garden planted among the ruins of 12th century medical school in Salerno, the first medical school in Europe. After a short tour, spread out to paint with views from the garden overlooking the Amalfi Coast.

In the afternoon we’ll transfer to nearby Raito, a town of ceramics artisans to visit painters in their workshops. Evening stroll and dinner in Vietri-sul-Mare.

Day 6: Relax: Free day to relax on the property. We can also help guests arrange excursions if they wish.

Day 7: Cilento Villages Enjoy a light hike between Capaccio and Trentinara, two medieval villages nearby Borgo La Pietraia. Have a 0KM lunch at the farm called Fattoria Cavallo and set up your easel among the animals and olive trees.

After sunset we’ll have a closing dinner at FOOD.

Day 8 Arrivederci: Depart Borgo La Pietraia at 10am for Naples. Before leaving we’ll stop at the Sanctuary of the Madonna of the Pomegranate for one last look at this beautiful countryside.


For Doubles in Junior Suite


For Singles in Superior Suite


Executive suite


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

  • Hairdryer

  • Mini-fridge

  • Flat screen television

  • WiFi

Price includes:

  • Breakfast daily of coffee/tea, fruit, yogurt, sliced meat, cheeses, pastries. Eggs are available for an extra cost.

  • 5 dinners and 2 lunches with two glasses of wine per person at each group meal

  • All ground transportation via private coach

  • All guides and translation

  • All entrance fees, tours and cooking class

  • Transfers from Borgo La Pietraia and Naples airport or train station

  • Taxes, service charges and gratuities


  • Mixed drinks, cocktails, additional wine

  • International airfare

  • Mini-fridge charges or room service

  • Trip insurance