Writers in South Italy- May 14-18, 2020

Private tour proposal

Contact: Danielle Oteri, danielle@feastonhistory.com

 
 

TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS

Unpack your bags only once to stay at Borgo La Pietraia overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. The enclosed property is perfect for an writers retreat. There gated property covered in lush Mediterranean vegetation offers many indoor and outdoor places for the group to gather for discussion.

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

  • 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,

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

Accommodations

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 (open seasonally)

  • 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.

Itinerary

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: In the morning visit Tenuta Vannulo, Italy’s best producer of buffalo mozzarella, then have a light lunch in their farmhouse dining room. In the afternoon visit the ancient temples of Paestum with a guide. After the tour, enjoy free time to walk along the temples, visit the museum, or enjoy time in the local cafes to write.

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 National Park: Visit Santomiele in the Cilento National Park, a luxury producer of figs and chocolate. The tour opens with warm figs and prosecco overlooking the village of Prignano, followed by a visit to their spice room and confection laboratory. Lunch is in the tasting room.

Next we’ll transfer to the coast (only 20 minutes away) and the medieval city of Agropoli. Free time to write on the beach, explore the medieval ruins, and enjoy the evening stroll with the locals and have dinner independently.

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 write 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: Ancient Paths: 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 free time to write among the animals and olive trees.

Day 6: 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.

PROGRAM RATE

For Doubles in Junior Suite with Queen bed or Queen bed + Single bed by request

$1,200

For Singles in Superior Suite with Double bed

$1,500

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.

  • 8 meals with wine

  • All ground transportation via private coach

  • All guides

  • All entrance fees, tours and cooking class

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

  • Taxes, service charges and gratuities

NOT INCLUDED IN RATE

  • Mixed drinks, cocktails, additional wine

  • International airfare

  • Mini-fridge charges or room service

  • Trip insurance