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07 – The Pope’s Pastry Chef

The scene is delicious.  Creamy butter is scented with vanilla, then sugar is carefully whipped in a silver mixer.  As the butter transforms into a light and airy texture, a heavenly scent zests the air.  In the far corner, a pasticciere, pastry maker, donning a tall white chef’s hat carefully weighs out chopped candied orange that will be added to the batter.  Another baker lays out rows of brown paper baking liners that will soon cradle the delicate batter.  They’ll be baked into beautiful beauties called panettone, an Italian sweet bread.  Follow me to Italy as Chef Salvatore tells me his story on how he first started baking cakes.

06 – Cooking with Italy’s Famous Singing Butcher Dario Cecchini

Rolling Tuscan hills, the scent of grapes permeating the air and the sleepy town of Panzano in Tuscany.  Meet world-famous Dario Cecchini in his butcher shop Antica Macelleria Cecchini as we travel to Tuscany.  A welcoming door is left open and the song Volare by Domenico Modugno plays on.  Inside, a small crowd has already gathered.

There’s a party atmosphere, everyone is sipping Chianti wine, and it’s only 10am on a Sunday morning.  Dario sings as he cuts the Chianina Bistecca, Tuscan steak!  Experience Tuscan food and wine of a lifetime!

05 – Experience La Dolce Vita, Fall In Love, Get Married!

As soon as you land in Roma Fiumicino Airport you can feel the vibe of La Dolce Vita – Passport control men who wink and make conversation and suntanned Italians sipping caffès at the bar exchanging conversations about anything.  Stay a while and fall in love or maybe even marry.

04 – Cross the Ponte Vecchio, Enjoy A Creamy Gelato & Discover The Enchanting Medici Family – Florence

Walk along cobblestone pathways, cross the Ponte Vecchio, discover Renaissance Florence and Catherine Medici in the City of Art!  Enjoy a creamy Florentine gelato – something else that Florence is famous for!  Bring your sketch pad and imagination and let’s go to Florence!

03 – Truffle Hunting In Emilia Romagna

Tie on your aprons and pack your bags because we are going on a truffle hunt with Signor Alberto in the hills of Bologna!  Follow me to Italy and learn how!!!

02 – Cooking Vacations Ingredients To Success

Love to cook?  Join us in our Italian kitchen and learn how to prepare antipasto, fresh pasta,
main courses and delicious desserts.  Cooking Vacations offers hands-on cooking classes and cultural tours in Italy’s 20 regions designed by Lauren.  earn to cook traditional Italian recipes with excellent Chefs, local expert cooks, Nonnas, pastry artisans, and bread and pizza makers.  Our Italian culinary holidays include market, vineyard and cultural landmark tours.  We are Italian and share our love for cooking in our culinary vacations with you.

01 – Falling In Love In Italy – Introduction

In our first podcast, learn how Lauren moves to Positano in southern Italy, meets Rino – an Italian race car driver, falls in love and gets married in an Italian wedding gown.

Italy is a dream place!  The people, the food and lifestyle.  From its bustling caffès, lively piazzas, and colorful outdoor markets.  There’s Ponte Vecchio, Piazza Navona and the cerulean seas of the Amalfi Coast. Travel with your host, Lauren Birmingham Piscitelli, travel, learn how to cook, and maybe, even fall in love.

Subscribe to our Cooking Vacations podcast on ITunes/Apple Podcast and be sure to leave a 5 star, delicious review!

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Slow Cooking Positano


Slow Cooking 3-Star

3-Star:
The 3-Star property accommodations includes rooms with a sea view and balcony, ensuite private bath, in-room safe, mini-bar, hair dryers and air conditioning. There is a concierge, daily breakfast served in the common breakfast room and terrace are included, and free internet on the common terrace.

Program Prices:

$3,895 per person, based on 2 guests in classic room ground floor with sea view.

$3,995 per person, based on 2 guests in a superior room with sea view and French balcony.

$4,095 per person, based on 2 guests in a super superior room with sea view, French balcony and jacuzzi.

For Single Guests: If you are traveling on your own, please call us for the best group price. We are happy to welcome you into an already scheduled group.

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Slow Cooking Villa Suites

Villa Suites:
The Villa Suites offer individual private suites within its structure, complete with private bath, kitchenettes in the superior suites,* private terrace and sea view. Each suite has its own layout and is decorated uniquely in Mediterranean style. There is no concierge or main hotel desk, as this is a private villa. The property owner and manager are on site and available to provide information for your stay, including maps, tour books and booklets. Positano has many stairs, but the villa is at street level with minimum stairs for Positano, including 4 flights of stairs throughout. The villa includes standard rooms and superior suites available on request at a supplement. Daily continental breakfast served in your room, daily maid service, mini-bar, in-room safe, hair dryers, Wi-Fi internet in the room and air conditioning included.

Program Prices:
$4,195 per person, based on 2 guests in a classic room with sea view.

$4,495 per person, based on 2 guests in a superior suite with sweeping sea views, spacious and private large terraces.

For Single Guests: If you are traveling on your own, please call us for the best group price. We are happy to welcome you into an already scheduled group.

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Slow Cooking 4-Star Deluxe

4-Star Deluxe:

The 4-Star Deluxe property accommodations includes spacious rooms with a town/sea view and balcony, ensuite private bath, in-room safe, mini-bar, hair dryers and air conditioning. There is a concierge and daily breakfast is included. Our 4-Star Deluxe also boasts a Mediterranean restaurant on a terrace overlooking the sea. Free Wi-Fi internet is available. Added: Situated in a historical palazzo dating back to the 1600’s, our 4-star boutique accommodations blends old world charm with modern comforts. Each bedroom is bright, decorated in attractive Mediterranean hues of blue and white, cool tile floors and has a private ensuite bathroom, hairdryer, safe, refrigerator and air conditioning – just steps from restaurants and shopping. Breakfast is served in the breakfast room each morning, and daily maid service is provided for your convenience. There is also a Wi-Fi hotspot for guests’ use at surcharge.

Program Price:
$4,195 starting price per person, based on double occupancy with partial sea view. All taxes and Italian VAT included.

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Slow Cooking 4-Star By The Piazza

4-Star:
The 4-Star hotel is set looking out over the sea in the center of town. All the rooms are elegant, bright and decorated with Amalfi coast ceramic tiles in azure blues, lemon yellows and the natural cool colors of the Amalfi Coast. Each room has a sea view window or balcony and is fully equipped private bathroom, hairdryer, air conditioning, safe, direct-line telephone, Wi-Fi Internet, mini-bar, and Satellite TV. Every morning International buffet breakfast is included with cappuccino, fresh Italian croissants, pastries, cereal and fresh fruit to satisfy any international palate. The hotel’s beach-side sister property also invites guests to take advantage of its restaurant & snack bar. The knowledgeable staff are available 24 hours to answer questions, give advice and assistance.

Program Prices:
$5,595 per person, based on 2 guests with sea view.

$6,395 per person, based on 2 guests in a superior room with a sea view, balcony and jacuzzi.

For Single Guests: If you are traveling on your own, please call us for the best group price. We are happy to welcome you into an already scheduled group.

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Slow Cooking 4-Star With Pool

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4-Star With Pool:
The 4-Star With Pool hotel is set in a beautiful part of town looking out over the sea. All the rooms are elegant, light and decorated with Amalfi coast ceramic tiles in azure blues and whites. The hotel terraces offer an unforgettable view over the bay and the town, with lemon trees and bougainvillea adding a magical touch of color. The infinity pool, set in the cliffs above the sea, is a place of utter tranquility and seemingly gives straight onto the Tyrrhenian sea below.  There is also a small wellness area with a Turkish bath and gym equipment for guests’ use. The knowledgeable staff are available 24 hours to answer questions, give advice and assistance.

Program Prices:
$Call for pricing, per person, based on 2 guests in a classic room with sea view.

$Call for pricing, per person, based on 2 guests in a superior room with sea view.

*Prices starting at, room sizes and categories vary.

For Single Guests: If you are traveling on your own, please call us for the best group price. We are happy to welcome you into an already scheduled group.

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Slow Cooking 5-Star By The Sea

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5-Star By The Sea:
Our exclusive 5-Star By The Sea Property enjoys a privileged location just a few steps from the sea, and features a restaurant, brasserie, bar and a seawater pool. Rooms have every convenience, and are furnished in Mediterranean style, with comfortable beds, and a large bathroom with shower finished in hand-painted ceramic tiles. All rooms face directly over the beach or sea, with a private outdoor area complete with table and two chairs offering breathtaking views over the beach and sea – perfect for enjoying the unique panorama of Positano. Every morning breakfast is served in a beautiful room framed with bougainvilleas, offering an enchanting view of the sea and the pastel colors of Positano. A selection of juices, coffees and teas accompany the homemade pastries served each morning. There is an internet point with free Wi-Fi and the knowledgeable staff are available 24 hours to give advice and offer every assistance.

Program Prices:
$5,995 per person, based on 2 guests in a classic with beach and sea view.

$6,295 per person, based on 2 guests in a classic premium with sea view and balcony.

For Single Guests: If you are traveling on your own, please call us for the best group price. We are happy to welcome you into an already scheduled group.

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Slow Cooking 5-Star By The Piazza

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5-Star By The Piazza:
Our distinguished 5-Star Property By The Piazza property, located just a few steps from Positano’s main piazza, offers every possible comfort to guests looking for an unforgettably luxurious stay. Each room is unique, decorated with a stylish combination of antique and contemporary furnishings, with bathrooms made of marble and handmade tiles, most offering a whirlpool bathtub. Luxury linens and bath products add a special touch and the evening turn down service includes a special Italian chocolate for each guest. Rooms either offer views over the inner courtyard or have a small or French balcony with views over the village. Enjoy the very best Mediterranean food at the hotel’s gourmet restaurant, soak up the sun by the pool or book a relaxing treatment at the Spa.

Program Prices:
$ Call for pricing, per person, based on 2 guests, classic room.

$ Call for pricing, per person, based on 2 guests, superior room.

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Secret Garden – Garden & Mountain View B&B

B&B Garden & Mountain View:
Our Mountain View B&B option offers all of the amenities of a home-away-from-home during your stay including a comfortable room in a quiet location with a terrace overlooking the mountains. The property is comprised of individual private rooms, each with a private ensuite bathroom. At the family property, Signor Giuseppe and his father, Antonio welcome you and are available to provide information during your stay, including maps and directions and warm Italian hospitality. Daily breakfast, including incredible homemade cakes, cornetti, Italian pastry, and biscotti, prepared by his mamma and accompanied by steamy cappuccinos, American coffee, and assorted teas and fruit juices. The property is at street level with minimum stairs, one flight up for the higher rooms, and has a lovely restaurant on site along with a wood-burning brick oven churning out the best Neapolitan pizza on the Amalfi Coast. Each room has hair dryers, wi-fi internet, and air conditioning included. The property is in Positano and overlooks the Lattari Mountians.  Step out your door for a short twenty-minute walk to Positano’s piazza. Local buses are an easy option for those who do not like to walk along with local taxis which are also available.

Prices

$3,495 per person, based 2 guests, with garden and mountain view.

For Single Guests: If you are traveling on your own, please call us for the best group price. We are happy to welcome you into an already scheduled group.

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