Tie on your apron and earn to cook with an award-winning team of Chefs Filomena, Fortunata, Carmine & Raffael in sunny Positano and give your creative hands a try at making Amalfi Coast ceramics – creating beautiful pottery hand painted with vibrant Mediterranean colors. Create and paint your own plates, platters, cappuccino cups or casseroles, while meeting new friends in our fun and artful ceramic and cooking class. Our studio is the perfect place to mold, paint and create, and our kitchen will have you tapping into your creative cooking talents. Our ceramic classes Amalfi Coast is a unique experience with a local artist to create, paint and fire your very own handmade pottery.
Positano Cooking Classes
Our Chefs Filomena, Fortunata, Raffaele, Carmine, Giuseppe & Raffael lead your hands-on cooking classes using fresh, regional ingredients and have you slicing, dicing and cooking in the kitchen. Tie on your apron, join our Chefs and learn how to prepare farm-to-table ingredients and transforming them into Mediterranean cuisine of the Amalfi Coast.
The classes take place in our professional Mediterranean kitchen, giving you an authentic experience of recipes, techniques and styles. In each class, you are up close and hands-on preparing delicious recipes that you will also be able to recreate at home.
During your cooking classes you will prepare a full course lunch or dinner including antipasto, pasta, fish or meat & dessert. Choose our special Pizza Making workshop for one of your classes and make traditional Neapolitan pizza from start to finish.
In each cooking classes you will make regional recipes starting with antipasto: fiori di zucca ripieni – stuffed squash flowers, aranci, patate crochette, involtini di melanzane, polpettini di melanzane, pasta: gnocchi, ravioli Caprese and scialatielli, a main course: spigola limone, pesce all’acqua pazza, vitello Positanese, pollo con erbe, and limone and dessert: torta Caprese, torta Vesuvio, babà soaked in limoncello, gelato and crostate, to name a few.
During the week, you will also learn the technique of making authentic Neapolitan pizza with our award-winning pizzaiolo, pizza-maker, who learned to make la vera pizza Napolitano, real Neapolitan pizza. This authentic pizza making class shares the secret recipe for mixing, kneading and stretching delicate pizza dough and baking it at a high temperature in a wood-burning oven for a perfect crispy crust.
If pasta is your favorite, you can choose to add on our Pasta Making Workshop where you will make additional fresh, hand-made pasta with seasonal sauces. Fresh pasta making is an art in Italy, and in Positano you will learn to make it step-by-step! Believe it or not, Italy boasts over 1,000 different types of pasta, including gnocchi, ravioli, tortellini, cannelloni, orecchiette, casarecci, and garganelli, to name but a few.
If you are an advanced cooker or chef, we can offer the same Ceramic & Cooking Tour with advanced cooking classes and make it a tailor made menu for you. Just let us know.
Also during the week, learn about the ancient history of ceramics, its folkloric tales, and philosophy that reigns from the 13th century, while molding, shaping and firing it in a professional kiln. By the end of the week, you will have your own colorful Positano pottery and ceramic to serve your newly learned antipasto, pasta, main course and desserts in.
Your week includes 3 hands-on cooking and 3 hands-on ceramic making classes with our native master artisan in her studio: a unique and educational experience. Using a resource of old patterns and books to inspire, your mind will open as you learn about the motifs and colors used in this type of ceramic making. This program has been specially designed for the artistic food lover who wants to expand their artistic talent.
The Amalfi Coast ceramic making course starts with the mixing and sculpting of the clay, firing and painting to follow. All supplies are included. You can decide what you would like to make on site. From platters, to plates, and casseroles, tiles, candles or lanterns-the sky is the limit. You will create beautiful one-of-a-kind Amalfi Coast pottery while learning. Shipping of final pieces can be arranged at a surcharge.
Your accommodations for the week include a villa-style B&B property located in the center of town and overlooking the sea, a 3, 4 or 5 star accommodation. Each bedroom has its own private terrace and sea view surrounded with flowered pergola and greenery. Ceramic tiles line each large bedroom with a private ensuite bathroom including shower and hairdryer. Each bedroom offers a safe, refrigerator and air conditioning. Breakfast is served each morning, and daily maid service is provided for your convenience. Wake up each day in sunny Positano on the sea view.
Positano, once a sleepy fishing village has a Moorish-style and one, one-way street from its top to its end. It is latticed with pearly colored houses of white, yellow, pink and violet for a reason. The small seaside town, discovered by American and British troops at the end of World War II was home to many fishermen’s families. Houses were once painted in this rainbow of colors so fishermen at sea could easily pick out his home when returning from sea. And even today, the color prism of houses still remains. As you zig zag through town, tiny cafés, terraces, and artisan shops spill onto the sidewalk and locals continue to sell ceramics, leathers, clothing, Limoncello and antiques.
Walk along the cobblestone footpath that leads to the beach and at the bottom you will see the parish church of Santa Maria Assunta in Piazza Flavio Gioia. The church was built on the site of a former Benedictine Abbey of Saint Vito in the 13th-century and was rebuilt in 1700. The majolica dome, sitting like a giant gelato, can be seen from every point in town. And inside its walls is a carved wooden Christ, a masterpiece of devotional religious art and a 13th-century Byzantine painting on wood with the Madonna and Child, known as the Black Virgin. The people of Positano celebrate the feast day of the Madonna every August 15th, when the locals carry the statue along the beach with a parade of boats and musicians. A spectacular fireworks display follows.
Positano was part of Amalfi’s Maritime Republic during the 10th century, and rivaled Venice as an important mercantile power. It was an important center to follow during the 16th and 17th centuries, when its ships traded in the Near and Middle East, carrying spices, silks and precious woods. However when the steamship arrived in the mid-19th century, less trading led to the town’s decline and some three quarters of its 8,000 citizens left for America, with most settling in New York. However after World War II, Positano once again prospered.
Program is 8 days, 7 nights
~ Saturday to Saturday available all year long.
This program is scheduled from Saturday to Saturday, however you may check in and start your program on any day of the week, all year long. If you do start on a day other than Saturday, you will start your activities on that day, and all activities described will be included during your program.
Saturday: Welcome To Positano & Full Course Chef’s Tasting Dinner
- Pick-up and transfer from Naples airport or train station to the property. Arrival and check-in. Relax on your terrace, sit back enjoy an aperitivo.
- A full course Chef’s Tasting Dinner is included; antipasto, pasta, main dish and dessert. (Wine not included. Wine, drinks, Grappa and an assortment of after dinner digestives are available at a surcharge).
Sunday: Cooking Class 1 & Discover Positano
- Breakfast is served.
- Tie on your aprons and get cooking in your hands-on Cooking Class 1. Classes are held in our professional Mediterranean kitchen. Start with an introduction and time for question & answers; and then head into the kitchen. Our Chefs take you step-by-step through traditional recipes of southern Italian cuisine with an accent on the healthy Mediterranean diet. Learn how to make an antipasto, main dish and dessert. After the class, everyone enjoys dinner by the sea with the foods prepared in class. Toast with a great glass of red or white wine, included. (Additional wine, beverages, after dinner drinks and more are available at a surcharge).
- In the afternoon, take the morning to explore Positano, stroll through the main square-the Piazza Mulini, get acquainted, stop for a café at the Bar Mulini, and make your way to the main beach. Throughout the town you will see many types and styles of ceramics, and not only in the beautiful shops that carry them. Oversize ceramic flower pots welcome you at doorways, Virgin Marys, in blue and white, seem to guide you at every turn and lanterns and signs show you the way through the colorful town.
- The evening is free and dinner is on your own.
Monday: Ceramic Making Class 1 & Explore Positano
- Breakfast is served.
- Start off the morning with Ceramic Class 1: your first ceramic making class. The hands-on class ceramic making class shows how to mix and sculpt your clay as you work under the guidance of our local artisans. Class is 2 hours. Follow the artist, sculpt and learn new technique.
- Following your class, take time to explore the many shops, wine bars or art galleries.
- Later in the dinner, enjoy a local fare at any one of the delicious restaurants which Positano has to offer.
Tuesday: Ceramic Class 2, Olive Oil Discussion & Tasting & Cooking Class 2
- Breakfast is served.
- Ceramic Class 2: Your second ceramic class takes you to the next step in processing your piece. You can continue painting with the vivid Mediterranean pastels or if you are ready, go to the kiln. Class is 2 hours.
- Lunch on your own.
- Olive Oil Tasting. Join us for a tasting of our locally produced Extra Virgin Olive Oil. At Cooking Vacations we make our own first-cold pressed extra virgin olive oil from healthy olives that have been tended and cared for all summer long. We use only the first cold press Virgin olive oil. It means that the oil we bottle is pressed only one time giving it a clean fresh taste. Virgin means it is pure and not mixed with anything else. It is DOP-Denominazione di Origine Protetta, ‘origin protected’ domain of production-and “made on site in Italy.” Grown under the warm Mediterranean sun, in rich volcanic soil, and with salt sea winds, our olives make perfect olive oil. We respect the old world process of picking just at the right time, just in October and not too late in the season. Always organic. Our olive oil it is made without chemicals or preservatives, we promise. The informal tasting provides a bit of insight into tasting, buying and using olive oil.
- Cooking Class 2: Hand-on cooking class. Learn to make seasonal specialities such as zucca, pumpkin ravioli, or pesce azzurro, a sweet local blue fish grilled between lemon leaves, and a torta Caprese, traditional Capri cake. Everyone eats the foods made in classes following. Toast with a glass of wine, included. (Extra wine, beverages, after dinner drinks are not included).
Wednesday: Ceramic Class 3 — Suggestion: Gourmet Tasting Lunch
- Breakfast is served.
- Ceramic Class 3: In your 3rd and final class, put the finishing touches on your hand made piece, whether it be an olive oil jug, a tiled cheese cutting board or a deep-dish pasta bowl! Your family and friends will be impressed when they see you serving your Italian cooking in your hand-made ceramic. Class is 2 hours.
- Lunch on your own, try the Gourmet Tasting Lunch with wine pairings at our hot pick Restaurant. Just when you thought the food could not get any better, the Gourmet Lunch with local wine pairing prepared in the open kitchen will have you thinking different. From the antipasto, pasta, main course and dessert, taste and learn as our host will inform and lead you through a new experience in cooking styles. Afternoon free and dinner on your own. Choose from our Restaurant Hot Pick List.
Thursday: Amalfi Coast & Ravello
- Breakfast is served.
- Get ready for a ride along the Amalfi Coast. Getting there is half the fun, as you will see the amazing panoramic Coast, passing Sophia Loren’s home along the way. Time out along the way for some photo snapping, and a visit to the famed-artisan ceramic maker noted for their volcanic hand-painted tables.
- Amalfi: The town of Amalfi is rich in culture and history. The small city is on the coastline and behind an ancient wall, it is dominated by Amalfi’s Cathedral and its main streets are lined with small shops and elegant bars. Merchants display their wares outside and nothing could be more pleasant than browsing through stalls of herbs and spices, jewelry, shoes, handmade Amalfi paper, and local lemon specialties such lemon soap and lemon liqueurs.
- Ravello is the romantic city high above the sea and noted for its International summer music concerts. Visit Ravello is filled with villas and castles of nobles, queens & kings, and Italy’s Royalty of the past.
- One of the town’s most visited landmarks is the Villa Cimbrone, once the residence of Greta Garbo. Wander through the villa’s lush gardens and the Terrazza Della Rosa, and stroll down the path that leads to the Terrazzo dell’Infinito (Terrace of Infinity). This natural balcony magically hangs over the sea, and is lined with ancient marble busts. A spanning panoramic includes Cilento Mountains and the Licosa beyond the sparkling sea, and the lush Amalfi Coast with its distinctive terraces brimming with lemon trees, castles, fortresses, and villas that cling onto the rugged mountainside.
- Ravello’s footpath alleyways and tiny walk ways surprise you with majestic churches & chapels. There is the Cathedral, Villa Rufolo, San Giovanni del Tauro, and Santa Maria. The city’s large piazza spills with cafés, art galleries, and branches off with a labyrinth of small streets filled with local ceramic makers and artisans. You will see old-world artisans paint seascapes, mermaids, suns & moons, and romantic angels in soft pastel shades.
Add-On Our Guide For The Amalfi Food Lover’s Walk and Ravello Landmark Tour
- You may also reserve our private English-speaking guided tour and local resident, who will take you on an Amalfi Food Walk & Ravello Landmark Tour, learning about the local food, history and culture. If you want to see the towns of Amalfi & Ravello like a local, while tasting great foods, add on this tasty food tour. Stroll to the fish market, cheese artisan and bread baker. Also included is a stop at one of Amalfi’s most historic pastry, chocolate and gelato makers. Tastings are included. After Amalfi, your guide continues her tour in Ravello, with a visit to Villa Rufolo or Villa Cimbrone and the Terrazza dell’Infinito. (*Entrance fees not included.) Stroll through Medieval Gardens, piazzas, pathways and by ancient landmarks while learning about the invaders, kings and queens, writers and movie stars who lived here. End in the piazza with a toast of Prosecco. A 3-hour tour with English speaking, tastings are included. (Guide’s fee is extra, please reserve in advance.)
You will visit a famous boutique food shop which showcases local and artisan foods including an assortment of cheeses, salumi, bread, pastas,olives, spices and wines, tastings included. Your guide will explain the different foods and how they are used in cooking. Next stop the limoncello maker with Amalfi Coast sfumato limone with tastings. We continue through Amalfi and end with a visit to the most famous pastry shop with tastings. We continue onto Ravello where we tour the gardens then take a seat in the piazza for a Prosecco.
- After the full day excursion, return to Positano.
- Suggestion: Enjoy a sun set aperitivo at the Hotel San Pietro. Its sunset view, and fragrant flower gardens will have you staying longer than expected. Slide into its terraced restaurant for a late night bite.
Friday: Cooking Class 3
- Breakfast is served.
- Cooking Class 3: Our Chef’s use their families’ traditional recipes, with their professional skills to serve you the best recipes of the Amalfi Coast. Recipe samples may include grilled eggplant antipasto drizzled with first-pressed, virgin olive oil, Positano-style pasta sautéed with seafood and baby shrimp in fresh tomato sauce, sea bass baked with novelle, new, potatoes or veal sautéed in lemon.
- Enjoy lunch or dinner with the foods prepared in class. Toast with a cold class of Falanghina or Aglianico wine and end with a sweet dessert, included. Additional wine, drinks and after-dinner liqueurs available at a surcharge.
- Last minute shopping at Vincenzo’s and do not forget to ship a case of your favorite vino back home!
- Breakfast is served.
- Departure transfer to Naples airport or train station.
- Ciao~ A Presto!
*Note: This schedule may vary due to inclement weather, saint days or festivals. All activities, in the event of rescheduling, are always included during the week. Please note that museum tickets are not included in program price.
- 8 days, 7 nights accommodations, based on 2 guests in either a villa-style B&B, 3, 4 or 5 star with private bathroom. Click to view Accommodations Options & Upgrades!
- Daily breakfast and maid service
- A Welcome Dinner featuring a full course Chef’s Tasting Menu. Beverages not included.
- 3 hands-on cooking classes with lunch or dinner following including the food that was made in the cooking class with wine included.
- 3 hands-on ceramic classes. All supplies included.
- Amalfi Coast and Ravello excursion with private driver. (Private tour guide available on request).
- Olive Oil tasting with informal discussion and tastings.
- Round trip group transfers from Naples Airport or Naples Train station to Positano.*
- Cooking Vacations welcome bag, chef’s apron, recipe booklet and Prosecco.
$3,195 per person, based on 2 guests in a B&B with a garden and mountain view.
2023 Dates: This program is available throughout the year. Check in and start your program on any day of the week. Rates are subject to change based on currency exchange. Call for updated rates. Airfare not included. Group transfers for any cooking tour or tours that include transfers, are for the group and are not private. Transfers before, after or to another destination outside of your cooking tour are not included in the program price. If you would like to add on a private transfer or transfers, let us know and we will send you pricing.
ROUND TRIP TRANSFERS
*Round trip group transfers from Naples Airport/Train to Positano and from Positano to Naples Airport or Train Station are included in your program. 1 transfer per group each way.
ARRIVAL-Arrival transfers from Naples Airport to Positano are 1:00pm and from Naples Train Station at 3:00pm. Group transfers leave promptly at the scheduled time. If you cannot make the scheduled group transfer time, a special transfer can be reserved for you, please call for pricing.
DEPARTURE-Departure from the property in Positano to Naples Airport or Train Station are at 4am and 10am (in heavy traffic conditions, departures may start 30 minutes prior – you will notified). 10am is the official property check out time on the morning of your departure. If you would like a private transfer, please call for pricing. Departures between 2am to 7am have an 85E supplement.
The B&B is in Positano and 3 kilometers approximately from the main part of town. The local orange buses and larger blue SITA buses pass and can be taken in and out of Positano or a taxi (extra transfer services are not included). NCC private drivers are not included in any transfers outside of the cooking program.
City taxes, which vary, are not included and must be paid by each guest on site at the time of check out. Please call us if you have any questions.
*Even though Positano has many stairs throughout, our properties are located with minimum stairs. Going to the beach offers handicap access. People who do not like to walk or have health problems are advised to read up on the landscape of Positano. We suggest walking shoes, sun block, and a hat for Capri and Pompeii.
Additional cooking classes and tours can be added on to your program at an extra cost in additional to the cooking classes already included. Call or email us for any questions.
Optional Add-On Cooking Classes & Tours:
Capri Full Day Excursion
A full-day visit to the Isle of Capri, where you can choose to see the Blue Grotto – the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, or stroll along the port. The Blue Grotto has a special cavern entrance where the sunlight reflects on the water in the cave, tingeing it a dramatic Mediterranean cerulean shade of blue. Capri is Italy’s most popular and well-known seaside island and is just twenty minutes away. Once in the port of Capri, you can choose to take the funicular up to the famous Piazza Umberto. The square, better known as ‘la piazzetta,’ is perched high above the sea and offers a panoramic view of the Bay of Naples and Ischia. At the main Piazza, you will find many designer shops and luxury boutiques or you can simply sit at a café and enjoy a gelato or Prosecco Mimosa.
A favorite place on Capri is Anacapri. This old world village that once captured the hearts of writers, artists and poets is dainty, delicate and quiet. Anacapri, the highest point on the island, virtually carries you back in time. Walk through narrow streets lined with Grecian-style whitewashed villas, ancient churches, and small bookshops. From Anacapri, take the chair lift up to Monte Solaro; pass the castle of Barbarosso, fields of Capri flowers and marvel at a clear blue sky that seems to turn 360 degrees above you.
Add-On A Driver:
While on land in Capri and if you want to see all the sites with ease, we suggest that you reserve a private car tour with Signor Costanzo our favorite driver. Costanzo will drive and guide you to each point of interest, while pointing out fascinating historical sites and facts along the way. He will drive to the highest peak in Anacapri, and to hidden gardens and villas where emperors once reigned. A 4-hour excursion in the driver’s sporty Capri Car is available from 1 to up to 6 people, upon request.
After your stay on the island, re-embark on board with your Captain.
Pompeii ~ Ancient Ruins
After breakfast, begin your day with an early morning excursion to Pompeii. Take inspiration for your own ceramic work from the ancient pottery you can see in these famous ruins. Visit the famous seat of this ancient Roman civilization near Naples whose ruins date back to 79AD. Discover and explore the ancient city that was covered by the eruption of Vesuvius, and unravel the ancient mystery of the Roman Empire. Visit Pompeii’s open-air museum and explore the labyrinth of paths that lead you through the ruins of the buried city. Take time out for a panino in the café near the forum.
Our professional guide is available for the Pompeii tour. Please reserve in advance. (The guide’s fee and museum entrance tickets are not included in the excursion and must be purchased by each guest prior online.).
Paestum ~ Greek Ruins In Italy
Discover the ruins of Paestum, dating from 500 BC. Amazingly similar to the Acropolis in Athens, these Greek ruins are off the beaten tourist track set past Salerno. This is a full day tour with private driver.