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Italian Mamma Cooking Classes in Calabria™

Cooking In Diamante Calabria ~ 8 Day

 

Calabria lies along a majestic coastline of curving beaches, rocky bluffs, and meandering roads. Once the stronghold of the ancient Greeks, Calabria was the biggest of the Greek colonies, and its rich history saw the rise and fall of one of the mightiest empires. Calabria’s richly diverse past influences its present culture as well as culinary styles and cooking traditions.

In the kitchen is our Italian Mamma and Chef who leads you through the region’s opulent past and into present day kitchen, where he prepares Calabrian cuisine for your cooking week. During your program learning about Calabrian cuisine, prepare handmade fusilli al ferretto, turn your hand at making Calabria’s much loved local digestive liqueur made with succulent citrons, and watch our Italian Mamma as she transforms the island’s famed red chilli peppers into main dishes, side dishes, and even ice cream and jam!

Cooking Classes

Tie on your aprons and join us in hands-on Calabria cooking classes preparing local food of the region.  Antipasto, fresh pasta, sauces, main courses and desserts are on the menu using fresh and local ingredients from the region.  You will learn to cook like a local in his cooking classes, limited to 6 guests, in his kitchen.   Learn how to make fungi, wild stuffed mushrooms, pitticelle di zucchine, zucchine puffs, pasta con crema di zucchine,cuccine, tonno cunzatuand,-marinated tunna, ginetti, doughnut like desserts,-a traditional favorite.

Chilli peppers of Calabria are the king of spices in Calabria, and you’ll discover that almost every recipes imaginable uses the bright red vegetable –  fresh, dried, crushed, or naturally preserved in a ham.  Another key ingredient used are the rare, and delicious, Calabrian truffles indigenous to the Santa Domenica Talao area, and from which comes the celebrated black truffle ice cream. In the Riviera dei Cedri area of Calabria grows the citron, which is turned into the digestive citroncello liqueur,”the noble cousin of limoncello.”

Calabria

Visit Calabria, Scalea and Aitta! Calabria is set in the cerulean seas of Italy’s south, and all that delighted people throughout the ages still enchants natives and tourists alike today. The enviable climate, the beautiful beaches, the raw passion, untamed countryside, ancient churches and ruins remind us of Calabria’s eclectic past. Calabria is one of the jewels of the south, and is far from the well-worn tourist track, making it irresistible to those travellers who wish to discover a culture virtually untouched and rich in traditions and history.

Calabria’s gastronomy reflects its mixed history too. The meeting of past and present is represented by the region’s typical products including red onions from Tropea; chilli peppers, red potatoes, Porcini mushrooms from the Sila plateaux; Clementines from Corigliano, Bergamot from the Reggio Calabria area, Citrons from the Riviera di Cedri, liquorice from Rossano, and olives from the Piana di Gioia. Calabria is also known for its famed Nduja, which is a delicious, creamy sausage. Its coastline position makes fish a staple dish, sword fishing being a local, age-old tradition still carried on today. Another important fish in Calabrian cuisine has many names: neonata, nudilla, rosamarina, nannata, and bianchetti, all meaning the same thing, Sardines. These tiny, newly born fish are known as the caviar of Calabria, and are preserved in oil and often spiced up with flakes of chilli pepper.

Calabria Accommodations

Check into the beautiful 3-star hotel overlooking the sea and historic town of Scalea. The hotel lobby, with its 24-hour reception, provides common areas to relax, with the TV Room, three terraces overlooking the sea and a full service bar.

Furnishings are modern and functional, with superior comforts: each room features modern bedding with Italian linens, private bath with shower, hair dryer and a courtesy beauty kit.  There is also a telephone with a direct line, satellite TV, air conditioning and safety deposit box.

Diamante: The City Of Murals & Chilli Peppers

Stroll through the village Diamante.  This ancient village was decorated by skilled artisans from all over the world, creating scenes on the walls, telling the story of Calabria’s gloriously eclectic, and opulent past;  it’s nickname is the city of speaking walls.  Then it is on to the Red Hot Chilli Pepper Museum in Maiera, created by the Accademia Italiana del Peperoncino. It is the only museum of its nature in the world, showing the history of the chilli pepper, complete with a vast selection of chilli pepper products from all over the world including a tasting of chilli pepper food ingredients.

Maratea

Beautiful 14th century portals welcome you as you step into Maratea. The old town, bombarded by French troops in the late 19th century, beckons you into its history as you are greeted by the Christ of Maratea, an impressive 22-meter statue! The statue faces the Basilica of San Biagio, which houses the relics of the town’s patron saint. Next visit the antique churches tiled with Majolica from Vietri, and walk down alleys rich in handicraft shops of embroidery, leatherwork, and the like. Your passage through Maratea ends with a visit to the natural grottoes full of spectacular stalactites and stalagmites, as well as the harbour of Maratea.

The Norman Town Of Scalea & The Aragon Towers

Discover the splendor of the Aragon watchtower dotting the Calabrian coastline. First visit Talao’s tower, dating back to the 16th century, built by the Aragon vicar of the king of Naples. A guided walk follows to the old village of Scalea, dominated by the ruins of a Norman castle. Two magnificent churches and an old medieval “hospitalia” with rare Byzantine frescoes characterize the village. Within one of the towers is a museum boasting treasures from Laos, a Greek Lucan city of the 6th century B.C. Your tour ends with a visit to the Aragon Tower of Praia a Mare facing Isola di Dino.

Itinerary: 8 Days, 7 Nights

Day 1: Arrival & Welcome Dinner

  • Arrival at the property and welcome Prosecco.  Check in, relax and enjoy your welcome bag with Prosecco.
  • Afternoon is free.
  • Welcome dinner including a full course Chef’s Tasting menu featuring local fare.  Wine and beverages are not included.

Day 2: Cooking Class 1 & Visit Diamante

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Following breakfast, tie on your aprons for Cooking Class 1.  Learn about ingredients while you prepare antipasto, fresh pasta and sauce, a main course and dessert.  Following the cooking class, everyone enjoys the food prepared in the cooking class together with a toast of local wine.
  • In the afternoon, meet your guide and visit Diamante, also known as the City of Murals. The walls of the houses have been painted by artists from all over the world and depict the history, culture and life of the deep Italian South.
  • Following Diamonte, the tour continues to the Chilli Pepper Museum which is set in a pretty village on the top of a hill facing the sea, whose alleys are decorated with pottery made from artists from all over the world. Chilli pepper products tastings included.
  • A traditional dinner featuring local fare at the property.  Dinner included and wine can be selected and purchased directly based on your choice.

Day 3: Excursion ~ Riviera Dei Cedri, Scalea

  • Breakfast is served.
  • In the morning, meet your driver for a visit to the famous citron tree plantation on the Rivieria dei Cedri.  The visit includes a tour with tastings is of citrons including candied citrons and citron liqueur.
  • Following the citrus tour, enjoy a traditional lunch.  Lunch is included on the tour.
  • In the afternoon, meet your driver for a visit Scalea’s Old Town and a 16th century Aragon Sighting tower.  Walk through small streets and alleyways soaking up the beauty of this beautiful town.
  • A traditional dinner featuring local fare at the property.  Dinner included and wine can be selected and purchased directly based on your choice.

Day 4: Cooking Class 2

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Following breakfast, tie on your aprons for Cooking Class 2.  Learn about ingredients while you prepare antipasto, fresh pasta and sauce, a main course and dessert.  Following the cooking class, everyone enjoys the food prepared in the cooking class together with a toast of local wine.
  • In the afternoon, take time to relax, explore or walk the beach.
  • A traditional dinner featuring local fare at the property.  Dinner included and wine can be selected and purchased directly based on your choice.

Day 5: Cooking Class 3 & Visit Aieta

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Following breakfast, tie on your aprons for Cooking Class 3.  Learn about ingredients while you prepare antipasto, fresh pasta and sauce, a main course and dessert.  Following the cooking class, everyone enjoys the food prepared in the cooking class together with a toast of local wine.
  • After your cooking class, meet your driver for a visit to the Medieval village of Aieta.  Explore this beautiful town, stop for a caffe and soak up the local culture.
  • A traditional dinner featuring local fare at the property.  Dinner included and wine can be selected and purchased directly based on your choice.

Day 6: Excursion ~ Rossano ‘Amarelli Liquorice’ & Vineyard Visit

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Following breakfast, meet your driver for a full day tour to Rossano.  We will visit the Amarelli liquorice factory, an interesting producer of liqueurs and learn about the process and how to use this precious ingredient in cooking.  Tastings included.
  • Following the citrus tour, enjoy a traditional lunch.  Lunch is included on the tour.
  • Following, we continue to Librandi Vineyard where we visit the vineyard and cantina, then enjoy a wine tasting.
  • A traditional dinner featuring local fare at the property.  Dinner included and wine can be selected and purchased directly based on your choice.

Day 7: Free Day

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Free day. Take time to relax, enjoy a lunch at the property.
  • A traditional dinner featuring local fare at the property.  Dinner included and wine can be selected and purchased directly based on your choice.

Program Includes:

  • Eight days, seven nights accommodations in charming 3-star property.
  • Daily breakfast and maid service.
  • 3 hands-on cooking classes featuring traditional full course menus with local fare.
  • Following the cooking class, everyone enjoys the food prepared in the cooking class together with a toast of local wine.
  • In the afternoon, take time to relax, explore or walk the beach.
  • 2 traditional lunches included during the tours.
  • 7 Traditional full course tasting dinners included.
  • Tour of Diamante – City of Murals, with driver and English-speaking guide.
  • Riviera Dei Cedri Tour with Citron tasting, with driver and English-speaking host.
  • Tour of Scalea’s Old Town with driver and English-speaking guide.
  • Half Day Tour of Aieta with driver and English-speaking Guide.
  • Full Day excursion including visit to liquorice factory and visit to vineyard with a wine tasting included.
  • Cooking Vacations’ welcome bag with chef’s apron, Prosecco and recipe booklet.
Program Prices

$2,995 per person, based on two guests.

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.

Check Availability

2022 Dates: This program is available throughout the year. You can check in and start your cooking program 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.