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Bella Napoli™

Neapolitan Cooking Classes, Market Tour & Tastings ~ 4 Day

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Tie on your apron in bella Napoli for a Neapolitan hands-on cooking class experience and Food Lover’s Tour that will immerse you into Naples food, wine and culture.  You will learn about Neapolitan pizza, handmade pasta and Neapolitan ragù, while cooking and relaxing in our five-star accommodation overlooking the bay of Naples.

Naples is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy and named a UNESCO world heritage site – brimming with history, art and culture.  Colorful and charismatic, with narrow winding streets lending to the city’s character and life.

Discover Neapolitan pizza – invented in Naples – and seafood and fish bought from the fish venders at the open-air market and prepared every way.  Neapolitan cuisine is not only healthy, it is the epitome of the Mediterranean diet.  Under the tutelage of Chef Tina, you will be cooking like a vero Napolitano, a real Neapolitan!

Naples Cooking Classes

Chef Tina leads our hands-on cooking classes in her award-winning kitchen.  Young and well-trained – she uses local farm-to-table ingredients in every menu.  She starts with only the highest quality Neapolitan ingredients, pasta from Gragnano, tomatoes from Vesuvius, extra virgin olive oil from Benevento  creating delicious Neapolitan fare.

Neapolitan Cooking Class Menus:

Neapolitan Pizza

A Neapolitan pizza class where you will learn how to mix, roll out and make a pizza Neapolitano.  Learn how to carefully prepare the tomato sauce for the, dough while selecting toppings like fresh Mozzarella cheese, grilled artichokes and eggplants or mushrooms too.  This pizza-making class is lead by the best pizzaiolo, pizza maker, in bella Napoli, beautiful Naples!!!

Traditional Neapolitan 

Antipasto, fresh pasta and sauces, a main course and dessert are on the menu in our Traditional Neapolitan cooking class.  In the heart of Naples, learn how to prepare beautiful stuffed vegetables; roll out fresh pasta and stuff ravioli with ricotta cheese along with main courses – like stuffed veal, seafood risotto or hunter’s chicken.  Vegetarian menus are also available.  Tie on your apron and learn how to cooking like a Neapolitan in Naples!!!

Neapolitan Desserts

Learn the art of preparing Neapolitan desserts with our baker and pastry-maker – with Caprese- the famous Capri Cake, struffoli – pearls of flash-fried sweet dough drizzled in honey or pasteria – a traditional open pie with cooked wheat, eggs, ricotta cheese, and scented with orange flower water.

 

Shop With the Chef & Cooking Class

Shop with Chef Lina and discover bella Napoli’s outdoor market and the bounties is has to offer.  Ingredients change with the season. She will purchase the necessary ingredients for the cooking class – fruits, vegetables, fish – and anything we need for the cooking class.  Return to the kitchen, tie on your aprons and prepare an antipasto of crocchè, handmade gnocchi and sauce, and a torta Caprese.

 

Pignasecco Market & Historical Center with Tastings

Discover the Pignasecco Market and historical center with tastings along the way.  This total immersion tour brings you into the daily life of a Neapolitan – shopping while learning about Neapolitan gastronomic ingredients accompanied by pleasant stories, anecdotes and curiosities.

Meet in Piazza Montesanto, the heart of the Pignasecca market, the oldest outdoor market in Naples. Live life like a true Neapolitan – shop for the freshest friarielli, small white bait, Vesuvious tomatoes, Buffalo mozzarella and brick-oven baked bread.  The tour continues to Piazza del Gesù, the door of the historic center of Naples, a UNESCO heritage site where you will enjoy Neapolitan coffee and a sfogliatella, traditional cream-filled pastry.  The tour continues on Via San Biagio dei Librai onto  SpaccaNapoli and San Domenico – tasting Neapolitan Street Food including the tarallo made with pepper and almonds.  We continue to San Gregorio Armeno, the street of the Christmas dolls and then to Via Tribunali, home to the oldest and most famous pizzerias in Naples.  Everyone enjoys pizza portafoglio and a soft potato crocchè.  We end our tour in Piazza del Gesù with a tasting of limoncello and a delicious babbà or gelato.

Cooking classes and group tours are limited to small groups with a minimum of two up to a maximum of six guests to ensure individual attention and a fully hands-on experience for each guest.

Naples

Lying in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius is the vibrant, animated city of Naples.  Writer Herbert Kubly compared Naples to “an eternally unfolding play, acted by a million of the best actors in the world.  The comedy is broad and the tragedy violent. The curtain never rings down.”

The chaotic streets of Naples serve as the main transportation hub of Southern Italy, boasting an amazing subway system, several major train and bus lines, the Aeroporto Capodichino, ferries, trams, funiculars, and two special lines – the Circumvesuviana, which brings you to the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum and the town of Sorrento, and the Circumflegrea and Cumana, which take you to Pozzuoli, Baia, and Cumae. Ferries and hydrofoils connect Naples with the nearby islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida – each one offering cultural day trips to landmark areas.

Spaccanapoli embodies the spirit of Neapolitan life like nothing else. Teeming with people, this arrow-straight road cuts through Naples from East to West along the main artery settlements of the ancient Greeks and Romans. The Spaccanapoli branches off into a string of narrow, winding roads – each bearing names of significance and their own special air and charm. A wonderful place to wander around and mingle with Naples.

Naples is a city of juxtaposition. A marriage of old and new, high-tech urban feels in some parts and ancient old world in others. The people are boisterous and lively, and live in the moment, and life in Naples is enacted fully to every extreme.

Naples Accommodations – 3, 4 or 5 Star

5 Star

Chose from a 5-star deluxe or 4-star luxury hotel.

Select from a 5-star luxury boutique hotel overlooking the waterfront of Naples, is an oasis of calm in the heart of the bustling city. Rated by Conde Nast as one of the best new hotels in the world, at your fingertips are world-class dining, a luxury spa, event and meeting spaces and even an Italian sushi bar. In summer months, the rooftop pool is the perfect spot for an afternoon dip or a sip of local chilled Vesuvio Rosé wine.

Warm hues, sophisticated elegance and modern design are combined to create a relaxing ambiance in each guest room. Each room is equipped with private marble and slate bathroom, hairdryer, air conditioning, minibar, safe, TV, Nespresso coffee machine and free WI-FI internet connection.

Each morning a breakfast buffet is served with foods that satisfy any international palate and to watch the sun climb in the sky from the rooftop breakfast room is simply divine.

 

4 Star

This 4-star luxury hotel in the historical center of Naples offers a safe retreat with a quiet atmosphere in an intimate space with refined bedroom accommodations. Your property, set in the heart of Naples, is a few steps far from the main landmarks and dining spots.

Each bedroom accommodation offers subtle Mediterranean colors and modern design with private bathroom (equipped with hydromassage showers) for your comfort. Hairdryers, air conditioning, minibar, safe, TV, and complimentary WI-FI internet are a few of the amenities. A full Continental breakfast is served each morning.

3 Star

This 3-star charming B&B is set in the historical center of Naples in a quiet corner with comfortable bedding and linens.  A professional and friendly staff are at your service for your questions during your stay.  Trattorias, artisan shops and caffès and the beauty of Naples.  Wifi and air conditioning, daily breakfast and service included.  Our 3 star is the prettiest B&B located in bella Napoli for your stay.

Itinerary: 4 Days, 3 Nights

Day 1: Arrival & Chef’s Tasting Dinner

  • Arrival and check in to our 5 star hotel in the beautiful historical center of Naples.
  • In the early evening, enjoy your Prosecco toast with a panoramic view of the the Bay of Naples.
  • Enjoy our Chef’s Tasting menu featuring Neapolitan fare.  Wine not included.

Day 2:  Pignasecco Market, Historical Center With Tastings  & Neapolitan Pizza Making Class

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Discover the Pignasecco Market and historical center with tastings along the way.  This total immersion tour brings you into the daily life of a Neapolitan – shopping while learning about Neapolitan gastronomic ingredients accompanied by pleasant stories, anecdotes and curiosities.

    Meet in Piazza Montesanto, the heart of the Pignasecca market, the oldest outdoor market in Naples. Live life like a true Neapolitan – shop for the freshest friarielli, small white bait, Vesuvious tomatoes, Buffalo mozzarella and brick-oven baked bread.  The tour continues to Piazza del Gesù, the door of the historic center of Naples, a UNESCO heritage site where you will enjoy Neapolitan coffee and a sfogliatella, traditional cream-filled pastry.  The tour continues on Via San Biagio dei Librai onto  Spacca Napoli and San Domenico – tasting Neapolitan Street Food including the tarallo made with pepper and almonds.  We continue to San Gregorio Armeno, the street of the Christmas dolls and then to Via Tribunali, home to the oldest and most famous pizzerias in Naples.  Everyone enjoys pizza portafoglio and a soft potato crocchè.  We end our tour in Piazza del Gesù with a tasting of limoncello and a delicious babbà or gelato.

  • Then get ready for your Neapolitan pizza making class, hosted with Naples best pizzaiolo, pizza maker, in an historical Neapolitan Pizzeria. Lunch follows and includes the pizza prepared in the pizza-making class.
  • Evening free and dinner on your own.

Day 3:  Shop With The Chef & Traditional Cooking Class

  • Breakfast is served.
  • After breakfast, shop with Chef Tina and discover bella Napoli’s outdoor market brimming with farm-to-table fruits and produce.  Ingredients change with the season.  She will shop for the necessary ingredients for the cooking class – fruits, vegetables, fish – and anything we need for the cooking class.  Return to the kitchen, tie on your aprons and prepare an antipasto of crocchè or stuffed vegetables, handmade gnocchi and sauce, and dessert – torta Caprese, Wine included.
  • In the evening, enjoy a Neapolitan pizza at the most famous maker in Naples!  Suggestions provided.

Day 4: Departure

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Departure and Arrivederci Napoli!

Note: This sample itinerary schedule may vary due to inclement weather, saints days; festivals. All activities, in the event of rescheduling, are always included during the week.

Program includes:

  • 4 days, 3 nights in a boutique 5-star or 4-star hotel in the heart of Naples. Click to view!
  • Daily breakfast and maid service.
  • Welcome aperitivo.
  • Chef’s Tasting Dinner featuring a Neapolitan fare. Wine and beverages are not included.
  • 2 hands-on cooking classes, Neapolitan pizza making and traditional, lunch follows including the foods that were prepared in class with wine included.
  • Shop With The Chef Tour in Naples, purchasing ingredients for the cooking class.
  • 1 Pignasecco Market Tour with our Chef, tastings included along the way.
  • Cooking Vacations welcome bag with chef’s apron, Prosecco, and recipe book.
Program Prices

$1,795 per person, in the B&B based on two guests.

$2,195 per person, in the 4-star based on two guests.

$2,395 per person, in the 5-star based on two guests.

Prices starting at and may vary based on upgraded room category and fairs.

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.

*An Italian visitor tax may apply in some cities and must be paid directly on site at check out.

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Add On Extra Nights – Visit Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius or Ercolano!

Add on an extra night or two and discover Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius or Ercolano!

Add on an extra night to your program and spend the day exploring the ruins of Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius or Ercolano. In the morning, our driver will pick you up at the hotel and whisk you off to 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. Then head up to Mount Vesuvius to walk the pathway that leads to the top of the crater. Our professional guide is available for the Pompeii and/or Vesuvius tour.

2021 Dates: This program is available throughout the year. You can check in and start your cooking program any day of the week, as this program is offered 12 months per year. 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.