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If Pastry Is Your Passion™

La Dolce Vita, Dessert & Pastry Making Positano~5 Day

Cooking Tours
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Imagine hands-on pastry classes on the Amalfi Coast! Under the direction of our professional pastry makers, Fortunata & Philomena- two chefs & two sisters in the kitchen! You will learn about the ingredients and methods for making delicious Italian desserts step-by-step. Learn the building blocks of Italian desserts such as Pan Di Spagna (sponge cake), crema pasticciera (pastry cream), Pasta Frolla (shortcrust pastry) and make sweet creations such as Cannoli, Zeppole, Limone Delizia, Torte di Caprese, Biscotti, Baba alla Crema & Tiramisu. Learn about old world desserts of the past including recipes that came from the monastaries! Your cooking classes are in the morning, leaving afternoons for touring southern Italy’s Amalfi Coast and the glamorous, ancient towns of Ravello, Amalfi & Capri. Check into the Villa property, and soak up views that have enchanted generations of writers, artists and celebrities. You too will fall prey to their spell.

Positano, la città verticale, the vertical city, famous for its geographical landscape and infinite palate of pastel colors, has attracted writers, artists and musicians throughout time. Vertical stairways meander upward amid the whitewashed houses that sit facing the sea. Houses painted softly in pink, corn-yellow and ice-blue were painted so fishermen would recognize their home from the sea. This once sleepy fishing town discovered by American soldiers after World War II, is now a famous seaside resort attracting millionaire yachts and Hollywood starlets. Small artisan shops, still enthusiastic about their craft, producing one-of-a-kind clothing, Positano clothing, handcrafted gold, and hand-made ceramics line the narrow streets. Cafes spill out onto the sidewalks with colorful tables filled with guests from all over the world. Follow the pedestrian walkway that leads to Positano’s most breathtaking beaches. Prettier than any painting, Positano’s magic affects everyone.

Cooking Classes

Featuring Traditional Pastries Of Campania

Your cooking classes will tempt your sweet tooth and your imagination with Italian chocolate, Sicilian almonds, Positano Lemons, cinnamon, saffron, and garden fresh seasonal spring strawberries, summer peaches & apricots; autumn figs & chestnuts, and winter apples, to be baked into beautiful hand-made desserts & pastries. You learn to make a Caprese, the flourless chocolate almond cake, Baba, Pastiera and Zeppole, too! Taste and try some of Italy’s most coveted desserts that came from the monasteries like the Santa Rosa Sfogliatelle and the Neapolitan Pastiera! Imagine making Melanzane al Cioccolato, Chocolate Lasagne, thinly sliced eggplant layered between chocolate with candied orange and nuts. This recipe originated in the monastery of Tramonti in the mountains above the Amalfi Coast. During the Middle Ages, the monks dipped their eggplant in a liqueur mixed with herbs, spices and sugar. When chocolate was brought to Europe from the New World in the 16th century, the Amalfi people started dipping their eggplant in chocolate.

Accommodations

Chose from our Villa B&B, 3 or 4 star property. All rooms are elegant, bright and decorated with pastel frescoes and Amalfi coast ceramic tiles in azure blues, lemon yellows and the natural cool colors of the Amalfi Coast. Our Villa B&B and 3 star property include sea view and terrace balcony.  Our 4 star offers your choice of sea or garden view.  Modern amenities and luxurious comforts such as ensuite private bathrooms, air conditioning and wi-fi internet are included. Each morning breakfast is served and daily maid service is included.

Itinerary~ 5 days, 4 nights

Day 1: Benvenuti & Chef’s Tasting Dinner

  • Arrival at the Naples Airport or Train Station where your driver will meet you and take you past Vesuvius, over the hills of the Sorrentine Peninsula and along the Amalfi Coast.
  • Check in to the Villa and relax with a glass of Prosecco, aperitivo.
  • Chef’s Tasting Dinner. Sample seasonal our hand-selected Chef’s Tasting dinner featuring the Mediterranean diet, and with a sweet dessert. Wine, grappa, and after dinner digestives are available at the restaurant at a surcharge.

Day 2: Cooking Class 1 & Positano Food Lover’s Walking Tour

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Tie on your apron and head into the kitchen for your hands-on pastry making class. Your first cooking class is dedicated to Italian dessert basics such as traditional Pan Di Spagna, sponge cake, Crema Pasticciera, cooked cream and the basic pastry that make up so many of Italy’s sweet treats.
  • Tastings follow of the desserts made in class. Toast with a glass of local wine, included, additional beverages at a surcharge.
  • Following is a Food Lover’s Walking Tour featuring artisan shops with tastings along the way.
  • Angela, native Ravello resident and eloquent art history and food lover expert will take you on Food Lover’s Walking Tour.  She starts out with introduction to the historical city of Positano, and then moves on to all the best stops for food, produce, wine, pastry and cheese. As we make our way through this beautiful seaside village, we make a couple of tasty stops along the way, meet local producers of wine, cheese, bread and more, and learn about the seasonal foods, pastries and desserts. Tastings included.
  • Dinner on your own. Check out your Cooking Vacations Hot Pick Restaurant list.

Day 3: Cooking Class 2

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Cooking Class 2, under the guidance of Fortunata and Philomena, your hands-on pastry making class will lead you start to finish through the steps for making a variety of three traditional desserts. Tastings follow with the desserts made in class. Toast with a glass of local wine, included, additional wine/beverages at a surcharge.
  • After class, the afternoon is free to stroll Positano or we suggest taking the SITA bus on your own and spending the afternoon in Sorrento (ask the Concierge for a schedule). Your self-guided itinerary includes a stroll through the famous alleyway of San Cesario tasting Sorrento’s famous limoncello, flavored and chocolate-coated almonds and hazelnuts, and a stop for the best Gelato from Antonio’s.
  • Dinner on your own. Check out your Cooking Vacations Hot Pick Restaurant list.

Day 4: Sweet Treat! Spa Massage ~ Gourmet Lunch & Tasting

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Morning free to sit at a beach-side café with a book and a creamy cappuccino. Take time out to people watch.
  • Next it’s off for a Wine Pairing Tasting Lunch including an appetizer, pasta, main course & dessert. Each course is paired with local wines.  (Additional wines/beverages at a surcharge).
  • Dinner on your own. Check out your Cooking Vacations Hot Pick Restaurant list.

Day 5: Check Out & Arrivederci!

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Check out of the Villa and private transfer to the Naples train station or Airport.
  • Arrivederci  until you return!

*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 program.  Please note that museum tickets are not included in program price.

 

Program Includes:

  • 5 days, 4 nights accommodation, based on double occupancy in a villa-style Bed & Breakfast with private bath and sea view. Click to view Accommodations Options and Upgrades!
  • Daily breakfast.
  • 2 hands-on cooking classes with tastings following of the desserts made in class. Toast with a glass of local wine, included, additional wine/beverages at a surcharge.
  • Chef’s Tasting Dinner on first night of arrival. Wine & beverages not included.
  • Positano Food Lover’s Walking Tour with tastings.
  • Gourmet Tasting Lunch With Wine Pairing. Additional wine and beverages at a surcharge.
  • A welcome gift bag with Cooking Vacations apron and recipe booklet.
  • Round trip transfers from Naples Airport or Train Station to Positano.*
  • * Wi-Fi internet connection available.

***Capri Excursion. A full day boat excursion (up to 25 passengers on board) includes tour by sea & free time on land. Suggested Add-On $95 per person.

Program Prices

$2,095 per person, B&B based on double occupancy. All taxes and Italian VAT included.
$750 Starting Price for Single Supplement.

Check Availability

2019 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.

 

ROUND TRIP TRANSFERS

*Round trip transfers from Naples Airport/Train to Positano and from Positano to Naples Airport/Train are included in your program. ARRIVAL-Arrival transfers from Naples Airport going to Positano are at scheduled 1:00pm and 4:00pm; and from Naples train station to Positano at 3:00pm, in consideration of international arrivals. Departures leave promptly at the scheduled time. Please call us if you have any questions about your airline and train itinerary.

If you cannot make the scheduled group transfer time, a special transfer can be reserved and the cost is 130€ per car; 165€ if after 6pm. All transfer fees are payable directly to the car service. Please call us if you have any questions.

DEPARTURE-Departure from the property in Positano to Naples Airport/Train are at 4am and 10am (in heavy traffic conditions, departures may start 30 minutes prior). 10am is the official property check out time on the morning of your departure. If you would like an earlier or later departure transfer, a special transfer departure can be reserved and the cost is 130€ per car; 165€ if before 8:00am. All extra add on transfer fees are payable directly to the car service. Please call us if you have any questions.