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Sweet Lemons Amalfi™

In the Kitchen with Chef Pina in Amalfi ~ 7 Nights 8 Days

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Join Chef Pina and learn how to prepare local antipasto, fresh pasta and sauces, main courses and desserts in the ancient city of Amalfi. Discover old world recipes prepared in a light and healthy way incorporating the Mediterranean diet.  You will be cooking local fresh fish, meat raised in the countryside of Scala, in-season fruits and vegetables from her Amalfi Coast garden. Chef Pina’s old-world recipes and new techniques include the preparation of an antipasto, first course (such as pasta or risotto), second course and dessert. Each class will have you cooking up a storm using delicious, healthy ingredients, with lunch or dinner following on the foods cooked during class, a toast of wine included.

Our program also takes you to the island of Capri where you can visit the Blue Grotto and soak up the atmosphere in the main square, La Piazzetta, the place everyone wants to be seen; then to the pastel-colored town of Positano, a favorite with many stars and celebrities, with its beaches and dramatic mountainous backdrop; and also to Ravello, perched on its rocky outpost high above Amalfi, with its winding streets and alleyways and intriguing history. Spend time with your guides Anna and Alessio, learning about local food, history and culture, all the while, sampling tastings of typical foods and ending with a glass of Prosecco. Our Sweet Lemon program takes you on a culinary tour of the famed Amalfi Coast and its beautiful surroundings, all as you soak up the culture and visit fun artisan food stops and landmarks.

Amalfi Cooking Classes

Our program includes three hands-on cooking classes (you may always add-on more if you like) with lunch or dinner following. In each cooking class we use only fresh organic products that are seasonal. You will experience southern Italy’s cooking styles, foods and wines in this unique food lover’s program. Our Mediterranean cooking combines the finest ingredients to provide a healthy and balanced diet for your Amalfi Coast experience. Our chef uses local produce and ingredients to offer dishes based on fresh fish, together with a wonderful variety of vegetables, salads and fruit, everything served and cooked with first, cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil to exalt the delicious natural flavors of foods, rather than hiding them under heavy sauces.

Amalfitano cooking is a classic here and includes a hint of influence from its past sea traders: Grecians, Arabs (who introduced exotic spices and adding raisins and pine nuts), and of course, Neapolitans. In each class, you’ll learn how to prepare traditional foods, while learning about Amalfi’s historic past.  Prepare eggplant bites, stuffed zucchini flowers as antipasti, followed by rolling out scialatielli, Amalfi Coast pasta.  Fresh fish reigns, preparing it lemon style or with tomato, grilled or baked.  And, if meat is your favorite or vegetarian too, our Chef accommodates all. Dolce is a must and includes, tiramisù al limone, using local Amalfi lemons, semi-freddo, an Italian ice cream dessert, crostata, Italian pie and delizia al limone, a speciality of the Amalfi Coast. The recipes use simple ingredients and can easily be recreated at home. After your class, enjoy the wonderful lunch or dinner prepared in class. Toast with a great glass of Aglianico, red, or Falanghina, white, wine and end with a sweet dessert.

In addition, if pasta is your favorite, you can choose to add on our Pasta Making Workshop where you will learn to make traditional, fresh, hand-made pasta step-by-step, or if you want to try your hand at something more sophisticated, you can add on our Advanced Cooking Class. This program is the perfect choice for any food lover.

Amalfi Program™

Our Sweet Lemons Amalfi program is hosted at your choice of accommodations: either at our charming B&B in town or our 4 star property located on the seafront. Cool ceramic tiles line each bedroom, with a private bathroom and shower in each room. Additional amenities include: hairdryer, safe, refrigerator, and air conditioning. Breakfast is served each morning, and daily maid service is provided for your convenience.

During your program you’ll have ample time to sunbathe on the beach or relax at cafés drinking cappuccinos or a freshly squeezed lemonade. Step out your door and stroll past cafés, bookshops, and trattorias that spill onto the sidewalk. The Tyrrhenian Sea is literally at your feet as the beach is just a short walk away. From the port, you can take a water taxi or a private boat service to Sorrento, Positano, Ischia, Capri and Naples

Amalfi Accommodations

Amalfi 4-Star

Our elegant Amalfi 4-Star hotel is set looking out over the sea in the center of town. All rooms are elegant, bright and decorated in Mediterranean style, with furnishings specially chosen to lend a warm and comfortable atmosphere. All rooms have a sea view window and are fully-equipped with private bathroom, hairdryer, air conditioning, mini-bar, safe and TV. There is also garden which grows organic vegetables for use in the hotel’s restaurant, and a sea-water pool with solarium.

Amalfi B&B

Our charming Amalfi B&B is a newly renovated structure set in the historic center of Amalfi directly overlooking the main square and the cathedral with its majestic staircase and Arab-Norman façade. Rooms are furnished with an eye to detail – from the elegant marble floors to the luxurious bed fabrics – and are equipped with air conditioning, private bathroom with tiled walk-in shower, satellite TV, safe, kettle and tea set, hairdryer and small area with table and armchairs.

Amalfi

The town of Amalfi is rich in culture and history. Perched on the coastline, Amalfi is dominated by its medieval Cathedral, il Cattedrale di Sant’Andrea, 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, the beautiful handmade Amalfi paper, and local lemon specialties such lemon soap and lemon liqueurs. Suggested is a stop in at one of the oldest and most famous pastry makers in southern Italy – dating back to the 1800’s. A look inside reveals a sweet showcase of chocolate drenched eggplant flavored with pine nuts, liqueur and orange; fragrant ricotta pear tarts; candied lemon and orange dragged in dark chocolate; or festive pastries of the day! Whatever you decide to order, take a seat outside in the piazza at one of the small café tables that overlook the greatest people-watching site on the Coast.

Ravello

Ravello is hailed the ‘International City of Music’ and is known for its precious panoramic view from the gardens of Villa Cimbrone. The town is perched 350 meters over the rocky spur of the Amalfi Coast separating the Valle del Dragone from the Valle del Regina. Today, Ravello is world-famous for its outdoor music concerts. Visit Villa Cimbrone, once the residence of Greta Garbo, wander through the lush gardens and the Terrazza Della Rosa, or stroll down the path that leads to the Terrazzo dell’Infinito (Terrace of Infinity). This natural balcony is adorned with imposing marble busts. From this unique vantage point you can see the distant Cilento Mountains and the Licosa beyond the sparkling sea, the lush Amalfi Coast, its distinctive terraces of colorful lemon trees, and the typical whitewashed houses that cling to the rugged coastline. Stroll along the streets and alleyways and discover little gems of churches, chapels, and noblemen’s residences. Also see the Cathedral, Villa Rufolo, San Giovanni del Tauro, and Santa Maria.

Positano

John Steinbeck lived in Positano in 1953 and wrote, “Positano bites deep, it’s a dream place, that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.”

Over time, Positano has attracted artists, writers, and photographers who came to capture its magic. It is a little Moorish-style village that was discovered by American and British troops at the end of World War II. Positano’s small winding streets are filled with tiny cafés, terraces, and artisan shops selling ceramics, limoncello and antiques. Take a walk along the stone pathway, the one little street that leads to the beach. Visit the parish church of Santa Maria Assunta in Piazza Flavio Gioia, a Romanesque structure that was completely rebuilt in 1700. The people of Positano celebrate the town’s feast day every August 15th, when the locals carry the statue along the beach with a parade of musicians. A spectacular firework display follows.

On Positano’s famous beachfront is Le Tre Sorelle Ristorante, and Music On The Rocks. This lively area offers great people-watching opportunities. The footpath, Via Positanesi d’America, follows the sea and connects the Spiaggia Grande with Fornillo Beach. Three Saracen towers watch its shore: the most famous ones are, La Torre Trasita, La Sponda and Torre Di Fornillo, all from the 14th century. Set in the sea just a short distance away, are the mysterious islets of Li Galli. Legend has it that they were once mermaids and now have turned to stone.

Itinerary: 7 days, 6 nights

This program is scheduled from Saturday to Saturday, however you may check in and start your program on any day of the week. 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: Benvenuto & Chef’s Tasting Dinner

  • Pick-up and transfer from Naples airport or train station to the property.
  • Arrival & check-in. Refresh and relax. Read over the contents of your Welcome Bag including helpful information that will acquaint you with the area, and go over your itinerary for your cooking program. Also included is your Chef’s apron and general information and notes on landmarks, and our “Hot Pick list.”
  • Later in the evening, you will be served the full course Chef’s Tasting Dinner at our favorite local restaurant. (Wine, drinks, grappa and an assortment of after dinner digestives are not included, and are available at a surcharge).

Sunday: Capri, Italy’s Glamorous Seaside Island and The Blue Grotto

  • Breakfast is served
  • A full-day visit to the Isle of Capri, where you can choose to see the Blue Grotto and Esmerald Grotto You will see all the Amalfi Coast villages from the sea (Amalfi, Positano, Praiano, Marina di Praia, the famous Furore Fjord, Atrani, Minori, Maiori, Scala, Ravello by the Sea, Marmorata, Conca dei Marini, Santa Croce, Nerano, Li Galli Islands…), visit Pandora’s Grotto, the Amalfi Coast’s Emerald Cave and circle the island of Capri via our motor-boat seeing all the sights and grottoes, and the chic Marina Grande and Marina Piccola harbours. You will cruise right through the middle of the Faraglioni rock formations, visiting the unforgettable Grotta Azzurra also called the Blue Grotto or Blue Cave and the equally stunning White and Green Grottoes. Your captain will also drop anchor in mysterious enclaves so you can take a refreshing swim directly from the motor-boat. You will disembark on Capri (at around lunch time) for three hours of your own time. Drinks on board are included and the captain will happily explain the sightseeing! 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.
  • Entrance to Blue Grotto and Emerald Grotto are not included and payable directly to the entrance.

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 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 (The Capri Car driver’s fee is extra).

  • After your stay on the island, re-embark on board with your Captain for a sail around the island. The boat tour includes a stop at the Blue Grotto (if open and weather permitting), and a swim by the White Grotto.
  • Entrance to Blue Grotto and Emerald Grotto are not included and payable directly to the entrance.
  • Evening free and dinner on your own. Your Restaurant Hot Pick list will offer you lots to choose from.

Monday: Cooking Class 1

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Monday: Discover Amalfi ~ Cooking Class 1
  • Cooking Class 1 Tie on your aprons and get ready to cook! You will be slicing, dicing and preparing, hands-on antipasto, pasta, main course and dessert. Follow your chef, step by step, and create your first delicious, authentic Italian meal. Lunch follows and everyone enjoys the foods that were prepared in class. Toast with a glass of local red or white wine and end with a sweet dessert, included.  Additional wines, beverages and after-dinner digestives available at a surcharge.
  • After lunch, take a stroll around to discover Amalfi, and saunter through the cobblestone streets, visit the cathedral or the paper museum.
  • Hop on a bus, water taxi or hire our driver, Rino for a visit to Sorrento, as a suggestion.  It you opt to take the local blue SITA bus or the Amalfi-Sorrento Water Taxi, you will need to buy your round trip tickets directly near the port. Explore Sorrento the city of song, dance and the Tarantella on your own. Visit Piazza Tasso and the famous Bar Fauno, walk through the cobblestone streets and see artisans make shoes, leather bags, ceramics, confetti and wedding candies. Visit the artisan soap maker who produces lemon soap from the essence of the Sorrento lemons. Visit the famous limoncello maker and see how this delicious local drink is made, complimentary tastings included. Stop at the artisan “Confetti & Agrumeti,” and watch Antonio toast the almonds and then coat them in chocolate, orange zest or lemon. Complimentary tastings of the sugar-coated almonds are available. Walk to Marina Grande in old Sorrento and visit the Church of Saint Ann – the patron saint of the marina – sip a Prosecco at Bar Fauno, or stroll along the famous Corso Italia.
  • Dinner is on your own, your Restaurant Hot Pick list will offer you lots to choose from.

Tuesday: Cooking Class 2

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Morning is free. Suggestions: Add on a Limoncello Making Class or head to the beach.
  • You may want to add on the Limoncello Making Class. The Amalfi Coast lemons used in making authentic DOP Limoncello, blossom and bloom four times per year. We start off the class with an informal discussion on the history behind the lemons and how they made their way on the Amalfi Coast. Learn our secrets on cooking with the Amalfi Coast lemons. Get peeling and watch the famous lemon liqueur come alive before your eyes. As the lemons bathe in the magic mixture, we fill your glass with an ice cold Limoncello. Tasting of limoncello included.
  • Or, take a walk through the winding streets of Amalfi on your own. Stay for a bite, take a swim or sip an espresso at Pansa Bar accompanied by strips of candied lemon peel.
  • Cooking Class 2: Tie on your apron and get ready for your second hands-on cooking class. Start with our antipasto, then get busy creating pasta, a main course and dessert. Lunch or dinner follows on the foods prepared in class after the cooking class. Toast with a glass of red or white local wine, and end with a sweet dessert, both included. (Additional wines, beverages, after dinner drinks and more are available at a surcharge).
  • Enjoy the evening at one of the many wine bars, cafes or clubs.

Wednesday: The Amalfi Coast & Ravello Excursion With Guide

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Amalfi then drive along the famed Amalfi Coast headed to the hilltop village of Ravello.
  • Start your private guided tour in Amalfi with Anna, resident and eloquent art history expert who will take you on Food Lover’s Walk of Amalfi and then on to a Ravello Landmark Tour, leading you through the gardens, pathways, villas, shops, artisan workshops and churches of the towns.  If  you love food and wine, Anna offers insight and history.  The walking tour starts out with introduction to the historical city of Amalfi, and then moves on to all the best stops for food, produce, wine, pastry and cheese. As we make our way through these two beautiful seaside towns, we make a couple of tasty stops along the way, meet local producers of wine, cheese, bread and more, and learn about the seasonal fruits, vegetables, fish & cheese of the Amalfi Coast. Tastings included.
  • Return to Amalfi.
  • Dinner is on your own, your Restaurant Hot Pick list will offer you lots to choose from.

Thursday: Cooking Class 3

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Cooking Class 3: Tie on your apron and get ready for your third hands-on cooking class. Alongside the chefs, create a traditional antipasto, first course, second course and dessert. Lunch or dinner follows on the foods prepared in class after the cooking class. Toast with a glass of red or white local wine, and end with a sweet dessert, both included. (Additional wines, beverages, after dinner drinks and more are available at a surcharge).
  • Afternoon & evening free and on your own. Suggestion – Choose a quiet little café and spend a pleasurable half hour watching the world go by, drink a lemonade or refresh with an handmade ice-cream.
  • Dinner is on your own, your Restaurant Hot Pick list will offer you lots to choose from.

Friday: Positano Excursion

  • Breakfast is served.
  • After breakfast, begin your day with an early morning excursion to Positano. Explore this delightful town on foot, strolling under pergolas of bougainvillea and through alleyways and tiny hidden piazzas. Head down from the main piazza, Piazza Mulini, past the town’s cathedral, la Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta, to the beach. Stop for a bite to eat at one of the seaside eateries or continue along the Via Positanesi d’America, a footpath that follows the sea and connects the Spiaggia Grande with Fornillo Beach. At Fornillo you can stop for a snack at the casual beach establishment Da Ferdinando’s, or simply enjoy a beer and soak up the surfer vibe. (Suggestion – add on our Positano guide and enjoy a Food Lover’s Tour of Positano.)
  • Return to Amalfi.
  • Dinner is on your own, your Restaurant Hot Pick list will offer you lots to choose from.

Saturday: Check Out & Departure

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Departure transfer to airport or train station. Ciao e a presto!

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

Program Includes:

  • Eight days/seven nights’ accommodations, based on double occupancy in a villa-style Bed & Breakfast or 4-Star hotel with private bath-and sea view
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Full course Chef’s Tasting Menu on your first night arrival including: antipasto, fresh pasta and sauce, main course and dessert.  Wine, beverages, after-dinner liqueurs and caffè available at a surcharge.
  • Three hands-on cooking classes, with lunch or dinner following. A toast of local wine included, with additional wines, beverages, after-dinner liqueur and caffè available at a surcharge.
  • Food Lover’s Walk of Amalfi & Landmark Tour of Ravello with English-speaking guide and private driver from Amalfi to Ravello and returning to Amalfi with English-speaking guide, food tastings included.
  • Capri boat trip. (Private tour guide available on request).
  • Excursion to Positano with private driver. (Private tour guide available on request).
  • Welcome bag with chef’s apron and recipe booklet.
  • Welcome Prosecco cocktail.
  • Round trip group transfers from Naples Airport or Naples Train station to Amalfi.* Wi-Fi internet connection available.
Program Prices

$3,395 per person, based on double occupancy in Amalfi B&B, Italian VAT included.

$4,095 per person, based on double occupancy in Amalfi 4-Star Accommodations, Italian VAT included.

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

2019 Dates: This program is available throughout the year. Check in is on Saturday, but you may check in and start your cooking program any day of the week. If you check in on any other day besides Saturday, you simply start your program on that day and pick up that day’s activities. You will have all your activities included. This program is available 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.

 

ROUND TRIP TRANSFERS

*Round trip group transfers from Naples Airport/Train to Amalfi and from Amalfi to Naples Airport/Train are included in your program.  1 transfer per group each way.  ARRIVAL-Arrival transfers from Naples Airport going to Amalfi are at scheduled 1:00pm and 4:00pm; and from Naples train station to Amalfi at 3:00pm, in consideration of international arrivals. Departures leave promptly at the scheduled time. For single travelers not arriving on a Saturday, an additional transfer fee will apply.  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 Amalfi 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.

For single travelers not arriving/departing on a Saturday, an additional transfer fee will apply.  All extra add on transfer fees are payable directly to the car service.

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.