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Ravello ~ Music In The Kitchen™

Cooking Classes & Mozzarella Making In Ravello ~ 5 Day

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Join Chef Lorenzo for a delicious cooking experience in Ravello the city of music!

Our Music In The Kitchen program will have you cooking Neapolitan classics with our excellent Chef in a city that is steeped in music from around the world. Chef Lorenzo transforms fresh garden picked treasures along with seasonal fish, meats and pasta into savory favorites.

You’ll also learn how to make fresh mozzarella with an artisan.  Starting with fresh cow’s milk from the local farmer, he turns the milk into creamy mozzarella.  Following, everyone enjoys the mozzarella prepared with the antipasto.

Back in the kitchen, Chef Lorenzo starts with grilled eggplant rolled with fresh ricotta and basil then slow baked; or hand-made ravioli stuffed with pumpkin and tossed with olive oil; and fresh-caught sole rolled with garden herbs and lemon oil, grilled to perfection. His desserts make for a sweet ending, and include almond flour cake, torta di mandorle, topped with caramelized oranges and a steamy espresso, or a delicate crostata filled with fresh seasonal fruits. This is just a sample of the Neapolitan classics that will be made.

Discover Italy’s best-loved Neapolitan recipes in Ravello, hailed the city between sea and sky. This cooking program walks you through the steps of making tasty recipes, all of which you can easily create at home, and gives you the opportunity to learn about Ravello’s traditions and customs in an inspiring atmosphere overlooking the Amalfi Coast.

Ravello Cooking Lessons

Cooking classes take place in our professional kitchen where you will learn to prepare traditional recipes of Ravello with our dynamic duo team, Chef Lorenzo & pastry Chef Gaetano. Learn how to make hand-made panzarotti, fresh ravioli stuffed with ricotta & eggplant, acqua pazza: local fish slow cooked in cherry tomato, basil and crazy water.  And, Chef Gaetano’s sweet desserts, pastiere, sfogliatelle, babà, and torta Caprese, will have your new Italian recipe book filled with sweet treasures. You will be learning new recipes and techniques, and also the traditions and customs of this ancient village overlooking the Amalfi Coast.  You’ll be guided through a selection of their recipes using only fruits and vegetables from their garden, all the while learning invaluable tips and suggestions that will ensure your culinary masterpieces are successful time after time.

Ravello

Ravello is located on a rocky spur high above the Amalfi Coast. This quaint town of villas, churches and rose gardens has been a destination for musicians, artists and writers throughout time. All the “Greats,” including Richard Wagner, M. C. Escher, Giovanni Boccaccio, Virginia Woolf, Gore Vidal, André Gide and Sara Teasdale have been inspired by its beauty. And every summer, the Ravello Festival, started in 1953 in honor of Richard Wagner, hosts orchestras and classical music concerts.

This delightful town is renowned for its peacefulness and its unique landscape, and no trip is complete without a visit to one of the area’s cliff-side view points offering splendid panoramas of terraced hillsides covered in lemon groves and vast expanses of glittering azure sea. Far above, thin wisps of cloud reach down to caress the rooftops of villas and shroud the mountain tips in the lightest of mists, creating a truly magic atmosphere.

Take a walk to the piazza and enjoy a coffee or limoncello as you watch the world go by. Visit the town’s cathedral, San Pantaleone, and take a look at the fascinating Byzantine mosaic in the chapel and visit its small museum in the crypt. But perhaps what most people enjoy most in Ravello is to visit its two famous villas. The first of the two, Villa Cimbrone, is now also a museum, and is famous for its ‘Terrace of Infinity’, a terrace that offers a view that prompted Gore Vidal, the well-known American writer and honorary citizen of Ravello, to declare it ‘the most beautiful panorama in the world’. Although it’s a little walk away, your time and effort is well repaid by the breathtaking scenery. Villa Rufolo on the other hand, is situated in the main piazza, and is home to Ravello’s annual Wagner Music Festival. Some concerts are held in little corners of the villa’s lush gardens, but the more important performances are held on a specially built stage that is literally suspended out over the mountainside, a scene that lives in the audience’s mind for years to come.

The Amalfi Coast

One of the best-loved stretches of coastline in the world, the Amalfi Coast is home to the charming towns of Amalfi, Positano, Praiano and Vietri, all of which are famed for their beauty and historical significance. Stroll through the ancient burgh of Amalfi and browse through shops selling handmade paper, limoncello and colorful pastas, and enjoy a caffè and babà or a delizia al limone in the piazza. Positano is another gorgeous seaside town, and its pastel-colored houses seem to tumble down the hillside in a race for the beach. Stop off for lunch in one of the restaurants on the waterfront or do a little shopping for Positano’s unique handmade shoes and clothes. Ceramic lovers should head for Vietri where there is an enormous choice of ceramic goods, all hand-painted in the most beautiful vibrant colors. Many of the shops will also pack your goods and ship them worldwide.

Join Anna, professional guide and local, for our Ravello Food Walk & Landmark Tour, learning about the town’s food, history and culture, while tasting all along the way. Enjoy this food tour while you taste your way through Ravello, admiring Villa Rufolo, Villa Cimbrone and the Terrazza dell’Infinito. Stroll through Medieval Gardens, piazzas and pathways, and ancient landmarks. Includes 3-Hour tour with our guide Anna, and tastings are included.

Ravello Accommodations

Enjoy your stay in Ravello at a beautiful 4 star hotel overlooking the sea.  Once the residence of the noble Ravellese, this villa retains the historic atmosphere and charm of its aristrocatic past.  Just a few steps away from the famous Villa Rufolo, the hotel’s rooms and suites are elegantly and modernly equipped, each with private terraces or balconies.  All have breathtaking views both of the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains.

The large dining room boasts an impressive stone fireplace made of clear mineral stone in Neoclassical style.  Here you will enjoy a continental breakfast buffet featuring freshly pressed juices, fruit tarts and of course, real Italian espresso. There is also a glassed-in porch where you can dine among breathtaking views while protected from the elements.  The villa offers a magical area of wellness with massages and sauna.  A personal trainer is available for hire and there is an outdoor pool.  In the center of the villa’s large terrace there is a beautiful marble fountain suspended between the sea and sky of the Amalfi Coast.

Itinerary~ 5 days, 4 nights

Check in and start your program Sunday to Tuesday. Other check in days available upon request, please call for details.

Sunday: Arrival & Check In

  • Transfer from Naples airport to Ravello.
  • Arrival at your four-star villa hotel in the historic center of Ravello.
  • In the evening, enjoy your welcome cocktail and introduction to your program.
  • Meet the family who has owned the property since its conception.
  • Dinner on your own. Suggestions provided.

Monday: Visit Lemon & Olive Groves ~ Cooking Class 1

  • Breakfast is served.
  • After breakfast join Anna for our Ravello Food Walk & Landmark Tour.
  • Guide: Food Lover’s Tour With Anna learning about the town’s food, history and culture, while tasting all a long the way. Enjoy this food tour while you taste your way through Ravello, admiring Villa Rufolo, Villa Cimbrone and the Terrazza dell’Infinito. Stroll through Medieval Gardens, piazzas and pathways, and ancient landmarks. Includes 3-Hour tour with our guide Anna, and tastings are included.
  • Free for lunch and time to explore Ravello on your own. Don’t miss the breathtaking Villa Cimbrone.
  • Return to the kitchen for your afternoon Cooking Class 1. Prepare a selection of delicious local pastries with Chef Gaetano.
  • Afternoon tea follows featuring the sweets prepared in class.
  • Dinner on your own. Suggestions provided.

Tuesday: Visit Tramonti Vineyard, Cheese Maker & Tastings

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Set out for your full-day Food Tour with visit to the vineyards of Tramonti, the cantina, and cheese maker. Enjoy an unforgettable day rediscovering the tastes and flavors of the countryside. Lunch included with local cheese, salami and local wine.
  • Dinner included at our favorite trattoria including a chef’s tasting menu:  antipasto, pasta with sauce, meat, fish or vegetarian main course.  Wine not included and available on site.

Wednesday: Cooking Class 2 & Mozzarella Making

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Meet in the kitchen for Cooking Class 2. Prepare a full course menu with fruits and vegetables straight from the garden.
  • Cheese making featuring a local artisan who churns milk into creamy Mozzarella.
  • Lunch follows featuring the foods prepared in class.
  • Afternoon free to explore the towns of the Amalfi Coast. Wander down to Amalfi and visit the famous pastry café and enjoy a cappuccino and one of the local specialties: delizia al limone. Or go to Vietri to visit some of the celebrated workshops where local artisans hand-paint the area’s beautiful ceramics.
  • Dinner on your own. Enjoy a meal in Ravello’s picturesque piazza or head down to Amalfi. Suggestions provided.

Thursday: Departure

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Transfer to Naples airport or Train Station and arrivederci!

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:

  • Transfer by private car to and from Naples Train Station or Airport to the property.
  • 5 days, 4 nights four-star accommodations, based on double occupancy in superior room. Click to View!
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Welcome aperitivo.
  • 2 cooking classes with Executive Chef Lorenzo in his professional kitchen, lunch follows with the foods prepared in class, wine/beverages not included.
  • Mozzarella cheese making with tastings.
  • Full-Day Food Tour to local vineyard, cantina and artisan cheese maker. Lunch included.
  • Ravello Food Walk & Landmark Tour with our English-speaking guide. Tastings included. Entrance fees to museums & villas not included.
Program Prices

$2,495 person, based on double occupancy in Superior Room. All taxes & Italian VAT included.
Please call for Single Supplement.

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

Check Availability

2019 Dates: This program is available throughout the year. You can check in and start your cooking program any Sunday to Tuesday. 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.