My Dear Friends,
I am so happy to announce my “Sorrento with Rossella” Culinary Tours which will be during the week of Sept. 14-21. To make this dream come true for all of you, I have teamed with my friends at Divine Amalfi Villas, who share the same love and passion as I do about Italy. Together, we will indulge you with traditional masterpiece dishes of Campania, made with the highest quality of local and seasonal ingredients.
Throughout the week, you will learn how to select the core of the dishes by visiting local markets, vineyards and manufacturers that produce the staples of the Italian cuisine. In the cooking lessons at the villa, where I will be assisted by local Nonne and chefs, we will teach you to cook the Neapolitan way. To get another taste of the local perspective, you will also dine with us in various restaurants including two Michelin-rated restaurants.
See for yourself why Campania was regarded as a place of culture by the Roman emperors. As we travel around the Amalfi Coast, you will experience the ruins left behind by the ancient Greeks and Romans. We have designed an incredible week for you to capture all the natural beauties and marvels that the Amalfi Coast has to offer.
I hope all of you will join me on this fantastic tour, but hurry, reserve your spot as this will be a very small and cozy group! See details below!
Video of Tour
Villa Rosaria - View of Capri from the Pool
Arriving to Villa Rosaria
On Saturday, transfers have been planned for you to be picked up from either the Naples airport or train station and have you on your way to the Villa Rosaria by 3:30 PM. All travel arrangements need to be made accordingly, otherwise alternative methods will have to be arranged.
Upon reaching the Villa, there will be some time for you to unpack and relax. On your first night at Villa you will be greeted with a welcome dinner designed by your truly especially for you and prepared by our incredible chefs.
Prepare to be amazed, as you overlook the mystical sea of the Siren Islands. Enjoy seven nights in Massa Lubrense, a cozy village on the hills of Sorrento. The villa has many amenities and is equipped with all the modern comforts. Villa Rosaria is surrounded by lush gardens and stunning views of Capri, Ischia, Procida, Naples, and Mt. Vesuvius.
Music: Serenata Amalfitana - Performed by John T. La Barbera
When Life Hands You Lemons, Make Limoncello
Sunday - Today will be a day to relax and have your first cooking lesson. After breakfast, we will head to the center of Sant’ Agata to gather our groceries in specialized shops. Then we return to the villa for a little “r and r” and lunch.
Before tonight’s cooking lesson, there will be a Limoncello demonstration with lemons picked from the garden of the Villa.
The evening will end with the delicious meal that Rossella and a local Nonna will demonstrate for you. You will be more than welcome to actively participate in the preparation of the dinner.
Life is Too Short for Bad Wine
Monday - First, we will begin the day with a luscious breakfast, and then it’s off to see the preparation of the backbone of most authentic Italian dishes, Pasta! We will visit an artisanal Pasta factory in Gragnano where some of the best pasta in the world is made.
Next, we will take a ride to the Feudi di San Gregorio winery near Mt. Vesuvius for a wine tasting and a bite to eat. A week in Campania wouldn’t be complete without witnessing the effects that Mt. Vesuvius had on the region. We will visit the Pompeii Ruins including a private 90 minute guided tour. On our way back to the villa we will stop at a local Osteria for a traditional family style dinner.
There's Always Room for Pizza
Tuesday - Naples is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world and it is where pizza was born! After breakfast, the rest of the day will be spent in Naples visiting some historical sites including Teatro San Carlo, the longest active opera house in the world and of course lunch will be pizza. Leaving Naples we will have dinner at a restaurant noted for serving local fish specialties.
Wednesday - Following breakfast , today we will make our way to the water buffalo farm Tenuta Vannulo to observe the art of making buffalo mozzarella. Don’ worry, there will be plenty of sampling of the finished product!
Next we journey back to Paestum to get a peek at the Greek Temples that date back to the 7th century B.C. Lunch and wine tasting planned will follow at a Michelin-rated vineyard. We will return to the villa to rest and enjoy the pool while we wait for a late dinner designed by Rossella to be served.
Coast the Coast
Thursday - We begin the day with breakfast, and then take in breathe-taking views from the Amalfi Coast as we tour and visit Amalfi and Positano. While in these two posh seaside escapes, we will sightsee and shop. Lunch will be on your own today, but don’t get too full because later we’ll be feasting on the courses from tonight’s cooking lesson from Rossella and another local Nonna.
Seize the Day
Friday - There is a saying in Italian, “Dolce far Niente”, the sweetness of nothing. That’s exactly what is planned for the day. Between breakfast and dinner the day is yours to do whatever you would like in the Amalfi Coast... and whatever your desires are... we will help you make them happen. However, weather permitting, we are going for a stroll on that beautiful island that you see in the photos... you know... Capri. Of course you are all welcome to come along!
We have picked out a phenomenal Michelin-rated restaurant for our last dinner together.
Come as Guests, Leave as Friends
Saturday - There will be one final breakfast at the villa and then we depart to Naples Airport or train station for your return home. If you need assistance making different travel arrangements, we are here to help you.
Dates: Sept. 14-21, 2013
Price for Week1 or Week2: $2,940 per Person - Double Occupancy Only.
- 7 Night Double or Triple Occupancy at a Traditional Mediterranean Villa
- Welcome Dinner
- Transfers to and from Naples Airport/Train Station
- Daily Breakfast
- 4 Lunches Including one Michelin-rated
- 2 Cooking Lessons Followed by Dinner
- 4 Dinners at Authentic Local Restaurants Including one Michelin-rated
- Cultural Excursions and Gastronomic Visits with Transportation
- Meals Include Wine, Soft Drinks, and Coffee
- Planned Entrance Fees, Guides, and Gratuities
- Your personalized Cooking with Nonna Apron to be used during the cooking demonstrations.
- A photographer will be with the group for the entire Tour to capture every moment and will create a CD with all your photos.
What is Not Included:
- Airfare to and from Italy, including to and from Naples.
- Travel insurance.
- Shopping and personal expenses.
- Meals and drinks that are not part of the itineary.
Terms of Payment
A deposit of 30 percent of the total amount of the vacation is required for reservation. Once the deposit is received, Divine Amalfi, LLC will confirm the reservation by transmitting to you an itinerary for your vacation. Although Divine Amalfi, LLC will make every effort to abide by the schedule in the itinerary that sets forth the agreed-upon events for the vacation, Divine Amalfi, LLC reserves the right to alter the order and schedule of these events in order to accommodate for availability, unforeseen circumstances and/or other force majeure. Final deposit is due 60 days prior to departure. Personal checks, bank transfers, Visa, MasterCard, and AMEX are accepted forms of payment to Divine Amalfi, LLC.
Divine Amalfi, LLC reserves the right to cancel the vacation for any reason. In the event of cancellation by Divine Amalfi LLC, you will be refunded any amounts paid prior to the cancellation which shall release Divine Amalfi, LLC from any liability, including any consequential expenses you may have incurred in planning to attend. You may cancel your reservation via written notice to Divine Amalfi, LLC. Upon receipt of your cancellation, you will receive a refund less the cancellation fees noted below.
- If cancellation notice is received by Divine Amalfi, LLC more than 90 days before the first day of vacation, you will receive a refund of all amounts paid less 25 percent.
- If cancellation notice is received by Divine Amalfi, LLC between 60 -90 days before the first day of vacation, you will receive a refund of all amounts paid less 50 percent.
- If cancellation notice is received by Divine Amalfi, LLC in fewer than 60 days before the first day of vacation, Divine Amalfi, LLC will not be responsible for any refund.
I understand and agree that Divine Amalfi, LLC, its employees, officers, and agents will not be liable for any claims, demands or causes of action of any kind or nature, foreseen or unforeseen, arising out of any injury, illness or damage to or loss of property or any other event or occurrence, including but not limited to acts of God, war, weather, strike or other cause. I understand that I am responsible for my own travel arrangements to and from Naples, Italy as well as obtaining any necessary travel documents.