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Neapolitan Pizza

7-NIGHT SORRENTO & AMALFI COAST COOKING VACATION

Offered year-round

Do you dream of dining on delicious Southern Italian food, sipping on crisp chilled wine while gazing over the coastline and breathing fresh sea air, la dolce vita style, on your much-deserved holiday? If so, this is the program for you!

Learn to prepare traditional Neapolitan cuisine alongside your talented and passionate cooking instructors who are not only enchanting but fabulous chefs who together with you, will prepare the most delicious food in all of Southern Italy!

During the week, you'll learn about the local cuisine and feel at home as you learn the secrets of preparing regional dishes such as fresh pasta, sauces, vegetarian delicacies and of course pizza!

What better place is there to learn a few dishes than this beautiful area of Italy? We cannot think of a better one so pack your bags now and andiamo! Let's go!

Sunday

Private transfer from the Napoli Airport or Train Station to your accommodations* (TBD, based on availability at time of booking) in Sorrento; Arrival and check-in to your accommodations.

Relax, unpack and acquaint yourself with the beautiful surroundings and friendly people of Sorrento before receiving a private transfer to your cooking lesson with a focus on Neapolitan menu to include fresh pasta making, complete with a delicious multi-course meal with wine. After dinner, private transfer back to your accommodations in Sorrento.

Monday

Today you'll enjoy a private guided tour of the Amalfi Coast with stops in Positano, Amalfi and Ravello to shop and explore these famous seaside villages with breathtaking vistas.

Evening free to explore at your leisure in Sorrento after a full day exploring the coast.

Tuesday

Enjoy a light breakfast before your transfer to glorious Ravello for a cooking lesson with the world famous Mamma Agata and her Hidden Treasure!

Upon completion of your cooking lesson, you will enjoy lunch on the patio overlooking Ravello, including free time to enjoy Mamma's beautiful lemon gardens and explore Ravello before your private transfer back to Sorrento in the evening.

Free time to explore Sorrento on your own in the evening. Dinner on your own; however, we doubt you will want to eat after such a HUGE afternoon feast!

Wednesday

Today you'll be whisked away to the glorious wine cellar and vineyard in Avellino where you'll tour a famous winery for a private tour and tasting of the prized wines to include a gourmet lunch at a famous Michelin star restaurant.

Late afternoon/early evening - Private transfer back to Sorrento and dinner at your discretion.

Making mozzarella

Thursday

Breakfast in your accommodations.

Today you'll enjoy a visit to a local mozzarella cheese factory for a tour and tasting at the oldest family owned and operated mozzarella factory on the Sorrentine peninsula where your host will prepare a special tasting of the typical products and flavors of the area.

You'll have the afternoon to enjoy at your leisure to shop, enjoy a gelato or relax on the terrace of your accommodations before you prepare to get your hands dirty with your special cooking lesson focusing on the art of the Neapolitan pizza making at 5:30 pm.

Following your pizza making lesson, you'll enjoy the fruits of your labor in a beautiful garden setting.

Pompeii

Friday

Breakfast in your accommodations. After breakfast, you'll enjoy a private transfer to Pompeii to meet your lovely professional tour guide who will provide a guided tour of Pompeii to include visit to the reserved houses that are available by reservation only - a very special treat!

After your visit to Pompeii, you will begin your journey back to Sorrento via a stop at a local limoncello producer in the hills overlooking Sorrento. You'll have time to visit a local village on foot to enjoy lunch (not included) and shop and explore before transferring back to your accommodations in the late afternoon.

Evening free to explore on your own.

Saturday

Breakfast. Morning and afternoon free to shop or enjoy a nice afternoon exploring the area. Suggestions include taking a ferry to Capri or Positano for the day.

Sunday

Breakfast and departure. Private transfer to either Napoli Train Station or Naples Airport. Arrivederci to Sorrento until next time!

PRICE PER PERSON

Please inquire at sorrento7escape@ciaolaura.com

Due to the popularity of activities offered in this program, the days of the week for your above excursions may vary slightly based on availability at the time of booking; however, we will do our best to stick to the above itinerary as closely as possible and all excursions listed in the program will be included in your weekly program. Tour package can commence on another day of the week, based on availability.

This package includes the following:

  • 7-nights accommodations in Sorrento with breakfast daily
  • 1 hands-on Neapolitan cooking lesson with lunch, wine & transfers
  • 1 cooking lesson with Mamma Agata with lunch, wine & transfers
  • 1 hands-on pizza cooking lesson with lunch, wine & transfers
  • Private guided tour of Pompeii with a luxury transfer to/from Pompeii with a stop at a limoncello producer and village in the Sorrentine hills
  • Full day excursion to Avellino winery to include five-star lunch at famous Michelin star restaurant in the winery
  • Mozzarella factory tour and tasting with home-prepared pasta and tasting of cheeses and local products
  • Private excursion of the famous Amalfi Coast drive with time to shop & explore Positano, Amalfi & Ravello provided in a luxury vehicle with a professional driver
  • Private arrival and departure transfers to/from Naples airport or Naples train station in a luxury vehicle with a professional driver

    NOT INCLUDED

Transportation to/from hotel on any daily excursion where it is not specifically stated above. Airfare, tips, gratuities, travel insurance, charges incurred at the hotel such as room service or any other incidental or personal expenses. Anything not listed in the itinerary above.

All clients are required to show proof of travel insurance or sign a waiver that you have declined travel insurance before this trip is confirmed.

DEPOSIT

Upon confirmation of availability, a deposit of 30% and the completed and submitted registration form will secure your reservation. Final payment is due in full 60 days before your arrival date. If you are booking this class within 60 days of arrival, payment is due in full at time of booking to confirm your placement in the program. We will also need a credit card number to reserve your hotel room to cover incidentals and other personal expenses at your hotel during your trip.

BOOKING DEPOSIT

Upon confirmation of availability at time of booking, a non-refundable booking deposit of 30% will secure your reservation in the above package.

The remaining 70% final payment is due in full no less than 60 days prior to your arrival date. If you are booking this program within 60 days of arrival, payment is due in full at time of booking to confirm your placement in the program.

Payment is due upon receipt of the invoice and payable in the currency quoted only. If the client fails to pay an invoice in the currency and/or at the exchange rate at which the class is quoted and the value of the Euro increases due to market fluctuation, Ciao Laura, LLC has the right to reconfigure the invoice to reflect the current exchange rate; however, if the exchange rate value of the Euro declines and the client has already made a payment, in no circumstance will Ciao Laura, LLC reimburse the difference in currency exchange.

CANCELLATION POLICY

If you cancel your trip at least 45 days prior to your scheduled date of arrival (first date of program), your deposit remains non-refundable and we will return the remaining monies paid to us. If client cancels less than 45 days, no refund will be made for any reason. This is non-negotiable.

We encourage ALL guests to purchase travel insurance to prevent unexpected emergencies, accidents, Acts of God, injuries and illness as we are not responsible for such occurrences and it is up to the client to avoid such losses should they occur.

Should a host need to cancel or reschedule your activity, we will make every effort to replace the activity with a suitable replacement. Should a replacement not be available, we will provide a full refund for the event canceled only and it will be issued to each client via the original method of payment at the currency exchange rate at time of cancellation. Ciao Laura, LLC reserves the right to alter its programs at any time due weather or other unforeseeable occurrences at time of booking. In this case, we will work with the client to provide alternative arrangements; however, there are no guarantees. No refund or make-up classes will be provided to persons who miss their scheduled classes due to illness, missed connections, tardiness, injury or any other reason.

The price of this package does not include the following:

Accommodations, transportation to/from hotel on any daily excursion where it is not specifically stated within your itinerary is not included. Airfare, tips, meals (except where noted during cooking lessons), gratuities, travel & medical insurance, charges incurred at the hotel such as room service or any other incidental or personal expenses. Anything not listed in the itinerary above. All terms and conditions posted on our web site apply to this program.


Testimonials

Adjectives like " fantastic, grand, marvelous, terrific" can't begin to describe my recent trip to Sorrento, Italy and the Amalfi Coast.  And, I can't sing the praises enough for Ciao Laura!!!   The arrangements were exceptional and went far beyond the ordinary for a travel service.  Laura and her associates helped me locate a friend who lives in Sorrento that I hadn't seen for over twenty years!
 
The accommodations at the villa were lovely.  They were well appointed, with modern amenities, and the owners/hosts were very gracious.  The cooking classes Laura arranged were delightful experiences.  Who would have thought I could actually make a pizza from scratch! 
 
Meeting new people from around the world is a treasure, especially for a solo traveler.  The package allowed for time for independent, as well as interactive activities.  It was the perfect mix!
 
One of the highlights of the trip included the drive along the Amalfi Coast.  I felt very safe with my driver, Massimo, as he maneuvered the curvy road while I marveled at the magnificent views.  He was knowledgeable and helpful, and thoroughly professional.
 
Having worked with other travel agents in the past, I can say without hesitation that Laura is extraordinary!  I felt we developed a friendship as we planned this adventure.  I would definitely recommend her to others as they plan their Italian dream vacation.

- R. Mikles, USA

IMPORTANT NOTE – Much of the Amalfi Coast is not handicap accessible and can be difficult to maneuver for those persons with limited mobility. If you fit this description, please let us know and we will be happy to make alternative suggestions to your itinerary, such as a day trip to Napoli, including a visit to the Archaeological Museum and lunch at a famous pizzeria

For those travelers wishing to partake in a tour of Pompeii, the following clothing items are suggested for this visit:
Walking shoes with rubber soles or hiking boots (not flip flops or sandals!) Layered clothing due to the changes in weather conditions; Water bottle; Waterproof jacket (check your weather before departure) Suntan lotion and a hat during hot and sunny times of year to avoid sunburn.

All terms and conditions posted on our web site here apply to this program.

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