We have a lot of great cooking vacations in Italy, but one of my favorites, and one I’ve returned to time and again, just might be the perfect vacation ever. It’s called A Mediterranean Cooking Experience, and here are the top 3 reasons you should choose it as your next cooking vacation spot.
1. Viva la Campagna!
Campania. Many Americans might say they’ve never heard of it, but it’s the region of Italy that houses not only Naples but also the Amalfi Coast, and it’s the homeland of a large percentage of the ancestors of Italian-Americans. A Mediterranean Cooking Experience takes place in the small town of Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi, just up the hill from Sorrento. Your accommodations are in a beautiful villa-turned-5-star hotel.
But it’s not just the proximity to the Amalfi Coast or the gorgeous accommodations that makes this place special. The Campania region is quintessentially Italian. It has all the food, sunshine, history, culture, and passion that we associate with Italy. And the variety of activities is jaw-dropping: take a ferry to Naples to visit the world-class archeological museum. Visit the famed city of Pompeii. Ferry over to the Island of Capri to shop or swim (if you’re lucky) in the Blue Grotto. Visit the towns of the Amalfi coast for a stroll along the most gorgeous panoramas imaginable. Or simply enjoy sunny days by the pool or beach, or sitting with a glass of wine or coffee to experience la dolce vita
2. The People
Italy is all about the people, and no where is that more true than during A Mediterranean Cooking Experience. The charming owner, Salvatore, is adept at making guests feel at home, whether talking about wine and cigars or the history and culture of the region. And of course, there is Giovanni and his family, friends of Salvatore’s. During a special and unique excursion to their family farm, you will learn about the the art of making mozzarella cheese.
Chef Giuseppe will make sure your classes are fun, informative, and delicious. And don’t forget about the other Giovanni, who manages the hotel, leads some of the classes, and pretty much makes sure that everything is perfect for your stay!
3. The Food
This is a culinary vacation: so you can expect the food to be good. But the Mediterranean diet, so prized around the world, finds a true home in the flavors of the Sorrentine Peninsula. The climate produces a plethora of fresh fruits and vegetables, the Gulfs of Naples and Sorrento lie within sight with all of their bounty of fish and seafood, and the livestock produce the milk for such delectable treats as Mozzarella di Bufala, Fiordilatte (a cow’s milk mozzarella), ricotta, and provolone. That hasn’t convinced you? I will remind you that pizza originated in Naples!
The time has never been better. The destination will never be more perfect. It’s time to have A Mediterranean Cooking Experience of your own!
By Peg Kern
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