Three Reasons A Mediterranean Cooking Experience Is the Culinary Vacation for You
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 culinary vacation spot.
1. The Region
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-4-star hotel, the Relais Oasi Olimpia. 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 or hire a driver to take you to the famed city of Pompeii (actually, if you do this culinary vacation in the month of May we'll hire the driver for you, see details below). 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. Chef Carmen! She requires an exclamation point, she is a whirlwind of activity and fun, always ready with a smile and "No problem!" when our travelers are in her charge. During the cooking classes with her you will learn traditional southern dishes passed down through her family. The charming owner, Salvatore, is equally 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 Rosa, family friend of Carmen's. During a special and unique excursion to their family farm, you will taste the olive oil and limoncello that they produce and learn about the the art of making mozzarella cheese, which Rosa has been doing for six decades! She and her family will open their farm to you, and I guarantee you will open your hearts to them.
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!
As if A Mediterranean Cooking Experience is not amazing enough, we're offering a special promotion in May to get the season started: we'll include the cost of the Pompeii trip as well as a complimentary room upgrade (based on availability). And, if you are a solo traveler, we'll waive the single supplement. Contact us for details!
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