Mediterranean Cooking: Amalfi Culinary Vacation: Relais Oasi Olimpia
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Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi

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About the location: Sant’ Agata sui due Golfi is situated about 10 km from Sorrento. It is one of the “pearls” in the Gulf of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno, facing Capri. The site of your Amalfi Coast culinary vacation will be a lovely five-star relais hotel of only six rooms (and five suites) situated on one of the hills of Sant’ Agata sui due Golfi. The villa was originally built in 1892 for a rich German aristocrat as a luxurious residence. It has recently been painstakingly restored and is now a splendid hotel, complete with impeccably furnished interiors and a fine ambiance. There are also three recently completed apartments on the property. The facilities include a gorgeous 15 meter swimming pool with jacuzzi and sauna, tennis court, outdoor dining, wine bar, exercise room, and lush vegetation. There is also a charming cantina in the main building (complete with Cuban cigars) and an incredible wine cave with premium wines from Italy, France and Australia. The relais has also acquired a breathtaking private beach, with shuttle service from the hotel.

The Amalfi region is truly one of the most idyllic on earth. From the time of Etruscans to present movie stars, this has been area that has long enchanted travelers. Sundry excursions during this week-long Amalfi culinary vacation will take you from the posh island of Capri to the cobblestoned medieval streets of Amalfi and the other Amalfi Coast towns. An expanse of precarious road will take you between villages, running through lush greenery and vineyards nestled in the folds of the jagged cliffs.

About the cooking lessons: Your cooking classes will be held in the large teaching kitchen built specifically for your culinary vacation with The International Kitchen. It features spacious granite counters, a large professional range and an outdoor veranda, where you can enjoy a break between courses. Your Mediterranean cooking classes will be led by one of two chefs — or sometimes even both of them! Chef Giuseppe is a young but experienced chef; born in Sorrento, he was raised in a family that has long had a passion for cooking traditional Italian cuisine. He has studied at a local culinary school and has cooked in a variety of hotels and restaurants, including the 1-star Michelnin restaurant Il Buco in Sorrento. Chef Giovanni may be your second culinary instructor. He lives in S Agata and has studied at the local hospitality school. He also speaks excellent English, having worked for 1 year in Scotland.

Chef GiuseppeThe chefs will teach you such typical southern Italian dishes as Sorrento-style gnocchi, stuffed calamari, and Neapolitan-style artichokes. All dishes use the freshest ingredients, including the vegetables, which are from the hotel's organic garden, and recipes that have been passed down for many generations. Your final cooking lesson of the week will teach you the essentials of preparing true Neapolitan style pizza! After your cooking lesson you will feast on what you have made, so be prepared to cook, eat, drink and laugh!

Mediterranean Cooking Experience - BEST SELLER Itinerary

Day One Of Four - Or Six - Night Program

  • Pickup from the Naples airport (around 12:00 noon) or train station (around 2:30 pm).
  • Arrival at the charming Oasi Olimpia Relais where you check in to your deluxe room.
  • Time on your own. If you are not jet-lagged, you may wish to take a short walk into Sant’Agata to do a little exploring. This is a charming little town; perhaps stop with the locals for a coffee and one of the pastry specialties of the region, or just stroll along the old streets.
  • Welcome dinner of local cuisine at the hotel’s elegant restaurant, Villa Oasi.

Day 2

  • A lovely buffet breakfast awaits you.
  • In the morning you will head to a local farm, where they produce top quality local cheese, such as mozzarella. Visit the farm, meet the animals, and then settle in for a cheese-making demonstration! A light tasting lunch will follow, including the wonderfully fresh cheese and other products from the farm.
  • Return to the hotel for an afternoon of relaxation. If weather permits, you might want to take a dip in the pool. You can also schedule a massage in the massage room (advance reservations of at least 48 hours is required).
  • This evening at 5:00 PM, your first cooking lesson, followed by dinner based on your culinary efforts with wine.

Day 3

  • Fantastic buffet breakfast followed by your second cooking class.
  • After class, depart for an Amalfi Coast tour.
  • Your first stop will be for a local olive oil tasting.
  • Next, explore the Amalfi Coast! Amalfi is a town that seems to have climbed up from the sea like froth and crystallized onto the land. The town is dominated by the impressive Duomo, rivaling in size the cliffs that rise up behind it. You can sit and observe in the Piazza Duomo or wind upwards through the cobblestone streets, exploring the little shops along the way. And Ravello is a charming town also perched on the cliffs overlooking the sea. It is home not only to the best Amalfi ceramics, but also the lovely gardens of the historic Villa Cimbrone.
  • Enjoy a packed lunch prepared by the chef.
  • Free time for shopping and leisure.
  • Return to the hotel for a bit of relaxation before dinner based on your morning culinary efforts with wine.
  • Overnight.

Day 4

  • Breakfast.
  • In the morning, depart for a winery visit on Mount Vesuvius. At this charming wine cellar experience a wine tasting and lunch.
  • In the afternoon, head to Pompeii for a 2-hour guided tour of the famed ruins.
  • Return to the hotel around 4:30 pm. You’ll have some time to relax before dinner out at the famed Michelin star restaurant Don Alfonso 1890, a truly special experience.
  • Overnight.

(For those on the 4-night itinerary, today will be the Capri excursion – see day 6 – and dinner will be out in Sant’Agata).

Day 5

  • Buffet Breakfast. For those on the four-night program, transfer back to Naples.
  • Third cooking class with lunch to follow based on your efforts.
  • Afternoon on your own.
  • Overnight.

Day 6

  • Breakfast.
  • Today will be a full-day visit to the enchanting isle of Capri, weathering permitting. (Traditionally the hydrofoils to Capri run approximately mid-May to mid-October, and during the winter only if the temperature is mild and the water calm.) You can visit the magical Blue Grotto, walk private paths past secluded villas, and gaze across the aqua water from the harbors. You will have an English-speaking guide to help you, but transportation costs on the island are not included, to be paid locally.
  • Today’s lunch will be on your own.
  • Return to the hotel mid-afternoon, and make some pizza dough in the kitchen with the chef. While the dough rises, enjoy a class on making the tasty Limoncello liqueur. After the dough rises, finish making your customized pizza, which you will then enjoy for dinner.
  • (Please note that in the event of bad weather, Capri excursion will be replaced by an alternate excursion.)

Day 7

  • Breakfast and departure from the hotel to the Naples airport or train station for those ending the six-night program.