Women Only Week: Mediterannean Cooking Experience
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Women Only Week®: A Mediterranean Cooking Experience
Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi

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 four-star relais hotel of only seven 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. Just completed is 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 ancient ruins of Pompeii, and the cobblestoned medieval streets of Amalfi at the cliff’s base. 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 Salvatore, the owner of the property, or by one of the restaurant chefs. They will teach you such typical southern Italian dishes as Sorrento-style gnocchi, stuffed calamari, and Neapolitan-style artichokes. All dishes use the freshest ingredients 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!

Women Only Week®: A Mediterranean Cooking Experience Itinerary

Day One

  • Pickup from the Naples airport and train station (only 1 group transfer)
  • Arrival at the charming hotel Relais Oasi Olimpia. If you are not jet-lagged, you may wish to take a short walk into Sant’ Agata to do a little exploring.
  • Time to rest before your welcome dinner at the elegant “Villa Oasi” restaurant

Day Two

  • A lovely buffet breakfast awaits you.
  • In the morning you will head to a local farm, where they have been producing top quality olive oil for years, and where the matriarch has been making mozzarella cheese. A tasting of this wonderfully fresh and light cheese follows, along with olive oil and limoncello.
  • Return to the hotel for an afternoon of relaxation.
  • This evening, your first cooking lesson, followed by dinner with wine.

Day Three

  • Breakfast.
  • In the morning, depart for a winery visit on Mount Vesuvius. At a charming wine cellar, experience a wine tasting followed by lunch.
  • This evening your second cooking class, followed by dinner based on your efforts with wine.
  • Overnight.

Day Four

  • Breakfast
  • 9:00 excursion to visit the beautiful Amalfi coast.
  • Today’s lunch will be on your own.
  • After your Amalfi tour, return to Oasi for relaxing time until dinner in a charming exclusive restaurant.

Day Five

  • Breakfast. Meet in the kitchen at 11:00 for 30 minutes to make your pizza dough.
  • Relax until 12:00 pm for your pizza lunch (pizza dough has to rise a couple of hours or less, depends on the weather)
  • More leisure time
  • Meet at 5:00 pm for your third cooking lesson. Dinner to follow based on your efforts.

Day Six

  • Breakfast.
  • In the morning, some free time in Sorrento.
  • Lunch on your own (return to Oasi on your own, by bus or taxi).
  • Light dinner at 8:00 pm at Oasi as “Arrivederci.”

Day Seven

  • Breakfast and departure from the hotel to the Naples airport and train station (One scheduled group transfer)