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Overview

Amalfi Culinary & Cultural Tour 2022: The Mediterranean Diet & Beyond with WorldRD

Just 2 spots left!  This trip is targeted to registered dietitian-nutritionists, health professionals, culinarians, friends, and family who want an authentic, hands-on Mediterranean diet, lifestyle, and cultural experience on the Amalfi coastal area. 

Hosted by award-winning culinary nutritionist and author Layne Lieberman, MS, RDN, LDN

Guides, experts, and chefs are from the Campania region

Pending Pre-Approval by CDR: 35 Continuing Education Units for Registered Dietitians

$3640.00 USD per person based on double room occupancy

(We can match you with a roommate with similar sleep habits)

Supplement for single room occupancy $475.00 USD per person (MAX OF 6 SINGLE OCCUPANCY ROOMS IN THE VILLA)

A spectacular view on an Amalfi Coast food tour with TIK.

The deadline for booking the Tour is March 1, 2022. Book early, this trip sells out quickly! 

Sant’ Agata sui due Golfi is located on the Sorrentine Peninsula about 10 km from Sorrento. Its name, which means “on the two gulfs,” refers to the breathtaking views of both the Gulf of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno. You can enjoy an aperitif on the beautiful terrace and gaze out onto the enchanting isle of Capri from one direction, or toward Mount Vesuvius on the other, and you can visit the picturesque towns of the Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Pompeii, all within easy driving distance.

The site of your Amalfi Coast educational program is a five-star relais hotel of 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 German aristocrat and is now a splendid 5* hotel, complete with gorgeous views, beautiful interiors, outdoor terraces, and an extensive fruit orchard and vegetable garden. The facilities include a 15 meter outdoor swimming pool with jacuzzi and sauna, tennis court, exercise room, wine bar, fine dining restaurant, and lush vegetation. You will feel like you are living in the lap of luxury during this Amalfi Coast educational program. But at the same time, the owner Salvatore and his staff are so welcoming that you will think you are staying with old family friends.

Drinking wine during a cooking vacation on the Amalfi CoastThe Campania region, home to the Amalfi Coast and the Sorrentine Peninsula, is among the most beautiful of Italian regions as well as being one of the most representative of Italian Mediterranean cuisine. From the time of Etruscans to present movie stars, this area has long enchanted travelers, and its culinary traditions go back to before the times of the Ancient Romans.

From your wine tasting at a family winery on Mount Vesuvius to a Michelin-Star dinner at one of southern Italy’s most renowned restaurants, from your hands-on cooking classes in the teaching kitchen to the visit of a local cheese producer, you will be enchanted by the Campania region and its gastronomy.

Learn more about the itinerary and the CEU credits by visiting the WorldRD website or by contacting Layne Lieberman at: layne@worldrd.com


Trip Details

Your 4 hands-on cooking classes will be held in the large teaching kitchen built specifically for your cooking vacation with The International Kitchen. It has spacious granite counters, a large professional range, an outdoor veranda where you can enjoy a break between courses, and a wood-burning pizza and bread overn. Your Mediterranean cooking classes will be led by Chef Giuseppe Miccio, who studied at the Hotel School in Sorrento and who has worked in restaurants for over 30 years, including ten years at the famed Michelin-Star restaurant “Il Buco” in Sorrento. He will be joined by head concierge Giovanni Cioffi, who studied at the Hotel School of Vico Equense and whose passions include cooking, farming, and beekeeping.
The chefs will teach you typical dishes of the area using the freshest ingredients, including vegetables and fruits from the hotel’s extensive organic garden and orchards.

Itinerary

The exterior of the villa where you stay on your culinary tour of ItalyDay One – Saturday, October 22

Learn from a Local Dietitian – Garden and Greenhouse Tour (Total 3 hrs. CEUs)

  • Transfer from Naples airport or train station to your accommodation, the lovely 5* Relais Oasi Olimpia. Check in to your deluxe room.
  • The group will have a quick meeting for introductions and then you’ll have some 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 town; stop with the locals for a coffee and one of the pastry specialties of the region, or just stroll along the old streets and enjoy the views.
  • Tonight, tour the estate’s gardens and green house and meet with a local dietitian to learn about the gastronomy of this part of southern Italy. Giovanna Paturzo is a PhD certified Italian dietitian who was born and raised in the area, and who has spent her 20-year career studying and working in the fields of biology, applied nutrition, and dietetics.
  • You will learn about some of the local heirloom tomato varieties like Fiascone (Re Umberto) and Cuore di Bue, as well as about seasonal foraging, different varieties of Italian apple trees, and terraced gardening. Dinner of local cuisine at the hotel’s elegant restaurant, Villa Oasi. (3 hours of educational credits)
  • Overnight.

Happy woman cooking during a culinary vacation on the Amalfi CoastDay Two – Sunday, October 23

Cheesemaking/Farm Visit & Cooking Class (Total 6 hrs. CEUs)

  • A lovely buffet breakfast awaits you.
  • In the morning head to a local farm where they produce top quality local cheese, such as mozzarella, provolone del Monaco (DOP), and caciotta. Visit the agriturismo farm, called “Il Turuziello,” meet the animals, including those whose milk is used in the the cheese production, 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. (3 hours of educational credits)
  • Return to the hotel for some free time before your first cooking class. If you would like, you could schedule a massage in the massage room (advance reservations at least 48 hours in advance is required).
  • This evening at 5:00 PM, head to your first cooking lesson, featuring such dishes as grilled eggplant parmesan, Caprese-style ravioli (made with local cheese), Neapolitan-style veal roll (called “braciole”), and a surprise dessert. The class will be followed by dinner based on your culinary efforts with local wine. (3 hours of educational credits)
  • Overnight.

The cathedral of Amalfi visited on your Italy culinary tourDay Three – Monday, October 24

Cooking Class, Olive Harvest & Gastronomic Exploration (Total 7 hrs. CEUs) 

  • After a fantastic buffet breakfast, head to your second cooking class. The class will feature Sorrento-style potato gnocchi, Mediterranean-style duchess potatoes, stuffed peppers, and panna cotta. (3 hours of educational credits)
  • After class, depart for an exploration of the Amalfi Coast.
  • Your first stop will be for a local olive oil tasting, accompanied by your local dietitian Giovanna Paturzo, at a local olive farm. The farm, Frantoio Gargiulo, has produced top quality olive oil for 3 generations. The harvest, predominantly of the Minucciolo olive variety, will most likely be taking place during your visit, and you can taste the olive oil fresh out of the press. (2 hours of educational credits)
  • 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. The town is also famed for a particular variety of lemon. 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. Time in both Amalfi and Ravello to explore and learn about the local gastronomic traditions. (2 hours of educational credits)
  • Enjoy a packed lunch prepared by the chef.
  • Return to the hotel for a bit of relaxation before dinner based on your morning culinary efforts with wine.
  • Overnight.

The ruins of Pompeii visited during your Amalfi Coast cooking tourDay Four – Tuesday, October 25

Pompeii and the Ancient Roman Diet, Vineyard Experience & Dining at a World- Famous Michelin Restaurant (Total 8 hrs. CEUs)

  • Breakfast.
  • In the morning, head to Pompeii, where you will have a 2-hour guided tour of the archeological ruins. Your guide, Giovanna di Gennaro, is a licensed cultural and archeological guide with many years’ experience. She will also discuss the diet of the Ancient Romans and how its traces are alive in southern Italian gastronomy. (2 hours of educational credits)
  • After your tour, depart for the Cantina Villa Dora winery on Mount Vesuvius. Enjoy a guide tour and tasting with the nephew of the owner, Vincenzo Ambrosio. You will learn about the local wine called Lacryma Christi, a wine that harkens back to the time of the ancient Romans and is produced from the grapes that grow in the volcanic soil of Vesuvius. Piedirosso, Aglianico, Caprettone, and Falanghina are all local varieties cultivated at the vineyard. Enjoy a wine tasting and lunch. (3 hours of educational credits)
  • Return to the relais around 4:30 PM. You will have some time to relax before dinner out at the famed Michelin star restaurant Don Alfonso 1890, one of the most special experiences of your week. A member of the family will explain how the world-renowned restaurant takes Mediterranean flavors and re-presents them in new and innovative ways, while always respecting the local traditions. You will also visit the stunning wine cellar, which was built into an ancient Etruscan well and tunnel, and which is also where they prepare house-aged cheese and salumi. (3 hours of educational credits)
  • Overnight.

Friends enjoying a culinary vacation on the Amalfi CoastDay Five – Wednesday, October 26

Cooking Class & Digestive Liqueurs and Jams (Total 6 hrs. CEUs)

  • Breakfast.
  • This morning, have your third cooking class with lunch to follow based on your efforts. The class will feature a local pasta called scialatielli with a seasonal preparation, potentially mushrooms foraged from the garden, along with baked squid, local fish in potatoes, and chocolate mousse. (3 hours of educational credits)
  • In the early afternoon, around 2:30 pm, you can enjoy an optional excursion to Positano, where you will have time to shop or explore on your own. (Please note that Positano is quite hilly and includes a lot of climbing.)
  • In the late afternoon, around 6:00 pm, enjoy a unique class on digestivi, or digestive liqueurs, such as finocchietto (made with fennel) and the classic limoncello. Learn about the difference between Amalfi lemons and Sorrentine lemons, and start preparing the digestivi, which you will continue the next day. Learn also about making jam. The property boasts over 100 apples trees featuring three varieties of apples, which will be in season during your stay. (3 hours of educational credits)
  • Dinner at the hotel.
  • Overnight.

View of the sea from Capri during an Amalfi Coast food tour.Day Six – Thursday, October 27

Fishermen, Isle of Capri & Pizza Making (Total 5 hrs. of CEUs)

  • Breakfast.
  • Today will be a full-day visit to the enchanting isle of Capri. Weathering permitting, you will head out on a private boat to stop and see local fishermen at work harvesting their daily catch. Local varieties include Mediterranean sea bass, anchovies, sea bream, gar-fish, little tunny, and octopus. Then, head to the magical island of Capri, which has beguiled visitors for centuries. Your guide, Giovanna De Gennaro who accompanied you to Pompeii, will lead you on your exploration, or she can point you toward individual activities as you prefer. You may be able to visit the magical Blue Grotto (sea permitting), or walk private paths past secluded villas and explore the ancient ruins. You will have an English-speaking guide to help you, but transportation costs on the island are paid locally (usually 5-10 Euros per person for bus or funicular). (3 hours of educational credits)
  • Today’s lunch will be on your own on the island.
  • Return to the hotel mid-afternoon and prepare pizza dough in the kitchen with the chef. While the dough rises, learn about some of the different flours used in the area for bread and pizza making, about the tomatoes, cheese, and toppings. You will also finish your tasty liqueurs from the day before. After the dough rises, finish making your customized pizza, which you will then enjoy for dinner. (2 hours of educational credits)
  • (Please note that in the event of bad weather, Capri excursion will be replaced by an alternate excursion.)
  • Overnight.

The isle of Capri seen from a farm visit during an Amalfi Coast cooking vacationDay Seven – Friday, October 28

Arrivederci (Farewell) 

  • Breakfast.
  • Transfer to Naples airport or train station.

Trip Details

Included in the 6-Night Trip

Accommodations

6 nights accommodations (either one large or two twin beds) with ensuite bathroom

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 4 lunches
  • 6 dinners
  • Local wine included with all included meals

Classes & Instructors

Your 4 hands-on cooking classes will be held in the large teaching kitchen built specifically for your cooking vacation with The International Kitchen. It has spacious granite counters, a large professional range, an outdoor veranda where you can enjoy a break between courses, and a wood-burning pizza and bread overn. Your Mediterranean cooking classes will be led by Chef Giuseppe Miccio, who studied at the Hotel School in Sorrento and who has worked in restaurants for over 30 years, including ten years at the famed Michelin-Star restaurant “Il Buco” in Sorrento. He will be joined by head concierge Giovanni Cioffi, who studied at the Hotel School of Vico Equense and whose passions include cooking, farming, and beekeeping.
The chefs will teach you typical dishes of the area using the freshest ingredients, including vegetables and fruits from the hotel’s extensive organic garden and orchards.

Excursions

  • Farm visit with cheese demonstration
  • Visit of olive oil producer
  • Excursion to the Amalfi Coast towns of Amalfi and Ravello
  • Optional excursion to Positano
  • Winery visit at Mount Vesuvius
  • Guided tour of the archeological site of Pompeii
  • Excursion to Capri

Transfer Details

  • Group transfers from/to Naples airport

Miscellaneous

  • Dedicated English-speaking escort for all activities
  • WiFi at the hotel
  • Pending approval by CDR, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for 35 CEUs (Continuing Education Units )

Not Included

  • Flights to/from Naples (We advise you not to book flights until the minimum number of participants has been reached. We will inform you when we have the minimum number of participants, but no later than April 15, 2022. Please inquire if you would like assistance with your flights.)
  • Drinks outside of meal times.
  • Local tourist tax (a few Euros per person per night), paid locally.
  • Gratuities are not included and are at the discretion of the guests

Accommodation Information

Situated on a hill of  the charming town of Sant’ Agata sui due Golfi, the villa was constructed in 1892 for a rich German aristocrat as a luxury residence. Today, after being restored as a splendid 5* hotel, the relais holds six rooms and five suites that are beautifully furnished (rooms can feature either one large bed, or two twin-sized beds). The accommodations offer a 15-meter swimming pool (seasonal), jacuzzi, sauna, wine bar, outdoor dining, and extensive kitchen gardens and fruit orchards.

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If there are no more rooms left at the relais, we can also offer accommodations at the recently renovated 4* hotel O Sole Mio, which is across the street, just a few minutes’ walk door to door.  The rooms are large and bright with en suite bathroom, free WiFi, hairdryer, satellite TV, and air conditioning. 

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Pricing & Tour Dates



Pricing:
October 22-28, 2022

6-night Program

US$3640 per person based on double occupancy

  • Add US$475 for single occupancy (use of a double room by 1 person)

Sold out. Please inquire to be placed on wait list.

30% deposit due to confirm booking (US$1092 in double occupancy, $1235 in single occupancy).

Balance due 90 days prior. 

We can also set up a payment plan upon request.

Guidelines for Making Flight Arrangements:

We advise that you do not book flights until you consult with us about flight times.


Tour Dates

Available October 22-28, 2022. 

Sold out. Please inquire to be placed on wait list.

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