Flavors of Campagna: Sorrento, Naples, and the Amalfi Coast

Mount Vesuvius as seen on an Amalfi Coast food tour with TIK.Enjoy the flavors of Sorrento and Naples during this culinary vacation on the Amalfi Coast and learn why southern Italy is one of the most vibrant and exciting destinations for a culinary tour of Italy.

Like all of our Amalfi Coast cooking vacations, Flavors of Campanga takes you to the Sorrentine Peninsula as well as to the popular Amalfi Coast, where you will visit such towns such as Amalfi, Ravello, and Positano. You will also visit the enchanting isle of Capri, the ancient ruins of Pompeii, and the bustling, authentic city of Naples during your culinary vacation on the Amalfi Coast.

Famous Amalfi Coast lemons on our Amalfi Coast food tours.You will stay in the center of Sorrento at a charming B&B property, a perfect home base for exploring this charming town during your Amalfi Coast culinary vacation, before heading to one of the most chic boutique hotels in Naples for the last two nights of your Italy culinary tour.

Both Sorrento and Naples are stunning and fun destinations for our culinary tours to Italy. Sorrento is perched dramatically on the cliffs overlooking the sea, and its lively main square and assortment of restaurants make it one of the most animated towns in Italy.

Naples is one of Italy’s most famous cities. Large, sprawling, vibrant, and unabashedly authentic, it has charmed and thrilled visitors for centuries. It lies on the Gulf of Naples and in the shadow of the still-active Mount Vesuvius, and it has long been a center of art and architecture. Naples has also experienced a rebirth in the past decade, and its focus on cleaning up its act has resulted in a tourist boom. Neapolitans, despite their sometimes colorful reputation, are wonderfully warm and friendly, and the city itself offers a plethora of art, churches, and one of the finest archeological museums in the world. Add to that a wonderful food scene (this is the birthplace of pizza!) and you have the perfect destination for a southern Italian culinary vacation.

Exploring Naples during a culinary vacation on the Amalfi Coast.Your culinary vacation on the Amalfi Coast and Naples will include a hands-on cooking class featuring traditional southern Italian dishes as well as foodie excursions to sample locally specialities and the regional wines that are produced at the foot of famous Mount Vesuvius. Your tastebuds will delight in the fresh seafood paired with crisp white wines, as well as hearty pastas and sauces served with local red varietals.

The best part of our Amalfi Coast culinary vacation in Sorrento and Naples might just be the chance to explore the local culture. From your cooking class at a the villa of a local family, to the small boat tour to the isle of Capri, to the day spent exploring Amalfi, Positano, and Ravello, to the walking tour of Naples, you will have the chance to meet the locals and experience authentic southern Italian life.

If you are looking for a deluxe version of this Amalfi Coast culinary vacation to Sorrento and Naples with accommodations at a luxury hotel, check out our Best of Sorrento, Naples and the Amalfi Coast culinary tour.


Trip Details

Explore Italian cuisine during a cooking class and learn a variety of traditional Amalfi Coast and southern Italian specialities. Your class will include a starter, first and second courses, as well as a dessert.


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Itinerary

Mount Vesuvius as seen on an Amalfi Coast food tour with TIK.The program may be altered slightly due to weather, season, and opening and closing time of establishments.

Day One – Sunday

  • Transfer from the Naples airport or train station to your accommodations at a charming Bed and Breakfast located in Sorrento. Check in to your home for your Amalfi Coast culinary vacation and free time to relax or explore.
  • Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant in the city center (wine included).
  • Overnight.

The kitchen for your cooking class in Sorrento.Day Two – Monday

  • Breakfast.
  • In the morning transfer to your first hands-on cooking class at a local villa, where you will cook with the family in the preparation of a full meal. Your class will feature traditional Neapolitan recipes as you prepare a starter, first and second courses, and dessert. You will also learn about their homemade wines and local cheeses. Lunch with wine will follow.
  • Rest of day at leisure.
  • Dinner on your own and overnight.

The villa at Ravello seen on an Amalfi Coast food tour with TIK.Day Three – Tuesday

  • Today enjoy a full day Amalfi Coast food tour to some of the area’s most famous towns. First stop will be Amalfi, an ancient Maritime Republic that is famous for its beautiful cathedral and its traditions as a fishing village. Stop on the way to see the beauty of this coastline. Next head to Positano, a well-known destination famous for its pebbled beach and steep, narrow streets. Explore the boutiques and cafes, head to the Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta to see its tiled dome and 13th-century Byzantine icon of the Virgin Mary.
  • On the way back to Sorrento stop at the beautiful village of Ravello. Situated on top of a steep cliff, Ravello overlooks Maiori and Minori as well as the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Gulf of Salerno, which you can see from its famous villas such as the Villa Rufulo.
  • Return back to Sorrento.
  • Dinner on your own and overnight.

Visiting Capri on a family-friendly culinary tour of the Amalfi Coast.Day Four – Wednesday

  • In the morning head off on a private “Gozzo” (traditional boat) with a guide for a group tour to the amazing island of Capri. Your full day trip to this paradise will include 3 hours on board and 3 hours ashore where you can explore on your own. Inhabited since prehistoric times, Capri became a Greek colony and then a Emperor’s resort in the early years of the ancient Roman Empire. It was a residence of the Emperor Augustus, and the Emperor Tiberius built several villas, including the Villa Iovis, which has been excavated and can be visited. During the 10th century the people of Capri, fearing pirate raids, transferred their settlements from the seaside to the present towns, Capri (east) and Anacapri (west), high above the shore.
  • In the Middle Ages, Capri became part of the Abbey of Montecassino and to the republic of Amalfi before being absorbed into the Kingdom of Naples. There are still the ruins of two medieval castles, the Castiglione and the Castello di Barbarossa, and the oldest church (from the 10th and 11th Centuries) is dedicated to the isle’s patron saint, St. Costanzo. Also worth visiting is the Villa San Michele, built by the Swedish writer Axel Munthe on the site of a Tiberian villa.
  • Return back to Sorrento in the afternoon.
  • Dinner tonight at a local restaurant and overnight.

Exploring the ruins of Pompeii during a culinary vacation on the Amalfi Coast.Day Five – Thursday

  • Breakfast, and check out.
  • This morning, depart for an excursion to Pompeii to explore the ruins of the Ancient Roman city that was buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 BC. You will have a guided tour of this famous and remarkably preserved site.
  • Later in the morning proceed on your culinary tour of Southern Italy to the Volcano Vesuvio for a wine tasting and light lunch at a local wine estate.
  • Continue to Naples and check in to your hotel.
  • Dinner tonight will be at a traditional Neapolitan restaurant within walking distance of your hotel.
  • Overnight.

Exploring Naples during a culinary vacation on the Amalfi Coast.Day Six – Thursday

  • Breakfast.
  • Meet your private guide for a 6-hour walking tour of Naples. You will see some of the city’s famous monuments from the outside, such as the Royal Palace, the Teatro San Carlo, the Maschio Angioino, the Galleria Umberto, and Piazza del Peblescito.
    Walk along the “Spaccanapoli” street in the ancient heart of the city, the east-west Roman road that splits the city in two. You will visit the Chiesa del Gesù Nuovo, Santa Chiara, the Cattedrale di San Gennaro, the Via di San Gregorio Armeno (where artisans craft the iconic presepi , or nativity scenes, of Naples), and the Cappella San Severo to see Giuseppe Sanmartino’s “Cristo Velato” (Veiled Christ), one of the most famous sculptures in Italy.
  • During your tour you will stop for tastings of typical Neapolitan street food such as “pizza fritta,” “pizza a portafoglio,” “cuoppo,” and the delicious “sfogliatella.”
  • Return to your hotel on your own (either on foot if you still want to explore or by taxi).
  • Dinner on your own and overnight.

Bottles of limoncello and liqueurs on an Amalfi Coast food tour.Day Seven – Saturday

  • Breakfast and check out. Transfer either to the Naples train station or Naples airport.

Trip Details

Included in the 6-Night Trip

Accommodations

Four nights accommodation in Sorrento at a B&B
Two nights accommodation in Naples at a 4* hotel

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 lunches
  • Food tastings during tour of Naples
  • 3 dinners (including 1/2 bottle wine per person)

Classes & Instructors

Explore Italian cuisine during a cooking class and learn a variety of traditional Amalfi Coast and southern Italian specialities. Your class will include a starter, first and second courses, as well as a dessert.

Excursions

  • Full-day excursion to Capri by private “gozzo” boat (If weather makes it impossible to go to Capri, an alternate excursion will be proposed.)
  • Amalfi Coast tour, including Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello
  • Guided tour of the archeological ruins of Pompeii
  • Winery visit on Mount Vesuvius
  • Private walking tour of Naples

Transfer Details

  • Roundtrip transfers included from/to the Naples train station or airport.

Not Included

Local tourist tax (3-4 Euros per person per night), payable locally

Accommodation Information

Your accommodations in Sorrento will be at one of two small B&B properties. Both are located a short walk from the main part of Sorrento. The recently renovated rooms offer en suite baths, WiFi, a clean, modern decor, and room service. Some of the rooms also have balconies.

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Your accommodations in Naples will be at the Hotel Alabardieri, one of the most fashionable of the city’s chic boutique hotels. The elegant guest rooms are comfortable and boast marble bathrooms, and the hotel has an excellent location near many shops and restaurants, a 5-minute walk to the waterfront and the Castel dell’Ovo.

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Pricing & Tour Dates

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High Season Pricing:
May 1-October 17

6-night Program
US$2975 per person based on double occupancy
  • Add US$550 for single occupancy (use of a double room by 1 person)

30% deposit due to confirm booking.
Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

Low Season Pricing:
April 9-30, October 18-December 5

6-night Program
US$2850 per person based on double occupancy
  • Add US$550 for single occupancy (use of a double room by 1 person)

30% deposit due to confirm booking.
Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!


Tour Dates

Available any week early April to December for a minimum of 2 people.

The program may be altered slightly due to weather, season, and opening and closing time of establishments.

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April 9-15
April 12-18
April 19-25
April 26-May 2
May 3-9
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August 30-September 5
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