Enjoy unforgettable views across the Bay of Naples at Grand Hotel Santa Lucia, offering true...
Arrive in glorious Naples in the south of Italy. Here you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel for check-in. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore on your own.
Get ready for an amazing day starting with breakfast at your hotel, then hop on a Vespa for an exciting private tour. Discover the island of Nisida and ride along the panoramic Via Petrarca. Enjoy views from the terrace of Sant’Antonio a Posillipo, the imposing Castel dell’Ovo, the elegant Piazza Trieste e Trento, and Piazza Plebiscito. Hop off to explore by foot and break for coffee and cake at the exclusive and panoramic Café Miranapoli. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
After breakfast at your hotel, you will meet Marianna, a lovely Neapolitan local chef who will lead your next adventure. Stroll along with her to the local market, shop for fresh ingredients, and then on to the chef’s home, to start your cooking class. Take part in this hands-on cooking lesson featuring an inspired fish menu including mussels gratin, spaghetti with clams, stuffed squid, and Zeppole di San Giuseppe (famous Neapolitan fritters with cream and cherries). Then savor your delightful lunch with wine overlooking the Gulf of Naples. Afternoon at leisure. (B,L)
Rise and shine with breakfast at your hotel and get ready to learn the secrets of Neapolitan cuisine. Your driver will take you to Sant’Agata de’ Goti, a village situated in the heart of the Campania countryside dating back to the 5th century. Enjoy a cooking class at the historical residence of the Mustilli winery’s owners with a meal that celebrates typical local dishes. Sample two wines from the Mustilli selection during your delectable lunch. Return to Naples. (B,L)
Have breakfast at the hotel and meet your guide for a walking tour through “Spaccanapoli,” a sequence of alleys following the ancient Greek grid plan that traverses old Naples. See the handcrafted statues in San Gregorio Armeno, and then continue to a pottery store and try your hand at making a “corno” – a little red horn said to protect against the evil eye. Taste mouth-watering street food at a “tarallificio” and visit a fifth-generation umbrella factory before free time for lunch on your own. Continue your tour of Spaccanapoli in the afternoon where you will learn the traditions of clay and terracotta, and decorate your own piece of pottery in a bottega. (B)
After breakfast at your hotel, a short drive will take you to a wine estate situated at the foot of Mount Vesuvius. Here you will learn how to make “gnocchi,” a typical local homemade pasta. After the hands-on pasta lesson, visit the vineyards and then enjoy lunch accompanied by five different types of wine that await for you to sample. Tonight, say farewell to Naples with dinner in a private Neapolitan home. Independent return to your hotel. (B,L,D)
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)