"A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority." Samuel Johnson
CALABRIA Available for private groups - Inquire for details
Full immersion of Calabrian lifestyle with home base in the seaside town of Tropea
Trip to Pizzo Calabro, birthplace of the famous Tartufo gelato
Visit to a fish auction with a local chef
Day trip to Reggio Calabria to visit the Bronze di Riaci
Lunch in the town of Scilla
Sailing excursion on a 18-meter catamaran with lunch & wine on board
Cooking class with a local culinary expert
Farm visit & cooking class with the owners
Guided walking tour of Tropea
Private visit to a vineyard with lunch on the premises
Beach time to enjoy the coast
Overview So you're ready to head to one of Italy's best-kept secret, Calabria? Than let this native of Calabria take you there! Lazy Italian Culinary Adventures is really excited to announce the 2018 adventure to this beautiful region, with our home base being one of the most beautiful towns, not just in Calabria, but perhaps all over Italy, Tropea! Led by a native of Calabria, the week promises organized activities, cooking classes,delicious food & wine lunches, day trip to a private vineyard, farm visit, a sailing excursion and plenty of afternoon time to hit the beach! We're staying in Tropea during what is still considered peak season, so ample beach time has been built in the schedule, seeing as we're staying right on the water! Don't forget your sunblock and swimsuit for this one. We will provide the apron and ingredients for what is sure to be a delicious, sun-filled week!
Lunch with a view!
The Amalfi Coast? Oh no, this is Tropea!
Day 1 - Arrival & Welcome Dinner Arrive at Lamezia Terme Airport and be greeted by Francesca for private group transfer to our accommodations in Tropea.
Settle into your B&B and enjoy the surroundings as you stroll down the ancient cobblestone streets of the medieval town. Perhaps grab your first gelato of the trip or even a dunk in the beautiful ocean. A welcome dinner in the center of Tropea, including wine, awaits us for the evening.
A cobblestone street in Tropea
Day 2 - Pizzo Calabro & Fish Auction After breakfast, you can enjoy a free morning in Tropea. Perhaps walk to the nearby beach for a morning swim or alternatively, take a walk to familiarize yourself with the surroundings. Tropea's historic center has many cafes, shops and restaurants. The town has three viewing platforms, where you can sit and enjoy a morning coffee overlooking the sea and the famous landmark of the town such as the promenade, where the church of Santa Maria Del Isola is situated.
In the afternoon, we'll head towards Pizzo Calabro, a beautiful coastal town and birthplace of the tartufo gelato.
Day 3 - Day Trip to Reggio Calabria & Scilla After breakfast today, we head towards Reggio Calabria to visit the famous Bronze di Riaci statues, which are two famous life size bronze sculptures that came from Greece and date back centuries. They are two of the few remaining Greek bronzes, as others were later melted down. The statues demonstrate the craftsmanship and exquisite artistic features possible during this period, which is believed to be 450 B.C. The statues were found by the sea in Riace in 1972.
Then we visit Scilla, a beautiful and picturesque seaside town. We will stroll through the old fishing village where houses sit right on the water and learn about the history of the town. A delicious lunch awaits us in Scilla, before heading back to Tropea, where you can enjoy the rest of your day at your leisure.
Lunch right on the water.
Day 4 - Sailing Excursion & Lunch On The Water Grab your swimsuit this morning as a special sailing excursion awaits us today with Skipper Francesco and his 18 meter catamaran!
Day 6 - Vineyard Tour & Lunch on Location Today, we visit the private vineyards of local resident Francesco Rombola. Francesco has revived ancient vineyards which date back to the 13th century! While known locally as some of the best wines, some of his wines are receiving 5 star reviews within the wine industry all over Italy! Today, we will be privileged to visit his vineyard and cantina and follow the tour with a delicious and authentic 3-course meal prepared by his lovely wife. Lunch and wine tasting will be held in a fairy tale setting overlooking the vineyards and the coast of Calabria. After our vineyard visit, you can enjoy the rest of the day at your own leisure back in Tropea.
After our cooking class, we will enjoy the fruits of your labor under their canopy. Local wine, dessert and homemade liqueurs will also be served for what is sure to be a memorable experience.
Enjoy your last afternoon in Tropea at your leisure.
A swim in the cobalt blue beaches of Tropea is a must
Day 8 - Check-Out Our time in Calabria is sadly winding down. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before group transfer to Lamezia Terme Airport.
Hotel incidentals such as phone calls, mini bars and other amenities
Meals and wine not stated above
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