OCTOBER 1ST TO OCTOBER 11TH, 2017
*Taxes subject to change
Meals and drinks other than mentioned, gratuities and personal items are not included unless otherwise stated. Excellent walking stamina is essential.
On this tour you will be accompanied by Heather Cotie from the Uxbridge Travel Centre and ‘local’ Lucy Scioscia.
Heather has always had a love of travel and planning events so what better way to merge her jobs as Travel Agent, Event Planner and Product Food Ambassador together then to organize tours of her husbands homeland! Her first tour with Uxbridge Travel and Sarafino was in 2011 and they have been going strong every since. This will be her first tour to Northern Italy but it will not be the last!
Lucy is actually a native of Toronto but has been living in Bologna for the past 6 years. She is an avid foodie, to say the least! She attends the Vecchia Scuola Bolognese and is planning to take a course at the Gelato University. She is the Program Manager for the Food Innovation Program and is passionate about discovering companies that specialize in organic and local products.
Their wealth of knowledge on travelling, the Italian culture and culinary expertise will make this trip an experience like no other!
Depart from Pearson International in Toronto for your flight to Fiumicino International in Rome.
You will arrive at Fiumicino International Airport and be met by Angelo Tramonti of Sarafino and Roberto Carere, a Calabrian native who will serve as our bus driver and tour guide throughout your Italian tour!
We will transfer via charter bus to our 4/5 star accommodations.
You will have time to drop your luggage, hop on a shuttle bus or grab a taxi ($) and then explore the city! Check out the Vatican or just go for a stroll!
We will then meet for dinner at a local Trattoria for a traditional Roman meal.
We will have a buffet breakfast at our hotel and will then depart for a 4 hour guided walking food tour of the Trastevere area of Rome. Not to worry! There are plenty of stops to taste the local food and meet the local people who make it in this quintessential Roman neighbourhood.
After the tour you will have a few hours on your own to see any of the sights you wish including the Coliseum, the Pantheon, the Roman Forum and much more!
We will meet up later and head to dinner at a local Trattoria!
(B, L, D included)
After breakfast at the hotel we will check out and head for the city of Pompei. We will be led on a guided tour of the excavations. This beautiful city was partially destroyed and buried under 4-6 m of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. It was lost for nearly 1700 years before its rediscovery in 1748. Today it is a Unesco World Heritage Site and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy.
After a small bite to eat, we will check in to our 4/5 star accommodations.
We will then head for a pizza making class in Sorrento! You will learn how to make the infamous Pizza Napoletana and then sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labour.
(B, Apperitivo, D included)
After breakfast at the hotel, we will travel to the Amalfi Coast by boat where you will have a guided tour of the picturesque towns of Amalfi and Positano. You will have many breathtaking views to snap photos of!
The Amalfi Coast is a 50-kilometer stretch of coastline along the southern edge of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula, in the Campania region. It’s a popular holiday destination, with sheer cliffs and a rugged shoreline dotted with small beaches and pastel-colored fishing villages. The coastal road between the port city of Salerno and clifftop Sorrento winds past grand villas, terraced vineyards and cliffside lemon groves.
After an authentic seafood lunch you will have time to explore this stunningly beautiful coastal region!
We will then make our way to the hotel for dinner to end day 6.
After breakfast at the hotel we will travel to a dairy farm to learn how the famous Mozzarella Di Bufala is made. Believe it or not the bufala are treated to massages and listen to classical music!
Enjoy a lunch made with the most delicious and freshest cheese, yogurt and gelato you will ever taste!
In the afternoon we will depart for our drive to Calabria and will make a stop at a winery for a tasting and tour!
We will check in to our 4/5 star hotel and have dinner.
(B, L, D included)
We will depart for Reggio Calabria, the largest and oldest city in the region and the second oldest city in Italy but will stop for a ‘peasant’ breakfast along the way at the Caratazzolo Farm.
In Reggio you will have the opportunity to see the Bronze Riace statues, do an Archeotour on an open air bus, eat at one of the many restaurants along the water ($), taste some gelato and walk along the most beautiful kilometre in Italy – the Lungo Mare!
In the early afternoon we will depart for dinner in Scilla – once of the most beautiful towns on the coast with a view of Sicily!
(B, D included)
After breakfast at the hotel, we will depart for our hands-on tour with Sarafino’s family at Olearia San Giorgio. For the past 70 years the Fazari family has taken great care in producing award winning, world renowned olive oil from the more than 100 hectares of olive groves.
Our tour will begin in the groves where you will learn about picking and pruning the olives. (CLICK HERE to watch a video of the process) After time to stroll through the ancient trees and snap a few rolls of film we will be transported to the olive mill where you will learn about the extraction and bottling of the liquid gold.
You will be treated to a tasting of the freshest oil you will ever try and a feast prepared by Sarafino’s family!
Our afternoon will be spent touring San Giorgio Morgeto. This beautiful town overlooks the fertile plain of Gioia Tauro. There are many medieval doorways, narrow streets between tall houses, underpasses, tunnels and stairways!
Dinner will be at a local restaurant.
After breakfast at the hotel we will travel to the small town of Gerace, known as the Florence of the South because of all of its churches. The town sits atop a 500 m vertical rock formed of sea fossils from 60 million years ago. After an interesting and musical train ride up to the centre of town you will have some time to explore before we have lunch at The Big Bad Wolf where we will do a tasting of meats.
Then it’s off to Gioiosa Jonica to taste some handmade ice cream.
In the late afternoon we will transfer back to our hotel Parco dei Principi in Roccella Jonica for our cooking class. You will learn to prepare fresh pasta with swordfish. We will then eat the fruits of our labours!
(B,L, D included)
After breakfast, we will travel to the picturesque, seaside town of Tropea where you will have time to relax on the beach, grab a bite to eat and explore before meeting up to the group to taste some typical Tropea culinary products.
This stretch of coastline on the Tyrrhenian Sea is called the Costa degli Dei, the ‘Coast of the Gods’, and it is hugely admired by those in the know as one of Italy’s finest summer holiday destinations. The coastline curves outwards in a large hilly bulge, boasting dramatic cliffs, sunny beaches, and a string of little resorts and campsites. Tropea is the busiest and most attractive of these seaside towns; with a historic centre perched on cliffs above the sea. Any time of the day or evening you’ll see holidaymakers and locals taking a passeggiata down Corso Vittorio Emanuele, strolling along and people-watching, before reaching the street’s sudden end, where a set of metal railings offer a dramatic view over the beach and sea. The next stage in the ritual is to lean out, admire the view, chat a little, then wander back up the road to sit with a drink or to perform another circuit.
In the late afternoon we will transfer to Pizzo to taste and learn about Tartufo, a chocolate and hazelnut ice cream (gelato) shaped as a rough sphere, containing chocolate fudge sauce and coated in cocoa powder and sugar. Its popularity spreads beyond Pizzo and you’ll find it on the dessert menu in other parts of southern Italy. Word has it locally, that a big ice cream multinational is seeking to popularize the product even further. The cafes around the main square in Pizzo all serve this speciality, and variations on it, with waiters producing a non-stop procession of ice cream!
The evening will conclude with a farewell dinner before heading back to the hotel.
After breakfast in the hotel we will depart for our flight home from LaMezia Terme Airport.