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EXPLORE Naples & Amalfi Coast

Spend a week with the SRV Restaurant chef and Oldways in bustling Naples, Pompeii, the spectacular Amalfi coast, and the island of Capri

October 16-23, 2022

7-night stay in Naples and Sorrento

Price per person from 

$4,550

FLIGHTS

Travelers book flights independently. Fly into and out of Naples (NAP)

CPEU CREDIT

Registered Dietitians can earn continuing education credit

QUESTIONS    

Please read our Travel FAQ here. Call us at (617) 896-4861, or email us at
Travel@OldwaysPT.org

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How to Register for this Culinary Tour

Please download and complete the registration form below, which includes instructions for how to submit the form and deposit to Oldways.

If this trip must be cancelled due to Covid-19, refunds will be issued.

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What You’ll Love About Your Week in Naples & Amalfi

Spend 7 days immersed in the food, history, and culture of Naples, Sorrento, and Amalfi

 

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Get a taste of Italy on our 7-day tour of the Campania region, home to the stunning Amalfi coastline, historical cities and ancient ruins, and unforgettable food. We’ll be based in Naples and Sorrento with Chef Michael of the acclaimed SRV restaurant as our guide. 

We will explore the coastline, tour the ancient ruins of Pompeii, meet with producers of wine, mozarella, and San Marzano tomatoes, and get special cooking instruction from Chef Michael throughout the tour.

On our trips, you don’t just get to taste a fabulous meal—you get the recipes and knowledge to bring these ”old ways” home with you. And in between all the excitement, you’ll have time to shop or take a siesta, and then relax in luxurious hotels at the end of the day! 

 

Day-By-Day in Naples & Amalfi

AT A GLANCE

Sunday, October 16

Benvenuto! Check in and get settled, then join us for a wine tasting and welcome dinner at our first home, the Royal Continental Hotel in Naples. 

 

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Monday, October 17

Get oriented on our historical and cultural walking tour of Naples. Enjoy free time for lunch and shopping, before our cooking class and pizza dinner with the Chef.

Tuesday, October 18

Today we’ll get to know some of the region’s signature ingredients, with a winery tour and a visit with a producer of San Marzano tomatoes. We’ll stop for lunch in the town of Gragnano, known throughout the world for its homemade pasta. You’re free tonight to explore Naples!

 

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Wednesday, October 19

We’ll have a guided tour of Pompeii, before arriving in Sorrento and our next hotel, the Parco dei Principi. For dinner, we’ll have a seafood cooking class with the Chef. 

Thursday, October 20

We’ll experience the Amalfi Coast town-by-town, learning about limoncello, pastries and history. Lunch is in spectacular Ravello, overlooking the sea. 

 

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Friday, October 21

We’ll visit a farm where water buffalo are raised, followed by a tour of a dairy producing buffalo mozzarella and ricotta. After lunch, we’ll stop in Vietri sul Mare, renowned for its ceramics. Your evening in Sorrento is free. 

Saturday, October 22

Today we’ll take a day trip on the ferry to the magical island of Capri. After a guided tour, you’ll have time to explore the island on your own. We’ll return to Sorrento in the evening for the final farewell dinner. 

 

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Sunday, October 23

Arrivederci! Today you will check out, and we’ll help you arrange your transportation to the airport—or, perhaps you will choose to continue your stay in Italy on your own! 

 

 

See Your Luxury Accommodations

Royal Continental — naples

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The Royal Continental Hotel is a 4-star hotel on the Naples’ seafront promenade, right in front of the marina and historic Castel dell’Ovo. The hotel is a 10-15 minute walk to the historical center, and features a rooftop pool and dining with a view of the sea.  

Superior rooms are larger than the Standard rooms, and all Superior Rooms feature balconies overlooking the Gulf of Naples and overlooking the pedestrian promenade of the city, ideal for those who want to wake up in front of the sea. The supplement for a superior sea view room is €30,00 per room, per night.  

The hotel also has 5 junior suites available to our group, for a supplement of €60,00 per room, per night. The Junior Suites are divided into sleeping and sitting areas, with a double balcony and large windows.

For photos and more information, please visit the Royal Continental Hotel website.

 

parco dei principi — sorrento

Over hundreds of years, the land of the Parco de Principi Hotel has been owned by many: the Order of the Jesuits; King of Naples, Ferdinand IV; the King’s cousin, the Count of Syracuse; the Cortchacow family, who attempted to create a dacha for their cousin, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. In 1959 it was purchased by an engineer from Naples who commissioned the architect bio Ponti to transform the former palace-dacha into a hotel. Ponti’s design is rooted in the earth and characterized by the verticality of the ancient dacha and the Sorrento coast.

For photos and more information, please visit the Parco Dei Principi website.

 

Meet the Chef and Guide You’ll Be Traveling With

Chef Michael Lombardi in Italy

Chef Michael Lombardi

Our tour is led with Chef Michael Lombardi of SRV Restaurant in Boston. 

Chef Michael Lombardi, a native of Connecticut, first moved to Boston to attend Boston University. After discovering his passion was in the kitchen, he switched from his intent on the corporate life and attended the Culinary Institute of America.

Lombardi discovered his love for Italian cuisine while cooking in the Umbrian city of Orvieto. After six months, he returned to the States and took a position at the Michelin-starred Mario Batali restaurant, Del Posto, in New York City. He spent two years at Del Posto before heading back to Europe where he worked alongside chef Kevin O’Donnell in opening L’Office in Paris.

Upon his return to the States, Lombardi landed at Gwynnett St. in Brooklyn before coming to Boston in early 2013 to reunite with his former colleague and now Executive Chef, Kevin O’Donnell, as the Chef de Cuisine of The Salty Pig in the Back Bay.

When owners Michael Moxley and Jim Cochener set their sights on expanding their empire with SRV, Lombardi jumped at the chance. The pair signed on as Co-Executive Chef and Partner at the South End restaurant, which opened in early 2016.

 


 

Alice Rossi Parma Italy Tour Guide

Guide Alice Rossi

Our favorite beloved guide in Italy, Alice Rossi, is a native of Parma, Italy, where we met her. Although she loves her home city and region, she is incredibly knowledgeable about all Italian food and wine, and she is a pleasure to be with, no matter the city and region! Alice writes this about herself:

My passion is food, and my dream is to share my passion!

I love getting its magic across, whether to experts or to other interested people. I did a degree in Food & Wine Science so that I could turn my passion into a job. After university, I worked for a year (2012-2013) at Barilla Academy, where I was in charge of Gourmet Touring and Taste Education. I organized and publicized tours about Food & Wine and special tastes. My various jobs made me realize how much I love working in close contact with people, so I decided to become a tourist guide and tour leader. This gives me the chance to show off our Food & Wine specialties to Italian and foreign tourists, and to share my emotion and passion!

 

Covid Protocols & Guidelines

On Oldways tours, our travelers’ safety and wellbeing is our priority. We’re ensuring that we follow the latest Covid regulations and guidelines on all of our tours. Below, please find more detailed information about the Covid regulations for travel to Italy. Last updated September 23, 2021

Arriving in Italy

All persons traveling to Italy from any foreign location are required to provide their airline or Italian law enforcement officials with a self-declaration form prior to travel.

Regional governments in Italy may also impose restrictions on travelers from certain foreign countries, and travelers intending to travel or return to Italy are advised to check whether any new provisions have been introduced by their region of destination.

Beginning on August 31 and valid until October 25, 2021, travelers from the United States may enter Italy if they present a negative molecular PCR or rapid antigen test result carried out within 72 hours of arrival AND one of the following:

An Anti-COVID 19 vaccination certificate for an European Medicines Agency (EMA)-recognized vaccine. At present, EMA recognizes the following vaccines: Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, Johnson and Johnson, and AstraZeneca. The date of the final vaccine dose must be at least 14 days prior to travel.

Travelers vaccinated in the United States can prove this via the “white card” bearing the CDC logo.

Or, A medical certificate confirming recovery from COVID dated no more than six months before departure.

Departing from Italy

We have asked our hotel in Sorrento to arrange for the tests before our departure from Sorrento.

Travelers who test positive for COVID can be required to quarantine for up to 10 days. Due to increased instances of mandatory detention by health authorities, the US State Department does not recommend airport testing.

Returning to the United States 

Negative COVID-19 test required for all air passengers coming to the United States. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires all air passengers entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days. 

Airlines must confirm the negative test result or proof of recovery for all passengers two years of age and over prior to boarding. Airlines must deny boarding of passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery. 

FAQ

Why does the Order specify 3 days rather than 72 hours? What is considered 3 days? 

The 3-day period is the 3 days before the flight’s departure. The Order uses a 3-day timeframe instead of 72 hours to provide more flexibility to the traveler. By using a 3-day window, test validity does not depend on the time of the flight or the time of day that the test was administered. For example, if a passenger’s flight is at 1pm on a Friday, the passenger could board with a negative test that was taken any time on the prior Tuesday or after. 

What is an attestation? 

An attestation is a statement, writing, entry, or other representation under 18 U.S.C. § 1001 that confirms that the information provided is true. 

Does this Order apply to land border crossings? 

No, the requirements of this Order only apply to air travel into the US. 

Who is checking to make sure that people have a negative test or documentation of recovery before they board a plane to the US? 

The airline will confirm a COVID-19 negative test result or documentation of recovery for all passengers before boarding.

Link to Attestation Documentation from CDC

Travelers who test positive for COVID can be required to quarantine for up to 10 days. Due to increased instances of mandatory detention by health authorities, the U.S. State Department does not recommend airport testing.