September 11- September 19 2012
Join Rosetta Costantino, a native Calabrian, cookbook author of MY CALABRIA, cooking teacher and expert guide to the region’s culinary riches, as we travel off the beaten track to the toe of Italy’s boot. You’ll begin in the mountains of La Sila, where you’ll hunt in nearby woods for the famed porcini mushrooms and enjoy sumptuous mushroom dishes for dinner. On the east coast, enjoy a cooking demo at one of Calabria’s best estates, with an olive oil mill and garden. Then it’s on to the dazzling west coast, to a cliff side hotel in Cetraro with its own organic farm for another class. We then head south to Tropea, where you will attend a cooking class at a farm and tour the market at Vibo Valentia. Finally, we will return to Lamezia for an exclusive wine tasting at a local producer.
This 9-day trip features:
1. Hotel San Lorenzo. A recently renovated family-run hotel in the Sila mountains, near the woods where you’ll harvest porcini mushrooms.
2. Grand Hotel San Michele. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, this top hotel surrounds itself with an organic farm, providing the hotel with fresh produce for its meals.
3. Hotel Panta Rei. Near Tropea, a seaside town, this five-star resort is immersed in a sea of umbrella pines and Mediterranean vegetation extending down to the edge of the sea. Nestled in a small bay with dramatic cliffs created by nature, this exclusive property will offer a chance to relax by the pool or its private beach as we wrap up our time in Calabria.
4. Hotel Ashley. In Lamezia Terme, this warm and elegant property features a swimming pool perched on a terrace overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea.