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The Calabrian Table Tour Itinerary

Eating Through Calabria

Day 1

Medieval Moonlight

You will arrive at Lamezia Terme International Airport by 2:30PM

We will transfer via private car service to northern Calabria. There we will check into our mountain retreat that is surrounded in flowering, green gardens with a dramatic backdrop of Pollino's swooping hills and mountains.

We will have time to unpack, settle into the hotel and explore the agriturismo's gardens.

In the early evening we will visit one of "the 100 most beautiful villages in Italy," walk through the medieval alleys and have dinner in the historical center.

Day 2

Zotërote flini arbërisht? Calabria’s Albanian Influences

We will enjoy a breakfast of homemade jams, honey and traditional before pushing up our sleeves and starting our hands-on cooking class with Adriana. This nationally-known cook will show us to make frascola, a traditional polenta dish only found in the Pollino Mountains. She will teach us how Calabrians prepare fruits and vegetables and we will watch her transform them into jams, conserves and sott'olio jarred specialties. We will enjoy more of this festive day by eating our creations al fresco with Adriana and her family.

In the afternoon, we will visit the nearby village of Civita where we will explore the heart and soul of Pollino's Albanian culture. We will have an escorted visit to the town and have a chance to see the Ragnanello Gorge, the deepest gorge in Europe. For dinner, we will feast at a local Albanian restaurant whose dishes feature the sweet paprika that is commonly used in these villages.

Day 3

Hike and Harvest

We will spend the morning on a mild walking excursion through the Pollino Mountains where we will have the opportunity to hunt for mushrooms, chestnuts and wild berries that are typical of this mountains. During our hike, we will encounter the rare and beautiful Lorica pine, a tree that is found only in this part of the world.

We will step back in time and stop for a picnic lunch a sacco, complete with local bread, frittata, salamis, local cheeses and wine, all set with a backdrop of pine trees and mountain views.

For dinner, our host, Adriana, will prepare the meal that won her first place in a national culinary competition, a meal that features mushrooms, chestnuts and berries from the mountains.

Day 4

Calabrian Cooking

After breakfast, we will head to a nearby town and visit Signora Luana and her daughters at their family agriturismo. We will cook dishes typical of this part of the province, then will feast on our special creations for lunch.

We will end the day with a farewell dinner and wine-tasting of local Pollino DOC wines, complete with local music.

Day 5

Gelato in Pizzo

After breakfast, we will say goodbye to our friends in the Pollino Mountains and head to the aquamarine waters of Calabria's west coast. On our way, we will stop in the coastal village of Pizzo Calabro.

We'll have the chance to stretch our legs with a guided walking tour of this 14th Century fisherman's village and visit the 17th Century Chiesa di Piedigrotta tufa cave.

We will dine at one of our favorite seafood restaurants in the Vibo province and will have a chance to taste the famous tartufo di Pizzo gelato. We will continue on to Tropea where we will settle into our bed and breakfast, located in an ancient palazzo in the historical center of this 16th Century medieval village.

In the evening, we will meet at our favorite pizzeria in Tropea. After dinner we can take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the panoramic views from this medieval town.

Day 6

Spicy Sausage and the Sea

You'll have breakfast, then will visit a local producer who specializes in Calabria's famous n'duja, a spicy spreadable sausage. After your visit, you will have the chance to see the famous Capo Vaticano-listed in a French magazine as one of the world's 100 most beautiful beaches.

You'll enjoy a Calabrian picnic with our friend Rosana, then will return to Tropea.

You'll have the evening on your own to visit the beach or shop.

Day 7

Peppe's Farewell Feast

After breakfast you will enjoy a walking tour of the town, then have a light lunch of homemade antipasti and seasonal vegetables.

In the early evening we will travel to the hills above Tropea where we will spend an unforgettable evening cooking at Chef Peppe's vineyard. We will enjoy delicious Calabrese wine and homemade antipasto as we learn to cook with one of Calabria's most well-loved and respected chefs. We'll enjoy our farewell dinner with Peppe and his family.

Day 8

Arrivederci Calabria!

After breakfast we will transfer to the Lamezia Terme International Airport and you will say Nivedemo Calabria.

*Given the local nature of our tours, the itinerary is subject to change. A more detailed itinerary, including hotel information will be sent to tour members in their final packet.

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