The taste of Naples & Amalfi Coast

The taste of Naples & Amalfi Coast

price from £3,075 per person

Foodie Holidays Naples & Amalfi Coast, Italy


When you think of Italy, for most the next thing that comes to mind is their food; an integral component to complete any Italian experience. The country is full of hidden treasure and it can be hard to know how to start. Naples is a perfect example, located in southern Italy nearby Mount Vesuvius, this humming city is full of many layers and has a long history with some of the best-known dishes in Italian cuisine only adding to its appeal.  Explore the warrens of narrow alleys into the culinary heart of the region, from their Unesco awarded pizza-making to their lesser known specialities which you discover by cooking with the locals. Continuing up the coast to explore the vast archaeological site of Pompeii, then onto the picturesque town of Sorrento with an option to explore Capri and the Amalfi Coast where you will learn to create the culinary classics of the region.


  • Discover the Unesco World Heritage site of Napoli and the birth place of pizza
  • Explore Naples’ oldest street market Pignasecca
  • Visit the monumental complex of Santa Chiara, one of the most important buildings and consider as the first approach to the Neapolitan culinary culture.
  • Extended walking tour of the city and visiting local artisan’s
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Pompeii
  • Visit to vineyard on the slopes of Mount Vesuvio
  • Cooking class in a local agriturismo in the country side using local produce
  • Cooking at a family run restaurant learning traditional methods
  • Excursion to Capri or to the Amalfi Coast

All essential escapes itineraries are exclusive and designed by our experts to offer a truly unique experience. We can create any itinerary around your personal requirements so please let us know your wish list and we will be delighted to curate something completely bespoke for you.

Day 1 | Naples | Hotel: Grand Hotel Santa Lucia

After arriving in Naples, you will be met by your private chauffeur and transferred to your hotel where you will enjoy a day at your leisure.

Day 2 | Naples |Hotel: Grand Hotel Santa Lucia

Start your trip by discovering the real Napoli and its historic centre with a six-hour walking tour. The city has been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1995 and is the home to the Neapolitan pizza, the traditional sweet Sfogliatella and of course an espresso coffee. The tour includes a visit to Naples’ oldest street market Pignasecca followed by a visit to the Santa Chiara Cloister with its maiolica tiles and the eighteenth century artistic crib.

Day 3 | Naples – Sorrento

Leave Naples after breakfast for Sorrento calling en route for a guided tour of Pompeii. Then it’s off to visit a vineyard on the slopes of Mount Vesuvio to enjoy a wine tasting and a light lunch including ingredients from the local farm before continuing your journey to your hotel in Sorrento.

Day 4 | Sorrento

You will spend the morning in the countryside at a traditional farmhouse where you will enjoy your surroundings while learning about the local produce, cooking and tasting some of the freshest foods of the region. The afternoon and evening will be at your own leisure.

 Day 5 | Sorrento

Learn to cook like a local at a family run restaurant where you will enjoy an intimate cooking class. The restaurant is located approx. 6 miles from Sorrento and on route you will enjoy the scenic countryside with superb view of the Isle of Capri, only 3 miles away. The afternoon and evening will be at your own leisure.

Day 6 | Sorrento

Today will be a full day to dedicate to an optional local excursion to Capri or to the Amalfi Coast keeping your evening free to visit an exclusive restaurant which Essential Escapes will organise on your behalf with private transfers included.

Day 7 | Sorrento

Your final full day you will enjoy at your own leisure with a farewell meal in the evening at a very special local restaurant located on the outskirts of Sorrento known for its excellent and delicious homemade food.

Day 8 | Sorrento | Depart

Pick up from the hotel with private transfer to Naples International Airport for your onward flight.

Your final two days of the itinerary will be spent relaxing on the beach before departing for the airport on day 12.


“Discover the Real Italy! We loved this culinary tour of the southern part from eating to discovering all the hidden artisan and exploring – M.H”

Essential Information

When is the best time to go

This is a year round destination and it come down to personal preference. We recommend mid-March and early June, the weather is typically pleasant, comfortably warm, and relatively dry.

passport/visa requirements

UK passport holders will not require a visa, passport should be valid for the duration of your stay; you don’t need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.

Need to Know

We would highly advise bringing comfortable footwear and clothing for the walking tours and cooking classed but apart from that it’s your personal preference.

Price includes flights from the UK, a private driver, guide and transportation plus meal inclusions and activities where specified. Accommodation typically on a B&B basis. Some entrance fees are excluded so please refer to your documentation at the time of travel to check details