Accompanied by our Bon Appétit Culinary Center Chef, you'll enjoy a tour of mountaintop Ravello, traditional Italian lunch and later return to Amalfi for a demonstration and tasting of handcrafted chocolates.
Join your Bon Appétit Culinary Center Chef and drive inland, enjoying some of Italy's most dramatic scenery as you ascend to picturesque Ravello. Upon arriving, you will commence a guided walking tour from the town's main square. Founded in the 6th century by Romans seeking higher ground for defensive purposes, Ravello flourished over time, attracting noble families who built iconic villas, terraced gardens and charming churches - all with sweeping views to the sea. Author Gore Vidal called the sights from Ravello "the most beautiful in the world."
After your walking tour, time will be allowed to stroll through Ravello where you can visit the famous Ruffalo Gardens, and check out the upcoming artists and schedule for the famous Ravello Festival or shop for ceramics, linens and jewelry.
After free time, you'll be greeted by your host and owner of a local family restaurant over looking the picturesque terraced hillsides of Ravello. You’ll hear how today’s menu was developed (always fresh daily) and get a behind-the-scenes look at how this family-owned business operates. You’ll dine on a private terrace overlooking the kitchen gardens and be served a for a traditional lunch of antipasta, pasta of the day and a fish or meat entrée - all accompanied by local wine. Next door to the restaurant is a famed ceramic shop, also owned by the family, where you have the option to stroll and view some of the dishes and pottery purchased by celebrities for their homes and chefs for their restaurants.
Returning to Amalfi, you'll be treated to a demonstration of chocolate making from scratch at Pansa Pasticceria, a family-owned fixture that has been in business since 1830. It's renowned for artisan confections that include candied citrus peels dipped in dark chocolate, chocolates flavored with hazelnut, and decadent pastries. While the aroma alone is hypnotic, you'll be invited to taste some of the Pansa confections, accompanied by a glass of limoncello. Afterwards, you'll walk back to the pier. From there you can take the tender back to the ship or spend time in Amalfi enjoying a coffee or stroll through the charming old city.
Please note: This tour includes close to 2-hours of moderate walking. There will be some cobblestone surfaces and steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.