If you are looking for an authentic Italian experience, unique experience, love food, adventure and breathtaking views. This tour is for you! You will start your tour trekking with a local guide the behind the scene of Mount Somma and Mount Vesuvius. Afterwards proceed with an intimate, unique, and interactive cooking experience with a local Chef from Ottaviano Town. You will learn how to cook like the locals. You will be preparing a menu with the chef using fresh, local ingredients. Your choice of red, white or both!
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Ottaviano is a comune in the Metropolitan City of Naples in the Italian region Campania, located about 20 kilometers east of Naples and is located in the Vesuvian Area.
Ottaviano Town, was in Roman times a hamlet of houses within a vast estate (praedium Octaviorum) belonging to the gens Octavia, Augustus's family. The territory of the country includes most of the crater of Vesuvius. The Medici Castle in Ottaviano houses the headquarters of the National Park of Vesuvius. The city has long suffered from eruptions of Vesuvius, and in particular was almost completely buried by volcanic ash from Vesuvius's eruption of 1631, 1779 and 1906. It was said that during the first and second eruptions Ottaviano "was buried like Pompeii", it was also referred to as "the new Pompeii". During the third eruption the roof of the Mother Church of San Michele Arcangelo collapsed under the weight of the ash, but without killing anyone.
Meeeting place: Il Villino Restaurant / Local guide will be waiting
The excursion begins with the rise to the conquest of Mount Somma: after the first 500 meters of the asphalted path in the shade of the pines, nature becomes wild with oak trees, alder, chestnut; the path of black lava earth will lead us all the way accompanied by the constant sparkle of the earth: taking a handful of pebbles you can understand that they are a small part of the hundreds of minerals produced by volcanic eruptions. Mount Somma is basically the remnant of a large volcano, out of which the peak cone of Mount Vesuvius has grown. A beautiful view of the Gulf of Naples can also be seen.
Then we will continue and we will reach the Hell's Valley: here we will see the ways in which nature is reacting to the fires that have just happened, creating new life in an inhospitable place.
After admiring the top of the crater of mount Vesuvius from afar, we will come back by the same road to the starting point.
Recommended clothing: Trekking shoes or trainers with grip, comfortable clothing, hat, sunscreen and light wind breaker, sunglasses, water, if possible walking sticks or we can provide.
Trekking duration: 3 hours
Difference in height: 200 meters
Head back to the restaurant where the cooking class will take place. Plus lunch. Duration 3hrs.
The menu includes the following:
-Caprese Salad (sliced fresh buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes, sweet basil, seasoned with salt, olive oil or balsamic vinaigrette)
-Desert: Neapolitan Desert Baba / sfogliatella
-Wine, Prosecco Soft drinks, Water, Tea, Coffee
Please note that dietry restrcitions can be accommdated upon request. If there is something particular you wish to cook please send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Price may change depending the ingredients.
Once done which will be roughly 3pm. We head back to the pickup location or otherwise agreed upon.
Pick up time: 8 am or as for your confirmation.
Return time: 4-5pm or as for your confirmation.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WE RESERVE ALL RIGHTS TO CHANGE THE ORDER OF ITINERARY. IF NECESSARY AT OUR DISCRETION DUE TO NATURAL CAUSES (ENVIRONMENTAL) OR POLITICAL REASONS (STRIKE / PROTEST)
One of our professional, knowledgeable English speaking driver guides will be waiting at pick up location (where you will be tendered) or location agreed at 8 am, or according to the agreed time. Your driver will be holding a sign with your or your party's name on it.
Ports (Pick up is normally 8am or otherwise agreed upon)
Our escort driver will be waiting at the gangway of your cruise ship or outside the cruise ship terminal. The escort driver will be holding up a sign with the group's name on it. The email that accompanies the voucher you receive at the time of booking will indicate the meeting point for each specific port. We recommend that you meet onboard before exiting the ship. This way you are all together when meeting your escort driver and the tour can commence much more efficiently. Otherwise, the wait time for others will be 20minutes, after which time the tour will proceed.
The escort driver will be waiting at the arrival lobby holding a sign with the name in which the reservation was made under or otherwise stated.
Escort driver will be waiting at the lobby of the hotel. Normally pick up is 8:30 am or otherwise stated.
Resident / B & B
The escort driver will be waiting outside the main doors of the building.
- Luxury private air-conditioned vehicle
- English-speaking driver or escort guide.
- Parking highway tolls
- Fuel and insurance fee
- Trekking and guide
- Cooking lesson and lunch
- Passenger Insurance
- Sanitizer in vehicle
- Sanitizing vehicle
- 22% of Italian sale tax
- Passenger Insurance
- Gratuities range between 10-20 percent (optional but appreciated)