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Old 04-29-2011, 12:55 PM
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I want to go to Naples and taste a real Margarita Pizza.
Naples is the one place in Italy I'd avoid. Ugly,dirty and full of thieves. Sorry if I've offended anyone.
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Old 04-29-2011, 05:41 PM
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I haven't used these people yet but they seem to know their way around. They will create a custom tour for you. Italy Cooking Schools I would also like any referrals to any cooking schools or tours in Italy that anyone has experienced.
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Now Positano on the other hand is a little slice of heaven. We had a wonderful authentic Italian meal at Montepetuso about 5K behind Positano. For 35 Euro a bus picked us up from our hotel took us to Montepetuso where we had a 5 course meal, several plates to share of excellent food per course, with more than you could eat and as much wine as you anted to drink, music with trad italian band and dancing, then bus back to hotel at Positano. Needless to say we overdid both the eating and drinking. Caught the bus back to Montepetuso the next day and walked back to Positano via the track- spectacular!

Sorry the first pic is an oven in Pompeii It has a flue in the centre of the oven chamber.
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Old 04-30-2011, 10:13 PM
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Looks awesome David, thats the kind of things I would like to share in this thread.

Here is a site I have been looking at for tours => Parma ham tour - prosciutto di Parma tour - gourmet food tours in Parma

Also there are a lot of farm houses, villas, apartments, etc for reasonable prices on extended stays.
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Old 04-30-2011, 11:07 PM
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Yes. We spent 5 nights at a winery Terre Di Mellazano about 1Km up the hill behind Greve in Chianti. A great little town, the accom was excellent and reasonable. We shared a two B'room fully equpped apart. With another couple. We drank lots of their red around $5 EU a bottle. If you prefer you can slip into town and take your own container and buy it for $1EU /litre.Greve is about a 40 min trip to Florence, but don't take a car, parking is horrendous.The local produce is outstanding.

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Dug out a few pics of Greve.They have a very nice triangular piazza with an amazing famous butchery specialising in cured meats.
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I arranged my own "Grande Tour" of Italy last year and spent a lot of time going to the vaious pizza placesto see what they were up to. The travels took us to Venice, Lucca, Florence, Rome and of course Naples. We spent some time watching the activities at Da Michele and a number of other pizza restaurants, however if you think you will be learning their secrets if you pay for a lesson or two, you will probably be disappointed.

Not sure what exactly the intention is of the culinary tour that you are proposing, but you will likely be viewed as foreign visitors - to be charged a premium price price for an average dining experience. This is well known in Italy and generally seems to be the norm throughout the country.

I personally don't like being herded around in groups to various places such as restaurants and prefer to quietly arrive, observe, enjoy the surroundings and leave with knowledge and memories.
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Old 05-01-2011, 03:49 AM
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I agree wholeheartedly with you Rossco. We preferred to arrange everything ourselves, agents also take their fat commissions and many Europeans are renowned for being rip off artists. We found rural stays much better in this regard- people more honest and friendly, food quality better too. The only organized tours we did were an unguided bicycle tour in Southern France, which was terrific, but expensive for what you got. The other organized tours we did were of Galleries where you can jump the long queues and get some great guidance ( particularly the Vatican in Rome and the Ufizzi in Florence)
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Thanks for the tips guys, that's why I'm starting the planning early. The canned tours can be very expensive (2,000 euro/person for a 4 or 5 day experience). Will probably stay at places like Terre Di Mellazano and explore on our own. Thanks for the tips and any other places anybody can share are greatly appreciated.
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