I’m over the moon to be travelling to some of my favourite parts of Italy. I’ll be teaching and learning about the different foods this amazing region has to offer to us allAldo Zilli
Sail the Amalfi Coast with Aldo Zilli
Following on from the popularity of our first foodie cruise, we've partnered with tall-ship cruise specialist Star Clippers to bring you a holiday in the company of chef and restaurateur Aldo Zilli.
There's no better way to experience the wonders of Italy than on our new eight-day Ultimate Italy cruise, sailing from Rome down the coast to Sicily. Aldo Zilli is best known for his successful restaurants, including Signor Zilli and seafood specialist Zilli Fish.
Born in Abruzzo, Aldo will be passing on his knowledge and insights during this exclusive trip. You'll have the chance to meet Aldo, hear about his life and career, enjoy two cooking demonstrations and join him for a special lunch in Amalfi.
"I'm over the moon to be travelling to some of my favourite parts of Italy," says Aldo. "I'll be teaching and learning about the different foods this amazing region has to offer to us all."
Six reasons to set sail
Cocktails & cooking with Aldo Zilli
Luxury on the high seas
Walking tour of Amalfi
Full sail through the Strait of Messina
Visit far-flung islands
Spend the day in Sicily
Your expert guides
- Direct return flights
- Seven nights luxury accommodation on board the Royal Clipper
- All meals on board
- An exclusive talk and Q&A, two private cooking demonstrations, lunch in Amalfi and an alfresco cocktail party with Aldo Zilli
- All activities and excursions as listed in the itinerary
- The services of an expert tour guide
Day1Fly to RomeRome (Roma), Italy
11 May 2019
You'll fly direct from London to Rome - where you could opt for a two-night pre-stay - home of St Peter's and the Sistine Chapel; the Spanish Steps, leading up from the Piazza di Spagna; plus two of the Roman empire's architectural marvels - the Pantheon and the Colosseum.
You'll then board your luxury home for the next seven nights, the majestic Royal Clipper - which, with its 42 sails, is the largest full-rigged sailing ship in the world.
Day2Ponza & PalmarolaPonza, Italy
12 May 2019
Today we'll disembark in the delightful, unspoilt town of Ponza, one of the beautiful Pontine Islands off the Italian coast. Behind its busy harbour - home to sleek yachts and old-fashioned fishing boats - lie rows of pretty, pastelcoloured houses, and we'll explore its charming streets.
Our next stop, the spectacular and largely uninhabited island of Palmarola, boasts a rocky coast dotted with natural grottoes, bays, cliffs and crags. Its pink coral beaches and emerald coves are perfect for swimming and snorkelling.
Exclusive w&h experience
Today, Aldo Zilli will give an informal private talk and Q&A on board the Royal Clipper, where you will discover more about his extraordinary life and career as a chef and restaurateur.
13 May 2019
This pretty coastal town, whose city walls rise straight out of the Mediterranean sea, is one of several unmissable Your exclusive itinerary destinations we'll visit on the Amalfi Coast. With sweeping views across the Bay of Naples, Sorrento is home to elegant piazzas, atmospheric medieval streets and beautiful baroque churches.
Exclusive w&h experience
Today we'll join Aldo Zilli for an alfresco cocktail party before, in the late afternoon, Aldo gives a pre-dinner cooking demonstration on board the Royal Clipper.
14 May 2019
This picturesque town boasts great views and historical highlights at every turn and we've arranged for you to join an included guided walk around the cobbled streets.
Exclusive w&h experience
After the walk, Aldo will prepare local specialities in a cookery demonstration at the Restaurant Sensi which enjoys spectacular sea views from its terrace. Then it's time to enjoy an included two-course luncheon with a menu based on the dishes Aldo has just prepared before we return to the ship.
Day5Taormina, SicilyTaormina, Italy
15 May 2019
This morning the Royal Clipper will travel at full sail through the Straits of Messina towards Taormina, the stunning town that clings to the side of Mount Etna.
In the afternoon, there's an optional excursion to the country estate of the aristocratic di Villagrande family, where you will be welcomed by the Baroness in person. This charming lady will take you on a tour of the cellar and the winery.
After the guided tour you will head back to the old stable, where you will be served a Sicilian meal prepared with local products and get to sample the different wines produced on the estate
16 May 2019
Rising out of the turquoise seas off the northern coast of Sicily is an idyllic cluster of UNESCO-protected volcanic islands, known as the Aeolian Islands.
Today we'll visit the largest, Lipari, where we'll walk the narrow streets to the medieval castello and unwind by the sea at a secluded beach. Look out for fiery eruptions from the nearby island of Stromboli as we sail past.
Day7At seaLipari, Italy
17 May 2019
Today we'll experience the full splendour of travelling across the Mediterranean on board the Royal Clipper, as she sets sail from the Aeolian Islands on the voyage north towards Rome
Day8Return to RomeRome (Roma), Italy
18 May 2019
Today your unforgettable journey ends where it began, in Rome. You'll fly home from the city on a direct flight to London.
The spectacular 439-foot Royal Clipper is the pride of the Star Clippers fleet and the largest full-rigged sailing ship in the world.
While on board, you will enjoy modern facilities, luxury cabins, expansive on-deck spaces to unwind and relax (including three swimming pools), a three-tiered dining room, a superb restaurant, the unique Captain Nemo Lounge (where you can survey the sea-life through glass portholes below the waterline), plus a library, health club and spa.
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