After our gourmet breakfast we will reach the beautiful Altomonte, there we will have a passeggiata along the romantic alleys of one of the most characteristic villages of Calabria, which is the unique example of “Gotico Angioino” in the region. During our walking tour we will know the story and legends of the Count After our passeggiata we will visit the laboratory of the Maestro Maurizio Russo, a local potter that is handing down the local pottery tradition for 3 generations, we will have great fun, since the Maestro is used to challenge is guests in his art, asking them to work on the lathe.
After our visit to the historical downtown of Altomonte we will visit to a tiny farm close to the village, where Carla, the owner of a small local olive mill will share with us the story of his farmhouse and the peculiarities of one of the most important products from Calabria, the delicious local extra-virgin olive oil, very different from the other Italian olive oils.
After the visit to the farmhouse a special tasting is waiting for us in the characteristic rural kitchen of the agriturismo. Here we will have a tasting of some of the most famous gourmet delicacies of this area, this in order to discover all the ways local people use the different varieties of the extra-virgin olive oil produced in this area. We will taste the perfumed handmade bread and the mouth-watering bruschetta, dressed with the precious EVO, the “Zafarani Cruschi”, the well known local crunchy sweet peppers, very famous all over Italy and much more. It will be a yummy journey along where we will start discovering the wonders of the “cucina Calabrese”.
After lunch we will leave to the fascinating Morano Calabro, a magic small village immersed in the fantastic scenery of the Pollino National Park. In Morano we will visit the old Dominican monastery and we will meet the small community of monks, we will have a coffee with them and of course we will have the chance to discover their story and something about their life there.
We will then reach the small piazza, we will have a stroll on the lovely piazza and downtown.
Our visit to Morano will end with a niche experience, there we will visit Gino’s laboratory. Gino is a “Maestro Liutaio”, “Master Liutist”, he will tell us the story of this fantastic instrument and he will perform for us some traditional songs while playing the “Lira Calabrese”.
Dinner will take place in a traditional Locanda, tonight several surprises are waiting for you, not only for the palate.