Naples & Amalfi

“Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.” – Sophia Loren

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Eating Adventures

Eating Adventures

There’s no better way of grasping the true sense of a place than through its traditional gastronomy, local customs and daily habits. These leisurely neighborhood tasting passeggiatas and market forays, take food lovers to some of Naples’ most interesting and food-forward neighborhoods. Along the way participants learn about local culinary history while sampling a tasty assortment of what Neapolitans eat everyday.

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Market & Food Exploration in Naples

Explore some of Naples’ most representative and characteristic neighborhoods by embarking on this Market & Food adventure. During this walking exploration, participants learn about the area and the specialty food shops that surround the market, seeing the city while mixing with locals and tasting delectable samples.

Market Foray & Neapolitan Lunch

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Our Naples market visit brings food lovers to the lively Pignasecca and Borgo dei Vergini, two of Naples’ most cherished and oldest neighborhood open-air markets. A local food expert accompanies participants, providing an overview of Neapolitan cuisine and its enduring traditions. Along the way there is time to stop and chat with friendly fish vendors, bread bakers and pasta makers tasting their wares.

After the markets, participants visit a private home in the heart of Naples,
 to enjoy a  Neapolitan light lunch. Feast on homestyle bread, fresh mozzarella, olives, local produce, bruschetta and freselle with fresh tomatoes and basil (depending on the season) as well as other regional snacks enjoyed on the terrace if weather permits. The convivial lunch offers the opportunity to enjoy some wines from the Campania region.

For more information about this eating adventure in Naples, please email naples@italyfoodandwinetours.com

Please notify us in advance of any food allergies and aversions.

Neighborhood Food Exploration in Naples

Discover and taste typical specialties like sfogliatelle, fried polenta, world-class espresso – and much more – at small, family-run shops in some of Naples’ most authentic food areas during this Neighborhood Food Exploration. A local food specialist shares insider knowledge about regional delicacies, local customs, gastronomic culture plus art, history and off-the-map secrets, while chatting with the locals and tasting some delectable samples along the way.

Centro Storico

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Energized by some of Napoli’s most lionized caffe (espresso) and famous treats, such as pasta cresciuta (fried dough), montanara (fried pizza), polenta, gelato and mozzarella cheese, participants have the unique opportunity to explore Neapolitan street food in the heart of the “vertical city”. The fascinating historic center of Naples reflects great eras of the city’s emblematic past, from its 5th century BC Greco-Roman founding to its importance as an 18th century kingdom and up to its modern incarnation.

The city’s intriguing past comes to light in a juxtaposition of its history, art, magnificent architecture, modern design and delicious food. Churches, cloisters, narrow cobbled alleys, underground ruins and an artist’s atelier are all on the itinerary. A Naples visit wouldn’t be complete without perfect slices of famed Neapolitan pizza and a glass of wine in a historic setting.

For more information about this eating adventure in Naples, please email naples@italyfoodandwinetours.com

Please notify us in advance of any food allergies and aversions.

Napoli Neighborhood & Pizza Making

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The enchanting city of Naples is synonymous with pizza. Visit a vibrant area of the city where a food expert will provide an overview of Neapolitan cuisine and introduce participants to some of the city’s signature delights such as frittura napoletana, mozzarella and taralli. The fun continues at a famous Neapolitan pizzeria where, under the instruction of a professional pizzaiolo, food lovers can roll up their sleeves and try their hand at preparing their very own pizza. Last, but certainly not least, pull up a seat at the table, and tuck in.

For more information about this eating adventure in Naples, please email naples@italyfoodandwinetours.com

Please notify us in advance of any food allergies and aversions.

Wine Tasting Adventures

Wine Tasting Adventures

The universe of Italian oenology can be intimidating. The focus of the wine tastings is not strictly didactic but rather encourages the enjoyment of wine while learning through exploration and lightheartedly tackling wine tasting basics with delicious regional snacks. Our wine tasting adventures are customized to suit both the connoisseur looking for a more in-depth tutorial, and the novice approaching Italian wine for the first time.

 

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Vino 101 in Naples

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Each Italian wine region has its own character, and with so many variables, it often can be daunting to choose the best. Our wine tasting adventure, set in one or several Napoli wine bars, allows wine lovers to sip, acquire and discuss the importance of food and wine pairings.

A certified sommelier provides an overview of the history of winemaking and the basics of production – from grape harvest to bottling – highlighting the characteristics of different grape varieties, regions and wine producers. In pairing a selection of wines with appetizers, participants will have a chance to explore those made near Naples like Aglianico dubbed the Barolo of the South and compare them to other Italian wines. By the end of the night, everyone will feel confident describing their ideal wine, selecting it, and tackling an Italian wine list!

For more information about this wine tasting adventure in Naples, please email naples@italyfoodandwinetours.com

Please notify us in advance of any food allergies and aversions.

Cooking in Naples

Cooking in Naples

Italy is a country of regional and seasonal cuisine and the way to discover this is with knowledgeable food experts, professional chefs and seasoned cooks. What makes this culinary experience different is the magnificent setting: imagine a hands-on class held in a private Neapolitan villa, where food lovers are welcomed like family. Menus are seasonal, geared for the home cook and designed to suit all dietary requests. The atmosphere is relaxed and convivial. The class in held in either English or Italian and culminates with a traditional meal.

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Neapolitan Cooking Lesson at Casa Mia

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Naples is a city rich in culinary traditions. Our cooking adventure starts with shopping for ingredients at vibrant outdoor food markets, browsing the bountiful stalls that showcase the season’s best, while grasping secrets of Neapolitan cuisine from a local expert.

Food lovers are welcomed into a gorgeous home in the heart of Naples where they learn how to cook simple, yet delicious Neapolitan recipes. The class teaches the necessary techniques to recreate these tasty dishes at home! Recipes depend greatly on season and market availability, but may include paccheri ai pomodorini del piennolo (pasta with local vine ripened tomatoes), seafood sauté and marinated zucchini “alla scapece.”

The class then enjoys the prepared dishes in a convivial, relaxed meal at the cook’s table.

For more information about this cooking adventure in Naples, please email naples@italyfoodandwinetours.com

Please notify us in advance of any food allergies and aversions.

Amalfi Coast & Sorrento

Amalfi Coast & Sorrento

Many have long waxed poetic about the curvy coastline that runs from Sorrento to Salerno, drawing famous writers and grand travelers to its rocky shores. Italy-lover Goethe called this sliver of southern Italy the “magic land of endless sun where lemons bloom.” In the early 1950s American novelist John Steinbeck charmed by the area, in his musings warned travelers of its infectious properties, begging to keep it secret.
Despite today’s heavy influx of tourists, there still are unexplored parts of the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento Peninsula, where genuinely authentic experiences can be had in peaceful, charming locations. Discover them with us!

Amalfi Coast and Sorrento Adventures

Positano_genericTo inquire about our bespoke Amalfi Coast and Sorrento food, wine and cooking adventures, please email naples@italyfoodandwinetours.com

Please notify us in advance of any food allergies and aversions.