Nestled between Europe’s most volatile volcano, Mount Vesuvius, and the sparkling blue waters of the Mediterranean, Naples is a city of vivid beauty and intense street life with a richly layered history topped off by its world famous cuisine. Home of the pizza, the world’s oldest opera house, a street plan that dates back to the ancient Greeks and unique homegrown superstitious rituals, experiencing the city stimulates all six senses at once.
On this six day, five night culinary adventure in and around the city of Naples, we’ll be exploring the cuisine and culture of this fascinating city, from the gold gilded to the rough and ready. We’ll use the city’s famous cooking as a window into daily life and culture, meeting artisans who keep the city fed and visiting producers of speciality products such as buffalo mozzarella, tasting it freshly made and still warm. We’ll feel the volcanic soil of Vesuvius beneath our feet, visiting vineyards and farms where Naples’ legendary San Marzano tomatoes ripen. We’ll explore hidden workshops tucked into the dark alleys of the city, where a cadre of old masters practice obsolete trades like umbrella repair and market sign painting. Along the way we will dive deep into spiritual side of the city — attending a special Mass in which a miracle is believed to take place once a week and venturing into an underground ossuary where human bones are tended lovingly in a cult of the dead. We’ll even visit a streetside savant who will interpret our dreams to help us choose a number to play in the lottery. And, of course, we will experience the singular miracle of Neapolitan pizza.
From street food to a lavish feast, piping-hot coffee to smooth aperitivos, folk songs to opera, hilltop farms to urban wilds, we’ll engage in the greatest culinary and cultural experiences of Naples, meeting lively local Neapolitani for whom this is the only way to live.
Arrive and check into the hotel at your leisure. We’ll gather in the late afternoon for a stroll and aperitivo. While enjoying sweeping views over the city and the bay with Vesuvius lurking in the distance, we’ll get an overview of all that awaits us this week.
Afterward, we’ll walk to dinner at a cozy local restaurant for our first taste of the iconic dishes of the Naples kitchen.