Introduction & History of Campania
Being near the sea, this was a very important area for trade and movement of wine. The Campania region being linked with much volcanic soil which of course has proven to be an ideal soil type for making some of the most balanced and mineral driven wines.
Another wine which has made Campania so famous through the millennia is Falernum, which dates to more than 2000 years ago. This was the wine on the tables of the rich, said to be a gift from Bacchus himself, and considered to be the first ‘DOC’ if you will from the area of Falerno, rich in volcanic soil, on a hill of around 350m benefiting from the sea breezes. The varieties used to produce Falerno are Falanghina for the white wine and Primitivo, Aglianico and Piedirosso for the reds, which is still produced today.
Campania Guide - Cuisine
Driving from one corner to another, you can experience all realms of cuisine from the meats of the inner countryside to the abundance of fish from the sea. Campania is of course home to the famous buffalo mozzarella and the legendary invention of pizza named for Queen Margherita of Savoy in 1889, and is now the destination to eat the best 7 euro pizza that exists in the world (thank you Julia Roberts). Keep reading for our Campania guide recommendations on where to eat the best pizza.
The now staple dish outside of Italy - the Caprese salad - made with mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, was invented and named after the island of Capri (but that’s up for debate).
You’ll find Spaghetti con le vongole (spaghetti with clams) and pesce in acqua pazza, or fish in crazy water, on the Amalfi coast where locally caught fresh fish are simmered in water with garlic, tomatoes and parsley.
And the omnipresent lemons from the Amalfi coast, famously from Sorrento where they have PGI status, find their way into Limoncello, and a variety of dishes, drinks and decor in the area.
Naples is accessible from Rome in less than 90 minutes via high speed train. Getting around Naples and the local area is easy, but for remote locations we recommend renting a car.
Restaurants to Visit in Naples
Pepe in Grani - great but not so great that I'd make it a destination. Try the fried cones!
Pizzeria I Masanielli - if you find yourself in or near Caserta
- Inn Bufalito - an institution in central Sorrento offering the best buffalo produce from mozzarella to steak - ask to try the locally brewed beer, infused with Sorrentine lemons.
- Pompeii & Herculaneum - for history lovers, discover these towns buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. If you are time limited you can do both in a day, but consider spreading them out to fully appreciate these fascinating sites. For a guide to visiting Pompeii, check out our friends at Romewise here.
- Kayaking in Sorrento - burn off some of those pizza calories with a trip along the Sorrento Peninsula. Book for sunrise or sunset for a truly magical experience.
- Hiking on Vesuvius - can be done as a standalone excursion or as part of a trip to Pompeii and/or Herculaneum.
- Day trip to Capri for shopping and some the best views of the area you'll find.
- Monte di Grazia - this is one of our winemakers in Tramonti, just 5 minutes north of the Amalfi Coast who offer accommodation in a small apartment in their vineyard.
- Hotel Continental - old world charm and service with the best cocktail menu in the region, with views of Vesuvius to match.
- Cubo Apartments - self-catering apartments in a small complex (5 apartments) in Vico Equense, the perfect base to explore Campania from. You won't find a better breakfast in the region!
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