Naples an enchanting city by all accounts, keeper of the heart and soul of Italy and about which the most romantic and soulful songs were written. By appreciating the warmth, the joyfulness, the spirit of its inhabitants, one cannot but feel overtaken by the Neapolitan "gioia di vivere".
This is the way to experience Naples during the first two days of your tour, appreciating its beauty along the Via Caracciolo, the Castel dell'Ovo domineering on the island of Megaride where, as legend goes, Mermaid Partenope was entangled. You will have the best vantage point from which to do this during your stay at one of the elegant hotels along the seafront whose sweeping terraces reveal the beautiful Bay of Naples, with Mt. Vesuvius standing guard. You will appreciate the harmony and beauty of Piazza del Plebiscito, the elegance of Galleria Re`Umberto and Teatro San Carlo.
There will also be opportunities to stroll along the city's streets to see its most important churches-Santa Chiara, San Domenico Maggiore and San Gennaro the patron saint of Naples where a famous miracle takes place every year thus appreciating their significance in the Neapolitan way of life not only from a religious point of view but also as culturally important; meander along its most notorious yet unpretentious shopping streets, which are really narrow lanes flanked by centuries old buildings, one of the most important being San Biagio dei Librai where one can find all that one needs to stage a beautiful Neapolitan Creche.
A must do is the obligatory "merenda" mid-day snack, at a famous pasticceria to sample some of the famous Neapolitan pastries that my son as a child, not being able to remember the name, referred to the incomparable, hot out of the oven "sfogliatelle", as "the best of Naples". Your lunches and dinners will be held at the most "characteristic" and highly rated restaurants where food is considered an art form and an almost spiritual experience not to be hurried, each morsel leisurely savored. Not to be missed the incomparable Neapolitan pizza, now trademark protected-an opportunity to determine if it truly is the best in the world, I personally wouldn't wager against it!
Options for your stay as a home base during this wine journey will be might be along the Sorrento coast or in the heart of this bustling yet charming town offering a myriad of options of accommodations to fit your style and budget.
Our special "wine" journey will take you to Sant'Agata dei Goti where an historic local wine producer will warmly and proudly escort you on a tour of their estate, one of the most ancient in Campania whose cellars date back to the Byzantine era. The highlight of the visit will be to share some of their wonderful wines including Vigna Fontanella Greco Sannio, Cesco di Nece, Conte Artius, Piedirosso and Vigna Falanghina. To complement the wines, we'll be treated to some of their scrumptious specialties.
The quest for ancient wines will continue to Taurasi a scenic area prized for its wine production since the Roman times where you will visit another top local producer who has combined his remarkable technical skill and artistic flair to produce Taurasi, Sale Domini, Tauri, Belchar, Devon, Mel and if you dare, the most amazing Grappa Taurasi! The wines are kept in very impressive and dramatic cellars carved out of stone-a perfect setting for these important wines.
The oenogastronomic adventure continues but with an eye to the cultural wonders of Campania with next stop at a family run producer of fine wines who for four generations has made its home in a palace dating back to the 18th. Century. The family has undertaken the task of bringing back to production the ancient "asprinio" vine whose wine, after vinification is stored for aging in grottos dug out of rock under their family estate. After a taste of this unique wine, a memorable meal in the Caserta area will further complement the experience.
While in the area, one must pay homage to the Neapolitan old way of life by visiting the incredibly beautiful and regal Reggia di Caserta, conceived in 1750 by King Carlo di Borbone, some say to compete with Versailles. The evening will come to a lovely end in the center of Sorrento, whose vistas are recognized the world over and where another culinary adventure will await you.
Another day will blend of food, wine and culture, not necessarily in that order, as you begin your day by visiting Paestum where the imposing, ancient ruins of temples dating back to the Hellenic era majestically stand guard. Food is never far from our thoughts however, and you will have your due at an impeccably maintained farm of the highly prized buffalo mozzarella. You will have an opportunity to taste other buffalo milk delicacies surely not available elsewhere with such purity and wholesomeness, such as buffalo milk pudding and yogurt as part of a wonderful lunch.
Options for dinner abound and Shop Wine and Dine will be sure to suggest the perfect choice for you but always delivering incomparable food and wines that represent the best that Campania has to offer.
This enchanting journey continues on to Capri where you will realize why this island is regarded by anyone who has been here, the most romantic, beautiful and breathtaking of all islands. Manicured gardens, Neapolitan coffee, lunch at a Gambero Rosso restaurant, shopping and the Blue Grotto are all part of this unforgettable day's itinerary.
Your last day in Campania will be sure to provide you with memories that will last a lifetime as you will embark upon a journey along the coast of the Gulf of Salerno making your way to Positano and Amalfi.
Perhaps you will choose to extend your stay, let the dream continue a little longer and go on to Ischia. (Details upon request) or perhaps it is time to reluctantly step back into reality and the next day, start your return trip back home.
Daily breakfast and optional daily lunch and dinner daily with paired wines.
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Options for self-drive or with private car/driver
This tour may be scheduled as an independent departure. It may also be combined with any other tour to other Italian regions. Please contact Shop Wine and Dine for further details.
Please refer to our website for our Payment/Refund Policy as well as Terms and Conditions. Price subject to hotel choices, number of participants, seasonality as well as on choice of self-drive or private car and driver.
Day-by-day itinerary with detailed information on all the venues available following the payment of deposit. For details please contact Shop Wine and Dine
*IMPORTANT ABOUT MEALS: When booking, please advise of dietary restriction due to health or religious reasons. No substitutions allowed for any other reason at the time of the meals.