SOUTHERN ITALY FOOD & HISTORY TOUR

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

Small Group of up to 15 travelers


Our signature four-day Southern Italy Food & History Tour will take you on a journey deep into the culture of Southern Italy while enjoying everything the Amalfi Coast and the Campania region has to offer: food, wine, history, and stunning landscapes.

Highlights:

  • Guided tours by local experts to Herculaneum, Caserta, Oplontis and Paestum.
  • Cooking class and lunch with a local nonna.
  • Explore the second largest amphitheater in Italy with a visit to the Gladiator Museum in Capua.

You can combine this tour with our Classic Amalfi Coast Tour and/or Discovery Naples Tour. We can also assist with hotel bookings and transfers for longer stays.

DAY 1: CASERTA - CAPUA - CAVA DE’ TIRRENI

Benvenuto! Welcome!

Our Italy Food & History Tour starts with the visit to the stunning Royal Palace of Caserta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and formerly one of the world’s largest royal residences. We will have a guided tour of the palace and also visit the surrounding park with fountains.

After our tour, we walk to a local restaurant for lunch.

After lunch, we have a short drive to reach Capua, to visit Italy’s second largest amphitheater after the Colosseum in Rome. The area in front of the amphithetheater has fragments of the School of Gladiators where Spartacus trained. We also visit the adjoining museum to learn more about the training and lives of gladiators.

Time to drive to our accommodation in Cava de’ Tirreni for the next three nights.

Breakfast and Lunch included.

DAY 2: GREEK TEMPLES OF PAESTUM

After breakfast, we visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Paestum with an expert guide to explore well-preserved Greek temples and visit the Archaeological Museum adjacent to the site.

Lunch will be at a “caseificio”, a buffalo mozzarella farm, where you will enjoy a tasting of mozzarella, ricotta and other fresh cheese from the Campania region and learn how these cheeses are made.

Transfer back to Cava de’ Tirreni.

Dinner at a rustic restaurant in the historical center.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.

DAY 3: HERCULANEUM - OPLONTIS

After breakfast we reach the incredible archaeological site of Herculaneum, where wealthy Romans used to spend their holidays with their villas looking out over the sea.

When Herculaneum was buried at 79 A.D., the very high temperatures and depth of the volcanic matter resulted in the preservation of organic matter such as food, fabrics, furnishings, and wooden parts of buildings. The upper stories of the buildings were also saved.

We then visit the nearby excavated Villa Poppea which may have belonged to the second wife of Emperor Nero.

Short drive back to Cava de’ Tirreni and group dinner.

Breakfast and Dinner included.

DAY 4: COOKING CLASS - END OF TOUR

Today we check out of our hotel and have a short drive to visit the 11th century Benedictine Abbey, before heading to a cooking class at the home of a local grandmother, or “nonna” as we say in Italy.

We prepare lunch with fresh ingredients sourced locally and learn how to create a selection of traditional regional dishes. We then feast on the fruits of our labor in an included lunch. And, of course, no Italian meal is complete without a couple of good bottles of vino. Recipes are provided afterward, ensuring you can recreate the same dishes back at home, too.

The tour ends after lunch and then we will arrange the transportation to your hotel and/or the airport.

Breakfast and Lunch included.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • THREE NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION IN A 4 STAR HOTEL

  • 3 BREAKFASTS, 3 LUNCHES, 2 DINNERS

  • LUXURY MINI-COACH TRANSPORTATION

  • EXPERIENCED GOINITALY DRIVER / TOUR LEADER

  • LOCAL GUIDES IN CASERTA, CAPUA, PAESTUM, HERCULANEUM, OPLONTIS

  • ENTRANCE FEES

  • COOKING CLASS

  • CHEESE TASTING

Tour price

1,300

Per Person (Minimum 4 People)

200

Single Supplement (Private Room)

Dates 2020

September

 On Request

October

 On Request

Dates 2021

March

 On Request

April

 On Request

May

 On Request

June

 On Request

July

 On Request

September

 On Request

October

 On Request

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