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WINE AND FOOD HOLIDAYS IN CAMPANIA: TOUR AND SPECIALTIES

WINE AND FOOD HOLIDAYS IN CAMPANIA: TOUR AND SPECIALTIES

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The Campania region is dominated by the city of Naples, which that claims to be the home of one of Italy's most famous culinary exports: the pizza. Neopilitan pizza is characterised by its simplicity compared to that available in other parts of Italy and indeed around the world - the base is thin and crispy, the tomatoes used are usually the sweet local San Marzano variety, and if cheese is used its likely to be the famous mozarella produced from the milk of water buffalo grazing the plains of north Campania.
There are hundreds of places to get great pizza in Naples, whether for a full meal in a restaurant or a slice-to-go from one of the many street stands and kiosks - and it's all excellent quality.

The volcano Vesuvius looms over Naples, and its fertile slopes provide excellent fruit and vegetables. Wine lovers will be interested in the product known as Lacryma Christi, or 'tears of Christ', which is a high quality wine made from grapes grown on the lower slopes. Scientific analysis shows that this is very close to the wine drank in ancient Rome, and now perfect refreshment after a trip up Vesuvius.

Elsewhere in Campania, the Amalfi Coast is famous for its lemons, which are sweet and juicy, and for the limoncello liqueur they're used to make. Further south, the quieter Cilento area has a venerable tradition of co-operative olive oil production from the large olive trees which cover the coastal hillsides where the mountains meet the sea.

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