Living under the shadow of the volcano can’t fail to leave its mark on the people – and their cuisine. The pizza known throughout the world was invented in Naples. “Espresso Sospeso” is a tradition here, and only here. And you can enjoy volcanic wines with flamboyant names such as Lacryma Christi – the tears of Our Lord. The food is as individual as the Napolitanians themselves, so it’s well worth getting to know both of them better: With Food Hopping, you’ll discover the essence of Napolitanian taste and experience unique extras!
Europe’s largest historic city centre, home to iconic Pizza, close to the ancient ruins of Pompeii, Naples is an ideal destination for a getaway and better still with a Food Tour Naples. Naples can trace its history back more than 2800 years to 8th century BC. The Greek colony of Cumae founded Parthenope known now as Naples. Naples is the capital of the Campania region, Campania felix is Latin for ‘fertile countryside’ a very accurate name indeed. Napoli, the Italian for Naples originates from the Greek word Neapolis meaning ‘New City’. The city centre spans as area of 1,700 hectares and encompasses 27 centuries of history. UNESCO has listed it as a World Heritage site, and with Food Hopping Tour Naples you see why. In 1860 Naples became part of the new Italy. Naples is close to Herculaneum and Pompeii, both conserved after they were destroyed by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The ancient city of Pompeii was discovered in 1748 while the Palace of King Charles III was being built. The city of Pompeii is incredibly well preserved due to the speed of the eruption and the covering of volcanic ash over the city, now giving us great insight into the Roman city. In 79 AD Vesuvius had not erupted for around 1,800 years and therefore the people of Pompeii didn’t even know it was a Volcano, to such an extent there wasn’t even a word for Volcano. The name Volcano was created after the 79 AD eruption and comes from the name Vulcan. Vulcan was the Roman God of Flame and Metal Forgery, so lends its name well to the phenomenon that is Vesuvius. There is so much to discover – in anecdotes as well as in food and drinks on a Food Tour Naples.
It is well known that Naples invented Pizza, like it is made today, and with Food Tour Naples you can see it cooking away in wood-fired ovens all over the city. The first pizzeria in the world opened in Naples in 1830, Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba. The Neapolitan version we all know so well, is the Margherita with buffalo mozzarella. The Margherita was named after Queen Margherita Teresa Giovanni after she visited the city in 1889. The Margherita represents the Italian Flag, Basil for the green, Cheese for the white and tomato sauce for the red. The Quality of pizza is taken very seriously in Naples and is presided over by Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana. The pizza dough must only contain wheat flour, salt, water and Neapolitan yeast or brewer’s yeast. For a true taste of Naples Margherita pizza is a must. Food Tour Naples will make sure you feel like a local in the land and hometown of pizza.
Naples has a lot to offer with the Naples Harbour, Teatro di San Carlo Opera house, and Museums. You won’t be short of things to occupy your time and mind. The Museo Archeologico Nazionale is a great stop. The Museum holds many antiquities from early excavations of Pompeii, material from Herculaneum and Cumae and the art treasures of the kings of Naples. Take a stroll along the waterfront in the principal port of southern Italy. The energetic dock offers views across the bay to Vesuvius, lined with cafes and ice cream shops offers a picturesque stop to watch the word go by at the gateway to the Mediterranean.
Teatro di San Carlo is an Opera house, but not just any Opera house, it is the oldest continuously active venue for public opera. The Opera house is from 1737 and at the time it was built, it was the largest opera house in the world. It is sure that your Food Hopping guide in Naples will have many stories to tell. Discover the amusing anecdotes and one culinary highlight after another such as Cuoppo fritto, Ziti, Frittata di Spaghetti, sweet Baba, bubbly Limonata and, of course, authentic Pizza Neapolitana. Your personal Food Hopping Guide leads you to the best spots where you eat like locals do.