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6 Day Pizza, Passion, and Superstition Culinary Holiday in the Miraculous Naples, Campania

Hotel Costantinopoli 104, via Santa Maria di Costantinopoli, 104, 80138 Napoli NA, Italy

Amazing Culinary Holiday in Italy

On this six-day, five-night culinary adventure in and around the city of Naples, you will be exploring the cuisine and culture of this fascinating city, from the gold gilded to the rough and ready. You will use the city’s famous cooking as a window into daily life and culture, meet artisans who keep the city fed, and visit producers of specialty products. From street food to a lavish feast, piping-hot coffee to smooth aperitivos, folk songs to opera, hilltop farms to urban wilds, you will engage in the greatest culinary and cultural experiences of Naples, meeting lively local Neapolitani for whom this is the only way to live.

Highlights

  • Private kitchen, workshop, and studio visits
  • Hands-on demonstrations and cooking lessons
  • Enjoy a live performance in the oldest opera house in the world
  • Attend a Catholic mass of major local importance and visit other shrines
  • Two talented local guides to accompany you throughout the trip
  • Five breakfasts, three lunches, and four dinners
  • Visit farms and vineyards on Mount Vesuvius
  • 5 nights accommodation

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5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
Group size: 6-12 participants
Airport transfer available:
Naples International Airport (US$35 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

You will enjoy five nights of accommodation in a boutique hotel called Costantinopoli 104 during this holiday.

Program

Day 1: Arrival and welcome

Arrive and check into the hotel at your leisure. You will gather in the late afternoon for a stroll and aperitivo. While enjoying sweeping views over the city and the bay with Vesuvius lurking in the distance, you will get an overview of all that awaits you this week.

Afterward, you will walk to dinner at a cozy local restaurant for your first taste of the iconic dishes of the Naples kitchen.

Day 2: Exploring the city’s kitchen

Today, you will take a long and deep look at the city’s cuisine, its markets, and the street life that revolves around it.

You will get back in the kitchen and meet chefs of classic Neapolitan pastries, such as the baba au rum and sfogliatelle. And later, in a street market, you will meet third generation bakers of a local bread in their family bakery. Along the way, you will have salt cod and street food and you will stop into the studio of the city’s last market sign painter.

You will finish with pizza at what is probably the city’s - if not the world’s - best pizzeria.

Day 3: The cult of Naples

On this day, you will explore the religious practices and Neapolitan superstitions starting with a weekly miracle during a mass. After that, you will visit shrines and descend into catacombs where human bones are venerated and even adopted by locals. You will learn about the rituals and beliefs that live in these monumental sanctuaries.

Lunch will be at a classic neighborhood trattoria beloved by locals. In the evening, you will head out for a hands-on pizza workshop at a local pizzeria. During the workshop, you will learn the art of pizza-making, step by step, from a master. Then, you will enjoy the fruit of your labor, with a pizza dinner.

Day 4: Phlegraean Fields, archaeology, seafood, and wineries

Home of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire, this volcanic zone is a netherworld of crater lakes, ancient waterways, thriving viticulture, and seafood farming. You will spend the day here learning about the agriculture, snacking on the local mussels, and lunching at a local winery accompanied by their unique wines and digging into the history of the place.

You will get an in-depth view of rich archaeological ruins in the area, including the remarkably well-preserved basement of a significant amphitheater from which animals were released during gladiator games. You will then visit a tunnel, believed in ancient times to be a gate to hell.

Day 5: Handmade Napoli

You will have the morning free to relax in the old city and have a lunch on your own before meeting at the hotel for a walking tour of the city’s craftsmen. You will visit the workshops and studios of wood carvers, umbrella makers, luthier, nativity scene artists, and much more.

In the evening, you will gather for your farewell dinner held in a private home in one of the city’s most iconic buildings. In this noble setting, you will feast on course after course of Napoli staples accompanied by local wines as musicians of the distinct Neapolitan musical tradition play their favorite songs, celebrating in the Neapolitan way.

Day 6: Farewell and departure

Depart for home or extend your stay in Naples. Until the next adventure!

Things to note:

On the itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. Culinary Backstreets expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Activity level

Travelers should feel comfortable walking three to five miles each day and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and get hands-on during a couple cooking workshops.

Arrival and departure

You should plan to arrive by 3 p.m. on day 1 and depart anytime on day 6. Culinary Backstreets will provide the option of booking additional nights at your Naples hotel before and / or after the tour, and are more than happy to provide suggestions for things to do and see in the city on your own.

Included excursions

On an excursion to a volcanic crater lake, you will explore significant Roman ruins on the way to sample unique wines and fresh seafood. You will explore hidden workshops tucked into the dark alleys of the city, where a cadre of old masters practice obsolete trades like umbrella repair and market sign painting.

Along the way, you will dive deep into the spiritual side of the city - attending a special mass in which a miracle is believed to take place once a week and venturing into an underground ossuary where human bones are tended lovingly in a cult of the dead. You will even visit a streetside savant who will interpret your dreams to help you choose a number to play in the lottery. And, of course, you will experience the singular miracle of Neapolitan pizza.

Private kitchen, workshop, and studio visits

You will be welcomed into kitchens, workshops, and studios of artisans, which are otherwise off-limits to the public.

Hands-on demonstrations and cooking lessons

You will learn the secrets of Neapolitan cuisine from the masters, including a special pizza-making class.

Live performance

You will attend an opera in the oldest opera house in the world and be treated to a private concert of Neapolitan folk music.

Religious ceremonies

You will attend a Catholic mass of major local importance and visit other shrines.

Agricultural and volcanic visits

You will visit farms and vineyards on Mount Vesuvius, as well as the Phlegraean Fields.

Location

Nestled between Europe’s most volatile volcano, Mount Vesuvius, and the sparkling blue waters of the Mediterranean, Naples is a city of vivid beauty and intense street life with a richly layered history topped off by its world famous cuisine. Home of the pizza, the world’s oldest opera house, a street plan that dates back to the ancient Greeks and unique homegrown superstitious rituals, experiencing the city stimulates all six senses at once.

Food

Five breakfasts, three lunches, and four dinners are included in the price, while additional meals and drinks outside of Culinary Backstreets offerings, including one lunch, one dinner, and some alcoholic beverages are not included.

During this holiday, an adventurous palate is encouraged! Culinary Backstreets try their best to accommodate dietary restrictions, though in most cases ingredients cannot be substituted or omitted from particular dishes. Unfortunately, due to the Napolitan palate, the itinerary is not able to cater to gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegan diets. If you have a particular food allergy or intolerance, please contact Culinary Backstreets to find out if this is the right trip for you.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 5 nights accommodation in a boutique hotel
  • 2 talented local guides to accompany you throughout the trip
  • 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 4 dinners
  • All activities and events as mentioned in the itinerary
  • A hungry group of Culinary Backstreets travelers, excited to explore all that Naples has to offer

What's not included

  • Transportation and flights to and from Naples, including airport transfers
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Culinary Backstreets offerings
  • If applicable, applying for an Italian visa (not required for U.S. citizens).
  • Travel insurance (recommended)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Naples International Airport (NAP). Transfer from this airport is available at an additional 30 EUR. Please send your inquiry for further information.

Airport: Naples International Airport Airport transfer available: Naples International Airport (US$35 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 6 participants

Availability

Arrival: Sunday October 10, 2021
Departure: Friday October 15, 2021

Solo travelers

This vacation can accommodate solo travelers.

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