Would you rather…Tour an ancient Greek temple, or the ruins of Pompeii? Learn to make artisanal chocolate, or authentic Neapolitan pizza? Hop a ferry to Capri for the day, or eat your way through one of the street food capitals of the world?
If you can’t choose between our tours to Sicily (May 3-10, 2020) and Naples & Amalﬁ Coast (Oct. 18-25, 2020), check out the handy ﬂowchart above. Find out if you’re more Sicily or Amalﬁ Coast, and then sign up for your dream culinary vacation with us.
Sicily is an island in the Mediterranean oﬀ the coast of Italy. Although you’ll ﬁnd plenty of Italian food and culture, Sicily is a crossroads of Mediterranean cultures—Spanish, Arab, French. The bustling streets of Palermo, Sicily, with its historical ties to the Arab world, are where you’ll encounter stalls and kiosks selling a variety of Mediterranean street food: pane e panelle, chickpea fritters; sﬁncione, thick Sicilian pizza; and arancini, fried rice balls stuﬀed with anything from cheese to meat. And for more adventurous palates, stigghiole, skewered and grilled lamb intestines, and pa ca meusa, spleen sandwich. In Ragusa, southeast Sicily, scaccia, stuﬀed, layered, tomato and cheese pies are traditional.
About Naples & Amalﬁ Coast
Sometimes referred to as Campania, this region is home to iconic Italian foods like buﬀalo mozzarella cheese, San Marzano tomatoes, and limoncello. Some say the birthplace of pizza is Naples. The working people of Naples (Neapolitans) invented pizza as a quick, inexpensive meal sold by street vendors, who utilized ingredients that were native to the area, namely tomatoes, cheese, olive oil, anchovies, and garlic. Legend has it that in 1889, a local Neapolitan pizza maker created a pizza with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil to represent the Italian ﬂag to impress King Umberto I and Queen Margherita. The queen liked it so much that the pizza was thereafter known as pizza Margherita—or so the story goes.