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3 Best Cities to Explore the Food of Campania

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Amalfi Coast, Italy

Amalfi Coast, Italy

The distinct natural characteristics of Campania’s terrain have provided the region with sensational ingredients in the top three cities you can visit during your Italy trip. The region’s gastronomic history acts as a crossroads of civilizations along the Mediterranean Sea with a diverse landscape that has brought life to vibrant produce found in nutrient-rich volcanic soil. The greater region of Campania has a variety of provinces resulting in different types of cuisine. You can celebrate the cucina povera as you uncover how the cuisine reaches ultimate flavor with minimal ingredients.

1. Naples

Pizza Margherita

Pizza Margherita

Naples is the capital of the Campania region and the birthplace of Margherita pizza. The cuisine of Naples is based on the ancient gastronomic traditions of Greek settlers and the Roman Empire, as well as Spanish and French kingdoms. The heritage of Naples embodies the era when the city stood as the capital of the Kingdom of Naples and the Two Sicilies. The cuisine combined peasant cuisine with the techniques of the aristocratic court resulting in robust flavors that shine through every dish.

Famous dishes of Naples: Pasta a Fagioli | Neapolitan ragú | Pizza margherita | Mozzarella in Carrozza | Babá

2. Amalfi Coast

Sfogliatella

Sfogliatella

The cuisine of the Amalfi Coast is a collection of towns with traditions that reflect the coastline and seafaring heritage along the famous cliffs. The quality of food from the Amalfi stems from fresh local ingredients cultivated on the rugged mountainous terrain overlooking the Mediterranean Sea or caught daily within the sparkling waters. Lemons have grown exceptionally well around the coastline since the Roman Empire, and the rugged slopes provide spectacular caves in which to produce cheese like fresh ricotta, with each new ingredient offering a dynamic flavor you can discover on your trip.

Typical dishes of Viterbo: Scialatielli | ‘Ndunderi | Pigniatello all’amalfitana | Colatura di Alici | Sfogliatella

3. Caserta

Mozzarella Bufala

Mozzarella Bufala

The culinary creations of Caserta are simple but mouthwatering, with flavors shaped by the local fresh ingredients informed by deep-rooted tradition. Caserta Province highlights the earthenware heritage of Campania’s inland countryside. The extinct Roccamonfina Volcano continues to shape the quality of the ingredients after leaving rich minerals in the soil, providing grasses, herbs, and crops with fantastic nutrients. The residents of Caserta showcase how simple provincial cuisine represents flavors built on deliberate intent.

Popular dishes of Catania: Mozzarella Bufala | Melanzane alla Parmigiana | Linguine con Colature di Alici e Erbe di Campo | Limoncello Granita | Baccalá alla Pizzaiola

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Vineyards and farmlands with Mt Vesuvius in the Campania region of Italy

Vineyards and farmlands in the Campania region of Italy

The towns and cities of Campania bring into existence a combination of natural beauty and flavorful heritage. From the stunning plains to the celebrated coastline, Campania displays its history on the table, where you can indulge in the culinary wonder of traditional recipes or find more inspiration for your next trip with Zicasso’s Italy Travel Guide. You can also speak with an Italy travel specialist by filling out a Trip Request or by calling our team at 1-888-265-9707.

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