The fast-paced and chaotic city of Naples has an unexpected charm that derives from its majestic history and stunning settings along the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. The layers of the past will emerge from the preserved royal palaces, castles, and ruins that are scattered across the landscape. The National Archeological Museum displays artwork and artifacts that provide insight into the aesthetics of Greek settlements and Roman colonies, such as Paestum and Pompeii. The sweet scent of freshly baked sfogliatelle will drift out of the corner bakeries while the savory aroma of delicious Neapolitan pizza emanates from the restaurants across the city, preserving traditional flavors and exploring new and exciting combinations.
Your flight will land at Naples International Airport, where your private transfer will greet you upon arrival. The azure waters along the harbor will shine against the bustling streets of the city with yachts, fishing vessels, and sailboats. As you travel with your private transfer from the airport to your luxury accommodations that overlook the marina, you will be able to see the radiant past that incorporates Byzantine, French, Spanish, and Austrian rule, with foundations laid by Greek settlers in the eighth century BC.
In the evening, your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby eager to introduce you to the quintessential flavor of Naples with a pizza-making class. You will enter a private kitchen where the ingredients will already be organized. The simple, fresh, and local combination of ingredients will balance the flavors and accentuate the quality of each item used. You will follow the instructions of your chef to make dough, create a savory sauce, and let the dish take shape. Your instructor will explain the history of pizza in Naples and its proud standing as a national symbol that is connected to the colors of the flag. The pizza will cook quickly in the woodfire oven and will fill the kitchen with the scent of crisp dough, garlic, and melted buffalo mozzarella.