There's a lot to experience in Campania, more than you can possibly imagine. You have to go to the Amalfi coast of course, but consult our travel articles below for more trip suggestions.
The land around the famous Vesuvius volcano, near Naples, is very fertile thanks to the minerals contained in the lava combined with the Mediterranean microclimate of the zone.
It is a great place for apricots cultivation, over 100 types, including 'La Pellecchiella' considered the finest of all. It is a combination of a sweet taste and a compact pulp.
Also of note are cherries. Ask for the 'Ciliegia del Monte' which has a clear succulent and perfumed fruit and a red and yellow color.
It was above all thanks to US nutritionist Ancel Keys, that the classic Mediterranean diet of cereals and olive oil became so well known. Keys was stationed in Salerno in 1945 and noticed that cardiovascular diseases amongst the local population were notably less than at home. A comparative study confirmed his claim.So what did he believe we should all be eating?
The Greek colonisers were not the first to realise the potential of the vast plain overlooking the Gulf of Salerno.
They were, however, the first to establish a colony of any size. It was in the 7th century BC and they called it Poseidonia, ancient name of Paestum.
Pesce azzurro is the collective name referring to the whole range of red meat fish which typically gleam silver and blue in the open waters of the Mediterranean. By this we mean anchovies, sardines, tuna etc.
These type of fish swim nearer to the surface than the so called "pesce bianco" or white meat fish.
Pesci azzurri have fine qualities. They typically cost less in the market place than other fish, are best eaten fresh, as opposed to being frozen for future consumption, and require little cooking or preparation.
'Campania>artecard' is the official Naples city pass offering an integrated ticket for a range of services and entrance discounts for visitors wishing to discover Naples, Pompei and other famous locations.
Promoted by the Regione Campania these include access to museums, free use of the public transport and many other opportunities which we highlight here.
The costs depends on the amount of sites and sights you want to see and we outline them below but the combinations are typically:
- 3 days - Naples and Campi Flegrei with free admittance to 2 sites of choice & 50% off admission to all the others, free use of urban transport Naples + Campi Flegrei.
- 3 days - all sites, free admittance to all sites, 50% off admission to all the others, free use of regional transport.
- 7 days - all sites, transport not included and free admittance to all sites.
The record stands at twenty and was set in April 2008 at the first Buffalo Mozzarella Campania DOP Championships or 'Primo Campionato dei Mangiatori di Mozzarella di Bufala Campana Dop'.
The twenty succulent cheese samples weighed in at exactly one kilo and the world title went to a local man aged 40, now the undisputed pound for pound best mozzarella eater of his generation.