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.
It was only while researching this short piece that it occurred to us that 'caprese', as in 'insalata caprese', actually refers to the island of Capri. It seems so obvious now! However, don't be fooled further that the root of the word 'capri' comes from 'goat'. We explain all here.
The traditional gastronomy of the island is based on fish and fresh vegetables all livened up with luscious olive oil. Although simple and tasty, the cuisine is a subtle combination of influences left over by the various rulers of the island, from the Greeks and Romans to the French and Spanish.
There are three great DOCG wines from the province of Avellino:'Fiano', 'Taurasi' and 'Greco di Tufo'. The last of the three might be the most familiar but both the Fiano and the Taurasi are superb.
'Greco di Tufo' is the most ancient of the grape varieties and was originally imported to Italy by the Greeks from Thessalia and by the Pelasgi.
The Alta Valle del Sele, located in the province of Salerno, is a zone of lush plains, thick woods, rocky mountains and running streams. This means, above all, black truffles.
The locality of Colliano is known as the "Terra del Tartufo" due to the discovery of the "tartufo nero di Bagnoli" in a wood on Monte Marzano.
The Wine Tourist Movement was founded in 1993 and today has almost 1000 members amongst Italy's best wine estates and cantinas. The most important date of the year for the association is the 29th May when 'Cantine Aperte' is held.
Although most of the cantine can be visited throughout the year, this day is viewed as the annual birthday of the Movimento Turismo del Vino and a general celebration of wine growing in Italy.
If you are looking to buy the best wines of Benevento province in Campania, then the must-have guide is called 'Guida completa ai vini del Sannio' by Luciano Pignataro e Pasquale Carlo. The book is subtitled '70 estates, 500 labels' and the the authors' choice or 'I vini del cuore' is listed below.
It is interesting to note that Benevento is the only province in Italy with a sort of natural wine route. Almost all of the cantine and estates of interest are located along the Fondovalle Telesina and easily reachable.
The Salotto della Birra Artigianale or Italian Artisan Beer Festival is the first of its kind in southern Italy. The first event took place in January 2008 in 'La Fabbrica dei Sapori' located in Battipaglia and was the brainchild of journalist Luciano Pignataro.
There is growing interest in artisan beer production across the Italian regions and many small breweries are cropping up. For example, a guided beer tasting at the Salotto featured Chiostro 'Irish Red', 'Fortemalto Triple' by the Svevo Brewery and 'Fahrenheit' by Maltovivo.
The caprese salad is from Capri and Campania but actually this simple dish is made everywhere in Italy from the spring up to the end of summer. Simple, easy, fresh and deliciously Mediterranean, you can enjoy this Italian flag colored salad anytime. But especially if are with friends and family around a garden or terrace table during a lovely Italian summer's day.
Red tomatoes, mozzarella cheese (better if it's buffalo), leaves of fresh basil, salt, pepper and a bit of olive oil