Italian cuisine has developed over the centuries and is characterized by its simplicity and freshness. Campania with its rich fertile soil has a flourishing agro-industry. Rather than relying on elaborate preparation, Italian chefs focus on fresh and wholesome ingredients. Ingredients and dishes vary by the region. Cheese and wine have an important place on any Italian menu. Coffee, espresso, gelato and limoncello are just some of the highly popular foods in Italy, and their popularity has spread the world over.
This shore excursion is a wonderful way to explore some quintessentially Italian dishes, satisfy your eyes, your soul and your stomach on the local delicacies of Campania.
Here are some fun facts about Limoncello, Italy’s Popular Liqueur
- This famous liqueur is made from lemon zest, the yellow exterior of the skin without the pith. The zest is steeped in grain alcohol until the oil is released.
- Limoncello is produced primarily in southern Italy, often from the zest of Sorrento lemons, which are also known as Femminello St. Teresa lemons. Locales of production include the Sorrentine Peninulsa, the Amalfi coast, the Gulf of Naples and in Procida, Ischia and Capri.
- Limoncello has been around for at least a century, but its precise origins are unclear. One story has the fishermen and farmers preparing their own versions with a simple recipe and using it to fight colds. Another story has friars making it in their monasteries.
- Typically, limoncello is ordered after your meal, alone or with dessert.
What to Expect from your All-Inclusive Gastronomic Shore Excursion from Sorrento
Your flavorful day will start with our English-speaking chauffeur picking you up at the Sorrento port. Driving along the hilly cliffs of the coast, you will be treated to breathtaking views. At every turn, the shimmering ocean will cast a spell on you as you get set to arrive at your first stop, a Limonaia. Amidst the fragrance of tangy lemons, you will be welcomed by a family member. This heritage farm has seen four generations that have cultivated the lemon and olive groves since 1850. A unique experience for sure, as you learn all about the making of world-class products. Warm breads straight out of the oven will be yours to taste as you spread some house special lemon and orange marmalade on them. Contact us today to book your all-inclusive gastronomic shore excursion from Sorrento or request a quote online
The age-old family recipe will be shared with you as you watch the process. Dip a few more chunks of bread into heavenly extra virgin olive oils that include plain, lemon, orange, basil, oregano, rosemary and hot chili.
Your chauffeur will take you to your next stop, a Caseificio. At this fresh cheese factory, you will start your tour from the cattle sheds. You will be able to observe the toil and labor of the farmers as they tend to the animals that produce some of the region’s premium milk. From here, you will be taken to your cheese tasting experience. You will enjoy fresh cheese made by the cheese maker in your presence! Relish the variety that includes aged Provolone Del Monaco D.O.P, cacciottine, ricotta and mozzarella. A fresh tomato salad and chilled wine is yours to enjoy right here.
The fun has only just begun! Your chauffeur will take you to the old town center of Schiazzano. At a local restaurant that serves perhaps one of the best pizzas in the region, Lucio and his son will welcome you and show you the traditional method of making Neapolitan pizza. Using their family recipe that includes mother yeast, you will soon have your own creation. Once you have your apron and hat on, you can start kneading the dough and then trying your hand at tossing it in the air. The tarantella song in the background provides a perfect ambience as you add your favorite toppings. Two minutes in a wood oven and it’s done. Let your teeth sink into your pizza. Enjoy it with water, wine and dessert (all inclusive). Don’t forget to take pictures of this fun day to show your friends on the cruise.
With the delicious flavors of the day still fresh in your mind, you still have time for some relaxed moments. You could walk around the historical center of Termini, or just reflect on your wonderful day as you sip a coffee or limoncello. This unforgettable day is bound to remain a wonderful memory forever.
Your chauffeur will drive you back to the Sorrento port from where you continue cruising along the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean.