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A Delightful Combination of History and Flavor on Your Day Ashore in Naples

Italy is on most travelers’ bucket lists with its delectable food, fascinating history, and vibrant culture. Spend a soul satisfying day on shore as you embark on a gastronomic journey like none other. Delight in the flavors of the region and take back memories that will last a lifetime.

What to Expect During Your Shore Excursion to Paestum and a Visit to a Buffalo Farm

Our English-speaking chauffeur will pick you up outside the cruise ship terminal at Naples port. Revel in the beauty of spectacular views as you drive through the city and then head south towards Battipaglia which is about 17 miles south of Salerno. Paestum, at an additional distance of 15 miles is your first stop.

Here are some interesting facts about Paestum, originally known as Poseidonia:

  • Paestum is home to three magnificent Doric temples, which are thought to be dedicated to the city’s namesake Poseidon (known to the Romans as Neptune), Hera and Ceres.
  • The city was colonized by the Romans in 273 BC. Christians moved in around the 5th century AD, converting at least one temple into a church and building a new church nearby.
  • The ancient Greek city is located strategically, a few miles south of the magnificent Amalfi coast and north of the Cilento coast. It is considered as the doorway to the National Park of Cilento.
  • Some of the highlights of the National Archaeological Museum at Paestum include the Sele metopes, the Tomb of the Diver, and the contents of the Heroon.

This excursion gives you a chance to see ancient Greek architecture and keeps you gazing in utter astonishment at the marvels that have been so well preserved over time. Click keepsake photographs as you wander around this historical wonder!
As there is so much to explore, we strongly encourage you to use the services of a licensed guide. We can organize the same with prior notice at an additional cost.
After you have had an incredible dose of history, your chauffeur will take you on a unique tour of a buffalo farm. Your visit to the area will not be complete without a firsthand look at how buffalo mozzarella is made.

Here are some facts about the world famous Italian buffalo mozzarella:

  • Mozzarella di Bufala is a fresh, pliable cheese with a subtle consistency, made from the milk of the domestic water buffalo. The higher fat content of buffalo milk gives it a sweeter, creamier taste and it is higher in calcium, protein and lower in cholesterol than cheese made from cow’s milk. 
  • It belongs to the “pasta filata” family of cheeses, which are also referred to as stretched-curd or pulled-curd cheeses. As one of the freshest varieties in the cheese world, it should be eaten as soon as possible after it is made. 
  • The cheese goes well in antipasti dishes, with salads, pastas, calzones, vegetables and various side dishes. When used in cooking, heated mozzarella becomes slightly creamy. Buffalo mozzarella pairs very well with Beaujolais, Sauvignon Blanc and White wine.
  • The provinces of Salerno and Caserta in Campania account for over 80% of Italy’s national buffalo farms. 

What to Expect During Your Tour of the Buffalo Farms

Your chauffeur will take you to one of the well-known buffalo farms in Battipaglia. At the cattle sheds, you will witness the hard work, passion and care the farmers take to produce handmade, farm- fresh buffalo mozzarella. Watch them as they tend to the livestock and admire the efforts that go into the process. Use this opportunity to ask the farmers any question you may have.
By now you would be in the mood for some delicious lunch. Relax and relish the indigenous flavors and get a taste of authentic regional food. Needless to say, buffalo mozzarella is on the menu! Your friends on the cruise ship will surely wish they had accompanied you as you share the stories of your fun excursion!
Your chauffeur will drive you back to the Naples port after this lovely day and you can spend the next two hours in the car admiring the beauty of Campania which is sure to leave you spellbound!

Contact us today to book your Paestum and buffalo farm excursion from Naples or request a quote online.