Campania

Mozzarella di Bufala (Buffalo mozzarella), ricotta, scamorza, San Marzano tomatoes, "Sorrento Ovale" or "Massa Lubrense" lemons, oranges, zucchini, eggplant, peppers, olives, chestnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, seafood, frito mixto (fried mixed sea food), Caciocavallo Silano DOP, Caprignetti alle erbe (a small, round,  goat milk cheese rolled in herbs), sfogliatelle ricce, pastiera, struffoli and zeppole  vino Bianco (white wine), Vino Rosso, red wine, Limunciel (Limoncello), Strega, Additionally Naples is the creator of the modern day pizza and certainly the pizza of this region is considered the best in the world.
Limoncello is a tourist favorite and world renown however the people of this region prefer liquor made from Finocchio (Fennel) which actually has been made here and across southern Italy for centuries if not thousands of years; while alas Limoncello as we know it has been only recently popularized. Another key food is poor mans chocolate, Carube (Carob), which grows wild in the hills and terraces across southern Italy. Of course in ancient times and times of war these natural, sweet treats were a rare indulgence.


Wine DOCG Zones:
Taurasi, Fiano di Avellino, Greco di Tufo.
Wine DOC Zones:
Aglianico del Taburno/ or simply Taburno, Aversa, Campi Flegrei, Capri, Castel San Lorenzo, Cilento, Costa d’Amalfi, Falerno del Massico, Gallucio, Guardia Sanframondi Or Guardiolo, Ishia, Penisola Sorrentina, Sannio, Sant’Agata dei Goti, Solopaca, Vesuvio.
Key grape varieties:
White (Bianco) - Greco, Coda di Volpe.
Red (Rosso)- Aglianico, Piedirosso

A couple of our favorite zones include Taurasi, Fiano di Avellino, Taburno, Capri, Cilento, Costa d’Amalfi and Vesuvio. In particular the volcanic rock of Vesuvio adds a mineral like dimension and a unique earthy smokiness to the wine that I have not experienced any where else. Another great idea is to sample the whites offered in Amalfi; they offer the perfect compliment to fresh sea food and fried sea food in particular when prepared with Amalfitana lemons, garlic and local fresh herbs; simple, delicate, bursting with flavor and absolutely delightful.

Must see places in Campania:
Highlights of the area include tourism destinations of Naples, Capri, Sorrento, Positano, Pompei, Ravello, and of course Amalfi. Must see places include the ruins of Pompei, the Amalfi coast and the mountain retreat overlooking the Amalfi coast, Ravello.
Some notes on Ravello; it includes an amazing shopping area (a grand Piazetta) with shops, restaurants, art studios, crafts, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, gelataria’s, pastry shops, wine stores, hotels, and the Villa Rufolo gardens. Hint stay at the Rufolo hotel and be sure to rent a tiny car as to get to the parking center you must travel through a long, narrow tunnel and ally. With our midsize car we had literally 2 inches clearance on each side and it was real close to scraping the walls a couple of times.


Villa Rufolo Garden:
http://www.travelchannel.com/daily-escape/villa-rufolo-gardens


Hotel Rufolo, Ravello, Italy
Via San Francesco, 1
84010 Ravello (SA) Italy.
Telephone +39 089 857 133
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Capital: Napoli (Naples)
Population of Campania Italy just fewer than 6 million, of which over 1 million people live in and around Naples.
The Provinces of Campania
Province of Avellino (AV) |  Province of Benevento (BN) |  Province of Caserta (CE) |   Province of Napoli (NA) |   Province of Salerno (SA)




A few wines from this region we highly reccomend trying include Marisa Cuomo Ravello Costa d'Amalfi Bianco, Falanghina Amalfi Bianco, Tenuta San Francesco Tramonti Costa d'Amalfi Bianco Campania It, Giuseppe Apicella Costa d'Amalfi Ravello Riserva, and Selva Monache Ettore Sammarco Ravello, to name just a few.


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