|Fresh fish reigns supreme in the Bay of Naples, especially alici (anchovies), sarde (sardines) and sgombro (mackerel). Try them prepared with local tomatoes and lemons. Zuppa di pesce (fish soup) is a must. And try the alla Napoletana dishes - cooked with capers, tomatoes, black olives and garlic. For a quick snack, mozzarella in carrozza (fried cheese sandwich). For meat and fish lovers, impepata di cozze (mussels with garlic, parsley and pepper), veal escalope or steak alla pizzaiola (with tomatoes, garlic and oregano). There are classic vegetables dishes to sample too - gattó di patate alla parmigiana (potatoes and aubergines), or a scapace (with zucchini in a tomato sauce). For desserts, try the peaches, or pastiera (ricotta pie with candied fruit and spices) or sfogliatelle (sweet ricotta turnovers). And mozzarella, provola and scamorza are the tasty local cheeses. || ||The towns along the Naples coast are crammed full with tourist shops so beware of buying overpriced imitations. For the best coral, visit Torre del Greco, original majolica from Vietri and pretty crcche figurines from Naples. Your local tourist office will indicate the best shopping streets.|| ||The best known white wine on the Riviera and Naples beach is the romantically named and distinctly flavoured Lacrima Cristi (tear of Christ), which is grown on the fertile slopes of Mount Vesuvius. Other consistently reliable white wines are Greco di Tufo and Fiano die Avellino. The best red wine is Taurasi, dark in hue, deep in flavour and gets better with age. || |
Where to begin?! The centre of Naples itself is designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO; 2,500 years of history are told through the palaces, churches, monuments, galleries, monasteries, indeed four castles tower over the city itself. The Cathedral is home to the famous Cappella del Tesorodi San Gennaro and masterpieces and treasures, frescoes and other valued artwork.
Art collections near the Gulf of Naples of the nobility such as Farnase and Borgia make up the treasures of the National Archaeological Museum housed in the Palazzo degli Studi. The Capodimonte Museum and National Galleries houses masterpieces by Raffaelo, Corregio, Caraveggio and other Neapolitan masterpieces and yet balances well the classic with the modern and includes pieces from Andy Warhol and the like.
The Costiera Amalfitana is a real journey of treasures; Amalfi’s Duomo and its magnificent mosaic facade, dreamy Ravello and its Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo mixes architectural styles and periods, Minori famous for its first Roman villa decorated with stuccoes, frescoes and mosaics and in Cilento the three temples listed as a World Heritage Site and the Certosa de Padula said to be one of the largest monasteries in the world.