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One of Joe Banana’s private, English speaking drivers will meet you at the gangway of your cruise ship in Salerno port for this food lover’s shore excursion!
If you have an interest in the signature foods of the Campania Region, such as Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, Mozzarella, Limoncello, Gelato, and the famous Neapolitan Pizza Margherita, then this is the shore excursion for you!
As we drive by Salerno on our way to Sorrento, your private driver will give you information about the city. Your food adventure will then begin in the countryside of Sorrento, where we will visit the Gargiulo Olive Oil Factory and learn how this base ingredient of Italian cuisine is made. This tour of the family farm includes seeing the former mills of 1849 with old millstones and learning of the ancient technique of olive oil pressing involving the metal press as well as the new mills with technology that is less fascinating, yet qualitatively safer. We will also have the opportunity to taste about 15 different types of extra virgin olive oil served with fresh baked bread.
With you palate now awakened, we will continue on to the next culinary experience of this shore excursion, the local mozzarella farm where you will see a demonstration of the making this classic cheese. For many, the best part of this demonstration is the tasting of these freshly made cheeses that follows the demonstration.
Your private driver will then take you to a local restaurant where you will build on your newly found knowledge and use two of the main ingredients in Italian cooking as you learn to make your own classic pizza margherita or a variation of it using your favorite toppings. Authentic Neapolitan pizzas are made with local ingredients like San Marzano tomatoes which grow on the volcanic plains in the south part of Mount Vesuvius, the famous olive oil, and Mozzarella cheese. Once prepared, it will cook in a wood oven and you will then sit together with your group to eat your culinary masterpieces. To help aid in the digestion of your pizza, a shot of the Amalfi Coast’s famous limoncello will complete this culinary experience.
You will then have about one hour for a leisurely stroll through the historical centre of Sorrento during which time you can choose to shop, enjoy an espresso at a local bar, or just enjoy the quaint beauty of this resort town built on the Mediterranean Sea. This will be followed by a visit to a gelato shop where we will have a tasting of this locally made treat.
After this fantastic excursion, we will drive back to Salerno port.
Available: All year round, except on Sundays
Tour Duration: 8-9 hours
Pick-Up - Drop-Off Location: Salerno Port
Pick-Up Time (suggested): 8:00 am (according to your ship’s schedule)
Luxury air conditioned vehicle
English speaking driver
All taxes, parking, tolls, gasoline and driver maintenance
Pizza lunch, olive oil, mozzarella and gelato tastings
The proposed itinerary is an example of the tour.
We reserve the right to change the order in which we visits sites.