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One of Joe Banana’s private, English speaking drivers will meet you at Sorrento 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!
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 of this classic cheese. For many, the best part of this demonstration is the tasting of the freshly made cheese 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.
We do have one more thing to see and taste, we'll drive to the gelato place where you will learn all secrets how to make the real Italian gelato, and obviously we'll taste it.
You will then have time 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.
We will then drive back to the port in Sorrento, where you can board the tender back to your ship.
Available: All year round
Tour Duration: 7-8 hours
Pick-Up - Drop-Off Location: Sorrento Port
Pick-Up Time (suggested): 8:00 am (according to your ship's schedule)
Pizza lunch, olive oil, mozzarella and gelato tastings
Luxury air conditioned vehicle
English speaking driver
All taxes, parking, tolls, gasoline and driver maintenance
If your cruise ship is unable to anchor in Sorrento, and will dock in Naples/Salerno, we can reschedule your pick up location for an additional fee.
We reserve the right to change the order in which we visit sites.