Food Technology Trips to Bay of Naples
There is often no better way to understand a culture than to understand its food. Naples is known as the ‘soul of Italy’ and boasts a cuisine that is both earthy and generous. The region is renowned for its love of food and the mild climate and fertile land create the perfect conditions for citrus fruits, olives and vines to grow.
Students can really get close to the cuisine of the area from learning how to create the perfect pizza at a cookery demonstrations and workshop to discovering how famous local delicacies are produced including olive oil, mozzarella cheese and the delicious creamy gelato. This area has so much history and culinary influence to create the perfect food technology trip guaranteed to inspire any budding chef and tantalise their taste buds.
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Traditional Pizza making
Students can watch a demonstration of pizza being made followed by a hands on workshop where they can make their own. What better way to learn about local specialities and practice language skills at the same time.
This family run cheese business was established over 60 years ago and has a reputation for producing world-class products. Production here combines the latest technology with traditional methods to increase the quality of the cheese without disturbing the natural equilibrium during the production process. Take part in a practical demonstration making Mozzarella from cow's milk, and a professional and technical tasting of two specialities: Mozzarella and Caciocavallo.
Lemon & Olive Grove Tour
Visit a traditional lemon & olive grove located in the hills of Sorrento (Casarlano). The visit includes a guided walk of the lemon and olive groves (with an overview of the cultivation & harvesting process in season), plus tour of the working mill (in season ending with demonstration of the mozzarella cheese making process.
Visit “I Giardini di Cataldo” limoncello producer for a 45 minute guided tour. Groups will hear about the history of the farm, walk amongst the beautiful lemon groves, receive an explanation of the techniques used to make limoncello, liquors and jams, and see the products being made. There will also be the opportunity for a tasting at the end!
Pasta Factory Visit
Students can see the production process using durum wheat semolina, to create one of Italy’s most iconic foods at this family-run business. During a guided tour of the factory, see how durum wheat is fed into the mill and separated from the bran to create semolina and then transformed into the different types of pasta from short-cut extruded pasta such as Penne, to ribbon-cut noodles such as Fettuccine. After the tour students will receive a small memento from La Fabbrica Della Pasta.
A delicious local delicacy, Gelato is creamer and more dense than ice-cream. Students can take part in a demonstration on how Gelato is produced followed of course by the opportunity to taste the end result.
Home to many artefacts taken from Pompeii and Herculaneum. It is also being regenerated with modern art sculptures in the old squares, with metro stations being transformed into modern masterpieces.
One of the most famous ancient sites in the world. Almost 2000 years ago Mount Vesuvius erupted covering Pompeii in ash, preserving life as it was 2000 years ago, and excavations are ongoing. Plaster cast was poured in the holes in the ash created by bodies, and the result is realistic models of the people buried by the ash.
The eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD buried this town in an airtight layer of solidified volcanic mud, unlike the volcanic ash of Pompeii which took a while to settle and become compressed. Excavations have revealed the ancient town, and have revealed facts such as diet, clothing and furniture.
Guided Visit to the Island of Capri
The island of Capri, is famed for its rugged landscape and designer boutiques and cafes. The island is characterised by the limestone Faraglioni landforms shaped over many years by the erosive power of the sea. A guided tour includes a guide, Hydrofoil from Sorrento, bus to AnaCapri, with its narrow streets and typical small squares, and port funicular. The islands famous caves are only accessible by Laserboat which can be added on to the guided day trip at an additional cost.
Take a trip to the top of Mount Vesuvius, the volcano that dominates the skyline of the Amalfi Coast. You can walk to the top of the mountain, and see close up the volcano that erupted and buried Pompei almost 2000 years ago.
Caves of Pertosa
The Angel Caves of Pertosa unwind for about 2500m across tunnels and immense caverns; they are characterised by the beauty of their stalactite and stalagmite formations and for the impressive caverns, unique in Italy.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Amalfi Coast is spectacular. A ribbon of road clings tightly to steep rugged cliffs interspersed with picturesque towns. Stops include: Ravello; perched like an eagles nest above the Amalfi coast offering vertigo-inducing views of the Mediterranean miles below. Scala; the oldest town of the Amalfi Coast with terraces which slope down towards sea lemon groves.
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