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Italy
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Italian food is all about the concept of “materia prima,” the raw ingredients. There is an incomprehensible depth of knowledge about growing, choosing and preparing the very best ingredients, with truly remarkable results: think the pizza of Naples…pure poetic simplicity or tender courgette flowers stuffed with cacciota cheese and fried until crisp...out of this world!

Without a doubt, the relatively small piece of mostly volcanic soil between Naples and Salerno may be one of the most gastronomically important pieces of land in Italy. It is also scenically breathtaking. Along the Amalfi coast, the dreamy perfection of Positano, Ravello and Sorrento beckon, and between gastronomic adventures there will be time for sightseeing in such historic locations as Pompeii and Paestum. Not only that, your stay on the Isle of Capri will be every bit as magical as the songs written about it imply.

Fertile volcanic soil near Mount Vesuvius and a thriving fishing industry combine to make Campania's kitchen one of the most fortunate and varied in Italy. Campania's exuberant cuisine relies on sun-kissed vegetables and herbs, salty capers, dried pasta, succulent tomatoes, lemons of endless variety and fragrance and fresh farmhouse cheeses. There you will find the elaborate dishes of the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century; one, a rich rice Timballo called Sartù di Riso, is made only for feasts. Another is a unique pasta called Scialatielli, shaped into stout strands and tossed with seafood and flavorful cherry tomatoes.

There is no other place in the world quite like Italy. The hospitality and graciousness of the people coupled with this extraordinary country's culinary heritage and spectacular natural surroundings is a precious gift, one to be experienced with all the senses. Truly extraordinary!
The Wines
The last decade has been a dynamic one in Campania, with new and notable wine estates emerging all over the region, especially in the Taurasi DOCG zone. Famous for its archaelogical grape varieties that date back to antiquity, Campania is also home to two of the most sought-after boutique reds, "Terra di Lavoro”, a powerful aglianico-based wine by Fontana Galardi and “Montevetrano,” an aglianico-merlot-cabernet from a small estate winery in the Cilento region.
 
 
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