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Nat Geo Day Tour: A Taste of Tramonti, Pizza Making and Wine Tasting
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Nat Geo Day Tour: A Taste of Tramonti, Pizza Making and Wine Tasting

Discover the treasures of Tramonti on this National Geographic Day Tour. The day starts with a scenic ride along the Bay of Naples, under the watchful eye of Mount Vesuvius, leading through Monte Lattari and Valle dei Chiunzi, where the small hamlets of Tramonti await. The world owes its love of pizza to the ancestors of today's residents of Tramonti — it's thanks to them that pizzerias have spread across the globe. Your National Geographic-trained guide will share tales of local culture and history as you weave along the scenic roads towards your first destination. Perched high above the Amalfi Coast, Tramonti beckons with lemon orchards, chestnut trees, and terraced vineyards. Your first stop is the garden of Acarbio, a visionary association committed to reuniting people with tradition and nature that has been promoting the Amalfi Coast's candidature to become a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Here, you'll enjoy a refreshment while discovering some of the ongoing projects, including the revival of the historical Rè Fiascone tomato, an almost-extinct key ingredient for pizza making. It's hard not to be inspired by this dynamic association, and their dedication to preserving the Amalfi Coast's rural heritage and hidden biodiversity, focusing on reviving local agriculture and endangered species. From there, you'll travel to a family-run vineyard, nestled among Tramonti's terraced slopes. Stroll amidst some of Europe's ancient vines, uncovering the secrets to their remarkable resilience. Then, treat your palate to an exquisite wine tasting, savoring the rich flavors of Amalfi Coast wines. The last stop of the tour is a local Agritourism venue, in their rural restaurant, for a hands-on pizza-making workshop led by a skilled pizza chef, who'll guide you through the art of crafting traditional pizzas. The president of the Tramonti Pizzaioli Association — an important national association of around 2000 pizza chefs — will shed light on Tramonti's pivotal role in global pizza history. Finally, relish your culinary creations during a delectable lunch.

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Nat Geo Day Tour: The History of Pasta
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Nat Geo Day Tour: The History of Pasta

Discover the essence of Gragnano on this National Geographic-exclusive pasta tour, starting with a scenic bus ride along the Bay of Naples under the watchful eye of Mount Vesuvius. Your National Geographic-trained guide will give you an insight into Campanian culture as you soak up the views.Your first stop is the Valley of the Mills, a ravine on the slopes between Sorrento, Naples and the Amalfi Coast. Here, a local volunteer historian and retired miller, dedicated to the restoration of the site, will reveal the fascinating engineering behind the series of mills, of which two will be exclusively opened for travelers on this tour.Enjoy a leisurely walk through the landscape before heading to a renowned pasta factory with deep-rooted traditions. Be amazed by the creativity of chief pasta maker, Antonino Moccia, and the factory's 140 different shapes of pasta. Accompanied by the factory's owner, you'll embark on a tour of the museum, hearing stories that have shaped this industry over the centuries. You'll learn about one of the oldest pasta-making families of the area, an ancestry that is partly responsible for pasta's transatlantic journey to the United States in the late 1800's.Next, it's time to roll up your sleeves at an interactive pasta-making session, with Nonna Giuseppina on hand to guide you as you knead. Finally, indulge in a pasta lunch featuring ingredients sourced from the factory's garden, a true farm-to-table experience and a rewarding way to end the tour.

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Nat Geo Day Tour: Spartacus' World at Ancient Capua
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Nat Geo Day Tour: Spartacus' World at Ancient Capua

Boasting a strategic location on the Via Appia, Ancient Capua was a hugely important city since its foundation in the 5th century BCE. Your journey begins at the Arena of Spartacus, the ancient amphitheater in Capua. Second in size only to Rome's Colosseum, this amphitheater is older, better preserved, and less crowded. Join your guide, a specialist in Roman archaeology, to tour the home of the Gladiator school of Ancient Rome where the legendary gladiator Spartacus made his daring escape and ignited his revolt against Roman slavery.Upon leaving the army, Spartacus was sold into slavery. He was ordered to go to Capua to enroll in Gladiator training school, where he rebelled against his enslavement and managed to escape alongside several other trainee gladiators. He became the leader of the growing group of escaped slaves who were ready to fight for freedom and autonomy. Against the odds, Spartacus and his rebel army resisted Roman attempts to overpower them, becoming a symbol of resistance against oppression.As you explore the amphitheater's ‘hypogeum' or underground area, you'll feel like you have a backstage pass to the gladiator shows of days past. The areas here are far better preserved than those found at the Colosseum of Rome. You'll then visit what is known as the 'gladiator's room,' off limits to other visitors. Still being studied, specialist archeologists are still trying to understand the room's original purpose.An augmented reality experience, exclusive to National Geographic travelers, will bring to life the experience of being Spartacus 2000 years ago, complete with reconstructions of the original amphitheater from the perspective of both the spectators and the gladiators. Step into the shoes of Spartacus, and feel the pulse of Ancient Rome.After your tour, relax over a lunch lovingly prepared with local organic produce by owners who take pride in maintaining their historic surroundings. The restaurant is conveniently located on the perimeter of the archeological site.

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Nat Geo Day Tour: Gragnano, the Epicenter of Dried Pasta Production
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Nat Geo Day Tour: Gragnano, the Epicenter of Dried Pasta Production

Embark on an unforgettable adventure through Gragnano, the epicenter of dried pasta production. The tour starts with a picturesque bus ride along the Bay of Naples, offering panoramic views dominated by the presence of Mount Vesuvius. Throughout the day, your National Geographic-trained guide will provide intriguing insights into Campanian culture. Your first destination is the idyllic Valley of the Mills, nestled between the towns of Sorrento, Naples and the Amalfi Coast. Here, you'll have the rare privilege of exploring the historical site, together with a local historian & retired miller who is dedicated to this important restoration project. He will explain in detail the ingenious engineering that powered the mills, a captivating revelation exclusively reserved for National Geographic travelers. As you take a leisurely stroll through this lush landscape, you can connect with the natural beauty that has inspired generations. The next stop is a renowned pasta factory with deep-rooted traditions. Prepare to be amazed by the creativity of chief pasta maker, Antonino Moccia, and the factory's 140 different shapes of pasta, some of which are patented. Accompanied by the factory's owner, you'll embark on a tour of the museum, hearing intimate stories that have shaped this industry over the centuries.Don your apron and go backstage to the production area to see the pasta-making process step by step, gaining a deeper appreciation for the artistry and precision that goes into crafting each piece of pasta. You'll discover the meticulous packaging techniques that ensure the final product reaches homes around the world in pristine condition. As a delightful conclusion to your immersive experience, savour the culmination of this intricate process by indulging in a plate of gragnese pasta, allowing the rich flavours and unique texture to transport you to the heart of Italian culinary tradition.

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Herculaneum private and personalized tour with a local guide
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Herculaneum private and personalized tour with a local guide

Book this private tour of Herculaneum with a local guide to discover brilliantly preserved ruins, luxury villas, frescoes and mosaics of ancient Roman civilisation.

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From ancient to modern Naples tour with underground entry
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From ancient to modern Naples tour with underground entry

Book this small group tour to discover the ancient and modern charm of Naples. Explore Underground Naples and walk the city streets with your expert local guide.

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Traditions, superstitions and legends of Naples small group tour

Traditions, superstitions and legends of Naples small group tour

Book tickets to discover local legends, beliefs and traditions in the historic heart of Naples in this small group tour led by a local expert guide.

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Tour of Positano, Amalfi and Ravello
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Tour of Positano, Amalfi and Ravello

Explore the three jewels of Amalfi Coast in only one day on board of a deluxe vehicle with a professional English speaking driver!

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Herculaneum small group tour with an archaeologist
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Herculaneum small group tour with an archaeologist

Discover the archeological site of Herculaneum with an expert and find out more about the city's final hours walking among its ruins!

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Naples Underground skip-the-line ticket with guided tour
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Naples Underground skip-the-line ticket with guided tour

Enjoy a guided tour 40 meters below Naples's lively historic center and admire unique sites such as ruins of an ancient Roman theater and WWI air-raid shelters.

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Day tour to Pompeii from Naples
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Day tour to Pompeii from Naples

Discover Pompeii from Naples in one day, thanks to this shuttle bus transfer with audio guide in five languages.

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Naples pizza making lesson in traditional restaurant
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Naples pizza making lesson in traditional restaurant

Learn how to make a perfect Neopolitan pizza with a pizza chef master, learn about the pizza and taste some fresh local ingredients

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Things to do in Naples

A city of vibrant streets and frayed beauty, Naples has a great cultural and artistic wealth which attracts visitors from all over the planet. Edgy and frenetic, rich in history and tattered architectural gems, this is a city that will surprise you at every corner. The noisy city centre is a riot of intoxicating colours, ancient streets, swarms of mopeds, peaceful sanctuaries and hidden treasures. ‘See Naples and die,’ declared Goethe, revealing how hard he had fallen for the capital of Campania. With so many different things to do, iconic attractions to visit – plus one of the tastiest regional cuisines in Italy – we are sure it will steal your heart, too. Top six things to do in Naples 1. Visit Pompeii and Herculaneum Just a short hop from the city centre, you’ll find the archaeological site of Pompeii, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. Once an important outpost of ancient Rome, Pompeii was well preserved by layers of ash and cinders under which it lay buried following the catastrophic eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Today, Pompeii attracts over 3 million visitors a year and it’s a definite must-see on your trip to Naples. Follow the flagstone streets of the town to see a civilisation frozen in time. Don’t miss a visit to the Villa dei Misteri with its cryptic frescoes, incredibly vivid and captivating after almost 2,000 years. As you explore, you’ll discover Roman baths, an amphitheatre, temples and shops that’ll transport you back in time. Not far from Pompeii, you should fit in a visit to the excavations of Herculaneum, a town with a similar history to Pompeii but much smaller and with lower footfall. Join a guided tour of the Herculaneum archaeological park to visit all the highlights of this little jewel suspended in time.2. Stroll along Spaccanapoli If you look at an aerial photo of Naples city centre, you can’t miss the dead straight street that cuts the city in two. This is Spaccanapoli – literally ‘split Naples’ – the historic street that connects the Quartieri Spagnoli to the Forcella district, dividing the north from the south of the old city. There’s no better way to get a real feel for the authentic Neapolitan atmosphere than walking through the seven streets that join up to make this one long thoroughfare, getting lost among ancient buildings, churches and urban folklore. Follow Spaccanapoli west to east to tick off some of the most famous attractions of the city. There’s the wonderful Complex of Santa Chiara with its majolica cloister, then you’ll find yourself in Piazza San Domenico Maggiore, with its striking obelisk. Turn left into Via San Gregorio Armeno, the famous and crowded ‘Christmas Alley’, where artisan nativity figures, religious or otherwise, take centre stage. For a quick refuel, Neapolitan style, stop by the Scaturchio bakery where you can eat the best ever ‘sfogliatella’ – a crisp, shell-shaped pastry stuffed with citrussy ricotta – a Neapolitan staple. 3. Admire the sculpture of the Veiled Christ Another headline attraction within easy reach of Spaccanapoli is the San Severo Chapel, a solemn baroque museum which houses the sculpture of the Veiled Christ. This marble masterpiece was created in 1753 by Giuseppe Sanmartino and is famous worldwide for its extraordinary, ethereal beauty. It seems to break the laws of physics to see marble that has been coaxed into a gossamer veil draped over the pained body of Christ. The almost translucent appearance of the veil is testament to the skill of the artist who sculpted it. Capturing the serene expression and the marks on the body showing Jesus’ martyrdom make this a spellbinding work. Despite this sculpture’s huge religious value, it is housed inside a Masonic temple full of secretive symbols and other unusual works, including the renowned Anatomical Machines. This is entirely in keeping with the city’s rich history of contradictions, and somehow enhances the sculpture’s appeal. 4. Explore Underground Naples If you love touring the city above ground, wait until you see what lies beneath. Naples boasts a dense network of underground tunnels, aqueducts and cisterns built over the centuries and used since ancient times for various purposes. When you tour underground Naplesm you’ll peel away layers and layers of history – from classical relics to shelters used during WWII – retracing 2400 years of the city’s past. Among the many intriguing sites to explore, the most spectacular are the Galleria Borbonica, which was built in the 19th century as a royal escape route direct to the sea, the Graeco-Roman aqueduct and the Hellenistic hypogea, which are ancient tombs full of brightly coloured sarcophagi. 5. Soak up the street life in Piazza del Plebiscito A true symbol of the city and a buzzing hub of activity, Piazza del Plebiscito can be easily reached by public transport. When you get off the metro at the dazzling Toledo underground station, note the famous mosaic decorations and be sure to check out the evocative Galleria del Mare – the Tunnel of the Sea. Back out in the piazza, the undisputed star of the show is the Basilica of San Francesco di Paola, whose semi-circular colonnade frames the whole area. If you dare, try closing your eyes and crossing the 170 metres between the Royal Palace and the two horse statues in front of the basilica. Legend has it that walking across in a straight line is impossible because of a curse put on the piazza by Queen Margherita. Will you be able to break it? After all that tramping through the city, pop to the northern corner of the piazza to enjoy a coffee at the Gran Caffè Gambrinus, a stalwart of the Neapolitan café scene, great for a treat in sumptuous surroundings. If you’re feeling generous, you can pay a coffee forward by asking for a ‘caffè sospeso’ – a hanging coffee, left suspended as a gift for those who, unfortunately, cannot afford it. 6. Try Italy’s best pizza It would be rude not to. Back in 2017, the art of the Neapolitan pizza chef was recognized by UNESCO as part of the intangible heritage of humanity. But it has been recognised by locals and visitors for far longer than that, as pizza was a Neapolitan invention served up hot and fragrant since the 18th century. As simple as it is savoury, the pizza you find in Naples has a thin base, moist toppings and a billowy crust. With so many historic pizzerias to choose from, you can’t go far wrong. For no-frills simplicity, you can’t beat Antica Pizzeria da Michele, which opened in 1870. Stepping into the Starita pizzeria might feel familiar if you have seen the movie L’Oro di Napoli with Sofia Loren – some scenes were filmed here. Sorbillo is another crowd pleaser whose popularity has allowed it to expand into other Italian cities as well as the US and Japan. If you prefer to munch a great pizza on the go, try the unmissable pizza portafoglio and popular pizza fritta – folded and fried pizza, respectively – available from several street food outlets called ‘friggitorie’ dotted around the old town.
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