Fertile, dramatic, and volcanic: ancient Campania has changed little in 4,000 years...
Prized by the Romans for its rich earth, it’s little wonder that this beguiling region of Southern Italy was gifted with the name Campania Felix — happy countryside. It is precisely this fertile country which kick-started Campania’s wine legacy 4,000 years ago, and continues to bring us some of our favourite wines today. Exceptionally elegant reds and modern, richly perfumed whites are borne by the region’s unique volcanic soil — from Taurasi, hailed as ‘the Barolo of the South’, to the celebrated Fiano di Avellino.
In addition to its outstanding wines, Campania offers a fulsome bouquet of cultural excellence, including gastronomic delights, and architectural and archaeological marvels. Among Campania’s swathes of green vine-land and pasture — bordered by the dramatic Amalfi coast and crowned by the buzzing urban sprawl of Naples — we explore rock-cut abbeys, fascinating museums, magnificent temples, and the astonishing remnants of Pompeii and Herculaneum, ancient towns devastated by the mighty Vesuvius.
Join us and travel alongside not one, but two expert guides who are waiting to introduce you to the remarkable history of southern Italy, and to share a glass or two of wine along the way. As the region’s most famous former inhabitants would have said — salutaria!
- The best of both worlds: an irresistible combination of world-famous archaeological sites and mouth-watering wines. Led throughout by not one but two specialist guides — a classical archaeology guide lecturer plus an expert wine guide.
- Wine tastings in local family-run vineyards with native grapes plus cooking classes and delicious local dishes from the home of pizza and buffalo mozzarella.
- See Pompeii, Herculaneum and lesser-known sites with archaeologists who bring these ancient sites to life.
Wine and vine have long been a way of life in this part of Italy, with a multitude of varieties being introduced over the centuries. Of these, the most important is arguably Aglianico, the source of many world-famous and well-respected reds, closely followed by honey-sweet white Falanghina.