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Campania

Campania

Home to glistening, sun-kissed gulfs and kaleidoscopic coastal villages, Campania is the Italy you have seen on a million postcards. But underneath the beauty, there lies a fabulous food scene that centres around fresh seafood, vegetables, cheese, and of course, Naples – the home of pizza.

There’s absolutely no questioning the beauty of Campania – thousands and thousands of us head there every year to snap the pastel-hued villages of the Amalfi Coast, immerse ourselves in the hectic buzz of Naples, soak in the azure waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea and gaze longingly through the windows of designer shops on the idyllic island of Capri. Most of us go for the views and stumble upon delicious things to eat when we get there, but if you’re travelling with food in mind, Campania is a veritable playground of flavour.

Campania sits on the western edge of the Italian durum wheat belt, alongside Puglia, Molise and Abruzzo. Though wheat is grown all over the country, this specific latitude provides ideal conditions for some very specific and delicious ancient wheat varieties. As a result, the Campanese are experts when it comes to pasta and bread. Head to the provincial capital of Naples of course, and you’ll find yourself in the birthplace of pizza – a quintessential Italian dish that lays a solid claim to being the most popular food in the world.

Food in Campania isn’t just about pizza though. Naples has a thriving food scene of its own (and a brilliant coffee culture too), but head out into the the countryside around the city and you’ll find meals revolve around fresh fruit and vegetables, seafood, local cheeses and salumi. The temperate conditions make this region a paradise for fruit and vegetable growers, with the coastal breeze providing a unique microclimate for famous Amalfi and Sorrento lemons. Fishermen bring in huge hauls every day, with everything from the tiny anchovy to the giant octopus in their nets. This is also the home of mozzarella di bufalacasefici (cheesemakers) milk their buffalo herds on the marshy plains and create smooth pearls of mozzarella – the freshest you’ll ever eat in your life. Get yourself prepared for the delights of Campania with our guide below and read more about this incredible region, before recreating some of its most iconic dishes at home.

Campania: a complete foodie guide

Campania is one of Italy's great food destinations – a region blessed with a bounty of produce. Check out our detailed guide to this coastal region, complete with tips on cooking traditional Campanese dishes.

Fish and seafood

Amalfi lemons: the best in the world

Amalfi lemons are an iconic symbol of Italy’s bountiful produce. They remain highly prized around the world for their flavour and aroma, but what makes them so special?

Campanese classics

Pearls of the Mediterranean

All in the dough

Franco Pepe's pizza is famous across the world, often hailed as the very best there is. Good pizza always starts with good dough, so we visited the master to find out exactly how he makes his.

Discover Naples

The wines of Campania

Campania's volcanic soils and breezy coastal climate produce some incredible grapes, which in turn become beautiful wines. Here are the bottles to look out for.

Sweet treats

How to make the best babà

Rum babà originated in France, but it was the city of Naples that made it famous. Learn how to make this luxuriously sticky citrus sponge cake at home.

The chefs of Campania

Francesco Sposito

Rosanna Marziale

Andrea Migliaccio

Franco Pepe

Ernesto Iaccarino

Salvatore Elefante

Marianna Vitale