Naples (Pompeii/Amalfi), Italy
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Approximately 6 Hours
Visit a typical Campanian dairy to discover the secrets of real mozzarella cheese, and see the fascinating archeological site of Paestum.
Board a motorcoach for a panoramic drive to an antique dairy farm that exclusively uses the milk produced by its own buffalos to make delicious mozzarella cheese. Here you will watch the traditional Campania D.O.P. buffalo mozzarella being made, and taste the farm's other dairy products that are produced exclusively from estate-raised buffalos. The farm also grows grass and grain to feed its 600 buffalos. No antibiotics are used here -- if an animal needs help it is treated with homeopathic remedies.
Next, drive south to Paestum -- once one of the richest and most successful Greek colonies on the western Tyrrhenian Sea. Look around you -- it's easy to see why the Greeks settled here. Sweeping, flat countryside and rich soil were the backbone of the ancient farming community. The hinterland that became the breadbasket of the city of Paestum, founded more than 2,500 years ago, is still an important agricultural resource in the 21st century.
Visit the three beautiful, colonnaded temples, similar to the Parthenon in Greece, built by the Greeks and still fairly intact to this day. Many Greek artifacts have also been discovered in this area. These are on display in the local museum and you will see them on your visit to that facility.
Re-board your motorcoach and return to the ship at the tour's end.
Participants must be able to walk approximately 1½ miles over uneven and cobblestone surfaces at Paestum, with a few steps at the farmhouse. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring a hat. Paestum is not wheelchair accessible. The drive between Salerno and mozzarella diary is approximately 45 minutes; the return drive from Paestum to Salerno is approximately 1¼ hours, dependent upon traffic conditions. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.