Vomero Food Tour
A tour of 'Vomero' a residential neighborhood that unreveals deliciousness from its small stores
Vomero is a heavily urbanized hill in the center of Naples, inhabited by the wealthy middle class. The name probably derives from its ancient agricultural function and from the word "vomere" (ploughshare). Due to the field work done here, the area for centuries was nicknamed "Hill of Broccoli". Nowadays Vomero is a residential area that holds little from this rural past but quite a few historical food places where locals do their grocery shopping or simply go out to eat a bite!
This tour is approx. 5 hours long and will take you through some areas of Vomero, walking through the pedestrian area, mingling with the locals and following them at the deli shop, while tasting local wine. at the restaurant, the street food vendor, the delicatessen, the pastry shop and the bar. Visit the famous 'Mercatino di Antignano', the local open air market where every thing is on sale, where the vendors are local farmers selling their local products. Eat focaccia, salame napoletano, mozzarella, zeppole e panserotti, local wines, seasonal pasta dishes, a delicious espresso, the best chocolates and gelato to die for! Eat your way through a neigborhood you would otherwise ignore.
|Tour Departures||Duration||Running Days|
|10:15 AM||5 hours approx||Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday|
Via Cimarosa (Funicolare di Chiaia Station) - How to get there: Last stop of the funicolare (via Cimarosa) if coming from Chiaia, or catch the yellow line metro to Vanvitelli station and walk to Via Bernini to the Funicolare Station.
Via Cimarosa (Funicolare di Chiaia Station) - Our Tour Leaders will be more that happy to help you out finding your way back!
- We start our food tour with coffee. We will take you to a milestone bar, where you will be served one of the best espresso coffee you will ever taste, seriously! Regardless of its name, Bar Mexico is a real Neapolitan bar serving thousands of coffees a day in the old fashion way, slowly brewed in extremely hot expresso cups over a teaspoon of white sugar.
- The second stop is at one of the best delicatessens of Naples. Alimentari San Martino is an institution in the neighborhood, serving locals for years growing to be the guardian of the local food culture, promoting mainly local products and ancient traditions. Here you will be offered a variety of cold cuts and cheeses washed down with a glass of vino.
- Walk up to the San Martino terrace to take in one of the most beautiful and unconventional views of the ancient city of Naples before visiting a local "cameo factory" where highly skilled artisans hand carve shells, corals and motherpearls into unique pieces of jewellery.
- The third stop is at the "Dolce Idea" chocolate boutique, where you will taste the best "tartufo" (truffle) ice cream or a variety of chocolates by the most outstanding Master Chocolatier of the city, Gennaro Bottone. Considered the king of chocolate, he delights Neapolitans since 1979 with the most mouth watering wonders.
- Enjoy a full immersion in local culture by visitiing the local open air market! The Mercatino di Antignano is the beating heart of the Vomero, what ever you need you can find it here and it's cheap! Just follow the flow and listen, observe and take your time, within minutes you will be sucked in the local sounds, colors, perfumes, products and you could find yourself deep in a conversation with a vendor who only speaks neapolitan and actually making sense!
- The fourth stop is at one of the most famous pastry shops of the city, where you will taste our delicious local treats.
- After the pastries the tour heads down Via Luca Giordano towards the Villa Floridiana, once a noble home it has opened its gardens to the public, where you will find yourself overlooking a breath taking view of Posillipo and Capri.
- The fift stop is stop is at the Friggitoria Vomero for a taste of the day, zeppole e panserotti, frittatine e verdure fritte (deep fried pizza dough, potato dumplings and vegetables) A traditional "cuoppo" (cone of paper) containing deep fried "panserotti", "paste cresciute" and "palle di riso" will be purchased by the tour leader and offered to participants during the the sixth stop..
- The sixth and seventh stop are combined in one at the Osteria Partenope. Here you will taste the typical Neapolitan "impepata di cozze" peppered muscles and our signiture pasta such; spaghetti alle vongole (spaghetti with clams) with two delicious local wines in a small and cosy restaurant run by Fabio, the new generation of the Acunzo's, the family that successfully feeds the neighborhood since the 1920's.