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Best Food Tours in Naples

Naples is a city famous for its gastronomic quality. Therefore, a trip around the city should not only include visiting different sites, but also tasting its most typical food.

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

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Best Food Tours in Naples

Naples Gastronomy | ©Anna Shvets

If you are visiting Naples, you have probably been attracted to this city for its cultural heritage, its churches and ancient buildings, as well as for the nature that surrounds it. But its gastronomy and its products of origin have a great popularity and prestige that you should also know and experience.

Find out all the information you need about the gastronomic tours of the city: from typical street food tastings to wine tastings of the region. Read on and discover the delicacies that await you in every corner.

1. Private typical street food tour

Eating Tarallo| ©PeppaSophie
Eating Tarallo| ©PeppaSophie

As I was saying, Naples is a city that simply loves to eat. Its history is closely linked to cuisine and, above all, traditions. Booking a private street food tour of Naples will allow you to delve into the famous Neapolitan culture and learn about the different typical dishes and their origins. Tours of the historic center are generally 3 hours long, where you will get to taste the most iconic street foods. You will learn the highlights from a specialized guide while tasting the delicacies of Naples.

The starting point of the typical food tours is usually Piazza Bellini, where you will have the first tasting. Each tour includes tastings of different types that may vary according to the company but generally include: tarallo, a kind of small circular cookies characteristic of southern Italy; the best fresh buffalo mozzarella and the traditional pizza fritta, symbol and pride of the city of Naples.

But a visit to Naples is not complete without tasting its delicious limoncello. Then it's time for local artisanal gelato and typical local pastas such as Sfogliatella and Babà. One delight after another.

Interesting details

  • Price: 133 €.
  • Duration: 3.
  • Means of transportation: on foot.
  • Advantages of this option: you will taste 6 typical meals in one tour and you don't need so much time of your stay to dedicate to the tour.
  • Disadvantages of this option: the tour is entirely on foot.

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2. Private gastronomic tour with 10 tastings

Casa Infante Ice Cream Parlor| ©Michael U
Casa Infante Ice Cream Parlor| ©Michael U

If you book a private gastronomic tour of Naples you will have the opportunity to taste 10 Neapolitan delicacies in one tour. Discover the food of Naples on a daytime tour led by a private guide, who will take you to the best corners where you can enjoy the pleasures of Naples. You will be able to taste recipes of typical dishes such as Neapolitan pizza, pasta, fish and different locally sourced baked goods, accompanied by exquisite drinks such as prosecco and wine.

Most tours start at the Casa Infante ice cream parlor, one of the oldest and most prestigious in all of Naples. Then, as you tour the city and enjoy a leisurely walk, you will drink the best prosecco and taste tarallo, because no visit to Naples is complete without this combination. But of course, you can't miss the opportunity to taste a good fried fish in a local Neapolitan market. The tour also includes a tasting of incredibly creamy mozzarella di buffala.

Pasta Sundays are like a religion in Naples, so you will join this popular tradition by tasting a plate of the best al dente pasta. When it's time for sweets, you will enjoy the most famous pastries. You will taste sfogliette and babà accompanied by a Neapolitan coffee and a Limoncello. Finally, you will head to the Obelisco to try the fritto misto, a fabulous mix of fried vegetables and a great crunchy appetizer. You'll crown the day with the ever-present Neapolitan pizza.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 119 €.
  • Duration: 3 hours.
  • Means of transport: on foot.
  • Advantages of this option: you will taste 10 typical foods in one tour.
  • Disadvantages of this option: the tour is on foot.

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3. Gastronomic experience with lunch or dinner in Naples

If you book a gastronomic experience with lunch or dinner in Naples, you will be fully immersed in the Neapolitan culture, as you will join a show cooking in a family's home. It is a personalized and private plan, planned for small groups, so it will be adapted to your tastes and requests.

This activity lasts approximately 3 hours and includes a welcome aperitif with sparkling wine and a four-course menu, which usually includes the following recipes: mozzarella in carrozza, pasta patate e provola, calamarata, parmigiana di melanzane or cannelloni alla napoletana. All of them dishes that will delight your palate.

And, of course, there will be desserts: babà, a pastry flavored with a liqueur, or pastiera, a cake filled with a mixture of sweet ricotta, sugar, eggs and orange blossom scent.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 85 €.
  • Duration: 2.5 hours.
  • Means of transport: on foot.
  • Advantages of this option: You will get into the kitchen of a local family.
  • Disadvantages of this option: In case of allergies and intolerances must be indicated when booking.

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4. Two-hour gastronomic tour at a very affordable price

On this gastronomic tour of Naples, you will get to know the two versions of the authentic Neapolitan pizza: fried pizza and pizza a portafoglio, and other delicacies of the local gastronomy at a very affordable price.

The tour, which lasts approximately two hours and starts around 12 noon, will allow you to delve into the culinary culture of the city of Vesuvius with a professional expert guide in groups, a bit large, up to 25 people, but at a very affordable price.

You will be able to taste specialties such as tarallo napoletano, mozzarella, cuoppo or trippa, as well as desserts such as sfogliatelle, pastiera or babà. And, of course, there will be plenty of limoncello and delicious coffee. A must for all visitors to Naples, don't hesitate!

Interesting details

  • Price: from 25 €.
  • Duration: 2 hours.
  • Means of transport: on foot.
  • Advantages of this option: it is a very economical option.
  • Disadvantages of this option: the tour can be very crowded, as it admits a total of 25 people.

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5. Gastronomic walking tour by night: food and wine with a local guide

Eggplant parmigiana| ©Gianluca Cernigliaro
Eggplant parmigiana| ©Gianluca Cernigliaro

In this case, the gastronomic tour of Naples takes place at night in order to enjoy the monuments of Naples illuminated. This type of tour lasts about 4 hours, during which you will make different stops to taste the local cuisine. The particularity of these tours is that they are oriented to less popular and massive stores, so you will discover hidden gems of the city of Naples.

You will taste about 7 dishes with the information and explanation of your expert guide, such as eggplant parmigiana, zucchini flowers, babà e sfogliatelle. Other delicacies include pizza margherita and fried pizza, which you will taste exactly where they were created.

Touring Naples by night tasting different typical dishes is definitely one of the best activities to do during your stay in the city. The illuminated Convent of Santa Chiara and the Church of Gesù Nuovo will draw many a sigh, as well as Piazza San Gaetano and the basilicas of San Paolo and San Lorenzo.

Interesting details

  • Price: from 85 €.
  • Duration: 4 hours.
  • Means of transport: on foot.
  • Advantages of this option: you will discover a completely different side of the city.
  • Disadvantages of this option: the tour is entirely on foot.

6. Tour of a gastronomic market in Naples

Pignasecca Market| ©IlSistemone
Pignasecca Market| ©IlSistemone

This type of gastronomic tour differs from the rest because it takes place only inside a city market. Instead of walking around the city and completing the visit by tasting typical dishes, here you will go directly to the origin of the most delicious flavors.

At the Pignasecca Market, you will walk through all its alleys to get to know the freshest Neapolitan products and tastings to savor typical delicacies. This market is one of the oldest, and a visit to this place will allow you to taste potato croquettes, fried mozzarella and arancini, and cold cuts in a typical salumeria.

To end the tour, you can't miss the babà and Neapolitan sfogliatella with an espresso coffee or a tasting of Sorrento limoncello.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 37 €.
  • Duration: 2 hours.
  • Means of transport: on foot.
  • Advantages of this option: you will learn more about Neapolitan gastronomy in a local market.
  • Disadvantages of this option: the tour takes place only in one place.

7. 3-hour guided walking tour and pizza dinner

Eating pizza in Naples| ©Jeremy Keith
Eating pizza in Naples| ©Jeremy Keith

This tour is a perfect combination of a city tour and a very typical Naples tasting: Neapolitan pizza.

Getting the best Neapolitan pizza can be difficult in a city with so many choices, as each one you try seems better than the last. But on this walking tour you will end a hard day of sightseeing by dining at a pizzeria carefully selected for you. It must be for this reason, that the pizza of the city of Naples has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This tour lasts about 3 hours, enough time to be able to walk around the most beautiful and picturesque parts of Naples, the sights and take pictures of the historical monuments. Your guide will tell you all about the history of this city, where you will learn everything you need to know to understand the culture and this particular city. Of course, he will also tell you some secrets to achieve the perfect pizza, just as the Italians bake it.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 44 €.
  • Duration: 3 hours.
  • Means of transport: on foot.
  • Advantages of this option: you will taste the best Neapolitan pizza in town.
  • Disadvantages of this option: you will only have one tasting.

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Why is it advisable to take a gastronomic tour in Naples?

Pizza in Naples| ©Bryce Edwards
Pizza in Naples| ©Bryce Edwards

As you can see, taking a gastronomic tour in Naples is a very fun activity. The particularity of this city is that it has a lot of its own gastronomic offer. Everything you taste in Naples was created there, and Neapolitans swear that you will not taste these delicacies anywhere else in the world.

In addition, Italians are very proud of their food and it is a fundamental part of their identity as a culture. The people of Naples love to talk about food and recipes, and by learning about it you will be gaining an invaluable tool for dealing with any local.

Of course, besides being completely interesting tours, the food is really delicious. So don't hesitate any longer.

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What are the advantages of taking a guided food tour VS on your own?

Starting the tour| ©Colin
Starting the tour| ©Colin

Taking a guided tour is one of the essential things to see and do in Naples. It will allow you to optimize your time in the city. By hiring a tour, the itinerary is designed so that in the duration of the tour you can visit the most important parts of the historic center, as well as visit the main gastronomic spots.

Many of them are not in any travel guide or famous food places. That is why it is important to get information from an expert guide for your tour. It is possible that many of these places would not have been easily accessible on your own.

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