The Mediterranean terrain of Campania is a curious mix of rugged mountains, unraveling beaches, thumbprints of the ancient Greek forefathers, an agriculture tradition since the archaic era, and many scholarly treasures. Nature, in Campania, takes many shapes and colors; from sapphire seas, russet beaches, to weathered mountains and lush green forests. Nestled between the highlands and sea, archeological sites and lively cities are usually linked by marine or hillside roads_ with an astounding backdrop to gaze upon.
Whether you are a history and art enthusiast, you wish to savor the most authentic pizza and Campania’s gastronomy, or seeking the pristine beaches and outdoor-activities; Campania bids it exquisite and comprehensive. To learn more, here is our inclusive guide to the top 15 destinations in the Campania region.
The capital city of the Campania region, Naples is a time-cherished and ever-lively, since the early establishment of Greeks at the port of Nea-polis, or the new town. To start with the foundation, Napoli Sotterranea, is the remains of the ancient city’s erudite system of aqueducts. At the historic core, Santa Maria Assunta cathedral, Europe’s first opera house of San Carlo, and the royal palace and its imperial apartments are the metropolitan’s major tourist attractions.
Naples is awake and vibrant at nights; with alternative music clubs, restaurants and even street vendors with selections of Neapolitan snacks such as Frittura di Pesce or fried fish and Mozzarella stuffed Calzone. Golden shorelines of Golfo di Napoli are lined with restaurants, beach umbrellas, and splendid accommodations and above all, a dazing view over the Bay and nearby islands.
Though, leisure is not the only highlight of the shores; Flavian amphitheater marked as the third-largest in its kind, roman temple, and forum archeological sites, and the Egg Castle is the coast’s cultural gravitations.
Once home to extravagant roman aristocrats, Pompeii was calcified under layers of erupted ash from flares of Mt. Vesuvius nearly 2800 years ago. It is acknowledged as an archeological and miraculous phenomenon, as most of the residents and animal corpses and other carbon-based items and artifacts such as wooden tools, paintings, and cloth material have been preserved.
Plastered figurines of Pompeii are frozen into the last moment after the volcanic gas surge- a powerful impression of the ultimate moments of their apocalyptic demise. Strolling about the ancient ruins visitors come across apartments, temples, the city’s forum, and detailed remains of the civic township including the artistic chambers of Pompeii’s house of lovers.
Ercolano, at the southeast of Naples, suffered the same upsurge of Mt. Vesuvius together with Pompeii, Stabiae, and Torre Annunziata. The size of the city is relatively smaller than Pompeii, though superior in the conservancy. Whereas Pompeii was ash shielded, Herculaneum was preserved under pyroclastic flow and compromises better and more detailed presentations of Roman artifacts such as textiles, decorative objects such as paintings and mosaic works. Ercolano was of high statues and sheltered leisure villa of Naples’ roman king, with an outstanding series of imperial sculptures, paintings, and various other inherited artifacts.
Stabiae, the lava covered archeological site, was excavated in the 18th century as a collective part of Torre Annunziata archeological site; concealing the roman civilization of lower classes. Stabiae discoveries revealed that the small commune served as a Roman Spa.
Seaside town of Pisciotta rests on the pinnacles of Cilento national park, on the quitter side of Campania. The municipality is surrounded by gulfs of Policastro and Paestum contributing streaks of crystalline waters, sandy beaches and coves. The city is another ancient port settlement of Greeks, called by the name of Siri in the past.
Beneath the medieval facade of the borough, rises scholarly and artistic treasures embracing artistic Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, renaissance castle of Marchesale Pappacoda castle, and Villa Francia. The vegetation in the countryside is a harmonic mix of Mediterranean bush forests and olive groves- housing the famous Pisciotta olive oil production.
The national park of Cilento is a timid paragon and rarely visited by travelers. The park’s territory conceals arrays of typical villages, shorelines, crags and cliffs, Cervati trekking highlands, Grotte di Castelcivita caves, an underground cave accessible only by tour and other significant heritage sites. Greek temple of Paestum is a Doric temple, dedicated to the Goddess Hera, and one of the world’s exceptionally well-preserved Greek temples.
Phlegraean Islands at the bay of Naples, encompass the volcanic Isles of Ischia, Procida, Vivara, and Nisida, and is one of Campania’s most desirable destinations. Because of the odd formations of molten lava and colorful shades of the building’s facade, islands’ unique landscape has been a cinematographic icon and featured in many movies. Procida, adjacent to Cape Miseno, was one of the popular retreats of the ancient roman lords. Extraordinary shape of lava rock formations draw tourist increasingly to the fishing island of Procida.
Interspersed with mythology and Greek literature, Vivara Island is considered a haven walked by the mighty Gods. Together with offering sophisticated beach resorts and stylish Italian restaurants, Ischia is renowned for its hot springs and wellness spas. On the scholarly verge, the remnants of roman structures and Castello Aragonese are the historic highlight of Vivara.
Salerno is an antiquated town that today represents a commercial port and a touristic gravitation in Campania region. From a distance, the red terracotta roofs of the inner-city beams above the narrow and stone-cobbled roads, lined with whitewashed buildings. Charismatic outlook of the inhabitation bound a stone maze of medieval buildings together with monumental structures, and museums of an archaic past, at the city’s old quarters.
Fabulous beaches, lively township, and delicious cuisine enchant the passing hour of every visitor. For the nightlife fun, Movida District comes to life in the evenings, with music, dance, eateries, and alternative bars. Overlooking Mar Tirreno or the Tyrrhenian Sea, Castello di Arechi dashes on the hilltops of Salerno, displaying a Byzantine architecture and a spectacular viewpoint.
At the waterfronts of Naples Bay is the lively city of Sorrento packed with modern comfort, inns, and beach resorts- not to neglect, Sorrento’s nights and nightlife. This Municipality is considered a major transport route to connective landmarks in particular Amalfi coast, the city’s belvedere standpoint, that portraits a magnificent view of Capri Island, Vesuvius mountain, and the gulf.
The road to Amalfi itself is a wonderful sight, built over the narrow rocks of Amalfi cliffs. Beaches of this world-famous coast is a luring destination for its white sand and aquamarine waters and stun the viewer with its picturesque appearance. Urbanscape is too, in harmony with the surrounding beauty, is fascinating and hearty; above the colorful hues of houses, rises the greened dome of the town’s Basilicata, fused between cliffs and sea caves.
The jaw-dropping beauty of Capri islands is accessible by a ferry ride from Sorrento’s port. Recognized as a fashionable retreat for the rich and famous, fancy yacht cruises, yacht casinos, luxury hotels, and diners are found in all directions in Marina Grande.
The limestone bedrock of the island has been reformed by the moon tides and timely erosion of the surface, creating astonishing natural compositions to gaze upon; a combination of captivating natural beauty, steep cliffs, and spectacular perspectives.
Grotta Azzurra presents a sophisticated cave bath, assumingly, besides ruins of a few submerged Roman villas. Faraglioni highlands is a sanctuary of rare wildlife, incredible landscapes, and the three lofty peaks of the Isle.
Mt. Vesuvius is one of the high mountaintops of Apennine mountain and placed in Parco Nazionale del Vesuvio. The massif provides a chance to clamber on the active volcano, access rare vantage points with astonishing views, and the sight of roman and Hellenic structures.
The protected park covers a vast area of meadows and uplands including the valley of Gigante, the site of the ancient city of Caldera. Inquisitive topography of the park is a combination of interesting layers of lava formations-from over 30 volcanic eruptions in the past 2000 years- waterfalls and rivers, and the fertile floor of the foothill park lodging a rich flora and fauna.
Opulent in scholarly heritage, the baroque metropolis of Caserta is rooted in a sophisticated background in faith, art, and literature; however from municipal aspects, the city is noted with Industrial, commercial, agronomic, and tourism prospects. Royal Castle of Caserta is a baroque stronghold built in the 18th century, comprising a vast courtyard with magnificent baroque facade-symbolizing the settlement’s fort and composure.
The metropolis is sprawling with Museums, monuments, lush gardens, art exhibitions, and even several intact Roman archeological sites. Monumental faith edifices such as the Cathedral of Saint Michael Archangel and the glorious Sant’Angelo in Formis, dedicated to Archangel Michael.
For spending a day or more with outdoor activities, imposing hiking paths lie on the body of Trebulani Mountains, and the colossal Aqueduct of Vanvitelli, the roman water systems are desirable destinations.
At the borders of Naples communal territory remains the ancient city of Giuliano that once went by the poetic nickname, the land of lilies, in 400 BC. A vast excavated area has unearthed parts of the ancient Latium with an amphitheater, a large Greek necropolis and temples, and a small theatre. This site is situated in the vicinity of lake Patria, the ancient sweet water source for the early settlement, a land of lilies, and perhaps the spring source of the township’s epithet.
Church of Sant’Anna stands as the oldest church, dating prior to the 14th century. The church has been subjected to various renovations and yet presents astonishing decorations by renowned Italian artists including the 16th-century painter, Pietro Negroni. Numerous canvases, frescoes, and decorations have been contributed to the Church of Annunziata, transforming the religious value of this Chiesa to a textbook collection of Neapolitan artists.
Metro and bus routes connect Giugliano to the heart of Naples at regular intervals. Aquapark Free Time and Pareo Waterparks are the favorite get-aways during the summer days, even for Neapolitan residence.
Village of Atrani is regarded among the Amalfi Coast settlements, with a far less traveled road. The charming fishing village is built on the rocky cliffs, with a fusion of architecture hinting to the roman and gothic upbringing of this hamlet. At the historic center, the houses are constructed around the church of San Salvatore- consistently all of the houses were established facing towards east.
Torre Dello Ziro is the village’s antiqued fortress that overshadows Grotto of the Saints, a sacred and natural- formed cove. Walking among the steep and narrow streets of the village, while easing the mind with the pleasant aroma of citrus and lemon cultivations in and about every garden, leads the way towards the ancient staircase and climbs down to the beach. The hill skirts of Vesuvius mountain at Atrani village, propound a staggering view of the Amalfi Coast, and easy to moderate trekking passages for a fascinating stroll in the oak and chestnut woods.
Standing as the last habitation in Amalfi coast, Vietri sul Mare is an artistic hamlet for the art enthusiast, wine fanatics and lovers of the sparkling waters and white sand. Perceived as the capital of artistic and traditional ceramics, dwellers of this village have indulged in the art of pottery, production of precious porcelain and mosaics for centuries.
Consequently, most of the historic landmarks of Vietri sul Mare are embroidered with fine works of mosaics and ceramic ornaments; best displays are found in Villa Guariglia, the church of San Giovanni Battista and the suburb’s small ceramic museum. At the historical quarters, cobbled stoned streets are lined with ceramic souvenir shops and occasional mosaic and porcelain workshops, open for peeking at the artistic craft of Vietri’s pottery masters.
The cliffs overlooking the Amalfi coast are cloaked with widespread vineyards and olive and citrus groves. Viticulture in this village is an ancient tradition inherited from their forefathers, giving birth to various wineries and brewery with wine tasting and dining facilities, for a fine experience of authentic flavors.
While sunbathing, swimming in the pellucid waters and wine tasting in the cool and salty breeze of the Tyrrhenian sea may be applauding for most; others may prefer the quaint mountain settings with the crisp air and high-landish perspectives. Described as little Switzerland, the serene municipality of Agerola contains five villages and is located on the plateaus of Vesuvius mountain on Amalfi Coast.
Once settled by the Romans, Agerola today is an escape route from the scorching sun of the summer months, for the locals and tourists of the Amalfi coast. Grotto di Biscotto, or Biscuit Grotto, is an impressive arched rock formation that marks the way towards God’s path, or a pathway described in such manners for its otherworldly views.
Untainted Monti Lattari Park with its rich biodiversity in both flora and Fiona, and the small park of Colonia Montana, captures much of the undiscovered beauty of the Amalfi coast within their boundaries. Ponte, San Lazzaro, and Santa Maria are three of hamlets in Agerola municipality, offering hospitality and exceptional culinary experience particular to this region.
Casamicciola Terme is a port town at the northern shores of Ischia Island. This town is a sweltering summer and winter destination by housing the most popular hot springs throughout the Campania region. Renowned for the healing properties, thermal springs of Casamicciola Terme are engraved on the town’s armorial bearings; depicting the lady Nizzola with her feet submerged in the healing waters of Terme- hence the ancient name of the city, Casa Nizzola.
The fire breathing earth, as called once by the residents, results from the underground activities of Volcano Rotaro and close to surface lava beneath the plateaus of an extinct volcano. The ancient residence of this locality used the springs for curing alignments and even cooking pottery.
Two large thermal parks with mesmerizing gardens and intricate water system allow the visitors to access the curative waters at the comfort of their spa chambers. From the peaks of Mt. Epomeo to the crystalline shores of Casamicciola Terme, lies a wealth of natural beauty blended with history and mythology, including the legends of a Greek prophetess’s exile in Grotto of Sibilla. The city hosts a few world-famous restaurants and pastry shops, mingled among the more humble eateries and local wine and souvenir shops.
Campania region is one of the most aged and continuously inhabited areas in Italy and across the globe; within every mile of its territory, lies a rich historical culture and inheritance, within every hamlet, town, municipality and natural reserves. A deep and large cove on the coast, not far from Sorrento, formerly operated as a natural port, known as Crapolla.
This fishing village is often neglected by travelers for its well-established neighbors, including the Peninsula of Sorrento. Discovered and ruled by Cuma colony settlements, Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi is another beautiful Italian homestead, with an ancient Greek necropolis, magnificent views, and a serene haven. Booking an audio or in-person tour guides at the local museums help to prevent overlooking fascinating details about these archeological sites.