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Campania is a southern region in Italy, and is the second-most-populous region. From the mouth of the Garigliano River to the Gulf of Policastro, Campania stretches along the Tyrrhenian Sea offering abundance in breathtaking landscapes, fertile lands, and some of the best known attractions in Italy. Campania is known for the seemingly boundless rolling hills, with the exception of the Matese Mountains bordering Molise, and the rugged Irpinia area.

Another of Italy’s all-season tourist spots, travelers can enjoy summers along the coast, visit inland towns during the spring and autumn months, and despite the abundant snowfall in the winter, the mountainous regions are also very pleasant.

Boasting some of the most beautiful natural landmarks in the world, Campania has everything any holiday could ask for. From the unmatched splendors of the Amalfi Coast, to one of the very few still active volcanoes in Europe, Vesuvius on the Gulf of Naples, there is plenty to see to create a rich Italian experience with memories sure to last a lifetime.



Mountain Sports: Underground excursions, cross-country skiing, hiking, and mountain scenery of unrivalled beauty are only a few of the opportunities for tourists in the mountainous area.

Sail, Kayak, or Kanoe: What could be greater than taking the slow way round, and exploring the many wonders that lie on the scenic coast of Campania? The sea offers many opportunities for activities like boat tours, canoeing, or kayaking.

Wine Routes: Campania is a land that is naturally blessed by sun and sea. So of course, Campania boasts some of its own excellent and internationally-appreciated wines. A wide variety of high-caliber, bold flavored ‘blood of Bacchus’ reds are for the tasting.

Thermal Spas: There are many opportunities on an Italian vacation where one can experience the sites of a world past, or have fun in the sun, and get a little sporty, but it would be amiss to forego the regenerative properties of a little rest and relaxation.  Campania is a hot spot, literally, and known for its thermal spas and baths that should not be missed. Spas here are especially exceptional. Due to the volcanic phenomena of the past there are several aquifers that still generate thermal waters rich in therapeutic properties.

Typically, the best spas in this area are in Ischia, one of the pearls of the Gulf of Naples. Thanks to its volcanic beginnings, Ischia boasts one of the best hydrothermal baths in the world. Castellammare di Stabia, Pozzuoli and Sant’Angelo are some other places where you can devote time to yourself to rejuvenate body, mind, and soul.

Boat Tours: Board a typical luxurious Capri gozzo boat and set sail for a private boating tour around the island’s many secluded bays, attractions, and legendary sea caves like the Grotta Azzurra and the Grotta Verde. During the tour passengers can expect stops for swimming through the crystal clear waters, climb the steps leading up to the Grotta Bianca, enjoy a fresh lunch aboard or travel to a nearby restaurant like the one found at the base of  Faro di Punta Carena (Capri’s lighthouse), and lastly, wrap up the tour with sunbathing or napping in the cool sea breeze.

For more information on this tour, visit the private boat tour itinerary.


A historical jewel in Italy, boasting over 2,000 years of history, Naples stretches along one of the most famous bays of the same name, offering the unmistakable silhouette of Vesuvius to the East. As the capital of Campania, its history is evident in every corner of its historic centre, which is the largest in Europe, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From monuments and castles, to churches and palaces, there are countless architectural wonders to behold. There is also a collection of art not to be missed.

You can visit Castel Nuovo (New Castle), known as the Maschio Angioino, the Royal Palace, Capodimonte Royal Palace, the Church of Saint Clare, San Domenico Maggiore, San Lorenzo Maggiore, Santa Maria Donnaregina, Sant’Anna dei Lombardi, the Duomo, the Church of Gesù Nuovo (New Jesus) and the Sanctuary of Gesù Vecchio (Old), to name a few.

Naples also has a thriving international art scene, visible throughout the many masterpieces found in the city’s great museums, such as the Archaeological Museum, Capodimonte Museum, and the San Martino Museum.

Pompeii and Herculaneum: Destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D., Pompeii is an ongoing excavation site and outdoor museum of the ancient Roman settlement. If you’re interested in seeing a city frozen in time, complete with everything from jars and tables, to paintings and people who were frozen in time, Pompeii is the city to satiate your need for historical living.

The next door ruins at Herculaneum are much smaller than those at Pompeii, so it is very possible to walk through the entire excavation and see all the highlights in part of an afternoon.

Sorrento: Roughly 30 miles outside of Naples, Sorrento is a very popular destination for visitors. Set against an inspiring backdrop of a sandy coastline, coupled with a mild climate, it’s no surprise that it’s a hot spot for famous personalities dating back to the Roman times. Among them Lord Byron, Keats, Goethe, Ibsen, Walter Scott; it was also the birthplace of poet Torquato Tasso, who gives name to Sorrento’s central square.

In addition to its natural beauty, there are many sites, works of art, and monuments to see, including the Church and Monastery of San Francesco, used, today, for classical music concerts, and the magnificent Cathedral of Santi Filippo e Giacomo.

Caserta: Caserta is known most notably for the famous Reggia di Caserta (Royal Palace of Caserta), the largest palace and one of the largest buildings erected in Europe during the 18th century. Boasting four courtyards, 1,200 rooms on 5 floors, 34 stairs, the royal palace is a genuine work of architectural and decorative art. Inside, you will be amazed by the continuous works of art, the stucco, bas-reliefs, frescoes, sculptures, and floor inlay.

Amalfi Coast: Boasting 31 miles along the southern side of the Sorrentine Peninsula, southeast of Naples, and extending from Positano in the west to Vietri sul Mare in the east, is the Amalfi coast. Most famous for the town of Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana) is one of Europe and Italy’s most breathtaking places to visit. In the Amalfi Coast, vacationers can expect to enjoy the views of whitewashed villas, lemon groves, and the unforgettable sight of cerulean blue waters.


For more information, see the Amalfi Coast guide.

Salerno and Cilento: Salerno is the perfect blend of natural Mediterranean beauty and historical landmarks. Salerno province is the largest in Campania and offers every type of tourist attraction. Here you dive into the award-winning crisp blue waters of the Cilento Coast, explore the world-famous archaeological sites like the Greek temples at Paestum, or the ‘Pink Gate’ of Velia, a sandstone brick gate that showcases Greek architecture.

Capri: The island of Capri, located off the Sorrentine Peninsula, on the southern side of the Gulf of Naples, is a vacation resort with ancient ties to the Roman Republic.  Notable spots include Belvedere of Tragara, which is a high panoramic promenade lined with villas, the Faraglioni limestone masses, and the ruins of the Imperial Roman villas.
Finally, to round out your vacation experience, visit the central Piazzetta (square) of Capri, lined with luxury boutiques, restaurants, and paparazzi chasing celebrities.

Ischia: The largest of the three islands off the coast of Naples (Procida, Capri, and Ischia), Ischia’s beauty is renowned, rising from the azure waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Ischia is an island where rest and relaxation is the main thing to do. The island revolves around its thermal spas, and is home to those tourists eager to enjoy the fruits of the island’s natural volcanic activity. From hot springs to thermal baths, and volcanic mud this is the place to rest and rejuvenate from the bustle and high-energy of Naples.


Mozzarella di Bufala: An Italian cheese made from the milk of the water buffalo is something to be savored. Take a bite and experience the delicate, rich, sometimes sharp, mozzarella di bufala. Due to scarcity of water buffalo, this cheese is sometimes rare and can be imitated by its cousin, mozzarella. To avoid this, look for wrappers that carry the seal of, The Consortium for the Protection of the Buffalo Cheese of Campania, to guarantee its authenticity and geographic origin.

Pizza: This world-famous dish was invented in Naples, in honor of Queen Margaret, lending to the origin name of the Pizza Margherita, the simple pizza donning the colors of Italian flag— green (basil leaves), white (mozzarella), and red (tomatoes).  From the simple baked product it became a fanciful, rich, surprising, and always appreciated international food.

Insalata Caprese: Fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper, and a dash of lemon juice, and you have the summer-fresh Insalata Caprese (Caprese Salad).

Babà: A typically small rum cake introduced to Naples by the French, Babà is symbolic of the art of Neapolitan patisseries. Prepared with egg, yeast, and flour, then soaked in a rum based mixture, this delicious personal-size cake is celebrated in most restaurants of the region. Sometimes topped with fresh whipped cream and cherries, this sweet treat will be sure to wow the taste buds.


Maggio dei  Monumenti: An event celebrated every spring since 1994, Maggio deo Mounumenti (May of Monuments) takes place around May 4th to June 2nd. It is an event where many private exhibitions, churches, and palaces, which are normally closed during the year, open their doors for the public. Entrance is partly free or free for many events. Moreover, you’ll also be able to enjoy numerous cultural events in theatres, opera houses, and concert halls. At this event, expect some of the monuments to open their doors, after final restoration, for the first time.

Pasta Show: If you’re looking to taste the pastas of the world straight from the source, this is the event for you. An international event held in October, entirely dedicated to pasta, the festival usually takes place in the Stazione Marittima of the Naples harbor in front of the magnificent Maschio Angioino.  In this wide area you will find historical tourist routes focused on pasta and on its productive processes, exhibitions of people making the pasta, and of course, pasta tastings.

International Folklore Festival: Come during the first week of August to experience the delights of folk music and performances by local folk dance companies.

Settembrata Anacaprese: Tastes, sounds, colors and passion. These are only some of the elements which characterize the Settembrata Anacaprese, an intense cultural tradition that enthralls thousands of tourists and locals every year. Known as the grape festival, this event has a long history on Capri Island. Enjoy 10 days of celebration dedicated to the island’s typical produce (grapes), including shows, competitions, and games.

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