Campania is situated in the South Italy, with the Mediterranean Sea to the West, including the Phlegraean Islands and Capri as part of the region. This region is very rich in culture, architecture, archeological and ancient sites like Pompeii, Herculaneum, Paestum and Velia.
The sea is the region’s uncontested queen: intense colours, amazing coasts and several coves, bays and equipped seaside resorts. The rich natural sights of Campania make it highly important in the tourism industry, especially along the Amalfi Coast, Mount Vesuvius and the island of Capri.
Meanwhile, Naples enchants its visitors for its liveliness, for the splendid sea, but also for its history can be found in every corner of the old town – the biggest in Europe.
At about 7 km East of Naples there is the astonishing Mount Vesuvius, a stratovolcano situated in the Gulf of Naples. It is world known for its eruption in 79 AD that led to the burying and destruction of the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
What to do:
Starting with Naples, with its 2800-year history, there’s a lot to discover: the historic centre is included in the Unesco World Heritage List, the wonderful city square called Piazza del Plebiscito, the Royal Palace and the Basilic of San Francesco di Paola are just some of the incredible sights of Naples. Don’t forget to visit the fantastic museums of this city: the Naples National Archaeological Museum contains lots of artefacts from the Roman Empire and from the sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum; the Museo di Capodimonte has a surprising gallery featuring paintings from Raphael, Titian and Caravaggio.
Another enchanting site is the Amalfi Coast, that offers amazing coves and bays, small towns and a crystal-clear sea. Sorrento, Amalfi and Positano are some of the precious pearls situated along the coast. Others breathtaking seaside resort are located in the two islands of Capri and Ischia: situated in the Gulf of Naples, they offer amazing sceneries and views, a fantastic sea, as well as the best spas in this area.
You can’t miss the archaeological areas of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata, included in the Unesco World Heritage Sites. The ruins of the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum were buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD.
What to taste:
Campanian cuisine is rich in tradition and natural ingredients: first of all tomatoes and the world famous buffalo mozzarella, typical of Salerno and Caserta.
The world loved pizza was conceived in Naples, here you can taste the best pizzas in the world, pizza Margherita, Calzone (literally “trouser leg”, which is fried pizza stuffed with ricotta cheese) and the historical and original “pizza fritta” (fried pizza) of Naples.
Also the Spaghetti are a typical recipe from Southern Italy, and in particular from Campania: starting from the classic spaghetti and linguine to the paccheri and ziti, served with a large variety of sauces.
This region has also a large variety of desserts, the most famous are the “babà” (a small yeast cake saturated in hard liquor), “sfogliatella” (a shell-shaped filled pastry), “zeppole” (a deep-fried dough ball) and the famous “pastiera” (a tart made with cooked wheat, eggs, ricotta cheese), typical of the Easter holidays.
Campania also produces some tasteful wines: Lacryma Christi, Greco di Tufo and Fiano di Avellino.