Today we want to be enchanted by the beauties of Campania and its places more or less known by mass tourism. Starting from the attractions of Naples, up to the surroundings, rich in scenic, historical and archaeological wonders. Get ready to experience indescribable emotions thanks to 15 most beautiful places to visit in Campania.
- Pompeii and Herculaneum
- Vesuvius Park
- Palace of Caserta
- Amalfi Coast: Amalfi, Vietri sul Mare, Ravello, Positano
- Sorrento Coast: Sorrento, Massa Lubrense, Meta, Piano di Sorrento
- Path of the Gods
- Benevento and Pietrelcina
- Salerno and Paestum
- Cilento Park and coast: Palinuro Caves, Marina di Camerota and Sapri
- Villa of Poppea in Torre Annunziata
- Campi Flegrei
- User questions and comments
1 - Naples
Naples is an eclectic city, characterized by a history that spans several centuries and different denominations. For this reason, its culture is very lively and this can be seen from its very busy historical center rich in traditions.
Emblem of the heart of Naples is Spaccanapoli, or the lower decumanus, which constitutes the artery of cardi and decumani at the base of the city center. And, right in the center, is the Monastery of Santa Chiara, whose complex includes: the Maiolicato Cloister with its priceless frescoes, the Opera Museum, the Archaeological area and the eighteenth-century artistic nativity scene.
The symbol of Naples, however, is the famous Maschio Angioino, that is the historic medieval and Renaissance castle, located in the current Piazza Municipio, which is also the seat of the civic museum. Almost opposite is the Teatro San Carlo, recognized as one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world: founded in 1737, it is the oldest opera house in the world still active. Finally, the wonderful via Caracciolo, a road from the end of the 800th century, considered one of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe.
2 - Pompeii and Herculaneum
Pompeii is the main city that in 79 BC was covered by lava and ashes following the eruption of Vesuvius. Excavations for the recovery of archaeological remains began as early as 1748 and today the Archaeological Park of Pompeii is one of the most visited sites in the world. Thanks to the wealth of villas, taverns and small shops almost perfectly restored to visitors, it is possible to reconstruct the grandeur of the city and the last moments before the eruption. For the visit it is advisable to purchase the entrance ticket online in advance.
Herculaneum also suffered the same fate, albeit buried by a blanket of mud which, over time, allowed a better conservation. Certainly, its size makes it almost a district of the city of Pompeii but, being well preserved, it is certainly worth a visit.
3 - Vesuvius Park
The territory of the Vesuvius National Park, established in 1995 for the protection and conservation of plant and animal species, is today a set of itineraries, trails and paths which lead to the discovery of the typical vegetation of the area, as well as an access point to enjoy suggestive views.
There are several entrances to the Park, among which the most famous and important is from the city of Herculaneum and, right from here, it is also possible to join the tour that leads to the visit of the crater.
Generally the best solution ever to visit the area is through a combined tour to the ruins of Pompeii, Herculaneum and the Veseuvius Craters, including transfer from Naples.
4 - Royal Palace of Caserta
The Royal Palace of Caserta is a majestic building located in the heart of the city by the great master Luigi Vanvitelli, who completed it during the mid-1800s.
It is a magnificent royal palace built by Charles of Bourbon, king of the Two Sicilies, and in addition to offering beautiful rooms inside, boasts an immense garden of over 3 kilometers, which alone is worth the visit.
5 - Procida
Procida is a small and colorful island in the Gulf of Naples, reachable in about an hour by ferry from the city center. This island has not succumbed to the charm of modernity and its narrow streets are populated by small shops and ancient buildings.
Its liveliness meant that the island was also chosen as a film set for some masterpieces, as well as a setting for some novels. Its best known attractions are the Corricella and Chiaiolella beaches. The islet of Vivara, an authentic jewel of the Mediterranean Macchia, also belongs to the municipality of Procida.
6 - Capri
Capri is the luxurious island of the Gulf of Naples, right in front of the Sorrentine Peninsula. For its elegant square, the five-star hotels and the boutiques of the most prestigious brands, it is loved above all by the national and international jet set. But Capri is also known for its clear waters and its natural beauties such as, for example, the Blue Grotto, which can be visited through fantastic tours by sea.
It is no coincidence, in fact, that the wealthiest guests decide to reach it aboard their yachts. The symbol of Capri, known all over the world, are its two stacks, which stand in front of the town of Anacapri.
7 - Ischia
Lively and colorful, Ischia can also be called the island of lemons, due to its citrus production. It is divided into several municipalities, each with its own characteristics: the most popular, Forio, Lacco Ameno and Casamicciola, for their beaches and Ischia Ponte, for the magnificent Aragonese Castle which, every summer in July, is the protagonist of the festival of Sant'Anna during which there is a procession at sea and the fire of the castle itself. Most of the ferries, from Naples, arrive in Ischia Porto, so that this island location is too full of clubs, shops and bathing establishments.
8 - Amalfi Coast: Amalfi, Vietri sul Mare, Ravello, Positano
The Amalfi Coast contains several beautiful towns, all overlooking the sea, which can be visited on a daily organized tour departing from Naples.
Among the most beautiful countries we mention Amalfi, which could be considered the Pearl of the Coast, thanks to its very lively historic center and its majestic Cathedral. Vietri sul MareInstead, it is known all over the world for its majolica characteristics, which color all the shops not only in the town, but also in all the nearby towns. Ravello, a town overlooking the sea, is instead famous for its sumptuous villas, including Villa Cimbrone, a very suggestive historic building surrounded by a splendid garden adorned with statues, fountains, caves and various types of antiquities. The so-called "terrace of infinity" offers a thrilling panorama. Finally Positano, which is perhaps the most representative image of the entire coast, with its center consisting of many white houses that, from above, descend towards the sea.
9 - Sorrento Coast: Sorrento, Massa Lubrense, Meta, Piano di Sorrento
A single road that, from the Amalfi Coast flows into the Sorrento Peninsula and vice versa, which includes a series of towns overlooking the two Gulfs, that of Salerno and that of Naples. And, right in the province of Naples, they are locatedthe municipalities of Piano di Sorrento, Sorrento, Meta, Massa Lubrense, Vico Equense and other small villages that populate the Peninsula. They are all well known for their beaches and the beautiful panorama they offer, as well as a very active nightlife, especially from spring to summer. In particular, Sorrento is popular all year round for its very elegant street, for the alleys of the historic center, full of shops that produce leather shoes and, above all, for the beautiful Piazza Tasso which, in December, comes alive with the majestic Christmas tree.
10 - Path of the Gods
Hiking trail that develops between the Amalfi Coast and the Sorrento Coast and that allows you to admire beautiful villages, as well as the blue sea.
With a length of about 10 km, it is considered by many one of the most beautiful hiking trails in the world. Although it is very long, it does not have a very high degree of difficulty and, for this reason, it is ideal for those who want to admire the towns of the two coasts from another point of view.
11 - Benevento and Pietrelcina
Benevento is a province of Campania located in the hinterland of the region, in particular between the Sabato river and the Calore. It is also known by all as "City of witches" from which, then, derives the famous liqueur, which originates here. There are numerous attractions in the city, including the Arch of Trajan, the Roman Theater, the Duomo and other palaces that have hosted important families in the past.
Benevento is also the province of Pietrelcina, a small town in the mountains that was the birthplace of Padre Pio. Its historic center is known as "the Castle" and, precisely in one of the small houses of this center, the beloved saint was born.
12 - Salerno and Paestum
Salerno is a very elegant city, characterized by a street full of important shops and a promenade bordered by a tree-lined avenue. Its historic center is visited mainly for the Duomo, as well as for the very narrow streets that house small museums and restaurants.
Among the lesser known attractions, the Giardino della Minerva, a small terrace on which numerous species of plants, including medicinal ones, are grown. The city, for several years, has been known throughout Italy for its "Luci d'Artista" event, close to the Christmas holidays. Not far from Salerno, it is located the Archaeological Area of Paestum, which includes within it three magnificent Doric temples and a museum.
13 - Cilento Park and coast: Palinuro Caves, Marina di Camerota and Sapri
The Cilento Park is a vast area south of Campania that contains numerous locations, characterized by both naturalistic, historical and archaeological beauties such as Paestum and Velia. Between small villages that are better known for their seaside activities, we find Capo Palinuro, Marina di Camerota and Sapri. In particular, Palinuro offers several fascinating sea caves: the best known and most beautiful is certainly the Blue Grotto, which can also be seen through guided boat tours. There are also some underwater caves, which can only be visited if you are an expert in diving. Marina di Camerota, on the other hand, is known above all for its beaches and inlets, such as the Bay of the Infreschi. Finally, Sapri, a town almost on the border with Basilicata, which is very popular for its clear waters and the possibility of underwater fishing.
14 - Villa of Poppea in Torre Annunziata
The Villa di Poppea is a very important part of the archaeological excavations of Oplonti, another area that together with Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabia it was buried in 79 AD following the eruption of Vesuvius. Today the complex is located within the municipality of Torre Annunziata. The Villa di Poppea was mostly rediscovered starting in 1968: it is an otium villa with rooms dedicated to the production of wine and oil. To date the construction has not yet been entirely excavated but, the rooms open to the public are perfectly preserved thanks to the mud that covered them, which helped to keep them almost intact. Of particular interest is the large outdoor swimming pool.
15 - Campi Flegrei
The Campi Flegrei area is an area that extends into the Gulf of Pozzuoli and which, in the past, was characterized by intense volcanic activity, still present today within the Solfatara. This locality is characterized by the presence of numerous villages with a rich archaeological or naturalistic heritage. Pozzuoli, first of all, it stands out for its beautiful promenade, but above all for its testimonies of the past, such as the Flavian Amphitheater, the temple of Serapis, the Rione Terra or the Antro della Sibilla. In the municipality of bacoliinstead, there are the Fusaro lake, formerly identified with the bay of Acheronte, and the Casina Vanvitelliana, an ancient hunting lodge wanted by the king of Naples Ferdinand IV of Bourbon and built right on the lake. It belongs to the same municipality, also the Tomb of Agrippina, whose history is very controversial and seems to lead back to the mother of the emperor Nero. Finally, a fraction of the municipality of Bacoli, is "Baia", which is often visited primarily for the beautiful castle that overlooks the Gulf of Pozzuoli, but above all for its Archaeological Park, part of which is still submerged.
Plan your trip: how to get there and where to sleep
The main airport of Campania is located in Naples (flights to Naples from € 40,00)
Depending on your interests, you can identify different itineraries: if you are lover of nature and landscapes, you can't miss the Sorrento Peninsula and the Amalfi Coast, perhaps stopping in Amalfi (accommodation from € 70 per night) or Sorrento (accommodation from € 00 per night)
If you prefer history and culture instead, you can't miss the great city of Naples, with a visit to Pompeii and Herculaneum, and extension to the entire Gulf of Pozzuoli, which borders the capital to the west. For this itinerary, we recommend that you make a stop in Naples, central to all the excursions (accommodation from € 30,00 per night)
Finally, if you have already visited the main attractions of Campania and now want to discover the less frequented locations, you might stay at Salerno (accommodations from € 35,00 per night) and from here move to Cilento or to the province of Benevento.