Attractions of Holidays on the Neapolitan Riviera
Naples is renowned as the home of pizza, so don’t miss the opportunity to eat your fill at the city’s many excellent restaurants and bars. This beautiful Italian gem is also known for the quality of its gold jewellery and classic architecture, so it's definitely worth taking the time to explore Naples in depth and to squeeze in some retail therapy.
Another must-see for anyone visiting the Neapolitan Riviera is the legendary city of Pompeii, which was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius almost 2,000 years ago but preserved by time so that today you can step into the unique remains of a once thriving settlement. South of Pompeii is the medieval town of Sorrento, where winding lanes are packed with bars and restaurants and a charming fishing cove nestles in the waters. From Sorrento's pretty little harbour take a trip to the island of Capri, or Sant Agnello is another excellent excursion from Sorrento and boasts a statuesque church and imposing bell tower, a small but impossibly picturesque beach, and a quieter atmosphere than its neighbouring towns.
The Villa Rufolo is an alternative impressive site, a 12th century structure that sits on the Ravello hilltops and was formally the residence of the composer Wagner. Concerts are held at the Villa in July as part of the Festivale Musicale di Ravello. Hire a bike to explore the fabulous countryside, or take a mini cruise around the coast to see the beauty of the Neapolitan Riviera from a different perspective.
Finally, no holiday to the Neapolitan Riviera could possibly be complete without a trip to the resort of Amalfi and a drive along the Amalfi Coast, a spectacular journey which stretches from Sorrento and passes through Positano, Amalfi, Minori and Maiori to Salerno. Soak up breathtaking views across the Tyrrhenian and Mediterranean seas, leaving you with memories to treasure for decades to come. If you visit in September make sure to sample some local limoncello at Amalfi’s Lemon Festival.