Campania Holidays 2021/2022

With a combination of spectacular countryside and impressive history, holidays in Campania should be high on your list. There's an abundance of riches in this Italian region to the south of Rome. From the multilayered experiences of the regional capital Naples to the fascinating ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. From the picturesque delights of the rugged Amalfi Coast to the vineyard-covered slopes of slumbering Vesuvius, you'll never forget Campania.

Naples

There’s been habitation here for millennia but the name Naples/Napoli comes from the Ancient Greeks who founded Neapolis (‘a new city’) here in 470BC. Layers of history define Naples, from ancient Greek to Roman to Renaissance. There are churches atop mysterious crypts and museums full of artwork. Explore backstreets, walk promenades overlooking the bay of Naples or shop wide streets and arcades. As for food, Naples is the home of the pizza and you’ll soon spot the distinctive sign of the AVPN, the ‘True Neapolitan Pizza Association’. Holidays in Campania wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Naples.


Currency: Euro (€)

Language: Italian

Time Difference: GMT +1

Regions

Regions

Minori

With its tumble of historic buildings set against mountainous backdrop and cliffs dipping into the blue of the Tyrrhenian Sea, Minori is a quintessential town on the Amalfi Coast. Holidays in Minori, Italy, offer you the perfect opportunity to explore the coast or simply get a taste of the town's delights, from evening drinks overlooking the beach to strolling the backstreets of the small town. Superb accommodation and eating options, Roman remains, amazing scenery and a perfect climate await you.

The Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is one of the world’s most famous stretches of seaside, and for good reason. The rugged coast extends from Positano to Salerno on the southern side of the Sorrentine Peninsula. Mountains form the backdrop and result in precipitous winding roads and terraced towns that cascade towards the sea. The main town of Amalfi is a key tourist base and ancient trading port with the highly decorated Duomo di Amalfi cathedral at its heart. Campania holidays must include a visit to this quintessential area, a Unesco World Heritage site since 1997.

Sorrento

In the north-west part of the Sorrentine Peninsula is Sorrento, a town where you wake up to the smell of delicious Italian coffee, sea breezes and lemon. Lemons form a big part of Sorrento culture, and as you explore the backstreets of the centro storica (historic centre), you’ll encounter many shops selling limoncello, a traditional liqueur made with the zest of St Theresa or Sorrento lemons. Boutiques also sell other goods from the local craft traditions of ceramics and marquetry, all wonderful souvenirs of holidays in Campania. After a meal at one of Sorrento’s fine restaurants, stroll along the cliffs overlooking the marina, with views of the bay of Naples and Vesuvius.

Pompeii

Vesuvius looms over Pompeii, a remarkable town offering a snapshot of Ancient Roman life. Holidays to Italy must at some point take you to Pompeii, one of the world’s most important archaeological sites. It was lost beneath ash and pumice stone when Vesuvius erupted in 79AD; excavations began in 1748. Walking the town’s streets, visiting its houses, shops, bakeries, bathhouses, temples and arena is a truly remarkable experience and one rich in history. With Vesuvius brooding in the distance, you can easily imagine life – and death – here two millennia ago.

Herculaneum

No less important that the ruins of Pompeii are those of Herculaneum. Slightly different to its sister city, this ancient fishing port was so widely covered by Vesuvius’ surging hot mud that even wood was preserved. Although evacuations started here a decade before those at Pompeii, the living town on top prevents the site from being completely revealed. When you visit, you’ll be amazed to see modern Ercolano looming over you, built on the thick layer of volcanic material. The day-to-day existence of the town comes to life via preserved paintings, mosaics and even adverts and graffiti.

Capri and Ischia

With all the history in Campania, you may want to take to the sea for fresh air and a visit to some of the Bay of Naples’ famed islands. You can catch a ferry to Capri, a town legendary for its beauty and class. Everything you might want from Campania holidays can be found here: stunning, rugged coastlines, beaches lapped by azure seas and picturesque towns with handsome palazzi and villas. Further north is the larger island of Ischia, which you can reach by ferry. Similarly stunning, Ischia also features the beautiful Aragonite Castle, locally produced wines and a selection of spas with natural thermal baths.

Holidays in Campania, Italy, offer so much within its very pleasing climate. There’s iconic scenery in the form of mountains, coastal cliffs, islands, beaches and the ever-present volcano Vesuvius. There are literal walks through history, with Greek and Roman ruins scattered throughout the region but most exemplified in Pompeii and Herculaneum. Typical of Italy, the food is sumptuous, most notably in Naples, the home of pizza.