Campania, a region in the southern part of Italy, is a major tourist destination that attracts numerous travelers from different parts of the world. It is situated on the Italian Peninsula and bordered by Lazio, Molise, Apulia and Basilicata. With the Mediterranean Sea to its west and its mountainous terrain, Campania offers countless natural wonders worth exploring. Its rich history and culture gave birth to the many stunning architectural and archeological sites that continue to inspire and astonish many visitors. People also come to experience Campania’s diverse music, art and cuisine. If you are having difficulty planning your Campanian itinerary, you might find these tips useful. Here are some of the things to do while in Campania.
Explore its capital city, Naples, for its architectural and historical beauty
The historic city of Naples is the third largest municipality of Italy next to Rome and Milan. Being one of the oldest cities in the world, Naples tells some of the most significant stories of Italy. Within its vicinity lie some of Italy’s most magnificent historical gems which include the 18th century Royal Palace of Caserta. This Baroque-style palace is the world’s largest royal residence and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During its 2,800 years of history, the city produced more than 400 historical churches, which makes Naples one of the most Catholic-influenced cities in the world. Some of these remarkable churches are the Church of San Lorenzo Maggiore at the heart of the city, the Church of San Francesco di Paola at the west side of Piazza del Plebiscito, Santa Maria Donna Regina Vecchia and many more. The historical Castel Nuovo, also named Maschio Angioino, is one of the city’s major landmarks. Other notable structures in Naples are Teatro di San Carlo, Italy’s oldest opera house; Galleria Umberto I, a shopping center of spectacular beauty; the Royal Palace of Naples across Galleria Umberto I and the Palazzo Capodimonte, which houses the National Museum of Capodimonte. Naples is also home to the Roman ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii.
Go island hopping
Campania is renowned for its three major islands: Capri, Procida and Ischia. With its geographical reference to the Mediterranean Sea, the region is no wonder endowed with some of the loveliest islands in the world. Capri, located in the Tyrrhenian Sea, is a famous resort island. Some of its highlights are the majestic Blue Grotto, a sea cave that illuminates with blue light; Faraglioni, or limestone crags that can be seen above the sea; the panoramic Belvedere of Tragara, a promenade of charming villas; and the ruins of Imperial Roman villas. The town of Anacapri is another attraction of this island. Ana is an ancient Greek prefix, which means above, which only indicates that Anacapri is above the island of Capri. Anacapri is a village located on the higher part of Capri island. Its most popular site is Villa San Michele, a lovely villa overlooking Capri and Anacapri with its 327 meters above sea level. Another reason to visit this village is the 589-meter Monte Solaro. A chairlift is available that allows guests to see and admire picture-perfect views of the mountain and the Punta Carena Lighthouse.
Procida is an idyllic island of vibrant colors. Since this island is the smallest in the Gulf of Naples, it can be explored on foot within a day, and its charm is infectious. Wander off the Terra Murata, a bordered medieval town perched on the highest point of Procida, and be amazed by the colorful houses and buildings along the island’s coasts. One of these unique architectural structures you might find interesting is the Abbazia di San Michele, an 11th century abbey named after Procida’s patron saint St. Michael. Marina Coricella, on the other hand, is an impressive fisherman village that allows visitors to experience Procida authentically. There are bars and restaurants where you can spend a lazy afternoon or a romantic evening. The island also has several beaches and some of its best can be found in Chiaiolella.
The volcanic island of Ischia is well-known for its hot springs and volcanic mud. Tourists visit Ischia to enjoy these natural gifts. Wine enthusiasts will also find this island exciting with its many vineyards producing quality white and red wines.
Get out and enjoy some of nature’s finest offerings
Campania’s phenomenal Mount Vesuvius is one good reason to visit the region. The historic volcano is one of the most famous volcanoes in the world. Another note-worthy volcanic area is the Campi Flegrei. Campania’s lakes, such as Lago Fusaro and Lake Avernus, will delight nature lovers with its scenic views. The Amalfi Coast is another paradise to discover and a whole new chapter of this travel book.
Grab a bite of Campania’s authentic cuisine
Aside from its wine, Campania has a lot to offer when it comes to gastronomy. Pizza is said to be first conceived in Naples. Neapolitans also has some of the best seafood dishes. Campania also produces cheese such as mozzarella di bufala, provolone and caciotta. Casatiello and tortano are bread cakes made with different types of cheese. Baba cake, sfogliatella and zeppole are some other of Campania’s traditional cakes you might want to try.