Campania offers landscapes, history, culture and a gastronomic tradition that the whole world envies
A consistently mild climate, lush nature framing breathtaking landscapes, unspoilt villages and fairy-tale coastlines: this is Campania, a region that sums up centuries of cultures, between West and East, in a single Mediterranean jewel known for its unparalleled hospitality. A destination for the soul, the eyes and the palate.
From its charming waterfront under the shadow of Vesuvius, to its beautiful and bustling historic centre: Naples is a stunning city. Its position as a meeting place for various peoples since ancient times has had a profound impact on Naples, making it a cultural hub. This is evident when walking through its streets, full of artistic and architectural treasures. It is a city with a unique magic, blossoming with natural attractions. From amazing food to all kinds of entertainment, you will never be bored.Discover
Discovering the glories of the Bourbon dynasty a stone’s throw from Naples The best way to explore and savour the province of Caserta begins with an Italian Baroque masterpiece: the magnificent Royal Palace of Caserta, built by Charles III, Duke of Bourbon on the outskirts of Naples. You can spend a day strolling through the huge park surrounding the main building, amid a beautifully manicured English-style garden and breath-taking fountains. Visiting the Royal Apartments, starting with the imposing Grand Staircase, often used as a television and film set, is a magical experience. Another unmissable stop is the medieval village of Casertavecchia, with its alleyways bursting with charm and history, restaurants where you can try local delicacies, and picture-perfect panoramic terraces. Around Caserta, you can also admire one of the most ingenious works dating back to Bourbon rule: the aqueduct built by Luigi Vanvitelli to supply water to the entire city and its surroundings. In Santa Maria Capua Vetere, you can step back in time by walking among the well-preserved remains of the Amphitheatre of Capua, which dates back to the heyday of the Western Roman Empire.Discover
Spas, gardens and ancient villages Benevento is known as the city of witches, who, according to legend, would gather at night around a walnut tree. But the province is also brimming with countless other stories to discover and places to fall in love with — starting with the Telesina Valley, which boasts spectacular natural landscapes, the thermal baths of Telese and an excellent wine production. Nature lovers can enjoy a morning by Telese Lake or walk the Alto Sannio route, among ancient trees and medieval villages. Don’t miss the village of Sant’Agata dei Goti, perched on the edge of a rocky outcrop. Nearby are the mysterious pyramid hills of Benevento. Another village worth exploring is Pietraroja, at the foot of Monte Mutria. The cheeses and cured meats produced here are famous. The Secret Garden in Airola is a vast natural park with 16,000 plants and 300 animals from around the world. In Benevento, don’t miss the Arch of Trajan, the Roman amphitheatre, the cathedral with its Roman marble bell tower, the hexagonal, Lombard-built Church of Saint Sophia, and the Rocca dei Rettori, originally a fortress and later a papal residence. The town also produces the famous Strega liqueur, and you can visit the distillery. When sitting down to eat, we recommend ordering “zuppa delle streghe” (witches’ soup) and ammugliatielli lamb entrails.Discover
Nature, art and faith in green Irpinia In the pristine nature of Irpinia, tranquillity, beauty and itineraries intertwine, between art, faith and nature. The Avellino basin is framed by the Monti Picentini mountains and dotted with castles, abbeys and villages to explore, including the beautiful village of Monteverde. The Serino forests are the perfect backdrop for a picnic. Nature lovers can immerse themselves in the Lake Conza Oasis, explore Caliendo Cave or be enchanted by the Calabritto Waterfalls. In Avellino, you can admire Piazza della Libertà, with the Bishop’s Palace, and discover the 36-metre-high Clock Tower and the majestic cathedral dedicated to St Mary of the Assumption and St Modestinus. Foodwise, you can enjoy gnocchi, bean and chestnut soup, caciocavallo cheese, stuffed peppers and local wines: Turasi, Greco di Tufo and Fiano di Avellino. The heart of religious tourism in the area is the Montevergine Sanctuary, a monastic complex built in 1126 at an altitude of 1,270 metres. It is accessible on foot from Ospedaletto d’Alpinolo or by cable car from Mercogliano. Another splendid monastic complex is the Abbey of San Guglielmo al Goleto in Sant’Angelo dei Lombardi. Towering over the valleys, the Lombard-built castle of Avella and the Norman Castle of Ariano Irpino offer an insight into the past. The medieval castle of Rocca San Felice is associated with the legend of Margaret of Austria’s ghost, which roams there under a full moon.Discover
Nature and history nestled between the sea and the mountains Overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, the province of Salerno boasts some of the most popular and visited tourist destinations in Italy. The historical centre of the capital, restored after the damage caused by the 1980 earthquake, preserves its original medieval structure intact, the best example of which is the Cathedral, built by the Norman prince Robert Guiscard. Stop, too, at the Church of the Annunziata with its beautiful Baroque bell tower, the Arechi Castle, the Church of S. Pietro a Corte and Piazza Flavio Gioia, known as the Rotonda because of its characteristic shape on which the 18th-century Porta Nuova opens. There is no shortage of green spaces in the city, such as the Mercatello park, the Pinocchio park for children and the Minerva Gardens. The Salerno coast is dotted with unmissable villages. Amalfi, Positano, Maiori and Minori, Vietri sul Mare are just some of the towns where you can enjoy clear sea, breathtaking views and culinary delights. A compulsory stop at the archaeological area of Paestum to discover the majestic Greek temples, perfectly preserved. Trekking and nature lovers cannot fail to be enchanted by the Path of the Gods a scenic route from Agerola to Positano, and the natural beauty of the Cilento National Park.Discover
What to see in Campania
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Postcard-perfect sea and dizzying flavours
The sea of the Amalfi Coast and the Faraglioni of Capri, the joie de vivre of Naples, the lemon and orange blossom gardens of Sorrento, the magnificence of the Royal Palace of Caserta, the charm of the past that returns in Paestum, Herculaneum, Pompeii: are you ready to be seduced by Campania?