If you think you have no idea where Campania is, think again. This fascinating land of glittering gulfs, islands, and legendary places is home to the charming landscapes of the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, the Cilento National Park, Capri and Ischia.
The Campania region is situated in the South of Italy and outlined on the west by the Mediterranean Sea (called the Tyrrhenian, or Tirreno). The region is divided into five provinces, whose capitals you've probably heard of: Salerno, Caserta, Avellino, Benevento and Naples (Napoli). Naples is also the capital city of the region itself. With roughly 6 million of residents, half of which lives around the city of Naples, Campania has more people than the nation of Finland, packed in an area which is 200 times smaller! But despite its population density, there are still some wild and unknown areas, with mountains and small towns to enjoy, too. Its seacoast is Italy's most famous and fabled - who hasn't heard of the Amalfi Coast?
If you are fond of archeology, architecture, or simply want to see history come to life, then Campania is a must. The archeological heritage here is huge: the splendid temples left by the Greeks in Paestum, the buried towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum, the remains of Greco-Roman Velia, the second-largest Roman amphitheater in Italy at Capua...they're all incredible, historic sites. Then there's the Royal Palace of Caserta, built to be the most sumptuous palace of Europe, with its 1200 rooms, backed by an amazing garden, it is Italy's version of the Palace of Versailles. Museums, churches, piazzas, and palaces- you'll be amazed by the variety and beauty of the architecture here.
But if you prefer the beauties of nature, Campania won't disappoint you. The sandy beaches and the crystal-clear waters of the Cilento National Park, the awe-inspiring scenery of the famous Amalfi Coast, the islands of the Gulf of Naples, like captivating Capri, are just a few of the places you can enjoy. From the underground depths of the caves of Pertosa to the heights of Mount Vesuvius, there is something for everyone. The Cilento National Park also has vast tracts of mountain scenery to enjoy hiking or mountain biking.
Campania also maintains some of Italy's most treasured culinary highlights, as well. Many of the world-known Italian dishes have their roots in Campania: pizza, spaghetti, mozzarella, limoncello, cannelloni… Italians know Campania well for being one of the tastiest regions offering the best food imaginable. It is also the undisputed winner for the best coffee in the country. Espresso, cappuccino, and now interesting variations such as hazelnut coffee jump-start the day for the residents of Campania, and will make yours, as well.
Campania is a beautiful land, where art, history, nature and tradition come together to offer an unforgettable vacation.
Naples is a living lesson in contrasts- it is historic, musical, and energetic, and chaotic, gritty, and noisy at the same time.
The city of Avellino, east of Naples, retains some remarkable structures and sights despite its unfortunate recent history.
Benevento is a beautiful city set in a verdant environment and surrounded by the Campanian Apennines, between the rivers Sabato and Calore.
The city of Caserta is synonymous with the royal palace that is situated there, an opulent estate that matched the splendor of Versailles.
Giffoni Sei Casale and its sister hamlet of Sieti are cuddled in the hills above Salerno.
Located south-east of Salerno, Pontecagnano Faiano is actually a conglomeration of a few towns under one municipal umbrella.
Pozzuoli's popularity nowadays is thanks to the renowned restaurants and fish market, and its port that offers ferry service around the Bay of Naples.
The hill town of San Cipriano Picentino is in a lovely spot in the rolling hills above Salerno.
Cava de' Tirreni is a fascinating town, steeped in history, today counting 50 thousands inhabitants and more than twenty districts that make it known as the "stellar city".
The wild, inland area of Campania is called Irpinia, a district of woods and ancient traditions that offers a glimpse of Italy outside the normal tourist sights.
Situated on the seaside next to Ercolano (Herculaneum) the town of Portici is a surprise next to a city of millions of inhabitants.
In the hills near Sessa Aurunca, the village of San Carlo is surrounded by green pastures and mountains.
Straddling the border between Lazio and Campania, the city of Sessa Aurunca has found itself at strategic crossroads throughout its very long history.
Castel Volturno is north of Naples, a seaside city that means "castle on the River Volturno".
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