The dry mediterranean climate and the once violent clashes of tetonic plates and volcanic activity have combined with an equally turbulent history to create a region so unique and interesting that even the Italians regard it as different from the rest of Italy.
- To explore the Amalfi coast, Sorrento Peninsula, Capri Island
- Historical sites at Pompei, Vesuvius, Herculaneum
- The culture, food and flavours of Naples
More about the Campania region
The principle city of the Campania is Naples which is nestled in the Bay of Naples and climbs up from the port through narrow streets and lanes to the flat topped hills of Vomero and Posilipo. 'See it before you die' acclaimed one poet.
Meanwhile, within an hour, one can reach the scenic Amalfi Coast with it's famous villages of Positano, Amalfi and the hilltop retreat of Ravello; the Sorrento Peninsula with its clifftop hotels and traditional villages; Capri to mix it with the jetset; and of course the wonders of Mount Vesuvius, Pompei, Herculaneum and Oplontis where there are still echoes of heavy wooden chariot wheels on well worn pavements.
Perhaps more important than the physical aspects of the region, are the cultural features of the Campania region. The rich volcanic soils and well stocked sea together with a strong family culture and infatuation with food combine to provide a population with great passion, colour and happiness with life.
And then there's the food - the food!! I'll bet that you've never tasted a tomato until you've tasted a Sorrento tomato! Combine it with a plaitted piece of fresh mozzarella, a little of the local olive oil, a couple of leaves of fresh basil and some of the crusty fresh bread of the area together with a glass of crisp white wine, on a fine sunny day overlooking the sea, and you'll begin to understand the Napolitan culture!
Rugged mountains and hilltop towns leading down to steep seaside villages, dramatic coves and splendid pebbly beaches.
Characterised by steep cliffs along the coast from Naples, the hinterland is a relaxed area of villages set in rolling hills with great views of the sea.