Campania is known for its ancient ruins, the spectacular coast and its enchanting landscapes, its cultural traditions and one of the richest capitals of works of art: Naples.
Since 2019 holds the record among the Italian regions of the sites and elements included in the lists of UNESCO's tangible and intangible cultural heritages.
To date, in fact, the Campania region ranks first with 10 elements recognized by UNESCO, including the historic center of Naples, considered the largest in Europe, with 17kmq, or 14,5% of the entire urban area.
Today Campania is among the 20 most visited regions in Europe and among the first in Italy and, for this reason, we will guide you in the arduous attempt to enclose in this guide the most magical places in the region that range from the sea, lakes, mountains and villages to visit.
We will show you how to reach them and what to give to your palate and your spirit.
Welcome to Campania!
The places of the sea not to be missed
Blue Grotto and Faraglioni of Capri
Capri is an island that belongs to the Gulf of Naples, located opposite the Sorrento peninsula. Here you can immerse yourself in a timeless world, in unforgettable panoramas and sunsets, in walks among the workshops of the master craftsmen and, at the same time, dive into the most exclusive social life if you want.
One of the best known natural sites is the Blue Grotto, a dark cavity in which the sea water is tinged with an incomparable electric blue thanks to the presence of an underground cave that filters the sunlight. And how not to tell you about Faraglioni of Capri?
The faraglioni of Capri are three rocky peaks located south-east of the island, known all over the world thanks to the suggestive panoramic view from the gardens of Augustus. These protrusions are identified with three distinct names: the first (joined to the mainland) is the Faraglione di Terra; the second, separated from the first by the sea, is that of Mezzo; while the third, reaching out towards the sea, is the Faraglione di Fuori.
A curiosity: the Faraglione di Fuori is well known because it is the only habitat of the famous one blue lizard, a species made unique by the very particular bluish color of the sea, which goes from the throat to the belly up to the tail, being interrupted only by the blackish pigmentation present on the back.
How to reach Capri:
- Molo Beverello: hydrofoil departure
- Calata Porta di Massa: departure of fast ships and ferries.
A shuttle service connects the two ports
- Port of Pozzuoli: hydrofoil and ferry departure
What not to miss in Capri
The typical dishes of Capri: Capri ravioli, Scialatielli alla Nerano, Totani with potatoes, Fish with crazy mad water, Caprese salad, Caprese cake.
A walk through the shops of fabrics, handmade sandals, a stop in the square.
Vico Equense and Punta Campanella, Sorrento
City of the Sorrento peninsula located between the Gulf of Naples, the Lattari mountains and the Gulf of Salerno, Vico Equense has a suggestive historic center overlooking the sea, small beaches and excellent restaurants where you can taste the gastronomic delicacies of the place.
A wild and unspoiled place is the splendid Punta Campanella, the extreme tip of the Sorrento peninsula. In front there is only the sea and the island of Capri. A place on the border between land and sea that since ancient times has been covered by a sacred aura. Ulysses is said to have built a temple here for the goddess Minerva who had protected her journey.
How to reach Vico Equense
- By car: Strada Statale 145 Sorrentina / SS145
- By bus: EAV bus from Naples Central Station to Vico Equense stop
- By train: Circumvesuviana from Naples Central Station to Vico Equense stop
How to reach Punta Campanella
From Naples: via ring road A3 and SS145 in the direction of Via Nastro Azzurro in Massa Lubrense
What not to miss in Vico Equense and Punta Campanella
The fresh fish, especially "anchovies alla pescatora" and "poached octopus" and the incomparable Delizia al Limone, typical dessert of Vico Equense.
Amalfi Coast, Salerno
Wild, daring and romantic: with its terraces suspended over the sparkling sea, the heritage of art and the characteristic architecture, the Amalfi Coast is one of the most famous places in the world.
Without a doubt the pearl of the coast is Positano, a splendid and colorful village that develops vertically on the rock full of narrow streets, shops, beaches and pristine coves. Then sunsets and full moon frame a breathtaking panorama.
How to reach Positano
By car: take the E45 and SS145
What not to miss in Positano
A tour of the historic center, a walk to the belvedere and a whim for the palate: saltimbocca alla sorrentina, stuffed squid or the vermicelli of Positano.
Cala Bianca and Porto Infreschi, Cilento
Let's move further south and cross the Cilento coast. Here are some of the most naturalistic beaches in Campania.
Cala Blanca, "Most beautiful beach in Italy" in 2012, owes its name to the white pebbles that surrounds the surrounding area. Wild, devoid of dining facilities and extremely charming, Cala Bianca faces a crystal clear sea while behind it is surrounded by a splendid rocky landscape.
How to reach Cala Bianca
Cala Bianca can be reached by sea, by boat. The more adventurous can park at the top of the coast and reach it on foot, crossing a respectable trekking path. An essential rule is to equip yourself with comfortable shoes and backpacks. Leave your slippers and beach bags at home!
Porto infreschi it is located after Cala Bianca and Il Pozzallo beach, but can only be reached by sea. The cove takes its name from the ancient custom of sailors who needed to keep their catch cool during the working day. The cove, in fact, has a beautiful cave, with a cool and mild climate. It seems to be in the Caribbean, instead we are in our beautiful Campania!
How to reach Porto Infreschi
Exclusively by sea
Campania and the lakes
Almost still from the sea we move to one of the most beautiful lakes in the region: the Lake Fusaro, surrounded by a splendid natural park which is characterized by the presence of the Casina Vanvitelliana, one of the most refined eighteenth-century productions. Here you can relax, walk surrounded by nature or enjoy a wonderful landscape and, for those who want, you can also visit the Casina.
How to get to Lago Fusaro
- By car:
- Take the A56 highway. Near the Casina and the municipality of Bacoli there are many parking lots and garages
- On the train:
- If you stay near the historic center, you can take the Cumana starting from some important stations such as: Piazza Dante, or Montesanto. The direction to take is Torregaveta, the arrival stop is: Stazione di Fusaro
- By bus:
- M1B line (Mondragone-Naples) towards Mondragone. You can pick it up at the Central Station in Piazza Garibaldi or the Campi Flegrei Station in Fuorigrotta. Stop: Cuma-Fusaro.
Campania and the mountains
The Matese mountain area
Campania is not just sea! We can really enjoy it too beautiful mountain landscapes, as the Matese, for example, the Samnite Apennine mountain range, included in two regions (Molise and Campania). The Matese area is characterized by the rise of a gigantic natural park, with an enchanting landscape and a rich and varied vegetation. The park, in fact, includes three lakes and is home to many species of wild animals such as foxes, dormice, marmots. There are also those who wait to be able to admire a majestic golden eagle. It is not surprising that the whole area has become a real one over the years sports paradise who love to enjoy mountain biking or go hiking or caving. And when the snow falls in winter ... well you can even ski!
How to reach the Matese park
- By car
- Take the A1 highway. If you are coming from the north, take the Caianello exit, take the SP 372 "Telesina" (Caianello-Benevento highway) and then exit at Dragoni / Piedimonte Matese. If you are coming from the south, you should instead exit at Caserta Nord. Continue following the signs for Caiazzo / Piedimonte Matese
- By train
- You can easily reach the park by train. The journey from Naples to Piedimonte Matese takes approximately two hours. The most frequent bus routes are those of the Ferrazza company of Piedimonte Matese, of the CPTC and of the CPTC, which connect Matese with the main centers of Campania and Molise. Rides are quite frequent, especially in the summer.
The Taburno massif
Let's still enjoy some splendid mountain landscape with the Taburno Camposauro massif, which is located entirely in the province of Benevento. Here too we can find one beautiful natural park, characterized among other things by an rvegetation and waterways, which make it an ideal destination for long walks, excursions and picnics surrounded by nature.
How to reach Taburno
- By car
- Take the A1 highway. From Naples, exit at Caserta Sud- Maddaloni, then Strada Statale 7 Appia (direction Montesarchio - Benevento). Once in Montesarchio take the road to Campoli del Monte Taburno.
The villages of Campania not to be missed
Sant'Agata dei Goti
Without moving from the province of Benevento, we can admire a village that has been nicknamed "The pearl of Sannio", Whose historic center, structured in a semicircle, has entered the circuit of most beautiful villages in Italy. Sant'Agata dei Goti rises steeply on a tuff spur in the Caudina Valley, at the foot of Monte Taburno and its architecture is unique in its kind to the point that, seen from afar, it seems the natural continuation of the rock on which it resides. A curiosity: did you know that Sant'Agata dei Goti was often a film set? Here several feature films and short films were shot.
How to reach Sant'Agata dei Goti
- By car
- From Naples: Take the A1 / E45 highway to Zona Industriale Marcianise Nord. Then take the Caserta Sud Marcianise exit. Take the Provincial Road Via Napoli, in the direction of Viale Vittorio Emanuele in Sant'Agata Dei Goti.
What not to miss in Sant'Agata dei Goti
Here you absolutely cannot miss a taste of Falanghina DOC wine, and the maltagliati with sausage.
Let's move towards the sea again, in the province of Salerno this time: here we can admire a panorama worthy of a postcard, in one of the UNESCO heritage villages since 1998, as well one of the 21 “jewels of Italy"(Unique in Campania). We are talking about Castellabate, a medieval village full of sites and monuments, such as the ancient Castle, the churches, the perched lookouts, the 5 ancient doors that armored the city. The whole village has also been awarded with the blue flag and since 2007 has entered the list of "most beautiful villages in Italy".
Curiosity: it is here that, in 1811, King Joachim Murat stayed, who on that occasion pronounced the famous phrase: "Here you don't die!"
How to reach Castellabate
- By car
- From Naples: Take the A3 highway and exit at Battipaglia. From here, take the Tirrena Inferiore state road towards Adolfo Cilento Provincial Road to Castellabate
- By train
- You can also reach the resort by train, but the closest stop is Agropoli. From here, however, you need to reach Castellabate by car.
What not to miss in Castellabate
The dishes to taste at least once are: the fusilli alla cilentana, the stuffed squid, the Cacioricotta del Cilento.
Conca dei Marini
We are located in the province of Salerno, in a village that takes its name from its "hollow" shape and also called the "village of the stairways", because of the numerous stairways that connect it to the rest of the area. This tiny village is part of the Amalfi Coast and offers us a crystal clear sea, a suggestive panorama and surrounding architecture characterized by six churches, all in a panoramic position! Along with the whole coast, Conca dei Marini has been declared UNESCO heritage from 1997.
How to get to Conca dei Marini
- By car
- From Naples: from the A56 ring road you have to take the Strada Statale in the direction of Castellammare di Stabia. Gragnano / Agerola / Amalfi exit. From here you have to take the Strada Statale 366 towards Via Smeraldo, then Strada Statale 163 up to Conca dei Marini.
What not to miss in Conca dei Marini
Absolutely to taste: the "piennolo" tomato penne and the "sfogliatella di Santa Rosa"