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Things to do in Campania

Things to do in  Campania

Welcome to Campania

Campania may not be a familiar name, but this southern Italian region is rich with travel bucket-list must-sees. The Amalfi Coast’s technicolor fishing villages, glam Capri, the bustling resort town of Sorrento, ancient Pompeii, the volcanic crater atop Mount Vesuvius, and the captivating port city of Naples are all located within its confines, as well as lesser known treasures like the ruins of Herculaneum, Paestum’s Greek temples, and the islands of Ischia and Procida. Not sure where to start? Ponder your options over an authentic wood-fired “pizza napolitana” overlooking the Bay of Naples.

Top 4 attractions in Campania

Amphitheater of Capua (Anfiteatro Campano o Capuano)

The Amphitheater of Capua is one of the most important ancient Roman sites in Campania. Probably built in the first century BC, and second in size only to the Colosseum, the massive stadium was where Spartacus led the legendary uprising in 73 BC.More

Terme Stufe di Nerone

Escape the bustle of Naples with a visit to Terme Stufe di Nerone (The Baths of Nero Stoves). These hot springs are located just outside the city in the volcanic area of the Phlegraean Fields, which offer waters as hot as 165°F (74°C) and have been a popular natural thermal spa since ancient Roman times.More

Padula Charterhouse (Certosa di Padula)

This UNESCO-listed Carthusian monastery, or charterhouse, just outside the town of Padula is a massive complex of more than 300 rooms and halls. Built in the early 1400s, the charterhouse is a highlight of the Cilento National Park, and a tour of its sweeping central courtyard, frescoed chapels, and wood-paneled library is a must.More
Elea-Velia Archaeological Park (Parco Archeologico di Elea-Velia)

Elea-Velia Archaeological Park (Parco Archeologico di Elea-Velia)

This ancient Roman resort town is one of the most captivating archaeological sites in Campania. Founded by the Greeks in the sixth century BC, the center is a mix of architectural styles. Admire original Greek streets and an intact arch, as well as Roman temples, thermal baths, and a theater.More
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All about Campania

When to visit

Many of Campania’s natural and cultural treasures are outdoors, so it’s best to visit in the spring or fall, when temperatures are tolerable and the skies are clear. That said, if you want to see the the world’s glitterati at popular spots like the Amalfi Coast and Capri, you’ll have to visit in the summer, when coastal towns celebrate their patron saints with processions and fireworks. Ravello also holds its famed music festival in the summer.

Getting around

Campania has a regional train and bus network, but both are infamously slow and badly maintained. The best way to get around the inland areas is by rental car; ferries offer reliable (and scenic) transportation to coastal destinations between Naples and Salerno. The Amalfi Coast does not have a train line, so visitors can hop between towns via the SITA bus, the ferry, or on rental scooters; the coastline’s snarled traffic and winding roads make driving challenging.

Traveler tips

The high-season crowds in popular destinations like Positano and Amalfi can be overwhelming, but Campania locals and savvy visitors know that calm respite is just a few minutes east. The quiet towns of Minori, Maiori, Cetara, and Vietri sul Mare (which is famous for its historic ceramic production) offer much of the same charm as their famous neighbors with far fewer tourists. Head to any of these charming spots for a break from the chaos, affordable dining, and more spacious beaches.

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