Encompassing a dramatic sweep of coastline fronting the Tyrrhenian Sea, Campania is one of the most populous regions in Italy. It centres around the historic city of Naples and is home to 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, Mount Vesuvius and the Amalfi Coast.
Things to do in Campania
From the urban grittiness of Naples to the upmarket villas of the Amalfi Coast and the ash-covered ruins of Pompeii, Campania appeals to all types of travellers.
Sightsee in Naples. Backed by the active volcano of Mount Vesuvius, Naples is a lively city renowned as the birthplace of pizza. Marvel at the fresco-filled Duomo di San Gennaro and discover the underground world of the San Gennaro Catacombs before touring the crenelated towers of the 13th-century Castel Nuovo.
Tour the ruins of Pompeii. Destroyed by Mount Vesuvius’ eruptive powers in 79 AD, Pompeii is one of the most famous archaeological sites in Italy. Once a thriving city, it was buried under a thick layer of ash and walking through its excavated streets and ruined houses is like stepping into a time capsule.
Relax on the Amalfi Coast. Featuring colourful villages that cascade down to the azure waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Amalfi Coast is an alluring holiday destination on the Sorrento Peninsula. Lemon groves and terraced vineyards line the winding road that leads from Salerno to Sorrento, taking in picture-perfect Positano and the opulent villas of Ravello.
Cruise to Capri. Located off the Sorrento Peninsula, Capri has been a resort island since Roman times, with high cliffs that plunge into the waters below. Explore the charming Marina Piccola and wander along the villa-lined Belvedere of Tragara while enjoying the majestic views towards the Amalfi Coast.
Getting around Campania
Naples International Airport is the main aviation gateway to Campania and is just 10 minutes’ drive from the centre of Naples. Trains connect towns and cities across the region while buses serve smaller villages and the Amalfi Coast. Regular ferries connect Naples to Sicily and Corsica.