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Campania Sightseeing

Campania sightseeing

World renown for its stunning beauty, delicious food, long history and rich culture, Campania sightseeing offers plethora of Italy vacation opportunities. Above all its vibrant and lively people make this southern Italian region unique.

The area’s original inhabitants were Italic tribes including the Osci, the Aurunci, the Ausones, and later the Samnites.

Then by the 8th century B.C. the ancient Greeks settled around what is today Naples. At this time the area was part of the Magna Graecia. Later, around the 4th Century B.C, the Ancient Romans settled in the area.

Its long and diverse history, cultural mix, richness of its art, good food, and stunning beauty make Campania a fantastic Italy tour destination. For more information about planning a trip to southern Italy check out this Campania travel guide.

Campania Location

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Campania is located in southern Italy on its west coast.

Campania is located in southern Italy. It is south of Rome and the region of Lazio. Set along the Mediterranean sea, Campania borders four Italian regions: to its north is Lazio, to its northeast is Molise, and to its east Puglia, and to its south east is Basilicata.

Campania’s largest city is Naples. the Naples cruise port is popular port of call to visit Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast.

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Today the region of Campania includes five provinces: Avellino,  Benevento,  Caserta,  Naples (the Capital), and Salerno.

Campania Sightseeing Highlights

Many travelers include Campania sightseeing on their southern Italy trip itinerary. Campania sightseeing includes exploring the art, culture, food, and history of Mediterranean civilizations.

Below is the Campania travel guide to the region’s highlights.


Amalfi is the ancient Maritime Republic after which the coast was named. The Arab-Sicilian cathedral of Sant’Andrea Apostolo – rebuilt in Baroque style in the 1700’s – with its marvelous flight of steps and charming cloister must be toured.

Amalfi Coast

The spectacular beauty of the Amalfi Coast and the Sorrentine peninsula is unmatched. Overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Amalfi Coast is set between Salerno and Sorrento.

The Amalfi Coast extends in the Gulf of Salerno and includes famous places, such as Amalfi, Furore, Positano, Ravello, Atrani, Minori, Praiano, Vietri Sul Mare. Small and hidden beaches, creating a unique and enthralling scenery, with little towns interlaced make it a simply beautiful southern Italy vacation destination.


A boat ride into the Bay of Naples brings vacationers to Isle of Capri, known for its spectacular beauty and vistas.

Many travelers are interested to visit the Blue Grotto. This hole in the side of the island reveals a cave that glows blue. To enter requires visiting at low tide so as to be able to enter comfortably.

Other sightseeing highlights on the Isle of Capri include Augustus Gardens, Faraligioni, and the town’s center. Above the center the high part of the island is called Anacapri, from which you’ll enjoy breathtaking views back to the Bay of Naples, Mt. Vesuvius, and the Amalfi Coast.

Caserta – Royal Palace

The Royal Palace at Caserta and its park was built in the 1700s by King Charles VII of Naples and Sicily, who became later Charles III of Spain. This royalty is known as the Bourbon kings of Naples. He also built the Royal Palace in Naples and the what is now the Capodimonte Museum in Naples.

Today the Royal Palace of Caserta is one of the 55 Italian UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The palace is a triumph of the Italian Baroque and one of the most famous and important works by the Neapolitan architect Luigi Vanvitelli.

Everyday visitors are left enchanted by the beauty of its interiors and by the magnificence of its exterior. Highly-curated and pronounced in the details and design of its four monumental courtyards, the Palace is set amidst a beautiful park that today is the destination of thousands upon thousands of tourists.

The sumptuous palace is an ideal and harmonious fusion of two other royal residences: the Royal Palace at Versailles and the Escorial Palace in Madrid.


Herculaneum was covered in mud from the Mt Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD. A famous excavation here uncovered fabulous artifacts from the ancient Romans. Throughout Herculaneum one can view rare and beautiful sculptures, mosaics and mural paintings.

Legend has it that Hercules founded Herculaneum, but in reality very little about this buried city (even if, ironically, its buildings are the best-preserved).

The Baths, along with the College of the Priests of Augustus and a theatre are all almost completely intact. The House of the Bicentenary and the House of Stags, both contain ample courtyards and are rich in decoration.

Herculaneum was a thriving commercial zone, and various jars and containers filled with foodstuffs survived the destruction and subsequent burial from the eruption.

Tours of Herculaneum are typically less crowded than Pompeii.

Mt Vesuvius

Volcano that looms over the Bay of Naples. Its picture perfect form masquerades its danger. Mt Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 AD covered Pompeii in its ash and Herculaneum in mud flows. Today grapes from its slopes produce delicious local wines.


Naples is one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Its origin dates back over 2000 years to when the ancient Greeks inhabited this area.

Built just off the slopes of Mt Vesuvius, the volcanoes imposing presence gives the city a sense of immediacy and fast pace.

Naples sightseeing highlights include important museums, fine Neapolitan food, and shopping. for these reasons and more, Naples ranks among one of the top Italy vacation destinations. Click for escorted Italy tours that include Naples.

Visit the Naples travel guide for more information about planning a trip to this world class exciting city.


Paestum is day trip worth taking to walk among the best preserved ancient Greek Doric Temples. This area is also where the Italian water buffalo milk is made into the world famous Buffalo Mozzarella.


Information about the origins of the city are uncertain. The oldest available traces date back to the 7th-6th Centuries BC. A mixed population of Etruscans, Greeks and other Italic peoples led to the city’s development.

After becoming a Roman colony in 80 BC, it was rebuilt and endowed with private and public buildings, especially during the rules of the Emperors Augustus and Tiberius, from 27 B.C. to 37 A.D.

In 62 A.D. a violent earthquake struck the Vesuvius area. In Pompeii, the reconstruction began immediately, but it took an unusually-long time due the extent of the damage. Seventeen years later, on August 24, 79 A.D., the sudden eruption of Vesuvius buried Pompeii with ashes and lapillus.

The buried city was rediscovered in the 16th Century, but it was only in 1748 that the exploration phase began, under the King of Naples Charles III of Bourbon.

Excavation continued systematically throughout the 19th Century up to the most recent excavations, restorations and enhancements of the ancient city, with the rediscovering of its exceptional architecture, sculptures, paintings and mosaics. 

Visitors are drawn to the doomed ancient Roman city Pompeii to walk on its ancient Roman cobblestoned streets and see its ruins preserved by the volcanic ash.


Positano, a holiday resort since Roman times, is known for its white houses heading down towards the sea and surrounding the church of Santa Maria Assunta (its dome also has majolica tiles).

Its little alleyways are typical to southern Italy. Stroll among them stopping in at the little shops where local crafts can be purchased.

The flights of steps take people from the top part of town down to the beach. Among the most important beaches are Spiaggia Grande and Spiaggia di Fornillo, which can both be reached on foot; La Porta, Arienzo and San Pietro Laurito beaches can all be reached by boat.


Ravello, an elegant and refined village, is characterized by luxurious villas. Set high above the sea, the heart of Ravello is represented by Piazza Vescovado, framed by the architecture of Palazzo Rufolo and the Cathedral with its magnificent portal (the first ever made with this innovative mold technique) and 10-feet-high bell tower. The gardens and panoramic viewpoints at Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone are absolutely breathtaking. 


Salerno is an off-the-beaten path Italian city located right on the Mediterranean. To get a feel for it, take a stroll along the Lungomare Trieste seaside promenade and visit the medieval d’Arechi castle dominating Salerno from above.

Santa Maria di Castellabate

Popular beach town south of Salerno and the Amalfi Coast on the Cilento Coast.

The town is a part of “Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park”. It attracts a lot of tourism, especially in summer, because of good road links to Agropoli, Salerno and Naples and because of the quality of its water; which give it the Blue Flag beach award.


Sorrento is a resort town. it is known as the city of citruses. Lemons and oranges grow on its terraced hills sloping down to the sea.

Sorrento is on the Gulf of Naples. Popular tours of Italy often include Sorrento on the itinerary. This resort town is ideal starting point to visit the Amalfi Coast, Naples, Herculaneum, Pompeii, Ischia and Capri. Furthermore, Caserta and Paestum are a day trip away.

Sorrento sits atop a bluff terrace 150 feet above the sea. It is surrounded by lush vegetation. The old town center still has ancient traces of Roman origin and is surrounded on one side by 16th-century walls. It is also home to the cathedral (rebuilt in the 15th century) and its Neo-Gothic façade, and the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, with a significant 14th-century cloister and Arab-style portico.

Visitors should also visit the Correale museum, take a stroll in the park where they will enjoy a magnificent view of the gulf, and take a tour of Punta del Capo, which is the location of the ruins of what is believed to be the villa of Pollio Felice (1st century AD).

Other points of interest along the Sorrento coast include Nerano, Marina del Cantone and Stabiae. The renowned Ieranto Bay is nice excursion from Sorrento. Located at the tip of the Sorrentine peninsula jutting out into the Mediterranean Sea. The bay can be reached by taking a path that starts out in Nerano. Here you can enjoy hiking trails while taking in the breathtaking views out to Capri.

Campania Food and Wine

The food in this area including the wine, olive oil, lemons, oranges, tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella all contribute to make Campania sightseeing a highlight of any Italy vacation.

The volcano Mt. Vesuvius majestically towers over this breathtaking area. It contributes essential nutrients to the area’s soil. This makes the local fruits and vegetables rich in taste, size and aroma.

The Campania region’s cuisine is known for its pizza, cheeses, pastas, fresh vegetables, seafood, and of course limoncello. 

Italy Tours that include Campania

The following tours of Italy include Campania destinations on the itinerary.

Italy Tour including CampaniaCampania Destinations
8-Day Rome and Sorrento
9-Day Naples and Puglia
9-Day Rome, Capri, Sorrento
9-Day Rome and Amalfi Coast
9-Day Tuscany and Amalfi Coast
10-Day Campania and Puglia
10-Day Puglia, Basilicata, Campania, Amalfi Coast
10-Day Rome, Puglia, Amalfi Coast
10-Day Rome and Southern Italy
10-Day Venice, Florence, Siena, Rome, Sorrento Tour with Modena, Pompeii, Capri
11-Day Rome, Venice, Florence, Sorrento Tour with Capri, Pompeii, Verona
11-Day Venice, Florence, Rome, Sorrento
11-Day Florence, Rome, Amalfi Coast
11-Day Venice, Tuscany, Amalfi Coast Italy Tour
12-Day Italian Harmony Rome, Amalfi Coast, Florence, Venice
12-Day Beautiful Italy Tour Rome, Capri, Assisi, Venice, Tuscany
12-Day Tuscany, Amalfi Coast, Rome
12-Day Venice, Florence, Rome, Amalfi Coast
12-Day Rome, Florence, Venice, Assisi, Sorrento Tour with Pisa & Capri
12-Day Sicily Tour and Southern Italy Tour
13-Day Venice, Florence, Rome, Amalfi Coast
13-Day Italian Lakes, Venice, Florence, Rome, Sorrento
13-Day Italian Lakes, Venice, Tuscany, and Amalfi Coast Italy Tour
13-Day Rome, Sorrento, Florence, Venice, Stresa
13 Day Rome, Capri, Venice, Florence
14-Day Rome, Florence, Italian Lakes, Venice, Amalfi Coast Affordable Italy Tour
14-Day Small Group Southern Italy Tour
14-Day Best of Italy
14-Day Italian Lakes, Venice, Florence, Rome, Amalfi Coast
14-Day Venice, Tuscany, Amalfi Coast, Rome
14-Day Rome, Florence, Italian Lakes, Venice, Amalfi Coast, Capri Comprehensive Italy Tour
14-Day Rome, Florence, Lake Maggiore, Venice, Assisi, Sorrento Italy Tour
14-Day Amalfi Coast, Rome, Umbria, Tuscany, Florence, Venice
15-Day Rome to Sicily Tour
15-Day Southern Italy Tour and Sicily Tour
16-Day Italian Lakes, Venice, Tuscany, Amalfi Coast, Rome
17-Day Italy and Sicily
17-Day Rome, Sorrento, Orvieto, Perugia, Chianti, Lucca, Parma, Venice
18-Day Sicily and Italy Tour

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Campania Travel Facts

Why travel to Campania?

Campania located in southern Italy enchants all the senses. Its natural beauty pleases the eyes. Hillsides brimming with citrus fill the air with sweet aromas. The fast-paced Naples tingles the ears. Slow-paced Amalfi Coast, Capri and Ischia are made for relaxation while soaking up the sun. For more information about touring Campania check out Italy tours that include Campania.

Where is Campania located?

Campania is located in southern Italy. It is about 140 miles south of Rome. Its borders include Lazio to its north, the region where Rome is located, south is a tiny strip of Basilicata and Calabria. To its east are Molise and Puglia.

How do you travel to Campania?

Campania’s main airport is Naples International Airport, also known as Capodichino Airport (NAP). Naples and Salerno are the region’s main train stations. Fast train between Rome Termini and Naples Centrale is 1 hour and 20 minutes. Most trains take about 2 hours. The fast train between Rome Termini and Salerno is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

What are the top Campania sightseeing attractions?

Campania is famous for many things among them: Mt Vesuvius, which explosion in 79AD covered Pompeii, Herculaneum and other ancient Roman cities in its ash. Campania is known for its pizza, with the renown buffalo mozzarella being a local product produced in Paestum and shipped worldwide. Also in Paestum tourists visit the ancient Greek Doric Temples, still standing and among the best-preserved Greek Temples in the world. Moreover, Campania is know for its coastline, such as the Amalfi Coast, and its three popular islands Capri, Ischia and Procida. Located in Caserta, the Royal Palace of Caserta draws many tourists to walk in its garden and savor its opulence. Finally, Campania is known for its largest city Naples.

What season is the best to visit Campania?

Campania’s islands and the Amalfi Coast are primarily spring, summer and fall destinations. Naples is also a popular Italy Christmas vacation destination.

What provinces are in Campania?

The provinces of Campania are: Naples (the regional capital), Caserta, Benevento, Avellino and Salerno.

Why is Campania a popular Italy vacation destination?

The natural beauty and food of Campania conspire to woo all who visit. Moreover, Naples, Capri, the Amalfi Coast, and Pompeii are among three of the most popular destinations in Italy. Lesser known is Paestum where its ancient Greek Doric Temples are among the finest in the world.