Sunny Weather and Artistic Splendor: Italy’s Campania Region
Italy’s southern Campania region is a major hub for international tourism.
Thousands of foreigners flock to Campania every year to take advantage of the area’s gorgeous beaches, sunny weather, and ancient ruins. Definitely consider renting a holiday home in Campania to get the most out of your vacation.
Most tours of Campania begin and end in the region’s largest and most populous city: Naples. First founded in the 8th century, Naples is one of Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited cities and contains many UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
One of the most important religious sites in Naples is in the Cappella Sansevero, which dates back to the late 16th century and houses extraordinary artistic and scientific artifacts. Other popular churches you should visit in Naples include the Naples Cathedral, Santa Maria del Carmine Maggiore, and Gesù Nuovo.
Naples is also home to many world-class museums showcasing Ancient Greek and Roman artifacts. The most famous of these museums is the National Archeological Museum of Naples, which contains many impressive mosaics, statues, and Egyptian artifacts. Other great museums to check out while in Naples include the Royal Palace and National Museum of Capodimonte, the Museum of Contemporary Art Donnaregina, and the National Railway Museum of Pietrarsa.
Although it’s hard to tire of Naples, there are many other important places to visit while in Campania. Probably the most popular tourist attraction near Naples is the Archeological Site of Pompeii. Once a prosperous Roman city, Pompeii was buried in volcanic ash after nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD. Many archeologists consider Pompeii and the neighboring city of Herculaneum to have some of the best-preserved ruins and mosaics from Ancient Roman times.
Another fabulous UNESCO World Heritage Site near Naples is the Palazzo Reale di Caserta. Built in the 18th century, many historians believe this massive palace to be just as impressive as France’s Versailles. Guests at the Palazzo Reale can marvel over Baroque-style architecture and stroll through the lovely garden area. By the way, if this palace looks somewhat familiar, then you might’ve seen it in either Star Wars episode I or II.
Moreover, the city of Sorrento is a lovely place in Campania worthy of a visit. In recent years, Sorrento has become a popular jumping off point for tourists because of its beautiful architecture and close location to Pompeii and the Isle of Capri. While in Sorrento, be sure to tour the lemon terraces, the Roman ruins at Villa Pollio, and the city’s cathedral. Literature fans should also schedule a tour of Sorrento’s Hotel Tramontano, which was once the home of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen.
After touring all these impressive historical attractions, it’s time for some serious R&R. There’s no better place to relax in the sunshine than on Campania’s Amalfi Coast. Also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Amalfi Coast is celebrated for its cliff-side fishing towns and natural beauty.
Some of the most popular beachside cities on the Amalfi Coast include Positano, Furore, Ravello, and Amalfi. In addition to enjoying the views and the weather, a few of these cities have important historical attractions. For instance, Positano is home to the Collegiata di Santa Maria Assunta, which is a relatively modern church that houses a marvelous 13th-century Byzantine icon. Another lovely church you will find on the Amalfi Coast is the 13th century Duomo di Amalfi.