Holidays to Campania take you to Sorrento’s villa-studded hillsides, smouldering Mount Vesuvius, and Naples – the birthplace of pizza.
Campania, also known as the Neapolitan Riviera, is the second most populous region of Italy. And it’s easy to see why everyone wants a piece of the area’s pie. Its coastline curves around the sun-soaked bays of Sorrento and Naples on Italy’s south-west coast. Inland, meanwhile, you’ll find ancient ruins like Pompeii and natural wonders like Mount Vesuvius.
Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast
Cosmopolitan cities and rustic towns dot Campania's coastline. The leader of the pack is Sorrento, with its designer boutiques and pavement cafés. Swing around the peninsula and you come to the hamlet of Massa Lubrense. Carry on some more and the Amalfi Coast comes into view. Here, towns like Ravello and Positano spill down the cliffside in showers of pastel-coloured houses.
Campania also calls the island of Ischia its own. This island is the pamper capital of Italy. Its R&R credentials begin with its beaches. Maronti Beach on the south coast, for example, unravels for three kilometres. Then you’ve got the island’s spa scene to consider – you’ll find more than 70 thermal springs and mud baths dotted around.