Lush green countrysides boasting olive, nut, and lemon groves; jagged cliffs and mountains; beautiful sparkling gulfs; ancient ruins; and urban skylines - this is the region of Campania, one of Italy's most sought-after destinations and a boon to Italy's tourism.
That Campania is Italy's third most populated region and its most densely populated region is a testament to the draw this beautiful part of the world has to both natives and non-natives.
Boasting a culture deeply rich in architecture, archeology, music, and cuisine, Campania will capture you with its diversity and charm and transform you with its rich cultural presence. And your experience will be enriched even more when you stay in one of our lovely vacation homes, which offer plenty of privacy and comfort: your perfect Italian home away from home.
Campania is situated in Southern Italy on the Italian Peninsula, bordered by the regions of Lazio, where Rome is located, Molise, Apulia (Puglia), and Basilicata. The stunning Amalfi Coast, which was voted a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997, comprises a portion of this region's western border that hugs the Tyrrhenian Sea. Campania also includes the Phlegraean Islands and Capri. Just a two-hour tip from The Eternal City of Rome, Campania is an excellent place to relax, go sightseeing, live the Italian lifestyle, and cater to your love for Italian cuisine.
Derived from the Latin, Campania felix, which translates to "fertile countryside," Campania bestows stunning natural sights upon its residents and visitors, most notably on the island of Capri, along the Amalfi Coast, and at Mount Vesuvius.
Campania's terrain is wildly diverse, cross-hatched by several mountain ranges at its interior that give way to opulent rolling hills that tumble to the Tyrrhenian Sea, which is fed by two major rivers. The volcanic mountain ranges of Vesuvio and Campi Flegrei punctuate the shoreline.
Due to Campania's divergent topography, its climate can vary significantly with lower temperatures during the winter in its inner areas and warmer, more Mediterranean weather along the coast.
Just as varied as its terrain and climate, Campania's cities and tourist attractions are varied as well. Whether you focus on one town within the region or the region as a whole, you can immerse yourself in the culture by taking tours, visiting museums and parks, experiencing outdoor activities, and indulging in Turkish and Roman baths or natural thermal spas.
Visit ancient archaeological sites in Pompeii and Naples (Campania's capital) for a fascinating history lesson. And don't leave Naples without visiting the seaside Castel dell'Ovo, perched near the deep blue waters of the Gulf of Naples, or Castel Nuovo, a medieval castle located in the heart of Naples, right across from city hall.
The jewel in Campania's crown is the gorgeous Amalfi Coast, which stretches for 30 miles along the southern edge of Campania's Sorrentine Peninsula and is the region's most frequented destination. Whether you're a creative, on a honeymoon, or just someone who loves life's finer things, when you visit the Amalfi Coast, you'll be in the company of many others who come from around the world for inspiration, reverie, and to live the good life.
For a change of pace, visit charming Positano, perched cliffside above the Amalfi Coast. Spend some time on the pebble beach, browse and shop at the boutiques that line narrow streets, and hike the Sentiero degli Dei trail. For spectacular terraced cliffside gardens, visit Villa Rufolo, a 13th-century Moorish architectural phenomenon where you can enjoy outdoor concerts in the summer and take in stunning views of the Amalfi Coast.
Capri is another Campanian hot spot, located in the Gulf of Naples. It is known for upscale shopping, its yacht-dotted coastline, and the Blue Grotto - a sea cave with glowing electric blue water. Ischia is another island on the Gulf of Naples, which boasts the Aragonese Castle, offering guests who pass through her threshold a step back to the Medieval past. Take a tour of ominous-looking Mount Vesuvius, Italy's iconic volcano that changed the face of the town of Pompeii, which is also located on the Gulf of Naples.
Campania's cuisine is also widely diverse. In Naples, you'll find sea food-centered dishes, while in Caserta and Aversa, vegetables and cheese take front and center. In Sorrento, the birthplace of limoncello, you'll encounter a fusion of traditional fare from Salerno and Naples, where the very first pizzas were imagined and created. Baba Cake is Neapolitan Easter tradition, usually served with rum or limoncello, a digestif made of lemons, sugar, and alcohol.
The Amalfi Coast offers up Sfogliatella, a delicate and flaky layered pastry. Zeppole, a fried bread, is eaten on Saint Joseph's Day, and a Campanian Christmas tradition is Struffoli, honey-dipped balls of fried dough. Feast on an insalata di mare (seafood salad) for lunch or try an octopus or mussel soup with seaweed fritters and fresh anchovies in olive oil.
Come to Campania for an authentic Italian experience, and allow yourself plenty of time to explore one of the most alluring places on earth. Set yourself up for one of the most stress-free and comfortable vacations you've ever experienced, and stay in one of our lovely vacation homes. The Italian lifestyle awaits!
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