Holidays in
Campania

A tasty slice of southwest Italy

Cast your eyes to the Campania region in southwest Italy, and you’ll find some of the country’s most spectacular scenery. Rolling hills and pastoral countryside scenes abound, not to mention the dazzling Amalfi Coast and bustling Naples – Italy’s third largest city. Campania holidays can also take in Italy’s largest national park, Cilento, and Vallo di Diano National Park. Given the abundance of great-quality produce grown in the area, it’s unsurprising that Campania holidays are a mecca for foodies.

The region is well-known for its fruit, vegetable and flower production – particularly nuts, tomatoes and lemons – while the Amalfi Coast is celebrated for its seafood and high proportion of Michelin-starred restaurants. Much-loved dishes such as ‘spaghetti alle vongole’ and ‘caprese’ salad hail from this region, but its most famous dish comes from Naples – the city where pizza was born.

But holidays to Campania aren’t just about eating – you’ll find history, incredible architecture and wild beauty in abundance. One day can be spent exploring the ruins of Pompeii, the next on a boat trip to tour the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida. With cities, coastal countryside and mountains to explore, the hardest part of a holiday to Campania will be deciding how long you wish to stay.

Three tips for a top trip

Rent a carOne of the best ways to explore all 40 kilometres of the Amalfi Coast is by car. Rent your own and follow the coast to Sorrento and pastel-hued Positano.
Sample the local wineCampania is one of Italy’s oldest wine-making regions – be sure to try the mineral-rich wines from the volcanic soil around Mount Vesuvius.
Pack walking shoesThere’s much to do in Campania, and it’s by no means flat. Naples can be deceptively hilly, too – a funicular is well worth boarding for the views.

Best attractions to see in Campania

Naples

Explore the city’s Unesco World Heritage historic centre and impressive castles, and gorge on authentic pizza. Don’t miss the chance to explore the’ labyrinth of underground tunnels, either.

Mount Vesuvius

Mount Vesuvius is one of mainland Europe’s only active volcanoes – explore the jaw-dropping post-eruption ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum while you’re at it.

Sorrento

Scattered down cliffs overlooking the Bay of Naples, the town of Sorrento is picture-perfect. Sample the local limoncello then hop on a boat trip to Capri.

Your Campania questions, answered

Campania has a warm and favourable climate throughout all of the year. You can expect highs of approximately 31°C in the summer and 14°C in winter.

The ancient ruins of Pompeii are just 26 kilometres from Naples. This incredible historic site is approximately 40 minutes by train from the city centre.

Limoncello is a popular Italian liqueur typically made from Sorrento lemons and a spirit such as grappa or vodka. It’s traditionally served after dinner in a chilled glass.