Top 10 things to do in Campania

Positano, incontournable à visiter en Campanie

Want to go to Italy but don’t know which region to choose? How about a visit to Campania?

Campania is a region in southeastern Italy. It’s famous for its regional culture and language, which make the Campanians an atypical people! Visiting Campania also means taking in some exceptional places and sights that will stay with you forever.

Are you convinced? Here are the 10 must-do things to do in Campania!

1. Napoli

Panorama de Naples

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It’s impossible not to visit Campania without passing through Naples. The region’s capital, Naples is one of Italy’s most beautiful cities. With its breathtaking cultural wealth, there’s an endless array of things to do. From the pizzeria to the Palazzo di Capodimonte and the Borgo Orefici, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

The architecture is also worth a look. Indeed, as Naples has undergone several periods of domination, it possesses an architectural mix that makes it… inimitable. You’ll discover the influence of the Anjou, Spanish and Baroque periods.

Naples is also the perfect place for a gourmet break. From the legendary pizza to ragù napoletano and Sflogliatella, Neapolitan cuisine is sure to delight your taste buds!

2. The Amalfi Coast

La ville d'Amalfi

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Looking for color and turquoise waters? Head for the Amalfi Coast! This coast, located in the province of Salerno, is one of the most beautiful places in Italy. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, its picturesque villages and diverse landscapes attract millions of visitors every year.

The main towns on the coast are Amalfi, Positano, Praiano and Ravello. Here you’ll find magnificent houses and enchanting streets.

3. Capri

Baie de Capri

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The island paradise needs no introduction. Popular in France thanks to the song by Hervé Villard, the island in the middle of the Tyrrhenian Sea boasts a host of exceptional sites. Examples include Monte Solaro, Grotta Azzurra, Villa San Michele,Arco Naturale and Via Krupp.

As you can imagine, you’ll need to take a ferry to get to Capri. To avoid any unpleasant surprises, you can book your ferry online. The advantage is simple: you won’t have to worry about a thing on the day of your excursion.

4. Vesuvius

Le Vésuve

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If you come to visit Campania, you’ll have the chance to get some height. Peaking at 1,821 metres, this is the roof of the region. Vesuvius is one of Italy’s main tourist attractions. It is world-famous for having wiped out several ancient cities in August 79, including the famous Pompeii and the city ofHerculaneum.

Today, it’s possible to climb Vesuvius via special trails. For the more reluctant, don’t worry: the volcano last erupted in 1944.

5. Pompeii

Le Forum de Pompéi

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If you’re looking for something special, this is one of the most extraordinary places on the planet. Pompeii is an absolute must when visiting Campania. This Roman city, which disappeared overnight under the rain of ash from Vesuvius, is in an absolutely incredible state of preservation. Almost all of the city and its sites are still standing, in whole or in part.

In Pompeii, immerse yourself in a world apart, as you explore the arenas, the ancient theaters, the forum and the streets of the city. A journey back in time nearly 2000 years awaits you. What’s more, if you’re under 25 and from a European Union country, admission to the city is just €2, so go for it!

In terms of visiting time, plan on spending half a day, or even the whole day. One thing’s for sure: you won’t go round in circles.

6. Caserta

Reggia di Caserta

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Caserta is famous for its royal residence, the Reggia di Caserta. This residence, built for the Bourbons, was intended to rival the Palace of Versailles and the Royal Palace in Madrid. The palace is therefore one of the largest in the world, and the interior, full of marble, is prodigious. Everything is big and beautiful, making you feel tiny.

Its gardens are equally breathtaking. Spread over more than 120 hectares, they include an English garden and a garden strongly inspired by those of Versailles. It’s also worth noting that scenes from Episodes I & II of the Star Wars saga were filmed in the palace.

7. Cilento and Diano Valley National Park

Vue du Parc National du Cilento

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To the south of Campania, head for the Cilento and Val di Diano National Park. In all, no less than 180,000 hectares are home to four archaeological areas, including Paestrum, an ancient Greek colony conquered by the Romans during the capture of Taranto. For plant enthusiasts, the park’s flora is renowned for its variety. In fact, 10% of its species are threatened.

For nature lovers and hikers looking for places to explore, the nature park is renowned as a mecca for walking routes.

8. Matese Regional Park

Le lac Matese

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At the other end of the region, in the Matese Regional Park, we continue our journey into nature. A paradise for sports and excursion enthusiasts, it offers a wide range of activities including trekking, mountain-biking and grass skiing.

As for the landscapes, they offer ecotourism enthusiasts a place of rest and discovery. Between two hikes, the surrounding fauna brings you face to face with wolves and golden eagles.

9. Salerno and province

Vue de Salerne

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Salerno is located on the Tyrrhenian Sea, in the homonymous gulf. Like Naples, Salerno has undergone various periods of domination, including by the Normans. This presence gave Salerno its Norman-Arab-Byzantine architecture, as in Palermo. A city of many influences, Salerno is also home to other styles that contribute to its unique identity: witness the Romanesque cathedral and the medieval castle of Arechi.

After this first taste of discovery, head for the seaside, reminiscent of Cinque Terre. Continue your visit to the surrounding villages, renowned for their charm.

For those with a sweet tooth, Salerno offers an exceptional culinary journey. It’s in this province (among others) that the famous Mozzarella di Bufala is made, a veritable institution of Italian gastronomy! Enjoy the pleasures of local gastronomy without moderation – after all, you’re on vacation, aren’t you?

10. Sorrento

Sorrente

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Here’s the latest must-do in Campania. Sorrento is a town on the Gulf of Naples, world-famous for the local digestif, limoncello. Located opposite Capri, it is also, and above all, overlooked by Mount Vesuvius.

In Sorrento, head for the Correale de Terranova museum, a former patrician residence. A visit to the museum will allow you to admire one of the most important collections of Capodimonte porcelain, produced in Naples at the factory of the same name. The Basilica of St. Anthony and the Cattedrale dei Santi Filippo e Giacomo are also worth a visit. Finish off with a swim in the Queen Giovanna Baths, a natural pool surrounded by rock, where the turquoise water will make you feel like you’re on the other side of the world.

You now know all the essential places to visit in Campania. All that’s left is to set off. Enjoy your trip!

Map of hotels and accommodation – Campania