TRAVEL GUIDE CAMPANIA

Campania is one of the most populated regions of Italy but also one of the region of Italy with the largest number of sites recognized by UNESCO as world heritage: the Royal Castle of Caserta, the archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, the historic center of Naples, the Amalfi Coast, the temples of Paestum and Velia and the Certosa di Padula. Campania is not just about art and culture, but also about nature, food and wine. Indeed, it is known worldwide for its buffalo mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes and the liquor of limoncello. The whole region offers a variety of landscapes with the national parks of Cilento or Vallo di Diano and its beautiful sandy beaches bordered by crystal clear waters, the rugged coastline of the Amalfi Coast with its fishing villages clinging to cliffs and the islands of Ischia, Capri or Procida famous for their natural beauty.
Naples
Naples unique and exuberant, captivates the visitor with popular local traditions such as the 'Tarantella' – Naples' famous folk dance – and 'smorfia', the Neapolitan's superstitious use of numerology to interpret dreams. Walking through the picturesque narrow streets of the Spanish quarter gives snapshots of Naples' life: the melodious accent of passers-by and shop owners, the mouth-watering smells emerging from the numerous trattorias. Wood-burning pizzerias at every street corner should come as no surprise – the pizza was of course born here. Naples is also a city rich in art and architecture, with numerous churches, palaces and museums to visit. Not to miss in the surroundings: Royal castle of Caserta
Pompeii and Herculaneum
Pompeii was founded in the 6th Century, but completely buried, along with Herculaneum and Stabiae, during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79AD. Forgotten for nearly sixteen hundred years, Pompeii was re-discovered by chance in 1748. Today, it is a prized archaeological gem, providing stunning evidence of the grandeur of the Roman Empire.
Cuma and Pozzuoli
Created in 720 BC, Cuma is the oldest greek colony of Occident. It's located in the Phlegreans fields near Pozzuoli. The archeological site of Cuma is famous for the "Antro della Sibilla". With its mineral waters, its fishing villages along the coast and its numerous archeological sites, the Phlegreans fields area is a must-see.
Not to miss: The seaside villages of Bacoli and Miseno, Pozzuoli, the view from Monte di Procida on the islands of Procida and Ischia, the lake of Averno and the Solfatara volcano.

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USEFUL INFORMATION

VISIT In a region where art is all around, an 'Arte Card' comes in handy. Arte Card is a pass, valid for 3 or 7 days, giving access to museums, archaeological and tourist sites at discounted rates. It also entitles the holder to free travel to these places. They can be purchased at railway stations, newsagents and airports.
GETTING ABOUT The best way to explore this region is by car. Cars can be hired at Naples airport or in the cities themselves. Parking tickets can often be purchased from newsagents and tobacconists. If you only plan to stay in Naples, however, there will be no need as the city and its suburbs have an excellent public transport network. There are underground, tram, train and bus services as well as ferries to the nearby islands. Incidentally, Naples underground has recently received a much praised artistic overhaul of its stations. If you plan to stay on the Amalfi coast, SITA buses provide a reliable and comfortable alternative means of discovering the area. The coast can be congested, especially in summer. In season, a frequent boat service known as "Metro del Mare" serves the coast, linking Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Salerno and Capri.
GETTING THERE By plane: Naples International Airport
By train: Naples Central Station or Salerno