Summer in Campania: looking for the perfect tour ? Here are some tips for an unforgettable vacation!
Those who look for a vacation by the sea and in summertime just cannot renounce to the sensation of the sea on their skin, can find in Italy many locations to satisfy their desires.
A region to be taken into consideration, for the magical combination of breathtaking landscapes and warm and comfortable climate, is certainly Campania.
Campania: a region waiting to be discovered
Campania, one of the most populous regions of Italy, is among the most popular destinations for lovers of seaside tourism. With its Amalfi Coast, the wonderful islands of the Gulf of Naples, and last but not least the Neapolitan capital, Campania really has nothing to envy to anyone with its unique landscapes. Another ally of tourism in Campania is the climate: with the arrival of summer, the warmth mitigated by sea winds makes every day really perfect!
Campania mini tour
Once you've arrived in Naples, you might think of using the beautiful regional capital as a base for organizing mini tours around Campania!
Almost all the locations we will suggest for mini-tours in Campania can be reached from Naples by public transport. If, on the other hand, you are looking for convenience and 'special' treatment, you could use a personalised and comfortable service, such as car rental with driver offered by Starlimousineitaly.
The itineraries available are potentially endless, and in terms of variety and quality, you'll be spoiled for choice. If you are attracted by the idea of these mini tours and want to turn them into reality, here are some tips that are right for you. You'll find below 5 ideas for as many must-do itineraries: ready to start?
5. Pompeii and Herculaneum
Not even an hour from Naples, there are two archaeological sites of rare beauty and prestige: Pompeii and Herculaneum. Pompeii is about half an hour away and Herculaneum takes about fifty minutes. By public transport, take the Circumvesuviana train line, but if you want to travel comfortably, you can also use the car parks at the entrance to the excavations.
Pompeii is one of the most tourists-desired destinations worldwide. As well known, ancient Pompeii was totally buried by the famous eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD.
The findings made with the start of the excavations are a valuable testimony of the Roman civilization of the time because the city, interred under a blanket of ash and volcanic lapilli, has returned an endless series of artifacts, very often objects belonging to the daily life.
The archaeological excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum have both been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1997. Staying in Naples, a visit to these incredible places is a must!
4. Positano and Sorrento
Impossible to decide not visiting at least one of these enchanted places. Here we suggest a visit to Sorrento and Positano, two cities really not to be missed!
Sorrento is famous for the sea, shopping along the famous Corso Italia, crafts and attention to cultural events.
Not to mention the many beautiful churches, the Correale museum and the charming seaside village, also used as a set for great movies. From Sorrento to Positano is a distance of about 22 km, and there are several ways to travel by public transport. It's a journey well worth making, considering how world-famous Positano is. First of all for fashion, then for the beauty of the beaches and the breathtaking views. A curiosity about Positano: it is also known as "the town of the stairs", in fact it is always recommended to bring comfortable shoes and putting on heels only at the right time!
3. Phlegraean Fields
Under the name Campi Flegrei (Phlegraean Fields, referring to a volcanic area) converge a series of places, each with its own peculiarities: museums, parks and natural phenomena are just some of the reasons to visit them.
A few kilometers from the center of Naples, its western districts and municipalities falling under this denomination (meaning “Burning Fields”), as well as the islands of Ischia, Procida and Vivara, they constitute an itinerary truly worthy of this name!
If you are interested in spas, you could go to Agnano, a location also known for the presence of the Astroni Nature Reserve.
The Phlegraean Fields also include Pozzuoli, with its beautiful promenade full of clubs and nightlife and the Solfatara, where you can observe geological phenomena related to volcanic activities, such as the famous sulfur emissions.
2. Royal Palace of Caserta
The Royal Palace of Caserta is a historical site attracting visitors from all over the world. The distance from Naples is about 33 kilometers and the ideal solution to cover it is by car even if, of course, you can choose to use the train. The royal residence was designed by Luigi Vanvitelli in the mid-1700s and belonged to the Bourbon family.
Nowadays, it is a museum enjoying special autonomy since 2016, and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the Belvedere di San Leucio and the Aqueduct Carolino.
The Palace, built in Baroque style, is inspired by the French Palace of Versailles and is enriched by the presence of four courtyards and an incredible park, while the interiors are plently decorated with frescoes and sculptures. A real jewel, absolutely not to be missed.
Paestum, in the province of Salerno, is just over 100 km. from Naples. It is an ancient city of Magna Graecia, whose original name was Poseidonia, in honor of the god of the sea.
The archaeological area of Paestum has been recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site and owns many reasons of interest.
Besides the nearby museum, where are kept finds dating back to the Greek era, it is possible to admire the ancient towers and the walls, very well preserved.
The lucky position of Paestum, in the heart of Cliento, also makes it suitable for both seaside and mountain tourism: the beautiful coastline is available to lovers of the sea, while the mountains surrounding it are ideal for trekking lovers.
As if that was not enough, another highlight of the city is the enogastronomical aspect: in Paestum a wonderful buffalo mozzarella is produced, not to mention the artichoke IGP.