With rugged landscapes, tons of archaeological sites and picture-perfect beaches, visiting Campania feels like visiting paradise. Make the most of the time by taking in the region's cities and towns, its national parks and farms, and the archipelago of islands that dot its Mediterranean coast. With good weather year round, there’s never a bad time to visit this sprawling southern province, one of Italy’s biggest, whose laid-back, friendly atmosphere belies its natural and human-made delights.
Come to Campania to see beautiful remains of the region’s ancient Roman past. Experience a world frozen in time by touring the Ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, to see the outlines of people who were caught in the disaster almost 2,000 years ago. Appreciate the lavish excesses of Imperial Rome in the Villa Jovis on Capri, or see Greek-style Roman temples in Paestum. See everything in one visit by going to the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples.
The beauty of nature is never far away, so bring a swimsuit and some sturdy walking shoes. Hop on a boat to wonder at the Blue Grotto on Capri, with its luminescent water. Hike or ride horses up the slopes of Mount Vesuvius, where there are incredible views of the Mediterranean and the islands beyond. Take it easy on the beaches of the Amalfi Coast, whose golden sands are crowded with equally golden people, then end the day relaxing in the picturesque piazzas of Positano.
The closest major airport is in Rome, a 1-hour train ride or 2-hour drive from Naples. Naples also has a smaller airport, with many international flights. Travel by train between most of the region’s cities and small towns, or rent a car for more flexibility. Private boat rentals are available to explore the islands. Naples, as one of Europe’s biggest ports, has ferry accessibility to Sicily, other parts of Italy, Europe and northern Africa.
Campania’s food is famous for a reason, so work up an appetite with long walks through its narrow streets and recharge with pizza, pastries and strong espresso.