Sorrento City Centre showing landscape views and a sunset
This southern province calls out to tourists as it once did to Roman emperors, with the delights of Capri, Naples and the Amalfi coast awaiting.

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.

Popular cities in Campania

San Francesco di Paola showing night scenes, a square or plaza and a church or cathedral
Known for Historical, Tours and Museums
With classical architecture, unbeatable pizza and round-the-clock vibrancy, Naples remains one of Italy’s most exciting cities to visit.

Reasons to visit

  • Piazza del Plebiscito
  • Port of Naples
  • Royal Palace
Sorrento which includes heritage architecture and a coastal town
Known for Dining, Shopping and Tours
Spend days exploring this seaside town set between azure waters and majestic clifftops. Wander through an atmospheric old town and sip limoncello on the beachfront.

Reasons to visit

  • Piazza Tasso
  • Sorrento Lift
  • Deep Valley of the Mills
Capri showing a coastal town, rugged coastline and swimming
Known for Islands, Marinas and Beaches
Overflowing with glamor, glitz, millennia of history and many other appealing features, this is one of the world’s most iconic vacation destinations.

Reasons to visit

  • Marina Grande
  • Gardens of Augustus
  • Villa Castiglione
Known for Historical, Ruins and Gardens
Once home to 20, 000 people, this town was preserved for two millennia by the lava from Mount Vesuvius and now offers a fascinating glimpse into ancient Roman life.

Reasons to visit

  • Pompeii Archaeological Park
  • Pompeii Forum
  • Pompei Amphitheatre
Ischia featuring building ruins, a coastal town and heritage architecture
Known for Ports, Islands and Spas
Explore this land in idyllic southern Italy surrounded by a cerulean sea. The island has features like its better-known neighboring locations, with fewer tourists.

Reasons to visit

  • Ischia Port
  • Aragonese Castle
  • Via Vittoria Colonna
Salerno showing a coastal town and rocky coastline
Known for Historical, Ports and Hills
Though often overshadowed by neighboring Amalfi, the architecture, parks and excellent food here present compelling arguments to linger.

Reasons to visit

  • Salerno Cathedral
  • Masuccio Salernitano Marina