Welcome to Campania


History & Art

Few corners of Europe can match Campania's cultural conundrums. Should you spend the morning waltzing through chandeliered Bourbon bedrooms or the frescoed villa of a Roman emperor's wife? And which of Caravaggio's canvases shouldn't you miss: the multi-scene masterpiece inside Naples' Pio Monte della Misericordia, the violent showstopper lurking inside the hilltop Palazzo Reale di Capodimonte, or the artist's brooding swansong inside the city's belle époque Palazzo Zevallos? Campania's blockbuster heritage will set your imagination alight with its chariot grooves and temples, bombastic frescoes and heart-stirring sculptures.

Natural Highs

Mother Nature let loose in Italy's south, creating a thrilling playground of rugged mountains, steaming fumaroles, and ethereal coastal grottoes. Crank up the pulse rate exploring bat-filled grottoes at the Grotte di Castelcivita, cave diving off the Capri coast, or feeling the earth's subterranean wrath at the Solfatara Crater. Need to bring it down a notch? Horse ride the slopes of Mt Vesuvius, sail the Amalfi Coast or simply soak at a thermal beach on Ischia. The options may be many, but there's one constant: a landscape that is beautiful, diverse and just a little magic.

Culinary Riches

Campania is the nation's culinary show-off, home to Italy's top pizza, pasta, mozzarella, tomatoes, citrus and seafood. It's like a never-ending feast; bubbling, wood-fired pizza in Naples, long lunches at Cilento agriturismi (farm stays), and lavish pastries at celebrity-status Amalfi Coast pasticcerie (pastry shops). Should you tuck into coniglio all'Ischitana (Ischian-style rabbit) at a rustic island trattoria? Pick up some famous colatura di alici (anchovy essence) in Cetara? Or just kick back with a crisp Falanghina and debate who has the creamiest buffalo mozzarella – Caserta or Paestum?

Southern Lifestyle

Passionate, effusive and often generous to a fault, Campanians have a way of making other Italians seem just a little uptight. Despite the demands of modern life, there is always time for an impromptu espresso at the local bar or a bite of juicy gossip on a sun-bleached piazza. One minute you're choosing produce at a street market, the next you're in the middle of a feverish discussion of the weather, the in-laws or Napoli's on-field performance. No one is a stranger for long, and a casual chiacchiera (chat) could easily land you at the bountiful table of your new best friend.


Top experiences in Campania

Travel guides

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Campania activities

$311.86 Day Trips & Excursions

Pompeii, Positano and Amalfi Coast Semi-Private Day Trip from Rome

Leave your Rome hotel in the early morning, and head to the Campania region in the south of Italy. Your journey lasts around three hours, but your minivan is comfortable and air conditioned, and your driver-guide will explain the day’s itinerary on the way.First stop is the picture-perfect town of Amalfi, on the luscious Amalfi Coast. Once a major naval power, the town is now known for its stunning coastal scenery; it clings to a jagged rock face looking down over the turquoise Tyrrhenian Sea. Enjoy free time here to stretch your legs on a walk around, admiring the town’s typically Mediterranean architecture, where houses seem to be built on top of each other as they straddle the hillside! Rest in one of the cafés and sample a shot of limoncello (own expense), or perhaps check out the Cloister of Paradise (Chiostro del Paradiso) -- an intriguing Arabian-style hamlet. Continue by minivan to the neighboring village of Positano, passing along a stunning coastal road with stops peppered in for photo stops. Enjoy free time for lunch in the village (own expense), and to explore. Gaze in admiration at the white- and pastel-colored houses that smatter the hillside, and perhaps take a stroll along its perfectly groomed beaches.Meet your driver-guide at the pre-arranged time, and then head inland toward the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pompeii -- the world-famous ancient village that lay buried under layers of volcanic ash for centuries. Explore the area with your guide on a 2-hour walking tour, documenting the site’s history from AD 79 when Mount Vesuvius erupted, to the early 18th century when it was ‘discovered.’ Hear history come to life with tales of ancient Romans who once lived here.From Pompeii, return north to Rome by minivan. Your tour then finishes back at your hotel in the late evening.

$112.72 Cultural & Theme Tours

Naples to Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii Day Trip with Admission

After pickup from your hotel or the Naples train station, take a 30-minute drive to Pompeii, an ancient Roman city that was entirely destroyed by the sudden eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 AD. The largest archaeological site in Europe, today Pompeii is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.When you arrive, your guide will pick up your group’s pre-ordered tickets and lead you on a 2-hour walking tour of the fascinating grounds. Witness the destruction first-hand as you visit Pompeii’s most famous sites, including the Forum, the Thermal Baths, Vetti's House and the Lupanare brothel, giving you a glimpse into daily life during the Pax Romana. Today you can see shapes of objects — even bodies — that were buried beneath the volcanic ash and pumice.After your tour, enjoy a pizza lunch with your group followed by some free time to browse the shops. Then board the coach and drive 40 minutes to legendary Mt Vesuvius. Embark on a moderate hike up the volcano with your guide. When you reach the summit at 3,900 feet (1,200 meters), you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the picturesque Bay of Naples from east to west. Peer down into the crater and see plumes of steam issuing from the sleeping, but still active, volcano!There is a rest point where you can choose to wait for your group if you do not wish to climb all the way to the top, but the hike is worth the effort. After your Mt Vesuvius hike, relax on the drive back to Naples in the early evening.

$64.05 Day Trips & Excursions

Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Ravello Private Tour from Naples

By taking a private tour, you have the option to spend as little or as much time as possible in the picturesque towns of Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello, world-famous for their charm and colorful architecture.The villages scattered along the Amalfi Coast have always attracted visitors, bewitching all who visit. The charm lies not only in the towns themselves but also in their history and rich legacy of fine churches, villas and monasteries. See below for more information.

$106.46 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Rome Food Tour by Sunset around Prati District

Your evening begins in typical Italian style with a aperitivo at a water bufala specialty venue. Your appetite for the tour will be stimulated with fresh buffalo mozzarella from Campania to be eaten within 24 hours of being produced, ricotta, truffle cheese, pachino tomatoes, pesto, eggplant meatballs, accompanied by a glass of crisp DOC wine. Following Aperitivo, you are taken to Pizzarium, the number one Pizzeria in Rome, recommended by Anthony Bourdain, CNN and international food bloggers. Sample a selection of the most creative and delicious pizza made by the ‘Michelangelo of pizza’ Gabriele Bonci. Gabriel is known throughout Italy as the kind of pizza, as he creates his masterpieces with the highest quality in season ingredients. There are over 80 different topping daily, including prosciutto with fig, zucchini and ricotta, chicken with celery and scamorza with spinach. Next prepare yourself for an abundance of fun and laughter as the Pachiotti family welcome you to there gourmet food shop. Offering hundreds of meats, cheeses, wines and delicious treats. Here you will taste a variety of the finest cheeses, hams, truffles, balsamic vinegar aged 25 years and DOCG wine. Learn the importance of ‘what grows together, goes together’ and taste the real ‘retro gusto’. Continue your tour onto the award-winning restaurant XBacchus. Indulge in handmade Roman pasta accompanied with wine, at this beautiful restaurant and mingle with the locals who frequent daily. We conclude our tour with an education in gelato, at the Fatamorgana artisanal gelateria. Become a gelato expert and learn how to spot real gelato from the touristy pretend version. Be sure to take our tour at the start of your trip to Rome, to take advantage of the knowledge you will learn, for the rest of your stay. Please Note: substitutions offered for those with dietary restrictions including Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free and lactose-intolerant. Please advise in special requirements field at time of booking.

$75.15 Cultural & Theme Tours

Naples to Pompeii Half-Day Trip with Priority Admission Ticket

Following an early morning pickup from your Naples hotel, meet your guide and travel onward by minivan for the 35-minute journey to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was here — on a summer’s day in the year 79AD — that Mount Vesuvius erupted, spewing volcanic ash over the prosperous city of Pompeii. Unaware of the imminent danger, most people continued on with their daily lives. As a result, the entire town and around 20,000 of its inhabitants were buried under tons of ash and burning pumice. Almost 2,000 years later, ancient Pompeii remains preserved and the artefacts on display provide a fascinating insight into life in the Roman-era. Enter the ancient site with your guide and see first-hand the houses, streets and public buildings locked in time by the volcanic ash. See Pompeii’s ancient piazza and Forum, where business dealings, elections, speeches and processions would have played out during Roman times. Wander the site, marvel at the ancient limestone columns still standing today and capture the centuries-old scenery on camera. Continue onward with your guide to the thermal baths, where many of the townsfolk would have bathed, chatted and lived out their daily lives before the eruption. Wander down Via degli Augustali and discover the Lupanare, Pompeii’s brothel. A 2-storey building with five rooms on each floor, the Lupanare is decorated with some of the city’s most lustful frescoes.Explore the Casa dei Vettii (Vetti's House), a luxury residence in the town. Careful excavation has revealed a number of beautiful frescoes on the walls of the house, evidence of the wealth and stature of its former inhabitants. Your exact route will depend on the crowds and weather conditions. At the end of your time in Pompeii, travel back to Naples by minivan where your tour will come to an end.

$65.48 Shore Excursions

Private Naples Shore Excursion: Sorrento, Positano, and Amalfi

By taking a private tour, you have the option to spend as little or as much time as possible in the picturesque towns of Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello world-famous for their charm and colorful architecture. The villages scattered along the Amalfi Coast have always attracted visitors, bewitching all who visit. Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Naples port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.