Places to visit

Herculaneum

It boasts an enchanting position at the centre of the Gulf of Naples and enjoys particular importance due to its priceless heritage within the archaeological excavations of ancient Herculaneum, which was destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 B.C. A visit to “Ercolano”, in the Province of Naples, cannot overlook the archaeological excavations. They owe their fortune to the way in which the city was buried: submerged by a river of volcanic mud which solidified to determine an absolutely original preservation phenomenon which differs completely from what happened in Pompeii....

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Caserta and its Royal Palace

The city of Caserta developed around the famous Bourbon castle, which altered the name of a small, medieval centre located on a nearby hill, today known as Caserta Vecchia. The Royal Palace and the ancient district, as well as Belvedere di San Leucio, are compulsory visits to discover the treasures of the city. The Royal Palace was designed, on the order of Charles of Bourbon, by the architect Luigi Vanvitelli to celebrate the European importance of the Kingdom of Naples. Work began in 1752 and lasted twenty-two years. The result is a palace covering a surface area of over 45,000 metres...

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Pompeii

At the foot of Mount Vesuvius, in the Province of Naples, stands Pompeii, Italy's largest and most impressive archaeological site. The city was an important node during Imperial Rome before the catastrophic eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, which obliterated all traces of life and covered a vast area in a thick blanket of ash and lapilli. The digs to uncover the remains of the city only began in the middle of the 18th century, and the site is still an enormous tourist attraction today. A visit to Pompeii is a must for anyone wishing to experience what it was like to wander through the...

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Naples

Opulent and poor, cheerful and sad, Naples is situated in one of the most famous gulfs in the world, flanked to the east by Vesuvius. It is a city of art with centuries of history; it is the Neapolis of the Romans, the Byzantine city of Theodosius and the powerful autonomous Duchy, the city of Roger of Normandy and Emperor Frederick II of Swabia, the capital of the triumph of Anjou and Aragon, of the viceroys of Spain and Masaniello, the city of Bourbon and Murat pomp, the city where Victor Emmanuel II made his entry on 7 November 1860. These many events have contributed to the city's...

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Ischia

Ischia, the largest island in the Bay of Naples, is among the most famous spa, sea and tourist locations in Italy and the world. Thanks to its natural beauty, its picturesque landscape, splendid beaches and the aromas and flavours of its produce, the Island of Ischia offers guests a wide range of “experiences”: from spa tourism to pure fun, from excursions in the green woodland to the discovery of roads and ancient districts, all the way to shopping among the thousands of little shops on the main street. With its 18 miles of beach, bays and inlets and lush vegetation behind an...

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Capri

Among the most beautiful islands in the Gulf of Naples, Capri is renowned around the world for its incomparable, natural and archaeological beauty. The scent of the flowers, the elegant faceting of the colours, the rugged rocks that lead down to the crystal clear sea and the ancient alleys that pass by the little houses immersed in greenery. These are just a few of the features that have made this charming island on the Sorrento coast so famous, with its rocky, five kilometre underground extension of land linking it to the coast. Capri has always enchanted its visitors: the Faraglioni cliffs...

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Ravello

Ravello, jewel of the Amalfi Coast in the Province of Salerno, dominates the townlets of Minori and Maiori like a vast sea terrace. Its beauty was immortalized by Boccaccio in the “Decameron” and William Turner in paintings whose sketches are on display at the Tate Gallery London. In the centre of the town, to the right of the Duomo, a square tower signals the entrance to Villa Rufolo, a complex of buildings dating back to the middle of the 13th century, where you can visit theWagner terrace, so-called because it gave the musician the inspiration for the Klingsor garden scene in...

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Positano

Steep, barely visible stairways. A myriad of tiny streets weaving in and out of each other, in and around tiny white dwellings, arches, domes and porticoes. Positano, in the Province of Salerno, rolls gently down from the Lattari mountains in an explosion of beauty. The ancient town is made up of several hamlets, and its rich vegetation and splendid sea make it a fairytale location. Painters, directors and writers have all been captured by the magic atmosphere of the seascape and the fisherman's way of life, and have drawn inspiration from the cascade of houses, convents, villas and...

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Amalfi

Amalfi, in the province of Salerno, the first Marine Republic, continues to amaze people with its view: this pearl set among the Lattari Mountains has fascinating Mediterranean maquis and blue sea, where you spot the endless series of Majolica mosaics on the bell-tower on the Cathedral dedicated to St. Andrew. Famous for its trade and diplomatic relations, the name Amalfi is linked to Flavio Gioia's compass and the “Tabula de Amalpha”, the first of the coded maritime laws, today kept in Museo civico. The start of the western stretch by the sea hosts the ruins of the Arsenal,...

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Vico Equense

This is the first town on the Sorrento peninsula that you see coming from the city. Vico Equense, in the Province of Napoli, sits on a limestone cliff that descends steeply to the gulf, in a section that extends from Scrajo, a location with hot springs, to Punta Scutolo. The name Vico is supposed to derive from the “vici” (small villages on the main roads) and then became Vicus Aequensis from the name of the main village, called Borgo dei Cavalieri. In 1301, Charles of Anjou had a castle built here that was renovated, three centuries later, by Count Girolamo Giusso and, for this...

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Massa Lubrense

The area of Massa Lubrense, in the Province of Naples, is almost triangular and bounded on the northeast by the boundary with Sorrento and on the other two sides by the waters of the Gulfs of Salerno and Naples, separated by Punta della Campanella, which is only five kilometres from the Island of Capri. Its twenty kilometres of coast offer opportunities for excursions on land and diving: bays, small inlets, grottos and rocks provide very interesting and varied environments. The landscape is a true explosion of colours: the silver of the olive groves, the yellow of the lemon groves, the green...

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Sorrento

Sorrento, in the Province of Naples, is one of the region's most important tourism centres. The city sits on a high rib of rock overlooking the sea that rewards visitors with a splendid view of the Gulf of Naples. It is a town with an ancient tradition of friendliness and hospitality. Since ancient times, many travellers have paused here to enjoy the pleasures of the sea and fine dining. In addition to its natural beauty, there are many sites, works of art and monuments to see such as the Church and Monastery of San Francesco, with its characteristic cloister (used, today, for classical...

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