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Campania Travel Guide

Where is Campania located?

Campania is a large region in Southern Italy, bordering Lazio to the north, Molise and Puglia to the east, and Basilicata to the south. Lapped by the Tyrrhenian Sea, its territory also includes the islands like Capri, Ischia, and Procida. 

Why is it called Campania?

The name refers to a rural area with rich agricultural production. The name “Campania Felix” ( prosperous countryside) was conceived by the Romans.

What to see in Campania?

  • Naples: gulf of Naples, Castel dell’Ovo, San Gennaro Cathedral, baroque churches and palaces in the picturesque old quarters, Royal Palace, San Carlo theatre, National Archeological Museum, world-famous pizzerie, Posillipo. 
  • Amalfi coast: breathtaking coastal landscapes studded with picturesque villages.
  • Sorrento: awe-inspiring town overlooking the gulf of Naples. 
  • Ischia, Capri and Procida: some of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Pompei and Ercolano: archeological sites on the foothills of Mount Vesuvius.
  • Vesuvius: one of Europe’s largest active volcanoes.
  • Bacoli: Piscina Mirabilis, the largest ancient Roman cistern.
  • Caserta: Italy’s largest royal palace, built by renowned architect Luigi Vanvitelli in the 19th century. 
  • Paestum: Ancient Greek temples.
  • Cilento: spectacular beaches and coastal landscapes in southern Campania. 

What are the typical dishes of Campania?

A TSG (traditional specialty guaranteed) product under the Italian law, Pizza napoletana is popular all over the world – standing out for its high and fluffy crust and thinner core.

However, Neapolitan is extremely diversified, ranging from melt-in-your-mouth scialatielli (traditional Neapolitan spaghetti) with seafood to candele spezzate (broken candle-like pasta) with slow-cooked genovese ragù, mixed pasta with potatoes and Provola cheese, and gateaux (potato pie).

Popular desserts include Babà (fluffy naturally-leavened sweet cake dipped in rhum) , sfogliatelle (crunchy croissant-like sweets stuffed with cream), and pastiera ( Easter pie with pastry cream and ricotta cheese). 

Piennolo cherry tomatoes from the slopes of Vesuvius go well with IGP dried pasta from Gragnano in the Sorrento peninsula. Moving to the Amalfi Coast, local lemons are used to make delizia al lemone (lemon pie) while anchovies give colatura di Alici, a savory sauce descending from the ancient roman Garum. Pasta alla nerano (with zucchini and Provolone del Monaco cheese) originates from the namesake village on the cliffs of Punta Campanella, the promontory that marks the border between the Sorrento peninsula and the Amalfi coast. 

Caserta and Paestum are the main production areas for Mozzarella di bufala campana DOP. Marchigiana beef comes, instead, from the inland Sannio area. 


Curiosities, food and wine pairings and much more

Picturesque Pompeii vineyard with Naples and Mount Vesuvius in the background

The Italian Wines of Naples

What wines to drink in Naples? Trentapioli Asprinio – Salvatore Martusciello Winery, Lacryma Christi – Cantine Matrone, Falanghina – Agnanum


Best Things to Do in Naples, Italy

Discover Naples: Maschio Angioino, MANN, Capodimonte  Underground Soul, The Metro, San Gregorio Armeno,