Nola and the Cimitile Basilicas

Among the cities on the very fertile plains that stretch out around Vesuvius, Nola is worth a visit. Do not miss the Historic Archaeological Musuem in the halls of the former Canossian Convent. Preserved here are relics that date back to the Bronze Age (circa 4,000 years ago) found not far from the city, buried by the great eruption known as Pomici di Avellino (Avellino Pomice) in 1900 BC. In the atrium the CippusAbellanus, a block of stone with, incised on two sides with oscan writing, a...

Benevento and Sannio

On the way there I tried to persuade the coachman to show me the place where the walnut tree stood, beneath which the witches gathered to celebrate their sabbath. At first he was evasive, saying he knew of no such place, but In the end he admitted that many old women of the neighbourhood knew all about the walnut tree, and that friends of his had actually heard witches flying past on their broomsticks. Land of ancient history, of legends and old traditions, Sannlo offers ideal destinations for...

Avellino Mercogliano and the Sanctuary of Montevergine

The capital Avellino is located In a splendid natural setting, surrounded by the Picentini Mountains. In the centre, with Its modern feel, one finds Interesting historical buildings the Cathedral, with the beautiful neoclassical fa ade has paintings from the 1500's and a splendid Roman crypt. The bell tower Is majestic. The symbol of the town is the Baroque Torre dell'Orologio (Clock Tower) In the Piazza Amendola, which rises above the rooftops of the town. Other representative monuments are...

Avellino and Irpinia

The Greco wine was so precious, that at banquets it was served only once. A mantle of woods covers the green Irpinla, from an environmental point of view, one of the most beautiful and rich territories of Italy It Includes parks and naturalistic oases, mountains and high plains full of springs, grottoes, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, woods The magic colours and scents Invite walks In an unspoiled environment, long Itineraries which at every step reveal spectacular views of grandiose mountains,...

The Telesina Valley and the Valley of the Fortore river

The Telesina valley gets Its name from the town Telese, the ancient Telesia, seat of renown thermal establishments. The therapeutic waters and the luxurious greenery create the Ideal place for a relaxing wellness holiday. Remains of the Roman city (walls, gates, paved streets) are open to the public, combined with nice walks. Guardia Sanframondi Is another gem of Sannio area a medieval village on a hill with vineyards, olive groves and orchards. From the majestic 6th century Castle, fortified...

The Domitian Coast from Licola to Baia Domizia

The other hub of tourism in this area is the beautiful Domitian Coast, famous for Its many kilometers of white beaches. The scenery, designed by the dunes of fine white sand and the green pine stands, twists Its way along the ancient Via Domlziana, northeast of Naples. The entire area Is a strong tourist attraction, well equipped with hotels, resorts, pensions and camping grounds. Although mostly visited In the summer, above all by families with children and by young people, Is also very nice...

From Ravello to Vietri

One of the gems of the Amalfi coast is Ravello, 350 meters above sea level, where the light effects and magical architecture create a vision of rare Intensity. Its name Is Immortalized In Boccaccio's Decameron. Famous for Its tranquil and serene atmosphere, Ravello offers architectural gems of rare elegance. The 11th century Duomo, dedicated to San Pantaleone, Is rich with artistic treasures like the grand bronze central door adorned with 54 panels. To the right of the Cathedral a square tower...

Of a thousand faces

There is no one that has not dreamt of seeing Naples. In the shadow the Vesuvius tourism's roots run deep on the imprints of great greek columns refined aristocrats and roman emperors built their sumptuous villas and oasis all along the shoreline of the Gulf. It Is not a coincidence that at the begining of this third millennium the peculiar magic of this civilisation continues to generate new sources of amazement the recovery of age old monuments and traditions-folklore, gastronomy, genuine...

Terra di Lavoro

This vast area of the province of Caserta has many interesting historic and artistic places from the Roman ruins of Santa Maria Capua Vetere, Calvi and Sessa Aurunca, to the medieval remains in Aversa, Capua and Sant'Angelo in Formis. Founded by the Normans, Aversa has a stupendous romanesque Cathedral from the 11th century, home to works of great importance. The complex of the Annunziatawith its baroque church is also beautiful. Cicero called ancient Capua Altera Roma, or second Rome, the city...

Lakes Lucrino and Averno

Lakes Campania

Hercules, after having stolen Geryon's cattle, had them walk on a thin strip of land he himself constructed on the sea, thereby closing in the water that makes up the Lake of Lucrino. The name may come from lucrum and it would refer to the hefty profits earned from the farming of fish and mussels in the lake. Near to the lake are the 'Stufe di Nerone' Nero's Stoves , sweat holes carved into the tuff rock to take advantage of the geysers that emanate from the volcanic ground they were part of a...

Herculaneum and its treasures

Herculaneum Layer Digging

After a long sleep, Vesuvius woke up on the 24th of August of 79 AD, taking the local population by surprise. The eruption was apocalyptic life at the foot of the volcano was cancelled. Of the cities that were buried even the memory was lost. After 1,700 years, these lost cities of the Vesuvius started to reappear, offering to all of humanity the two most important archaeological sites in the world Herculaneum and Pompeii. Unlike Pompeii, covered by a layer of ashes and lapillus, Herculaneum...

From the Sabato river to the Ufita river

A fun alternative to the classic tourist Itineraries is following the course of the rivers. The Sabato river Is born in the Plcentinl mountains just south of Avelllno. The first town you come across Is Serino it Is from here that the acqueduct that supplies Naples and other cities starts. The city Is also the starting point of excursions to the Monte Terminio highlands 1,300mt and into the Monti Picentini Park, which also has ski-lifts and hotels during the winter months. A detour to visit...

The historical centre from Spaccanapoli to Piazza Mercato

The womb of Naples Is the greco-roman historical centre a chessboard divided by three main roads, the decumans, intersected at right angles by roads called cardinals. It is here that the pulse of the City is best felt the alleys, the artisan workshops, the innumerable artistic marvels that surprise you in the least expected places, the voices of the napolitani. It is also the cultural centre of the City, with the University on via Mezzocannone, the literary cafes of Bellini Square, the...

There saw we learned Maros golden tomb The way he cut an English mile in length thorough a rock of stone in one nights

Maro Golden Tomb

One of the most celebrated of the city for its spectacular position, like an enourmous cliff that surges up from the sea, Palazzo Donn'Anna is one of the symbols of Posilllpo. Constructed in 1642 by Cosimo Fanzago for Anna Carafa, wife of Fillppo Ramiro Guzman, Viceroy of Naples, it remained Incomplete and assumed the fascinating aspect of an ancient ruin. It is the source of many dark legends Donn'Anna, abandoned by her husband, who went back to Spain, Is said to have gone Insane after being...

Baia Bacoli and Miseno

Punta Epitaffio

In Baia you arrive to the richest of the Phlegrean archaeological wonders. The grandiose Roman ruins speak of ancient splendour, when the area was the centre of the most elegant holiday resorts. The luxurious and licentious lifestyle there provoked the invectives of both Seneca and Propertius, while Horace described the gulf as the most enchanting in the world. Most of the fabulous buildings of Baia have been submerged by the sea. These ruins constitute the Baia Underwater Park. Excursions with...

Beneath the great city with its four hundred thousand souls its red tiles and Irregular masses of brickwork contrasting

From Piazza VanvitelIi you can get to the top of the hill with the escalator, If you wish , to the Castel Sant'Elmo and the Certosa charterhouse of San Martlno. Castel Sant'Elmo dominates the city with Its imposing profile. With the nearby charterhouse, It is visible from many parts of Naples. This massive fortress was built In the 1300's by Robert of Anjou and was completely restructured under the Pedro de Toledo government 1537-1546 . The ground plan forms a six-pointed star part of It carved...

Caserta and Mtese

Palac Reale Caserta

The palace will be more beautiful than Versailles the acqueduct Is so magnificent that I have never seen one similar elsewhere. This is the area referred to as Campania Felix by ancient populations due to its privileged position and the fertility of its soil. Irrigated by the Volturno and favoured by a mild climate, the province extends from the sea to the Apennines, alternating between lush vegetation and places of great historic and cultural interest. The vast plains of the Caserta area open...

The Phlegrean Fields

A land where only stones breathe, deserted, with boiling water, and with the remains of a past shaped by spent and half-spent volcanoes the most marvellous region of the world under the purest of skies and the most perfidious of terrains. The Phlegrean Fields is a place of profound and ancient fascination. Here history, legend, myth and mystery melt Into a fickle landscape. Rich with history and art, the Phlegrean Fields are also extraordinarily beautiful, with the signs of volcanic activity...