A holiday to Campania lines up time-warp traditional towns, miles of coastal scenery and food that's loved the world over. No wonder this part of Italy's such a hit with holidaymakers.
The good life in Campania
Whoever coined the phrase ‘la dolce vita’ was spot on when it comes to Campania. This stretch of Italian countryside curves around the bays of Sorrento and Naples on Italy's south-west coast, and lines up world-famous ancient ruins alongside cosmopolitan cities and the mighty Mount Vesuvius. It's safe to say this corner of Italy really has got 'the good life' sussed.
Sorrento's Italian charm
Sorrento's the main holiday hub in these parts, and it's all cobbled squares, harbourside restaurants and chic boutiques. The town is on top of a cliff, so you get views that stretch over the Bay of Naples from pretty much wherever you’re standing. And because it's been an important site since before the Romans were around, there’s a good haul of museums, churches and ruins to see while you’re here.
Ideal for daytrips
Campania makes a good base if you want to tick off some of Italy's big hitters. Pompeii, Naples and Rome are all in day-tripping distance on the mainland. And if plush spas and boutique shops are more your thing, head over the water to the glitzy islands of Ischia and Capri.
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Sorrento is a polished little number perched high on a cliff on Italy’s south-west coast. The resort’s main centre is polka-dotted with bustling piazzas, while the surrounding streets are teeming with cafés and bars. It’s got itself a pretty fancy location, too. It’s tucked up against the Bay of Naples, so if you cast an eye across the water you’ll see zig-zagging coastal roads backed by a cloud-piercing volcano.
Meta Di Sorrento
Meta di Sorrento’s a laidback seafront town in Italy’s southwest. One of the best things about this place is that it has a sandy beach – a rare sight along the rocky Amalfi Coast. This volcanic stretch of sand comes with all the trimmings, too. You can hire a boat, relax on a sunlounger, or grab lunch from a waterside bar.
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