Campania holidays will bowl you over with Roman ruins, pastel-pretty towns and a wow-factor shoreline.
It was the Romans that first dubbed this slice of southern Italy the ‘happy land’. They set up shop in fancy, frescoed villas along the seafront – and even the Roman Emperors plonked down palaces. It’s no wonder when you look at Campania’s assets. Its clifftop towns hug the Bay of Naples and itsy-bitsy islands like Capri and Ischia are the sprinkles on top of the cake.
Out and about
Campania’s not the fly-and-flop type. In the north, you can tie in a visit to Pompeii with a trip up the volcano that spewed ash over it in 79 AD. And Mother Nature really went to town in the south. The Amalfi Coast’s Crayola-coloured towns are snuggled between mountains and the Tyrrhenian Sea. Regional capital, Naples, is worth a trip, too – if only to try the pukka pizza.
Resort-wise, Sorrento tops the bill. Its cobblestone lanes are chock-full of lemon-scented shops and restaurants. And you can scoff buffalo mozzarella, freshly fried fish and cannelloni in Marina Grande’s seafront tavernas. It’s got some typically Italian lidos to lounge on, too. Or you can de-camp to nearby Meta di Sorrento, which has got its mitts on a rare sandy beach.
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Sorrento’s the star of the show in these parts, no matter what the likes of Naples and Positano tell you. Its postcode on the Neapolitan Riviera captures all-in-one views of Mount Vesuvius and the island-dotted bay. The town itself comes up trumps, too, with pizzas like nothing you’ve tasted before, and a shabby chic feel to the buzzy centre.
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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