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3 Perfect days in Campania

Apr 9, 2006  Frequent traveler
4.0 of 5 bubbles based on 16 votes

The Campania region of Southern Italy offers some of the most beautiful sights, fascinating history and culinary delights that the world has ever seen. This is an itinerary of how I would explore the area in three days.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Anacapri
  • Category: Perfect weekend
  • Appeals to: Business travelers, Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with teenagers, Seniors, Students, Budget travelers, Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Day 1: Naples
    Naples, Province of Naples

    The largest city in southern Italy, Naples is a city rich with art, history and culture. Moreover, Naples is a culinary paradise, famous for such world-renowned delights as wood-fired pizza, fresh pastas and eggplant parmigiana. Naples is home to such attractions as Museo Archeologico Nazionale Napoli, Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte and Teatro di San Carlo, and also serves as an excellent starting point for exploring surrounding historical areas such as Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius.

  • 2. Mount Vesuvius
    Vesuvio, Naples, Province of Naples

    Famous for its 79 AD eruption that buried Pompeii, this massive volcano is the only active volcano on the European mainland. You can hike the mountain to its peak to peer in at the wisps of smoke curling out from the crater and take in the astounding views of the surrounding countryside. Vesuvius makes for an excellent early morning hike, particularly because this is when the site is least busy.

  • 3. Ancient Pompeii
    Scavi di Pompei, Pompeii, Province of Naples

    Frozen in time by the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the first century, this ancient town has become an important archaeological site where the almost perfectly preserved remains of homes and buildings buried in the disaster now provide a glimpse into what a 2000-year-old Roman community looked like.

  • 4. Day 2: Sorrento
    Sorrento, Province of Naples

    Roaming the winding alleys to the Piazza Tasso or sipping Limoncello in one of the many cafés along Via San Cesareo, you will be overwhelmed by the unforgettable charm and beauty of this small town. There is plenty of great shopping as well, with a weekly street market and a multitude of craft sellers offering inlaid wood boxes and cameo jewelry.

  • 5. Mami Camilla Cooking School
    Mami Camilla Cooking School, Sorrento, Province of Naples

    This cooking school and bed and breakfast offers a unique way to discover the wonder of Southern Italy: through its food. Here you can take daily or weekly courses in Neapolitan cuisine, using homemade pasta and fresh vegetables from the garden outside. Not only will you experience Sorrento in a most delicious way, but you will also learn something here that you can carry home with you to enjoy the magic of Italy all over again.

  • 6. Day 3: Capri
    Capri, Island of Capri

    The unparalleled beauty of Capri will dazzle and overwhelm you. Enjoy the panoramic promenade on the Belvedere of Tragara or sail in a rented gozzi boat on the crystalline waters. The dramatic scenery, soft colors, ancient architecture and fresh island air fills you with a sense of romance and serenity.

  • 7. Blue Grotto
    Blue Grotto, Anacapri, Island of Capri

    Inside this natural sea cavern the reflection of light from an underwater entrance gives the impression that the water glows intensely from beneath as though backlit by blue spotlights. The ethereal and peaceful beauty of the cave has been celebrated since the time of Roman Emperor Tiberius, who is said to have used the chamber as his own personal bath and fountain.