sunny, bright and beautiful Campania is located in southwest
Italy. Campania shares borders with Lazio, Molise, Puglia and
Basilicata regions and The Tyrrhenian Sea. The
main cities in this region are Napoli, Caserta, Salerno, Benevento,
Avellino, the island of Capri and the Amalfi Coast encompassing Sorrento,
Positano, Amalfi and Ravello among others. Campania is a region well
worth visiting. The weather is great year round (hot hot hot in summer)
and the dramatic cities on the sea are gorgeous and relaxing (albeit,
if youre driving, you wont relax until youve parked
the car!). Campania is home to Mt. Vesuvius (its still active),
Pompeii and Herculaneum. It is the birthplace of pizza (thank you
Napoli!) and youll be hard-pressed to find a better pizza than
in this region. The tomatoes grown here are robust, the olives delicious,
the lemons sweet and the cheeses (especially buffalo mozzarella) very
very tasty. Most dishes, even the pasta comes with seafood like mussels,
anchovies, shrimp, tuna and sea bass - as fish is the main meat in
the area. The spaghetti alle vongole is a favorite along the coast.
Theyve been making wine in this region forever and most are
fruity whites which go very well with seafood (try the Asprinio di
Aversa). An interesting, tasty and refreshing liqueur of this area
is called Limoncello or Limonora (lemons). It is produced along the
..like wineries, you can visit the limoncello "factories"
and sample what they produce.
any of the cities Ive listed below (except Paestum and Capri)
you can do a daytrip/visit to Pompeii and Herculaneum. Usually,
if Im driving in from the north (usually Rome), I will stop
in Pompeii before my late afternoon arrival in Sorrento. However,
Ive also made a daytrip from Amalfi without having to rush.
Both Herculaneum and Pompeii were buried by Vesuvius. There are several
interesting differences: Pompeii was covered in ash and Herculaneum
was covered in volcanic mud (therefore Herculaneum is arguably better
preserved). Pompeii was a market town and Herculaneum was a residential
town. Herculaneum (Scavi di Ercolano) is about 1/3 the size of Pompeii.
Both are worth visiting if you have the time. Hint: Many local
guides will approach you on your way in to the Pompeii site
suggest you get one and negotiate a good rate. Your guide will get
you to the main sights in short order and you can skip those that
are not as interesting not to mention you cant tell north,
south, east or west from the map youre given upon entry (at
least I couldnt). On my first visit to Pompeii, I did not use
.as I told the man no I didnt need any help (I
had a map), he uttered: "walls cant talk"
was right, I was lost for hours trying to find everything. Now, on
each subsequent trip and when telling other friends about Pompeii,
I give them this suggestion. Another Hint: DO NOT
MISS THE FRESCOES IN THE VILLA DEI MISTERI they are fabulous.