WHY VISIT CAMPANIA?!
Campania presents all the remarkable sites which tourists will want to discover and make the most of during their stay here: from the islands in the Bay of Naples to the Sorrentine Peninsula and the Amalfi Coast, from Cilento to the Domitian Coast, as well as the interior, with the provinces of Benevento, Caserta and Avellino, together forming a truly unique region. The scenery is
breath-taking, much of it safeguarded within the parks and numerous nature reserves which characterize Campania, from the Matese to the Park of the Monti Picentini, from Vesuvius to the National Park of Cilento e Vallo of Diano.
Wherever you go, you can sample genuine local dishes and wines prepared according to tradition; the monuments and archaeological parks bring you into contact with past civilizations which cast their spell on young people and on the not so young, as well as on the experts. Among the many “gems”, leaving aside the extraordinary Pompeii, we can mention Herculaneum, Stabia, Boscoreale and Oplontis with their ancient villas, the Phlegrean Fields with Rione Terra at Pozzuoli, the largest urban archaeological park in Europe, Miseno and the underwater city of Baia, and the archaeological park of Conza. And on down to internal zones of Cilento, where the archaeological park of Velia lies surrounded by a splendid national park. Some of these wonderful monuments are also open in the evenings, giving visitors an unforgettable experience as they traverse the
Temples of Paestum, the archaeological site of Pompeii or the Royal Palace of Caserta with
special effects as night falls. For those in search of peace and quiet, Campania is rich in SPA: its 29 mineral water springs put it fifth among the regions of Italy possessing spa centres. From Ischia to Telese and Contursi Terme, there is a wide range of facilities, all of the highest quality. All this is made possible by the conviction of the Regione Campania that the key to the development of Campania lies in the enhancement of its cultural, artistic and environmental resources; we are investing increasingly large amounts of European and local funding to achieve this end.
by Regione Campania, Regional Department of Culture and Tourism
<<This land is so happy, so delightful, so fortunate that it is obvious that it is nature’s favourite. This revitilizing air, the perpetually clear skies, the so fertile land, the sunny hills, the dark forests, the mountains lost among the clouds, the abundance of vineyards and grapevines… and so many lakes, the copiousness of the running waters and springs, so much sea and so many ports! A land open at all sides to commerce and that, as if to encourage man, reaches its arms out into the sea. >>
Plinius the Elder, Ist century B.C.
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 beginning of this third millennium the peculiar magic of this
civilization continues to generate new sources of amazement: the recovery of age old monuments and traditions – folklore, gastronomy, genuine cultivation – that were thought irreparably lost, events and shows worthy of the great international circuit, new fodder for artistic and scientific research. The artistic treasure of Naples to visit are, in fact, to many to count: the historical centre, a patrimony under the tutelage of UNESCO, the palaces, churches, catacombs and underground passageways, the Archaeological Museum, the places of medieval and renaissance power amassed
around the Castel Nuovo and Royal Palace, the unforgettable waterfront from Castel dell’Ovo to Posillipo. The hilly area of Vomero offers masterfully restored buildings like the Capodimonte Royal Palace and the Certosa (monastery) of San Martino, museum collections amongst the most important in the world.
A trip through the twentieth century city takes you, among the notable emerging urban and architectural sights, to the rationalist Mostra d’Oltremare, with its park, sports complex and exhibition space, to Città della Scienza (Science City) nearby.
Science is also witness to the recovery of industrial archaeological complexes and the originality of a scientific tradition that renews itself.
Unusual and surprising is the exploration of the new homes of contemporary art: monumental structures like the PAN, Palazzo delle Arti Napoli, the MADRE, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina (Donnaregina Contemporary Arts Museum), and the unique artistry of the metro stations that evidence the original horizons of farseeing cultural politics.
Naples, in the final sum, remains, deep in its roots, even with all the difficulties and contradictions inherent to all big metropolitan cities, an extraordinary place to live, admire, and enjoy with all the senses: for the depth of the art and civilization that has indelibly marked its history; for the mild climate that accompanies day and night the shows, musical and theatrical events, exhibitions, fairs and religious gatherings; for the gourmand possibilities to search out the age old culinary tradition, the seafood and the unique typical products (buffalo mozzarella, pizza, Docg wine, varied and refined pastries) in all their local translations, or for finding fine hidden little shops where craftsmen still ply their wares.
<< There is no one that has not dreamt of seeing Naples.>>
Paul Edme de Musset, 1885
to be continued…..