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Two cities full of history, Naples and Sorrento, and two islands renowned for their natural beauties such as Capri and Ischia. Four short itineraries to discover how beautiful are the surrounding areas.
EXPLORING THE BAY OF NAPLES
Anyone who comes to the Campania region and does not visit the Bay of Naples will be missing the opportunity of experiencing the traditions, history and natural beauty of some of Italy’s most beloved cities and islands.
Naples is Italy’s third largest city. Its historic heart still centers around the roads built here by the ancient Romans, and in particular Via Toledo, the oldest of the city’s thoroughfares. To the North, lies the hilltop district of Vomero, with its elegant villas and museums, and the neighborhood of Chiaia, beyond which lies the long green boulevard of Villa Comunale.
The National Archaeological Museum is one of the most important tourist attractions and cultural institutions in the city. The ground floor of the museum houses the Farnese Collection of sculptures, including statues from the Imperial era, whilst on the mezzanine floor there is a collection of Roman mosaics. The Salone della Meridiana is home to a collection of Roman statues, wall paintings and glass, ceramics and other items of every day use, originating from the ancient cities of Campania.
The most famous of King Charles’ royal palaces, often compared to Versailles, is situated not in Naples but at Caserta. Anybody visiting the Campania region should make sure to find the time for a visit.
The green and hilly Ischia is the largest of the Bay of Naples’ islands. Here every space which has not been built upon bursts with vegetation.
Whereas Ischia is called the Isola Verde, The Green Island, because of its abundance of lush vegetation; Capri is named Isola Azzurra, The Blue Island, after its crystal clear waters. If one leaves Amalfi on one of the first ferries or hydrofoils, a day is sufficient to visit this small island which, in the Roman period, was home both to the great Emperor Augustus and to his, licentious, adopted son, Tiberius. Discovery of the natural wonders of the island coincided with the rise of tourism at the beginning of the 19th century.
Ferries and hydrofoils dock at Marina Grande, the island’s fishing district. From here private boats are available for tours around the island and to the famous Grotta Azzurra.