Campania Italy

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Stretching along the Tyrrhenian Sea, the region of Campania is a beautiful and varied region of Italy with rich, fertile plains, a coastline of bays, coves and rock faces and a wealth of art and culture. Campania is home to Versuvius which looks over the Bay of Naples.

Campania is one of the regions of Southern Italy and stretches along the sparkling waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, from the mouth of the Garigliano River to the Gulf of Policastro, it includes the small Flegrean Islands and Capri. The capital city of Campania is the sprawling city of Naples. Campania is rich in culture, gastronomy, music, architecture, archaeological and ancient sites such as Pompeii, Herculaneum and Paestum .

Campania has wonderful diverse landscapes from the lush vegetation around the base of Vesuvius to the mountainous, craggy beauty overlooking the cobalt-blue waters along the Amalfi coast. The gastronomy of Campania must include the world famous Pizzas of Naples, fresh seafood dishes and, of course, the Limoncello liqueur made from the deliciously fragrant Amalfi Lemons.

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Sorrento, Campania, Italy

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The city of Naples in Campania Italy

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Positano Campania Italy

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Amalfi.  The town of Amalfi is the heart of this beautiful coastline and sits at the foot of Monte Cerreto. Well known for growing its huge, sweet lemons, Amalfi is famous for producing Limoncello liqueur. Although the town is quite small there is plenty to see and do.

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Praiano -During the 10th-11th centuries, Praiano was once the summer residence of the doges of the Duchy of Amalfi. Nowadays the town of Praiano is a beautiful, peaceful oasis on the Amalfi Coast with many hotels set into the side of the mountains offering spectacular views over the Tyrrhenian Sea.

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Ravello – Perched high above the town of Amalfi with magnificent views and beautiful gardens, Ravello has long been a popular destination for artists, writers and musicians, each year during the summer months the ‘Ravello Festival’ takes place, and it is easy to see why these dreamlike gardens inspired the likes of Wagner

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Minori meaning small was originally named “Reghinna Minor” which set it apart from the nearby “Reghinna Major”, the current Maiori. Minori has history dating back to Roman times as is verified by the archaeological find of a villa from the 1st century Villa Marittima Romana.

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Vietri sul Mare – Named by the locals as ‘the first pearl of the Amalfi coast’ , Vietri sul Mare is surrounded by terraces of vines, olives and lemons and is filled with monasteries and churches decorated with colourful Majolica tiles.

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Salerno – The city of Salerno is well known for its Schola Medica Salernitana the first Medical School in the world. It is a lively port with an interesting historical centre which has been much restored over recent years.

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Cetara – Cetara, sitting at the foot of the slopes of Mount Falesio, is a small picturesque fishing port on the Amalfi coast which is famous for its fresh fish especially the Colatura di Alici or Anchovy soup,

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Pompeii was an ancient town located near to the modern town of Naples. Pompeii was a Roman colony with an estimated population of around 11,000 people. It had a complex water system, an amphitheater, a gymnasium, and a port

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Herculaneum was located in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius and it is thought to have been of Greek origin and named after the Greek hero Hercules. Along with the town of Pompeii, Herculaneum was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.

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Paestum was a major ancient Greek city on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea in Magna Graecia in southern Italy. The ruins of Paestum are famous for their three ancient Greek temples in the Doric order, dating from about 600 to 450 BC, which are in a very good state of preservation.

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The small Italian island of Capri is situated 5 km from the mainland in the Bay of Naples, a celebrated beauty spot and coastal resort since the days of the Roman Republic. It was also known in Greek mythology as the isle of the sirens. The main town Capri that is located on the island shares the name.

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Ischia is the largest island in the bay of Naples and is considered by many to be the most beautiful. The island is 10 km from east to west and 7 km north to south and it has a coastline of 34 km. Up to 6 million tourists flock to the island for its volcanic thermal spas

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Procida is one of the Flegrean Islands off the coast of Naples in southern Italy. The island lies between Cape Miseno and the island of Ischia with its tiny satellite island of Vivara.

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The Stunning Amalfi coast has been described as the most beautiful coast in the world and to be there and seeing it one would have to agree. Alongside the wonderful scenery the variety of foods in this region are also truly stunning. Fresh seafood and fish from the sparkling blue waters of the Mediterranean give rise to tasty yet simple dishes, that sprinkled with the juice of freshly picked Amalfi lemons bring the dishes to life.

The rich volcanic soil of Campania is ideal for the growing of some of Italy’s wonderful vegetables including the San Marzano tomato which is considered by chefs to be the best tomato in the world for producing tomato pastes and sauces, and it is the only tomato that can be used to make a true Neopolitan pizza.

Interested in finding out more about this beautiful region of Italy?  then why not check out the Attractions in Campania and for a flavour of this region take a look at Cuisine and Wines of Campania

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