We propose you to discover a very interesting way to travel in the Campania region, you can experience all the natural beauties of our wonderful land. You will be in the company of people that will take very good care of you and will be very attentive to all your demands and will try to satisfy the best they can all your requests.
Travel anywhere, even in the spectacular areas around Sorrento, can be very tiring. So for a day of total relaxation, there is Ischia, a volcanic island readily reached by ferry or hydrofoils at the northern end of the Bay of Naples. Blue sea, sandy beaches and natural thermal spas allow the tired traveler to take a deep breath and recoup from the fatigue of serious sight-seeing.
Want the real thing in a thermal spa that is serious about health? The Giardini Poseidon is a wonderful authentic thermal spa where you can enjoy a relaxing day while benefitting from a bonafide health treatment. For beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea, impressive architecture, and good restaurants, check out the Castello Aragonese. Another beautiful spot in Forio with a terrific ambience, the Giardini Ravino provides another breathtaking vantage point to get a panoramic view of the sea.
When one thinks Pisa, one thinks “Leaning Tower. When one thinks Ischia, one thinks beaches. Ischia's beaches are famous worldwide and especially in Germany: long stretches of sand between blue sea and the green hills of the interior. Iscia’s beaches are also very popular, sometimes too popular. Consequently they are best avoided in high summer when they are over-crowded. During those months, consider a water-taxi or walking to more inaccessible coves or, if you can afford it, going to a stabilmento or private business which charge an admission price for the use of their patch of beach, facilities and amenities.
One popular beach is Spiaggia Citara, south of Forio, where the much-photographed Giardini Poseidon are the beach-front gardens of a thermal spa, complete with pools and sun beds. Ischia's best known beach is the Spiaggia dei Maronti, on the southern shore between Sant'Angelo and Barano. Between Ischia Porto and Ischia Ponte lie two beaches, Spiaggia Mandra and Spiaggia dei Pescatori. Other favorites include the Spiaggia degli Inglesi ('Beach of the English'), on the other side of Ischia Porto.
A short day in Ischia, a relaxing meal in Sorrento and a quiet night’s sleep at our Bed and Breakfast VILLA LA CONTESSINA a peaceful way to spend a day while touring the splendors of Sorrento and its environs.
"It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone." That’s the way John Steinbeck described Positano in his memorable Harper’s Magazine article in 1953. If you want spectacular views of the Amalfi coast and are brave enough to be awed at the sight of jaw-dropping cliffs inches away, take the sometimes crowded bus to Positano. It’s worth the thrill. If not, the ferry is your best bet. And at the other end of your short jaunt lies a little village with “a small curving bay of unbelievably blue and green water which lips gently on a beach of small pebbles.” As Steinbeck has said: “Positano bites deep,” and you’ll not soon forget her after you go home.
have you seen so much art that things are running together? Cultured out? Then Positano is the answer. The prevailing winds from the north keep the weather mild and dry. Closely built cottages climb one on top of another up a steep mountain face on which the town is built and create a never to be forgotten image. It’s a town that should be savored at a leisurely pace because walking its inclines too quickly can be tiring.
Positano is a great place for window shopping. The town is resplendent with the vibrant colors of white houses surrounded by flowers. As you wonder through the town, drop into the small craft workshops filled with striking fabrics and the smell of leather made sandals. Positano has earned a reputation for the skill of its tailors and of its shoe makers who make footwear from scratch. Positano’s chefs are no laggards either. So enjoy the town’s acclaimed restaurants which specialize in mouth watering fresh seafood including the fish of the day.
On your return home, you may be compelled to tell what “sights” you have seen in Positano. So be sure to drop by the Collegiata di Santa Maria Assunta. Built in the 1920s, this “new” church is the location of the famous 13th century Byzantine icon, the Madonna di Positano. But if truth be told, the sight of Positano is Positano itself.
Enjoy the panoramic views and most scenic sights of Capri and Anacapri. Start your day by taking the brisk and refreshing 30 minute hydroplane ride from Marina Grande in Sorrento to the Island of Capri. Once on the island, grab the funiculare or tram-like ride from the port up to the town of Capri.
On Via Camerelle, wander through boutiques of designer wear including Capri’s world renowned slacks, jeweled sandals and the elegant fragrances of legendary Carthusia perfumes. Visit the medieval district in town and admire St James’ Charterhouse with its luminous cloisters and Baroque clock tower framed in oleander. Enjoy the frescoes in the church and paintings and sculptures in the museum.
While in town, relax among the flower beds, pine trees and palms of the lovely Augustus Gardens. From that vantage point, enjoy the sight of the Falagoni rocks rising up from the southern tip of the east coast. Visit Capri’s famous Piazzetta or little piazza, and view the grand panorama of the Gulf of Naples from Marina Grande to the mainland and Vesuvius.
Getting hungry? Try a fresh island salad (tomato and mozzarella or mussel and clam) and top the treat off all off with some delicious Italian ice cream.
In Anacapri, you can shop for souvenirs, ceramics, paintings and lace. Take a pause from your shopping to enjoy a “limoncello,” a refreshing lemon liqueur sold in stylish bottles. If you have an architectural and historical bent, it is on to the ruins of the ruined Barbarossa castle and St Michael’s Church with its stunning majolica floor, one of the greatest masterpieces in the whole of the Campania province.
Want to quietly slip away from the tourists at some point in your visit? Here’s how to do it! Walk the nature trails of Capri and Anacapri. If your legs are not up to the challenge, visit the world famous Blue Grotto or alternatively, sail around the island, past the Blue Grotto entrance and the Falagoni rocks, then along the rugged south coast dotted with watch towers and seemingly inaccessible celebrity villas.
By day’s end, you will realize why Capri’s untamed beauty reminded the Greeks of a “kapros” or “wild boar”, after which the island was named.
Pompei is a one day excursion to one of the genuine Wonders of the World on anybody’s list. Lost for 1,500 years under six feet of lava after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., the excavated city provides a wealth of detail about life in a major city at the height of the Roman Empire. 2,500,000 people visit the site of Pompei every year.
Pompeii is considered by many to be the most important archeological site anywhere. Most ancient urban sites are simply the remains of a ghost town. They have long since been abandoned by its inhabitants who carried away with them everything of value. In 79 A. D., with little warning, Pompeii went from a thriving city to a lost city in a flash in 79 A.D. Pompeii was literally frozen in time.
From the ruins, we can gain a better understanding of life in Pompeii, a city with both Roman and Greek influences. We can learn how the rich and the slaves of the Roman Empire lived their daily lives. We get an insight into the times when Christianity was just beginning to spread throughout the Mediterranean.
Pompeii wasn't the only city buried by Vesuvius. The nearby town of Herculaneum (near the present day city of Ercolano), was buried too, but not in the hot ashes and lava flows that buried Pompeii. Instead, Hurculaneum was engulfed by molten rock and hot mud. Fragile materials like wood and fabric survived and give us minute details of what life was like before Vesuvius made its mark.
Near the ruins of Herculaneum in Ercolano, there is a fantastic virtual museum, the Museo Archeologico Virtuale. At this interactive museum, you can see three-dimensional virtual reproductions of the residents, the town, its buildings, villas, and the tools of the town’s craftsmen. The museum even provides a sense of how things like the market area smelled.
The Pizza Pilgrimage! “When a pizz’ hits your eye like a moon from the sky, that’sa Naples!” If you really yearn for a slice of heaven, then you have to go to pizza’s “Garden of Eden, “the original home of the “pie in the sky,” ole Napoli. Every man, woman and child in America eats an average of 46 slices, of pizza per year. Approximately 3 billion pizzas are sold in the U.S. annually. But you ain’t eaten nothing yet, until you wolf one down a round one at places like Pizzeria da Michele, Sorbillo, Tutino or Di Matteo. ‘Scusa me, but you see, back in old Napoli, that’s amore!” Make your visit to Naples a “Pizza Pilgrimage!”
What’s to do in Naples to walk off the pizza? More than you will have time for! So let’s pick some “must-sees.” The best way to see Naples may be to get lost there. And without map in hand, you probably will get lost. So to get a taste for ancient and modern Naples, carry a map as you wonder through the frenetic “centro storico antico,” with streets that are eye candy for photographers. You will need a good guidebook to direct your visit to the National Archaeological Museum. There you will see what Pompei and Herculaneum looked like before they were excavated and one of the most remarkable collections of Roman art and artifacts anywhere.
Be amazed at the sculptural skill of Giuseppe Sammartino by visiting the Sansevero Chapel to see his “Veiled Christ.” Take a tour of “Napoli Sotteranea, Naples’-- underground ruins from Greek and Roman times--especially the fantastic restored ruins under San Lorenzo where it doesn’t take imagination to visualize storefronts and streets of an ancient market. If you are tired of seeing “old stuff,” head straight for the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina – affectionately known as MADRE.
Neapolitans love their sweets. So if you have recovered from your pizza feast, don’t miss eating Naples’ signature sweet pastry, the sfogliatella as a breakfast or a merenda or snack. Order both kinds, riccia and frolla; buy both and share.
Caserta is known as the "Versailles of Naples" after the Royal Palace built here by the Bourbon King, Charles III, in the 18th century. The enchanting palace overlooking the huge square is one of the most sumptuous buildings of its kind in Italy. It has over 1,200 rooms and is full of paintings and rich decorations. The magnificent gardens are 3 km long and their crowning glory is a 75 metre high waterfall, which can be clearly seen from the palace.
Mt Vesuvius is the only active volcano in Continental Europe, the most populated and it is also the most extensively studued volcano on the Earth.
The current shape of the volcano is the result of the continual alternation between "explosive" type eruption, which have produced pyroclastic deposits.
Ravello was an important town of the Maritime Republic of Amalfi, an important trading power in the Mediterranean between 839 and around 1200.
Villa Rufolo (1270), built by Nicola Rufolo, one of the richest men of Ravello, on a ledge and it has become a famous attraction for thousands of visitors. The villa was mentioned by Giovanni Boccaccio in his Decameron and it is the place where Richard Wagner in 1880 was inspired for the stage design of his opera Parsifal.
It is also possible to organize boat trips that leave from sorrento and visit the most important nearby places such as Capri, Amalfi, Positano.
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