With its hilly interior and spectacular mountain landscapes, Campania is one of the top destinations for countryside holidays in Italy. Many holidaymakers come here to enjoy the region's dramatic coastline, leaving the mountainous interior up for discovery.
The imposing Mount Vesuvius is Campania's star attraction. This famous volcano rises 4,200 feet above sea level and makes for a challenging hike. The volcano is within Mount Vesuvius National Park, a vast natural space covered in lush vegetation. Closer to the coast, the Sorrento Peninsula offers spectacular views where the Lattari mountains meet the sea.
Must-see destinations include photogenic villages like Marina di Meta, Sant'Agnello, Positano, and Cava de'Tirreni. Further inland, Calitri is a picturesque mountain village worth visiting. Visitors come here drawn by the elegant medieval architecture and by the village's natural surroundings, which are perfect for hiking, cycling, and paragliding.
Campania is a paradise for outdoors enthusiasts. Recommended activities include hiking along the Amalfi Coast, exploring the canyons and caves at Cilento National Park, visiting the ancient city of Pompeii, and going on a tour around the local wineries, which can be found in and around Avellino, Taurasi, Tufo, and Benevento.
Family-friendly activities include going on a boat trip to the islands of Ischia and Capri, taking cooking lessons in Sorrento or Ravello, and visiting the impressive castles of the region, like Castello Aragonese and Castel Nuovo.