A travel guide to help you plan the perfect trip to Italy's Campania region: From Naples to the Amalfi Coast, Capri to Pompeii, these are the glories of Southern Italy's Campania region
The province also boasts some of Italy's most gorgeous scenery, from the seductive island of Capri to the singularly beautiful Amalfi Coast and its famed fishing towns-turns-resorts of Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello.
In Naples, you can delve into the 18th-century court of the Bourbons at their royal palace and theater, or pay homage to Caravaggio in one museum and ancient sculptors in another in between visiting baroque churches and sampling pizza in the very restaurant that invented it.
From a base in Naples or resorty Sorrento, you can day-trip to visit one of the most destructive forces in western history, Mt. Vesuvius. A short train ride will take you to Pompeii and Herculaneum, two cities completely buried by the volcano's wrath in AD 79, frozen in time and offering an unparalleled glimpse into daily life almost 2,000 years ago.
To cycle back even further in time, head to southern Campania, where you can wander amid the columns of some of the most intact Greek temples in the world in the forgotten 5th-century BC colony of Paestum.
Places in Campania
The fabled cliff-hugging seaside Amalfi Drive connecting posh Positano, historic Amalfi, and garden-blessed Ravello
A travel guide to visiting Pompeii, the ancient Roman ghost town buried by Mt. Vesuvius
A travel guide to the most storied and gorgeous of the Italian islands
When they say "See Naples and die," they mean its beauty is so breathtaking it can stop your heart (not that you shouldn't still watch for pickpockets)
A travel guide to the resort town of Sorrento, gateway to the Amalfi Coast
Three Greek temples sprouting from the middle of mozzarella country on Campania's Cliento Coast
The other ancient Roman ghost town that Mt. Vesuvius destroyed
A tiny Amalfi Coast town with an outsized history that makes the best base for the region
The chic, postcard-pretty resort village of the Amalfi Coast
A travel guide to the garden-filled Amalfi Coast retreat of Ravello
Italy's answer to Versailles is the ornate Palazzo Reale di Caserta, or Reggia, a sprawling royal palace just outside Naples
Dull city and southern gateway to the Amalfi Coast, the Greek ruins at Paestum, and Campania's southern Cliento Coast
A ceramics town at the end of the Amalfi Coast
An amazing ancient Roman amphitheater in the Campanian countryside
How to visit the volcano that destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum
The Roman ruins (Pozzuoli, Baia, Cuma), volcanic craters (Solfatara), and myth-soaked ancient sites (Cave of the Cumean Sybil and Lago di Averno) of the Campi Flegrei west of Naples