Campania offers a diverse range of attractions and towns to choose from that can be a great for exploring it all or staying put to take advantage of everything from historical landmarks and fascinating ancient ruins to idyllic beaches and epic hiking trails. With so much to see and do, it can be difficult to decide where to stay so you’ll want to consider what you’d like to do and the type of setting you’ll enjoy most to make the best decision. You might want to be in the heart of the action in Naples among grand palaces, castles, museums, masterpieces, and mouthwatering cuisine. Perhaps you prefer a tranquil atmosphere for a romantic stay, a place with the beach just steps away, or a spot where you can be immersed in a more authentic Italian vibe. Whatever your desires, this guide will help you decide where to stay in Campania for the best experience possible.
If you primarily want to visit Campania to see the sights, including centuries-old churches, monuments, important frescoes, and more, you might want to base yourself in Naples. It’s home to one of the largest historic centers in the world, a UNESCO-listed site that’s like an open air museum. Highlights include the city’s 13th -century cathedral, Western Europe’s oldest baptistery, and many baroque churches and medieval homes. If you book accommodation here, which ranges from budget-friendly B&Bs to luxury boutique hotels, you’ll be steps away from it all. The upscale, trendy neighborhood of Chiaia is another good option, especially for those who want to do lots of shopping and sightseeing, with everything from designer stores like Prada and Armani to antique shops. For an authentic Naples vibe and an affordable stay, consider the Toledo e Quartieri Spagnoli neighborhood, home to Naples’ renowned archaeological museum and near many other top attractions while offering a wide range of budget-friendly accommodations.
Sorrento is located on the Sorrentine Peninsula, very close to the Amalfi Coast, just 30 minutes from Positano. From here, it’s also easy to reach Pompeii, enjoy day trips to Capri, and visit other towns along the Amalfi Coast like Ravello. If you want to visit Naples, there’s a ferry that will get you there in just 35 to 45 minutes depending on the company, or you can access it in less than an hour’s drive. The town itself tends to be more affordable since it isn’t right on the famous coast, with lower accommodation rates on everything from hotels and B&Bs to apartment rentals. Those with limited mobility and families with small children will appreciate it as unlike many town centers, it’s flat. Couples will enjoy its romantic appeal, found in the restaurant-lined Piazza Tassa and the beautiful Church of San Francesco while the high cliffs provide dramatic views over the Bay of Naples.
Positano is one of the most picturesque towns on the Amalfi Coast, providing a great base for exploring other coastal towns like Ravello and Amalfi as well as providing access to day trips to Capri. Public transport is easy here too, with ferries, the SITA buses, and trains. It’s also the best place for those who want to enjoy beach getaways on the Amalfi Coast as it offers two great beaches, Spiaggia Grande, the main beach known for its lively atmosphere with beach clubs, umbrellas, and loungers, bars, and restaurants. For more tranquility, Arienzo can be reached via a free boat shuttle departing from the pier or by descending a flight of about 300 steps, which of course, will require climbing on the return. It includes a small free area to toss down a beach towel as well as a private section available for a fee, with the Arienzo Beach Club serving food and drink.
There are multiple places in the region that are sure to provide an idyllic setting for a romantic stay in Campania. Ravello is one of the world’s most desirable destinations for honeymooners, set high atop a mountain nestled among lemon and olive groves overlooking the turquoise sea, complete with cobbled streets ideal for strolling hand-in-hand and plenty of sea-view hotels. The Isle of Capri, known as the “land of the Gods” is a place where Italian nobility often enjoyed their vacations and it’s just as honeymoon-worthy today with stunning sea views, opportunities for boat tours to the Blue Grotto, and sunset cruises, as well as hosting luxurious hotels. Ischia Island, the largest in the Bay of Naples, is just 45 minutes by high-speed ferry from Sorrento and Naples, renowned for its lush gardens, thermal springs, lavish spas, spectacular beaches, and picturesque hiking trails. It’s also more affordable and less crowded than Capri.
The Quartieri Spagnoli neighborhood and the Toledo e Quartieri Spagnoli neighborhood that it surrounds are the most authentic areas of Naples, providing the opportunity to get a better glimpse at the daily life of the locals. As such, it tends to be a lot more budget-friendly than the historical center and Naples’ ritzy neighborhoods with 3-star hotels and basic but comfortable B&Bs and apartment rentals. It’s the kind of place where you’ll see street stalls for buying everything from fish to candles while kids play in between and laundry billows in the bridge. Men lower down baskets that haul up cigarettes while residents of all types enjoy chatting from their balconies. Plus, it’s only about a 10-minute walk to the historic center and sits just north of Piazza del Plebiscito, the largest square in Naples, which often hosts concerts and other events as well as being home to Palazzo Reale, a royal palace.
The regional capital of Campania, Naples is one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited urban areas, with its roots dating back to the 8th century BC when it was a colony called Parthenope. From the Neapolis founded by Greek settlers in the 5th century BC to the city of today, it still retains influence from the successive cultures that emerged in the Mediterranean basin and Europe. Affordable and friendly, it’s a mix of energy, chaos, incredible cuisine, and rich history with everything from Roman villas and aqueducts dotted around the city to a renowned archaeological museum showcasing finds from Pompeii and Herculaneum. There’s something for everyone here, and no visitor should miss sampling pizza in the place where it was birthed. The historic center is its beating heart with a maze of narrow streets and lively squares. Discover everything from the impressive neo-gothic cathedral to historic cafes, wine bars, and lively nightlife, including fun, edgy venues.
Located on the Sorrentine Peninsula, Sorrento is the official starting point of the Amalfi Coast, a gateway to its famously stunning villages like Ravello and Positano as well as being within easy reach of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Capri, and Mount Vesuvius. The Sorrento lemon, one of the best types of lemons, was named for the town and you’ll find many ways to enjoy the fruit here, including as limoncello liqueur, often served in a free thimble following a meal when dining out. The town also boasts an impressive historical center, shops selling lemon-related items, and spectacular views that stretch to Mount Vesuvius. Head to Teatro Tasso, Sorrento’s theater to learn about Italian culture in an entertaining way by catching the Sorrento Amarcord show which includes songs from Neapolitan folklore, brightly colored costumes, and handmade musical instruments. There are options for accommodation with everything from basic budget rooms and mid-range vacation rentals to 5-star luxury hotels.
Of all the towns along the Amalfi Coast, Positano is often said to be the most visually stunning. By taking a boat tour to view it from the sea you might think you’re looking at a painting with a vertical panorama of color that includes the green of Monti Lattari mountains, the pink, yellow, and white homes, the silvery pebble beaches, and the brilliant blue of the water. The streets are lined with shops that sell the region’s famous custom-made leather sandals, art galleries, upscale boutiques, cafes, and restaurants. The historic square hosts a centuries-old church that displays interesting artifacts and there are also some glamourous, celebrity-filled beaches popular for sunbathing and swimming, with swanky beach clubs and exclusive 5-star hotels. Positano also offers the best nightlife in the region, home to the unique Music on the Rocks, a nightclub in a cave-like cliff featuring top DJs for dancing with a magnificent sea view.
Ravello may be a tiny village, but it packs a punch. Unlike many of the other towns along the Amalfi Coast, it’s primarily visited by day trippers, which means evenings here are tranquil. That’s just one of the reasons so many honeymooners and other romance-seekers choose to stay here, not to mention the breathtaking sea views from its clifftop vantage point. Of course, as it sits atop a cliff, it doesn’t offer direct access to the sea so it’s not the place to stay for a beach vacation. Instead, escape the crowds and enjoy the striking natural beauty. In the summer, you’ll have easy access to its nearly two-month-long annual festival of music and the arts, with art shows, jazz bands, large orchestras, dance, and more. While it’s not a hot nightlife spot, there’s plenty to do after dark and when it comes to accommodation, you’ll find everything from opulent villas to honeymoon-worthy luxury hotels.
The Isle of Capri is a place to stay when only the best will do, whether for a honeymoon or just because. The island is renowned for its awe inspiring natural beauty, world-class shopping, and high-end cuisine It’s Italy’s most exclusive island and one of the world’s most exclusive too. There is no airport, with helicopter or boat the only way to get there, but that just makes it all the more desirable. The village of Capri spans the width of the island’s core, stretching from Marina Grande to Marina Piccola. On a hot summer’s day, the beaches are packed but you can easily skip the crowds to enjoy a refreshing dip by hiring a skipper and spending a few hours swimming in secluded coves and exploring the grottos in shades of emerald and brilliant blue. Accommodation includes everything from 5-star hotels for those looking to splurge to 4-star villas with stunning views.
Ischia is the largest island in the Bay of Naples, often visited on day trips from Naples, just a 45-minute ride away via high-speed ferry. It’s worth spending more time here as it’s similar to Capri but more tranquil and more affordable. If you want to enjoy a day trip to the Amalfi Coast, that’s within easy reach too. The island itself offers lavish spas and natural hot springs, including springs that bubble up at Maronton Beach. There are scenic trails to hike and lush gardens to stroll, while history enthusiasts can learn more about Ischia’s long fishing tradition at the Sean Museum. Nearby are Roman ruins beneath the sea at Cartaromana Beach. From here, you’ll enjoy views of Aragonese Castle too. Despite being a more authentic island, there are plenty of facilities for tourists, including shops, restaurants, and hotel options, which range from budget-friendly to luxurious. Apartment and villa rentals are available too.
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