Sorrento

Sorrento, the beautiful city of citrus fruits of the Sorrento peninsula, where the landscape is considered by an alternation of sea and mountain, is built on a tufa ridge and contains peculiarities of a naturalistic, cultural and folklore type.

The coastline is divided into the port area of ​​Marina Piccola with the ferry port and the village of Marina di Marina Grande, home to restaurants and bathing establishments.

The central square is Piazza Tasso, named in honor of the poet Torquato Tasso (author of the famous opera “La Gerusalemme Liberata”) which was born here in 1544.

The historic center still shows the orthogonal layout of the streets of Roman origin with thistles and decumans, while upstream are still visible the ancient urban walls such as the “Porta di Parsano” and its bastion.

Not to be missed: Correale di Terranova Museum which houses important decorative and archaeological objects of the city’s history, the Museo Bottega della Tarsia Lignea with a rich collection of furniture and objects of the Sorrento craftsmanship; the Basilica of Sant’Antonino Abate dedicated to the patron saint of the city; the Cloister of San Francesco dating back to the year 1300 and which, in addition to a style from the fourteenth century, also found remains from pagan temples and materials from other ancient settlements.

Moving instead of only 3 km to the west, towards Punta del Capo, you can admire the Roman remains of the Villa di Pollio Felice (1st century AD) also known under the name of “Bagni della Regina Giovanna”.

Capri

Capri is the Mediterranean island that has seen in passing time hundreds and hundreds of intellectuals, artists and writers, all kidnapped by its magical beauty. The first place to visit once landed is undoubtedly the Blue Grotto, accessible only by passing through a single-meter high arch. Once inside, while the echo of Neapolitan songs bounces among the stone walls, you will be struck by the many shades of blue that are reflected on the water. A unique experience of its kind!

Unmissable stages then, the mundane Piazzetta, from whose alleyways you reach the Belvedere di Tragara with an unprecedented view of the Faraglioni that stand out against the sea; Marina Piccola, where, according to legend, the sirens narrated by Homer were found. In the upper part of the island, there is Anacapri, where life is still authentic, with its craft shops and solitary landscapes. From here (exactly from Piazza Vittoria) there is a chair lift that leads to the top of Monte Solaro in 12 minutes; the view is spectacular and embraces the entire Gulf of Naples and Salerno.

Finally, do not miss Villa San Michele, built by the Swedish writer and physician Axel Munthe, which is now a museum where archaeological finds are collected; the gardens of Augustus, the famous Via Krupp and the remains of the villa of Tiberius – Villa Jovis.

Ischia

The island of Ischia is a volcanic island also called “Green Island” thanks to the tuff of Mount Epomeo, a gray-green stone that owes its particular color to the long contact with sea water. Here nature has done a lot to do and offers spectacular scenery and shapes as diverse as the famous MUSHROOM of Lacco Ameno, a particular rock that the sea and the wind have shaped to such an extent that it becomes similar to a mushroom. Walking through the island you will discover some of the most beautiful views, such as the one seen from the Maronti lookout or from the Zaro viewpoint.

Over the centuries, thermalism has contributed to making Ischia one of the most renowned marine and thermal-climatic resorts in Italy; thermal springs and fumarolic fields are present almost everywhere, testifying to the volcanic nature of the territory. Do not miss the visit to the Mediterranean-subtropical garden “La Mortella” enriched by fountains, swimming pools and watercourses that allow the cultivation of a superb collection of aquatic plants.

Naples

Naples is a city unique in the world with an invaluable artistic, cultural, historical and gastronomic heritage but also a real open-air museum in which to be amazed even simply walking.

From the National Archaeological Museum (which houses inside finds of the excavations of Pompeii, finds from the Greek-Roman age, Egyptian and Etruscan antiquities) to the Royal Palace up to Piazza del Plebiscito and Piazza del Municipio; from the Castel Nuovo to the Teatro San Carlo, from the Cappella Sansevero with the Veiled Christ (one of the most fascinating and mysterious works that can be seen in Naples) to the evocative underground with the Catacombs and the Underground Naples, passing through the squares and the magnificent Lungomare.

Naples, since ancient times, has also distinguished itself for its vast culinary heritage, rich in unique delicacies in the world, a true symphony of flavors, colors and calories. Think of a dish: here, almost certainly was born in Naples. Spaghetti, meat sauce, lasagne, fried fish, sfogliatelle, babà, struffoli, pastiere and so on and so forth!

Positano

Positano, pearl of the Amalfi Coast, seen from the sea looks almost like a shell streaked with different colors. From the green of the Lattari Mountains to the white, pink and yellow of its typical Mediterranean houses to the endless blue of its sea.

The heart of the village is undoubtedly the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, famous especially for its dome covered with colored majolica. In addition to the church, do not forget to explore the streets of the center. Here the shops, full of hand-painted ceramics, handmade sandals and dresses full of colors that gave life to the famous “Moda Mare Positano”, open the doors to tourists and travelers, giving the true essence of Positano.

The vertical city also offers various opportunities to its tourists to enjoy the beautiful waters thanks to the many beaches that surround it like the beach of Marina Grande, with over 300 meters in length and the wildest beaches of Fornillo, Laurito and Arienzo. Walking then in the neighborhood you arrive at the quaint village of Nocelle, the arrival point of the Sentiero degli Dei, the ancient shepherds’ trail that starts from Agerola crosses the Monti Lattari with a superb view over the entire Amalfi Coast and Capri!

Amalfi

Amalfi, the ancient Maritime Republic, is today the symbol of the Amalfi Coast.

A country made of tourist shops and shops, voices and sounds typical of a seaside town but what distinguishes it is undoubtedly the Cathedral of St. Andrew the Apostle, a pearl of Romanesque architecture set between modern buildings.

Its spectacular structure, which overlooks the small square, dominates a stairway with an Arab-style façade; from its porch you will be able to enter the Cloister of Paradise (an elegant Arab architecture built between 1266 and 1268) and to the Basilica of the Crucifix, the city’s oldest cathedral.

Walking through the streets of the center you will also meet the fountain “de cape e ciucci “, the main structure is rather simple, with two human heads carved in marble but to make it special is the crib that has been living since 1974.

Also from the historic center, with about an hour’s walk, you can easily reach the Valle delle Ferriere nature reserve on foot, a unique place in the world where you can admire waterfalls and waterways that make the environment very cool. even in the height of summer.

Along the way you will meet the ancient ironworks that supplied Amalfi with the name of the valley.

Pompei

Famous worldwide, the excavations of Pompeii are the only ones able to give back to the visitor an ancient Roman settlement, whose life has remained firm to the eruption of the Vesuvio of a distant morning of 79 AD.

The ancient Roman city, one of the most prosperous and rich in the whole empire, was completely destroyed during the eruption. Its ruins, completely covered with lava for centuries, have been preserved over time and today it is possible to walk through the streets and admire the excellent state of conservation of the frescoes found in the villas and in most of the public places. A real journey through time that will make you relive the splendor of this ancient and fascinating Roman metropolis.

The city attracts millions of tourists a year also due to the presence of the Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of the Holy Rosary, a Basilica that gathers thousands of votive offerings and enjoys a particular veneration by Catholics all over the world.

Vesuvius

It is the most famous volcano in the world as responsible for the destruction of the city of Pompeii in 79 AD. From that time until 1944 there were minor eruptions, some with lava spills; and emissions of steam columns about 15km high. Given its great seismic activity, Ferdinand II of Bourbon founded the Vesuvius Observatory (the first volcanological center in the world) in 1845 right on its slopes, at about 609m in height. Today that structure houses a permanent exhibition on the history of the volcano as well as collections of minerals, vintage instruments and a rich library; the current observation and monitoring center is located in Fuorigrotta.

With its 1281m, the volcano, dominates the Gulf of Naples and is located within the National Park of Vesuvius, which although not having a large extension, is home to hundreds of different animal and plant species.