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Southern Italy features many major tourist attractions, such as the Palace of Caserta, the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other archaeological sites (many of which are protected by UNESCO). Some of its beaches, woodlands and mountains are preserved in several National Parks and there are some lovely medieval towns.


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» Aeolian Islands

Aeolian Islands, Sicily

The Aeolian Islands are a collection of eight islands off the northeastern coast of Sicily. The archipelago takes its name from the Greek god of wind, Aeolus, and the islands themselves are the result of volcanic activity hundreds of thousands of years ago. The largest of the Aeolian Islands - collectively, a UNESCO World Heritage Site - is Lipari, which is also the name of the main town on the island. There's a year-round population on Lipari of more than 10,000 …

» Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast, Southern Italy

While the region of the Amalfi Coast is actually named for a town located within it, many travelers use the term 'Amalfi' to refer to the larger surrounding area and the many picturesque towns dotted along the coast. There are 13 municipalities located along the Amalfi Coast, and Ravello, Positano and Amalfi are undoubtedly he most popular. The entire coastline, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, is most popular during the warm summer months, when travelers flock to the seaside to escape the city heat …

» Avellino

Avellino, Southern Italy

Located in the Campania region, Avellino is not nearly as well-known as its seaside neighbor Naples. History buffs may recognize the name, as Avellino was heavily bombed area during World War II. Today, it's a nice getaway for visitors looking to trade coastal views for scenic countryside mountain views. Agriculture is important in Avellino. Wine grapes, tobacco and hazelnuts are important crops here. That said, Avellino is a fairly modern city, having survived and rebuilt after several earthquakes …

» Capodimonte Museum

Capodimonte Museum , Southern Italy

Often regarded as being one of the most important museums in Italy, the Capodimonte Museum is the leading depository to everything related to Neapolitan paintings and decorative arts. It also hosts several important works from other Italian schools of painting, as well as some important ancient Roman sculptures. Some of the collection's highlights include the Portrait of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese and the Baronci Altarpiece by Raphael, the Antea by Parmigianino, the Transfiguration by Giovanni Bellini …

» Capri

Capri, Southern Italy

The "Pearl of the Mediterranean," Capri is located on the south side of the Gulf of Naples, just off the coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula. A popular day trip destination from Naples, Naples and Naples, it has long been a draw for the rich and famous and continues to exude that same appeal with luxurious hotels and boutique shops. Visitors can retrace the steps of emperors and film stars on this charming island with its unique coastline dotted with hidden caves and secluded beaches …

» Castel dell'Ovo (Castle of the Egg)

Castel dell'Ovo (Castle of the Egg) , Naples

Castel dell'Ovo (Egg Castle) is a fortified castle perched in the Bay of Naples. Built on the small island of Megaride, it is now connected to the mainland by a causeway. The site was originally settled by Greek colonists in the 6th century BC. Then the ancient Romans built a villa, finally exiling the last western Roman emperor here in the 5th century AD. After that it became a monastery, then was destroyed before a castle was built by the Normans in the 12th century. The current castle was built in the 15th century …

» Castel Nuovo (New Castle)

Castel Nuovo (New Castle), Naples

Castel Nuovo, better known locally as Maschio Angioino, looks the way a castle should look - fierce stone, towers and turrets. Built as the new royal residence between 1279 and 1282 by Charles I of Anjou, it is rightfully one of Naples' most striking buildings. Mind you, most of what we see today was built in the 15th century by the Aragon king Alfonso V, and via later renovations. At the end of the 15th century, Naples was annexed to Spain and the castle was downgraded to military fortress …

» Catacombe di San Gennaro

Catacombe di San Gennaro , Naples

These are the most important catacombs in southern Italy due to the length of their use as a burial site and the well-preserved mosaics. In use from the rise of Christianity until the 10th century, they hold the tombs of many bishops including the Basilica di Sant'Agrippino, the 3rd century bishop of Naples. Nearby is the tomb of San Gennaro, the patron saint of Naples, whose remains were moved here in the 5th century to the Cubicolo di San Gennaro. He was later removed to the Cathedral of Naples …

» Centro Storico

Centro Storico, Naples

The entire city of Naples can be overwhelming - it sprawls away from the bay and even up the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius - but visitors need only concentrate on the historic center, the 'Centro Storico,' to enjoy the best of what Naples has to offer. Radiating away from the Bay of Naples, the Centro Storico spans more than 2,500 years of history. Even today you can see some ruins of the Greek city that once occupied this spot. More plentiful are monuments from the Roman-era …

» Galleria Umberto I

Galleria Umberto I , Naples

If you've been to the city center of Milan, you've no doubt seen the Galleria Emanuele II, which is one of the oldest shopping malls in the world - as well as one of the prettiest. So it's not surprising that when Naples wanted a shopping arcade built, the designer took his cues from Milan's building. Walking through Naples' Galleria Umberto I, you'll feel momentarily like you've been transported to Milan. The Galleria Umberto I was built starting in 1887 …

» Gesú' Nuovo Church

Gesú' Nuovo Church, Naples

Originally built as a palace, the Gesú' Nuovo Church was converted into a place of worship by the Jesuits. It stands in a square by the same name in Naples historic city center. Built in 1470, the original palace façade was left intact when construction began to convert it into a church. The bugnato style exterior is characterized by pyramid-shaped stones on the façade, however, its outward appearance can lead to confusion, sometimes causing unknowing visitors to walk right by …

» Historic Centre of Naples

Historic Centre of Naples, Naples

It's too much to try to take Naples as a whole. This city is all noise and speed and grit, thrown at you from the moment you step out of the train station or off of a cruise ship, and the greater metropolitan area of Naples spreads so far it even creeps up the sides of the surrounding mountains, including one very famous volcano - Mount Vesuvius. If you're willing to look beyond the sensory overload, however, you'll see why UNESCO named the historic centre of Naples a World Heritage Site …

» Ischia

Ischia, Naples

Capri may be the most famous island in the Gulf of Naples, but Ischia can lay claim to being the largest. Which is a good thing, because folks like to come and visit; Ischia welcomes about 6 million visitors every year. sTourism is the main industry on Ischia thanks in part to volcanic activity that's created much sought after hot springs. Thermal spas lure many visitors to the island, but with 37 km (23 miles) of coastline, there are plenty of things to appreciate about island life …

» La Reggia Designer Outlet

La Reggia Designer Outlet , Naples

Shopping is a popular pastime in Italy, for tourists and Italians alike, but don't be fooled into thinking the Italians are always paying top prices for designer duds. They're often shopping at outlet malls, too. Near Naples, the outlet mall of choice is La Reggia Designer Outlet. La Reggia is located just south of Caserta, near the town of Marcianise, roughly 30 miles north of Naples. The outlet is designed like a modern outdoor mall, with arcades lined with shops on both sides …

» Mergellina

Mergellina, Naples

The historic center of Naples tumbles so effortlessly downhill toward the sea that you might not know the seafront area actually has a different name all its own - Mergellina. Mergellina actually used to be a separate town, but when Naples grew it was eventually subsumed by the expanding metropolis in the early 20th century. Today, this neighborhood sits between the foot of the Posillipo Hill and the Bay of Naples. There are many restaurants and hotels in the area …

» Monti Picentini Regional Park

Monti Picentini Regional Park, Naples

The Monti Picentini Regional Park is a nice daytrip for outdoor lovers looking to take a break from city life in Naples. Located in Campania, the park is more than 150,000 acres in size. Popular with hikers and bikers, many of the climbs enjoy the bonus of small waterfalls that offer an inviting spot to cool off. At the foot of Mt. Terminio, in Monti Picentini Regional Park is the town of Volturara Irpina. The town and surrounding countryside is a popular locale for truffle hunters …

» Mt Terminio

Mt Terminio, Naples

Monte Terminio is located near Avellino, in the small town of Serino. One of the taller peaks of the Picentini Mountains, it's a popular place for outdoor enthusiasts and families to spend a morning or afternoon. Hiking is popular activity, and there are numerous well-marked trails to choose from. Those who make the climb to the summit are rewarded with amazing views. If you are interested in a calmer, relaxing experience, it's also a great place to just bring a picnic and enjoy the fresh air …

» Mt Vesuvius

Mt Vesuvius, Rome

Mt. Vesuvius, the only active volcano in continental Europe, is best known for its role in destroying the city of Pompeii one fateful summer day in 79 A.D. Today, you can visit the national park and climb Mt. Vesuvius yourself to peek into the crater at 3,900 ft (1.2 km), from which plumes of steam rise from the sleeping, but still active, volcano. Another priceless sight on your journey up the mountain is the panoramic view from the summit of the Bay of Naples …



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