Positioned on the bay, Naples is a busy city with a lot of life. The old centre has many cafes, shops and churches. Founded by colonists from Rhodes and thrived as a centre for Greek culture, with traders from Athens attracted to the coast line. The history of Naples is long a complex, but because of this many different styles of culture and architecture have given this city its unique feeling.
Naples and the southern coast are the best known region, with dramatic coast lines, beautiful cities and towns and amazing ancient sites.
Naples has a grubby, rustic charm with majestically historical buildings, this city has much to offer. Positioned on the bay of Naples, the city a beautiful historic centre full of ancient buildings, beautiful churches and great places to eat and relax and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are many sites to visit in Naples, with an abundant amount of Churches and museums and the famous curved Basilica Reale Pontifica San Francesco da Paola.
The cultural cuisine of Naples is the pizza, having originated in the city. But there is plenty more dishes that are famous in Naples and there are many eateries to decide where to relax for a meal.
Close to the city is the utterly amazing ancient ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Although a sad fate, the two towns have left a marvellous amount of archaeological discoveries. It is best to visit with a local and knowledgeable guide to bring the sites to life and to experience the true history of these places.
Mount Vesuvius looms over the Bay. It is still an active volcano and scientists consider that there will be more eruptions. Visitors can climb Vesuvius, it is recommended that visitors take sweaters and hats, there can be quite a chill at the top.
The Amalfi coast is a stunning coastline stretching from Sorrento to Salerno. The road is best driven by a private car and it does get windy, but there are no other views anywhere in the world. Looking over the blue waters, passing through beautiful towns and stunning villages, like Positano and Ravello.
Sorrento is a well known resort town at the start of the Amalfi Coast. With beautiful views and picture perfect settings, it is great to discover southern Italian charm and was a compulsory stop on the Grand Tour of yesteryears.
Positano is one of the most photographed places on the Amalfi coast, illustrating the breath-taking beauty. Full of boutiques delightful places to eat, Positano is a stunning place to stay, with beaches to relax.
Along the coast is the town of Ravello, a popular place that hangs over the Coast, with superb views, there is a glamour to this little town. The Cathedral dates from the 11th century with an impressive pulpit and museums located in the crypt.
With lots to see and do along the coast, this is one of the most visited places with many tourists in the high season. But the beauty and the imagery alone make this area one of the most stunning places in the world.
Carpi is a delightful island and a great day trip. Capri is beautiful, with breath-taking caves, narrow lanes and wonderful shops. Of the main sites, the Blue Grotto is a stunning an interesting place to visit. The light refracting off the sides of the cave create the magical blue.
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