Summer holidays in Campania

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Jules Pearson

Ronnie McCluskey
HomeAway travel expert



CampaniaWhen planning the perfects summer getaway to Italy, chances are the usual destinations will crop up as suggestions; I’m speaking, of course, of Rome, Milan and Turin. All fine and well - and each wonderful on their own merits - but dig that little bit deeper and you’ll find that there’s so much more to the country than what the usual tourist guides tell you. One such region is Campania, a coastal haven located in the southwest of fair Italia. Tourists have been known to visit for the coastal attractions, but in truth there are plenty of reasons to extend your stay.

Like many of its neighbouring coastal regions, Campania offers a diverse and alluring mix of attractions to keep any visitor entertained. Regardless of whether you’re travelling with the family, friends or looking for a romantic break, you’re sure to come across something that’ll make your holiday. To assist you further, we’ve compiled a list of our top five suggestions. When you’re ready to book up, you’ll find your ideal rental accommodation with a quick search on HomeAway.


 

Top five regions Campania summer holiday regions


   

Naples Summer holidays in Naples

The capital city of Campania is also, naturally, the beating heart of the region. What you’ll find upon arrival is a vibrant and multicultural town, brimming with nightlife, museums and fine Italian heritage. When visiting, it is essential that you sample the most famous export, Neapolitan pizza, straight from the source. The summer months also see many of the nightclubs scattered along the coast hosting beach parties that last into the small hours, with Arenile and Sohal Beach Club particular favourites amongst the locals. 

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Amalfi Coast Summer holidays in the Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is the gem that attracts most visitors to Campania. The magnificent coastline is a picture of natural beauty, with narrow roads winding their way through ruggedly Mediterranean mountain landscapes and glistening azure waters. The village of Positano is a particular highlight of the area, especially the famous L'Albertissimo tipple, which is exclusively available from a stall by the harbour. And for that oh-so-important element of any good summer holiday, the beach is of course the perfect place to unwind for a few hours to top up your tan. 

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Cilento Summer Holidays in Cilento

Cilento National Park is another area famed for its breathtaking natural scenery, and is nestled away in the south of Campania. This is where the mountains meet the sea, where traditionally quaint Mediterranean villages embrace visitors with a warm welcome. It is worthwhile hiring a car to see as much of Cilento as time allows, but to really experience the picturesque wonders, throw on your hiking shoes and go for a stroll through the roaming valleys. The ruined temples at Paestum provide a fascinating insight into the area’s Roman past, while the bars around San Marco convey a pleasantly laid-back yet convivial atmosphere.

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Avelino Summer Holidays in Avelino

Away from the more tourist orientated spots of Campania lies Avelino, a charming rural town located within the rolling hills. Avelino is awash with Roman remains, including temples, baths and a forum. Nearby is the Sanctuary of Montevergine, named for the mountain it’s perched upon. The sanctuary stands on the summit at almost 5,000 feet, but the climb is worth it for the sprawling views that on a clear day stretch all the way to Naples. The town also boasts a modest but impressive collection of museums, with the architecture of the old town a charming testament to years gone by.

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Pompeii Summer Holidays in Pompeii

Pompeii, as we know it today, is the site of one of the most tragic and terrifying natural disasters in history; but the ruins are an undoubtedly fascinating spectacle. In 79AD, the mighty Mount Vesuvius erupted, encasing the town in a blanket of volcanic ash and soot. Some 20,000 residents had anticipated the occurrence and fled for their lives, but the 3,000 or so left behind were buried amongst their homes. It wasn’t until 1748 that the remains were discovered, with excavations revealing a forgotten world of perfectly preserved buildings and bodies. Now a popular tourist destination, walking through the ancient streets is a uniquely haunting experience - there’s religious sites, amphitheatres, baths, museums and forums; a guided tour from a local vendor is the best way to take everything in.

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Holiday Rentals in Campania

Elegant Villa 300 meters from the private beach down near Sorrento

Villa Beatrice overlooks a lovely setting with views of Capri and the Bay of Sorrento, in a quiet location but not far from the center of Sorrento and Massa Lubrense .. The villa is in fact totally turned the sea and is very stylish and comfortabl...

Apartment/ flat - Napoli

In the heart of old city center you will be welcome in an apartment equipped with everything, completely renovated and furnished with great care with a large terrace of 70 sqm.

Villa Luchiano sleeps 8

At Villa Luchiano, luxury and charm are combined with a careful attention to detail, making this luxury villa rental one of the most exclusive properties on the Amalfi Coast. The property stretches over three levels connected by an elegant white ...

Villa Dina

Villa Dina has a spectacular position with incredible views over the Tyrrhenian Sea and the villages along the Amalfi coast. Sitting above the town of Praiano, with its stone steps and narrow lanes, this villa is perfect for enjoying the enchantin...

Villino Buganvillea Independent house for rent in Sorrento

Villino Bougainvillea stands on a small hill close to the sea and the picturesque and bustling center of Sorrento. The recently renovated accommodation was designed with particular attention for detail and is ideal for those who want to enjoy a re...
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