Napoli is the smallest of the provinces of Campania although it contains the capital city of the entire region. Including the islands, which are part of it, the province only covers an area of 1,171km. This represents less than 10% of the entire area of the region of Campania but more than 50% of the people living in the region live in this province.
Napoli borders the provinces of Caserta and Benevento to the north, Avellino and Salerno to the east with the rest of the border running along the coast. The whole province is completely dominated by the dormant volcano of Mount Vesuvius which looms above the whole landscape. This densly populated province is a peculiar mixture of beauty, unsightliness, nature, industry, noise and peace. It is perhaps one of the most fascinating areas of Italy with some of the most important historical sites and some of the most stunning scenery, villages and islands.
Naples must be one of the most vibrant and evocative cities in the world. From its dominating position at the top of the Bay of Naples, the city looks out across the sea to the islands of Ischia and Procida to the south west and Capri and the... read more
Named after a beautiful nymph, loved by Hercules, Amalfi is the principal town on the spectacular 'Amalfi Coast', situated on the south side of the Sorento Peninsular
Sapri is an elegant seaside town located on the border between Campania and Basilicata and set against a backdrop of green hills and majestic mountains overlooking the Gulf of Policastro.
Just south of Naples, at the foot of Mount Vesuvius, lies the town of Ercolano which was built on top of the volcanic residue around the ancient city of Herculaneum after it was destroyed by the eruption of vesuvius in 79 AD. Evidence of the remains of Herculaneum first came to light in 1709 and digging began to uncover it. Work was slow but due to the materials used at the time it is very well preserved. Ercolana is the starting point to visit Herculaneum and also the place to catch the bus to the summit of Vesuvius.
As well as the famous Archeological site of Herculaneum, Ercolana has some other points of interest:
This town is one of the oldest in the region of Campania and can be traced back as far as the year 332 BC. It was totally destroyed by Hannibal in 216 BC but rebuilt in 210 BC.
The main sights are:
Three interesting churches, Church of Corpus Domini (16th century), Church of San Pietro (16th century) and the Church of Annunziata (15th century) which houses a 12th century crucifix.
One of the larger towns in Italy, Afragola has some historical buildings that are worth visiting.
Nola is an important town in the province of Naples which is situated on the plain between Mount Vesuvius and the Apennines and is close to the city of Naples.
The main sites in Nola are:
Close by to Nola is the Castle of Cicala.
During the 1944 eruption of Vesuvius, Ottaviano suffered significant destruction but is now home to the head office of The Vesuvius National Park
Pompei is situated on the southern outskirts of Naples. Today, a modern and attractive town surrounds the famous archaeological site which is one of the most popular tourist sites in Italy.
Since 1946 the town of Pozzuoli has been the home of the Accademia Aeronautica, the Italian Air Force Academy, on a purpose-built hilltop campus overlooking the bay. From August 1982 through to December 1984 this seaside town suffered from hundreds of tremors and bradyseismic activity which, at its peak in October 1983, damaged 8,000 buildings in the city centre and left nearly 36,000 people homeless. These series of tremors also raised the sea bottom by almost 2 metres which meant that the bay became too shallow to accommodate large vessels.
The main sites in the town are:
Not far from Naples and overlooking the Bay of Naples, Sorrento is a pretty seaside town which is now a popular tourist destination. It is connected to the town of Amalfi by the famous 'Amalfi Drive' which is a hair raising, narrow, twisting road high above the Tyrrhenian Sea. It has two ports, Marina Grande and Marina Piccola and wonderful views across to the island of Capri, along the Amalfi coast and of Mount Vesuvius. The town is not large but has a pleasant, lively atmosphere and is a perfect holiday destination. There is an abundance of bars and restaurants, good shops and many local craft shops with excellent produce. Ferries run from here to Capri, Positano and along the Amalfi coast. Sorrento is famous for the invention of and the production of limoncello which is a digestivo made from lemon rinds and alcohol.
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