Italy

Naples & Amalfi Coast

Shutterstock/48990931/Freddy EliassonSet in the most spectacular and fertile bay imaginable, Naples oozes deadly gorgeous dollops of history, culture, food and vulcanism. Some 2500 years of life have created an intoxicating tragicomedy that is Napoli, La Città – Naples, the City. Living on their wits in this impossibly crazy and beautiful place, the irrepressible Napoletani have created Baroque customs and simple pleasures like la pizza and il bel far niente: the beauty of doing nothing. Naples is not just one mad city with an addictive rhythm. Campi Flegrei – the Phlegrean Fields – fizz with fumaroles, springs and Graeco-Roman spas where emperors indulged, plotted and then often lost the plot. Feel the forces of nature around Vesuvius and the archaeological sites, walking on the crater rim of mainland Europe’s only active volcano and exploring AD 79 time capsules at Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis and Stabiae. Towering limestone cliffs shelter cute fishing villages, limpid emerald-blue inlets, fairytale castle gardens and majolica-domed churches on the Sorrentine Peninsula and Amalfi Coast. Serenity, glamour and shimmering beauty abound on the Islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida. Capri is all about drama, escapism and the molto chic; Ischia heals with its thermal springs, lush valleys and sandy beaches; while Procida has down-to-earth charm and pastel-painted villages straight out of a Neapolitan presepe (nativity scene).
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