Beautiful islands and beaches of the Amalfi Coast, ancient heritage, excellent food & wine

Campania is a little slice of paradise with its stunning coastline, bounty of ancient art and culture, and some of the most classic Italian cuisine, not to mention an incredible diversity of wines. One of its most famous destinations, the Amalfi Coast, will dazzle with its beaches, hidden coves, and picturesque villages lined up like jewels on a necklace, like Sorrento, Amalfi, and Positano.

Looking out towards the sea in the Bay of Naples, the islands of Capri and Ischia offer the height of restorative relaxation mixed with just the right amount of luxury. Naples, overlooked by Vesuvius, is bursting with character and boasts the biggest Old Town in all of Europe; spend days uncovering the many layers of this city. Also under the great shadow of Vesuvius lie some of the most well-preserved and unique UNESCO sites in the world: Paestum, Herculaneum, and famous Pompeii.

This southern Italian region is home to some of the most classic Italian food: sun-ripened tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, and—the ultimate—pizza. Gragnano near the Amalfi Coast makes top quality pasta, and when paired with the fresh seafood of Campania, nothing compares.

This bounty couldn’t go down without a glass of local wine, and Campania knows how to deliver. This is Italy’s region where international grape varieties play the smallest role, and native grapes reign supreme. It’s a land known for what may be Italy’s greatest whites, such as Fiano di Avellino and Greco di Tufo. White Falanghina and wines from Ischia, such as Biancolella, are other great varietals to try.

And Campania also makes powerful reds from important native grapes, one of which is on par with sangiovese and nebbiolo: aglianico. When made as Taurasi, the results are age-worthy with great complexity and structured tannins, earning it the nickname of “Barolo of the south”.