Summer is absolutely the most popular time to travel for many people, when the kids are out of school and the weather is all but guaranteed to be sunny in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, and summer in Italy is no exception. Naples in the summer is when the city is at its busiest — and hottest.
One of the most popular things to see in Italy is the excavation at Pompeii, the city buried by a volcanic eruption from Mt Vesuvius in the first century CE. Pompeii is famous, and it should be; it’s a huge archaeological site, once a large and thriving Roman city full of people. Understandably, visitors head for Pompeii in droves, usually on day trips from nearby Naples, the Amalfi Coast or even Rome.
What too many people overlook, however, is another excavation in the area: Herculaneum.
The top museum for most visitors to Naples is the excellent National Archaeology Museum, but if you’re looking for something a little less popular (and no less wonderful) then don’t miss the Certosa di San Martino — St. Martin’s Charterhouse — on top of Vomero hill.
Just west of Naples is a park known as the Phlegraean Fields, or Campi Flegrei in Italian. The word comes from the Greek word meaning “to burn,” which is an accurate description of this volcanic landscape.
Many visitors have heard of the Blue Grotto on Capri — indeed, it’s one of the island’s top attractions. But not everyone knows of a similar grotto on the mainland called the Emerald Grotto.
There are so many amazing destinations in Italy to choose from when you’re planning a trip, it’s hard to narrow down your options. One way to maximize your itinerary is by taking day trips, but sometimes that’s not even enough. Which is why taking a long weekend from Naples on the Amalfi Coast is such a great idea.
Sorrento is a popular destination on the coast of Italy, but it’s also a popular launching-point for trips to nearby sights like the Amalfi Coast and the gorgeous island of Capri. Here’s what you need to know about day trips to Capri from Sorrento.
Positano is one of the most popular destinations in Italy, a terraced vision on the Amalfi Coast. It’s not exactly easy to reach, however, especially if you’re used to traveling Italy by train. Here’s what you need to know about getting to Positano.
The towns of the Amalfi Coast are magnets for sun-seeking holiday-makers during the summer months. Beaches are full to capacity, shops are busy and restaurants do a brisk business. But what is the nightlife like on the Amalfi Coast?