If you are eager about touring Europe, you must consider the area west of Naples in the Campania region of southwestern Italy on the Tyrrhenian Sea. The realm tends to be less “touristy” than many other parts of Italy including eastern Campania, namely Sorrento and the Isle of Capri which might be described in companion articles on this series. Be certain that to visit Naples described in another companion article.
Solfatara is a semi-extinct volcano that last erupted in 1198. Its name comes from the Latin sulpha terra for land of sulphur so you already know what to expect. Solfatara is not very pretty, unless you want to look at boiling mud.
Pozzuoli is a fishing town that has become a suburb of Naples. It was once the house of wealthy Romans; famous residents include St. Paul and Sophia Loren. Pozzuoli was damaged by volcanic eruptions during the Middle Ages and then again in the 1970s. You will wish to see the Anfiteatro Flavio (Flavius Amphitheater), Italy’s third largest, that held 40,000 spectators.
Baia was perhaps the greatest Ancient Roman resort of them all. All the big shots including Caesar, Nero, and Tiberius had a house away from home in Baia. Cleopatra was visiting there when Julius Caesar met his untimely end.
Cumae may have been the primary Greek colony on the Italian mainland, founded in the Eighth Century B. C. You’ll want to see Sibyl’s Cave, often considered the most romantic classical site in all Italy. This cave, almost five hundred feet (one hundred thirty one meters) long, was carved out of solid rock.
The island of Ischia has probably been inhabited for thousands of years. The Aragonese Castle is Ischia’s most heavily visited monument. Actually it was built on a rock near the so-called mainland about 2500 years ago. In 1441 the castle was linked as much as the island by a stone bridge. The nearby beach is fine. Its waters may heal your ailments.
Something about volcanic soil makes food tasty and plentiful and gives wine a special zest. Try to taste the mozzarella cheese, made from the milk of water buffalo. See our companion article I like Touring Italy – Campania West Of Naples for a sample menu and more information on Campania wines plus an in-depth examination of the area’s tourist attractions. Ischia wine comes from the whole island of Ischia and is made from a wide range of local grapes in a wide range of styles.