You chose Campania for your holiday, indeed: you chose Pompei. You collected the right information, you already know what to visit in the city at the foot of Mount Vesuvius in one day, and which path to choose to visit the archaeological excavations. But you decided to move from the center even for a day to enjoy the resort nearby.
Good idea. But what can you see around Pompeii?
The surroundings of Pompeii: ancient history
If you’re a fan of ancient history or archeology you can not miss the Greek and Roman ruins that are located in other cities of Campania. First there is Paestum, but also the nearby Herculaneum and Oplonti are ideal destinations for your tours around Pompeii.
The excavations of Oplontis are located in the heart of the town of Torre Annunziata. It is thought that Oplonti was a detached center of nearby Pompeii. A time characterized by thermal areas, villas and salt marshes, today Oplonti is UNESCO heritage along with Herculaneum and Pompeii.
A few kilometers away from Pompeii there is Herculaneum, buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD occurred along with Pompeii. It was a case to allow the rediscovery of the ancient city of Hercolaneum: a farmer found marbles and other antiquities during the digging of a well.
It was precisely the year 1709. The Bourbon kings of the Kingdom of Naples, a few years later decided to implement systematic excavations to unearth the ancient Hercolaneum. Today it is among the UNESCO heritage and attends by more than 300 thousand tourists a year.
This piece of land that runs from Naples to Sorrento is a gold mine for fans of ancient history. At Castellammare di Stabia, in fact, there are other Roman artefacts. The excavations began in 1749 by King Charles III of Bourbon. Stabiae was a resort, unlike Pompeii and Herculaneum that were actually real cities.
The Magna Grecia is revived between columns and temples. At a greater distance than Oplonti and Herculaneum is Paestum. In the middle of the Cilento coast there are the remains of the ancient Greek city, founded in the seventh century BC.
After the story had almost totally lost the traces, it is rediscovered in the Bourbon period. Today it is one of the most important archaeological sites in the Mediterranean, a place to visit in the surrounding area of Pompei.
The surroundings of Pompeii over the excavations
Campania is not just archaeological excavations, but also natural beauty. Here are other locations near the city of Pompeii that may interest you, and that you can reach with a day trip. Remember that Pompeii is well connected with Sorrento, the starting point for all your excursions.
The blue sea that breaks the traits now sweet now decided of the coast, coves, rocks, colorful houses. This is the Amalfi Coast, land kissed by the magical beauty that comes from Punta Campanella to the gates of Salerno.
The touched towns are several: Positano, Amalfi, Furore, Maiori, Minori, Vietri. Lined with a scenic drive, each one has its own history and its own attractions. Perhaps after a visit to the nearby Sorrento, you could spend an entire day at the Amalfi coast by renting a scooter, a real show!
The blue island, the island of Tiberius, the island of Faraglioni, how many names did they give it? Capri also worth a day. You can visit it by booking one of the many tours of the island and do not miss the famous Blue Cave and the Faraglioni, or you can visit it by land and take a pleasant stroll in the nature.
You know that Capri also has Roman ruins? The most famous is Villa Jovis, the ancient home of Tiberius. Before ending your day on the island, left to go to the classic aperitif in the square at the shadow of the church along with writers, actors and show business!
The green island, famous for its healing hot springs, has always been a favorite destination of tourists and non-Italians. A place to throw away your watch and enjoy a day at the beach, or visit places of great historical value as the Castello Aragonese. A word of advice: you should not miss Sant’Angelo, the quaint fishing village located on the islet.
The city of Naples is definitely worth a bit of your time. Capital of Italy for centuries, has many surprises: the waterfront, Castel dell’Ovo, the Angevin Castle, the old town’s characteristic alleyways, churches and works of art of inestimable value., such as the Veiled Christ located in the Chapel of Sansevero.
Art is important, but you must not neglect the Neapolitan cuisine. Walking along the characteristic Spaccanapoli or by Via dei Tribunali in the company of a “Sfogliatella”(pastry or curly up to you!) Is a pleasure to experience at least once in your life!
A trip to Mount Vesuvius, the volcano that has made the millennial sleep of Pompeii: this is a trip you can not miss. The amazing view from the cone of the volcano is a great show, and there are many organized excursions. Do not wake a sleeping dog they say, but that’s not the case. Vesuvius is sleeping soundly 🙂