The region of Campania faces the Tyrrhenian Sea and includes one of the finest coastlines in Italy. It is best known for its breathtaking Amalfi Coast, the island of Capri and of course the vibrant and colorful capital Naples.
Real estate deals are more difficult to find along the famous coast, but savvy investors can find value for money in the inland villages. Once you’ve gone beyond the bustle and wealth of the ever popular coastal towns, one finds a relatively untouched stretch of countryside dotted with potential investment opportunities. Though predominantly a rural region, Campania is within easy reach of a good highway network and the international airport at Naples.
Campania was part of Magna Graecia, the Greek colonies of southern Italy. In the 8th century BC, the first Greek colony was founded at Cumae, north of present day Naples. As the Etruscans and Samnites eventually found themselves overtaken by the expanding Roman Republic, today numerous reminders of the Roman Imperial Age can be found including amphitheatres, triumphal arches, villas, bridges and tombs.
Campania is divided into the provinces of Avellino, Benevento, Caserta, Naples (Napoli), and Salerno. The regional capital is Naples or Napoli. The National Archaeological Museum of Naples houses one of the most important archaeological collections in the world. Its collection includes Roman-Greco antiquities from Pompeii, Stabiae, Herculaneum and other archaeological sites of the region. The museum also displays many frescoes and mosaics reflecting everyday life in the cities of Herculaneum, Pompeii and Stabiae before they were buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.
The Amalfi Coast, from Sorrento to Salerno, and including the beautiful islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida, has been a magnet for foreign travelers over centuries. Explore the magnificent villas of Emperor Tiberius who succeeded Caesar Augustus. Visit the legendary Blue Grotto made famous by Lord Byron. Enjoy a leisurely walk through Capri to the Gardens of Augustus and then continue on to Anacapri for a visit to the fabulous Villa San Michele.
A scenic ride up Monte Solaro will take you to the highest point of the island. About an hour’s drive from the city of Naples, the village of Calitri is a good place to enjoy the more rural life of the Campania countryside. Calitri offers infinite activities centered on its many local traditions.
Thanks to the relaxing atmosphere that Calitri has to offer, long relaxing walks can be enjoyed along with the unique and beautiful scenery. Calitrian cuisine is renowned in the region of Campania for being very tasty and rather spicy. Typical hand-made pasta dishes include cingul, the local dish of choice. Probably a favourite to us all, the region of Campania is known throughout Italy as the premier producer of buffalo mozzarella or Mozzarella di Bufala. Don’t miss the Lacryma Christi or “tear of Christ", the celebrated Neapolitan wine produced on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius which some have described as earthy, but quite enjoyable. Some very good white wines include Biancolella, Greco di Tufo and Fiano di Avellino.
Real estate in Campania means a diversity of choice and price, from its bustling coastal towns and cities with breathtaking seascapes, to Italy’s loveliest countryside of inland farms and abandoned villages.
HOW TO GET THERE
Naples Capodichino Airport is 6 kilometres from town centre. The official airport coach CLP stops outside the airport and goes to Piazza Municipio. Buses leave every hour; journey time is 20 minutes and costs about EUR 18.00 In the UK, British Airways, BMI and Lufthansa all offer non-stop flights from London to Naples.
Of the UK discount airlines, EasyJet offers a number of flights to and from Capodichino Airport. Flights are available to and from London Stansted, Paris Orly, Berlin Schoenefeld, Basel and Milan Malpensa. Flying from the US, most major carriers will require one or two stops at a capital city hub.