Campania is a region of Southern Italy, bordering on Lazio to the north-west, Molise to the north, Puglia to the north-east, Basilicata to the east, and the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west. The region covers 13,595 km² and has a population of 5.8 million. Campania is divided into the provinces of Avellino, Benevento, Caserta, Naples (Napoli), and Salerno.
The regional capital is Naples (Napoli). The name derives from Latin, as it was called by Romans Campania felix ("fortunate countryside"), a name that is shared by the French province of Champagne. Tourist attractions include the Sibyl's cave at Cumae, the Greek temples at Paestum, the Roman ruins at Pompeii and Herculaneum, the volcanoes of Vesuvius, Campi Flegrei and Ischia, the Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana) from Sorrento to Salerno and the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida, and the village of Calitri.
High-class shops, state-of-the-art health spas and aristocratic residences: a trip that will give you another reason to visit Campania: for its charm and the beauty of its towns and villages that take visitors back in time. This is the other side of a region that not only offers art, folklore and delicious food, but can also give you an ?alternative? holiday with shopping in luxury boutiques, days spent in modern health spas or stays in historic residences. Click on the links below to discover where to shop in Campania, province by province.
Positano is a small village located in Amalfi Coast, in the Province of Sorrento; its buildings are perched on the steep slope of a hill, leading down to the coast. It has a maze of narrow streets and alleys climbing the abrupt rocks where the houses look miraculously hanged; what will impress you most of this city is the mixture of vivid colours: on the walls, in the flowers coming out from the balconies and most of all in the contrast between the intense blue of the sea and the cliffs which overlook it. Positano it's a very small town (it has just four thousands of inhabitants), it's very famous as a touristic destination since the 1950s, when it started attracting lots of people, mostly rich people or artists from abroad.
Capri is an island in the Tyrrhenum Sea, precisely on the south side of the Gulf of Naples, placed off the Sorrentine peninsula, belonging to the Campania region of Italy; it is composed by two municipalities, Capri and Anacapri; this last name presents the Ancient Greek prefix -ana, which means "above". This refers to the fact that it's located at a higher elevation than the city of Capri, on the hillside of Monte Solaro, at an average height of 150 m, on the west side of the island. On this very hill there's also a famous chairlift leading to the top of it, from which you'll be able to have a stunning sight of the island and of the blue sea, together with the two main cities and their ancient centers, a maze of narrow alleys and stairs.
As you probably know, the most important natural scenery is the famous Grotta Azzurra (Italian for Blue Grotto), a 54 m lenght sea cave, placed on the north-west side of the island; you can go in only by boat, through the only small entrance at the waterline, which is one of the two sources of light. As soon as you go in, you'll notice immediately the intense blue glow of the water, that makes it appear more light-filled than the air, and, if you put your hand in the water, you will see it glow in a strange way in this light. The reason for this phenomenon is that the light comes in mostly from an underwater opening, that you'll not be able to see, unless you go in; it's 15 metres wide and this makes it the main source of light, that passing through the water assumes an extraordinary blue colour.