There's a lot to experience in Campania, more than you can possibly imagine. You have to go to the Amalfi coast of course, but consult our travel articles below for more trip suggestions.
The National Park of Cilento and Vallo di Diano is located south of the Amafli Coast and is more than worth a visit, or rather an exploration.
The word Cilento derives from the names of the rivers Sele and Alentum, but the area today is squeezed between the River Sele and the mountainous coastal fortifications running from Agropoli to Sapri and into the Diano interior.
The erosion of the chalk landscape over the centuries has left the territory rich in caves, cliffs and gorges.
They maybe gorgeous these days, but were clearly a harsh place to live when transport was by donkey or foot.
Lorenzo Giustiniani in the late 1700's wrote of the town of Castinatelli:
"one of those wretched pitiable little lots that are seen scattered throughout Cilento inhabited by woebegone, grief stricken and dismal souls attached only to the intense labor of the land".
We hope he got out there alive!
The Amalfi Coast lemon is scientifically known as Sfusato Amalfitano and the body responsible for its preservation is the Consortium for the Promotion of the Amalfi Coast Lemon or 'Consorzio di Tutela del Limone Costa d'Amalfi I.G.P.'
When buying the lemons, lemon liqueur or lemon by-products look out for the I.G.P. logo which is the official acknowledgement that the lemons used were grown in the territory and according to the traditional rules of production.
Although known in Roman times and actively introduced from the Middle East during the Crusades, the lemon industry along the Amalfi coast only really got going during the golden age of discovery following the discovery of the Americas.
The fruit was grown to provide vitamin C on long sea voyages to prevent scurvy. Nevertheless, the Arabic words stuck and limuczello and jardeno entered the language.
Minori was the key port and the local lemons were traded across Italy and beyond.
A week in the southern extremity of the Amalfi coast before Salerno should mean a hunt for the local lemons and pottery. First the pottery.
Head along the coast to Vietri sul Mare. It was here that the commercially minded Amalfitanis set up business dealing in terracotta and ceramics brought from Spain, Cyprus, Sicily etc in the 9th century.
Arab influence caught the imagination in tile designs of the 13th century, while the 17th century saw a boom in high quality items for religious use.
A walk from the Marina di Vietri to Molina, Dragonara, Albori and Raito is an open museum documenting a thousand years of ceramic industry.
Also try the actual Ceramics Museum at Villa Guariglia, Raito di Vietri sul Mare (SA). It is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9am - 3pm.
Agropoli is a coastal agricultural center some 53km from Salerno in the zone of Cilento.
Its name derives from the Greek for 'high city', although it seems to have been founded by the Byzantines. In 882 AD it was occupied by the Saracens.
Like Sorrento and much of the Amalfi coast. the main town overlooks the sea and is perched on high cliffs. A great place to keep a look out, as the Byzantine castle suggests, although it didn't stop the Saracens' eventual conquest.
Entrance to old Agropoli is via a medieval gate which no doubt saw the invaders pour through. Once inside turn right and follow the street up towards the castle and the panoramic views of the sea.
Although a private house now occupies the living area the grounds and walls can be visited.
Italians are serious about their coffee, in a quality over quantity approach that still adheres to traditional rules and which is why you won’t find international coffee chains anywhere in the country, at least for the moent ... To begin with, if you don’t surprise the average Italian by ordering a cappuccino after 11am, then you would at the very least be letting on that you are a tourist, as anything with that much milk is seen as a meal in itself and is considered to be the classic Italian breakfast, along with the occasional indulgence of a croissant (Italy’s equivalent to cornflakes).
Milk is thought to interfere with digestion, so if you’re looking for a pick me-up after a meal, go for a simple caffé (expresso) or if you can’t drink your coffee black, try a caffé macchiato (expresso with a dash of milk), although this still bores the potential to be frowned upon.
So you? How can you cook fish? Here's my magic fish recipe. The recipe makes 6 portions and prep time is 10 mins with cook time twenty minutes.
1 1/2 pounds firm white fish fillets, such halibut, striped bass or orange roughy, 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, 1/2 cup finely chopped onion, 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained, 1/2 cup pitted Kalamata, green or black olives, cut in two lengthwise, 2 tbsps white wine, 1 teaspoon Basil Leaves, 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder, 1/4 teaspoon Thyme Leaves
Many readers might be confused between a Pizza Napoli, a Pizza Marinara and a Risotto alla Pescatora.
Basically, a pizza Napoli is tomatoes and very salty alici or anchovies.
A pizza marinara is the same but with the addition of garlic (at least that's how they make it near where we live).
A risotto alla pescatora can contain anything from mussels to shrimps, lobster and crab legs.
Furore is located in a splendid oasis of peace along the Amalfi coast overlooking the Bay of “Capo di Conca”.
The centre of Amalfi is 7 kilometres away, Positano 40 minutes and wonderful Ravello just 35 minutes.
Furore itself has the honour of being located by the only fjord in Italy from where the only annual coastal high diving championships are held (view the video).
Interestingly, it is not really a place, but a series of small hamlets dotted above a natural fjord which protects the ancient fishing village at it's mouth.
The luxuriant vegetation and setting lends the whole spot to a wonderfully mysterious atmosphere.