Campania starts north of Naples, goes inland to mountains and ends south at Calabria.
Love beauty, nature and simple, healthy dishes? Naples, Capri and other islands in the Bay of Naples, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast are for you! Love history? Travel back in time in Pompeii. Tourist hub Sorrento makes a good base to visit all these places.
Capri is renowned for rugged beauty, elegant villas, lush gardens, designer shops and five star hotels. Enjoy a boat trip around Capri and swim in the grottos after tourists leave.
Take the bus or hire a driver for the narrow, zigzagging, stunningly beautiful Amalfi Coast road, so you can look at the views and arrive calm.
Chic, gorgeous Positano awes you with terraces of multi-coloured houses falling to the sea. Browse in flamboyant clothing shops. Laze on the wide, sandy beach.
In white, down to earth Amalfi, stroll the picturesque port, enjoy scads of shops. The magnificent, 10th century cathedral with a Moorish style façade dominates the piazza. Its Baroque interior drips in gold.
Lovely Ravello sits on a plateau with breath taking coast views. On quiet, narrow streets, admire Moorish style churches and homes with colourful gardens. Relax in the pretty piazza with church from 1086.
Some local dishes: potato croquettes with ham, mozzarella and basil, pasta with tomatoes, eggplant, capers, olives, mozzarella and cream, white fish with mint, white wine and tomatoes, pizza, lemon puffs.
Top quality wines from the hinterland: Greco di Tufo, Fiano d’Avellino, Falanghina Beneventano.
Sorrento’s Holy Week Easter processions are famous in Italy. Processions happen on Thursday before Good Friday at midnight and on Good Friday.
Ravello Festival. June to mid September. Classical and jazz concerts, some held in Villa Rufolo gardens overlooking the coast. Ballet, films, chamber music in various locations.
Numerous “sagre”, local food festivals celebrating fish, lemons etc happen in many small towns.
Christmas is especially festive in Naples. People flock to see the many beautiful nativity scenes.
Weather in Naples
The best times to go: April, May, June, September and October when it’s warm.
Winter December 5-13 C/ 41-55, January 4-12 C/ 39-54 F, February 5-12 C/ 41-54 F
Spring March 6-15 C/ 43-59 F, April 9-18 C/ 48-64 F, May 13-22 C/ 55-72 F
Summer June 16-26 C/ 61-79 F, July 18-29 C/ 64-84 F, August 19-30 C/ 66-86 F
Fall September 16-27 C/ 61-81 F, October 12-21 C. 54-70 F, November 8-16 C/ 46-61 F
July and August are usually very hot around 30 C/ 86 F. Beaches get terribly crowded and locals leave for holidays.
From November to February is quiet, a good time to avoid crowds. Generally there’s lots of sun but occasional fog, heavy rain and icy winds. Bring a warm coat.
Getting There and Away
The airport is in Naples. Train lines pass through Naples, through an interior valley and come out at Salerno, the southern gateway to the Amalfi Coast. No train on the Amalfi Coast.
Public transport along the Amalfi Coast:
Buses run frequently all year along from Salerno’s train station, to Amalfi Coast, to Sorrento.
In high summer season, last time I went, we were jammed in buses like sardines in cans. Get to the bus stop early or take the boat. From April to October, public boats dock at Salerno, Amalfi, Positano, Naples. To get to Capri, boats run from Naples, Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi.
Mama Margaret’s Cooking Tours in Sorrento / Amalfi Coast
If you’d like to experience a special Italian cooking school holiday at a lovely, four star villa hotel in its own park with views over the Bay of Naples to Vesuvius, this tour is for you. Perfect for celebrating special occasions like your daughter’s graduation, milestone birthdays or anniversaries!
In their kitchen specially designed for cooking school classes, you cook with a fun loving, passionate local cook at your own station with your own set of equipment.
You enjoy a good mix of excursions with a friendly local family who makes olive oil and mozzarella cheese, and the Amalfi Coast plus wine tastings at some dinners with a sommelier.
Speaking about the service at the hotel, a recently returned client said the hotel staff was one of the best he’d ever had the pleasure of meeting in all his travels.
The six day Italian cooking tour immerses you in a series of fun adventures and you have time to unwind and forget your world at home.
The four day cooking tour gives you a tantalizing taste and all too short but wonderful memories so you want to return soon.
Phone or email us today for more information or to reserve a cooking tour on the Amalfi Coast.