THE TERRITORY

The Phlegraean Fields and surroundings

As soon as you disembark at our landing place, you can immediately breathe an air full of culture. The Phlegraean Fields offer several historical, nature and mythical itineraries: from the Flavio amphitheatre to the Serapide Temple from the extraordinary Roman ruins of Rione Terra to the “moon” crater of the Solfatara, one of the few open-sky active volcanoes that can be visited.

10 km further on is the Aragonese Castle of Baia, seat of the archaeological Phlegraean Museum with its beautiful view over the Gulf of Pozzuoli, while the submerged archaeological park at the foot of the Castle – 5/6 metres below sea level – is a unique occasion for an underwater trip: Bacoli instead offers the outstanding itineraries of the Cento Camarelle and the Piscina Mirabilis (A Roman Cistern); a ‘must’ is a visit to theSibilla’s Grotto at Cuma, an essential stop for foreign and Italian tourists. the seafront (via Caracciolo) starts here. Just a short way from here you get to the Villa Comunale and Mergellina, with its touristic harbour,where the fishermen sell: fish and shellfish. On the southern side of the coast, there is the famous hill of Posillipo, Marechiaro, and the little island of Nisida that separates the Gulfs of Naples and Pozzuoli with its bay. Finally the museums: the National Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Capodimonte, that offer the sight of their beautiful art collections.


The islands

Capri, ”the blue island”, is one of the most desired destinations of international tourism; it is considered the natural continuation of the Sorrento coast. The island is a combination of art, nature, culture and ‘jet set life’ and there are few places in the world that can rival the beauty of its sea and landscape colours.

Procida, Ischia and the little island of Vivara constitute an archipelago considered the continuation of the Phlegraean Fields. On Procida, probably because it is quite small you can feel that it is an island - a life surrounded by a transparent, ‘uncrowded’ sea that is tied to seafaring tradition.

Ischia, also called “the green island”, is the ideal destination for those who prefer a more lively holiday: for example the seafront of Ischia Port is just the place for the fashionable world. However there are also many quiet and peaceful places to explore inland and in the coves along the coast.


The city of Naples

Situated less than 200 metres from the junction of the ‘tangenziale’ (by pass) of Naples, Sudcantieri is near the city and can easily be reached via the Cumana train and the Metro.

In the city there is a lot to see: the historical centre of Naples with its ancient churches that are witnesses of the history of the city: from Santa Chiara to San Domenico Maggiore, from San Paolo to San Lorenzo Maggiore, from San Gaetano to the Duomo (Cathedral) with the striking Chapel of San Gennaro. Furthermore a visit to the famous “underground Naples” must not be missed to go back in time and walk along the tracks of the old streets. Near the sea, the tourist can see the Maschio Angioino Castle also known as Castel Nuovo, that majestically stands out with its five cylindrical towers. Nearby in the Santa Lucia neighbourhood, there is the symbolic monument of Naples, the ‘Castello dell’ovo’, located on the little island of Megaride - the first settlement of the ancient Greeks - the seafront (via Caracciolo) starts here. Just a short way from here you get to the Villa Comunale and Mergellina, with its touristic harbour, where the fishermen sell: fish and shellfish. On the southern side of the coast, there is the famous hill of Posillipo, Marechiaro, and the little island of Nisida that separates the Gulfs of Naples and Pozzuoli with its bay. Finally the museums: the National Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Capodimonte, that offer the sight of their beautiful art collections.


The Coast

Promontories, fjords, coves, grottos, breath-taking views: this is the coast, outstanding for its extraordinary beauty. All along the coast there are hidden marvels: from Salerno to the Sorrento peninsular, from the Bay of Ieranto, famous for its protected marine reserve, right up to Amalfi. Sorrento, Seiano, Positano, Praiano, Amalfi, Maiori and many other small coastal communities are part of a territory that brings together harmoniously so many unique characteristics: a symbiosis of picturesqueness, art, history, culture and civilization.

Every square metre in this area has its own speciality: Sorrento with its tomatoes and characteristic lemons, Amalfi’s ‘sfusato’ wine, Nerano’s spaghetti with courgettes and its local handicrafts, and last but not least the ceramics of Vietri. This and lots more are part of the world’s heritage.

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