Naples is a lively and vibrant city, full of wonderful historical and artistic treasures and narrow, winding streets with small shops. Pizza originated in Naples and, as you might expect, is taken very seriously – but if you can tear yourself away from the pizzerias, you’ll be rewarded with a treasure trove of history and culture. The Cappella Sansavaro is home to incredible artwork and marble sculptures, and the Museo Archeologico Nazionale houses one of the finest collections of Greek and Roman artefacts anywhere.
Even that’s nothing, though, compared to the archaeological wonder that is the ruins of Pompeii, a short drive from Naples. Destroyed and preserved in 79AD by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius, the ruins are at once an unrivalled record of Roman life and a humbling reminder of the indifferent power of the natural world.
The Amalfi Coast is a photographer's dream, home to picturesque Italian landscapes, secret caverns and some of the country’s most idyllic towns.
Sorrento and Positano
Sorrento is dotted with basilicas, monasteries and even Roman ruins, and lemon groves perch on terraced cliffs above sapphire waters. Collegiata di Santa Maria Assunta, an ancient church with a majestic dome, is the centrepiece of Positano, surrounded by stunning natural surroundings and lovely beaches.
Amalfi and Ravello
The town of Amalfi has a rich and fascinating history; visit the thirteenth century cathedral and the Arabic-style Cloister of Paradise, which houses ancient mosaics and paintings, before relaxing on its wonderful coastline. Set in the hills above Amalfi, the peaceful town of Ravello offers simply stunning Mediterranean views, and its picturesque gardens and Moorish-style estates made it a favourite among the likes of D.H. Lawrence, Winston Churchill and Robert Wagner.
Known for its natural beauty, Capri is a perfect Mediterranean hideaway, decorated with simply stunning landscapes. Adventurous visitors should explore the Grotta Azzurra, a fascinating sea cave where sunlight creeps through from beneath the water to create a striking electric blue reflection illuminating the entire cavern.