Neapolitan Riviera is located in the western coast of Italy and it’s a region with the most beautiful scenery to be seen. There are dramatic mountains, white washed towns and a rugged coastline. The ‘Neapolitan Riviera’ refers to the stretch of holiday coast from Naples to Paestum and includes the islands of Ischia, Capri and Procida.
If you wanted better views of the area, follow the 30 mile drive by a narrow and twisting road between Amalfi and Sorrento which is possible the world’s most beautiful sightseeing routes with picturesque villages clinging to the steep cliffs and breathtaking views out to sea.
Things to do
A short drive from Naples leads to one of the most incredible archaeological sites in the world. Pompeii is a preserved Roman city that was wiped off the map when Mount Vesuvius exploded, burying the city in lava and ash. Now partially restored, Pompeii offers a fascinating insight to the life of the Romans and is just one of hundreds of ancient sites found on the Neapolitan Riviera.
The beaches range from tiny coves to golden expanses of sand. Where ever you are, you’ll agree it is one of the best stretches of coast in Italy.
Sorrento is a great place to shop for local goods including perfume and traditional artworks. The Neapolitan Riviera is full of heart stopping views and swanky boutiques. The principle Shopping drag, the Corso Italia is full of all the designer names you can dream of!
In Sorrento, the old quarter overflows with little artisan shops selling inlaid wood and bottles of limoncello. Handmade jewellery is easy to come by, too, as is leather – expect to see rack after rack of handmade leather shoes and tables stacked with purses, wallets, belts and bags.
On the other side of the Neapolitan Riviera Shopping experience are the open air markets and the Porta Nolana fish market.
Evenings tend to be relaxed, revolving around the more sedate things in life. The Neapolitan Riviera is a candle lit meal down a cosy little side street, an espresso in a pavement café and a classical concert beneath the stars.
In Sorrento, young Italians draw up into Piazza Tasso on their Vespas, ready to hit the clutch of underground discos that are around the town. For real bright lights and boogie nights Naples is the place to be. The out of town Pozzuoli district is where you’ll find a clutch of open air clubs and discos which are a real hit in the summer.
Food-wise, this place has got a lot to sing about. The Margherita pizza was born in Naples. Likewise, the Napolitana spaghetti sauce. And the Caprese salad – tomatoes, mozzarella and basil – hails from Capri. With restaurants and trattorias on every corner, one thing’s for sure, you won’t go hungry.
Restaurants are ten a penny on the Neapolitan Riviera so the best place to go is around the backstreets and discover trattorias packed with people enjoying dishes of spaghetti. There are waterfront restaurants in Capri that tempt you with freshly plucked swordfish and big juicy prawns.
But if you’re looking for something really traditional, the pizza was invented in Naples and is made in a wood burning oven. It would be rude not to try one!