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Campania in Southern Italy

Campania is a region in Southern Italy and is associated with the word Campagna which means ‘country’ or countryside. With a population of around 5.8 million people, Campania is the second most densely populated region in Italy.  It has the Tyrrhenian Sea to its west and the capital city of Campania is Naples. Campania has one of the most beautiful coastlines in Italy and has gorgeous islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida which are worth a visit. Some of the other cities worth mentioning of this region are Caserta, Benevento, Salerno and Avellino. It contains one of the volcanoes which is still active, the Vesuvius.The geographical features of Campania are simply beautiful with Amalfi coast, sandy bays, islands and world adored cliffs.

Known as the birthplace of spaghetti, pizza and mozzarella cheese, Campania produces over 50% of nuts in Italy. Another major produce in Campania are tomatoes and olives. Lemons and oranges adorn its agricultural land and it was known as “felix ager” or happy land in the ancient times. Some well known wines produced in Camapnia are Fiano, Aglianico, Taburno,Greco di Tufo, Pere ‘e palomma,Taurasi, Ischitano, Solopaca, and Lacryma Christi. No matter from which country you belong to, the home made wines in Campania is worth every sip.

The National Museum of Naples has one of the most important archeological collections in the world. These include jewelry collections, mosaics and paintings from Pompeii. The Museum of Capodimonde houses precious works by Michelangelo, Titian and Raphael. There are beautiful Baroque churches, one Royal palace and two huge fortresses which are a must see for tourists. Shopping in the streets of Sorrento and visiting small restaurants is a very pleasant experience for tourists who receive a lot of warmth and concern from the locals.

Campania is well acclaimed for its football teams, volleyball and water polo in Italy. Recently basketball and tennis have been added to the list. The sails clubs in Naples are also very famous and have been there since ancient times. They are very well known for their regattas in the area.

Campania is known for its ceramics, hand-made linens and antiques. The Flea market is set near a 16th century cathedral is a good place to buy these souvenirs. There are number of festivals to take part in during a visit in Campania. They are a lot of fun and some of them are: International Hot Air Balloon Pageant, Carnival Parade and Cheese Festival, Costumed Races and Sports Meets, Blood Miracle Festival of San Gennaro and the Historical Carnival Parade.

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