Campania is a land of a thousand stories, where diverse groups have come and gone since the mists of time, leaving behind them artefacts, architecture and traditions. This is most evident in the intriguing villages you’ll encounter when exploring the area.

    From the citadels of Sannio (Samnium) to the little bays tucked in the Costiera Amalfitana (Amalfi Coast), there are countless spots where time stands still and the shifting scenes of alleys, houses and pretty stairways convey a truly unique past. Want to discover the region's nooks and crannies? We've chosen 10 must-see villages in Campania.


    Sant’Agata de’ Goti

    See the ‘Pearl of Samnium’ perched on a tuff spur

    Sannio (Samnium), which also includes the present-day province of Benevento, is known for the noble beauty of its untouched natural landscapes and the historic and artistic wonders of the villages scattered throughout it. The best known of these is without a doubt Sant'Agata de’ Goti, aka the Perla del Sannio (Pearl of Samnium).

    With its panoramic location on a tuff ledge, hemmed in by two rivers, this small, fortified medieval town impresses with its historic centre of little windows overlooking a maze of alleyways. The varied local history, which has seen Samnites, Romans and Goths (as in the town's name) pass through, is reflected in the rich local food and wine tradition.

    Lokasi: 82019 Sant'Agata de' Goti, Italy


    Conca dei Marini

    Explore the fishing village home to the extraordinary Grotta dello Smeraldo

    Conca dei Marini (‘Seafarers Basin’) takes its name from the peculiar shape of the land that cradles it: a little bay hemmed in by rocks and waves, where the houses rest in the cliff’s embrace. You can explore every nook and cranny of this village by walking the undulating staircases, including six churches serving just a few hundred inhabitants.

    The main attraction, however, is the Grotta dello Smeraldo (Emerald Grotto), a cavern with glistening waters that resembles a natural sanctuary, with stalactites for pillars. In this enchanting place, ancient legends about janare (local witches) seem anything but fictional.

    Lokasi: 84010 Conca dei Marini, Italy



    Enjoy scenic views from a balcony in the heart of Irpinia

    Nusco lies between the valleys of the rivers Calore and Ofanto, in the province of Avellino. Also known as the balcone dell'Irpinia (balcony of Irpinia) due to the breathtaking view from its numerous terraces, Nusco's history is closely intertwined with that of Saint Amatus, the town’s patron and pious bishop who played a crucial role in developing the residential heart of Nusco.

    We have him to thank for the main buildings you encounter along the streets, including the imposing Cattedrale di Santo Stefano (Cathedral of Saint Stephen) and the Seminario (Seminary). It's also worth visiting the medieval Castello (Castle), where inhabitants would keep watch over the Apennine passes. Nowadays it's a great spot for panoramic photos.

    Lokasi: 83051 Nusco, Italy



    Be entranced by an enchanting citadel on the Costiera Amalfitana

    Atrani is the smallest comune in Italy in terms of surface area, but when it comes to beauty there's no comparison. From afar, it looks like a tiny citadel in the blue Campania sea, joined to the mainland by the Dragone river valley. The centre is clustered around the Chiesa di San Salvatore (Church of San Salvatore) and the main square.

    From there you'll find a chain of alleys, narrow houses stacked against each other and levels connected by scalinatelle, stairways typical of the region. The homes standing just a few metres from the waves give you an idea about its history as a fishing village. In the evenings, when the lights come on, you'll feel as though every stroll transports you back in time.

    Lokasi: 84010 Atrani, Italy



    Experience a magical place in the Parco Nazionale del Cilento

    Taggiano is a tiny town in Salerno that is truly striking. Less known than other spots in the Cilento region (being further from the classic beaches and cliffs), Taggiano quietly welcomes you before catapulting you into a timeless setting.

    The historic centre consists of rows of stone houses and delightful hidden gardens, where you can lose yourself in one surprise after another. The wonders never end here, with countless churches, little local museums and the majestic Norman fortress offering a view of the Vallo di Diano.

    Lokasi: 84039 Teggiano, Italy



    Stop by the historic town on the hill overlooked by a Lombard castle

    Montesarchio, once home to the important Samnite city of Caudium, boasts an unusual Campanian landscape. Greenery blends with stone on the slopes of a hill overlooking the Benevento countryside. To discover its age-old history, visit the Museo Archeologico Nazionale del Sannio Caudino (National Archaeological Museum of Sannio Caudino).

    Numerous archaeological remains, like the thermal baths and the Roman aqueduct, still show clear signs of the past. Over the centuries, other layers have been added. The most striking is the medieval structure with its imposing tower and Lombard fortalice.

    Lokasi: 82016 Montesarchio, Italy



    Visit the Norman town known for its accessibility

    Monteverde stands proudly above the rich surrounding woodland and forests below. This is no surprise, given its name means ‘green mountain’. The long history of this built up, residential town in Irpinia, in the Campania Apennines, is immediately evident from the castle and as you walk through the Norman-style historic centre.

    There's also a strong museum scene, with the town being home to MiGra: a unique multimedia museum that's all about women's role in rural life. The several-kilometre long, tactile walkway for the visually impaired and those with hearing and motor difficulties has also earned Monterverde the title of the most accessible town in Italy.

    Lokasi: 83049 Monteverde, Italy


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    Spend time in the village known for its broad steps and caciocavallo cheese

    Zungoli, with its almost rugged beauty, is a typical Irpinia town on the top of a hill near Avellino. The centre is a little treasure trove of tradition, distinguished by steep cobbled streets, forming distinctive, broad steps, all the way up the hill to the Norman citadel.

    The whole town is picturesque, but what makes it truly unique are the tuff caves that lie under the winding architecture of the old part of the town. Dug out by man and dating back to the Byzantine era, these caves are now used to produce the local Caciocavallo Podolico cheese which, along with the DOP olive oil, is a local must-try speciality.

    Lokasi: 83030 Zungoli, Italy


    Savignano Irpino

    Jump into a melting pot of ancient cultures

    Savignano Irpino is another splendid gem worth visiting in the Province of Avellino. Perched on a saddle-shaped area of land, the village spreads like a wave of houses washing over the hillside.

    Like many other places in Campania, it has ancient origins and has been inhabited by countless peoples and cultures, including the Opici, Samnites, Ostrogoths, Byzantines and Lombards. This melting pot of cultures has left in its wake the partly restored Longbard Castello dei Guevara (Guevara Castle) and the Chiesa di San Nicola (San Nicola Church).

    Lokasi: 83030 Savignano Irpino, Italy



    Stroll past houses and narrow alleys between the sea and the mountains

    Àlbori, a few kilometres from Vietri sul Mare, is a lesser-known village that has preserved the authentic charm of times gone by. Time seems to stand still in this cluster of fishermen's houses tucked inside a little bay.

    Boats rock peacefully on the waves, all is quiet between the narrow buildings, and after descending a fairy-tale staircase you'll be greeted by a sunset that lights up the beach with romantic colours.

    Lokasi: 84019 Albori, Italy


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