Cadogan Guide: Bay of Naples and Southern Italy

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Now fully redesigned, this new edition contains the most up-to-the-minute practical information and listings, along with color photographs and maps. Cadogan explores the home of pizza, seeking out the pleasures of chic Positano and the Amalfi Coast, where Mount Vesuvius towers over the fantasy garden frescoes of Pompeii; the ravishing landscape of Capri; and vibrant Naples, with its world-famous restaurants and nightlife. Aside from the bright lights of the islands and the coast, the guide covers the inland ...
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Overview



Now fully redesigned, this new edition contains the most up-to-the-minute practical information and listings, along with color photographs and maps. Cadogan explores the home of pizza, seeking out the pleasures of chic Positano and the Amalfi Coast, where Mount Vesuvius towers over the fantasy garden frescoes of Pompeii; the ravishing landscape of Capri; and vibrant Naples, with its world-famous restaurants and nightlife. Aside from the bright lights of the islands and the coast, the guide covers the inland regions of Southern Italy the casual tourist rarely sees: the mountain plateaux of rugged Calabria, Puglia, with its flavors of Greece and Africa, and remote Basilicata, the province of Matera, made a World Heritage Site for its astonishing neighborhoods of cave homes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860113499
  • Publisher: Cadogan Guides
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Series: Country & Regional Guides - Cadogan
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author



Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls are passionate about Europe and have written over 30 books for Cadogan, including 20 in the Italy series. They lived in Italy for a number of years and now live in France.


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‘For most of us today, the biggest attraction of all in the Mezzogiorno, (Italy's 'Noonday') is obvious enough. Even in Roman times, the land around the Bay of Naples was Campania Felix – fortunate Campania, the richest and most beautiful province of Italy, its seaside villas the chosen abodes of the Roman élite. History (not to mention the earthquakes and volcanoes) has given it plenty of hard knocks in all the centuries since, but the hints and fragments of paradise are still present.’

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Table of Contents


Introducing: The Bay of Naples     1
Where to Go     6
Itineraries     15
History, Art and Architecture     19
History     20
Art and Architecture     30
Topics     35
On Pleasure's Shore: Rome's California     36
The Lady and the Dragon     37
The Civitas Hippocratica     38
The Camorra: Oil for the Madonna     40
The New Science     42
Goethe Takes a Holiday     43
Music and Opera     44
Food and Drink     47
The Cuisine of Southern Italy     48
Regional Specialities     48
Pizza Paradise     49
Pasta Perfect     50
Ice Cream Insights     51
Drinks     51
Wine and Spirits     51
Coffee Culture     53
Restaurant Basics     53
Menu Reader     55
Planning Your Trip     59
When to Go     60
Climate     60
Festivals     60
Tourist Information     60
Entry Formalities     62
Disabled Travellers     62
Insuranceand EHIC Cards     63
Maps and Publications     63
Money     63
Getting There     64
By Air     65
By Rail     65
By Coach     65
By Car     66
Getting Around     66
By Sea     66
By Rail     66
By Bus     67
By Car     67
By Motorcycle or Bicycle     69
By Taxi     69
Tour Operators     69
Where to Stay     70
Hotels and Guesthouses     70
Youth Hostels     71
Camping     71
Agriturismo     72
Practical A-Z     73
Conversion Tables     75
Crime and the Police     75
Eating Out     75
Electricity     76
Health and Emergencies     76
Internet     76
National Holidays     76
Opening Hours, Museums and Churches     77
Post Offices     77
Shopping     78
Sports and Activities     78
Fishing     78
Football     78
Hiking      78
Sailing     79
Tennis     79
Watersports and Beaches     79
Telephones     79
Time     80
Tipping     80
Toilets     80
Women Travellers     80
The Guide
Naples     81
History     85
Around Piazza del Plebiscito and Via Toledo     90
Spaccanapoli and the Old Town     94
Piazza Garibaldi and Around     100
North of the Old Town     102
West of Piazza del Plebiscito     105
The Bay of Naples     115
West of Naples     117
East of Naples     124
Vesuvius and Around     124
Pompeii     128
Pompei to Sorrento     134
Sorrento     135
The Islands of the Bay of Naples     139
Capri     141
Capri Town     143
Eastern Capri: Marina Piccola to Marina Grande     145
Western Capri: Anacapri and Around     147
Ischia     150
Ischia Porto and Ischia Ponte     152
Around Ischia     153
Procida     158
Marina Grande and Corricella      160
Around Procida     161
The Amalfi Coast     163
Positano     165
Amalfi     168
Atrani to Vietri sul Mare     172
Salerno     176
Campania     179
North and East of Naples     181
Capua     181
Caserta     183
Benevento     184
East of Naples: The Irpinia Hills     187
Southern Campania     189
Paestum     190
The Cilento     192
Calabria and the Basilicata     197
Calabria     199
Northern Calabria     202
Cosenza and the Sila     206
Vibo Valentia and the 'Calabrian Riviera'     210
Southern Calabria: Reggio di Calabria and Around     214
Calabria's Ionian Coast     219
The Basilicata     225
The Southeastern Basilicata     225
Matera     228
The Northwestern Basilicata     232
Maratea and Around     234
Puglia     237
The Capitanata     240
Foggia and the Tavoliere     240
The Gargano Peninsula     243
Le Murge      252
The Coast from the Gargano to Bari     252
Inland from Canosa to Bari     255
Bari     260
Caves and Trulli South of Bari     265
The Gulf of Taranto     269
Taranto     269
Around Taranto     274
The Salentine Peninsula     277
Brindisi     278
Lecce     281
The Southern Salentine     287
Reference
Language     293
Glossary     295
Further Reading     296
Index     297
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