Island of Capri The Island of Capri is a truly beautiful island popular with people since at least the times of the Roman Republic. Indeed, Capri is littered with many ruined Imperial Roman villas and they themselves even form popular tourist destinations. Situated just off the Sorrentine peninsula its bright blue water, exceptionally clear is a great attraction for day visitors across from Sorrento and one really feels like they are touching paradise. There are regular ferries into from Sorrento, Naples, Positano or Amalfi. Popular features of Capri include the Marina Piccola (small marina), the Blue Grotto, the town of Anacapri and of course the ruins of the Roman Villas to name but a few. This is a fabulously beautiful location and well worth a day-trip excursion from the Hotel Nice.Naples The third largest city in Italy, Naples has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site due to it's ancient age from 9th century B.C. Over the course of its long history, Naples has been the capital of numerous powers, principalities, and kingdoms, and one Empire, and thus has consistently been a major cultural centre with a global sphere of influence, particularly during the Renaissance and Enlightenment eras. It's artistic and architectural treasures are huge and it is no wonder it has been recognised as a place of significant heritage and beauty by UNESCO.
Mount Vesuvius Mount Vesuvius is perhaps one of the most famous volcanoes in the world, but certainly in Europe and Italy. It was made famous through the stories of the Grand Tour and how it was responsible for destroying the nearby ancient city of Pompei in the years AD 79. Situated only around 5-6 miles from Naples, it is the only active volcano to have erruped in the past century in central Europe. The area surrounding Mount Vesuvius has been officially made a national park in June 1995 and the summit of Vesuvius is open to the public. This is certainly a very interesting excursion destination.
Royal Palace of Caserta The Royal Palace of Caserta is a former royal residence constructed from 1752 for the Bourbon kings of Naples. Designed by Luigi Vanvitelli, it was known as the Versailles of Italy due to it's grand nature and resemblance to the French royal palace. It was commissioned by King Charles III who unfortunately died before its completion and which eventually included a huge complex of parks, gardens and fountains, a natural woodland, a hunting lodge, vineyards and orchards, and even a silk factory.Pompei Situated only 5 miles away from Mount Vesuvius, Pompei has been a famous and intriguing tourist destination for around 250 years - ever since the Grand Tour made it's existence more widely known. Pompei is famous as the place that was almost totally destroyed by ash and rock that spued out of Mount Vesuvius when she errupted in the year AD 79. The result is a frozen snapshot of life at the time that is not only extrememly interesting and insightful, but also gruesome with the petrified human bodies visible encased in the ash and carbon. Excavation is still ongoing as more and more artifacts and structures are uncovered and it's a fascinating place to visit with tourism being the driving force behind its economy now.
Positano The quaint town of Positano is as romantic as it is enchanting with its multi-coloured housing that are nestled against the rocks of the cliffs that support them. Featured in many films, it has also even been the muse of famous songs and unsurprisingly tourism is now the major industry of Positano. Visitors are lost in a maze of beautiful and narrow network of streets offering shops, cafes and restaurants that are particularly well renowned for their sea food. The church of Santa Maria Assunta is also a popular attraction with it's conspicuous tiled dome and inside there is a 13th century icon of a black Madonna stolen from Byzantium and with legendary miraculous powers.