Campania is a region with a priceless historical and cultural heritage and natural landscape: just think about Vesuvius, the Park of Cilento, or the islands of Capri and Ischia. There is no such thing as the best season to visit Campania, because there are many reasons why you should visit it.
Why you should visit Campania in Winter
During this period, surely very cold in other parts of Italy, the weather is very pleasant: it doesn't have low temperatures, so you can still have trips without the heavy warmth of summer season. You should also consider the number of tourists: Naples and Pompeii are visited during the whole year, but in winter there is a smaller flux. Think also about visiting the Royal Palace of Caserta, one of the biggest royal residencies in the world: a visit at the park, among trees and plants will make you feel like royals.
You can't ignore the appeal of the sea in winter, which gives the small towns of the Amalfi coast a dramatic atmosphere. Naples, in winter, is the perfect destination to celebrate Christmas, as there is the famous Via San Gregorio Armeno, the most important street for cribs. There are many winter wonders in Campania, which acquire a beautiful atmosphere with cold weather, such as Santuario di Montevergine and also Pompeii. Visiting the old Roman city that was cancelled by Vesuvius in 79 a.D., at sunset, will make you live like 2000 years ago.
Walking along Spaccanapoli: San Gregorio Armeno
A journey to Naples is a joy for your eyes and your senses, among monuments, churches, museums and one of the most beautiful seafronts in the world, facing Vesuvius and Ischia. If you want to move around the city, especially in winter, you should use the metro, considered as one of the most beautiful in the world: among the best stations, there is Università and Toledo.
The soul of Naples is in Spaccanapoli, one of the old streets of the ancient Neapolis, splitting the city into two parts: from Quartieri Spagnoli to Forcella, you can admire the wonders of the historical center.
In this neighborhood you'll find Via San Gregorio Armeno, which is known for artisan cribs. Here you can buy little pieces for your crib, as the artisan have been doing this activity for centuries.
Everyone knows about Monastero di Santa Chiara, decorated with blue, yellow and green majolicas.
Cappella San Severo is a must-see in Naples. During winter months, you can visit it with calm, as it is less crowded and you can better admire Cristo Velato, a sculpture which presents a veil in marble that seems real.
A legend tells that the sculpture was not made by Giuseppe San Martino (its real author), but it was made by Raimondo di Sangro, who had a passion for alchimy and found a way to turn everything into stone. You're going to love the other statues.
There is also Ospedale delle bambole, a mix of fantasy and horror, where old dolls are kept. >
The Archeological Museum
What is better than a winter day to spend at the museum? Among the most important ones we find the Archeological Museum, which was commissioned by King Ferdinand IV. Inside the museum there are many important pieces, such as the collection of Borgia, Egyptian works, and some mosaics from Pompeii.
You also have to admire the papyri, the bronze satues and Le Danzatrici, belonging to the Roman Villa Dei Papiri. Among the richest collection in the museum we find the Farnese Collecion, which includes the complex Toro Farnese, and Hercules from the Baths of Caracalla. Furthermore, there are also statues of Roman Emperors and some artworks from Renaissance.
The most mysterious Naples
Among the wonders of Campania, there is one of the most mystical places in the region: Cimitero delle Fontanelle. Winter brings darkness: there's no better moment to discover a beautiful and horror place. In those big grooves, there are thousands of skulls and bones, which belonged to poor people who died because of the epidemics in Naples in 1600. At the end of XIX, Neapolitans, afraid that those bones belonged to some of their ancestors, started taking care of those skulls, called capuzzelle.
Many skulls are in boxes, because they brought big fortunes to people: among the most famous ones: Teschio del Capitano, teschio di Donna Concetta, and the one of the Monacone.
Furthermore, in Spaccanapoli you'll find Ospedale delle Bambole, a mix between fantasy and horror, where thousands of dolls are kept as in a hospital.