Things to do in Naples
Dive among geothermal currents
As well as delighting with its patchwork of pastel coloured buildings, the tiny island of Procida is the location for some of the region's best diving. Geothermal currents attract a wide array of sea life to the clear waters, Napoli Diving Center (tel: +39 334 564 1480; www.napolidivingcenter.it) offer lessons, equipment and boats to the island.
Explore the Blue Grotto sea cave by boat
Ferries and high-speed hydrofoils leave daily from Naples to the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida, and bobbing boats are available for hire for island tours and trips to the famous Blue Grotto sea cave. Capri's natural wonder is a region highlight, and trips with Motoscafisti di Capri (tel: +39 81 837 5646; www.motoscafisticapri.com) are plain sailing.
Hike along the mountain paths of the Amalfi Coast
From walking around the vast archaeological ruins of Pompeii, Herculaneum and the Parco Archeologico di Baia, to scaling the slopes of Vesuvius, Naples boasts spectacular and varied hikes. Tread the sheer mountain paths of the Amalfi Coast for wonderful views over precipitous sea cliffs and across acres of lemon groves.
Hit the beaches near Vesuvius
Relax and swap the hectic city for a few carefree days at the beach. Running alongside Via Partenope is the city's own 2.5km (1.5 miles) shoreline stretch, with fantastic views of Vesuvius. The best out-of-town beaches lie west of Sorrento and further south at Santa Maria di Castellabate.
Relax in the local thermal baths
One of the real treats of the region's volcanic geology is the numerous thermal springs and spas for which Campania has long been famous. Unwind at Terme Stufe di Nerone (tel: +39 81 868 8006; www.termestufedinerone.it), modelled on ancient Roman baths. For more luxury, take the easy day trip to Ischia, which has 56 natural springs.