Campania: a green land of emotions, colours and sounds to discover and love
Campania, with its parks, reserves, oases, waterfalls, gorges in the rock, woods and wide expanses offers a naturalistic heritage of extraordinary beauty, whose immortal places will enable you to reconnect with nature, while fully enjoying its peace and tranquillity.
Campania has naturalistic sites of extraordinary landscape value.
Among the most famous worth mentioning are the Vesuvius National Park, created to preserve and protect the extraordinary biological, geological, water and Paleontological richness of the area, in which 612 plant species and 227 various animal species thrive. Another natural area, symbol of Campania, is without a doubt the Matese Regional Park, which developed around the mountain massif and the lake of the same name, and is also the scene of a great variety of habitats, in which to contemplate both the Mediterranean vegetation and the high altitude prairies.
Two of the most important and fascinating parks, in the city of Naples alone, are linked to the name of the Supreme Poet Virgil: the first, found on the promontory of the Posillipo hill, is characterised by a system of terraces overlooking the Gulf of Naples; the second, on the other hand, apparently houses, according to tradition, the poet's tomb; an obligatory cult destination for numerous generations of poets and intellectuals.
The hidden treasures
The naturalistic crown of the Region, however, also hides green jewells which, although less known, absolutely deserve to be discovered.
In Cilento, for example, the Gorges scattered and carved into the rock along the Calore river, offer breathtaking natural corners, perfect for contemplating wild nature or for sports. Another destination with a fairytale charm, nestled in Cilento, is the Waterfall of the Hair of Venus, which arises from the waters of the Rio Bussentino, a tributary of the Bussento river, giving life to a show of light, reflected in the water, multicoloured mosses and misty vapours. The Province of Salerno also hosts a WWF oasis: the Bussento Caves, located in the municipality of Morigerati, within the Cilento, Vallo di Diano and Alburni National Park. The oasis, which covers roughly 670 hectares of green land, is also crossed by a river which, sinking into the subsoil, offers one of the most important karstic phenomena in Italy. Another natural paradise overflowing with woods, waterfalls, springs and luxuriant vegetation in the heart of the Salerno area, along the Amalfi Coast, is the Valle delle Ferriere, enclosed between the municipalities of Scala, Amalfi and Agerola.
The Province of Avellino also offers a particular oasis, that of the Caccia di Senerchia, an important natural reserve of 450 hectares which is part of the Regional Park of the Picentini Mountains. With its 63,000 hectares, it is the largest regional park in Campania, as well as one of the largest water basins in Southern Italy.
In the Benevento area, a stretch of unspoiled nature is instead that of the rocky gorges called Forre del Lavello, created by the erosive action of the Titerno stream. Among caves, caverns and paths, the Forre represent an Italian “canyon”, in which every place can tell a story, a myth or a legend.