Campania’s landscape is rich of intense colors and inebriating orange and lemon aromas. The view opens onto a lush Mediterranean vegetation, on a region characterized by bays and inlets, by the sea and by the imposing and indecipherable symbol that is Vesuvius. Campania is a land rich in paradise’s glimpses and naturalistic masterpieces such as the islands of the Gulf of Naples, Capri, Ischia and Procida, or as the terraces sloping towards the sea used for the cultivation of citrus and vineyards. Discovering this region means letting yourself be dazzled by the beauty and vitality of the Naples’ alleys, a city with a history made of religious traditions and pagan superstitions, music and passion, high and popular culture. Its rich in history in places like Paestum, Herculaneum and Pompeii and the magnificence of the Caserta’s Royal Palace make Campania a land to discover and choose for dreamy days.
Travel In The Beauty: Campania’s Scenery
Campania is a region particularly suitable for vacation days, for stays to remember and for fabulous weddings. The region is rich in immense value naturalistic heritages. Places like Ischia’s thermal parks, where it is possible to regenerate yourself, or places such as the mythical square of Capri, where it is possible to feel part of a history.
Campania is a land full of charm and mystery, of ancient paths leading to the heart of the National Parks, of cities rich in history and vitality, an obligatory stop for itineraries and journeys marked by the discovery of cultures and traditions, flavors and fragrances.
But are the coasts, bays and the sea which make Campania magical and full of locations, for exclusive and unforgettable wedding receptions.
The Sorrento coast, nestled between Naples and Salerno’s Gulfs, is a much loved area, renowned for its natural and historical beauties. It takes its name from Sorrento, the city that represents the central core of the coast. The territory is crossed by the Lattari’s Mountains that descend towards the coast, towards the natural Ieranto’s Bay area and the protected Punta Campanella’s area in front of which Capri is located.
The Sorrento’s Peninsula, it is also known for its gastronomic peculiarities and for citrus groves, and thanks to the frames that the place offers it’s a suitable location for wedding ceremonies: from the medieval atmosphere of the S. Francesco di Sorrento Cloister, to the breathtaking panorama that you can admire from the Communal Villa.
The Villa, known for its gardens and fountains, is a terrace overlooking the sea, from which you can see the Naples Gulf and the Vesuvius. Under the Communal Villa there is the volcanic sand strip of Marina Piccola beach, one of the most beautiful beaches on the coast.
But there are several beaches and small coves suitable for long walks, swims, and wedding rites.
Beyond the beach of Marina Piccola is possible to admire and discover the beauties of Marina Grande’s fishing village or to go into the small lagoon connected to the sea with the “Queen Giovanna” arch, the name that the Sorrentines give to the promontory above the Capo di Sorrento’s sea. Here we find the ruins of the Pollio Felice’s Roman villa from which it is possible to access, with a ladder, to the beloved by Queen Giovanna of Anjou lagoon. Near the village of Nerano, it is possible to take the path that leads to the protected natural reserve of Ieranto’s Bay.
The Peninsula’s different villages and centers, such as Seiano, Meta, Piano di Sorrento, Massa Lubrense or Vico Equense offer unrepeatable panoramas, splendid views of the Lattari Mountains and the Bays, terraces overlooking the sea, magical scenarios for simple walks and for unforgettable wedding.
Cilento is a very vast territory that expands from Paestum to Sapri, with a coast of about a hundred kilometers of beaches, coves and rocks overlooking the sea with secret caves. An inland rich in beech and holm oak woods, villages perched at a considerable height, with a limestone mountain range.
The whole territory is a protected area. We find pines and a rich natural heritage that make it as a real monument carved by nature, from the Punta Licosa’s reserve to the Palinuro’s Natural Arch. There are several historical testimonies such as the ancient Saracen Towers and the archaeological Velia’s site. Cilento is a loved destination for those who want to make the plunge. Especially with the beginning of spring, the territory is a stop for couples who choose this place for the landscape made of perched villages and lush vegetation in the mountain areas. Hills and an enchanting crystal sea complete the frame.
Who choose Cilento for their wedding know that they can celebrate it in castles and fortresses, in churches and palaces because it is the same Cilento’s administrators that make it available find the most suggestive places according to the occasion, such as in Ascea where is possible to have as a frame De Dominicis Ricci’s Palazzo.
For those who prefer a fairytale setting, the Agropoli’s Angevin Aragonese Castle is also suitable, located on a promontory overlooking the sea and the bay. On the other hand, for those who dream of a wedding with sand and sea as a backdrop, it is possible to do it in Marina di Camerota.
Customs Between Tradition and Superstition
Campania is a land rich in cultured and popular traditions, flavors and smells. The Campania taste for contamination made it a welcoming and proud land of inventiveness and creativity over the centuries.
In Campania, the love for the past always has been accompanied by a strong curiosity for the new. For this reason, tradition, always innovating, seems to be vital.
In many areas of Campania the “serenata” tradition is still alive. The evening before the ritual, the future groom goes under the balcony of his fiancée accompanied by local singers. Here the entire repertoire will be intoned until the woman appears on the balcony, starting a long party full of joy, songs and good food. In honor of this custom, in Teora, a small town in the Avellino’s province, in early August, the Serenade Festival is organized. Five balconies are adorned with as many girls waiting for their loved ones who will have to climb up to bring a red rose to the girl who will reciprocate with a kiss.
In Campania, as well as in other southern regions, the wedding celebrations go on until late night, in some cases they organize very sumptuous ceremonies, in others rather sober, above all it will be surely a day spent in honoring the gastronomic tradition, which requires a banquet full of all kinds of sea and land delicacies.
Naples is certainly the city that most of all is famous for being the cradle of original traditions.
Marriage in Naples is not only the celebration of a love story, it is also a way of showing to all guests their social status. For this reason the banquet is rich and the celebrations are usually pompous. The ceremony’s payment, traditionally belongs to the bride’s family while the groom will think about the furnishing of the new house.
Shortly before the ceremony the bouquet is offered from the mother-in-law to the bride.
An important role is recognized at the “ring mate”, a very strong figure in southern Italy, who has the job of donating the wedding rings. The ring mate, to whom is given the richest wedding favor, has the task of accompanying the new family’s birth. A typical custom is the “handkerchief”, a candy box of sugared almonds that is donated at the end of the wedding ceremony, while at the end of the reception a wedding favor is donated with other sugared almonds distributed by the bride with a ladle.
This ceremony is colorful and vital, a real show that serves to sanction the birth of a new phase of life.
Discovering The Memory Of The Past
The presence of different people and cultures in Campania is testified by in its Parks, in its architecture and in its traditions. Traces of the presence of Ausoni, Aurunci and Osci are visible in Roccamonfina and Calvi Risorta’s Parks. While the colonization carried out by the Etruscans and Greeks is testified by the cities they founded, the ancient Capua (at the present days Santa Maria Capua Vetere) and the Greek colonies of Cuma, Paestum and Palepoli (Naples).
The territory was later Romanized: Cumae, Naples, Pompeii and Herculaneum were the centers of the Romanity. With the fall of the Empire, the Campania’s region was a battleground between Goths, Byzantines and Lombards. The Byzantines governed Naples until Normans expelled them, unified the South through a federation with the capital Palermo. The Normans first were succeeded by the Swabians and then by the Angioini who made Naples the center of the Kingdom.
Until the fifteenth century Naples was a particularly flourishing cultural center becoming one of the important capitals of Europe during the Bourbon Kingdom that was interrupted when Campania was conquered by the Napoleonic troops.
The Bourbons returned in 1815 when they unified the two kingdoms of Naples and Sicily by constituting the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies which would resist until the unification of Italy.
The period following the unification was characterized by various crises and issues needed for a concrete solution and that, somehow, characterized the territory for some time: for example, the weakening of important industrial sectors that had been promoted by the Bourbons. The history of Campania is the history of a territory that has always been called to recover, to act as a laboratory for solutions to all the South issues. Historically, it is a territory known for its strong adaptive attitude to make leaps forward in cultural and innovative terms.