Roman ruins and Instagram-worthy views are in good supply with holidays to Castallammare di Stabia. And you’ve got Pompeii within easy reach.
Sitting in a prime position on the Bay of Naples, Castellammare di Stabia has been attracting high-profile visitors for centuries. The whole place is built on the slopes of Mount Faito, which gives the town its mineral-rich springs. And you’re close to tourist hotspots, like Pompeii and Vesuvius.
A string of beaches
The town’s centrepiece is a huge promenade. The views are 360-degree, reaching as far as Vesuvius and the volcanic island of Ischia. It’s also dotted with a big proportion of the area’s bars, gelato shops and restaurants. Though, if it’s beaches you’re after, you’ll find most of them a 10-minute drive away. They range from tiny coves to long, lively lidos.
There’s history around every corner in these parts. The ruins of the ancient Roman city of Stabiae are a must-see. It was destroyed by the same eruption that buried nearby Pompeii in 79 AD. You can explore two mega-villas and the lavish mosaics and frescoes left behind – and they’re just outside the centre of town.
The surrounding area here is dotted with perfectly-preserved Roman towns and photogenic resorts. You can take a daytrip to lava-buried Pompeii – a 20-minute drive away. Alternatively, an hour’s drive south gets you to the cliffside town of Positano, with its pretty houses and fashionable boutiques.
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