Nola, Campania, Italy

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Nola, Campania, Italy

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The ringing of the bells in Nola

Set 16 miles from the city of Naples, the ancient city of Nola is a fascinating spiritual and historic destination. On a plain between Mount Vesuvius and the Apennine Mountains, it was one of the oldest cities of Campania and the site of several key battles during the Second Punic War. Eventually the town became a bishopric, due largely to the popularity of Christianity. In fact, a bishop named Paulinus introduced the concept of ringing bells during Christian worship services. The bells became known as “nolas,” and Nola eventually became a revered pilgrimage site for Christians all over the world.

Shop in a volcano and celebrate the bells

Who doesn't dream about shopping in Italy? Nola is a shopper’s paradise! The volcano-shaped Vulcano Buono is charming, and even has a crater-like center. Nola is also home to a handful of hip nightclubs that serve up colorful cocktails. The town also plays host to 2 annual festivals, including a 7-day event in June and another in November. There’s also a festival honoring the bishop of the church bells, St. Paulinus, which takes place in July.

Historic Nola is a dream

Nola is jam-packed with delightful attractions that are musts for history buffs. And if you happen to be in Italy, you must make room for a little history! First stop: The restored Gothic Nola Cathedral. Orsini Palace was built in 1470, while the late-Renaissance San Biago’s church is a sight (and site!) to behold with its dramatic marble finish and stunning Neapolitan artwork. Observe the ruins of Cicala Castle, which was the birthplace of the renowned philosopher and poet, Giordano Bruno. A monument to this historical figure also stands in town.

It’s a sunshine day with glorious temps in Nola

It’s another beautiful day in Nola! If you’ve booked your Nola vacation rental during summertime, you can expect plenty of heat and dry air—in other words, water and a fan wouldn’t go amiss. Winter is more of a rainy season, with moderate temperatures that never quite feel too painful. Springtime is lovely, with temperatures averaging in the mid-70s. Even fall offers similar weather patterns; it’s when the sun sets that you’ll experience a slightly cooler autumnal breeze. Any time is a nice time to be in Nola!

In between the mountains, Nola thrives

Situated between Mount Vesuvius and the Apennines, Nola offers exquisite views from nearly every vantage point. If you can tear your eyes away from the crisp blue sky and pillowy clouds overhead, enjoy the abundantly leafy pathways and the green fields where stone ruins rest. The Gulf of Naples is a 2-hour drive from Nola; if you wish to experience some of that traditional Italian charm that you only see in films and travel magazines, a little day trip would be delightful. You can book your Nola vacation rental with confidence—the beauty here is in the magnificent surroundings.