Some of the best places to relax are parks and gardens; perfect for a slow saunter and a picnic. Here’s a full list of all the options. If I had to choose a favourite it would be Giardini La Mortella on Ischia, which has glorious terraces overflowing with plants from around the globe. Go in summer you’ll be able to catch a concert in the open air Greek Theatre as the sun sets over the ocean.
It’s worth doing some research before you go to any of these places though. I’d recommend calling ahead to check the following: opening times (they vary according to weather/season/festivals/maintenance works), where to park, which entrance gate to use, if you must enter via a museum or in the case of the WWF Oases, whether you have to go with a guide.
Naples – Parks
Royal Park of Capodimonte, Naples
Virgilliano Park, Naples and here
Virgiliano Park of Piedigrotta, Naples
Camoldoli Urban Park, Naples (no official website) also try this info
Villa Floridiana Park, Naples and official site here
Metropolitan Park of the Hills of Naples (Feb 2016 – sadly, this is still a pipe dream – a series of green areas that link together in the hills behind the city to provide a vital breathing space in densely populated areas. It is a scheme that is mired in controversy but there are groups fighting to make it a reality – the green space exists but it must be mapped, signed and cleaned up – I will keep you updated).
Naples – Gardens
Cloister of Saints Marcellino and Festo
Church and Cloister of Santa Chiara and here
Royal Palace Gardens, Naples (main website not working, this link has all the info)
Portici Palace Gardens and main website here
Minerva Medical Gardens and here
Lake Campolattaro, Benevento and here
Oasis & Caves Bussento River, Morigerati and here
Persano, Salerno and here
Volturno-Licola-Falciano Nature Reserve – blog post coming soon