The lush forests and moderate peaks of Monti Picentini Regional Park are considered an agricultural oasis in the Campania region, providing the right circumstances to grow the vegetables and cheeses that have made world-changing innovations like pizza happen. Although it may not be a world-changer on an adventure scale, this sizable park an hour and a half east of Naples has plenty of waterfall hikes and day-long elevation climbs scattered among its small communities.
Hikes up Monte Mai and Monte Terminio (outlined in our included links), both of which are above 5,000 feet, are great choices as day hikes from Naples as long as you have a car to get you to your starting points, while biking in the park is a strenuous yet satisfying reminder of why each corner of Italy has its own unique beauty. There are also plenty of small waterfalls in these well-forested mountains worth a dip when you need a quick, refreshing break from your trekking. The Grotta del Caprone, located near the town of Montella, is also an excellent day hike along the slopes of Monte Serralongo.