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Exploring Southern Italian Destinations

South of Rome we go, taking you on a journey discovering the very best Southern Italian destinations. You may know of some of them... others you've probably never have heard of. All are wonderful!

Campania

Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast

Perhaps the most beautiful stretch of coastline in all of Italy. If you've ever stood in Ravello and looked down over tiny villages tip-toeing up hills shaded bright green, looked down to where boats twinkle on an impossibly blue sea. If you've done that you'll know what I mean. If you haven't then get planning - click to start.

Cilento

Castellabate old town

One of the loveliest discoveries I have ever made in Italy was the Cilento. It is so much like the Amalfi Coast just with far fewer tourists and way more affordable prices. You'll find all you need to know about the area here.

Naples

Naples

A city full of passion that stirs up fiery opinions in its visitors too: most tend to either love it or hate it. With Naples there is no middle ground it seems.  I'll keep out of the argument, express no opinion, and let a local explain why Naples is wonderful.

Basilicata

This is one of those regions that nobody has ever heard of and it truly is like stepping into a time-machine and returning to the Italy of fifty years ago. The people are so kind, so friendly, the scenery spectacular, It's so seductive that you can easily get enchanted by its charms and find it terribly hard to leave.  There's lots to see but two of our favorites attractions in Basilicata are Maratea and Matera.

Maratea

Maratea

A little seaside resort that has none of the flash and glamour of those on the  Amalfi Coast or in Liguria and that to me is one of its charms. I love too the statue of Christ the Redemeer, the huge number of churches and the simple piety and warmth of the people.  Over the years we've discovered some wonderful little corners to explore, restaurants to eat at and things to see. You'll find these "secrets" here.

Matera

Matera at Night

In 2019 Matera was made the European Capital of Culture and it certainly deserved it. The oldest continuously inhabited settlement in all of Europe, you'll find Matera to be unlike anywhere you've ever been before. 

You'll never forget this town and you'll never want to either. I have yet to meet a single person who has visited and hasn't raved about it ever since.

They say that when you walk around Matera it isn't the scenery that changes but you. I agree completely.  Discover more about Matera in this article.

Sardinia

Cala Luna Beach, Sardinia

There is so much that is wonderful about Sardinia, let's start by reading why the people are so absolutely fabulous and then discover the beaches that are the best in all of Italy.  You'll find plenty more about Sardinia too on our website - just use our search box to find whatever you need... from food to cities.

Calabria

Tropea

Largely missed by most tourists the region is beautiful, not deserving of the bad publicity it always get.

The media focuses only on the negatives when it comes to Calabria but that isn't what Calabria is really like; instead the region has its own story to tell, and it is a good story too. Of people who are kind, warmhearted and welcoming, of unforgettable landscapes and of food sourced locally and cooked fabulously.

You've amazing towns like Tropea, hilltop villages like Santa Domenica Talao and it doesn't end there; some even say that living the Calabrian way is good for you - view article here.

Sicily

Bar Vitelli - the bar in the Godfather movie. Photo by Doug Porter.Bar Vitelli - the bar in the Godfather movie. Photo by Doug Porter.

You could spend a lifetime on the island of Sicily and still discover new things every day. To begin discovering though you'll need somewhere to stay and where could be better than in a tiny village that played backdrop to the Godfather movies. 

What to see in Sicily? Well these are my top six:

  • Taormina
  • Savoca
  • Cefalu
  • Agrigento
  • The Aeolian Islands
  • Syracuse

Discover what it is that makes each of the top six special and read our tips on making your trip to Sicily wonderful in our What to See in Sicily guide.

Puglia

Locorotondo at Christmas timeLocorotondo at Christmas time

From Trulli houses to world class beaches, Puglia has a lot to offer the visitor. - some of my recommendations include: 

  • Polignano: one of the loveliest of all the coastal towns in Puglia
  • Ostuni: ivory towers appear high above the shimmering plains below. Is this a mirage? No, it is real. Ostuni takes your breath away at first glimpse and just keeps getting better.
  • Alberobello: home to the rather unusual Trulli houses that look like something from a fairy tale.
  • Bari: one of the great cities of Southern Italy. Don't miss it.
  • Lecce: the Florence of the south, filled with lively piazze and elegant baroque architecture.
  • Locorotondo: nearby, and similar to Alberobello. A lovely little town
  • The Gargano Peninsula:  Where the ancient forests of Southern Italy survive, and whitewashed towns like Peschici, Vieste and Vico del Gargano remind one of the Greek Islands. Don't miss out on the pristine Tremiti Islands either, they are only a short boat trip away from Vieste and Peschici. Everything you need to know about the Tremiti Islands you will find here.
Best beach TremitiTremiti Islands

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