Southern Italy: Campania, Puglia & Sicily
Southern Italy regions: Campania (Naples, Amalfi Coast, Avellino wine country, Cilento coast), Calabria (toe of Italy’s boot), Basilicata (arch of the boot), Puglia (heel of the boot), and islands Sardinia and Sicily.
Campania and Amalfi Coast
On the stunningly beautiful Amalfi Coast marvel at views of steep hills falling to the sea, white towns and colourful gardens. In Capri swim in clear blue waters in grottos. Walk back in time on the ancient stone streets of Pompeii. Eat the best pizza you’ll ever have, freshly made on the street in Naples. Enjoy simple pasta with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella cheese in Sorrento. Lap up divine lemon desserts in bakeries in Positano.
In a sunny land surrounded by two seas, the Adriatic and the Ionian, savour a wonderful variety of experiences, history, landscapes, healthy food and fine wines.
In Lecce, stand in awe at the ornate Baroque facades and piazzas, and Roman amphitheatres. Drink fine wines like Salice Salentino and Primitivo with the producers. Explore the quaint, conical white trulli houses in gentle fertile hills. Stroll narrow, no car streets in brilliant white hill towns like Ostuni, reminding you of Greece. Eat healthy food like orrecchiette pasta with fresh tomatoes and fragrant basil. Wander through the castle at Otranto and sip a cocktail by the sea as the sun sets.
Are you looking for an exotic mix of art, architecture, food and natural beauty? Over the centuries, many occupiers like the Greeks and Arabs, gave Sicily an intriguing mix of flavours and architecture.
Browse in Palermo’s lively, exotic markets like Arab souks. Savour pasta with anchovies, pine nuts, fresh fennel and raisins. Marvel at flamboyant Baroque buildings in Noto in south east Sicily. Walk among eerie black lava flows on Mount Etna. Feel awed at Taormina’s well preserved Greek theatre with vast views of Mount Etna and the sea. In the Aeolian Islands, watch Stromboli’s volcano hurl its fire into the night sky and swim at black volcanic sand beaches. Eat delectable desserts with lemon, almonds and pistachios.