Southern Italy has a special personality. Of poetic and colorful landscapes, passionate people and exquisite gastronomy. From Rome we will travel to Naples where we will embark to the Island of Capri, with its pastel-colored houses and enchanting cliffs. We will continue to the enchanting Sorrento and Salerno, on the Amalfi Coast. We will continue our trip to Italy heading south, bordering the Tyrrhenian Sea.
We will get to know Sicily, authentic and captivating. We will enjoy the beaches and the old town of Taormina, at the foot of the Etna volcano. Marsala, province of Trapani, and Palermo, with its neoclassical theaters and its majestic cathedral of the twelfth century await us. In the final part of our tour, we will visit the historic Pompeii, where we will see the remains of the Roman city covered by the ashes of Vesuvius.
We will depart from Rome in the direction of southern Italy. We will pass through Naples where we will embark to visit the Island of Capri. Once there, if we wish, we can take a boat to the White Grotto or the funicular to Capri capital. We will have time for lunch. Then we will embark again and continue to Sorrento, a town full of charm and tourist life that is at the foot of a cliff. We will have time to stroll around this curious town. Continuation to the Gulf of Salerno.
Where we slept: About 3 kilometers from Cetraro, we found a hotel for 26 € per night in low season. The Hotel Piccolo Mondo has single double rooms overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Where we slept: The Hotel Parsifal is built in a former 13th century convent in the village of Ravello. Its cloister overlooking the sea is a real marvel, one of the places worth a visit in Ravello. The rooms are very spacious. It is well worth spending the night in this place that becomes magical at night.
Where we slept: In the second town of the island, in Anacapri, we slept at the Hotel Bellavista. As the name suggests, the views from the hotel are amazing. The rooms are huge and the breakfast is very complete. A bus from Capri leaves you in about 15 minutes at the door.
Where we slept: About 15 minutes from the ruins of Pompeii we found a good value hostel called Pompei in Family. The owners were not nice at all, the room had no windows and we had no hot water during our stay. There are better things nearby.
South italy villages
In the meantime, Otranto From Lecce, already in the middle of the Salentine peninsula, the charming villages continue, although now the main protagonist of the route is the sea. There are unmissable stops in the cliffs of the Torre de Sant’Andrea and in the Natural Reserve of Le Cesine, with dunes and wetlands populated by waders.
And at the end, Taranto From here, all that remains is to follow the line of fine sandy beaches that stretch from Gallipoli to the gates of Taranto. A coastline with signs advertising marinas and idyllic coves where you pay for sun loungers, umbrellas and greater privacy.
Southern Italy is the heart of the country, the guardian of beauty and the passage of history. Anyone who has not visited southern Italy cannot claim to know Italian culture. Home of mythological gods, natural and architectural beauties make this enclave in the world one of the most beautiful and visited places on planet Earth.
Possibly the best known region in southern Italy is Campania, with cities like its capital Naples, Sorrento or Pompeii, and of course the towns of the Amalfi Coast, make this region a very attractive destination for tourists from all over the world.
Naples is one of the largest and most artistic cities on the Mediterranean coast. It is the third largest city in Italy after Rome and Milan. The city overlooks the gulf that bears its name and extends along the Sorrento peninsula to the volcanic area of the Phlegraean Fields, from there you can see the city in all its splendor, with Vesuvius and its three islands Capri, Ischia and Procida.