Venice , Rome , Florence , etc. are the places that come to mind when you think of an Italian holiday. But not many know that the South of Italy is as beautiful and gives you a more authentic Italian experience than the North. As the southern part of the country is not so popular, you would not find the places very crowded. This is a plus for those who want to enjoy the beauty of the places without the crowd which is quite common in the touristy places of North.Popularly referred to as the Boot, the Southern Italy constitutes of Abruzzo, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Molise, Puhlia, Sadrinia and Sicily. Wherever you chose to go in South Italy, you would be able to enjoy unparalleled natural beauty. Gorgeous islands, beautiful countryside, vibrant cities, etc. are some of the things that you would get to see in this part of the Italy. Apart from this, this area of Italy is endowed with ancient ruins, marvellous and well-preserved Greek temples, interesting caves, lush parks and forests, white sandy beaches and not to forget the best Italian food. To make it more interesting, Southern Italy is also home to the largest active volcano in entire Europe.Wouldn’t it be great to have a holiday alone or with your family and friends in the beautiful locales of South Italy? If you are warming up to the idea, here are a few of the places that you should not miss in Southern Italy.
The Amalfi Coast is one of the most popular areas in Southern Italy, mostly thanks to the countless Hollywood movies set here. The Amalfi Coast runs along the Mediterranean and is covered with some of the most stunning forests, cliffs and beaches you have seen in Italy. It is also home to some really quaint towns that are endowed with pastel coloured houses and pretty beaches where you can relax, shop eat and have a merry time. If you are not looking for any touristy stuff, the Amalfi Coast is perfect for you. Some of the towns that you can visit here include Agerola, Amalfi, Postiano, Tramonti, Minori, Maiori, Scala, Praiano, Furore, Sorrento, etc.
Naples is known as the oldest town districts not just in Italy but in entire Europe. It is Italy’s largest metropolis and houses several historical churches and attractions. Some of the places you must check out when in Naples are Sansevero Chapel, Royal Palace of Naples, Catacombs of San Gennaro, Naples Cathedral, Castel dell’Ovo, Spaccanapoli, etc. Apart from all this, Naples is also known for its food. The fact that it is the birth place of pizza would attract the interest of any food lover. If you want to enjoy Italian cuisine with the freshest and best ingredients, Naples is the place to go!
Paestum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to three beautifully well-preserved Greek temples, namely Tempio di Cerere (dedicated to Goddess Athena), Tempio di Nettuno (dedicated to Goddess Hera) and Basilica. Apart from this, there is also a museum that has two floors filled with fascinating display. You can also visit buffalo farms and walk around an ancient Greek village which is believed to be built in 600 BC. Moreover, you also get to taste some mouth-watering food, making your trip really interesting.
Isle of Capri
Isle of Capri is probably the most glamorous places in Southern Italy as it is frequented by celebrities. However, the fact that you may see your favourite star during the trip is the least attractive thing about the place. Rather Isle of Capri is endowed with a beauty that would not fail to mesmerize you. With rugged landscapes, lush greenery, awesome beaches, the place is known for its natural beauty. Consisting of just two towns, the Capri and the Anacapri, there is no dearth of things to see here. One thing you must not miss is the Blue Grotto which is an enormous flooded cave that has blue glow due to sunlight entering the cave through small holes. Few other places that would make your trip to Isle of Capri interesting are Garden of Augustus, Punta Tragara, Marina Piccola, Villa San Michele, etc.
If you want to have an authentic experience of being in an ancient Roman town, Pompeii is the place you must definitely visit. This city was completely damaged in AD 79 by the Mount Vesuvius volcano eruption. Although it killed its inhabitants, the entire town was covered in ash and pumice-stone which actually preserved the whole place. Pompeii was first excavated in the 18th century and today you can explore the place freely. You would not only get to see the places but also get a clear idea about the lives of people during that time through its homes, public places, shops, etc. This UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-visit place in Southern Italy, especially for those who love the mystery of history!
Apart from these places, Sorrento, Tropea, Sassi di Matera, Caserta, Pozzuoli, etc. are some other places that would satisfy the traveller in you. Wherever you choose to go, you would realize that South Italy is not only less crowded but also cheaper. However, not many people speak English so it would be better to learn some basics of Italian if you are travelling on your own. To make your holiday much more comfortable, you can opt for one of the tours offered by tour companies that also provide Italy visa services. So, gear up for a holiday in Southern Italy which would not fail to mesmerize you!
Guest Post by: Priya