Why you need to Travel to South of Italy

Why you need to Travel to South of Italy?

Where every Stone has a Story to tell.

It is said we travel to discover ourselves and nowhere is this truer than in the South of Italy. If North of Italy has the EUROS it’s the South of Italy that has the Soul.

Having been at the crossroads of the Civilisation, where every stone tells a story from fiery Carthaginian invasions and power-hungry kings to the humble hopes of Roman slaves and gladiators.

Here one encounters ancient Greek temples that are older than Rome, where the Byzantine mosaics are confirmations of the cosmopolitan encounters and royal palaces outsize Versailles.

South of Italy is blessed with 13 Unesco World Heritage cultural sites, each laced with tales of victory, failure and timeless humanity.

South Italians are a very friendly People and while travelling through the region you would never be short of conversations or Opinions, Friends and family are sacred and time spent in the company of friends and family whether laughing, eating, chatting or even arguing is a very important part of daily lives.

The Beauty of this part of Italy is that no one is a stranger for long and your conversation may even land you on the dinner table of your new found friend. Yup, that’s South of Italy.

Wood-fired Pizzas or Fried Pizzas, Potent Espressos, fresh caught Sardines to luscious cannoli’s, Gnochhi to Danubio South of Italy is a delight for the foodies.

Here is our List of Top Places to Visit in South of Italy.

NAPLES

Two royal palaces, three castles, and ancient ruins that include some of Christianity’s oldest frescoes make Naples a Cultural Masterpiece. The City is one of the largest and most productive of Italy’s metropolises and accounts for a large percentage of the countries economy.

Apart from the 2 Palaces and  the San Gennaro Catacombs Naples is in close proximity to the legendary ruins of both Pompeii and Herculaneum, and in the shadow of the epic volcano Mount Vesuvius – these sites are all must see attractions when visiting this region of Italy.

LECCE

Lovingly known as the Florence of the South due to its plethora of opulent historical structures. Lecce is located in the far south, this city is the main hub of the region and is also famed for its beautiful light Lecce Stone that has been used to create most of its structures.

Important sites include the beautiful Basilica di Santa Croce, the Cattedrale dell’Assunzione della Virgine, Lecce Castello and the ancient Roman Amphitheatre.

Also known for its several distinct and gorgeous squares such as the Piazza del Duomo and the Piazza Sant’Oronzo, this city is a hidden Gem.

If historical buildings are not your thing, you can always relax in the sublime Villa Comunale gardens, or see the excavations of the Faggiano Museum

The Amalfi Coast

13 towns spreading across a strip of land kissed by the sun and declared by UNESCO as “World Heritage Site” is The Amalfi Coast.

The Amalfi coast stretches from Naples to Salerno, offers dramatic scenery, gorgeous towns that hug the mountains, and has many interesting historical sites. Turquoise seas and cinematic piazzas aside, the region is home to some of Italy’s finest hotels and restaurants. It’s also one of the country’s top spots for hiking, with well-marked trails providing the chance to escape the star-struck coastal crowds.

With all its Natural beauty, the pastel-coloured cascade of chic boutiques, spritz-sipping pin-ups and sun-kissed sunbathers this region is crying out to be explored

VULCANO

Vulcano is a small volcanic island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, about 25 km north of Sicily and located at the southernmost end of the eight Aeolian Islands. With its visibly smoking crater and vile sulphurous fumes, The island makes an indelible first impression.The island’s volcanic nature has long been impressing visitors: the ancient Romans believed it to be the chimney of the fire god Vulcan’s workshop, and today it remains famous for its therapeutic mud baths and hot springs.

The main drawcard, however, remains the Fossa di Vulcano (Gran Cratere), the steaming volcano that towers over the island’s northeastern shores. The most obvious attractions for the tourists remain climbing the crater, strolling over to the mud baths and the black beaches at Porto di Ponente. However if one goes beyond the usual spots there is a whole different site waiting to be discovered to enjoy the rural tranquillity of the central plateau, filled with vegetable gardens, birdsong and a surprising amount of greenery.

Matera, Sassi Cave Houses and Medieval City

People have been living in the cave houses on this Italian hillside since the Neolithic era. Till the 1950s this area was considered an embarrassment to Italy as it was a poor region, had no plumbing and was riddled with disease.

However, when the Government tried to rehabilitate the old settlements and the scholars started studying the region, they discovered Ancient Romans, Greeks, Byzantines, and many others passed through here, leaving behind physical artefacts as well as cultural ones like the painted caves inhabited by unknown artists of ages past

Island of SICILY

Called the eternal crossroads to the Mediterranean the gorgeous island of Sicily has seduced travellers with its dazzling diversity of landscapes and cultural treasures for centuries and the island today is a fascinating palimpsest in which Greek temples, Norman churches and Baroque palazzos emerge from the rich fabric. But it also has natural wonders aplenty, from the smoking craters of Mount Etna to the still relatively undiscovered beaches of the southern coast.

With the historic cities of Palermo, Catania and Siracusa, the Etna region with its volcanic landscapes, fertile wine country and picture-perfect Taormina; Ragusa, Modica and the other honey-hued Baroque towns of the south; the Greek temples of Agrigento, Selinunte and Segesta; Roman sites like Piazza Armerina, miles of sandy beaches and secret rocky coves one is spoilt for choice while visiting this amazing Island.

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