What could make one part of the country a more popular travel destination than other regions? This could be best answered by choosing a specific region where most of what you wish to adventure are concentrated. For several decades, Italy has been a top European travel destination and one region takes all the credit; Southern Italy. Why? This section of Italy has 7 of the country’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the most stunning landscape, the finest food cuisines, and pleasant climate. Here’s why southern Italy will make your ideal Italian travel a memorable experience.
Rich in history and culture
Southern Italy has always been the historical and cultural capital of both Italy and Europe. There are thousands of historical attractions that will give you a peek into Italy’s past. These include Castel del Monte built in 1240 by Frederick II, the King of Sicily, The Sassi of Matera in Basilicata whose rock and cave-strewn dwellings can easily make you believe that you have stepped back into the past. The Archaeological area of Agrigento in Sicily also known as the Valley of the Temples with huge ancient temples in the old town of Akragas. This was founded by Greek colonists in 591 B.C.
There’s also an ancient art gallery in Sicily called Villa Romana del Casale built in the 4th century for a Roman emperor which boasts of stunning and well-preserved mosaics. You will also adventure into the Royal Palace of Caserta which was designed by Luigi Vanitelli in 1752 for the Bourbon King of Naples. It has very nice gardens with incredible fountains and a massive Grand Cascade. Others include Teatro Antico (Taormina), a public theater built in the third century B.C, the Catacombs of San Gennaro, the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, medieval castles and churches!
Tourists to southern Italy come to enjoy the warm Mediterranean climate, island life, and the scenic coastal views. Visitors to Naples will be rewarded with adventurous hikes along Mount Vesuvius, a volcano in the Gulf of Naples, the island of Capri in the Bay of Naples with waterfront caves only accessible by boats and the nearby Monte Solaro.
The Amalfi coastal area with plenty of lush forests, sheer cliffs hanging over the Mediterranean and giving you the experience of driving along the narrow coastal roads. While in Naples, a visitor will be rewarded with picturesque views of the crystal-clear blue waters of the Mediterranean, the jaw-dropping views of the Aeolian islands and the rugged backdrop mountains. The snow-capped Mount Etna will also offer you beautiful views of the volcanic landscapes, including solidified rivers of lava from previous eruptions.
Italy’s best culinary
For a great Italian street food experience, head over to Naples and you’ll have plenty of mouthwatering dishes to choose from! Plenty of restaurants line up Naples’ narrow streets selling a wide variety of dishes like Gnocchi Alla Sorrentino, arancini, Neapolitan rum babà. Head over to Campania for a freshly baked Neapolitan Pizza Margherita. You will also enjoy the classic pasta and pastry dishes that include typical seafood, spaghetti alle vongole, and risotto alla Pescatore which is also a native of this area. Other foods include pasta e patate (pasta and potato soup), timballo (pasta pie), gnocchi alla Sorrentino (potato dumplings baked with tomato sauce and mozzarella) and pasta e Fagioli.
The best Italian climate for adventures
Southern Italy is indeed the real deal for adventurers. Such a place rich in history with lots to explore also gives you an experience of the best European climate. The weather of southern Italy enables you to enjoy the best holiday vacation for those seeking to spend a good time on the coastal beaches and while getting the scenic views of the Mediterranean. The whole of southern Italy and the islands of Sicily and Sardinia enjoy a Mediterranean climate, including the Italian Riviera. The area has warm, dry summers and mild winters which are a sharp contrast between the far north and the south.
Plenty of outdoor fun activities
Due to the awesome climate, southern Italy is the best place to enjoy the best moments of your life. Here you’ll find plenty of beaches on picturesque coastlines with steep cliffs especially in the seaside resorts of Elba, Alghero, Mondello, Poetto, San Teodoro, Costa Rei, and Amalfi. There’s also the ancient town of Tropea with its stunning sand beaches and sharp cliffs. Its natural beauty is a magnet for lovers of waves, sand, and the sun.
Southern Italy also offers you great outdoor fun like the nightlife, theater musical concerts, wine festivals, gymnastics, exploring the caves, shopping, visiting art galleries, and museums. Activities include sailing, camping, scuba diving, hiking the coastal mountains, fishing, water surfing, windsurfing, snorkeling, golf, kitesurfing, beach volleyball and rock climbing. Southern Italy is truly every tourist’s travel paradise.