The Southern section of this historically and artistically important nation. Hosts some oldest cities in Italy, Also number of important sites from what was once part of Ancient Greece.
This historical area draws some tourists, while others flock here for the warm Mediterranean climate and island life. Look here at some top Places go southern Italy:
Maratea (Find place to stay)
Maratea sits along the rocky Mediterranean coast to its medieval town to its ritzy harbor, From its position along this is one of Southern Italy’s top resort sites. Most places in this town are booked about a year in advance or more. Maratea, however, is a very seasonal town, and much of the area closes between October and March. Sunbathing, water sports, and high-end amenities are just part of the reason that this is a perennial favorite for tourists.
Sorrento (Find place to stay)
Sorrento have blended of designated resort town and tourist-friendly Old Italian city. It is easily reached from Naples via rail, and has both the amenities that tourists find comforting and unique and higher-end antiquities for sale in the old town.
A ferry leaves from here to the isle of Capri, and it is a great jumping off point for Pompeii. However, Sorrento is also known for excellent gourmet cuisine, stunning cliff dwellings, and stunning views of Mt Vesuvius.
Paestum ( Find place to stay)
This ancient Greek city was originally called Poseidonia for the god of the sea. The side boasts three well-preserved Greek temples. The oldest temple in Paestum is the Temple of Hera, built around 550 BC by Greek colonists. Paestum is often visited as a day trip, as the sites to see are limited. Besides the three ancient Greek temples there is a museum, and some enchanting buffalo farms. However, hotels are good here, and so is the food, so it’s worth an overnight.
Alberobello (Find place to stay)
This town is known as fairy tale town the world’s best example of Trullo architecture. The homes here are known for their conical stone roofs that are made without mortar. The tone of the buildings are made from local limestone; They are old from the 14th century.
The homes can be found in Itria Valley in Apulia, Alberobello is the only town truly marked by this type of construction. Visitors here can also stay in trullo homes, drink in trullo bars and shop in trullo shops.
Tropea (Find place to stay)
This stunning ancient town have sugar sand beaches and cliffs. Some believes that it was founded by Hercules. The natural beauty still maintains an otherworldly draw for lovers of sand and sun.
When you’re there must visit town’s two most notable churches- the Santa Maria del’Isola, a medieval church that was built on its own island just off the coast (though situation and years has built a land bridge between it and the mainland). The Other church to see is the local cathedral, with two unexploded bombs from WWII sitting right outside their front door. It was believed to be protected by the local patron saint.
Sassi di Matera (Find place to stay)
The Sassi di Matera are cave dwellings sits in the old town of Matera in the region of Basilicata. And the Sassi originated from a prehistoric settlement, and are among the first human settlements in Italy.
Most of the houses, are dug into the tufa rock, are only caverns, and the streets in parts of Sassi often are located on the rooftops of some houses. These houses were occupied by farmers and their livestock until the 1950’s. Today, the jumble of stone buildings and their interior caves are a haunting and beautiful site.
Naples (Find place to stay)
Naples, or Napoli, is the third largest city in Italy. Some see it huge, and filthy, crime-ridden and falling apart, to others it is edgy and atmospheric. This coastal Southern city definitely has its own personality.
Many favorite Italian foods originated in Naples and its surrounding area such as pizza, and spaghetti. These dishes are taken seriously here and usually feature fresh, locally grown ingredients. Naples includes a huge Medieval castle it is tourist attractions also as the Castle Nuovo, and the seaside fortress of Castle del’Ovo. The city is also next to the Vesuvius, the only active volcano on the European continent.
Capri (Find place to stay)
In the Bay of Naples you will find Capri it’s an island rich in mythology and history. It was said that siren have lured sailors to their death here with their sultry songs. The Roman emperor Tiberius lived here until his death in 37 A.D. Villa Jovis, the emperor’s imperial residence, is one of the island’s most popular attractions.
Capri’s most famous natural attraction is the Blue Grotto, a waterfront cave that’s accessible by boat when the tide is right. Riding the Segovia chair-lift in the city of Anacapri to the summit of Monte Solaro is a favorite activity too. The 15-minute trip offers spectacular views of the island and sea.
Pompeii & Herculaneum (Find place to stay)
Along the shadow of volcanic Mt Vesuvius sits several Roman towns that were destroyed by a sudden eruption in AD 79. The most famous of these is Pompeii, whose ruins can be viewed extensively.
Archaeologists found the remains from 3,000 holdouts from this town of 20,000 who had refused to flee and paid the price. The ash buried the town, but in many ways preserved a day in the life of Roman times.
The population was smaller, around three hundred, but the homes are a better example of how the wealthy once lived, and are worth seeing.
Amalfi Coast (Find place to stay)
Anyone who wanted to imagine themselves in a James Bond coastal car chase, a rented convertible and drive along the Amalfi Coast roads is a must. This patchwork of lush forests and sheer cliffs over the jewel-toned Mediterranean is stunning and familiar, as it is the backdrop of many a Hollywood classic.
There are many small towns in which to stay, shop, and eat, with their own beautiful white-walled stone cliff dwellings. For those who are nervous about driving along the narrow coastal roads, beautiful water tours between Sorrento and Salerno are easy to find and beautiful As well.