When you think of Italy, what do you imagine? Charming cobbled streets, rolling vineyards, and a colorful culture - all of which you’ll find in South Italy, the hot zone of the Mediterranean Sea. From the enchanting Eolian Islands, to the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, and the ancient ruins of Pompeii and Paestum, South Italy is a dream destination.
Start your journey with the Eolian Islands. These volcanic islands off the coast of Sicily are a stunning sight to behold. Be sure to visit Stromboli, the active volcano, and Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. You can take a boat tour around the islands, swim in the crystal clear waters, and admire the rugged landscapes.
Next, make your way to the Amalfi Coast. This stunning stretch of coastline is home to some of the most beautiful views in Italy. From the charming town of Positano to the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean Sea, you’ll be mesmerized by the scenery. Take a boat tour of the coastline or hire a car and drive along the winding roads.
Once you’ve explored the Amalfi Coast, head to Apulia. Here you’ll find the unique trulli land of Alberobello, where the traditional stone buildings are covered in conical roofs. Be sure to sample the hot chilli local cuisine, and stroll through the cobbled streets.
Finally, visit the ancient cities of Pompeii and Paestum. Pompeii is a Roman archaeological site that was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Here you can explore the ancient ruins, including the iconic Forum and Villa of the Mysteries. Paestum is another archaeological site, home to the remains of three ancient Greek temples.
So, if you’re looking for a unique and unforgettable holiday, why not explore South Italy - the hot zone of the Mediterranean Sea? From the Eolian Islands to the ancient ruins of Pompeii and Paestum, you’ll discover a wealth of stunning sights and experiences.
Exploring the wonders of Southern Italy is a great way to experience the hot zone of the Mediterranean Sea. From the iconic Mount Vesuvius volcano to the ancient city of Pompeii and Ercolano, to the stunning Amalfi coast and Capri island, Southern Italy is full of breathtaking natural wonders and historical monuments.
If you're looking for a truly unique experience, you can't miss a visit to Mount Etna volcano located in Sicily. This active volcano is the highest peak in Italy and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. You can even take the cable car to the summit and hike the volcano's summit crater.
The Aeolian Islands are another must-see if you're visiting Southern Italy. These volcanic islands are a paradise for nature lovers and offer some of the most stunning views in the Mediterranean. From the picturesque fishing villages to the lush forests and captivating seascapes, the Aeolian Islands are a perfect spot to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
On the Italian mainland, the trulli land of Alberobello is a must-see for its unique architectural style and romantic character. This small town is home to thousands of trulli, traditional stone dwellings with cone shaped roofs. These dwellings can be found all over the region and are a unique representation of the region's culture.
The Amalfi coast is a popular destination for its stunning coastal views and captivating towns. Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello are the most popular coastal towns here and each one offers a unique experience. From colorful alleyways to quaint cobblestoned streets, each town boasts its own unique character and charm.
Capri is another must-see destination on the Amalfi coast. This stunning island is known for its romantic atmosphere and breathtaking views. There are many activities to choose from on the island, such as exploring the historic monuments, or simply relaxing on one of the many beaches.
If you're looking for a more historical experience, then a tour of the monuments and ruins of Pompeii and Ercolano is a must-see. These ancient cities were destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD and are now preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can explore the ruins of the cities and get a glimpse of what life was like in the ancient world.
No matter what your interests are, Southern Italy is sure to offer something for everyone. From the stunning coastal views and the captivating towns to the vibrant culture and friendly people, Southern Italy is a great destination for a unique and unforgettable experience.
Abruzzo is a region in central Italy that has two contrasting sides, yet one heart. On one side, it is a mountainous and hilly region, with the highest peaks in the Apennines like the Gran Sasso and the Majella massif, as well as the only Apennine glacier. On the other side, it overlooks a stunning stretch of the Adriatic Sea, with some of the most popular beaches. Abruzzo is truly a place with something for everyone, and its majestic beauty has captivated visitors for centuries.
Apulia, a land located in the centre of the Mediterranean at the southern extremity of Europe, offers splendid views from commanding positions, over fertile valleys towards the sparkling Adriatic, delicious food and wine and a wonderful warm climate. Here, Nature imposes itself with a wonderful variety of rich colours: red earth, dark green pine, silvery green olive trees and lush vineyards; sparkling white labyrinths of towns which seem to glisten in the sun; milky white medieval centres with tangles of streets and alleyways, all against a backdrop of the deep blue Mediterranean Sea. In this land you will find gems of architectural and historical interest: Romanesque, Byzantine and Baroque churches, cathedrals, castles, towers, prehistorical remains and last but not least the Trulli Houses.
Basilicata, magical and vague. Land of light and clay, woods and mountains, that can lead to the desire of its discovery without noticing. This is a small region who’s solitary mountains gently fall to the Tyrrhenian Sea on one side and to the Ionian Sea on the other. Basilicata is surrounded by other territories of Southern Italy, like Calabria that leads to Sicily, Campania with it's Amalfi Coast and Sorrento, or Apulia with it's Trulli Houses. Some of it's typical villages lay peacefully on the rocks allowing a silent and reserved stay with great views of it’s rugged coast, others lay next to the beach, surrounded by nature, offering fun and entertainment.
This is a land with a wonderful coast line; dramatic cliffs overhanging secluded bays; steep cliff paths to small rocky coves; islands and caves to explore; long stretches of beach, gently curving into the distance all are lapped by the clear, azure sea. Calabria makes up the "toe" of Italy and is an area little known to British visitors. The scenery is spectacular and dramatic, rising to over 6000 ft in the mountains, and dropping steeply to the coast with its long stretches of beach, crescent-shaped bays, craggy cliffs and islands dotted about in the crystal clear, blue, Tyrrhenian and Ionian seas. You will be spoilt for choice whether in the mountains or on the coast, there is more to see and explore than can possibly be done in a couple of weeks. On the other hand, the slow southern Italian pace of life is perfect for just relaxing. Calabria is steeped in history, myth and legend. There are prehistoric settlements and early cave dwellings. The region features in the writings of Homer and Virgil and has been fought over by Hannibal, Romans, Sparticans and many others. It is also rich in living tradition and folklore. Throughout the year, there is a wealth of festivals and carnivals, involving much music and dancing, often in traditional costume.
This is the land where the deep South of Italy truly begins. Campania is the region that houses wonderful world wide known sceneries like the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento and Capri but is also doorway to other most beautiful locations of Southern Italy like Calabria with it's wonderful rugged coast, Sicily and it's romantic and historic towns like Agrigento and Taormina, and also just few hours away from Apulia and it's characteristic Trulli Houses or Basilicata with beautiful towns like Maratea. Campania features a volcanic sea of the deepest shade of blue lined with miles of dramatic coast and dotted with such lovely islands that almost seem to be tiny, brightly coloured jewels. Sharp contrasts don't miss in this region going from the heat, noise and urban sprawl of troubled Naples to the calming qualities of Sorrento, from the romantic islands of Capri and Ischia to the undiscovered coastline of Cilento. One typicality of Campania will never miss throughout the whole region and that's the warm welcoming as well as the calm qualities of it's people. Enjoy all of Campania's culinary gems, starting from the world known "pizza" that originates from this region of Italy, and created in Honour of the Queen Margherita, going through it's cakes and sweets and ending to it's typical liquors.
Lazio is a region located in central Italy, and is home to the country’s capital city of Rome. It is considered the “heart of Italy” because it is centrally located and is home to the Papal State of Vatican City, the seat of the Catholic Church. The region has a long history and is known for its natural beauty, with many lakes, mountains, and hills. It is also home to many important archaeological sites, including the ruins of Ancient Rome and the Etruscan city of Veii. Lazio is an important cultural center, with numerous museums, art galleries, and theaters. It is also home to some of Italy's best universities, including La Sapienza University of Rome and The American University of Rome.
The Molise region shared its history with Abruzzo until the fall of the Roman Empire, as evidenced by findings in Pineta of Homo Aeserniensis, who moved between the two regions on a seasonal basis. All the main centres in Molise became Roman colonies with the conquests during the Social War and the Samnite Wars and Second Punic Wars (such as Morrone del Sannio, Isernia, Larino, Venafro and Pietrabbondante), with the formation of new Christian-led urbanisations, such as the Diocese of Trivento, until the Normans arrived.
Invasions by the Goths and Lombards followed and, after the latter's conversion to Catholicism, the church gained much power over Molise.
A key date in the history of Molise is 1221, when Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor turned Molise into a district of imperial justice. Several monasteries were founded here, including the splendid site of the Madonna delle Grotte in Rocchetta a Volturno.
Seaside views in Sardinia are among the most marvellous in the world. Beautiful little isles scattered around its coastline. The coasts are scraggy and rocky, surrounded by shallow sea and astonishing beaches of fine sand and coves. Striking beauty of nature, christal-emerald clear waters of the Mediterranean sea, warm, welcoming people, typical cuisine, old traditions and wonderfull culture, all in one territory, with museums to visit, plenty of activities to take part to, natural environments to explore or beautifull beaches to simply relax on. Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean, full of culture, history, nature, folklore and entertainment.
This wonderful island is the home of great historic and romantic sites like Agrigento and Taormina and only few hours away from other beautiful locations of Southern Italy like Calabria and it's wonderful rugged coast, Campania and it's splendid sites like the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, Capri, or even Apulia and it's characteristic Trulli Houses. This beautiful island hoststhe Mount Etna, Europe's highest and most active volcano, which looms menacingly over the eastern end of the island. If you are lucky, you could witness the glow of molten lava flowing from fissures in the rock and the most spectacular fireworks display you have ever seen. This is the island that hosts great historical architectural buildings andwhere Africa meets Europe blending Baroque with Classical. Sicily is a land where not only you can sit and enjoy the heat of the sun but also discover and explore its Greek Temples, Baroque churches and any other historical site you can find. No need for great studies to make great discoveries: Sicily will just show them to you, with all their glamour.
MOUNT VESUVIUS VOLCANO
POMPEI ERCOLANO PAESTUM
AMALFI POSITANO COAST
MOUNT ETNA VOLCANO
HOT ROMANTIC CHARACTER
BREATH TAKING COASTAL VIEWS
BREATH TAKING MOUNTAIN VIEWS
HISTORICAL CHARACTER MONUMENTS
TRADITIONAL OLD CHARACTER ROOKED TOWNS
LOTS OF BEAUTIFUL TIRRHENIAN & IONIAN ISLANDS
LOCAL TRADITIONAL CELLAR WINES TESTING
LOCAL TRADITIONAL FOOD
LOCAL TRADITIONAL CHEFS
LOCAL TRADITIONAL WINES
Cozy Hotels with reservation facility
South Italy package by PRC Tour Executive