Towns of terracotta and white tumble down hillsides towards the ocean, ancient Roman ruins abound and islands lie off the coast waiting to be explored. The south of Italy is a sun-lover’s dream.
Naples is the region’s city heart, and one often overlooked by travellers. But for anyone who loves pizza (try the traditional Neopolitan variety at the city’s oldest pizzeria, Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba), art and history or strolling along a bustling waterfront as the sun goes down, it is a place that will win their heart.
South of Naples is the opportunity to step back in time with a visit to Pompeii Herculaneum, frozen when Mt Vesuvius erupted in 79AD and excavated many centuries later.
Relax and admire the views of Mt Vesuvius during a stay in Sorrento, a beautiful resort town perched over the Bay of Naples. Not only is it a superb starting point for cruises to Capri, with its rugged landscape and upscale resorts, but it’s also considered the gateway to the Amalfi coastline. This scandalously gorgeous stretch of prime waterfront real estate is both beach and historical destination, with its villages – the most famous being Positano, Amalfi and Ravello – of winding cobblestone streets and captivating squares.
There’s also the chance to travel to one of the country’s least-visited regions, Puglia, where the towns are as beautiful as the ones near Amalfi but far more relaxed. Admire the unique trulli houses, made from stone with conical roofs, and the city of Matera, famous for its stone houses, called sassi, carved from caves and cliffs.