Welcome to Southern Italy


Gripping History

At the crossroads of civilisations for millennia, southern Italy is littered with the detritus of diverse and gilded ages, from Greek and Roman to Saracen, Norman and Spanish. Every carved stone and every frescoed palace tells a story, from fiery Carthaginian invasions and power-hungry kings, to the humble hopes of Roman slaves and gladiators. Here, ancient Greek temples are older than Rome, Byzantine mosaics attest to cosmopolitan encounters and royal palaces outsize Versailles. Southern Italy is home to no less than 13 Unesco World Heritage cultural sites, each laced with tales of victory, failure and timeless humanity.

Culinary Prowess

Italy's fertile south is a mouth-watering, belt-busting feast: bubbling, wood-fired pizza and potent espresso in Naples; long, lazy lunches at vine-framed Pugliese farmhouses; just-caught sardines on a Tyrrhenian island; luscious cannoli (pastry shells with a sweet filling) at a Taormina pasticceria (pastry shop). Should you go mushroom hunting in the wilds of Calabria? Taste-test your first red eggplant (aubergine) at an heirloom trattoria in Basilicata? Feast on fresh sea urchin on an Adriatic beach? Or just kick back with a glass of crisp local Falanghina as you debate who has the creamiest buffalo mozzarella: Caserta, Paestum or Foggia?

A Warm Benvenuto

You'll rarely be short of a conversation south of Rome. Southern Italians are naturally curious, famously affable and quick to share their opinion. Family and friends are sacred, and time spent laughing, arguing or gossiping is as integral to southern life as lavish Sunday lunches and long, sizzling summers. One minute you're picking produce at a street market, the next you're in the middle of a feverish discussion about who grows Italy's sweetest pomodori (tomatoes) – Sicily or Campania? No one is a stranger for long, and a casual chiacchiera (chat) could easily land you at the dining table of your new best friend.

Natural Highs

Rugged mountains, fiery volcanoes and electric-blue grottoes – southern Italy feels like one giant adventure playground waiting to be tackled. Crank up the heart rate rafting down Calabria's river Lao, scaling Europe's most active volcano, Stromboli, or diving into prehistoric sea caves on Puglia's Promontorio del Gargano. If you need to bring it down a notch, consider slow pedalling across Puglia's gentle countryside, sailing along the Amalfi Coast or simply soaking in Vulcano's healing geothermal mud. The options may be many, but there is one constant: a landscape that is beautiful, diverse and just a little ethereal.


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$103.73 Cultural & Theme Tours

Naples to Mt Vesuvius and Pompeii Day Trip with Admission

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Pompeii - Archaeological Area., Pompeii, Province of Naples, CampaniaAfter pickup from your hotel or the Naples train station, take a 30-minute drive to Pompeii, an ancient Roman city that was entirely destroyed by the sudden eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 AD. The largest archaeological site in Europe, today Pompeii is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.When you arrive, your guide will pick up your group’s pre-ordered tickets and lead you on a 2-hour walking tour of the fascinating grounds. Witness the destruction first-hand as you visit Pompeii’s most famous sites, including the Forum, the Thermal Baths, Vetti's House and the Lupanare brothel, giving you a glimpse into daily life during the Pax Romana. Today you can see shapes of objects — even bodies — that were buried beneath the volcanic ash and pumice.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Vesuvio, Naples, Province of Naples, CampaniaAfter your tour, enjoy a pizza lunch with your group followed by some free time to browse the shops. Then board the coach and drive 40 minutes to legendary Mt Vesuvius. Embark on a moderate hike up the volcano with your guide. When you reach the summit at 3,900 feet (1,200 meters), you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the picturesque Bay of Naples from east to west. Peer down into the crater and see plumes of steam issuing from the sleeping, but still active, volcano!There is a rest point where you can choose to wait for your group if you do not wish to climb all the way to the top, but the hike is worth the effort. After your Mt Vesuvius hike, relax on the drive back to Naples in the early evening.Duration: 1 hour

$54.03 Day Trips & Excursions

Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Ravello Private Tour from Naples

By taking a private tour, you have the option to spend as little or as much time as possible in the picturesque towns of Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello, world-famous for their charm and colorful architecture.The villages scattered along the Amalfi Coast have always attracted visitors, bewitching all who visit. The charm lies not only in the towns themselves but also in their history and rich legacy of fine churches, villas and monasteries. See below for more information.

$69.15 Cultural & Theme Tours

Naples to Pompeii Half-Day Trip with Priority Admission Ticket

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Pompeii - Archaeological Area., Pompeii, Province of Naples, Campania See Pompeii’s ancient piazza and Forum, where business dealings, elections, speeches and processions would have played out during Roman times. Wander the site, marvel at the ancient limestone columns still standing today and capture the centuries-old scenery on camera. Continue onward with your guide to the thermal baths, where many of the townsfolk would have bathed, chatted and lived out their daily lives before the eruption. Wander down Via degli Augustali and discover the Lupanare, Pompeii’s brothel. A 2-storey building with five rooms on each floor, the Lupanare is decorated with some of the city’s most lustful frescoes. Your exact route will depend on the crowds and weather conditions. Duration: 2 hours

$55.22 Shore Excursions

Private Naples Shore Excursion: Sorrento, Positano, and Amalfi

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Piazza Tasso, Sorrento, Province of Naples, CampaniaWith its cliff-top position overlooking the sea, bustling port, picturesque bays and panoramic views of the Amalfi Coast and surrounding hills, Sorrento has been a favorite resort since Roman times.Since this is a Private Tour, you can stay here as long as you like within the 8 hours of the service. If you are not interested in visiting Sorrento, you can decide to move on to the next village.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Garage Parking Di GennaroPositanoPositano sits in a splendid panoramic position on one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline. Its enchanting town center of delightful pastel-hued houses surrounds the parish church of Santa Maria Assunta, its laneways are lined with quaint, colorful shops and its numerous beaches are world famous.Since this is a Private Tour, you can stay here as long as you like within the 8 hours of the service. If you are not interested in visiting Positano, you can decide to move on to the next village.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Amalfi CoastAmalfiAmalfi's typically Mediterranean architecture, made up of lanes and characteristic white houses piled one upon the other, makes it one of Italy's most famous resorts.Since this is a Private Tour, you can stay here as long as you like within the 8 hours of the service. If you are not interested in visiting Amalfi, you can decide to move on to the next village.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Duomo di Ravello, Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Province of Salerno, CampaniaRavello is situated in a more elevated position than the other pearls of the Amalfi Coast, boasting exceptional views of the coast and its marvelous villas and gardens.Please note that you will get off the vehicle as close as possible to the heart of the village, which is located in a pedestrian area.Since this is a Private Tour, you can stay here as long as you like within the 8 hours of the service. If you are not interested in visiting Ravello, you can decide to skip it and spend more time in the previous villages.Duration: 1 hour

$172.88 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Capri and Blue Grotto Day Tour from Naples or Sorrento

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Molo Beverello, Naples, Province of Naples, CampaniaThe main port is where the tour starts, if you arrive in Naples by cruise ship or if you have an accomodation in Naples.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Marina Piccola, Sorrento, Province of Naples, CampaniaMarina Piccola is the main port of Sorrento, where the tour starts if you arrive in Sorrento by cruise ship or if you have an accomodation there.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Blue Grotto, Anacapri, Island of Capri, Province of Naples, CampaniaThe Blue grotto, is a small cave , open only if the sea is not rough, accessible by boat.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Villa San Michele, Anacapri, Island of Capri, Province of Naples, CampaniaVilla San Michele, known as Axel Munthe house, the name of a sweden doctor and writer, who bought a ruined building and built this house , which is today famous for its architectural interiors and its gardens.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Monte Solaro, Anacapri, Island of Capri, Province of Naples, CampaniaAnacapri is the second largest center of the island and the second stop, where you can decide if spend the time walking by the village or catch the chairlift to Mount Solaro.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Piazza Umberto I, Capri, Island of Capri, Province of Naples, CampaniaCapri main square , La piazzetta, is the life center of the island.Duration: 1 hour

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Sorrento Farm Tour with Tastings, Pizza Making, and Limoncello

After a pickup from your Sorrento hotel in the morning (or afternoon), start your day with a visit to a local farm, Limoneto Storico 1894. Enjoy a walking tour of the citrus and olive groves, and learn about the farm’s history, production and traditional farming techniques. Then, head to the tasting room to sample the farm’s fresh products: lemonade, sliced lemons with sugar, fresh-pressed extra virgin olive oil and lemon and orange oil on homemade bread.Your next stop is Il Turziello cheese factory to watch a demonstration on how to make treccia (braided mozzarella-like cheese) and caciotta (a soft and mild regional cheese). Enjoy a tasting of fresh provolone with salami, accompanied by a glass of wine. After teasing your palate, it’s time for some classic Italian pizza. Head to Da Francesco restaurant, in the historical center of Schiazzano, for a hands-on pizza-making class. Learn how to make a typical Neapolitan pizza, and then sink your teeth into your creation, followed by homemade dessert and coffee.Back at Limoneto Storico 1894, top off your gastronomic journey with fresh limoncello, the quintessential Italian liqueur. You’ll even learn the family recipe! With a satisfied belly, relax on the journey back to your hotel.