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Top 7 Things to Do in Southern Italy

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Tropea Town, Southern Italy

Tropea Town, Southern Italy

Embrace the beauty of nature and culture that abounds at every turn with our top seven things to do in southern Italy.

City treasures, breathtaking beach escapes, and historical wonders await. From ancient Greek temples to stunning volcanic peaks, delicate vineyards to mouthwatering cuisine, the heritage of southern Italy reveals timeless customs and demonstrates genuine charm.

Enjoy the many active adventures and captivating experiences, or simply sit and savor the culture and cuisine of a beloved part of Italy that can immerse you in luxury or unravel rustic wonder.

  1. 1. Indulge in Fascinating Nature
  2. 2. Embrace the Waters and Coastline
  3. 3. Find Inspiration in Art and Architecture
  4. 4. Indulge in the Varied Culinary Delights
  5. 5. Explore Vivacious Volcanoes and Captivating Caves
  6. 6. Enjoy Majestic Scenic Drives
  7. 7. Discover History and Culture in Magnificent Museums
  8. Experience the Top Things to Do in Southern Italy

1. Indulge in Fascinating Nature

Mountains of the Gran Sasso National Park in Abruzzo, Italy

Abruzzo, Italy

A combination of exquisite views over quaint villages and rugged coastline, breathtaking beaches way below, and picturesque mountains around you, hiking and cycling in southern Italy is simply out of this world.

Step onto winding pathways that seem to head up towards the heavens and move between and around idyllic coastal gems, discovering the highlights of key towns and villages in the region.

Trails suit all fitness levels, with certain areas in southern Italy offering the opportunity to discover culture and architecture submerged in magical forests or just above the edge of a breath-taking cliff.

Best Places for Hiking or Cycling: Amalfi Coast • Puglia • Pollino National Park • Mt. Vesuvius • Abruzzo

2. Embrace the Waters and Coastline

Church of Santa Maria dell Isola, Tropea

Tropea, Italy

Picturesque beaches complement the exquisite towns and villages that can be found along the Amalfi Coast, while breathtaking beaches in Puglia invite guests to soak up the sun in paradise.

Consider a snorkel around secluded coves or a fantastic scuba dive around bright reefs in crystal-clear waters. Take your time as you dive down to discover underwater wonders that lie beyond the southern Italian coastline

From sailing along the coastline to lounging on hidden sands, enjoy captivating sunsets as you cruise, dive, snorkel, or relax amidst breathtaking scenery, surrounded by the colors of Italy.

Best Places for Water Sports: Bari • Sorrento • Torre Pali • Positano • Tropea

3. Find Inspiration in Art and Architecture

Ceramic shop in Vietri sul Mare, Italy

Vietri sul Mare, Italy

From picturesque murals to galleries displaying unique finds, the art scene in southern Italy immerses you in ancient heritage and contemporary culture.

Hand-painted pottery displayed in quaint galleries and streets lined with Romanesque-inspired architectural treasures make the towns and villages of southern Italy vibrant destinations to explore.

Paint the perfect picture of your southern Italian adventure as you step in front of an easel in a private art class on the Amalfi Coast or try your hand at creating a beautiful vase from clay in Puglia, with each technique informed by the rich history of the area.

Best Places to View Art and Architecture: Naples • Vietri sul Mare • Amalfi Coast • Grottaglie

4. Indulge in the Varied Culinary Delights

Spaghetti alle Vongole served at a restaurant in Catanzaro

Catanzaro, Italy

Dive into a world of delicious flavors in delightful locations in southern Italy, embarking on courses in culinary creations inspired by local markets.

Enjoy learning and tasting in village squares and coastal cafes. Try your hand at the art of Italian dessert designs in Campania and indulge in treats served in quaint cafes from morning to noon.

Discover the art of Italian cooking and the diversity that each region brings to the table. Southern Italy is bubbling with talented chefs and teachers looking to share their craft and creations with you.

Best Places for a Food Tour: Bari • Catanzaro • Naples • Campobasso

5. Explore Vivacious Volcanoes and Captivating Caves

Volcanic landscape in Mount Etna, Italy

Mount Etna, Italy

Take a walk on the wild and unusual side as you explore any of the three famous volcanoes in southern Italy. Discover a world of geological wonder as you hike to or view these magnificent mountains from afar.

Standing on the precipice of an active volcano is thrilling and daunting, offering breathtaking views into the craters and of the surrounding landscape.

Discover intriguing stalagmites and stalactites caverns and caves. Iridescent light splashes off cave walls and echoing silence surrounds you as you make your way through the waters in your rowboat or venture into once-occupied dwellings.

Best Volcanoes and Caves to Explore: Mt. Vesuvius • Mt. Etna • Castellan’s Caves • Casa Grotta di Vico Solitario • Cave of Smeraldo

6. Enjoy Majestic Scenic Drives

Scenic view of Conca dei Marini on the Amalfi coast

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Take it easy for a while and take in the sights and beautiful scenery that makes up the southern Italian coastline.

Drive windy roads that hug the Amalfi Coast and get swept away by breathtaking scenes of long beaches and an endless ocean on one side, while seemingly stacked cottages and villas tower over you on the other.

Take a turn inland and drive up to the top of hills offering incredible views over colorful homes and hillside treasures. Wilderness, wildlife, and captivating villages offer insight into the untouched beauty across southern Italy.

Best Scenic Drives to Take: Amalfi Coast • Bari to Otranto • Sila National Park • Praia a Mare to Amantea

7. Discover History and Culture in Magnificent Museums

Courtyard of the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli

Naples, Italy

Take some time out when in southern Italy to discover the history and culture of this fascinating region.

Step back in time with a visit to an archaeological museum and walk through underground tunnels once used by the military. Witness ancient bronzes or fascinating Greek architecture.

Learn about the history of paper and marvel at exquisite works of art in museums dedicated to maestros of their time as you enjoy a glimpse of the rich traditions and preserved culture that share stories thousands of years old.

Best Museums to Visit: Museo Della Carta • Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli • Galleria Borbonica • Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Reggio Calabria

Experience the Top Things to Do in Southern Italy

Medieval village on hill in Abruzzo, Italy

Abruzzo, Italy

Experience the variety of activities and adventures that await in the southern regions of Italy. Coastal wandering and breathtaking beach visits can capture your imagination, while cultural treasures and geological sites invite you to see and savor the area’s fascinating past.

Discover the right inspiration with our sample Southern Italy Tours & Vacations. Whether looking for a family-heritage exploration or eager to step off the beaten path and into a luxury hotel inside an ancient cave, you can experience Italy in your preferred way.

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