Southern Italy has many natural highs and cultural riches and for the savvy traveller you can get more for your money and well and truly off the beaten track. With a great choice of self-catering holiday villas it is a perfect place to experience the real Italian culture. You will find many Italians head south to enjoy some of the best beaches in Italy, and who are we to argue! The North may have all the Euros but the south is said to have the true essence, beautifully sun drenched and weather worn, Italy as it was!
Pretty villages and small towns are home to friendly locals who are always curious and more than happy to share their opinion, you will soon feel very welcome. With a variety of holiday villas you can easily find your ideal one by using the features such as enclosed garden, air-conditioning or coastal. The area is perfect for a self-catering holiday and you will be spoilt for choice at the local markets or when eating out enjoying mouth-watering food and crisp cool white wine.
Southern Italy is littered with many ancient buildings, ruins and monuments including Greek, Roman, Saracen, Norman and Spanish. Your will love exploring and deciphering carved stones and frescoes all with an intriguing story to tell. There are thirteen UNESCO World Heritage cultural sites to visit with tales of victories and defeats over thousands of years.
There is a good choice of activities, try white water rafting down the River Lao, or scale the heights of Europe’s most active volcano at Stromboli. More relaxing may be a bike ride across gentle inland countryside, a boat trip along the Amalfi Coast or perhaps a healing mud bath in Vulcano’s geothermal mud.
Try Apulia on the east coast making up the shapely heel of Italy or Campania in the south west famous for its ancient ruins and dramatic coastline. Naples is the regions capital set between Mt. Vesuvius and the deep blue sea, further south are the high cliffs of the Amalfi coast. If you want to experience authentic Italy make sure you head to the South.