Travel to southern Italy - All You Need To Know
Southern Italy makes up some of the regions where the mass of Italians who emigrated to America came from. Southern Italy for them represents the true Italy which includes the regions of Campania, Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria and Sicily. These regions represent many of the different groups such as Greeks, Normans, Romans, Swabians, Argonians, and Bourbons who settled in these regions for centuries. Different traces of history can still be found in Naples, Sorrento and Pompeii.
The great unknown southern Italy,
If you travel to southern Italy, the best place to start is the great unknown southern Italy, to a little known region, the Cilento and Maratea. About a hundred kilometers south of Naples, Cilento offers a variety of emotions in one of the most beautiful countryside in Europe, the ancient sights in the UNESCO world heritage is the second largest national park in Italy. The place also offers delicious regional cuisine, splendid panoramic views, the sea, the sandy beaches and the many possibilities for hiking and sports.
Cilento is located in the province of Salerno in Campania in southern Italy. The coast of this place has about a hundred kilometers of quite rocky bays and sandy beaches. Mountains two thousand meters high border the place and complete the picture with evergreen olive trees and cobalt blue sea. A trip to southern Italy should definitely put this place on the list.
Traveling to the south of Italy will not be absolute without visiting Puglia, which forms the extreme southeast of the Italian peninsula with a long coastline facing the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. Bari, one of the provinces of Puglia, is made up of the old town from the 19th century. The old city offers a great old knot since 1813 with its narrow winding and cobbled streets. Some interesting places to see are the Piazza Mercantile, Via Venezia, the baroque S. Teresa dei Maschi, the small Byzantine church of S. Gregorio, and the medieval churches of S. Maria del Buon Consiglio and Vallisa.
Sicily should also be included in your trip to southern Italy, as it is the largest island in the Mediterranean. Agrigento, one of the provinces of Sicily, dominates the southern coast and was founded by Greek settlers around the year 582. This place is world famous for its so-called "Valley of the Temples", the oldest temple being the Temple of Hercules that dates back to the 6th century BC One of the best preserved Doric temples is the Temple of Concord, then the Temple of Castor and Pollux, the Temple of Juno and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. The historic city center also offers many interesting sights.
Whichever place you visit on your trip to southern Italy, it will surely give you a fascinating and captivating feel of the place due to its historical and gothic structures combined with its vast incredible lands.