Posted on 15/06/2022 (Modified on 20/06/2022)

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The best places to visit in Southern Italy

Whenever anyone thinks about visiting Italy, all one thinks of are the romantic cities of Rome, Venice, and Florence. That's it! Very few think about visiting the other half of the country, Southern Italy. One can find several cities with unique cultures and traditions, stunning coastlines, the vibrance of a metropolis, and much more. Irrespective of whether you have already checked out the other more common tourist destinations in Italy or not, Southern Italy deserves to be on your bucket list. So, let us explore some of the best places to visit in Southern Italy for an unforgettable vacation.

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Naples

The largest city in the South of Italy is a high-energy one. Situated by the Bay of Naples, the Naples historic center is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One can witness first-hand how it is when old-worldly charm meets modern grit. The city is truly a delight for tourists interested in art, architecture, and archaeology. Start with Baroque, a 16th-century Chiesa di San Gregorio Armeno and go on to explore sites like the Duomo di Napoli, a Roman Catholic cathedral whose construction began in the 13th century; the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli; and the splendid Museo Cappella Sansevero.


And it absolutely impossible for one to visit any city in Italy and not try their local pizzas. You must treat yourself to a slice of the city's famous, wood-fired pizza Napoletana. You will taste the absolute authentic recipe with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and olive oil as toppings. 



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The Amalfi Coast

The second city on our list is this particular region - The Amalfi Coast. It is extremely popular and is known to be one of the most beautiful places in the entire world. The coast stretches from Naples to Salerno and offers absolutely stunning views of its dramatic scenery. The picturesque towns hugging the mountains make for a great view. The interesting and globally recognized historical sites are a treat too. 


It remains to be a protected region and boasts of some of the most beautiful coastal towns in the world, like Amalfi, Erchie, Minori, and Positano. One can see how the houses in these towns are multi-colored and stacked up against the hillsides like a painting. Moreover, tourists can visit locations like Villa Rufolo in Ravello to enjoy views across the Mediterranean Sea.



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Palermo

Palermo is an essential part of the history of the southern archipelago. It is the capital of the island of Sicily and also serves as the economic and cultural center of the island. The most important landmarks and tourist attractions of the island are also located in Palermo. The cathedral in Palermo is absolutely gorgeous due to how the different architectural styles show all the empires and nations that once conquered the island of Sicily. 


For all the history lovers, the Palermo Archaeological Museum beautifully tells the story of the island's history. It also houses several magnificent artifacts and relics dating back as far as the Roman era. One can also visit the Capuchin Abbey and Catacombs to get to know more about the history. You will find over 8000 bodies that have been preserved by the monks that live here.



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Capri

The last on our list is Capri, a small island off the western coast of Southern Italy. Surprisingly, Capri is also situated pretty close to the Amalfi Coast and Naples. The island remains to be a tourist favorite for a day out. As soon as you step out of your boat, you will be mesmerized by the sheer beauty of the island. 


Tourists love to take a boat around the island in order to explore every tiny piece of it. Blue Grotto cave network is definitely a highlight of this boat ride. For someone who likes adventure, they can even hike to Monte Solaro and enjoy hands-down the best views of the whole island. Lastly, the nightlife here is unmissable. You got to party here until the wee hours if that's your idea of fun. 


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