7 southern cities in Italy to discover

7 Cities in Southern Italy To Put On Your Radar This Year + Info. You Should Know 



Want to explore beyond Rome, Florence and Venice? Italy’s south has hidden travel gems – charming towns and villages full of regional flavor. This year, head off the usual tourist routes to find Southern Italy’s most delightful spots. From a city carved into stone cliffs to towns tied to savage sea monsters, here are seven special southern cities you must see.

Get ready for winding alleys, ancient cave homes, tales of mythic beasts, and tasty local cuisine. These overlooked destinations reveal the diverse cultures and beauty of sunny Southern Italy. A delicious mix of rich history, relaxed lifestyle, and old world charm awaits in these lesser-known southern landscapes.

7 Southern Cities in Italy To Visit

I’ve curated a mix of underrated cities ideal for beachgoers, culture enthusiasts, foodies and adventure-seekers alike. Each destination has something special – whether it’s Noto’s golden Baroque buildings, Tropea’s cliff-top views, or Alghero’s alluring blend of Sardinia and Spain.

Matera in Basilicata Southern Italian region

1. Matera (Basilicata)

Nestled amongst ancient limestone cliffs in the Basilicata region, Matera is a unique Italian city that seems frozen in time. Matera is most famous for the Sassi – ancient cave dwellings carved into the rock cliffs that were inhabited until the 1950s. These Stone Age-esque caverns and ruins create an evocative landscape that earned Matera UNESCO World Heritage status in 1993.

Beyond the Sassi, top attractions include the 13th-century Romanesque-Gothic Matera Cathedral, the Museum of Medieval Art showing frescoes from rupestrian (cave) churches, and views from the Gravina Gorge.

Regional specialties to try include Pane di Matera bread, Peperoni Cruschi (fried peppers), Pignata stew made with sheep meat and potatoes, Crapiata bean soup, and a local sausage called Pezzente della Montagna di Matera.

With its prehistoric vibe and ancient sights, Matera offers a window into Italy’s past. Three days allow enough time to explore the Sassi caves, wander the stone alleys, and get a sense of daily life, past and present.

Fun Fact: The famous Sassi that make Matera so unique and famous were inhabited by large families together with their animals. Today they have been restored and turned into tourist accommodations, perfect for those who like to relive the past.

Unique things to do in Matera:

Visit the underground city, take a tour of the city’s complex water system, and visit noble palaces like Palazzo Bernardini, and the Chiese Rupestri – churches carved into the surrounding rock.

Is Matera for you?

If you want to visit a unique spot in Italy that’s overlooked by many who only visit the North of Italy, you should consider going. You will love Matera if you love history, rock formations, and experiencing different places.

Unique Accommodation in Matera

Matera is full of little gems of hotels. These are the ones that intrigued me the most:

  1. Sant’Angelo Luxury Resort (higher end with unbelievable views)
  2. Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita (cave hotel with a very romantic & unique vibe)
  3. Le Malve Cave Retreat (budget & friendly hotel)

PS: If you are claustrophobic like me, ask for a normal room at Sant’Angelo Luxury Resort.

Lecce is called the Florence of South of Italy

2. Lecce (Puglia)

Called “The Florence of the South”, Lecce enchants visitors with its ornate 17th-18th century Baroque architecture. The historic city center features extravagant churches, aristocratic palaces, and intricately carved facades made from the local buttery-colored limestone.

Top sights include the elaborate Basilica di Santa Croce, the Roman Amphitheater dating to the 2nd century AD, and Piazza Sant’Oronzo centered around a Roman column. Here you can enjoy typical dishes like orecchiette pasta with ricotta forte cheese, pasticciotto custard tarts (Pasticciotto Leccese), and rustico snacks filled with mozzarella and tomatoes (Rustico Leccese).

With its Southern Italian charm and lively street life, Lecce makes an idyllic base to explore the Salento peninsula. Three leisurely days allow time to wander the atmospheric streets, admire Baroque details, and soak in the relaxed vibe of this coastal retreat.

Fun Fact: While Lecce’s origins are believed to date back to the 5th century BC, there’s a legend attributing its foundation to Malennio (a mythological character, presumably the first King of Salento) around 1200 BC. According to the legend, Malennio established the city shortly after the destruction of Troy. 

Unique things to do in Lecce

Before you start visiting all the famous attractions – including Piazza Duomo, Castello Carlo V, Museo Storico della Città Teatro Romano, Via delle Giravolte, Porta Rudiae, Porta Napoli, Porta San Biagio, Giardini Pubblici Giuseppe Garibaldi, Abbazia di Santa Maria di Cerrate – enjoy a caffè alla Leccese or Leccese style coffee, made with cold coffee and almond milk.

Take a 40-minute car ride or one-hour bus to one of these breathtaking beaches: Gallipoli and Porto Cesareo. Even if you are not visiting in Summer, you can enjoy less crowds and take a walk along the beach, sit down and soak up the sun, and take in the views. Don’t forget to visit the charming Gallipoli town too.

You likely never heard of the Mura Urbiche in Lecce. Although not as famous as Lucca’s Walls, they are still wonderful and worth a visit. If you’d like to take a tour, check that they are open on the days you are visiting as they don’t open daily.

Is Lecce for you?

You’ll likely love Lecce if you love Florence, and if you appreciate beautiful buildings, a slower-paced trip, delicious Mediterranean food, sunny days, beautiful beaches, and the Italian southern culture.

Where to stay in Lecce?

Lecce is full of wonderful palaces turned into hotels. Plus, you can also find big chains like Hilton and Best Western. Here are my top 3 picks:

  1. Palazzo Maresgallo Suites & Spa (luxury & higher end)
  2. Patria Palace Lecce (elegant & best value)
  3. Risorgimento Resort (lowest of the 3 but still in the historic center)

Scilla in Calabria

3. Scilla (Calabria)

Perched picturesquely on the Strait of Messina, Scilla charms visitors with its pastel-colored fishing village, historic castle, and mythological ties. As legend tells it, the sea monster Scylla dwelled in Scilla’s waters, sinking ships that dared to pass. Today, Scilla’s turquoise waters and pebbly beaches draw sunseekers rather than sea monsters.

Top attractions include the imposing Castle of Ruffo, built atop a cliff with sublime views, and Marina Grande’s golden sandy beach lined with restaurants and bars.

Don’t miss tasting the local street food – swordfish sandwiches using the day’s catch from Scilla’s iconic wooden fishing boats. Other local delicacies include oven-baked broccoletti, bean soup, and Rossano’s famous licorice.

With its striking seaside setting, charming village vibes, and ancient sites like Bova Marina’s Greek ruins, Scilla makes an atmospheric and delicious place to visit in Calabria.

Fun fact: Scylla monster was described as a beautiful woman from the waist up and a six-headed dog from the waist down. His hideout was said to be located beneath the Ruffo Castle in Scilla. Today, you can admire this fortress that dominates the village and provides a spectacular view of the Strait of Messina and the Aeolian Islands.

visit the Licorice museum while in Scilla

Unique things to do in Scilla

Enjoy panoramic scenes from Faro di Capo Peloro, the closest point to Sicily. Dive into history at the Parco Archeologico di Bova Marina, showcasing the remains of an ancient Greek city. For a sweet touch, explore the Museo della Liquirizia di Rossano, uncovering the history and production of Calabria’s famous licorice. 

Is Scilla for you?

If you love smaller and quieter beach destinations and are intrigued by Scilla’s mythological ties you are going to enjoy a weekend in this breathtaking town near the city of Reggio Calabria. Even if you don’t like spending all your time on the beach, you can still explore the sights and Scilla’s historic center.

Scilla Suggested Accommodation

Stay at Il Casato Hotel with gorgeous rooms overlooking the sea and a very welcoming atmosphere.

Tropea is one of the most beautiful Southern cities in Italy

4. Tropea (Calabria)

Referred to as the “Pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea”, Tropea is famed for its dramatic cliffside setting, sunny beaches, and pastel-hued historic center. Perched high above the sea, the highlights include the postcard-perfect Santa Maria dell’Isola monastery on its own rocky islet and 13th 13th-century Norman cathedral.

Don’t miss soaking up sunset views of Stromboli volcano from Piazza Ercole overlooking the sweep of Capo Vaticano beach.

Tropea is also foodie heaven. Be sure to taste the region’s ruby-red onions, fresh seafood like swordfish and anchovies, and sweet Pignolata honey pastry. With its easygoing charm, natural beauty, and gourmet delicacies, Tropea epitomizes the very best of Calabria’s sun-blessed shores.

Good to know: You might think of Tropea as a beach destination, and it is. However, it also makes the perfect weekend destination for a couple or a group of friends who want to enjoy good food, relaxed seaside vibes, and shopping. You can find local boutiques and famous brands.

Unique Things to do in Tropea

Visit in July to attend the Sagra del Pesce Azzurro and the Tropea Onion Festival. After you visit the Cathedral and Corso Vittorio Emanuele, consider heading to Belvedere di Capo Vaticano. It only takes 20 minutes by car and 40 by train and the views are spectacular. If you have an extra day, take a trip to Isole Eolie and enjoy the scenic views of the Costa degli Dei (Coast of the Gods).

visit Isole Eolie from Tropea
Isole Eolie

Is Tropea for You?

Tropea can be a little more crowded than Scilla because it’s famous with Italians and Europeans. So if you prefer a quieter vibe come at the end of Spring or go to Scilla instead. Other than that, if you love small fishing villages that offer luxury accomodation, amazing food and shopping, head to Tropea.

Best places to stay in Tropea?

Unlike Scilla there is much more choice here. Here are my top 3 recommendations:

  1. Villa Paola if your budget is high and you want a memorable luxury holiday.
  2. La Dolce Vita a Tropea is the middle option – with spectacular views of the sea and close to the center.
  3. Tenuta Tropeano is a great lower-budget option for those who plan to rent a car – just 8 minutes away from the town.

Ragusa is a wonderful city in Southern Italy

5. Ragusa (Sicily)

Nestled in Sicily’s Hyblean Mountains, Ragusa Ibla enchants visitors with its peaceful piazzas, winding lanes, and exuberant Baroque architecture. 

Rebuilt after the great earthquake of 1693, highlights include the grand St. George’s Cathedral and its Chiaramonte-style façade, maze-like Santa Maria delle Scale church, and views overlooking the Irminio River valley.

Don’t leave without trying the Sfoglio pie with ricotta sausage, the Provola, and Caciocavallo Ragusano cheeses, the lamb pies called impanate Ragusane, and ravioli and caviati pasta with pork sauce. 

With its fairytale stone buildings, charming local life, and sweeping valley panoramas, Ragusa Ibla transports you to Sicily’s Baroque golden age.

Fun facts about Ragusa: 

1. Did you know that il Comissario Montalbano Italian series was filmed here? 

2. The story goes that four giants lifted the city from the waters of the sea to safeguard it from an impending invasion. According to the legend, these giants are believed to still reside beneath the city, having played a crucial role in saving Ragusa from destruction in the past. 

What to see in Ragusa

After seeing the Duomo and the surrounding area, consider visiting one or more of these Unesco sites: Donnafugata Castle Palazzo della Cancelleria, Palazzo Sortino, Palazzo Cosentini, Chiesa S. Filippo Neri, Palazzo Battaglia, and Chiesa dell’Idria.

Is Ragusa for you?

If you want to explore a charming city in Sicily that’s not as big and crowded as the capital Palermo and the other big city Catania, consider Ragusa with its baroque architecture, stunning views, and all tasty Sicilian food.

Best Accommodation in Ragusa

Ragusa offers great accommodation at fantastic prices. You’ll be surprised how low these rooms’ rates are.

  1. Relais Antica Badia ***** (at €150/night on most nights)
  2. Villa Boscarino **** (same price range which is wonderful for such a beautiful villa)
  3. A.D. 1768 Boutique Hotel **** (same price range & beautiful old & new decor)

Noto Sicily

6. Noto (Sicily)

Dubbed the “Stone Garden” for its ornate limestone structures, Noto’s UNESCO-listed historic center epitomizes Sicilian Baroque. This graceful city was completely rebuilt after the 1693 earthquake, resulting in stately palaces, flamboyant churches, and harmonious honey-hued townhouses.

Noto can be easily reached by car from Catania airport or by train from Syracuse. Must-see monuments include the dramatic staircase of St. Charles Cathedral, the Rosario church with its curved balcony, Nicolaci Palace, and the Porta Reale gateway.

Beyond the city, don’t miss a trip to nearby Marzamemi, an unspoiled fishing village famed for its seafood and sparkling beaches. 

Back in Noto, be sure to try specialties like salsiccia di tonno (tuna sausage), lolli pasta with eggplant, pastizzette meat pies, and Noto’s famed white onions. Blessed with laidback piazzas, Baroque beauty, and sunny seascapes, Noto is sheer Sicilian magic.

Fun Fact about Noto: A delightful fact about Noto is tied to its nickname, “the city of gold.” When visiting Noto, one can’t help but notice that the churches and palaces have a honey-colored hue, especially during sunset when they are bathed in golden tones. 

This enchanting phenomenon is attributed to the limestone used in constructing the buildings. Originally white, the limestone has transformed over time, acquiring a rosy-golden tint, giving Noto its unique and special touch.

Unique things to do in Noto

Don’t miss a golden hour aperitivo in the historic center while you admire the beautiful buildings as the sun goes down, all while sipping an aperitivo.

Is Noto For You?

If you are craving a visit to a rich historic Sicilian city that’s super clean, beautiful, quiet, elegant, and rich in history, Noto is the perfect spot. If you are coming in Summer you can stay here and enjoy relaxed evenings in town after a day at the beach. With its location and proximity to great beaches, you’ll have plenty of choice.

Best Accommodation in Noto

  1. Seven Rooms Villadorata (higher end but wonderful)
  2. Battimandorlo (perfect for a relaxing holiday at a good price)
  3. Gagliardi Boutique Hotel (right in the city center)

consider Alghero among Suthern cities in Italy

7. Alghero (Sardinia)

With its cobbled lanes, medieval towers, and Catalan-style architecture, Alghero offers a delightful taste of Spain on the shores of Sardinia. This former Catalan port city displays its Iberian roots through landmarks like the ornate Santa Maria Cathedral, not to mention seafood paella and crème brûlée on local menus.

But that’s not it – make sure to indulge in Algherian takes on Spanish classics – think lobster cooked “a la Catalana” or seadas honey pastries.

Dive deep into Alghero’s atmospheric old town, a maze made up of intertwining streets enclosed by honey-colored sea walls. Attractions include the impressive Coral Museum. After all, Alghero’s 90 km coast is well known for its precious coral colonies. With that come the pristine beaches like Le Bombarde and Lazzaretto, and the wildlife-rich Porto Conte Regional Park.

As the fifth largest city in Sardinia, Alghero makes an ideal base with its international airport. But it retains the charisma of a storied port town. It’s the perfect place to get a glimpse of how two cultures – Italian & Spanish – can live and thrive together.

Fun Fact About Alghero: In Alghero, the Church of Misericordia houses a remarkable wooden statue of Jesus with movable joints. Legend has it that this statue arrived mysteriously from the sea, contributing to its status as a miraculous icon. So revered is this statue that during Holy Week, it is adorned with a fervor as if it were a living entity. 

Unique things to do in Alghero

If you love boat trips don’t miss a visit to the Alghero Neptune’s Caves. If you prefer, you can also take a hike to the Grotta di Nettuno and Cala Dragunara through an intermediate loop trail that starts from Capo Caccia and takes under 3 hours.

Is Alghero for You?

If you are not sure whether to go to Italy or Spain for your next vacation, then Alghero is perfect for you.

Where to stay in Alghero?

Here are my 2 recommendations:

  1. Luxury Liberty House (4 stars Boutique Hotel)
  2. Hotel Catalunya (lower price, right in the center & good amenities)

Things To Know About Southern Italian Cities

Before we end the article with a dreamy 7 day itinerary I thought I would share some useful information about Southern Italy, from weather to mountain towns

What is Southern Italy Known For?

Southern Italy is renowned for its sun-soaked landscapes, spectacular coastlines, historic ruins, and delectable cuisine. It offers an intoxicating blend of a relaxed lifestyle, rich culture, and culinary pleasures. The South is home to pastel-hued fishing villages, cliffside resort towns, open-air markets overflowing with produce, and welcoming locals who embody Italian joie de vivre. 

South Italy Weather

Blessed by the Mediterranean climate, Southern Italy enjoys hot, dry summers perfect for beach-going. Winters are mild with moderate rainfall. Resort destinations like the Amalfi Coast, Calabrian Riviera, and Sicilian beaches are luring sun-seekers much of the year.

Southern Italy Regions  

The main regions comprising Southern Italy are Abruzzo, Molise, Campania, Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria, Sicily and Sardinia. Each region has its own unique character and heritage, from Puglia’s iconic trulli to Calabria’s spicy cuisine, Campania’s archaeological riches, and Sardinia’s glittering coastline. 

Safest Cities in Southern Italy

Many travelers worry about safety in Southern Italy due to stories of petty crime in big cities like Naples or Palermo. However, the South offers many safer cities and towns for visitors, such as Lecce, Ostuni, Siracusa, and Taormina, which have charm without risks. Make sure to be mindfuld wherever you go, and you should be fine.


Other Cities To Visit in Southern Italy

Beyond this article’s highlights, wonderful lesser-known towns await discovery, like cliffside Positano and pastel-hued Ravello on the Amalfi Coast, seaside Ostuni in Puglia known as the “White City”, and Agrigento on Sicily with its Valley of the Temples. 

Mountain Towns in Southern Italy  

While mainly renowned for its coastal allure, Southern Italy also offers spectacular mountain scenery. The rocky Gran Sasso (near Teramo) and forested Pollino National Parks (near Mormanno) offer hiking. Or watch volcanoes like Mount Etna (in Catania) and Stromboli (near Messina) smolder from mountain towns like Taormina and villages atop the Apennine range.

List of Southern Italy Cities

Too many wonderful towns to mention! For a full list of cities and towns within each South Italian region, see my article outlining provinces and metro areas under each region – including hidden gems waiting to be explored.

7 day Southern Italy itinerary

7 Day Southern Italy Itinerary

If you liked the 7 Southern cities and towns I suggested you visit at the beginning of the article, you are going to love this itinerary I created for you. Have a look, and of course, feel free to adjust as you prefer.

Day 1: Arrive Lecce

Fly into nearby Brindisi or take the quick train down from Rome. Overnight in the “Florence of the South” to wander Lecce’s ornate city center.

Day 2: Lecce to Matera

On day two, pick up a rental car and make the relaxed 2-hour drive east to magical Matera. Its ancient Sassi cave dwellings are an atmospheric place to stay the night.

Day 3: Matera to Pollino National Park to Tropea/Scilla

From Matera, scenic roads pass through Calabria’s national parks. Stop to stretch your legs and take in the mountain scenery. Then continue another 2 hours down to the coast, arriving at either seaside Scilla or cliff-top Tropea. 

After 2.5 hours you’ll arrive at either seaside charmer Scilla or cliff-perched Tropea for some beach time. Pick one as your base for 2-3 nights, but take a day trip to also visit the other town during your stay.

Day 4 & 5: Tropea/Scilla

Spend the day relaxing on sunny beaches and wandering the charming villages. Be sure to taste fresh-caught seafood and local delicacies.

Day 6-7: Scilla/Tropea to Ragusa/Noto

Cross the “toe” and “heel” of Italy’s boot to Sicily’s Baroque towns. Choose either Ragusa Ibla or Noto as your base, but take a half-day trip to also see the neighboring town.

Day 8: Return to Rome

It’s 3.5 hours back to Palermo for evening flights to Rome or Naples. Or extend your adventure and visit vibrant Palermo!

To incorporate a visit to Spanish-influenced Alghero, catch an overnight ferry from Palermo across to Sardinia after Sicily to continue exploring. Wherever you go, this itinerary lets you delve into the rich culture, cuisine, and landscapes that make Southern Italy irresistible.

Southern Italy FAQ

What cities are in the southern part of Italy?

Major cities in Southern Italy include Naples, Bari, Reggio Calabria, Palermo, and Cagliari. Smaller cities include Lecce, Taranto, Brindisi, Catanzaro, Messina, and many others.

Is southern Italy worth visiting?

Yes, Southern Italy is absolutely worth visiting for its spectacular coastlines, quaint seaside villages, archaeological ruins, delicious cuisine, and slower pace of life. It offers amazing history, culture, food, and natural beauty.

What is the most beautiful city in the south of Italy?

Some of the most beautiful cities in Southern Italy include Positano and Ravello on the Amalfi Coast, Lecce, Ostuni, Noto, Taormina, and Cefalù. Each has its own unique beauty and charm.

What is the southern coast of Italy called?

Southern Italy’s coastlines have different regional names like the Amalfi Coast, the Cilento Coast, the Calabrian Coast or Costa Viola, and others. The generic term for the southern coast of Italy’s “boot” shape is the Tyrrhenian Coast along the west and Ionian Sea on the east side.

What is the major city in southern Italy?

The largest metropolitan city in southern Italy is Naples (Napoli) with around 1 million inhabitants. Other major southern cities are Palermo, Bari, Reggio Calabria, and Taranto.

What is the white city in southern Italy?

The two most well known “white cities” in Southern Italy are Ostuni in Puglia and Noto in Sicily. Both are renowned for their white-washed historic buildings.

What city in southern Italy sits on a bay?

Naples and the city of Taranto both sit on large bays. The Bay of Naples and Gulf of Taranto are two important natural harbors along the southern coast.

What is the oldest town in southern Italy?

Some of the oldest settlements in Southern Italy include Syracuse (Siracusa) in Sicily, Originally Greek; Matera with its cave dwellings in Basilicata; and the town of Bisceglie in Puglia traces its origins to the 4th century BC.

How to spend 7 days in southern Italy?

A great 7 day Southern Italy itinerary could start in Naples, see Pompeii, continue down the Amalfi Coast, cross to Sicily highlights like Taormina and Syracuse, then end in Palermo or relax on the island of Pantelleria. Add stops like Matera, Lecce, or small villages along the way.

Is Naples nice in Winter?

Yes, Naples can be nice to visit in winter. With fewer tourists, you can see the sights like Pompeii without crowds. Plus mild winter temps allow outdoor dining. Caution rainy days. Enjoy Christmas markets like Via San Gregorio Armeno and warm your soul with hearty Neapolitan cuisine!

How do I get to Capri?

The main ways to reach the island of Capri are by ferry from Naples, Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi as well as hydrofoil from Naples and Sorrento. There are frequent daily connections. The ride from Naples or Sorrento takes under 1 hour.

Is Sorrento close to Naples?

Yes, Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast is an easy day trip from Naples located about 40 miles (64 km) south of downtown. With regular trains and buses taking 60-90 minutes, Naples serves as the main transportation hub for reaching Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.

Is Alberobello worth visiting?

Yes! The UNESCO town of Alberobello with its iconic trulli (stone huts with conical roofs) is absolutely worth a visit. Walking the atmospheric streets and marveling at over 1000 trulli clustered together is an only-in-Puglia experience between Bari and Brindisi.

Is Campania dangerous?

While Naples and smaller cities like Caserta have some petty crime, the Campania region is generally safe especially in tourist areas. Practice basic precautions as in any major city and don’t wander off the main streets at night. The Amalfi Coast, islands like Capri and Ischia, Pompeii, and inland areas feel very secure.

What’s the less crowded town in the Amalfi Coast?

For a less touristy experience on the Amalfi Coast, base yourself in towns like Atrani, Praiano, Maiori or Minori. They offer the same beauty and charm at a more relaxed pace compared to hotspots like Positano or Ravello in peak summer.

How long do I need to visit Pompeii?

To fully explore the vast Pompeii archaeological park, allow 2 to 4 hours minimum depending on your interests. With multiple hours you can see not only the famous preserved Roman city ruins but also climb Vesuvius, explore restored villas like the House of the Faun, and wander less crowded outer areas.

Is Bari better than Lecce?

Bari and Lecce both have merits in Puglia. As a bigger port city and transport hub, Bari makes a great base to explore the region. Lecce wows visitors with its ornate Baroque architecture and charming atmosphere, ideal for wandering photogenic streets. Lecce feels more quaint and tourist friendly. It comes down to personal travel style and priorities.

How long do I need in Palermo?

2 to 4 days is ideal to see the top sights in Palermo, Sicily’s chaotic but charismatic capital. This allows you time to visit Palermo’s Arab-Norman architectural gems like the Palatine Chapel, see colorful markets like Ballaro and Vucciria, and sample street food favorites like arancini rice balls and pane con panelle chickpea fritters.

Describe Positano?

With its steeply stacked pastel buildings overlooking a glittering Mediterranean bay, Positano is the poster child for everything beautiful about the famed Amalfi Coast. This sophisticated village oozes luxury with boutique hotels, ceramic shops and limoncello makers that cascade down to a pebbly beach filled with Funambulist walkers.

Where is Sassi?

The Sassi are a district within the city of Matera, Basilicata known for ancient cave dwellings carved into limestone cliffs that were inhabited up into the 20th century. The Sassi give Matera a prehistoric, troglodyte feel which earned it UNESCO World Heritage status. Sassi means “stones” in Italian.

What does the Gulf Of Naples include? 

The Gulf of Naples is the large bay located south of Naples proper on Italy’s western coast. Areas surrounding the Gulf include Naples waterfront neighborhoods, the Sorrentine Peninsula with towns like Sorrento, the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida, and the ruins of Pompeii to the southeast near Mount Vesuvius.

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