Comprising the stretch of peninsula encompassing the regions that form the lower end of Italy's "boot", Southern Italy is a dream destination for many.
Brimming with rich history, striking architecture and wild beauty, this wonderfully photogenic corner of Europe has plenty to offer visitors. With the addition of the warm Mediterranean climate, superb cuisine and famously friendly and expressive locals, it's not difficult to see why Southern Italy tours are so coveted.
Southern Italy holidays provide the chance to explore a wonderfully diverse mix of destinations, from rugged mountainous landscapes and rustic villages to bustling cities and elegant coastal resorts. Explore unspoilt countryside in Calabria, relax on a picture-perfect beach in Puglia or discover ancient ruins in Campania. Whether you opt for the historic grandeur of Sicily, the elegant resorts of Sardinia or the national park-filled landscapes of Abruzzo, our Southern Italy escorted tours offer the very best of the region's history, scenery, attractions and cuisine.
Things to see and places to visit on your escorted holiday to Southern Italy
The summer playground to society's most sophisticated individuals since Roman times, Capri is one of the Mediterranean's most striking islands.
Famed for its olive oil production and for boasting the longest coastline of any mainland Italian region, Puglia holidays offer ample opportunity to eat well and to unwind in the sun.
Known throughout the world as the "Divine Coast" (Divina costiera), Italy’s Amalfi Coast endures as an alluring combination of history, sophistication, and sunshine.
Pompeii tours allow you to see just what else this historical area has to offer, from gorgeous sacred pieces of architecture that are considered pilgrimage sites by many, to the looming bell tower that delivers panoramic views.
Few Italian holidays would be complete without sampling the local cheeses.
While hard cheeses such as provolone and caciocavallo are the most common in the region, there are exceptions, such as the famous Campania mozzarella.
With influences from Greece, Spain, and the Middle East, Southern Italian cuisine has been perfected over centuries of migration. In terms of traditional dishes, look out for melanzane ripiene al forno, a Southern Italian favourite composed of baked aubergines stuffed with capers, tomatoes and olives.
Don't miss the opportunity to get a caffeine fix at a coffee bar with the locals. The coffee in Southern Italy is rich and bitter in flavour, and best enjoyed with a pastry such as a cornetto, a croissant-like treat often filled with cream, jam or chocolate.
Be inspired to travel solo. Newmarket Holidays welcomes solo travellers on all our group tours. In fact, many of our customers choose to join our tours on their own. And the best part is: you won’t really be alone. With a group of like-minded travellers and a friendly, informative tour manager (as well as incredible locals all over the world!), you will love your holiday experience. Joining a tour as a solo traveller is also a guaranteed way to feel safe and confident when travelling alone. While you can join any of our regular tours on your own, we also have a range of tours designed exclusively for solo travellers.
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