The lights, beauty and genius of the Italian islands are unmatched. From Sicily’s rich history in culture to its picturesque coastlines; there is no shortage when it comes down to either spectacular views or historical attractions for travellers looking forward to their next adventure!
Each person has their favorite cities and regions, the ones they have already been to or the ones they want to visit. But possibly no other country rivals Italy regarding its cities’ light, beauty, colors, and genius. Those in the north are well known for being obligatory points on any first trip to the old continent. But there are not so many who descend beyond Rome. For this reason, we propose an exciting journey through the landscape of hills, volcanoes and valleys of southern Italy. In Sicily, all the routes of the Mediterranean cross and for this reason, the island was coveted since time immemorial, which has resulted in a rich mix of cultures. Matera is bewildering urbanization that has survived since the Stone Age. The Amalfi Coast, one of the most cinematic settings on the peninsula. On the other side of the booming north, Naples sometimes seems to be closer to myth than reality, making it irresistible. Rome, the seat of Christianity and cultural city par excellence, has a unique wealth of heritage. In addition to these destinations that no one would want to miss, some corners are still less known but just as suggestive, such as Noto, Reggio Calabria, Erice or the neighbourhood of the EUR, in Rome.
As one trip is not enough to discover all the charms that southern Italy has to offer, in this itinerary, we will focus on two key moments in its long history: Greco-Roman antiquity – whose legacy in terms of language, philosophy, art, architecture, science and law has been enormous – and the baroque, a philosophical and aesthetic movement conceived from the needs of the papacy to reaffirm its power in the face of the advance of absolute monarchies and the spread of Protestantism. Of course, in the case of a trip to Italy, we will also enjoy its gastronomy, since it is a region blessed for crops and surrounded by a deep blue sea. Southern cuisine is therefore closely linked to nature: vines, olive, fish, vegetables, cheeses and meats.