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Southern Italy Tours and Trips

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Whether you're looking to travel back in time at the preserved ancient city of Pompeii, hike up island volcanoes, or bask in warm sunshine on the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, our Southern Italy tours can help you discover the highlights and hidden gems of this enchanting Mediterranean region. Known for its historic ruins, rugged limestone coasts and fair weather, it's home to some of Italy's most famous attractions, like the conical trulli houses of Puglia, the sun-drenched island of Sicily and, of course, abundant delicious food and wine.

 

Led by an expert local guide, our signature small group tours create an immersive experience, so you can truly connect with the places you visit, as well as with your fellow travelers. From self-guided excursions to multi-activity family tours, explore and uncover this unique region in your preferred way.

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Discover the regions and cities of Southern Italy and Sicily

Southern Italy's six regions encompass the foot and heel of the "boot" of the Italian Peninsula, each one with its own history, culture, architecture, landscapes and cuisine.


On the mainland, you'll find Abruzzo, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Molise and Puglia. In Campania, you can explore the cosmopolitan city of Naples, discover the enchanting cliffside towns and fishing villages of the Amalfi Coast, and even climb Mount Vesuvius. Puglia is Southern Italy's top destination for delicious food such as orecchiette pasta, creamy burrata cheese, and extra virgin olive oil, as well as fine regional wines like fruity, red salice salentino. 


The lush, sun-kissed islands of Sicily and Sardinia lie out in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Sicily, in particular, is famous for its ancient ruins, like the Valley of the Temples and the ancient Greek theater at Taormina. Sardinia's unspoiled beaches, clear waters and mountainous landscapes beckon to nature lovers.

 

How to explore Southern Italy

Our Southern Italy tours offer a variety of ways to explore and discover the region, from fast-paced trips by car and bus, visiting multiple sites, to leisurely cycling or walking tours that move at the pace of this famously laid-back country.


With its slender peninsula, pointed toe and elevated heel, the shape of Italy is popularly associated with a boot. Well, you know what they say about boots. Exploring Southern Italy by foot on a guided walking tour or solo walking tour connects you to its history, culture and landscapes on a more personal and transformative level. You are quite literally walking through history. Scale the heights of rugged limestone mountains in Sardinia or explore one of the world’s most spectacular coastal trails, the Path of the Gods, along the cliff tops of the Amalfi Coast.
If walking and hiking aren't your style, discover Southern Italy from the seat of a bike. Hop on and cycle to destinations from the verdant hills of Cilento National Park in Salerno to a Sicilian coastal vineyard in Marsala for a wine tasting.

 

Every step or push of the pedal along the way, our expert local guides will be on hand to offer interesting facts, information, and advice. For the independent-minded traveler, solo tours with set itineraries allow you to uncover the charms of Southern Italy at your own pace.

 


 

Southern Italy Tours FAQ

Learn more about this region and what to expect on our Southern Italy small-group tours below.

What is Southern Italy best known for?

 

It varies depending on which region you're in, but Southern Italy is associated with its beautiful Mediterranean coastlines, seaside towns and abundance of archaeological and historic sites. Southern Italy is also notable for its regional cuisine and is a great place to try some of Italy's lesser-known wine varieties and grapes.

 

 

What is the best time of year to visit Southern Italy?

 

Spring, summer and fall are the best times to visit Southern Italy to take full advantage of the warm weather, plentiful sunshine and long days.


 

What is included in my Southern Italy tour?

 

Specifics vary by tour, but all Southern Italy tours include transportation, accommodations and some included meals. Check the relevant trip page for which excursions and meals are included for each tour. On all small group tours, a knowledgeable guide who is local to the region will join you.


 

Is it better to do a self-guided tour or a guided small-group tour?

 

The question of which is better depends on what kind of travel experience you're looking for and what kind of traveler you are. With a tour guide, not only has the entire trip been planned and arranged for you, but you are accompanied for the full trip by a knowledgeable local. Your tour guide can provide all kinds of background information about the places you visit, from historical facts to fun stories. Having access to so much additional information will help give you a more complete picture of the destinations on your Southern Italy trip.
 

Our self-guided Southern Italy tour options are ideal for travelers who prefer to make their own plans and move at their own pace. Even if you opt for one of the self-guided tours, it's still beneficial to book it through Explore. We'll take all the stress and hassle out of trip planning by arranging all your accommodations and itinerary stops for you. We send the maps and information about the places visited, and even transport your luggage for you. You just have to show up at the place where your tour begins - you can set the pace and decide when to start, how fast you travel, and where to stop!

 

How difficult are the Southern Italy walking and cycling tours?

 

The difficulty level on the walking and cycling tours ranges from easy to moderate. Travelers in good health and physical shape should have no issues. The exact level of physical difficulty varies by tour. The most difficult aspects are likely to be uneven terrain and short uphill climbs.
 

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