Southern Italy Tours

Panorama of Mt. Etna in Sicily, Italy
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Southern Italy Tours

Immerse yourself in the sun-drenched splendor of southern Italy. This peninsular boot, stretching into the Mediterranean Sea, is a historic crossroad revealing the influence of Greek, Spanish and Arab culture shimmering in the buildings, relics and food.

Take a hydrofoil to Capri on some of our Southern Italy Tours, where you’ll cruise the island in an open-top taxi so you can drink it all in like limoncello, Capri's traditional lemon liqueur. Luxuriate on an Amalfi coast beach, where chic hotels overlook bobbing yachts. See how Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Norman conquerors have all left their mark on the resort town of Sorrento, where a riot of bright buildings climb the rugged landscape to gaze over the Bay of Naples.

Bear somber witness to the volcanic destruction that darkened the ancient city of Pompeii when Mt. Vesuvius buried it in scalding ash two millennia ago, preserving it with haunting perfection.

History is alive here. Visit the Sassi di Matera, caves occupied since the Paleolithic until 1950 and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In southern Puglia, explore the Trulli of Alberobello, circular dwellings with conical roofs that are domed within and built from local limestone with prehistoric mortarless construction techniques still practiced today. Some structures date to the 14th century.

Our Southern Italy Tour Packages deliver enriching special encounters, including dining in a home in Alberobello; learning how to make homemade macaroni, then dining with the locals of Cstiglione di Sicilia, a Jewish Village; tasting olive oil and salt; and a demonstration of how Sicily’s famous Modica chocolate is made.

Ingredients such as saffron, raisins and almonds are culinary echoes of centuries of trade and conquest, and both cannoli (cream-filled pastries) and aroncini (fried risotto balls) are Sicilian classics. Crisp wine, fresh seafood and shellfish are on the menu, too.