Southern Italy’s Beauty lies in the craggy hills, bleak landscapes, inferno like heat and the layers of stories behind very rubble, stone or boulder you lay your eyes on. The colorful characters you hear about in the news, the heat and the rather scary drop-offs into the beaches could have prevented you from coming to the mysterious southern part of Italy until now. However, the trend now is “don’t miss it before it becomes too touristy”.
Know the history to fill in the gaps: Don’t be just a tourist when you go visiting. Instead, become a researcher. Why not go over to the friendly old folks and talk to them about the history of any of the southern regions you might be in at that point? Be it Calabria, Sardinia or Sicily, there ought to be a story. Alternatively, pick up a good (honestly readable) book like “Stolen Figs”, “Old Calabria” or “Modern Italy” (has been updated in 1996) and get the inside bites on where the Romans, Americans, Spaniards and the Greeks have lounged, the attack stories, and much more.
Dip your toes in waters: If you are headed to Southern Italy, you can’t miss out on the beaches since they happen to be one of the world’s best. The sheer drop-offs and cliffs make for an amazing sight on some of these beaches. When you visit, make sure you add beaches like Tropea, capo Vaticano, Scilla, Modello, Taormina – also called as the pearl or jewel of the Mediterranean, San Vito Lo Capo, and finally the beaches of Ragusa (a total of 7 beaches all with limpid waters).
Italian food and wine: They say that the more you go towards south, in Italy, the better the Gelato (Ice Cream) gets. True Indeed! Apart from that, Southern Italy is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea and its specialties are spicy food: a variety of meat like fish, pork and lamb with breads and pasta. Want Macaroni? Head over to Campania – their meals are unforgettable. Try the Pancotto in Calabria, Lagane and Ragu. Some of the best known wines in Italy are Valpolicella, Soave, Barolo and Barberesco, of course.
Given enough information, your visit to Southern Italy can never be forgotten. If you wanted to experience the real Italy, South should do you justice. Come from North to South and you have seen it all.