Mediterranean sun and medieval history characterize Southern Italy, a region which has come to symbolize everything traditional about life and cuisine in Italy. Many small towns retain an air of ancient grandeur, with cobblestone streets, stunning cathedrals, and unique architecture combining to evoke a bygone era. Older still are the traces of civilizations past found throughout the countryside, the most notable of these being the ruined city of Pompeii. Lesser known is the Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park which shelters an eclectic blend of ruined Greek towns and lush scenery.

Naples is the largest city in the region, boasting a lovely collection of museums and castles, all coexisting with modern life. Head to Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast, where cliffs towering over the shimmering waters and populated with alabaster villas produce breathtaking panoramas that have delighted visitors for centuries.

The coast is the gateway to Italy’s many islands, each breathtakingly beautiful but distinctly unique. The Isle of Capri has long been enchanting visitors, from Roman emperors to jetsetting celebrities, and today it is a must for those in search of shopping and sunshine.