Southern Italy

Stray off the beaten path and explore Southern Italy. Far removed from the bustling north, Naples and Sicily are iconic and truly Italian in their sprawling countryside, seaside and remarkable cuisine.

Visit Pompeii, a great archaeological site south of Naples – a city from 2000 years back that got buried under the volcanic ashes from Mt. Vesuvius. Visit the volcanic mountain as well, and wind down in the evening by the sea side promenade at Naples and soak in the views of Mt. Vesuvius along with the sunset. And, if time permits, don't forget to the visit the Catacombs - the ancient burial sights of Christians from 2nd century AD, and literally trace the history of the city in various layers...!

Hop on across the villages of Amalfi coast, each with it's own unique character and breath-taking sea side views. Take the ferry to Capri, visit the blue grotto and sail through dramatic Faraglioni rock formations. While returning, head to Anacapri and take a chair lift to the summit of Monte Solaro. And, don’t forget to stop by Piazzetta for a refreshing drink and Via Carmelle for some luxury shopping

Take a flight to Palermo and start off your Sicilian experience with a heady mix of Byzantine mosaics, Arabesque domes and frescoed cupolas in its capital city of Palermo. This was the centre of the ancient world and you can see glimmers of it with the souks, baroque churches and gothic palaces

Experience the scenic drive through the Sicilian west coast and make stops in the town of San Vito Lo Capo, Agrigento, Marsala and Trapani. Make the small detour to the villages of Corleone and San Giovanni for the countryside views, and hope to get a glimpse of the infamous erstwhile Italian Mafia

Drive to Catania through the countryside and go up Mt. Etna, the only active volcano in Europe. Make your way down to the beaches of the South of Sicily and hop over from one pristine beach to another. Catch a real Sicilian meal of fresh fish with local Pasta, and the icing on the cake - authentic Sicilian desserts. If pasta and dessert is not your style, mix it up with a visit to the vineyard that produces Avola, a world famous Sicilian wine