5 southern Italy cities to visit

Learn about some of the best places in southern Italy to visit on your next summer holiday.

Southern Italy is a beautiful part of the country to explore. From discovering new places along the coast to seeing ancient ruins or trying some of the best coffee and food.

There are so many places in the region to visit, so here is a small list of five cities to visit in South Italy.

1. Positano

Positano Amalfi Coast

Positano is one of the many gorgeous towns along the Amalfi Coast. The town is full of colourful buildings along the cliff tops overlooking the glistening blue sea and pebble stone beaches. The most beautiful Positano beaches are Spiaggia Grande and Fornillo. You can spend hours swimming and relaxing on the beach.

Positano has incredible lookouts and walks like Il Sentiero Degli Dei (Path of Gods).

2. Naples

Naples Amalfi Coast

Naples is one of the most popular Italian cities and is also the creator of pizza. The best way to see Naples is by walking around and using the metro.

There is plenty to do including the Porta Nolana street market, visiting one of the churches, and going to the Naples National Archaeological Museum.

3. Ravello

Ravello Amalfi Coast

Ravello is a small coastal town that is quiet, so it’s a great alternative to avoid crowds from other popular towns along the Amalfi Coast. You can spend a day walking around the town and learning more about the history by visiting Ravello’s Cathedral, Villa Rufolo, and Villa Cimbrone.

The town is also known as the City of Music due to the summer concerts that take place here and the musicians that are inspired by the town.

4. Pompeii

Pompeii Italy

Pompeii is a very different city from the other ones on this list. If you haven’t already heard, Pompeii was a thriving ancient Roman city until a nearby volcano erupted in 79 A.D. and destroyed the town. The volcanic ash covered the city and helped preserve it to what we see today.

You can spend hours walking through the city ruins and learning more about how the city once operated.

For an added city, Herculaneum is a short 20-minute drive from Pompeii and received the same devastation from Mount Vesuvius eruption. The city isn’t as damaged and is a lot smaller than Pompeii.

5. Sorrento

Sorrento Italy

Sitting high up on the cliffs with views of the sea, Sorrento is another beautiful south Italian city. Sorrento is worth visiting for the views across the blue crystal water, the winding lanes, and the small shops to visit.

Ideally, you will want to spend about three days in Sorrento, but you can see the best of this coastal town all within a day.

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