South Italy is a land of historical diversity and continuity, active volcanoes, excellent food and warm people. I can hardly think of a reason I had not visited earlier this place, so close to Greece and yet so off my destination lists. Anyway, here we are, early September to avoid the August tourist hordes, packing for a road trip to South Italy.
With only 10 days to spare, the itinerary was very demanding. Six days to tour Sicily and four days in Naples and the Amalfi region: Athens to Catania via Rome, drive to Taormina for a night over, a full day in Stromboli to visit the erupting volcano, night over in Cefalu, drive to Agrigento via Selinunte, to visit the temples of the Greek colonial era, do the baroque circuit – Ragusa, Modica, Noto – and finally visit Syracuse. Then, fly from Catania to Naples, spend a day in the city, visit Pompeii, drive the Amalfi coast with the top down, spend 24 hours in Capri, stay for one more day in Naples and finally drive back to Rome to catch the returning flight to Athens.
The whole trip was great and offered a wide range of experiences, but with such a tight schedule we were exhausted. If I had to do it again, I would rather spend 10 days in Sicily and schedule the Naples region for a week’s trip some other time.
Here is complete list of the travelogues from this trip. Start reading here or click on any link to read the relevant post.