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Travel Bucket List Destinations- Southern Italy

It’s almost the time to plan and organise our trip of the year. We are going to Europe for sure. Apart from visiting my mother in law, we wouldn’t miss the opportunity to see some new places. When we were discussing our destinations, southern Italy came up many times.

We both have been thinking about to travel in southern Italy for a while. Somehow, that part of the country is more appealing to us. Maybe we watched too many TV shows about southern Italy. Maybe it’s the culture. Maybe it’s the food! However, as usual, there is so much to see and so little time we have. Part of the trip organisation is to screen out the places we cannot go and concentrate to places we want to go the most. Making a bucket list for the destinations would serve the purpose. Here is mine!


Visiting southern Italy would be incomplete if we leave Sicily out of the plan. It’s the largest island in Italy.  Its rich history is fascinating enough. All the historic sites in Catania, Agrigento, Syracuse can keep us busy for days. Certainly we have to taste the Sicilian food, famous cheeses, wines and salamis.


Temple of Concordia, Agrigento. (Photo from


A city was buried under lava and ashes from the Mountain Vesuvius eruption. Its history can be traced back to 310 BCE. The ruin was discovered in 16th century. There are many well-preserved buildings, frescoes, and streets to explore, like the Amphitheater, Great Palestra, and the House of Venus in the shell.


Pompeii, Italy (Photo from


When we searched about Alberobello, we saw these white-tipped beehive-shaped houses in every photo. It’s called Trulli. Apparently, it’s built from local limestone. I am so curious to see how these houses were built. I don’t mind spending a night under the interesting pointy roof.


alberobello Trulli. (photo from Wikipeida)

Sorrento – Positano – Amalfi coast – Salerno

Sorrento is a beautiful town overlooking the Bay of Naples, and Positano is named the most photogenic town because of the colourful cliff side village. With Amalfi coast, they are all in the same area. I am wondering if Salerno could be a good base to travel around that area.


Positano (Photo from


One of the oldest cities in Italy. It has a lot of offer, museums, galleries, churches, castles and its famous Neapolitan pizza. However, I have also heard many negative things about the city, toxic garbage problem, crime issues, limited dining options and so on. I am not certain if I really want to go. 😦


Naples. (photo from


“The Florence of the South” – I think that says all about this place. Of course, I have to check it out.


Lecce, Italy (photo from

That’s my list for the coming trip. I am sure there are many other places/cities/towns are worth seeing. However, it really depends on the time we have. I am not even sure we have time to tick off everything on this list.

I hope you like the post. I would really appreciate your recommendations and suggestions. Please leave comments below. Thank  you. 🙂 xx


*All the photos are from Internet.


  1. rebbit7 says

    I’ve been to Pompeii, the Amalfi coast, and Naples. All worthwhile visits while in southern Italy. I’ll be in Sicily this December, so I’ll let you know how it goes!

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    • Lucky you! Must be beautiful and romantic! I cant wait to go there. I’ve heard so much about it. Thanks for stopping by. 😘😘


  2. Just skipped through Northern Italy (Milan) on the way to Switzerland and I can vouch for the … erm, the airport? Yep – the airport was very nice. 🙂
    Kindness – Robert.

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    • Wow, nice! You must have had a wonderful trip! Yeah, I think we will go there. I won’t miss an opportunity to see it. Thanks, Catherine. xx


  4. I love Italy. All of those places are fantastic. I went to Sicily in April you can easily fill two weeks travelling round there. I am off to Puglia in October and will be staying in a trulli which I am very excited about! As well as Pompei try to see Herculaneum as well which is more intact and if you are seeing both of those, is Vesuvius on your list? I had the same concerns about Naples and didn’t go there so would be interested to hear about it if you do go.

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    • Thanks for the tips. We didn’t plan to go to Vesuvius. I just googled it. It looks beautiful. I might just add it on my list. There are so many places to see. I so much just want to spend half of a year travelling in Italy. We have concern about Naples too. So we haven’t decided if we would go or not. If we go, I will definitely have a post about it. Thanks again for all the info. xx


    • Aww, we are going there in October too. I am not sure if we can make it to Alberlello. It’s a little bit out of the route we planned. We will see. Hope you have a fun trip! xx

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  5. During my recent trip in Campania, I visited Mount Vesuvius. I sneaked myself up to the crater, bypassing the gate and avoiding the ticket fee (not for the money but for the adventure’s sake in its own right). I just published today on my blog the story of the first trespassing attempt, starting all the way from Pompei overnight, which was, after all, unsuccessful as I got busted by a military patrol. I’d be glad to hear impressions in case anyone’s keen to read through this story:

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  6. Awesome post! I only visited Naples! I really want to visit all the others!! Have you been in Cinque Terre ? Last month I visited It and I really loved it! If you want to know more check my last post 😊

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    • Thank you for letting me know. I haven’t started my trip to Southern Italy yet, but I am really looking forward to it. 😊

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  7. I am from Naples and I can guarantee that there a lot of negative stereotypes..I am hugely surprised by the “limited dining options “as we are worldwide famous for food and for being able to find it at any time of the day and the night 😀

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    • Haha, just what I heard. Didn’t make it in the trip last year. But we plan to go back to Italy. Just love the country. I will make sure we won’t miss it next time. Thanks for the comments. xx


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