South Italy: Coast to Coast

15-Day Southern Italy Holiday Itinerary - Italy

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Duration15 days / 14 nights (flexible)


ItineraryNaples - Sorrento - Amalfi - Polignano a Mare - Lecce - Salento - Brindisi

Suitable for families

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From the jet-set lifestyle on the Amalfi Coast, which you explore in style on a Vespa, you cross the boot of Italy to the relaxed countryside of Puglia. In a tuk tuk, you will tour among the olive groves and along the dramatic coastline of cliffs and clear blue waters. Learn to cook Italian with la mamma in the baroque city of Lecce and settle down on the soft sandy beach at the very tip of the boot.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Excursions as described below
  • Car hire and insurance – prices may vary depending on departure dates

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Lemons & Lava

Today you’ll arrive in Vico Equense, a suburb of Sorrento, where the rooms of your hotel are spacious and the pleasant sea breeze blows in off the Gulf of Naples. If you need to freshen up after the drive, float in the swimming pool as you look out over bay and the Vesuvius volcano. There’s a free shuttle bus to take you to the centre of the city, where you can have a bite to eat in the evening or just walk the streets to the Piazza Tasso.

the sun sets on a harbour

Rise early the next morning, as there is a lot on your doorstep. First, drive to the ruins of Pompeii, where you will find one of the best preserved remains from the Roman Empire with streets, temples, fountains, and frescoes all intact. After lunch, it’s time to drive to the volcano and if you’re lucky, you’ll have fantastic views over the Gulf of Naples. After a hearty breakfast the following morning, you’ll head to Gelateria David, a local ice cream parlour. Time to make and taste the famous ice cream with Mario, the owner. He’s full of passion and loves to tell everyone about the special ingredients and techniques. After the demonstration, you’ll get to make your own ice cream and before you leave, you’ll be given a certificate that contains a secret recipe for real homemade Italian gelato and limoncello.

a woman near some ruins

Path of the Gods

Time to drive to the Amalfi Coast along one of the most scenic drives in Europe. The road meanders along the coast through fishing villages clinging to steep cliffs. This stretch of coast has been attracting Italians and foreign travellers for its views, food and southern Italian life. Check into your B&B that is built against the cliffs and enjoy the sea view from the terrace that’s near to your room. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the coastal life. Walk down from your room for a refreshing dip in the blue sea. 

two small towers on a hill with a view of a coastline

The next morning you’ll discover the ultimate way to travel along the winding back roads of the Amalfi Coast – on a Vespa. You’ll pick up the scooter in Sorrento, about an hour away, then cruise past villages and lemon groves, with hidden coves below you. Drive to the most beautiful bays and places where cars struggle to venture to. The following day, you’ll need your hiking boots as you walk the Path of the Gods to the top of the cliffs, through narrow alleys and coastal pathways to Atrani. From there you’ll continue onto Ravello, an almost magical village on top of the cliffs overlooking the sea.  

a man on a vespa with a view of the sea behind him

Tuk-tuk along the coast

Arrive in Polignano a Mare, a place yet to be discovered by the masses. You will stay in a B&B right in the centre of this charming fishing village, which is mainly visited by the Italians themselves to spend warm days on the beach or in the cooler sea. You will find terraces and restaurants within walking distance along with narrow streets, a spectacular limestone rocky coast and a relaxed atmosphere in the shadow of the Benedictine monastery. Your B&B has spacious rooms that are simple, but clean and comfortable. It’s the perfect starting point to explore the area.

a family on a cliff

The following day you’ll explore the rural area in an Italian tuk-tuk (a.k.a. an ape). You will meet your driver and English speaking guide in Polignano a Mare and take a seat in the back. Drive through narrow streets, past village churches, courtyards and small bays. Along the way, you will visit the village of San Vito and stop at a typical Apulian farm to taste regional products such as cheese, sausage and wine. Your guide will then bring you back to the centre after and the rest of your time in Polignano a Mare is up to you. Enjoy the beaches and the conviviality on the terraces.

a man in a tuktuk

Carpe Diem in Salento

Today you’ll travel to Salento, the land of two seas. On one side of this peninsula is the Adriatic coast with its rugged cliffs and small pebble coves, along with quaint fishing villages and the ruins of watchtowers. To the west lies the Ionian coast with long white sandy beaches and azure blue water. You will stay in an old masseria (olive farm) that has been converted into a B&B with a comfortable room, a swimming pool and a beautiful roof terrace. The masseria is centrally located and within half an hour you can reach various beaches.

large rock formations in a turquoise sea

Time to explore the landscape of Salento. It may be relatively bare and flat, but it is the sandy beaches and blue water that steal the show, and you have plenty of choose from. We will arrange a sunset cruise on day two for you. Sailing from the port of Gallipoli, at Torre Pali, you’ll pass an island with ancient ruins and spot the medieval tower off the coast. Then you’ll sail further on to Santa Maria di Leuca, the cape that separates the Ionian from the Adriatic, for sunset and a few sundownders.

a woman walking on a sandy beach with the sea in front of her
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