Sicily could be described as a cultural melting pot, the place where Europe meets Africa and East meets West. This is reflected in its many historical sites and architectural wonders, vestige of once powerful civilisations. The region's natural beauty is composed of clear waters and sandy beaches, but also volcanoes, mountains and islands. Sicily truly is a land of contradictions and that is what makes it so fascinating.
A visit to the lovely Apulia region is like embarking on a journey through the ages. Traces of prehistory can still be found and the odyssey reaches a culminating point with the radiance of Renaissance and Baroque towns. Unique in Italy, the trulli, these strange circular houses topped with a cone-like roof, are not to be missed. And why not alternate sightseeing with days of resting on a beautiful beach?
A cluster of pastel-coloured houses, suspended on a cliff and dominating the deep blue see... This is probably the picture that comes to mind when thinking about the glorious Amalfi coast. A UNESCO World heritage Site as a cultural landscape, this region is fantastic for coastal and hiking holidays alike. Let the various charms of Ravello, Amalfi, Positano, Sorrento or Salerno work their magic on you!
A dramatic volcanic landscape and gorgeous beaches would be reasons enough to visit Sardinia. However, this island, the largest after Sicily, also has three national parks, thousands of archaeological monuments and albino donkeys! Cagliari, the capital, was built on seven hills and its San Michele castle is a popular sight. Sardinia also has a spectacular Carnival called Sa Sartiglia and a May festival, Cavalcata Sarda, when inhabitants come to Sassari to parade in colourful folk costumes.