Sentiero Degli Dei, Amalfi Coast

Take A Hike! Hiking in Southern Italy

Southern Italy’s untapped rugged beauty with varying degrees of mountains and valleys, long winding shorelines, and let’s not forget, some of the largest and most protected national parks and reserves in Italy, make it the perfect place to visit if you love nature and hiking. You don’t have to be an expert to experience all...
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Southern Italy Snapshots: Basilicata

The last couple of months, we’ve traveled through Puglia, Calabria and Sicily via some of the most beautiful Flickr photos of southern Italy. Today the Southern Italy Snapshot series is heading slightly north into Basilicata. Most travelers see Basilicata as they travel south (or east) from Campania into either Calabria or Puglia. The region has...
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Reader Questions: Ideal Stopping Point on Calabria’s West Coast

I announced on my Calabria Travel Facebook page last week that I’d begin answering Reader Questions as part of an on-going series here on My Bella Vita … and whaddyaknow, people have questions. Today’s question comes from Michele in Chicago, a lovely young woman with a Calabrese mother-in-law who I’ve corresponded with before (thus, her...
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The ancient remains of a castle in Fiumefreddo Bruzio, Italy. Photo: Giovanna Figliuolo

Travel Tip Tuesday: Five Mistakes Travelers Make in the Mezzogiorno

My husband and I have spent the last four years in the Southern Italy tourism industry and we’ve learned a lot in that time. Between the guests we host at our Calabrian bed and breakfast and the clients we help through our travel consulting business, we’ve seen travelers on every end of the spectrum …...
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