I've read many posts here from people willing to visit italy.
Most of them planned to visit the usual cities: roma, milano, venezia, firenze, pisa...
Those are cities in the north of italy, do you know that?
If your idea of Italy is about sea, beach, sun, pizza, pasta and delicious food, music, smiling people, relaxing life, historical sites and tradition…then you should visit South italy!
Are you aware of it?
The southern part of italy is more genuine, out of mass tourism paths and it is where the ancient Italy was born, under Greek influence and during the roman empire. Nowadays South italy is a controversial land, not well developed compared to northern regions, with dramatic issues (mafia and organized crime, high unemployment rate, lack of infrastructures…) but good travellers will take advantage of an authentic spirit, friendly people, high sense of hospitality, genuine life style and cheap prices.
The entire southern region (despite many local diversities) has a common soul with Spain, France, North Africa, Croatia, Greece and Turkey.
Somehow it could be an unique entity due to the many similarities, strongly influenced by mediterranean sea.
Are you aware that Southern italy has been listed as best valued travel destination? South italy listed as best value travel destination in the world: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/travel-tips-and-articles/lonely-planets-best-value-travel-destinations-for-2014
Are you aware that the best beach in the world is in Sicily? http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/22/uk-travel-beaches-idUSLNE91K01W20130222
Is not easy to visit the South, there aren't many airports and train services but for adventurous travellers it will be an incredible experience, getting in contact with warm and hospitable locals more than a bunch of tourists, eating genuine and tasty food more than costy and precocked dishes, sightseeing ancient history rather than fancy shopping streets.
This is South!
If you need any suggestion, info, feel free to contact me