I am planning to spend a week in September exploring southern part of Italy (more precisely Puglia and Calabria). I am very much interested in culture/history/food but also in trekking/hiking/nature. Can somebody give me few tips on must see/eat in this part of the country as well as give recommendations regarding accommodation in private rooms/or B&B.
I found Puglia (and to a lesser extent, Basilicata) more pleasant than Calabria, which is just poor, hot and not overly friendly. The greek remains in southern Italy are quite interesting, especially in and around Gallipoli. Bari and Lecce are nice cities I thought, with a touristic infrastructure of sorts.
The charm of the Mezzogiorno is its emptiness. Just rent a car and drive around what seems a forgotten part of the world. In terms of nature there is preciously little to enjoy, even though the scenery as a whole is beautiful. Afaik, there are no trekking opportunities to speak of.
If you can read Italian, there is a booklet "Trekking in Puglia" that may be of interest to you. Its ISBN is 8880827006, it's on sale at unilibro.it. Also, there is the website trekking.it, dedicated to hiking in all of Italy.
[ Edit: Edited on Jul 30, 2008, at 1:05 AM by bentivogli ]
I'm originary from Calabria so I'm not agree with you Calabria is really friendly and there is a lot of beaches really nice and cute.
You can go to Diamante, or Scalea, it's really nice.
And you can go to the Sicily it's not so expensive.
But if you want to see, mountains and hills with a lot of olives, and go to the sea Calabria is really a place to go.
thank you both, but could you be more precise, help me out with accommodation tips, names of interesting places..i can read italian... and i found info on websites but it is much better when you hear it first hand from real people who have really been there and experienced it.