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Southern Italian Gems trip

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Southern Italian Gems trip

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Southern Italian Gems Trip will tell you a fantastic journey in the heart of Italy, all its highlights and historical places in just 21 days.


Southern Italy has a many landmarks with a stunning view and food. It has always been a mix of cultures. During winter many attractions are closed. There can be snow as far as Lecce in Apulia.


This will be a fantastic journey, but you must be careful. Check the state of the car, especially if you stuck on a cliff just on the sea. Bring a reliable map and be mentally prepared for any problems, traffic and being surprised.


Most Italians can speak English, occasionally French, Spanish and German. In Southern Italy the number of English speakers are lower than in the North, so bring an Italian Phrasebook. Key Words:

Sorry,Where is the road to...? 
Scusate, quale e' la strada per...?
In front 
I don't understand 
Non Capsisco
I don't speak Italian 
Io non parlo Italiano
Speak more slowly 
Non capisco

Get in[edit]

The Start will in Termoli, in the coast of Molise.

By air[edit]

There are flights from London Stansted to Pescara, Ciampino, Fiumicino and Perugia (There are other destinations from these airports)..

By train[edit]

There are train lines to Termoli from Abruzzo, Campania, Rome and Apulia.

By boat[edit]

If come from Eastern Europe, there are ferries from Ancona to Croatia, Turkey, Greece, [[[Albania]] and Montenegro. There is one from Barletta to Durazzo in Albania or from Bari to Dubrovnik, Durazzo, Corfu and Igonumesta.


Day 1-Molise[edit]

Termoli-Campobasso-Isernia142.8 Km-2h and 77m

The night you have arrived you will spend sleeping in Termoli. Starting there, after you have slept a night; Give around 2 hours or so walking around this nice Adriatic town. After you have got your taste of coastal Molise, start to organize your second place. Get in the car and drive on the Corso Nazionale, then Via Abruzzi to Via Corsica to Strda Statale 16 Adriatica/ss16. Take SS87 and Strada Statale 647 Fondo Valle del Biferno/SS647 to Strada Provinciale 157/SP157 in Morrone del Sannio. Take the exit towards Morrone/Ripabottoni from Strada Statale 647 Fondo Valle del Biferno/SS647, then Continue on Strada Provinciale 157/SP157 to your destination in Castellino del Biferno. After having arrived in Campobasso, give 3 or 4 hours with having lunch and then head for Isernia. Take Strada Provinciale 141/SP141 and Strada Provinciale 13/SP13 to SS87 in Matrice Drive from Strada Statale 710 Tangenziale Est di Campobasso, SS87 and Strada Statale 17/SS17 to Isernia and then head there. Once arrived there stay for the night and have supper there.



  • the Cathedral of Termoli, with its Romanesque feature
  • The old city center, well restored
  • The Norman Castle, symbol of Termoli, built by Robert I of Loritello in the 11th century.
  • Trabocchi, on of the symbols of the Adriactic


  • Castello Monforte, built in 1450 by the local ruler Nicola II Monforte, over Lombard or Norman ruins. The castle has Guelph merlons and stands on a commanding point, where traces of ancient settlements (including Samnite walls) have been found.
  • Chiesa Madonna del Monte, erected in the 11th century and rebuilt in 1525. It houses a precious wooden statue of the Incoronata from 1334. Below the castle, the church of St. George is probably the oldest in Campobasso, built around the year 1000 AD over the ruins of a Pagan temple.
  • The Cathedral, or Chiesa della Santissima Trinità (Church of the Holy Trinity), was built in 1504 outside the city walls. It was destroyed by an earthquake in 1805 and a new Neoclassical edifice was built in 1829.
  • The church of San Bartolomeo is a Romanesque building from the 11th century, in limestone. The interior has a nave and two aisles.
  • Villa de Capoa, recently restored, is a noteworthy garden with statues and a wide variety of plant species, including sequoias, Norway Spruces, cypresses and Lebanon Cedars.
  • San Leonardo (14th century) has a façade mixing Gothic and Romanesque elements, and a side mullioned window with vegetable decorations influenced by the Apulian architecture of the period.
  • Nuovo Museo Privinciale Sannitico; this museum gives a wide range of the first population in Molise, the Sanniti.
  • Palazzo Pistilli; a museum of modern art
  • Palazzo Magno; a museum showing the history of the Army and of other curious things
  • Il museo civico di Baranello; a small museum that explains the traditions and arts of Molise
  • Castello di Capua a Gambatesa; a lovely palazzo that goes through medieval times with beautiful rooms
  • Il Museo di Arte sacra della Diocesi del Trivento; a museum that tells the history of the church in Molise, a must for lovers of History of rural Italy
  • The borgo of Campobasso, a different place from Rome or Milan, small alleys and tall squeezed houses with little churches blending in the streets


  • The “Fontana Fraterna” is a refined public fountain with six water jets, with an unusual arcade-shape, made of blocks of calcareous, compact stone. It is built of Roman and Romanesque materials.
  • La Pineta is an archaeological excavation site containing thousands of bones and stone tools covering 20,000 square metres.
  • Cathedral of St.Peter, built on a pagan temple and with a neoclassical façade
  • La torre Campanaria, a bell tower with arabesque features.
  • The old city center
  • Palazzo D'Avalos-Laurelli built in 1694 from prince Diego D'Avalos.

Day 2&3-The Heart of Borbonic Italy[edit]

Isernia-Caserta-Naples113.8Km-1h and 41m

Drive from A1/E45, SS85, Strada Statale 85 var Variante di Venafro/SS85var and SS85 to Isernia. Take exit Isernia-S.Spirito from SS85, then take Via Santo Spirito to Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi in Isernia and then head to Caserta. After having visited the palace and the surroundings, get your bags and car and start to drive to the old Borbonic capital. Get on A1/E45 in Casapulla from Strada Statale 7 Via Appia, then Follow A1/E45 to Via Giacinto Gigante in Arpino. Take the exit towards Napoli Centro/Casalnuovo/Casoria from SP1 Circumvallazione esterna di Napoli. After take Via Nazionale delle Puglie to your destination.



  • The Palace is the Highlight of the city, due to the Park architecture it is comparable to Versaille, and it is the Largest Palace in Europe.

With its gardens it has a feel of being taken back to the 1600.

  • Casertavecchia is the medieval heart of Caserta, with its church of 1100, and its castle.
  • Sannitic Tomb
  • Porta del Belvedere. it was built in 1600 and it was the entrance of the feudal princes of Acquaviva.
  • Museo dei Appartamenti reali, a place which offers the Nativity of the 1700 with a stunning prospective of art and Baroque decoration.
  • Museo della Pinacoteca reale, shows paintings of dead fruits and people from Italian and Dutch painters.
  • Museo delle Sete, showing how Silk was meda in baroque Italy and the clothes.
  • San Leucio, a very old monastery well conserved with nice gardens.


  • L'Antico Cortile[1]


  • Castel dell'Ovo a porto Santa Lucia, its name is from the shape of the Castle, which now houses a prehistoric museum.
  • Castelnuovo, a massive castle A huge medieval castle at the shore which houses the main city museum featuring various collections, but most importantly a picture gallery.
  • Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, it's Napolitan National Gallery.

It displays the Borgia, Farnese and Borbone famalies collections with mainly Renaissance and Baroque Italian paintings (which are a lot). Among the famous artists on display: Caravaggio, Tizian, Giovanni Bellini, Annibale Caracci, de Ribera and Giordano.

  • Museo Archeologico Nazionale, It is the biggest roman architectural museum in the World, its collection is astonishing both considering the quality and the quantity of the objects on display. Naples Archeological Museum houses wall paintings and different objects removed from Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other places that suffered the 79 AD. eruption.

Plus, you can admire the Farnese collection of Roman sculptures (including the famous sculptures of the Caracala Baths).

  • Grotta di Seiano An artificial cave underneath Posillipo. It leads to an ancient Greek theatre.
  • Textile and Clothing Museum Elena Aldorandini.
  • Museo del Mare (Naval Museum), a museum telling the history of the city and connection with the sea.
  • Museo del corallo e del cameo, this is a beautiful museum of Neapolitan jewellery and the craft of it.
  • Catacombe di San Gennaro, a series of catacombs which contains Naples loved patron Saint, San Gennaro.
  • Napoli sotteranea, below the church of San Lorenzo Maggiore there there are the remains of Greek and Roman naples under the modern city.


  • Art Resort Galleria Umberto [2]
  • Caravaggio Hotel Napoli [3]
  • Micalo' [4]


Day 4-The Paradises of the Gulf of Naples[edit]

Napoli-Procida-Ischia80.8Km-2h 40m

From the Hotel get a bus and go to the Molo Immacolta Vecchia ande get the ferry for Procida. After a morning in Procida, get a ferry that leads to Ischia



  • Marina Corricella, the village is like if it is an eagle nest haning on a rocky mountain, tumbling to its marina in a waterfall of pastel colours of the houses: pinks, yellows and whites. Fishing boats complete the rainbow of colours, plus, a sprawl of terrace cafes and restaurants in the summer, which is simply marvelous.
  • Abbazia di San Michele Arcangelo, built in the 11th century and remodelled between the 17th and 19th centuries, this Benedictine abbey houses a small museum with some arresting pictures, plus a church with a spectacular coffered ceiling and an ancient Greek alabaster basin converted into a font, and a maze of catacombs that leads to a tiny secret chapel, which is one of the top destinations of the island.
  • Abbazia di San Michele Arcangelo, Built in the 11th century and restored between the 17th and 19th centuries, this one-time Benedictine abbey houses a small museum with some arresting pictures, plus a church with a spectacular coffered ceiling and an ancient Greek alabaster basin converted into a font, and a maze of catacombs that leads to a tiny secret chapel.
  • The main town, Marina Coricella, the town is like a bird's nest on a slope on the sea against the massive waves.

The houses and boats have so many colures from pink to white to even blue.

  • On Procida's highest point is the ruined 16th-century Castello d'Avalos, former Bourbon hunting lodge.


  • Fammivento [10]
  • Ristorante il Postino [11]


Stay safe[edit]

Get out[edit]