AAA Guide to Exploring Southern Italy

Italy lands on the top of so many travelers’ bucket lists; they want to see the ruins in Rome and take a gondola ride in Venice. From our experience though, Naples is the prime location to base your Italian journey. The hidden gem of Southern Italy, Naples offers so many dining and historical experiences. Chow down on their world-famous pizza, sip wine at breathtaking vineyards, or visit the ancient city of Pompeii. The city is also a central point to so many top destination spots, making Naples a great home-base for amazing day trips such as these.


The epicenter of gorgeous Roman architecture and influential art is just a two-hour train ride away. Relax for a few hours and take in the rolling hills and vineyards of Italy’s back country—the time will fly by. This is also a great option for our budget-friendly travelers. Flights directly to Rome are generally more expensive, so by flying to Naples first then taking a short train ride, you could save substantially. Spend a few days in Rome, then head back to Naples before embarking on your next day trip in southern Italy.

Island of Capri

Hop on a 50-minute ferry and spend a day in Capri. Filled with gorgeous natural features and a dramatic coastline, the Island of Capri offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Rather than sand, their beaches are made of smooth rocks, which allows the water to remain crystal clear. Take a few hours and visit the famous Blue Grotto, a sea cave in the middle of the ocean. Tourists swim inside and are immediately captivated by the blue light reflected on the cave walls. Finally, Capri is known as the original isle of lemons, so don’t forget to try limoncello before you leave—it’s absolutely exquisite.

Naples is central to so many other seaside villages as well, such as Positano, Sorrento and Amalfi coast. The possibilities are endless and the seascapes are incredible along Southern Italy.

To plan your vacation to Italy, talk to your AAA travel agent today. Get expert advice and insider tips to make your trip one you’ll never forget.