Effective June 3rd, Italy has re-opened its borders for leisure travel and holidaymakers. It has introduced numerous measures to protect and ensure the safety of all guests. Especially in the south of the country, many regions yet to be discovered are attracting visitors, such as the LGBT hotspot Gallipoli.
Italy is steadily returning to business as usual: open borders, hotels, restaurants and beaches are welcoming holidaymakers from European countries again. Safety first is the rule in any place: Special markers, e.g. on the beach, indicate the distance one must keep from others. This is just as much a part of the measures against the Corona virus as wearing a mouth-and-nose cover in closed spaces. Hotels have implemented provisions accordingly to allow their guests a stay as carefree as possible.
Off to the South
The current situation offers many European holidaymakers the chance to re-discover Italy. Especially the regions south of Rome invite to a visit. Campania, for example, along with the city of Naples, attracts visitors with landscapes of breathtaking beauty that are hard to beat. The unique panorama of the Amalfi Coast, the fascination of ancient cities such as Pompeii or Ercolano, intoxicating colours and scents of nature and maritime delicacies of Mediterranean cuisine make Campania a feast for the senses. One should not forget the island of Capri, which was a retreat for the gay ‘high society’ the 18th century already.
The heel of the Italian “boot” – 800 kilometres of coast
In Puglia, the Salento peninsula with its seaside resort Gallipoli has made a name for itself among the LGBT scene. Here, Italy’s gay scene spends the summer on beaches whose turquoise-blue water is almost reminiscent of the Caribbean. The region, which forms the heel of the Italian boot and lies between the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, has 800 kilometres of coastline and is also rich in culture and history. The UNESCO World Heritage Site Castel del Monte, just outside Bari, is here, as is the small town of Alberobello, famous for its trulli houses. An insider tip are the Tremiti Islands, 22 kilometres off the coast, which offer wild nature and belong to the Gargano National Park.
With the Gulf of Taranto and the Gulf of Policastro, the Basilicata region has coastlines on both the Ionian and Tyrrhenian Seas. Steep cliffs, deeply incised bays and hidden caves can be found in the southwest at the Gulf of Policastro, while flat sandy beaches characterise the Gulf of Taranto in the southeast and guarantee bathing fun. Crystal-clear water as well as true dream beaches excite bathers time and again. The inland, which is crossed by the Apennine mountain range, offers striking natural beauty. Visitors are surprised by the extensive, lush green forests that thrive on the fertile lava soil of the now extinct volcano Mont Vulture. Nature reserves offer an unexpected wealth of flora and fauna. Vineyards and olive groves contrast with barren and rugged landscapes. In addition to oil and wine, Basilicata is famous for its cucina povera, the “poor people’s cuisine”, which captivates with its ingenuity and simplicity.
- Italien8: By: Lukas Werlich/BluCom
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