We’re sending out a jolt of good old fashioned inspiration today to get your heart swelling and the smiles going as you dream about your next Italian holiday.

I mean, are these pics from our Southern Italy tour the most luscious, or what?

We start on the Amalfi Coast — three take-your-breath-away nights in iconic Positano.

Check out the panoramic view from our hotel!

Of course heading down the coast on a boat is on the itinerary…

…to check out the super ugly town of Amalfi (wink wink) 😉

When we’re ready to venture inland, we head to lunch at a farm where they make this insanely delicious buffalo mozzarella. You’ll see families loading up their coolers with the stuff — Italians are obsessed with great food, of course, so they come in droves when it’s this good. And in the meantime, we get to benefit from their high standards!

Have you heard of Matera? It’s the most otherworldy place… in the world. My husband actually was brought to tears the first time he saw it because it’s like nowhere else in Italy.

Check out what National Geographic has to say about this amazing place here. Or pop over to the UNESCO website — Matera’s Sassi were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.

I’ve been to Matera in August and in May and both times there was NO ONE there. Worlds apart from the hustle and bustle of more famous Italian destinations like Rome or Florence.

We literally sleep in cave dwellings that were first inhabited in the Neolithic Era. I mean, they’ve been fancied up since then, with spas and sheets that obviously have waaaaay higher thread counts these days! Just take a look at the hotel we stay at for three nights.

Here’s the spa and interior carved out of the caves.

And the view of the old city or sassi from the hotel. Looks wild, right?

After Matera we head to Lecce, or as the Southern Italians call it, “The Florence of the South.”

We stay at this sweet hotel right in the center of town for four nights.

The rooftop breakfast terrace is pretty cute!

We take you on a shopping trip with a very fun local woman, and we have a beautiful Puglian lunch at the most adorable spot.

We also visit several small villages in the Puglian countryside.

Like Alberobello.

And Ostuni! You can see what a striking city it is as you drive up to it.

Ahhh… how gorgeous is the Puglian countryside? Everything is white and green.

And man, if I had a dollar for every photo of the meals we ate… I’d be a trillionaire.

Pools and cacti always make it into the shots too!

In the end, though, it’s not the things you see that really count. It’s the friends you meet along the way 🙂

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~ Marcel Proust

Learning never exhausts the mind. ~ Leonardo da Vinci

Check out what some of the friends we’ve made on our Southern Italy tour have had to say about this magical place!

Hope you enjoyed this photo-journey through Southern Italy with us.

I’m glad you’re here!

Wanna be there, in one of those photos, next year?

You can travel on these dates this coming season.

April 3-13
June 15-25

===> Just submit your date request here.

With love + more mozzarella than should be legal to consume in one sitting,

P.S. What town would you like to see in Italy? Comment below and let us know!

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