Skip the Colosseum—These 5 Southern Italy Vacations Will Take Your Breath Away

Summer in Italy is synonymous with dramatic coastlines, sips of limoncello, Vespa rides, and hidden unspoiled beaches. It’s no surprise that Italy has become one of the world’s premier European travel destinations. Thanks to its beautiful beaches, great weather, and phenomenal cuisine, the peninsula feels synonymous with vacation season, particularly its iconic Northern destinations like Rome, Florence, and Venice.

While abundant in must-see history, however, these popular regions are also bustling with tourists, long lines, and steep prices. Braving the swarms of visitors to walk around the Colosseum on a steamy July day is anything but relaxing. If you’ve already visited Italy’s most famous spots or you’re simply an adventurer invigorated by the idea of cruising off the beaten path, there’s nothing better than Southern Italy vacations. Ready to immerse yourself? Discover the hidden gems tucked away south of Milan.

Next up: Beyond Positano—this is where Italian locals go to escape the crowds.

This story was originally published on April 28, 2016, and has since been updated