Plunging into the sea, southern Italy basks lazily in the sunshine, offering its Apennine mountain range, coasts and beaches, volcanic hillsides and plains dotted with olive groves to the eye. It is also a land rich in history, a region of culture and a fertile breeding ground of the arts which revolve around Rome, the eternal city. You too will join the throngs of tourists who gape at and admire the capital, but also the antique city of Pompei, bustling Naples and baroque Lecce in the heel of the boot. Unless, of course, you prefer to enjoy the dolce vita of the Amalfi coast lapped by the Tyrrhenian Sea, against the background of the never quite dormant Vesuvius. Holiday snapshots of stunning beauty are guaranteed throughout, such as at Alberobello, a timeless trulli village of Apulia. Finally venture into the grandiose forests of the Abruzzi national park, before sampling the fresh local seafood and vegetables, cooked in the olive oil for which the region is famous.