The Family Friendly Guide
5 Adventures Mom Will Love in Southern Italy
How best to celebrate the mom in your life? Take her on a trip to Southern Italy, where life seems to slow down, and a wealth of natural wonders and cultural sites await. Whether she’s into ancient history, outdoor activities, or foodie pleasures, here are 5 adventures around the region that she’ll never forget. (Better yet, most of them are conveniently day-trippable from The Stella’s vacation rentals in the south of Italy.)
1. Hike the Amalfi Coast’s famous Path of the Gods
Linking Positano to the tiny hilltop town of Agerola through terraced hillsides, lemon plantations, and rosemary plants, the Sentiero degli Dei, as it is known locally, is a stellar hiking destination for the outdoor-loving mom: The glorious views will have her reaching for her camera at every bend in the trail! Plan a rest stop in Arienzo for a refreshing swim and a cheeky gelato on the beach.
2. Discover Tropea, Calabria’s most picturesque village
Perched above the Tyrrhenian Sea on the scenic Coast of the Gods, this off-the-beaten-path jewel has gorgeous fine-sand beaches to lay your towel, and a charming historical center with lively trattorias and a very Sicilian feel. After lunch, stroll up to the impressive monastery of Santa Maria dell’Isola for some epic views. Legend has it that Hercules founded the town, and it’s easy to see why deities would fall in love with this place! Mom will approve, too — no doubt about it.
3. Taste your way around some of Puglia’s best restaurants
Puglia is the epitome of slow food. Treat the mamma in your life to the best dining experience yet, from a delicious home-style Puglian meal at Le Zie Trattoria in the beautiful baroque city of Lecce (she’s got to try the almond-milk jelly sprinkled with almonds!) to freshly-caught seafood at the family-owned Il Bastione restaurant in the charming coastal town of Gallipoli. Or how about an unforgettable traditional dinner in a lush courtyard at Masseria Il Frantoio near Ostuni.
4. Indulge in mineral goodness in Santa Cesarea Terme
Located at the entrance of the Strait of Otranto, Puglia’s elegant spa town offers a stunning setting for a restorative break with its neo-Moorish buildings. Bathe in the thermal pool right on the seafront, or take a dip in sulphurous waters (renowned for their therapeutic properties) as they gush from four caves along the dramatic coastline. There’s no better way to feel refreshed and revitalized!
5. Take a day trip to Capri
A classic day trip from the Amalfi Coast, the fabled island of Capri is a magical destination that will enthrall the mom who enjoys a taste of the glamorous life. Take the funicular up to the heart of Capri to shop designer boutiques and enjoy a spot of people-watching. Or head to the more laid-back Anacapri to explore the magnificent gardens of Villa San Michele and soak up the views. By the time you leave the island, she’ll already be planning her return!
Where will you be taking your mom this Mother’s Day? Let us know in the comments below! If you’re looking for unique accommodations to surprise her with, check out THE STELLA’s curated collection of vacation rentals in Southern Italy.