Today I read an article, “Why no one goes to Naples” by Beppe Severgnini who addressed why only 13% of the annual tourists who visit Italy go to the south of the country. It’s interesting, because even I have been tons of times in Italy, but never really considered going to the south. First I thought maybe it’s because of the distance, but then I read that “German airports sent 223 flights to Spain’s Balearic Islands in one week last summer, and only 17 to southern Italy.” So what’s the reason for the lack of tourism?
There are some valid reasons why less tourists go to the south, such as the bad infrastructure. The train connection between the north and south is so bad, you get the impression you time travel. Also unsuccessful marketing of the beautiful places, that are hidden in the lower part of Italy, are a reason for the low number of tourists. Also,if you’ve ever been in the north of Italy and have spoken to some locals, you most likely sensed a negative attitude towards the south and their people. But often bad rumors come from people who have never even been in the south.
Maybe time travel isn’t so bad, because where else will you find an Italian Mamma preparing fresh pasta each day for her guests, if not in the south of Italy? You can check out her beautiful farmhouse in Puglia here.
Another famous place in Puglia is Bari.
Recently I watched an interview with two very talented Italian film makers, Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi, who made a movie called Italy: Love it or Leave it. It’s about their personal tour around Italy to discover if their country has anything to offer before they abandon it to find work abroad. That made me realize that even Italians from the north don’t know what the south really is like. You can check out here their funny movie trailer and interview.
The city above is Siracus in Sicily another treasure of the south which doesn’t receive enough attention. There are many more hidden places int he south, after all it’s Italy that has the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world
Is your country similarly divided?
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