South­ern Italy boom

Travel Bulletin - - ITALY -

COLLETE’S South­ern Italy and Si­cily tour has seen an in­cred­i­ble 42% year-on-year spike for 2017 book­ings. The tour com­pany be­lieves the strong growth is “pri­mar­ily due to the value for money” that the itin­er­ary of­fers. “While all of Italy is do­ing well for us, this is above the av­er­age growth we are see­ing,” Col­lette’s Aus­tralia busi­ness man­ager Ali­son Mead said. Mead noted an­other ma­jor draw­card of the 11-day tour priced from $294 per day is the way it show­cases the lo­cal life and cul­ture. “A great ex­am­ple is the street food tast­ing in­cluded in Palermo. We visit a mar­ket and af­ter­wards guests have a taste of the food that has made Palermo one of the best places to eat street food in the world,” she ex­plains. The jour­ney takes in the his­toric hill­top town of Taormina be­fore mak­ing a stop at a lo­cal win­ery for an agri­t­ur­ismo ex­pe­ri­ence, com­plete with wine tast­ing and a din­ner fea­tur­ing re­gional spe­cial­ties. The jour­ney also in­cludes stop offs at Al­ber­o­bello, Mt. Etna Vol­cano Na­tional Park, Amalfi Coast, Sor­rento and Pom­peii. “It’s a per­fect itin­er­ary for those who have per­haps vis­ited the north and are look­ing to ex­plore fur­ther in Italy”.

Posi­tano, Italy

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