6. Puglia, Amalfi Coast & Matera - Perfect for a Winter Retreat With Sunshine
Puglia, Amalfi Coast & Matera are less-known winter vacation sports in southern Italy. The weather
is warm but not too hot all through the winter season. The average temperature of the region is 15oC
high and 4oC low. They are the perfect locations for sunbathing in the winter sun.
Puglia is a popular summer tourist destination, but few people know how charming this area
can be in winter. It is famous for its beautiful beaches, fantastic food, and historical sites.
Unlike summer, when the beaches are crowded, Puglia’s beaches are empty in winter, and the water
is still warm enough for a short swim.
Puglia’s towns are unique and worth exploring. From the Borghi Streets in Bari to the cone-shaped,
snow-capped Trulli homes in Alberobello. Try the local delicacies, especially Castel de Mento
Cheeses, fresh seafood, and delicious wine from Negroamaro grapes or Primitivo di Manduria.
While the area looks like a movie scene in summer, hoards of tourists can make a summer visit
stressful. However, the area is one of Italy’s hidden winter gems. You get to visit the
historical sites and towns with fewer or no crowds in winter, and you’ll get cheaper
Amalfi hosts large Christmas and New Year celebrations. The entire area is aglow with holiday
lights and decorations. Ferries don’t run in winter, so you’ll have to take a bus trip
to explore the coast.
Located in the Basilicata region of Southern Italy, Matera is the oldest Italian city. It is home
to the historical and popular Sassi area - an intricate network of cave dwellings. The 13th-century
churches that litter the area are must-visits for history enthusiasts. The weather here is a mix
of sunny days, occasional snowfall, and rainfall.
The Sassi caves are packed with tourists in summer, but you can explore the cave all by yourself in
winter. The area is also known for large holiday celebrations at its Piazzas.