Can you Name The 8 Regions of Southern Italy? (Mezzogiorno)

Mezzogiorno –

The 8 Regions of Southern Italy 

southern italy

Southern Italy


Can you name the 8 Regions that make up the original

Kingdom of the Two Sicilies…?


The 8 Regions of Southern Italy 


Did your family emigrate from Southern Italy?

Do you know from where they came?

#8 – Sardegna – Sardinia – #8


 Sardinia is one of the most geologically ancient bodies of land in Europe. 

Today all Sardinia’s major urban centers are located near the coasts, while the island’s interior is very sparsely populated.

Sardinia (Sardegna) is the first discovered Blue Zone, a demographic and/or geographic area in the world with an oversize concentration of centenarians and supercentenarians.

From Wikipedia

#7 – Sicilia – Sicily – #7


Sicily has a rich and unique culture, especially with regard to the arts, music, literature, cuisine and architecture.

The earliest archaeological evidence of human dwelling on the island dates from as early as 12,000 BC.

 It is generally accepted that The Mafia emerged in the 18th century initially in the role of private enforcers hired to protect the property of landowners and merchants from the groups of bandits (briganti) who frequently pillaged the countryside and towns. 

From Wikipedia

#6 – Molise – #6


 Until 1963, Molise formed part of the region of Abruzzi e Molise. The split, which became effective in 1970, made Molise the newest region in Italy.

 Some of the characteristic foods include spicy salami, a variety of locally produced cheeses, dishes using lamb or goat, pasta dishes with hearty sauces, and vegetables that grow in the region.

Fish dishes include red mullet soup, and spaghetti with cuttlefish. Trout from the Biferno river is notable for its flavor, and finally Zuppa di pesce, a fish stew, a specialty of Termoli.

Sweets and desserts have an ancient tradition here and are linked to the history of the territory and to religious and family festivities. 

From Wikipedia

#5 – Puglia – #5


Apulia in Southern Italy forms the high heel on the “boot” of Italy.  Its capital city is Bari.

Apulia is one of the richest archaeological regions in Italy.

Cuisine plays an important role throughout Apulia, and the key locally produced ingredients used there include olive oil, artichokes, tomatoes, and mushrooms.

The national language (since 1861) is Italian. The language has observed to have similarities to that of the Calabrian dialect, west of Apulia.

From Wikipedia

#4 –  Basilicata – #4


Basilicata  also known as Lucania, can be thought of as the “instep” of Italy.

The first traces of human presence in Basilicata date to the late Palaeolithic Age, with findings of Homo erectus. Late Cenozoic fossils, found at Venosa and other locations, include elephants, rhinoceros and species now extinct such as a saber-toothed cat of the genus Machairodus.

The region became part of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies in 1735. 

This ultimately lead to the mass emigration relative to the Italian Diaspora which led to a demographic crisis from which Basilicata is still recovering.

From Wikipedia

#3 – Campania – #3 


 Campania is rich in culture, especially in regard to gastronomy, music, architecture, archeological and ancient sites such as Pompeii, Herculaneum, Paestum and Velia.

The rich natural sights of Campania make it highly important in the tourism industry, especially along the Amalfi Coast, Mount Vesuvius and the island of Capri.

Pizza was conceived in Naples and Spaghetti is also a well-known dish from southern Italy and Campania.

Pastiera pie is made during Easter. Babà cake is a well known Neapolitan delicacy, best served with Rum or limoncello. Sfogliatella is another pastry from the Amalfi Coast, as is Zeppole, traditionally eaten on Saint Joseph’s day. Struffoli, little balls fried dough dipped in honey, are enjoyed during the Christmas holiday.

From Wikipedia

#2 – Calabria – #2


Calabria is one of the oldest regions in all of Italy with the first evidence of human presence dating as far back as 700,000 BC. 

The region boasts the second highest number of organic farmers only after Sicily.  Essence oil from Calabrian Bergamot reach the best quality in the world.

The cuisine is a typical southern Italian Mediterranean.  Calabrians have traditionally placed an emphasis on the preservation of their food, in part because of the climate and potential crop failures. As a result, there is a tradition of packing vegetables and meats in olive oil, making sausages and cold cuts (Sopressata, ‘Nduja), and, along the coast, curing fish- especially swordfish, sardines (sardelle rosamarina) and cod (Baccalà).

Many wine producers are resurrecting local, ancient grape varieties which have been around for as long as 3000 years.

From wikipedia

#1 – Abruzzo – #1


Abruzzo is a region of Italy the western border of which lies less than 50  miles east of Rome.

Abruzzo boasts the title of “Greenest Region in Europe” thanks to one third of its territory, the largest in Europe, being set aside as national parks and protected nature reserves. Abruzzo is home to Calderone, Europe’s southernmost glacier.

 The quote “forte e gentile” (Strong and Gentle) has since become the motto of the region and its inhabitants.

Abruzzo boasts one of the best cuisine to be found in Italy, well known for its variety and richness owing to the heterogeneity of its territory. 

In 2013 the Italian organization Confesercenti led a research which indicated Abruzzo as the best region where to eat in Italy according to foreign tourists ratings.

We Hope You Enjoyed learning about the Mezzogiorno Region of Italy and always remember: Everybody Loves Italian

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