Italy is a gem of a country, rich in both culture and natural beauty, and its breathtaking islands represent much of its charm. From glamorous resorts and distinguished culture to magnificent historic cities, dramatic volcanoes, and pure-white secluded beaches, there’s absolutely nothing you can’t find off the dazzling Italian shores.

Sicily – is the largest island in the Mediterranean and one of the most beautiful ones. Capturing decades of history and culture, Sicily boasts some dazzling views. Arab domes, baroque architecture and Norman palaces all rest against a stunning backdrop of volcanoes, sparkling waters and lush meadows.Nature seems to have endowed all its wonders to this land: mountains, hills and above all the sea, with its incredible colors, its crystal-clear water and the beauty of its seabeds, in no way inferior to those of other seas. Here, the Mediterranean Sea, with its many little islands scattered around the coasts of Sicily – The Aeolians, Egadi and Pelagie Islands, Pantelleria and Ustica – offers unique and the intense sceneries, scents and flavors of uncontaminated nature. Last but not least, its great volcanoes are symbols of the irresistible beauty and vitality of this incredibly charming region.

Sardinia – Sardinia is known for both its rich culture and history as well as for its pristine and idyllic beaches and clear water. The colors in Sardinia are bright and beautiful, the nightlife is fun and exciting and you can spend your days hiking, sunbathing or exploring the island.The sea reigns over this region with its colors that migrate into the coves, along the coasts, towards the beaches and the most popular resorts. An example is the Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast) with Porto Cervo set as its gemstone and uniting the history and culture of ancient traditions with a joyful and colourful nightlife. Porto Cervo was named after its enchanting cove that resembles the antlers of a deer; the Old Port is considered the best-equipped touristic port in the Mediterranean Sea. Porto Rotondo is also a famous location; it overlooks the wide Gulf of Cugnana and is full of villas and piazzas swathed by such a splendid natural environment as this.

Capri – This magical little island is glamourous as it is elegant. It boasts breathtaking landscapes, deep blue waters and chic cafes in pretty piazzas.The Island of Capri is one of the most picturesque and visited locations in Campania. Its unique beauties were celebrated in ancient times and later published for the world in Homer’s works: Odysseus (known in Latin as Ulysses) sailing past the island, narrowly escaped the fate of those who hear the voices of the Sirens.Thus the island has a mythical charm, as well as its natural treasures, through the writings and legends of Ancient Greece. Its breathtaking landscapes and beauty stretch from the rocky caves around the island to the edge of the horizon, and has been an inspiration to poets, lovers and travelers throughout the centuries.

Procida – This is the Bay of Naples’ tiniest island but it is big on charm. Lemon groves, pastel colored houses and narrow streets are all a part of this splendid island, as well as dining by the waterfront or resting on the beach.Procida is very heavily populated, with 10,000 residents squeezed into less than two square miles, and it has a more authentic, lived-in feel than touristy Capri and Ischia. The island doesn’t have many particular sights of interest, and unfortunately it appears to neglect those it does have. This can be frustrating for travellers, who would be better advised to come here for the island’s picturesque, somewhat shabby charm than to seek out cultural attractions. Procida can be visited as a day trip, allowing enough time to see the prettiest views and enjoy a fine harbourside meal, or for a longer stay with time to relax on the beach. Like ‘Capri,’ ‘Procida’ is pronounced with the stress on the first syllable.

Ischia – This rustic volcano island boasts breathtaking natural beauty. Ischia combines the old with the new – a charming castle alongside bars and boutiques. You can also enjoy the charming small villages, the beautiful gardens and picture perfect villas that fill this picturesque island.Most visitors head straight for the north-coast towns of Ischia Porto, Ischia Ponte, Casamicciola Terme, Forio and Lacco Ameno. Of these, Ischia Porto boasts the best bars, Casamicciola the worst traffic and Ischia Ponte and Lacco Ameno the most appeal. On the calmer south coast, the car-free perfection of Sant’Angelo offers a languid blend of a cosy harbour and nearby bubbling beaches. In between the coasts lies a less-trodden landscape of dense chestnut forests, loomed over by Monte Epomeo, Ischia’s highest peak.

Elba – This stunning island is the largest of the Tuscan Archipelago and is a true paradise full of clear blue water, green hills and beautiful beaches.Elba’s mild climate supports a varied vegetation of Mediterranean type, with rich olive groves and vineyards. Traditional employment included anchovy, sardine, and tuna fishing as well as iron ore mining on the east coast. Tourism has now assumed increasing importance. Popular summer resorts are Procchio, Marciana Marina, Marciana, and those on the Gulf of Biodola in the north, Marina di Campo on the south coast, and Porto Azzurro, with its great Spanish fort (1602; now a prison), facing the mainland. The island has bus services and is connected by passenger and car ferry services with Piombino on the mainland.

Lampedusa – One of Italy’s sunniest islands, which boasts one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. The crystal clear waters are perfect for snorkeling and diving.The island’s northern and western coast is rather high and inaccessibile, while its eastern and southeastern shores boast magnificent, sandy beaches. From the smallest and most hidden to the largest and most crowded, Lampedusa’s beaches are numerous and welcoming.First off, the splendid coves of Cala Pisana and Cala Uccello open onto the glistening sea, while the Calas Spugna and Maluk lie on the island’s east. Cala Greca, rather, is quite minuscule and covered in whiter-than-white sand; and one of the secrets on this island is Cala Galera, accessible by passing through the island’s characteristic low, rocky gullies on the water. See the beach on the so-called Dead Sea, where the water is super calm, and the same-named Grotto; also remarkable are the spectacular and buzzing Cala Francese and the famous Guitgia Beach, the beach with the nearest hotels and accessible with public transport.


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