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Italian Summer Destinations – By the Beach Pt.2

Part 2

Italy is one of the most popular destinations for tourists from all over the world. The sun, the crystal-clear sea, nature reserves, good food, and much more. But where to go? There are so many destinations that you do not know which to choose…

…Then this article is for you!

Check out the other destinations by clicking here if you haven’t already! I will help you pick, according to your needs, the perfect destination for this summer.

Are you ready? Let’s discover together some of the countless wonders that this country has to offer!

Favignana – Sicily

Favignana, Sicily
Credit | Favignana

Favignana is a barren and wild island with unspoilt nature and crystal clear sea. It is the main island of the Egadi archipelago and is located about 7 km from the west coast of Sicily, between Trapani and Marsala. Once dedicated to tuna fishing, today thanks to its unspoilt nature has established itself as an important tourist destination.

The island is mainly covered by Mediterranean scrub, consisting of bushy shrubs and maritime forests. Its sea is very clean, but not all its beaches are swimming.

A peculiarity of the island is the almost total absence of cars, an element of great charm for tourists who seem to make a trip back in time. Many tourists choose bicycles to tour the island.

The beaches on the southern side of the island are characterized by a low seabed and golden sand. They are easily accessible and furnished with all the luxuries. The main towns in question are Miramare, Calamoni, and Lido Burrone.

Anyway, despite their huge beauty, the most spectacular beaches on the island are on the northern side. Here we can find the famous Cala Rossa, regarded as one of Italy’s most stunning beaches. This is a bay with steep cliffs, so it is not suitable for everyone.

Among the rocky beaches for those who love to dive, there is that of Scalo Cavallo, on the northern side, and Punta Fanfalo on the southern side.

Cala Rossa - Italian Summer Destinations
Cala Rossa | Credit

Tremiti Island – Apulia

Tremiti Island
Tremiti Island | Credit

A protected natural marine reserve encompasses the entire region of Tremiti. The sea and wildlife on these islands are pristine.

San Domino, San Nicola, Capraia, Cretaccio, and Pianosa are the five islands that comprise the archipelago. The largest and most picturesque island in terms of topography and natural beauty is San Domino, which is covered in Aleppo pines.

San Domino and San Nicola represent the nucleus of the Tremiti, whose name probably derives from the tremor of earthquakes that characterized these islands.

Pianosa is the lowest of the islands and is a Riserva Marina Integrale (Marine Reserve). It’s little more than a white rock. Located about 12 miles (ca. 19 km) from the other four is an integral marine reserve, where many aquatic species can reproduce.

Island of Pianosa, Tremiti, Italy
Island of Pianosa – Tremiti | Credit

Cinque Terre – Liguria

Cinque Terre - Italian Summer Destinatinos
Cinque Terre | Credit

In the stretch of the Ligurian coast of Levante that goes from Punta Nesco to Punta di Montenero we can find the Cinque Terre, five ancient seaside villages perched on narrow strips overlooking the sea. They are connected by a dense network of paths and are known worldwide for their rare beauty.

More in detail, from West to East, we discover:

  • Monterosso is the Cinque Terre’s largest town. It is well-known for its beaches and anchovies. It is ideal for families as it offers a variety of accommodations, including hotels and bed and breakfasts.
  • Vernazza is considered by many to be the most beautiful of the five lands because of its distinctive harbor and famous square, which is surrounded by colorful houses built in traditional Ligurian architecture.
  • Corniglia is the only settlement traversed by pathways, located on a 100-meter-high hill, and ideal for wildlife and trekking enthusiasts.
  • Manarola is known for its lanes and squares. Its promontory offers a wonderful view of the village and near the marina, you can find rocks perfect for a swim.
  • Riomaggiore overlooks the sea and is ideal for couples seeking a romantic setting. From the dam, you can see the greatest sunsets here.
  • The Sentiero Azzurro and the Alta Via delle Cinque Terre are the two principal pathways to connect the villages. These guided tours are ideal for those who enjoy walking and trekking.
Sentiero Azzurro - Italian Summer Destinations
Sentiero Azzurro | Credit


Capri, Italy - Italian Summer Destinations
Capri | Credit

For those looking for elegance, glamour and beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters, Capri is the ideal destination!

It is an island in the Gulf of Naples that enjoys international fame thanks to its exclusive atmosphere and breathtaking landscapes. It includes the cities of Capri and Anacapri.

Capri is the most famous and busiest city on the island, with beaches, the famed Piazzetta, luxury boutiques, the harbor, and the main nightlife spots.

On the other side, Anacapri is a more peaceful town with a genuine ambiance and life that adheres to the slow rhythms of the past. There are fewer luxury boutiques here and more artisan shops.

The island has been regarded by emperors and social nobility as a location of great appeal since the time of the ancient Roman Empire. Over time, it has attracted in a number of famous people and served as the backdrop for many cinematographic masterpieces.

The Faraglioni are Capri’s unmistakable symbol: three massive boulders that rise from the sea and provide breathtaking photographic opportunities. They stand approximately 100 meters tall on average.

Hold on tight, here comes the highlight! The Blue Grotto is Capri’s famous attraction for visitors. It is less than a meter high, 25 meters wide, and 60 meters long. You actually have to lay on the bottom of a rowing boat that goes through the tiny arch to enter. The cave is gloomy, but a brilliant blue light shines through.

The Blue Grotto, Capri
The Blue Grotto | Credit

Elba Island – Tuscany

Elba Island, Tuscany - Italy
Credit | Elba Island

Elba Island, located off the coast of Tuscany, is the biggest island of the Tuscan archipelago and the third-largest island in Italy, after Sicily and Sardinia. It is situated along 147 kilometers of coastline and features a vast number of hiking routes, beaches, and picturesque coves, as well as mines, museums, and interesting historical and natural landmarks.

One of the most popular tourist destinations on the island of Elba due to the stunning beaches is the Costa del Sole region of the western shore.

There are about 150 beaches, so if you’re unsure which one to pick, I highly recommend using this website, which allows you to pick based on your preferences: https://visitelba.info/le-spiagge-dell-elba/

To discover the other 5 destinations click here!

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