Italy is a world-class vacation destination especially in summer. With about, 4,660 miles of southern Italy have a impressive charm. The Amalfi Coast, Capri, Sicily, the Aeolian Islands and Sardinia will surprise you with endless impressive scenery. Enjoy the flavorful local cuisine, the small towns with beautiful dazzling views, impressive cathedrals and the picturesque seascapes of the Mediterranean which will always invite you for a swim off your yacht.
The Amalfi Coast is one of Italy’s most memorable destinations, seems to be born from the palette of a painter. Mountains plunge into the sea and cliffs rise dramatically above the sea. A vertical landscape, characterized by a picturesque labyrinth of stairways and narrow alleys, connecting the two main elements of this landscape, the mountains and the sea. Early gardens, cathedrals, Roman villas, terraced vineyards, orchards, and pastures often with enchanting views of the vibrant waters below. A sensual blend of both natural and cultural wonders. Turquoise seas and cinematic piazzas aside, the region is home to some of Italy’s finest hotels and restaurants. It’s also one of the country’s top spots for hiking. The stunning natural landscape and historical sites earned the Costiera Amalfitana World Heritage status in 1997.
Capri is BREATHTAKING, seriously beautiful. The small getaway lies 5 km from the mainland in the Bay of Naples, it is a sun-kissed slice of the Mediterranean charm and a hot spot for royalty and celebrities. Steep cliffs rise majestically from an unbelievably blue sea sparkles under an unbelievably azure sky, straight from dreams and mythology. Elegant villas drip with bougainvillea and wisteria, even the trees seem to be carefully trimmed. World-class restaurants, breathtaking hikes, five-star hotels and chic shops. Whether you’re visiting for a daytrip or for a longer vacation, you’ll be smitten with the laid-back charm of Capri and yearn to return as soon as possible, it is a paradisiacal destination every bit as beautiful as artistic renderings make it out to be. By the way, the only way to reach Capri is by sea, for most of the year, motor vehicles are forbidden on Capri.
Sicily is a timeless cultural and historical treasure with an awesome ancient cuisine, luring passersby since the time of legends. The wild part of italy, it is the region that has the least in common with other regions, the largest of the Italian islands, separated from the Continent by the Strait of Messina and surrounded by the tyrrhenian, the Ionian, mountains, hills and the Mediterranean Seas with its incredible colors, its crystal-clear water and the beauty of its seabeds, in no way inferior to those of other seas. 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, the smoking craters of Mount Etna are symbols of the irresistible beauty and vitality of this incredibly charming region. Hikers can climb erupting volcanoes and traipse through flowery mountain meadows. Sicily has a mild climate that makes it an attractive destination for much of the year.
Aeolian islands, the seven Unesco-protected islands, Lipari, Salina, Vulcano, Stromboli, Panarea, Filicudi and Alicudi are all of volcanic origin. Located off the northern coast of Sicily, each with its own strong identity, a little piece of paradise which truly will leave you speechless and will have a big effect on your experience. Stunning waters clear as the Bahamas provide sport for sailors, divers and swimmers, while trekkers can climb hissing volcanoes. Their volcanic origins left a legacy of black-sand beaches, smouldering craters and splintered, rocky coastlines. The largest and liveliest island ‚Lipari, is the most popular. The town is spread out under the imposing Castle rock, twelve volcanoes have shaped the island over thousands of years. A busy little port with a pretty, pastel-coloured seafront and plenty of accommodation, it makes the most convenient base for island hopping. Salina is a surprising, living island which still cultivates its fields and increases its production of malmsey and has set up a nature reserve to protect its twin (inactive) volcanoes, Fossa delle Felci and Monte Pirri. The second-largest island is also the greenest and perhaps the most beautiful, its boasts a natural preserve and olive and grape vineyards. Vulcano covers an area of 12 kmq and it’s definitely worth a day trip to see an volcano in action and to wallow in warm mud baths and swim above bubbling middle sea fumaroles. Here the typical elements of the Aeolian architecture have remained almost intact. Stromboli the „black Giant“ is a rare natural wonder, it is one of the world’s only constantly active volcanos, visible at 15/20 minute intervals. Each small explosion shoots magma into the sky and sends the lava into the sea. Panarea is a tiny and exclusive island with a dark gold sandy beach of Zammarà and the magnificent bay of Cala where fumaroles steaming through sulphur-stained rocks, the formation and colors of the rock on each are unique. Panarea offers pleasant walks among hibiscus, caper bushes and bougainvillea. Filicudi with his nine square kilometres, has 3 small villages, formed by a group of craters covered by typical Mediterranean vegetation. The Mediterranean brush covers the entire island and is particularly thick on the northern side. The coastline is not sheer but gradual, creating a variety of colors in the sea from green to blue and violet. Alicudi is the most western islands of the archipelago, is simply a mountain rising from the sea, with about 100 full-time residents. Half of the island uninhabited and navigable only by donkey. Capers grow wild all over the island and the early Spring brings an explosion of multi-colored flowers.
Sardinia have some of the „out-of-this-world“ beaches which this planet have to offer, the sand really is that white and the sea the bluest blu. The island is scattered with nuraghi ( defensive towers they are constructed in huge stone blocks according to the dry stone technique), Bronze Age towers and settlements, tombe dei giganti (‚giant’s grave‘ tombs) and domus de janas (,fairy house‘ tombs). Sardinia is a mainly mountainous region, with a vast and charming natural environment. Luxuriant woods with even millenary trees, small desert areas with wild horses and rapacious birds.The sea’s allure is irresistible to windsurfers on the north coast, while divers wax lyrical about shipwrecks off Cagliari’s coast, the underwater Nereo Cave and Nora’s submerged Roman ruins. Giara of Gesturi and Nuraghe of Barumini are located in the center-east of Sardinia and host a rare herd existing in Europe of little wild horses and a park with cork oaks forests and Mediterranean maquis. This area is well known also for its archaeological monuments declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Costa Smeralda, a small stretch of coast between Olbia and Palau in the north-east Sardinia, famous for its turquoise water and the white sand beaches, not to mention its gemstone, the history and culture of ancient traditions with a joyful and colorful nightlife. Worth visiting are surely the towns of Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo. Porto Cervo 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 one of the most popular tourist destinations of the Costa Smeralda, it overlooks the wide Gulf of Cugnana and is full of villas and piazzas surrounded by a splendid natural environment. Gennargentu, the vastest mountain range, triumph of nature in a wild and pristine area. This region is rich in flora and fauna. In spring its prairies are graced with colorful sa rosa e monte. Cagliari is the largest city of Sardinia. It has a large port and many interesting sights and attractions, from archaeological treasures to medieval monuments, an ancient and very picturesque city and also the main trade, industrial, political and culture centre of the Sardinia island. Barumini complex, in the Province of Cagliari, is among the sites in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Chia beach is one of the best places to go in the province of Cagliari, known for its beautiful scenery, pristine beaches, its popularity to the transparency of its waters and great weather all the way up to October. This is a top destination for those who’d like to enjoy a relaxing holiday in a very special place. Dominated by the homonym towers, you can also visit the archaeological site of Nora, of punic origins, considered the most ancient village of Sardinia. Maddalena Archipelago its a popular destination especially among boaters and another Unesco World heritage of Sardinia surrounded by the beautiful clear and transparent sea whose nature is still preserved and whose beauty is breathtaking. The archipelago’s territory is the Parco Nazionale dell’Arcipelago di La Maddalena. Not to forgt the Budelli, Spiaggia rosa, its particularly renown for its Spiaggia Rosa (Cala di Roto) with his pink sand, a true masterpiece of nature. Tourists used to bottle up the sand and over years it began to disappear, so the local government marked it off limits, only to be seen from a boat. Gulf of Orosei in central-eastern is probably the most fascinating but for sure one of the most beautiful spot in Sardinia. Famous for the Bue Marino Caves and its beaches sparkle with Caribbean flair it is ready to offer you all its splendour and all the colors, scents and sensations that only few beaches in the world can boast. Alghero is one of Sardinia’s most beautiful medieval cities, it is the main resort in the northwest and still shows traces of its Catalan past. The town retains a proud and independent spirit and boasts a striking Gothic-style historic center with the Cathedral of Santa Maria. The long natural bay overlooking the emerald sea and makes an ideal base for exploring the beaches and beauty spots of the nearby Riviera del Corall. Bosa, just 40km south of Alghero, formed in a straight line with a romantic charm of the river cities and a lot of traditions. The town has a unique and compelling historic centre with a impression cathedral surrounded by pastel colored medieval tower houses and many smaller churches, the town have a authentic, original character surrounded by mountains and the sea. Neptune Caves are one of the largest and most famous of Sardinia’s multitude of caves and one of the most fascinating gems of nature in the Mediterranean. The Grotte di Nettuno is a protected area of Capo Caccia-Isola Piana, inside the Porto Conte Park which offers countless wonderful views of the Riviera del Corallo and a popular destination for climbing and diving enthusiasts, other fascinating caves open up. The grotto was formed about two million years ago, with rooms which are karst formations, a white sandy beach and a huge underground crystal clear salty waters lake. It is a place you should visit once in your life. Murales of Orgosolo, where the story of the people told on the walls. The town is located in the heart of the island and offers glimpses of an ancient, timeless Sardinia, surrounded by lush and unspoilt nature. San Pietro is a quiet and lovely place, with small pretty beaches and its romantic lagoon, all framed by high mountains. The town have charming narrow streets between mines and old churches and gives the opportunity to enjoy past civilizations. Castelsardo, an attractive historic town on the northern coast of Sardinia. The old town, fortified with a castle which dominates the town and offers exciting views over the gulf of Asinara. It is an interesting and atmospheric place with cultural tradition, archaeological sites and natural monuments. It belongs to the Most Beautiful Towns of Italy Association and its noble fortifications. Villasimius is the ‚pearl‘ of the south, popular for its renowned resorts and long golden-white sand glimmering crystal-clear water, granite cliffs, coves and a landscape covered in the Mediterranean scrub. The coastline is graced with a crown of beaches interspersed with inlets and the Capo Carbonara promontory. The intense perfumes of the myrtle plant, of juniper and Scotch broom you will always remember. Capo Coda Cavallo is another jewel in the sardinian Parc, sheltered by the majestic island of Tavolara, the rocks of Molara and the isle of Proratora. The island consists most of all of Granit where the Lucertola Blu has found his home. Unique is the Watermirror arround, it is called „Le Piscine di Molara“ because of his colors and of the seaground and underwater, there is a whole new world to discover. Marina di Arbus, Costa Verde is the wildest and most isolated part in the South-West of Sardinia, among mounts and shrubs shaped by the wind, a succession of immense beaches where sea turtles lay their eggs along the beaches, sand dunes being amongst the highest in Europe and cliffs that burst deep into a blue and emerald green sea. In spring the coast becomes a paradise for surfers who find a perfect series of waves to ride, whilst the calm atmosphere of summer offers long and evocative days by the sea that conclude with unforgettable sunsets.