My husband is Italian and every summer we always visit somewhere in Italy (at least twice) because ‘it’s the best country in the world’ – his words, not mine. According to him, Italy has the best beaches, best food and best wine. I always moan that I’d love to visit some other places in summer, you know… like Greece or Croatia, yet time again we find ourselves in Italy (usually the south). The thing is…. I probably have to agree! Here are some photos from Italy… let me know if you too think Italy is amazing.
A short ferry ride from Naples, Ischia is a beautiful island. It is also quite big so there’s lots to do if you want to go for a week – from a medieval castle to thermal bathes.
Easily accessible from Naples, Ischia, Positano, Sorrento or Amalfi, Capri is a beautiful island where the rich (and often famous) like to visit. The colours of the water in Capri are simply stunning – hire a boat or go on a boat tour around the entire island. Don’t miss Anacapri either – less tourists and more locals.
One of my favourite cities in Italy… Florence will capture your imagination, and your heart, with its equisite architecture and epansive art collection. Be sure to climb up to the top of the Duomo for stunning views over Florence. We didn’t go in Summer but I’m sure it’s magical then too! I just had to include it as it’s so enchanting.
If you’re a foodie, then you cannot miss Italy’s food capital, Bologna. But it’s not just for foodies – Bologna has so much to offer – from the oldest university in Europe to the two towers. Bologna is also perfect as a base to explore nearby Venice, Florence, Modena and Tuscany. Whilst it’s inland, you can escape to nearby Rimini if you’re looking for a beach or book a hotel with a pool as Bologna is very hot in Summer!
Tropea is a small town in Calabria that boasts a Monastery on a little hill overlooking the turquoise sea. It is a great place to spend a few days relaxing and enjoying the sea, food and wine.
Ponza, in Lazio, is a short train ride from Rome and then a ferry. It’s a fairly small island although it has quite a few shops and restaurants. It has a lovely little marina, where a lot of the restaurants overlook and is mostly full of Italians. Although we did run into Jared Leto when we were there – he was eating at the same restaurant as us!
We love Taormina in Sicily. It’s fairly big so there’s lots to do. Plus, it’s not an island so if you have a car you can explore more of Sicily. The food is wonderful and there are many great restaurants to try with lots of al fresco seating. Venture out to Gole Alcantra, which is a botanical and geological park.
One of three islands of the Aegadian Islands, Favignana is a ferry ride from Sicily. It’s pretty small but boasts one of the most stunning beaches ever – Cala Rossa. Well, not a beach in the sense that there is sand (you go by boat or lie on rocks) but the water is like something out of the Caribbean! You can also get a ferry over to the other islands for a day trip.
I absolutely love Positano and its gorgeous, colourful houses built on rock. We’ve been three times and we love to also visit Sorrento and Amalfi while we’re there. If you base yourself there, you can easily visit Capri and Ischia on a day trip.
Palermo is the capital of Sicily and has the best of both worlds – it’s a city that has beaches. So if lying on a beach for your entire holiday is not really your thing, Palermo is a great choice. Visit the food markets, museums and just explore.
So there you have it, photos from around Italy. I must admit…Italy is certainly a beautiful country that is perfect for a summer holiday…. don’t you think?