In a perfect world, we wouldn’t need to explain why Italy’s beaches and islands are worth visiting.
We wouldn’t need to describe the fluorescent waters and talcum-powder sand, or highlight the delicious seafood or lively nightlife.
Fortunately, this isn’t a perfect world, so we get to show off these beautiful spots and you get to read about them and start planning your next trip.
Cretaccio Island – The smallest island of the Tremiti archipelago, dubbed the “pearl of the Adriatic,” Cretaccio Island is deserted and wild.Isola Bella Beach – At the foot of the elegant town of Taormina, Isola Bella Beach is one of Sicily’s most beautiful and popular.Asinara Island – One prison you might not wish to escape. An uncontaminated isle just-off the northern coast of Sardinia, Asinara Island is quiet and surrounded by nature and shimmering sea.Chiaia di Luna Beach (Ponza Island) – Many Romans’ favorite holiday spot, the lunar atmosphere at Chiaia di Luna is striking.Palmarola Island – Millennia to create, days to discover. Come here and you’ll understand why it’s considered by many to be one of the most beautiful islands in the world.Lampedusa Island – Lampedusa Island — blinding white cliffs, fluorescent blue waters, African-like temperatures and dry desert. The heart-shaped Rabbits’ Islet beach, one of the world’s best beaches, is what makes this island special.Ventotene Island – Once a Roman prison-island, the protected marine park here makes it one of Italy’s top diving sites.Mondello Beach – Windsurf by day, gorge on seafood by night. Two kilometers of breathtaking shore provide the perfect break while visiting the baroque jewels of Palermo, Sicily’s capital.
Numana Beach – Mountain trails make this one beach destination you won’t want to laze about on. Inside the Mount Conero Park on the Adriatic coast, Numana Beach lies at the base of a high, rugged cliff.
It’s silent, peaceful and breezy and surrounded by lush vegetation: no wonder hermits used to come here in the Middle Ages to meditate.
After walking around the ancient Greek harbor with colorful houses above, visitors can stop and cool off at 30Nodi Beach Bar or reat traditional fish dishes at La Torre restaurant.
Hotel Monte Conero on the mount’s top offers a spectacular, 360-degree view. It’s a former ashram suspended in mid-air.
There are also bird-watching or horseback riding activities along many mountain trails.
To get here, take highway A14, exit at Ancona — the area is also connected by plane from Rome and Milan.
Lipari Island – Black and blue — one of Italy’s most beautiful “bruises.” The largest of Sicily’s Aeolian Islands, the black volcanic rocks at Lipari contrast with the whitewashed roofs of the houses.La Maddalena Island – Pastel perfection. One of Sardinia’s top spots, this is the biggest island in the Mediterranean’s Maddalena archipelago.San Vito lo Capo beach – White sand, palms, shallow turquoise waters — welcome to Italy’s Maldives.
One of our favourite nearby beaches now listed on CNN Travel – great news for visitors to The Hideaway
See on travel.cnn.com