Explore the Islands of Italy
Much like its Mediterranean neighbor Greece, Italy boasts a large offering of beautiful little islands (450 to be exact!)that dot the waters around the Adriatic, Tyrrhenian, and Ionian coasts. Aside from Sicily, Italy's largest island, many of these destinations off the mainland are overlooked by tourists who flock to the country's more well known summer spots like the Amalfi Coast. We have compiled a list of some of our favorite Italian islands that you should consider for your next Italian adventure!
If you've been to the Amalfi Coast then you may have heard of its most famous close by island, Capri. However less have heard of Capri's little sister, Ischia. There is a certain serenity to Ischia; the beaches are less crowded, the landscape is dotted with picturesque fishing villages, and it even boasts dozens of thermal pools and hot springs.
This little Mediterranean beauty is probably best known for the Grotta del Genovese and its cave paintings, along with the popular Roman shipwreck diving site, however don't overlook the picturesque coastline and dreamy port town.
Aeolian Islands: Salina, Lipari, Alicudi, Filicudi
Off the coast of Sicily you will find the Archipelago of the Aeolian islands. These 7 UNESCO-protected islands all offer stunning views, serenity, and relaxation however our favorites are 1) Salina: perhaps the most luxurious choice, 2) Lipari: perhaps the most visited but worth the hype, 3) Alicudi and Filicudi, two of the archipelago's less visited islands that offer a particular rustic charm and tranquility.
Italy's second biggest island sits just south of France's Corsica island and north of Tunisia, making it a unique multicultural destination in the mediterranean. Sardinia's rugged landscape, beautiful coastline, distinct wine cultivation, and amazing food make it a must visit location for those looking to discover one of Italy's best hidden secrets.
Elba may be best known as the Tuscan Island on which Napoleon was exiled, but in 2022 its a relaxed paradise dotted with breathtaking beaches, natural coves, and quaint villages.
Ponza is another beautiful option for those seeking a quieter slice of Italian heaven. This little island carries laid-back elegance and is a favorite among wealthy Roman holiday makers. It sits off the coast about halfway between Rome and Naples and can be accessed by ferry from the mainland south of Rome.