“You may have the universe if I may have Italy” the famed opera composer Giuseppe Verdi once said. Thus, if you’re planning your sailing holidays in Italy, get ready to be amazed by the number of places to visit around “the boot”! It is one of the most beautiful countries of Europe, or rather, of the world!
Its coastlines make a belt of beautiful places, excellent sea, and countless sites full of history. Besides, there is a vast array of nightlife activities for every taste. Wherever you go, you will enjoy the Mediterranean at its finest.
Thus let us tell you 3 unique places to visit in Italy this summer!
The majestic coastlines of the Tuscan Archipelago
When you think of Tuscany, the first things that come to mind are verdant hills, vineyards, and olive grove. But maybe, few people know that the Tuscan Archipelago National Park offers incredible beauty. For instance, the island of Montecristo is an excellent example. It is not only the wildest island but also the most mystical of the archipelago. A mysterious veil of legend and reality mesmerise all its visitors as it did with the famous writer Alexandre Dumas. He fell in love with its allure and inspired one of his most famous novel, The Count of Monte Cristo.
It’s not easy to visit Montecristo, as you need to get authorisation from the local police. But don’t get discouraged, as the Tuscan Archipelago has other little precious secrets to unveil!
There are the Islands of Elba, Capraia, Gorgona, Giglio, Pianosa and Giannutri that together with Montecristo made up the archipelago. According to Roman mythology, they are the seven pearls that fell from Aphrodite’s necklace when was trying to reach the shore where Eros waited for her. As she tried to tie the chain, the thread broke, and the pearl fell. Instead of sinking in the Tyrrhenian Sea, they remained on the surface, creating a myriad of islets and rocks. Today, they make up an incredible National Park of 600 sq. Km and one of the major attractions in Italy.
The island of Sant’Antioco – An island to forget about everything
Sometimes, silence is louder in quiet places, and this is what precisely happens in the island of Sant’Antioco, in southwest Sardinia. Given that it is not a crowded place, an unparalleled calm permeates all its coastal villages. Besides, its cultural heritage has influences of Roman and Phoenician civilisations, among many others. So, you can be sure that this rich historical legacy will make your stay even more engaging.
However, the charm of this island does not end here, for the beaches deserve an extra mention. Vast stretches of sand that lay by a cloak of crystalline waters, all surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation. If having a stroll in the cosy villages already feels like a luxury, can you imagine having the whole beach of Coequaddus only for yourself?
Sant’Antioco and South Sardinia, in general, are little-known compared to the infamous Costa Smeralda. Thus, if you’re looking for something a bit off the beaten track, this area of Sardinia is recommended. Especially if you want that the absolute calm takes over your holidays!
Cinque Terre – The best waterfront promenades in Italy
Some people think that the Cinque Terre (“Five Lands”) is just one place, but the truth is that there is much more to unveil! It is an expression used to describe the beautiful coastal stretch of the Italian Riviera, in Liguria, famous for its stunning views, hiking paths and local cuisine. But besides the impressive cliffs overlooking the Tyrrhenian sea, you will be enchanted by five cute little towns from which the name Cinque Terre derives. They are Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola y Riomaggiore. Looking like they are rising from the sea, these coloured fishing villages are a dream location for many sailors.
It is a place that undoubtedly stays in your mind from the first moment you see it. The trail that unites them deserves a long slow promenade. So, stand up and enjoy its virgin landscape, old castles, ancient remnants and little beaches that fit every taste!
As you can see there are a lot of reasons to visit Cinque Terre, that’s why you should tick it off your travel wishlist soon!
Italy is a magnificent destination all year round. Postcard-perfect scenery, stunning ancient sights, rustic villages and top-drawer food, no matter which region you plump for! Undoubtedly, the sunshine will also attract you to its beautiful sun-bleached beaches, but a lot is going on around the boot during summertime!
You will find festivals, concerts, performances, exhibitions everywhere, and above all, the typical sagre. These are the local fairs during which towns celebrate food and beverages, local identity and music, through the local gastronomy. These special feasts take place throughout the peninsula. There is no better opportunity to enjoy the jovial Italian attitude while appreciating a tasty dish, laughing and toasting with a good glass of wine!
Set sail for one of these unique places to visit in Italy for your next summer holidays and you will live an experience like no other!