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Best for: Lovers who swoon when­ever they hear, see, speak or taste Italy.

At­trac­tions: Kath And Kimderella may have put us off the Amalfi Coast but luck­ily it didn’t put us off Italy. Ditch the cities and head, in­stead, to the is­land of Sar­dinia, which missed the messy rush to mass tourism. This is Italy as it should be: cute BnBs, easy to get around, and – al­lora! – ar­guably the best beaches in Europe, ri­valling Capri. Part of an ar­chi­pel­ago nes­tled off Sar­dinia, bi­joux is­land La Mad­de­lena is also home to the Ital­ian Navy. It’s as if time stopped in 1985 with clubs called “dis­cos” and video rental shops. Add in dra­matic views of nearby French is­land Cor­sica, boast­ing snowy peaks un­til late spring… per­fecto!

Dis­trac­tions: Aside from all the hand­some Ital­ians with flir­ta­tious eyes, the only real prob­lem here is the food… it’s bel­lis­simo! Out with the diet and in with the carbs. Pane carasau (Sar­dinian bread) is served hot with sea salt, olive oil and sheep milk’s cheese. Tartare di sco­fano con fragole is fish with straw­berry an­tipasto, and they have the most tan­ta­lis­ing gelato on Earth. But let’s keep that a se­cret among us!

Ro­mance Fac­tor: You know how ev­ery­one al­ways swoons in gooey movies about Ital­ian food, the moon and amore? Well, ciao bello, this is where the plan­ets truly align. Sar­dinia is ev­ery­thing ro­man­tics dream it is – sun, sand, sea and plenty of able Ital­ian sea­men on hand. What’s not to love? Gay or nay? Think pink. Twice! Now a pro­tected area, Sar­dinia’s Spi­ag­gia Rosa is a unique pink sandy beach. Hire a boat to ad­mire this fairy floss-coloured rar­ity. If that isn’t gay enough, how about gag­gles of wild pink flamin­goes sashay­ing and shante-ing as soon as you swoop in from the air­port?

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