The is­lands of Italy are spec­tac­u­lar!

Fan­tasy Get­away! Many of the smaller is­lands of Italy—lampe­dusa, Ischia, La Mad­dalena and more—are a dream come true! Imag­ine drop­ping an­chor in emer­ald wa­ters, play­ing cast­away in hid­den coves, walk­ing bare­foot across dunes, din­ing on the fresh­est seafoo

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Close your eyes and be­gin your is­land-hop­ping ad­ven­ture on the largest Ital­ian isle of Sar­dinia where the sand re­ally is that white and the wa­ter is the bluest of blue. Fol­low a sea­side stair­case to Nep­tune’s Grotto, a fairy­land of sta­lac­tites and sta­lag­mites, or raft in the river of Gola di Goroppo, Italy’s very own Grand Canyon!

Pre­fer the slow pace of coun­try by­ways? Pic­ture open­ing your pic­nic bas­ket un­der an olive tree as wild horses roam in the dis­tance. Turn to the vol­canic isle of Ischia, fa­mous for its nat­u­ral ther­mal springs . . . the fres­coed cathe­dral at Castello Aragonese… the wood-fired casarec­cio bread baked in a cen­tury-old gourmet deli . . . and Moronti Beach, where pi­rates used to bury their trea­sure!

A bright fin­ish to your fan­tasy es­cape? La Mad­dalena, one of a clus­ter of iso­lated is­lands where the unique rose-toned gran­ite (used in the con­struc­tion of the Statue of Lib­erty!) glows at sun­set. The town it­self brims with bou­tiques and restau­rants serv­ing lo­cal del­i­ca­cies like hot fo­cac­cia (flat­bread baked with olive oil and salt) and frit­tura mista (fried shrimp and cala­mari)— de­li­cioso! Its honey-col­ored walls and labyrinth of cob­bled streets—not to men­tion long beaches of soft co­ral sand— make Al­ghero one of the sweet­est spots on Sar­dinia!

The vol­canic isle of Ischia on Italy’s qui­eter south coast is an oa­sis of re­lax­ation, boast­ing nat­u­ral ther­mal pools, heav­enly spas and four-star ho­tels!

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