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
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!