Whether the sun is shining or the temperatures are lowering and becoming colder, Italy is always an excellent destination to enjoy due unforgettable journeys. This is thanks to a wealth of beauty that makes the whole world envy the Italians and that every season knows how to show itself at its best and conquer. If you plan to spend a weekend out of your country but you still do not know where to go, this article will help you find excellent ideas, different from each other and therefore be able to fulfil all your wishes. They are ideal destinations to get away from everyday life and enjoy healthy relaxation, without sacrificing fun and culture.
Sea in Italy, a dream in every season
From west to east we find three seas and innumerable coastal resorts that offer an infinite choice for different holidays, year after year.
The Tyrrhenian Sea dominates the western coasts of the ‘boot’, with splendid coasts in Liguria famous for its two western and eastern Riviera and the Cinque Terre Park.
Versilia area introduces you to the beautiful beaches of Tuscany, where you can spend a holiday on the two islands, known as Elba and Giglio, or to the beaches of Forte dei Marmi, Viareggio or Pietrasanta.
Elba Island, on the Tyrrhenian Sea
Lazio also offers a heritage of beaches with wild features such as the Circeo National Park and islands of vivid beauty such as Ponza and Ventotene.
Then Campania and Calabria close the Tyrrhenian side with names such as Naples, Ischia, Capri, Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano, Maratea, Diamante and Tropea. These places alone are enough to justify a trip between these beautiful sites.
Positano, Amalfi’s Coast
Calabria then offers the uncontaminated beaches of the Ionian Sea that lead to Apulia, where the Adriatic coast begins. It is the side of the long coastal ponds, interrupted by the rocky stretches and the imposing block of the Gargano promontory.
Trulli, typical Apulian buildings
The coasts then leads to Molise, then Abruzzo with the pearl of Vasto, the Marche up to the second large promontory, the Conero with places like Numana and Sirolo.
Sirolo, a beach in the Marche
Then the sandy or gravelly beaches leave from Cattolica space to the long sandy strips of the Adriatic coast with famous places like Rimini, Riccione and Cesenatico.
The Adriatic Coast
The large beaches then continue in Veneto and Friuli where we can find sites such as Jesolo, Lignano and Grado.
Closing the panorama you cannot forget the two islands, Sardinia and Sicily, two real must see for those who love seaside holidays. Villasiumius, Orosei, Sant'Antioco and Alghero, are some examples that make the Costa Smeralda magnificent.
Sicily offers destinations as Aeolian Island, Egadi Islands, San Vito lo Capo, Cefalu and Taormina that allow you to discover the beauty of the landscapes combined with the tradition of the Sicilian people.
Lakes, magical mirrors
Mirrors with iridescent reflections that draw clouds, woods, mountains, stealing pastel colors or fragments of stars. The lakes of Italy have a different shape, color and genesis. Some have filled the crater of ancient volcanoes while others owe their origin to the action of the glaciers that while moving, dug hollows filled with water over time. People describe a branch, a heart, a funnel, an emerald, as if they have seen a magical show.
Braies Lake, set in the picturesque ‘Valle di Braies’, a few kilometers from Bolzano, in the region known as Trentino Alto Adige.
Como Lake, an authentic pearl set between Lecco and Como, which is worth the effort to see this immortalised sight.
Iseo Lake, to admire the highest lake island in Europe, Monte Isola.
Garda Lake, set between Lombardy, Veneto and Trentino Alto Adige, is the largest of the Italian basins, contains five islands and prides itself on exclusive locations.
Escape between the Italian peaks
In the variety of its territory, Italy presents very evocative mountain locations, both in summer and in winter. From north to south, the Italian mountain offers the tourist landscapes made of alpine lakes, fairy tale woods, charming villages rich in traditions and history and, last but not least, gastronomic products. Sport, fun and relaxation combine well with the idea of a holiday in the mountains, whether it is on the snow or during the summer.
The Alps, the largest mountain range in Europe, rise to the northern extremities of Italy, defining its geographical boundary. The imposing alpine arch covers different regions, from Liguria to Valle d'Aosta, Piedmont, Lombardy, Trentino Alto Adige, Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia. Among the most renowned places are: Cervinia, Sestriere, Livigno, Bormio, Cortina, Madonna di Campiglio.
Mont Blanc – the highest mountain in Europe
Trentino Alto Adige during summer.
Moreover, Italy is synonymous with art and history. The artistic beauties are everywhere and every corner of the country reserves endless and wonderful surprises. Italy has the highest number of artistic and cultural assets declared as World Heritage by UNESCO. There are in fact 53 Italian sites included in the World Heritage List. Rome, Florence, Assisi, Venice, Siena, Pisa, Naples, are among the most famous cities of art in the country, but the territory is littered with historical centres, known as ‘borghi’, of incomparable beauty. The numbers confirm this: 95,000 monumental churches, 40,000 between fortresses and castles, 30,000 historic houses with 4,000 gardens, 36,000 archives and libraries, 20,000 historic centres, 5,600 museums and archaeological sites, 1,500 convents.
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Written by: Francesca Gatta from StayPlanet