9 Small Islands of Italy for Perfect Escapes ...

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9 Small Islands of Italy for Perfect Escapes ...
9 Small Islands of Italy for Perfect Escapes ...

We hear and read so much about the great cities of Rome, Naples, Florence and Milan and regions like Tuscany and the Lake Country, but not so much about the small islands of Italy. They might be under-appreciated but discerning tourists and lovers of everything Italian know and understand the allure of the small islands of Italy. Like these beauties, for instance:

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Procida

Procida Colorful Procida is just a ferry ride away from the city across the Bay of Naples. With a large majority of tourists heading to near neighbor and much larger Capri, Procida is a peaceful place where you can enjoy a good time without the crowds. Procida basically has one colorful fishing village with fresh seafood and colorful houses with an authentic Mediterranean flavor, and it’s definitely one of the small islands of Italy worth a day trip if you’re in the Naples area.

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Stromboli

Stromboli Lying to the north of Sicily, Stromboli is home to one of Italy’s three active volcanoes. If you don’t want to visit a place flocked to by tourists and want a peaceful atmosphere, then Stromboli is the place to be. It’s small with a couple of beaches and two quaint villages and a tranquil, atmospheric, gentle way of life. While there, check out the port of Ginostra, considered to be the smallest European port.

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Lampedusa

Lampedusa Stunning white beaches welcome you as you arrive at the island of Lampedusa, another of the small Italian islands clustered around Sicily. The island has some good snorkeling and scuba diving areas for sports lovers, while those who want to enjoy the natural scenery can head to the Spiaggia dei Conigli beach, which has been declared a nature reserve.

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Ponza

Ponza Ponza is one of the Pontine Islands and is directly off the coast opposite Rome. It is a major favorite with the residents of Rome who don’t mind undertaking the hour’s drive and two-hour ferry ride to reach it. That’s because once you get there, the journey is so worth it. Ponza is among the most beautiful of Italian islands. Why? Beautiful volcanic landscapes? Check. Quaint villages? Check. Gorgeous beaches? Check. And what makes it special are the ancient cave pools known as Pilate’s Grottoes. It is the place of legend where Circe seduced Odysseus and lived with him for over a year.

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Levanzo

Levanzo Levanzo in the Aegadian Islands is the perfect place to head to when you desperately need to get away from the busy routine of life. It is situated at the northwestern coast of Sicily and can be planned as a day trip from Trapani or Marsala. Go into the tiny village to meet the hospitable locals and soak up the ambiance or visit the Grotta del Genovese, which is full of history and contains Paleolithic graffiti from as far back as 9,680 BC.

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Elba

Elba Apart from the historical significance of Elba, in the Tuscan Archipelago, as the place where Napoleon spent his time in exile, it is also a beautiful place. You can easily get to Elba by ferry, which you can take after driving two hours from Florence or one hour from Livorno. The place is home to some magnificent mountains and hills, with the beaches and wine having a special place in the hearts of visitors.

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Ischia

Ischia Beautiful landscapes, thermal natural springs, and blue waters of the Tyrrenian Sea are what welcome you when you arrive at this beautiful island of Ischia. The main city of the island, also known as Ischia, is divided into two parts – one for the lovers of old-fashioned places like Aragon Castle and Ischia Porto, and the other for a more modern lifestyle of bars, restaurants, and elegant boutiques.

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La Maddalena

La Maddalena La Maddalena is home to the most gorgeous tropical-like beaches and is one of the best small islands of Italy. Every year, beach lovers head to La Maddalena’s shores that resemble the Caribbean Islands with their breathtaking beauty. However, there is much more to the island than sun, sea, and sand, with Roman ruins, boutique shops, cafes, restaurants, and a great sailing experience.

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Panarea (Aeolian Islands, Sicily)

Panarea (Aeolian Islands, Sicily) Panarea, one of the Sicilian Aeolian Islands, is an inactive volcano – an island of 1.3 square miles consisting of great scenery and beautiful attractions. It is a favorite among celebrities, so don’t be surprised if you run into an A-Lister when you are there. It is a great destination for scuba divers who will certainly enjoy the clear, deep waters around the island.

The small islands of Italy are just as stunning as the mainland. Whatever you find on “The Boot” is on the islands too. Having been to Ischia, Capri, and Elba, I can testify to their gorgeousness. Would you like to visit any of these locations?

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