How To Take Over Italy (Summer Edition)

By: Victor Sanchez

Last week I listed some places that are very interesting and are definitely must see in the city of Florence. However, to be in a hot and crowded city right in the middle of summer is a challenge. This week, I want to list some refreshing places that people can visit to experience the beautiful and unadulterated natured of Italy. Summer is a great season to travel but cities can sometimes be stressful, filled with people, and the lines to visit museums are impossible. This week, I want to suggest different places near the coast where tourists can go and enjoy the refreshing water and the relaxing sunbathing.

1. Elba

The island of Elba (isola d’Elba) is a beautiful island right off the coast of Tuscany near the town of Piombino. This is one of the biggest Italian islands, after Sicily and Sardinia. The beautiful beaches here are perfect to visit over the summer months between May and September. The weather is also splendid with an average temperature between high 60s and low 70s degrees Fahrenheit (between 20 and 23 degrees Celsius). An interesting fact is that Napoleon was banished to the island of Elba and his house is now visited by many tourists. The island is simply amazing, you can plan a trip to hike and see the breathtaking views or even plan a diving activity in these wonderful blue waters or simply enjoy the clear waters by the beach.

2. Le cinque terre

This area near the Ligurian Sea translates into “the five lands”. The area is a coast line that has five towns: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The best way to get into the area of these 5 villages is by train, the town of La Spezia is the nearest. They are all small towns but enchanting nonetheless. There is also a famous trail from Riomaggiore to Manarola called “Via dell’Amore” (the Love Walk) that many tourists visit and it is absolutely adorable. You can plan an early day trip into the area and hike the trails of the towns, and finish with a relaxing stop at the beach at the end of your hike. The sunset is also amazing in this area.

3. Amalfi coast

The Amalfi coast is one of the most famous summer places visited by tourists. The town is in the region of Campania, near Naples and its beaches are unique. In the town there’s a beautiful cathedral to visit and there’s also the museum of paper (museo della carta) that celebrates the skill the Italians learned from the Arabs. However, the Amalfi coast is by far the most popular sight, it brings thousands of tourists every year and it was even listed in the UNESCO list of cultural landscapes.

4. Lampedusa

The island of Lampedusa is one of the largest islands in the province of Sicily. The island is in the Mediterranean Sea and it’s famous for its agriculture, its fishing traditions, and tourism. Like many of the areas in Sicily, Lampedusa is a great destination for the summer months and it is a great place to savor their amazing food. The island also has had its beaches named among the top 25 beaches in the world by traveling sites, this area is sure to amaze any tourist.

5. Sardinia

This island in the Mediterranean Sea is the second largest Italian island, after Sicily. This island has a rich culture that stands out because it differs in many ways from other Italian regions. One of the more famous elements that stands out is the Sardinian language which is categorized as a different language altogether and not as an Italian dialect. The island also has many parks and reserves and it has rich and beautiful plants. Among its beautiful beaches there is: Beach of the prince, Cala Mariolu, Capo Testa, Castelsardo, Costa Paradiso, La Pelosa beach and many other famous beaches.

All Italian cities tend to sell more of their local products so if you decide to head to these amazing places, be sure to try the local seafood. There are many beaches in Italy so if you find yourself planning a trip to Europe over the summer months, be sure to visit one of the coastal towns, the scenery will surely amaze you.

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