Sicily with its classical ruins and multicultural heritage. Capri with its chic hotels and hidden coves. Sardinia with its famously idyllic, white sand beaches. The charms of Italy’s coastline are boundless.
Just off the “toe” of Italy, Sicily is more than just a place to laze on pretty volcanic beaches. Lying at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, the island’s succession of colonisers have left their mark in the form of crumbling Greek temples, majestic Roman villas, gilded Byzantine mosaics and astonishing Norman architecture. The Sicilian dialect is even peppered with the occasional Arabic word. Looming over it all, the fiery peak of Mount Etna – providing the island with its rich, fertile soil.
One of the most scenic islands in the Bay of Naples, glamorous Capri has been a popular summer retreat since the Romans. Today, visitors can expect a rugged landscape cloaked in olive, juniper and lemon trees. Brightly painted towns tumbling down hillsides. Upscale hotels, boutique-lined alleyways and villas draped in bougainvillaea. In a private boat, you can skim along the dramatic, cove-studded coastline to discover secret grottoes and admire the Faraglioni rocks. For sweeping views across the bay, take the chairlift to the summit of Monte Solaro.
For those who yearn for fine white sands and emerald waters, Sardinia is where you’ll find some of Italy’s dreamiest beaches - namely the stunning scalloped bays of Costa Smeralda. The island also has fresh seafood and water sports aplenty, alongside harbours brimming with superyachts. Away from the coast, the wild, mountainous interior is laced with hiking trails and dotted with thousands of mysterious Bronze Age ruins.