Traveling to Italy is so romantic in a way. There is so much history, beauty, and beautiful architecture. I have been four times to Italy, and every visit has been a different experience, from the cities I've visited, to the food I have enjoyed. The country's unique culture and its people make you feel like you belong there, and you leave feeling like you want to keep coming back. Have you been there yet? If not, why do you want to visit? What you would like to do while there? So many questions yet, the answers can all be different because we all love other things. Did you know that Italy has five beautiful islands too in the Mediterranean?
Although some of Italy's more commonly-known islands often take the spotlight, many secret islands are worth exploring. Whether you prefer a remote getaway or an easier-to-get-to spot, keep reading to discover some of the best-hidden gems when it comes to Italy's islands.
One of the most remote Egadi Islands, Marettimo offers an escape from heavy traffic and overly-populated areas. Not only does it contain protected waters perfect for snorkeling and diving, but it is also nearby some of the most beautiful walking trails.
Another traffic-free spot when you need to leave the crowded city life behind is Panarea. Visited frequently by celebrities such as Bill Gates and Beyonce, this island is east of the Aeolian Islands and is a hot place for taking yacht rides or renting traditional wooden boats.
Pantelleria is the place to go for anyone looking for something other than beaches. Located close to Tunisia, this island is technically made of volcanic rock, meaning natural saunas and mud baths are abundant. There is always something exciting to do on this island, with local caves to check out and spas to relax.
One of the Pontine Islands' biggest islands, Ponza, has an ethereal feel backed up by some local myths and legends about the destination. Ponza contains many hard-to-find bays and coves that are perfect for anyone looking for privacy, as well as many hilly trails and cliffs to wander around.
The largest island in the Tuscan Archipelago, Elba is an excellent choice for historical remains or top-tier beaches. Containing the remnants of a first-century Roman villa and sights such as a cable car that goes to the top of Monte Capanne, Elba is a hot spot among locals during the summer holidays, so consider coming in the winter months if you're looking for more of a private location.
Should you be looking for a hidden gem among Italy's beaches, talk to me today to get professional advice and get started on making your dream a reality.
About Sheyla Paz
Sheyla was born and raised in Cuba. Moved to the United States 20 years ago after meeting her husband at her beloved island when she was performing with a band at the Riviera Hotel in Havana. She is a Journalist, Actress, Producer, and Photographer with a passion for travel. Sheyla launched the tour agency to Cuba out of her desire to share her culture, music, dance, and the architecture of her homeland with others. Her agency provides travel arrangements to all Latin countries and Caribbean islands. She has several award wining short films and was recognized as a leading media personality in the Latino community in Tennessee with the award “Beacon of Light” in 2019. Sheyla was one of the few Cuban-American journalists selected to travel to Cuba with President Barack Obama in 2016 as part of the White House Press Corp. Sheyla is an ASTA Verified travel advisor, Signature Travel Network Luxury Certified Travel advisor and several destination specialist in the Caribbean and Latin America. She is also certified in Luxury River and Ocean cruises.
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