Europe: Simply Irresistible Link Party and Island Hopping in Italy
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my favorite country in the world. However, I wanted to take you off the beaten path a little bit and showcase some parts of Italy with which you may not be familiar...a few of the gorgeous islands scattered around the country which are not regularly visited by American travelers.
Ischia and Procida:
Looking for an alternative to Capri or the Amalfi Coast? On the opposite side of the Bay of Naples from Capri sit two gorgeous volcanic islands, Ischia and Procida, both of which have been enchanting travelers since the days of Virgil.
Ischia is the more visited of the two islands and is known for its thermal baths and spa resorts. The five star spa resort Terme Manzi Hotel and Spa offers a multitude of activities including access to the famous thermal baths.
The tiny island of Procida, known for it's pastel homes and lemon groves. is picture perfect. Stay at the tiny 10 room La Casa Sul Mer, where every room has a breathtaking view, for a fraction of what you would pay on the Amalfi Coast.
Both islands can be reached by hydrofoil from Naples.
A paradise for wealthy Europeans, Sardegna (or Sardinia), in the Mediterranean Sea, is actually closer to Africa than Italy. It is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, particularly in the Costa Smeralda area. The turquoise waters and pristine beaches have become a playground for the rich and famous, so unless your pockets are deep, you may want to avoid the high season in August.
The Maddalena archipelago to the north is unspoiled and a haven for wildlife.
Venice is one of the top tourist destinations in the world, but many travelers never make it to the islands in the Venetian lagoon. Giudecca is just a three minute ferry ride from St. Mark's Square but feels worlds away from the crowds in Venice.
Both hotels offer private shuttles to Piazza San Marco allowing you to experience the best of both worlds...Venice AND the quiet island of Giudecca.
|Porto Ercole, via|
Okay, so Monte Argentario is not actually an island, but a promontory almost completely surrounded by water and only attached to the mainland by a tiny strip of land. Close enough...On the Tuscan coast, this area is easily reached from both Florence and Rome.
|Porto San Stefano, via|
There are two villages on Monte Argentario - Porto Ercole to the south and Porto San Stefano to the north, both molto bello.
Il Pellicano is the place to stay in Porto Ercole with a two-Michelin starred restaurant and views as far as the eyes can see.
An archipelago off the Adriatic coast of Italy near the "spur" in the boot that is Italy, the Tremiti Islands get their name from "tremors" owing to the history of earthquakes in the area. With just 11 three star hotels you will find need to find your luxury in the scenery and crystal coves of these islands. There are no cars on the islands so be prepared to explore on foot or by water taxi.
With numerous coves and turquoise water, divers love exploring the Tremiti Islands.
As these islands are off the coast of Puglia, combining a trip to both would be a fantastic way to visit two relatively unknown parts of Italy. You can take a ferry from Termoli year round, or several coastal towns in Putglia and Abruzzo in the summer, or a relatively 50 euro helicopter ride from Foggia.
So, there we have it...an Italian island paradiso for every day of the next week.
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