Customised Holiday in Offbeat Islands of Italy

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Besides the islands of world famous Capri-Anacapri , about which you can read more on the Naples-Capri page, Italy has a few other jewels that sparkle bright in its shimmering seas.

Popularly called the Emerald Island, Ischia is covered in pine groves with sparkling waters gently crashing into its beaches. If just that isn’t enough to get you here, the island promises that its thermal spas will cure you of any disease. The island’s most conspicuous natural wonder is the volcano, Monte Epomeo, that sits in the center of the island. Tourists flock the island in ferry-loads from Naples and Amalfi coast to enjoy its sandy beaches, health spas and excellent red and white wines produced in the local vineyards.

Ischia Porto, on the eastern coast, is the largest community on the island. This circular town is built on a crater. It is also the island's main port of call. Found on the western coast, Forio is the liveliest town on the island. Many bars line the street.

Il Fungo, or the mushroom, is a rock that juts out of the water. It is the most beautiful natural wonder of Lacco Ameno. This region is the most expensive part of the island and is home to one of the best spas. Located on the southernmost tip of the island, Sant'Angelo, is the most beautiful part of Ischia and the beach is the best on the island . It is connected to the rest of Ischia by a lava-and-sand bridge 91 m long so its quite a long walk as driving into the town is practically impossible. Faiano Pine Forest ,located in the borough of Barano, allows you to walk in the shade of the pine trees, the chestnut trees and oak trees that are interspersed with the characteristic Mediterranean perfumed trees and masses of lava rock that make the whole scene a magical, mysterious one.

Located closer to Africa than Italy, Sardinia’s turquoise sea and white sandy beaches rival the tropics. Sant'Antioco & San Pietro, off the coast of Southwestern Sardinia, are charming islands as yet unspoiled by too much tourist development.. Further east, Palau & Arcipelago di la Maddalena are pretty laidback, too: the archipelago itself comprises a national park with loads of island-hopping opportunities.

Ponza is one of the most delicious summertime destinations in the entire Mediterranean. Life here revolves around the sea so the best way to really appreciate Ponza is to circumnavigate it by boat. Inland the scenery is striking featuring mountains and vine-clad hills that boast sweeping views back down to the coast.

There are two main inhabited areas: Ponza Town in the south and Le Forna in the north with a few white houses and North African-style dome-roofed dammusi scattered about elsewhere. Throughout its long history Ponza has been known as an island of exile, housing political prisoners.

The island is famous for its Blue Grottos created by the Etruscans, and for the mysterious Roman-dug caves, Le Grotte di Pilato. In Le Forna a narrow lane and steps take you down to the Piscine Naturali, lovely volcanically created pools separated from the sea by a narrow strip of land with a low-lying grotto that lets small boats enter. There are flat smooth rocks perfect for lying about on and sunbathing and rock arches you can swim through in the natural pools. The island of Zannone, once a hunting ground for the Romans and now a nature reserve. You can hire a boat and pass under a natural rock arch, then returning to harbour after yet another perfect Ponzesi day.

Palmarola a tiny island may be only eight miles to the west of Ponza, but it's a world away. Named after the dwarf palms that blanket it, Palmarola's allure is obvious. glittering flying fish disturbed by the progress of boats are spectacular.Its dramatic coast comes into full view fringed by coves filled with limpid water the colour of the green obisidian rock for which the island is known. These days, most visitors only set foot on Palmarola to lunch at the Cala del Porto, which is home to a seasonal restaurant where you can feast on plates of shellfish pasta. There's nowhere to moor, so it's just a case of dropping anchor and wading ashore. Palmarola's most impressive geological feature known as the cattedrali, is a towering wall of volcanic rock has the look of a Gaudiesque cathedral or perhaps, a giant Cadbury's Flake.

Named for the lampa (light) that guided sailors safely around its perimeter, Lampedusa hovers in a sort of Mediterranean limbo south of Sicily and northeast of Africa. Lampedusa has never been terribly fashionable, and it probably never will be. You won’t find glamorous resorts or nightlife yet there’s something oddly appealing about this scrubby, sometimes derelict island. The main street, Via Roma, is lined with elegant bars and bakeries that could have been plucked out of Rome or Florence. Here you can cool down with an espresso granita, sugar up with a fresh cannolo, and toast the simplicity of life on this working Italian island The northern shore features a high cliff with plenty of impressing caves. In the North-Eastern end, known as Capo Grecale, is a lighthouse visible from up to 60 miles away, where extends a beautiful view of the coastal landscape

For beach lovers, Lampedusa has a real treasure. On the south side of the island, about 5km (3 miles) west of town, is one of the most beautiful beaches in Italy, called Isola dei Conigli, which refers to the "Island of Rabbits" just offshore. The beach itself is on the Lampedusa side, and is a crescent of sand with waters as close to Caribbean turquoise as you’ll find in the Mediterranean. The bay is so shallow and calm that even kids can wade the 50m (164ft.) from the mainland to Isola dei Conigli. In summer, caretta caretta sea turtles lay their eggs here, at which time naturalists close off part of the beach.

An Exotic Black Rock Between Continents of Europe and Africa, Pantelleria’sblack-lava coastline has zero sandy beaches. The summer sun is explicitly harsh, and even on otherwise mild spring and fall days, the scirocco wind, carrying dust from the Sahara, can send you running for cover. All said the water here is crystal clear, abundant in marine life. Besides the beaches the island offers a rich culture more African than Italian, complete with dammusi, square African houses topped with a dome curving inwards to collect rainwater as fresh water is scarce. There are also mudbathes, naturals saunas, steam, geysers and therapeutic hot springs all result of its volcanic past giving visitors a little extra to experience. A picturesque lake, the Specchio di Venere (Venus’s Mirror) is inland Pantelleria’s most popular attraction complete with mudbaths. On the southern part of the island, a lovely pine wood ends in a spectacular line of cliffs, known as Salto la Vecchia (the old jump), rising 300m (984 ft.) above the sea. Wine buffs shouldn’t miss a visit to the vineyards where wines like passito and moscato are made. The highest point on the island is Montagna Grande (836m), an ancient crater. Pantelleria’s signature geological formation is called the Arco dell’Elefante, a natural arch of lava that resembles an elephant’s trunk, dipping into the sea. Island tradition has it that in times of drought, the good-natured elephant would use this trunk to procure water for the islanders.

The Tuscan Archipelago
The Tuscan Archipelago or Tuscan Islands, consist of a group of seven islands: Elba, Giglio, Capraia, Pianosa, Montecristo, Gorgona and Giannutri. Together they form the Tuscan Archipelago National Park which is the largest protected marine park in Europe providing, in particular, an important sanctuary for many rare birds travelling between Europe and Africa. To know more about these wonderfull islands drop us a line.
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