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The peak of summer is almost here and when the weather’s fine there’s no better place than visiting the seaside… especially in Italy. The Mediterranean attracts travellers from all corners of Europe and the world, it’s beaches and coves luring even the most stubborn. This summer, let’s go to Italy.

The cool waters await and the sun is almost at its zenith… there’s no better place than Italy to spend the warmest days of the year under the sun with a brightly coloured plastic pail and shovel in tow. Honestly, who doesn’t still built sandcastles while on a beach holiday?

Don’t have summer plans yet? If this photo tour of Italy’s beaches tempt, then check out the last minute flights to Italy on and get planning!


The centre of everything happening in Campania and along the Amalfi Coast is Naples. The city is sprawling and all up-in-your-face. If you don’t like it at first, don’t worry this city will eventually grow on you. How could it not, it’s where pizza was invented? The volcano in the distance, Mt Vesuvius is the one that put an eventual end to Pompeii more than 2000 years ago. When it’s time to hit the beach, head down the Amalfi Coast with beaches bordered by steep cliffs and tiny villages.

Flights to Naples





Puglia, also known as the heel of the boot, has the longest coastline in Italy, an impressive 800km of it! It’s where the Adriatic meets the Ionian and besides great places to swim and lounge, Puglia is famed for its cuisine. The area is surrounded by olive groves, the first sign that the food is good here. It’s where the Italians come to party in the summer months and if you stay at a hotel in a smaller village, it’s rare to find someone rattling on in a foreign language, more likely some dialect of Italian that sounds nothing like the phrases you memorised on the plane ride over.

Flights to Bari







Not far from Africa, this island’s white sand beaches and crystal blue waters are a natural draw for travellers heading out on summer holidays. If you have the time, it’s worth venturing off the south-west coast of Sardinia to visit Sant’Antioco and San Pietro, two smaller islands which surprisingly lack tourist development. Palau and the Arcipelago di la Maddalena are part of a national park and great for island hopping! There are mountains to climb and oranges to pick in the groves found in the valleys. Stunning… that’s Sardinia.

Flights to Cagliari







Sicilians are proud of their culture, their beaches and their status as one of the best islands to visit in all of Italy. For 25 centuries Sicilians have shaped their island’s image. With influences from Greece, the Arab world and ancient Rome… the landscape is as varied as its artistic and architectural scene. Somehow the island has escaped the commercialism that has swallowed up many of Italy’s other coastlines.

Flights to Catania






Which beaches would you like to visit most this summer? Looking forward to spending time with your toes in the sand and the wind in your hair?

Imgs: Greenluka, El Mostrito, raffaelesergi1977, lucerne58, freshcreator, Yellow.Cat, pizzodisevo, Verity Cridland, gnuckx, FabioC., Toprural, Alëx, Vincent Desjardins, neil cummings, Albert T M, quantz, a.drian / Flickr cc.

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