10 Most Beautiful Islands in Italy You Need to Visit This Summer
Looking for the best Islands in Italy to visit? From the north to the south, Italy’s Islands are among some of the most beautiful in Europe. With crystal clear waters, stunning coastlines, and picturesque harbour towns, we have rounded up the best islands in Italy for families and travellers.
Italy boasts some stunning beaches. But most people don’t realise that Italy also has hundreds of beautiful islands around the country. Many of them quite secluded, but around 50 of them are inhabited and many welcome tourists and travellers.
But which islands in Italy are the best to visit? Difficult question because each of Italy’s islands are unique and have something different to offer.
These top 10 islands of Italy however, you are sure to find your version of paradise.
Most Beautiful Islands in Italy
Visit one or more of Italy’s beautiful islands and you may not want to leave!
The Mediterranean’s second largest island, and somewhat still hidden gem, is Sardinia on the east coast of Italy. With hundreds of stunning beaches along the rocky coastlines, this Italian island boasts some of the clearest water around the country.
A haven for beach lovers, and those who love water sports, Sardinia’s beaches are perfect for sailing, surfing, and scuba diving. It is also home to the exclusive Porto Rotondo on the Costa Smeralda, where the wealthy bring their superyachts.
Most of the main beaches are easy to get to, however if you do sail, there are some wild spots where the white sand is often compared to the likes of the Caribbean.
Arguably one of the most well known islands in Italy is Capri, just off the Almalfi Coast in central Italy. With a reputation for fancy hotels, endless high end shopping, and celeb spotting, the island of Capri is known to be one of the most glamourous holiday spots around the world.
The island is busting with natural beauty with the top attraction. the stunning Blue Grotto, no doubt one of the most beautiful sea caves in the world.
A popular day trip from Naples or the Almalfi coast, Capri attract tourists from around the globe wanting to get a taste of the “bella vita”.
Sicily is the largest island off Italy, in the county’s south east just off the coast of Calabria. It is also the largest island in the Mediterranean and has long been attracting travellers seeking to explore natural wonders.
There are so many things to do in Sicily and this Italian Island has something for everyone. It is full of history and is bursting with ancient ruins and archaeological sites but also filled with stunning coastlines with a range of different beaches including white sand and volcanic rock.
With some of the best weather in Europe, Sicily is a popular holiday destination for any type of traveller all year round.
One of the more lesser known of the Italian islands is Ponza which is off the coast between Naples and Rome. Just an hour from the mainland by boat, this charming island is known for its colourful houses, clear blue water, and white sandy beaches.
Ponza is where the Romans holiday, so if you are looking for an Italian island that is authentic Italian, and less touristic than the likes of Capri, it is worth a visit. Take a day trip from Rome or Naples or stay overnight to get the full experience.
Just off the north coast of Sicily, Lipari is the largest of the Aeolian islands. Bursting with tourists during the summer, Lipari is known for its lively culture, beautiful beaches, picturesque villages, and the hot thermal springs.
Lipari is the most practical base if you are wanting to visit all of the Aeolian islands because of the fast ferry connections from Sicily.
If you want to get away from the tourists, then Capri’s little sister island, the picturesque Ischia place to visit. With stunning hillside views, medieval castles and gorgeous rocky beaches, Ischia is a volcanic island well known for their hot springs and thermal pools.
Just an hour from Naples, it makes such an easy say trip from Naples or Rome. There is also plenty of accommodation if you want to get the full experience.
In the north, near Tuscany, Elba is famous for its beautiful landscapes, and stunning beaches. There are various outdoor activities such as hiking and biking for those who want to get out and about. And with soft white sand and clear turquoise water it is the perfect place for a beach holiday during the summer offering snorkelling and diving opportunities.
If you are visiting Tuscany and looking for a beach getaway Elba is well worth the trip for a few days.
Just off the western coast of Sicily in Italy’s south, you can find the pretty little island of Levanzo. With no road network, and just some dirt tracks, the population is only around 200 people.
During the summer, Levanzo is a popular day trip. The port is surrounded by whitewashed houses, and there are probably more boats than people. The island is popular for swimming, boating, and for those looking for a relaxing day on the beach.
The furthest of the Italian Islands, Lampedusa is a thriving summer destination for sun lovers. Lampedusa is actually closer to Tunisia than Italy and boasts an exotic feel. Filled with, wild nature, stunning white beaches, and crystal clear water, it is a haven for sun-worshippers and scuba divers.
Best Beaches in Italy?
Here we have rounded up some of the most beautiful and best islands around Italy. Looking for more coastal getaways? Check out our post on the best beaches in Italy!
Looking for the best places to visit overall? See our Italy travel guide for families.