Italy is surrounded by many small defined strips of land smaller Italian islands certainly not as regards the natural beauty of the sea and the beaches or the tourist offer, but only for issues related to their surface. If you don’t know them well, we want you to discover the many possibilities of spending dream holidays on a small or medium-sized island off the Italian coast.
All the smaller Italian islands they have a wide tourist offer for every taste. They can be true oases of peace, ideal for relaxing holidays in contact with naturalistic beauties and services on a human scale. The sea that surrounds the archipelagos offers spectacular scenery with fairytale coves, rocks, cliffs, small bays and stretches of white beaches of all colors.
The groups of smaller Italian islands they are divided into archipelagos scattered around Italy between the Tyrrhenian, Adriatic, Ionian and Ligurian seas. There are about eighty long or boot or off the coast for those who want to take holidays in the name of crystal clear water and clear sea. Below you will find useful information to get there, how to visit them and which are the best tourist facilities to stay. You will find information on walking and cycling routes and how to practice sports on some of the most beautiful Italian beaches.
Tuscan Archipelago The largest marine park in Europe includes seven main islands: Gorgona, Giannutri, Capraia, Elba, Pianosa, Montecristo and Giglio and some smaller islets. The choice of the Italian islands can only begin with the island of Elba. It is the most popular of the Tuscan archipelago, perfect for sports such as mountain biking, climbing and windsurfing
La Maddalena Off the Costa Smeralda in Sardinia there are seven main islands and an infinite number of islets and rocks. Their names are Santo Stefano, La Maddalena, Caprera, Spargi, Budelli. Here is a series of practical information on how to move around the archipelago with photographs and videos that illustrate the natural beauties
Aeolian Archipelago in the southern Tyrrhenian Sea north of Sicily, part of the province of Messina. It is made up of ten smaller islands and islets, of which seven are inhabited. Lipari, Salina, Alicudi, Filicudi, Panarea. Stromboli and Vulcano are two active volcanoes. It is a question of choosing the favorite among the proposals on the site
Tremiti The Tremiti archipelago is located off the coast of the Gargano in the province of Lecce. It is rich in landscape treasures and includes three small islands also known as ‘Pearls of the Adriatic’. Their names are San Domino, San Nicola and Caprara, plus an islet called Cretaccio
Ponza Tourism, natural areas and activities in the Pontine Islands of the Circeo Park. The most famous is the island of Ponza followed by the smaller ones Palmarola, Zannone and Gavi. Practical information and maps divide the territory into zones to plan the holiday in detail
Egadi The Egadi archipelago with clear waters and fascinating coasts, includes three main islands. They are called Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo and two large rocks, Maraone and Formica. Information to reach your favorite destination, book online and rent vehicles. Advice on where to sleep, eat, events and hiking itineraries
Ischia Together with the islands of Procida, Vivara and Nisida it is part of the Flegrean Islands Archipelago, located off the Gulf of Naples in a protected maritime area. For Ischia there are 39 km of coasts, low on the sea to the north with small beaches, more varied to the south. There are beautiful beaches, indentations and headlands, bays and coves, some of which can only be reached by sea
Lampedusa and Pelagie Southernmost archipelago in Italy made up of the white Lampedusa, the black Linosa (volcanic) and the uninhabited Lampione. They are renowned minor Italian islands for their enchanting beaches and a beautiful and crystalline sea. Offers, services and new rates for next season are to be compared on the website
Minor Italian islands
The most beautiful minor Italian islands are born real naturalistic and cultural treasures. The following guides collect the best destinations to go on vacation with descriptions of the sea, beaches, sports, things to do and see. Services for tourists with easy to reach and visit itineraries on foot or by bicycle.
Porto Venere Pro loco tourist association of the province of La Spezia, manages the Archipelago with three islands: Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. They are located in the waters in front of Porto Venere, a place recognized throughout the world and together with the Cinque Terre as a World Heritage Site
Carloforte Historic village located on the island of San Pietro. Together with the Island of Sant’Antioco it forms the Sulcis Archipelago, located in the south-west of Sardinia, in the province of Carbonaia-Iglesias. History, environment, useful numbers, ferry timetables, events and other information of one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean
Ventotene Located between Ponza and Ischia is the smallest of the Italian Pontine islands. Located to the south-east together with the island of Santo Stefano in the province of Latina, it offers the visitor a holiday in close contact with nature, away from chaos and city noises
Capri Famous for natural beauty, millenary history and typically Mediterranean mild climate. The island is one of the favorite destinations for high-level international tourism. A complete guide informs about the possibilities of accommodation and stay according to the wishes of the tourist
Procida Located at the mouth of the Gulf of Naples, together with the island of Vivara it belongs to the Flegrean Islands. Lively inhabited areas, vegetation, clear sea and beautiful coastal rocks make it a popular tourist destination. On the site holiday homes, residences and useful information
Panarea Located in the north of Sicily, it is the smallest of the Aeolian islands and keeps its spirit intact. This small island can be driven around without a car but is equipped with hotels and electric vehicle rentals
Ustica Piccolissima among the smaller Italian islands, is a volcanic island north-west of Palermo. Characterized by jagged coastlines that hide beautiful caves, inlets and coves. It is a true paradise for scuba diving lovers, also thanks to the fact that it has been a marine reserve since 1987. Wide choice of holiday homes, villas out of town, restaurants, guided excursions and bike and scooter rental
Pantelleria Located in the province of Trapani, it is the largest of the smaller Italian islands of Sicily. It is located 70 km from the African coast and 85 km from Sicily and is characterized by a crystalline sea with steep coasts covered with terraced crops. Possibility to rent typical accommodation (Dammusi) and learn about the offers and possibilities reserved for tourists
Italian ferry companies
If you want to take a vacation on an Italian island you have to think about the ferry in time. What are the prices and times required to reserve a seat? Whether it is Sardinia and Sicily or smaller islands in Italy and abroad, the variables for traveling by sea are many, as are the ferry boarding prices. It depends on the season and destination, as well as on the number of people and if you are traveling with your own means of transport.
Traveling with ferries allows you to reach the Italian islands bringing with you car, camper, caravan or motorbike. This obviously represents an advantage even in the long coastal stretches, because by ferry you can also rest and enjoy a mini cruise. It is essential to know offers, prices, dates and times of departures and any connections of the best shipping companies.
If you are planning one holiday on the Italian islands it is better to book ferry tickets by taking advantage of offers and availability without cutting back at the last moment. In summer and in high season the prices are higher and the difficulty of finding a free place is greater. Here is a list of ferry companies with information, prices with the ability to book early by taking advantage of offers with limited availability.
TraghettiLines Bookings for ferries to Mediterranean islands. A practical and easy to consult guide to find out and compare prices, offers and agreements of 35 shipping companies that make journeys in Sardinia, Greece, Croatia, Spain and Tunisia. Over 1200 routes in the Mediterranean are available to travel on the sea. The online booking service is simple and intuitive and allows you to have tickets directly via email
Traghetti.com An agency that offers a facilitated online booking service for ferries in real time. The selection is made by favoring the most advantageous rates for their holidays. From Sardinia to Iceland, the possibility of organizing any trip by sea is ensured together with a series of practical information about how to travel by ferry: boarding times, crossing times and the company of animals
Aferry World leader in ferry booking, it allows you to compare the ticket prices of the best companies and choose the cheapest one. Sardinia is among the most requested destinations with 21 routes available, starting from five regions or countries. The comparison on possible routes, timetables and accommodations on board, help to evaluate the most suitable solution without forgetting the special offers
Grandi Navi Veloci Information and services on a shipping company that crosses to Sicily and Sardinia and many other destinations in France and Spain
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