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5 Islands In Italy That Are Hidden Gems

From snorkeling to clifftop hikes and ancient villas, there is an island for every traveler

January 7, 2022

FromAlthough some of Italy's more commonly-known islands often take the spotlight, many secret islands are worth exploring. So whether you prefer a remote getaway or an easier-to-get-to spot, keep reading to discover some of the best-hidden gems when it comes to Italy's islands.


Off the coast of Sicily lies one of the most remote Egadi Islands, Marettimo offers an escape from busy-traffic and overly-populated areas. Not only does it contain protected waters perfect for snorkeling and diving, but it is also nearby some of the most beautiful walking trails. In addition, the island is nearly car-less, so you can feel like a local.


Another traffic-free spot when you need to leave the crowded city life behind is Panarea. Frequented by celebrities such as Bill Gates and Beyonce, this island is east of the Aeolian Islands and is a hot place for taking yacht rides or renting traditional wooden boats. This small island is a gem for fabulous beaches, historical attractions, and breathtaking natural vistas.


Pantelleria is the place to go for anyone looking for something other than beaches. Located close to Tunisia, this island is technically made of volcanic rock, meaning natural saunas and mud baths are abundant. There is always something exciting to do on this island, with local caves to check out and spas to relax. If you are into scuba diving, then Pantelleria is not to be missed due to the shallow waters. Also, try the wine from the Zibibbo grapes from a UNESCO World Heritage site while you are staying on the island.


Ponza is between Naples and Rome in the Tyrrhenian Sea. One of the Pontine Islands' biggest islands, Ponza, has an ethereal feel backed up by some local myths and legends about the destination. Ponza contains many hard-to-find bays and coves that are perfect for anyone looking for privacy, as well as many hilly trails and cliffs to wander around.


The largest island in the Tuscan Archipelago, Elba is an excellent choice for historical remains or top-tier beaches. Containing the remnants of a first-century Roman villa and sights such as a cable car that goes to the top of Monte Capanne, Elba is a hot spot among locals during the summer holidays, so consider coming in the winter months if you're looking for more of a private location.

If you're looking for a hidden gem among Italy's beaches and an island retreat like no other, give us a call today to get professional advice and get started on making your dream a reality.

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