Summer holidays 2020 in Italy: here's where to go

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If you too, as soon as the days get longer and a bit of sun comes out, you fantasize about finding yourself lying on the beach to get a tan, or walking through a beautiful village or a city of art, or even if you imagine yourself admiring the view after a tiring trek means only one thing ... You definitely need a vacation!
We have selected the the most beautiful Italian destinations to visit in summer. Here 15 destinations from North to South for your summer holidays in Italy.


  1. Summer destinations in Northern Italy
  2. Summer destinations in Central Italy
  3. Summer destinations in Southern Italy
  4. User questions and comments

Post COVID19 travel advice
If you are planning a trip, make sure you are in line with safety measures. Follow government guidelines and only return to travel when the green light is given. Prefer natural and perhaps non-mass destinations, and in general promote local tourism: discover the wonders of your city, your region and your state. Try to avoid long-haul travel and at most choose destinations reachable with a few hours of flight.

Summer destinations in Northern Italy

1 - Cinque Terre, Liguria

The Cinque Terre most likely are one of the most visited and known areas of Liguria. These are five villages with a picturesque charm, located along the eastern Riviera, between Genoa and La Spezia. Monterosso al Mare, Corniglia, Vernazza, Manarola and Rio Maggiore they are a romantic corner with little houses perched on the rock and colorful colors. The entire coast of the Cinque Terre can also be easily visited with a tour from La Spezia
Alternatively, for lovers of trekking and walking we recommend a guided trek in the Cinque Terre, with two routes that connect the villages to each other: the first and most "challenging" is the Alta Via delle Cinque Terre, while the second is also known like Sentiero Azzurro and runs from Levanto to Porto Venere. This last route in particular is scenically very beautiful, especially the stretch between Rio Maggiore and Manarola, known as Via dell'Amore. However, due to the high number of tourists visiting, there is a toll of just under € 8,00 per person to access it.

  • Recommended period: June, when the villages are not yet overcrowded. In August the situation becomes practically unmanageable, especially if you travel with your own car
  • flights to Genoa or Pisa from € 19,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 75,00 per room -
  • 7 days starting from € 345,00 per person -

2 - Sanremo, Bordighera and Riviera di Ponente, Liguria

Liguria is often combined with the Cinque Terre territory, but also the Riviera di Ponente offers extraordinary views, sea and villages.
Furthermore, even in this stretch of coast there is a good concentration of blue flag beaches, as in Sanremo, in Bordighera, but also in Santo Stefano a Mare, Taggia and Riva Ligure.
This portion of Liguria is among other things bordering one of the most beautiful regions of France, Provence: in a few kilometers you can reach Nice, Saint-Tropez, Cannes, but also the Principality of Monaco with the surprising Montecarlo!

  • Recommended period: June, when the villages are not yet overcrowded. In August the situation becomes practically unmanageable, especially if you travel with your own car
  • flights to Genoa or Nice from € 19,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 85,00 per room -
  • 7 days starting from € 405,00 per person -

3 - Sirmione and Lake Garda

Who said that summer only means beach holidays? Not far from Brescia, in fact, there is the beautiful Lake Garda, with the splendid village of Sirmione.
Much appreciated both for the Roman and medieval remains and for the thermal waters with regenerating properties, in Sirmione a real must is a boat ride on Lake Garda or, for those who love a little more adrenaline, a ride in speedboat. For those who also like to visit the villages, it is unthinkable not to visit the Scaligero Castle, the access point to the historic center, but also to the famous Grotte di Catullo, an archaeological complex dating back to the st century BC.
If you have the opportunity to explore the surroundings a bit, don't miss Desenzano del Garda, with its castle and elegant villas, the small town of Limone and, why not, the Gardaland amusement park, suitable for both adults and children. .

  • Recommended period: end of August, when many return from vacation and you will have more chances to enjoy a nice walk or a ride along the lakefront
  • flights to Verona (36 km) starting from € 61,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 80,00 per room -
  • 7 days starting from € 390,00 per person -

4 - Lignano Sabbiadoro, Bibione and the Venetian coast

Lignano Sabbiadoro is one seaside resort suitable for both families and young children, a perfect combination of relaxation and fun, just like Bibione and in general the entire Venetian coast. Among the most popular destinations on the Adriatic, Lignano Sabbiadoro is in fact characterized by golden sandy beaches, for over 30 years awarded with the prestigious Blue Flag awardFurthermore, the surrounding area is one of the best in terms of nightlife.

Not far from Lignano, too Bibione is a very popular destination, so much so that it is the second beach in Italy for the number of visitors. Having the opportunity to get around the area for good, however, we advise you not to limit yourself to these two centers, often very crowded, but to push yourself to explore the neighboring localities among which Jesolo and Cavallino Treporti. And while you're at it, if you want to take a trip to Venice ...

  • Recommended period: June is the least expensive and busiest month. However, the heart of the area's summer events occurs between July and August.
  • flights to Venice or Trieste from € 19,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 85,00 per room -
  • 7 days starting from € 395,00 per person -

5 - Sappada, Friuli Venezia Giulia

A well-known summer and winter tourist resort, Sappada is a splendid location in the Friulian mountains, so much so that in 2007 received the Orange Flag award which has always distinguished the most beautiful villages in Italy. Suitable for those who love to immerse themselves in nature and in small rustic towns, Sappada is characterized by the presence of cottages entirely made of wood, a fundamental part of the town's architectural and cultural heritage. In addition to these, the area is rich in sanctuaries and religious buildings of great importance, including the Church of Santa Margherita, the Regina Pacis Sanctuary and the Church of Sant'Osvaldo on the top of Cima Sappada. Furthermore, it cannot be said that you have visited the wonders of the area without having made a regenerating excursion into nature: from this point of view you will be spoiled for choice, even if we personally we advise you to head towards the Muhlbach Falls, at the sources of the Piave or even towards the three enchanting ones Olbe lakes.

  • Recommended period: July, when the event of the Borgate in festa is held with the sale of handicrafts
  • flights to Verona from € 61,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 90,00 per room -
  • 7 days starting from € 570,00 per person -

Summer destinations in Central Italy

1 - Island of Elba and Versilia, Tuscany

Between Italy and Corsica, about 10 km from the Tyrrhenian coast, it is located the largest island of the Tuscan Archipelago, completely covered by the typical Mediterranean scrub: the Island of Elba. Suitable for seaside tourism, but also for those who love to surround themselves with greenery and take scenic trekking routes. Among the most beautiful beaches on the island, the beach of Sansone, Capo Bianco, CaFlights, Sant'Andrea and the Beach of the Shipwreck are highly recommended, very popular with snorkelling and scuba diving enthusiasts.
If you love walks, do not miss the path that leads to the famous stone monsters: to get there, starting from the town of Marciana, it is necessary to follow the signs for the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Monte, where Napoleon Bonaparte himself seems to have stayed.

If instead you want to get confused in the midst of the VIPs, Versilia and Forte dei Marmi are the best known stretch of coast in Tuscany, a destination for footballers, showgirls and celebrities. But beyond the entertainment opportunities that the Versilia Riviera offers, this area that stretches from the mountains to the sea is much more than just a place for fun.

  • Recommended period: June-July, when the island is not so overcrowded. In fact, in August the situation often becomes unmanageable, and if you want to grab a hole on the beach you will need to leave very early in the morning.
  • flights to Pisa from € 22,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 80,00 per room -
  • 7 days starting from € 390,00 per person -

2 - Riviera Romagnola, Emilia Romagna

The Riviera Romagnola and its surroundings offer many alternatives of different kinds, suitable for all types of travelers. This stretch of coast overlooking the Adriatic, more than 90 km long, offers solutions suitable for families such as Bellaria Igea Marina, Ravenna and the best amusement parks of the Romagna Riviera, e solutions for young people looking for nightlife, such as Rimini, Riccione, Milano Marittima. On the one hand, therefore, the Acquafan, Italia in Miniatura and Mirabilandia, on the other discos and clubs such as the Imperial Bay and Cocoricò.

The accommodation is among the best in Italy, both in terms of hospitality and infrastructure: from accommodation facilities to beaches, there are solutions for all budgets and for all needs.

  • Recommended period: Always. To avoid the crowds on the beach or in the clubs, better June, for nightlife, parties and events, better July and August. Every year at the beginning of July there is the highly anticipated Pink Night
  • flights to Bologna starting from € 61,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 80,00 per room -
  • 7 days starting from € 410,00 per person -

3 - Porto Recanati and san benedetto del tronto, Marche

In the province of Macerata is the northernmost coastal town of the whole province: Porto Recanati. Characterized by mostly stony beaches and slightly high bottoms, Porto Recanati is a picturesque place, suitable to be visited at any time of the year but especially in summer.
In July, in particular, on the second Sunday of the month, the town comes alive thanks to the famous Sea party: it is a popular holiday, in which the boats of the navy parade in a solemn procession, led by the ship carrying the statue of the Madonna del Soccorso. In addition to the beach life, Porto Recanati also hides remarkable treasures in the religious and architectural fields: absolutely to visit the Swabian Castle, dating back to 1200, and the Abbey of Santa Maria in Potenza.

Finally, San Benedetto del Tronto is located in the southernmost part, and is the most popular tourist center of the Riviera delle Palme. The Lungomare di San Benedetto del Tronto is considered one of the most beautiful in all of Italy, with its 6 km of length and the presence of lush gardens, tennis courts, benches and relaxation areas along its course.

  • Recommended period: early July, when the festivities of the Sea Festival are held
  • flights to Ancona starting from € 22,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 75,00 per room -
  • 7 days starting from € 480,00 per person -

4 - Lido di Ostia, Nettuno and Sabaudia, Lazio

Lido di Ostia is the closest seaside resort to the capital, in fact considered the beach of Rome. It is integrated within a rich territory, between the natural reserve of the Roman coast, the coastal dunes and the Shoals of Tor Paterno. Furthermore, the nightlife here is certainly second to none: we are still a stone's throw from the capital!

A few kilometers from Rome, there is Nettuno, a town of 50.000 inhabitants, which has always been known as a spa and holiday resort since the time of the ancient Romans. Today it is a booming locality, full of points of interest, and with a historic center built overlooking the sea with the typical houses and the typical alleys of medieval architecture.

finally, going further south you reach Sabaudia, with its promenade and its lake, and this long strip of sand and dunes that extends up to the Torre Paola. Just this stretch, on the slopes of Circeo, is one of the most beautiful. The coast is ideal for kite and water sports lovers, as it is often windy, but when the sea is calm, it's really gorgeous! Here too, the nightlife is guaranteed!

  • Recommended period: June and September to avoid too much crowds, July and August for the nightlife
  • starting from € 70,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 40,00 per room -
  • 7 days starting from € 420,00 per person -

5 - Termoli, Molise

As soon as you get close to Termoli, the first thing that catches your eye is the beautiful old town which stretches out towards the sea and is entirely surrounded by defensive walls. Always loved for its strategic position, Termoli today is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Molise, both in winter and in summer, when it is possible to alternate a walking tour along the city walls and the historic center with a relaxing afternoon on the nearby beach. Among the attractions to visit absolutely, you cannot miss the monument-symbol of the town or the Castle, made of limestone and sandstone; but also the Romanesque-Apulian style Cathedral, the Church of San Timoteo and the coastal tower of Sinarca, as well as the city port, the only port in the whole of Molise.

  • Recommended period: August, despite the crowds. At the beginning of the month, the celebrations of the patron saint San Basso are held, with processions, stalls, fireworks, etc.
  • flights to Pescara from € 22,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -
  • 7 days starting from € 300,00 per person -

6 - Lucca and Garfagnana, Tuscany

We always stay in Tuscany, but this time around the beautiful Lucca and the surrounding geographical area, the Garfagnana, known for the possibility of taking long walks in the woods and to relax in contact with nature, but also for the number of medieval villages scattered throughout the area.
In fact, what we recommend is just about starting from Lucca (or to use it as a base during your stay), while dedicating a walking tour of the historic center to get to know the city, and then explore the neighboring towns and points of interest: among the unmissable in the region, we must certainly mention the Borgo a Mozzano and its very famous Devil's Bridge, Barga (already nominated Orange Flag by the Italian Touring Club), Castelnuovo, not to mention theHermitage of Calomini, a place with a mystical charm. In its vicinity, for the more adventurous, there is also the Grotta del Vento, a natural cave with extraordinary stalactite and stalagmite formations.

  • Recommended period: all season
  • flights to Pisa from € 22,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 70,00 per room -
  • 7 days starting from € 310,00 per person -

Summer destinations in Southern Italy

1 - Positano and the Amalfi Coast, Campania

In the province of Salerno, Positano is an ideal destination to spend the summer holidays in Southern Italy, representing the perfect combination of dream sea, typical charm of the villages and the presence of greenery.
If you intend to stay near the town, we recommend that you don't just relax on the beach but to wander around the houses and the historic center, making a trip to the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, the watchtowers and the very interesting Museo del Mare.

However, it would be a real shame to be in Positano and not go and fully explore all the wonders of the Amalfi Coast.
If you are based in Naples, directly from the capital we suggest you take an all-inclusive tour of the Amalfi Coast. If you want to pamper yourself, allow yourself the luxury and pleasure of a tour of the Amalfi Coast by boat.
If you are by car, you can also reach Amalfi, Atrani, Furore, Ravello and Vietri sul Mare, alternatively, you can rent a boat or take part in an organized boat tour to visit the coast directly from the sea. For trekking lovers, we recommend the Path of the Gods, an indispensable panoramic walk from which to enjoy a priceless view of the sea.

  • Recommended period: June July. In August, crowding is unmanageable, although the celebrations of August 15th are very much felt in Positano
  • flights to Naples starting from € 10,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 90,00 per room -
  • 7 days starting from € 540,00 per person -

2 - Salento, Puglia

Another very popular destination in Southern Italy during the summer it is certainly the wonderful area of ​​Salento, in Puglia (to be clear, the heel of our boot). Since in this case it is even more difficult to make a choice regarding the places to see, given the vastness of points of interest, the best idea would probably be to rent a car and make a beautifulon the road throughout the region, making stops in Lecce, Taranto, Brindisi, Ostuni, Alberobello, Gallipoli, Otranto (just to name a few). As for the sea, the most beautiful beaches of Salento are Baia dei Turchi, Pescoluse, porto cesareo (for lovers of shallow and crystalline waters), Porto Selvaggio, Punta Prosciutto.

  • Recommended period: August is the month in which most of the Salento events are held, but also the busiest month
  • starting from € 40,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 70,00 per room -
  • 7 days starting from € 380,00 per person -

3 - Isola Capo Rizzuto, Calabria

Calabria is also a more than eligible candidate to be chosen as a destination this summer, especially the very particular village of Isola di Capo Rizzuto. Despite what the name would seem to suggest, in fact, the island of Capo Rizzuto is nothing more than a town of 20.000 inhabitants in the province of Crotone, made up of several hamlets (Capo Piccolo, Capo Rizzuto, Le Castella, Promontorio di Capo Colonna). The area is suitable for all types of travelers, by those who love the sea, but also villages and by those who love trekking along the coast. Among the must-see attractions, do not miss a tour in the ancient village of Isola to admire the Feudal Castle, the Clock, the gateway to the village and much more.

As for the most beautiful beaches in the area, we recommend that you stop at the Marinella, Valtur, La Cinella, in addition to the wonderful Calanques beach of Crete, according to many the most beautiful beach in all of Calabria.

  • Recommended period: June and September
  • starting from € 61,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 75,00 per room -
  • 7 days starting from € 340,00 per person -

4 - Maratea, Basilicata

Nicknamed the Pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea, Maratea it is the only center of Basilicata to overlook the sea, as well as being one of the most touristic places in the whole region. Appreciated for the picturesque natural landscapes but also for the rich historical heritage, Maratea has a large number of points of interest (the city is even nicknamed the City of 44 churches due to the presence of many churches, chapels and monasteries located in the urban fabric). However, among the most important attractions, we cannot fail to mention in the first place Statue of Christ the Redeemer, overlooking the historic city center from the top of Monte San Biagio: with its 22 meters high it is nothing less than the largest statue in Italy, made of white Carrara marble combined with a mixture of concrete. In addition to the statue and the historic center, however, we suggest you push yourself to explore the surroundings a little, starting from the small Marine Grotto of Maratea to the beautiful neighboring beaches (Santa Teresa, Black Beach, La Secca, Cala Ficarra, etc.).

  • Type: villages / sea
  • Recommended period: August, being a month full of events and initiatives including the Festival of Culture of Maratea, but also live music festivals such as the Marajazz and the Phonetica Jazz Festival.
  • starting from € 40,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 45,00 per room -
  • 7 days starting from € 395,00 per person -

5 - San Vito Lo Capo and the Zingaro Reserve, Sicily

Renowned town in Sicily, San Vito Lo Capo is located on the west coast of the island, precisely in the north-western end. Populated since ancient times, the area of San Vito Lo Capo is characterized by a great naturalistic beauty, which makes it the ideal destination for a summer holiday of relaxation and excursions into nature. Among the natural areas that are most worth visiting, the Bue Marino beach (according to Legambiente, the most beautiful beach in Italy), the Cave of the Horses and Grotta dell'Uzzo, not to mention all the coves and paths located within the nearby Riserva dello Zingaro. The protected natural area is a real paradise that offers refuge to a huge number of species of flora and fauna, and can be visited along three paths of varying difficulty: the one that offers the most suggestive scenarios is the coastal path, which will allow you to reach the Contrada Zingaro, the beating heart of the reserve.

  • Recommended period: June and September. In particular, on June 15th do not miss the Patron Saint's Day, and in September the Cous Cous Fest
  • flights to Trapani or Palermo from € 37,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 75,00 per room -
  • 7 days starting from € 389,00 per person -

Other summer destinations

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  • Destinations for young people: nightlife, discos on the beach, aperitifs at sunset, in short ... let's not turn around, we understand perfectly what you are looking for! Here are the best summer destinations for young people in Italy
  • Yes, but that's enough Italy: we want to go abroad! ok, ok, no problem! If you want to cross the Italian borders to discover summer in Europe and the rest of the world, we have prepared for you the top 10 of the best summer destinations abroad.

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