Where to go on holiday in August in Italy

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Martí Micolau

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August is for many a month synonymous with holidays. Yes, but where to go without necessarily having to go abroad? We offer you the ideal Italian destinations in August. Which is the most suitable for you?

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.

1 - Puglia: Gallipoli, Pescoluse, baia dei turchi, Torre dell'Orso

We are in Salento, the heel of the Italian boot. This subregion of Puglia is known for having wonderful beaches, and is also ideal for young people looking for nightlife and fun.
Gallipoli is one of the most popular destinations for young people for their holidays, for its premises and the proposed activities. In recent years it has become one of the summer tourist centers of Salento, very popular also for its naturalistic beauties.

Further south, theMarina di Pescoluse area it is known as the "Maldives of Salento": 4 km of fine white sand that changes color according to the sun, clear water and large spaces, both equipped and free.

On the opposite side, La Baia dei Turchi belongs to the protected oasis of the Alimini Lakes and is a horseshoe-shaped inlet that can be reached via a path surrounded by pines and Mediterranean scrub. Finally, Torre dell'Orso is also known for the "two sisters", the two stacks that sprout into the sea a few meters from the shore and give the beach its name. Not far away is also Roca Vecchia with the Grotta della Poesia, one of the most beautiful natural pools in the world.

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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 70,00 per room -

2 - Sardinia: Gallura, Costa Smeralda, San Teodoro, Villasimius

Sardinia manages to keep a perfect mix between unspoiled nature and fun, passing from nature reserves such as Maddalena and Gallura to super vip areas such as the Costa Smeralda.
The whole island is an unparalleled riot of beaches and sea: starting from north area, from Santa Teresa di Gallura to the island of Maddalena you will find beaches such as Rena Bianca, Cala Spinosa, Punta Tegge and the pink beach of Budelli. Do not miss a boat tour to the Maddalena Archipelago, to discover the islets and reserves all around.

Going further south along the eastern coast, we are on the Costa Smeralda, with the well-known Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo, where the sea is invaded by yachts and VIPs but whose beaches remain wonderful. Among all, the Spiaggia del Principe. Also here is the Olbia airport!
Still in the same area, you come to San Teodoro, a little further south, with that masterpiece of Cala Brandinchi, nicknamed by some "little Tahiti": an exotic and lush beach characterized by fine white sand, a transparent sea and enchanting vegetation.

Finally, in the south, crossing the Gulf of Cagliari you can visit the beaches of Villasimius with a day tour from Cagliari, to discover pearls such as Porto Giunco, Punta Molentis and Santa Giusta.

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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 80,00 per room -

3 - Sicily: Gypsy and Trapani coast, islands, Catania coast

The province of Trapani is probably the one with the most beautiful sea. If only here is one of the most beautiful nature reserves in Italy: the Riserva dello Zingaro. From here a series of exceptional seaside resorts unfold: San Vito lo Capo and Castellammare del Golfo along the northern side, Trapani, Marsala and Mazara del Vallo along the west coast. A perfect mix of beaches, services, nightlife and, needless to say, unparalleled gastronomy!
Also from here, ferries and mini cruises leave for Favignana and Levanzo, two natural pearls to visit even just on a one-day excursion.

On the opposite side of the island, the Catania coast is known as the Riviera dei Ciclopi, due to the imposing stacks off the coast of Aci Trezza. Here you can alternate days on the beach with jeep excursions on Etna. To the north, in the direction of Taormina and Giardini Naxos, you can reach Messina or Milazzo for boarding to the Aeolian Islands: these too, to be visited absolutely even only in a one-day excursion.

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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 90,00 per room -

4 - Calabria: Tropea, San Nicola Arcelle, Soverato

Tropea is considered one pearl of the Calabria region. This definition is not given by chance, as the beauties that this town can offer are exceptional. From the Rotonda city beach to the nearby Riaci Rocks, here you will find a perfect blend of sea, good food and fun. Also from here you can also reach the Aeolian Islands with a 1 day tour.

Always on the Tyrrhenian side, San Nicola Arcelle is located on the stretch of coast called Riviera dei Cedri. Its beach is absolutely natural, sandy and white in color. It became famous for Arcomagno cave, a small bay enclosed in a large natural arch-shaped rock structure from which a beam of light passes that creates fantastic reflections on the water.

Along the Ionian side instead, Soverato is one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Southern Italy. The nightlife is the most popular in the entire region, and is concentrated around some historic structures such as the Margot and the Rebus which, after sunset, turn into real outdoor clubs.

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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 85,00 per room -

5 - Basilicata: Maratea and Riviera dei Cedri, Policoro

Maratea is a splendid Italian tourist resort. Considered one of the typical tourist destinations for Italian holidays, Maratea is able to offer naturalistic and cultural attractions. Here you pass from the soft and fine beach of Fiumicello to the volcanic one of the Black Beach, to the very crowded one of Santa Teresa. Not only that, but you can also visit the caves of wonders, with huge rock structures such as stalactites and stalagmites.

On the opposite side, we are right in the gulf that delimits the border with Puglia and Calabria: here, a Policoro you will find not only beaches and entertainment, but also a excellent strategic point for visiting the surroundings.

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6 - Campania: Ischia, Palinuro, Marina di Camerota

Ischia, the largest of the islands in the Gulf of Naples, is an enchanted place, one of the favorite destinations of Italian and foreign tourists, where you can admire landscapes of extraordinary beauty. The island, in fact, has a unique naturalistic heritage, including thermal springs, cliffs, hills, basins and beaches.
To reach the island just take a hydrofoil or ferry from Naples. The former depart from Mergellina and Molo Beverello, the latter from Calata Porta di Massa.

Rather than suggesting the well-known locations of the Amalfi and Sorrento Coast, which become unlivable in August due to mass tourism, we suggest moving further south. Here they are Palinuro and Marina di Camerota, almost on the border with Basilicata, right on the coast of the Cilento National Park.

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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 80,00 per room -

7 - Tuscany: Elba, Versilia, Castiglione della Pescaia

The Island of Elba is a small paradise in central Italy: easily reachable by ferry from Piombino (Livorno), it has a mountainous and hilly conformation and offers towns and beaches that are the envy of the most renowned foreign seaside locations.
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.

Finally, in the province of Grosseto, just opposite the Island of Elba, Castiglione della Pescaia is a beautiful village that has won several prizes and awards for environmental quality. It is also called "the little Switzerland" or "the Switzerland of the Maremma". If you are looking for a quieter nightlife in the evening, stay in the Corso della Libertà area, if instead you want to party all night the seafront is the right place for you, with the most exclusive and trendy clubs, which offer themed evenings and DJ sets that last until dawn!

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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 90,00 per room -

8 - Liguria: Cinque Terre and Gulf of Poets

Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Monterosso and Vernazza: villages suspended between sea and land, clinging strongly to cliffs overlooking the sea. A World Heritage Site that may appear inhospitable, it actually reveals enchanting landscapes and views, rich in history and culture.
The colorful vertical houses of Riomaggiore start the famous one Love way, a path carved into the rock that leads to Manarola. A wonderful path, with benches and works of art that recall this noble feeling.
The entire coast of the Cinque Terre can also be easily visited with a tour from La Spezia or, for those who love trails, with a guided trek from La Spezia.

Continuing south, you pass from one paradise to another: from the Cinque Terre to the Gulf of Poets, from Porto Venere to Lerici. The gulf of La Spezia, known precisely as the Gulf of Poets, begins with the archipelago of Porto Venere formed by the island of Palmaria and the islets of Tino and Tinetto: here there is an unspoiled natural park with splendid paths and enchanting past.
For equipped beaches, move to the opposite side towards Lerici, among the most popular seaside resorts also for the liveliness of the area around the marina.

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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 95,00 per room -

9 - Friuli Venezia Giulia: Lignano Sabbiadoro

This one of the most famous and popular locations on the Adriatic offers sea, sun and fun. Her Terrace on the sea oversees the beaches of fine sand, served by over 40 establishments.
From up here you can enjoy the view while shopping or sipping a cocktail, preferably when the sun goes down. From sunset onwards you will be spoiled for choice: local, discotheques, disco pub, piano bar, night, casino, concerts e Beach party brighten the nights of those who want to stay awake until dawn.

  • flights to Venice or Trieste from € 19,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 105,00 per room -

10 - Emilia Romagna: Romagna Riviera

The Romagna Riviera has a solution suitable for all needs: coastal areas such as Bellaria Igea Marina are perfect for families with children, as is the Ravenna area, with all the best amusement parks within a few km.

For young people looking for fun, Rimini, Riccione, Cesenatico, Milano Marittima, are real Mecca for those who want to approach the August holidays between nightlife, discos, clubs and beach parties.
In any case, the accommodation here is excellent, with solutions for all budgets (of course, in August the pockets must be ready ...), bathing establishments, leisure of all kinds and cycle paths.

  • flights to Bologna starting from € 61,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 85,00 per room -

11 - Marche: san benedetto del tronto, Ancona and Gabicce Mare

The Adriatic coast of the Marche is a surprising succession of places that represent the excellence of the Italian summer vacation. It starts from Gabicce Mare, right on the border with the Romagna coast, between Cattolica and the Monte San Bartolo Natural Park. Here you will find enchanting beaches and bays such as Baia Vallugola, a splendid pebble beach close to the cliff of Monte San Bartolo.

Going south, you arrive in the central area between Senigallia, Falconara Marittima and Ancona. Here there is a succession of beaches nestled within a reserve, with postcard sceneries: the Mezzavalle beach, the Two Sisters, Sassi Neri, down to the sandy and more suitable for families Porto Recanati.

Finally, needless to say, 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 in length and the presence of lush gardens, tennis courts, benches and relaxation areas along its course

  • flights to Ancona starting from € 22,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 75,00 per room -

Alternative ideas: city, lake and mountain

If you are looking for solutions for August that are not the classic "sun, sea, beach", here are some proposals to spend the hottest month of the year in alternative destinations!

Castles of the Aosta Valley

Val d'Aosta is known for its mountains and charming manors. These ancient buildings blend masterfully with the surrounding landscape. I'm really many castles guarded in this small region. You can take a tour by car, on foot, by bike, on horseback and even by carriage. Savoy Castle, Issogne Castle, Verrès Castle, Ussel Castle, Cly Castle, the famous Fénis Castle, the Royal Castle of Sarre, Aymavilles Castle and Sarriod de la Tour Castle will amaze you.

  • flights to turin from € 19,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 90,00 per room -

Lake Como, Lombardy

Too many wonderful places surround this large lake and it's hard not to name them all. Among the attractions and towns to see near the lake, Como is worth a visit: its monuments, the historic center and the evocative views will enchant you, both by land and by boats and hydrofoils. To enjoy a fantastic view, take the funicular that connects Como to brunate.
Also worth visiting Lecco (famous for the Manzoni Promessi Sposi), Cernobbio (home to large stately villas) e Bellagio, the "pearl of the lake". Do not miss theComacina Island, the "Pompei Lariana": a small green jewel surrounded by the waters of the lake, with Roman settlements.

  • flights to Milan from € 10,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 100,00 per room -

Florence, Tuscany

The city of art par excellence! In Florence you should see everything, but some things are not to be missed. The Duomo, Giotto's bell tower, the Baptistery and Brunelleschi's dome: nowhere else in the world is there such a magnificent complex. Ponte Vecchio, one of the most photographed places in the world: splendid! Palazzo Vecchio: the best example of fourteenth-century civil architecture in the world. At the entrance, a copy of Michelangelo's David. The Uffizi Museum is a true treasure trove of masterpieces. The Brancacci Chapel leaves believers and non-believers astonished.

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  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -

Dolomites, Trentino

A unique World Heritage Site! Passo Pordoi allows you to admire the landscape and take the cable car to reach an altitude of 2.950 m. The mountain panorama, with its lunar aspect, will leave you speechless. At Passo Fedaia you will admire a huge dam and a spectacular view of the highest peak of the Dolomites: the Marmolada. And then again cortina d'Ampezzo, the tourist destination par excellence loved by VIPs, Valles Pass, a curious geological landscape, the Paneveggio Regional Park it hosts deer and spruce from which a precious wood is obtained, used for the construction of the Stradivari violins.

If you have the opportunity, stop at the Rosengarten massif when the sun goes down, where the rocks turn pink at sunset. Finally, the pretty Lake Carezza is certainly worth a visit.

  • flights to Verona or Bergamo from € 7,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 85,00 per room -

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