Where to go on holiday in September in Italy

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Joel Fulleda

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Who among us has not heard at least once "But how, do you spend the money to go abroad and have not yet visited all of Italy?"
Probably many of us find ourselves in this situation: so why not take advantage of the low season and less tourist flow to discover beautiful Italian places?
Here 10 unmissable destinations for your September holidays in Italy!


  1. Northern Italy
  2. Center of Italy
  3. Southern Italy and Islands
  4. Other destinations to visit in September
  5. 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.

Northern Italy

1 - Cinque Terre, Liguria

The Cinque Terre National Park always has a special charm: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore there are 5 municipalities that enjoy a truly suggestive position and offer the possibility of a relaxing seaside holiday or days immersed in excursions and nature. Generally it is a destination to visit in a weekend, but if you have a whole week at your disposal all the better, you can immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere and maybe visit other wonderful places nearby, such as Portofino.

The whole coast of the Cinque Terre can be easily visited with a tour organized from La Spezia, but we recommend a fabulous guided trekking much more. There are 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 as the Blue Trail and runs from Levanto to Porto Venere.

  • Ideal for: couples
  • flights to Genoa or Pisa from € 40,00 -
  • hotel and b & b from € 79,00 per night -

2 - Lignano Sabbiadoro, Friuli Venezia Giulia

Lignano is a seaside town located on the coast of Friuli Venezia Giulia, washed by the Adriatic Sea.
A seaside destination for many foreign tourists, especially Germans, this town has everything you need to make your holiday unforgettable. Sports, entertainment, nightlife, large equipped and free beaches, beaches for dogs, absolutely nothing is missing!
Ideal both for families who want to relax by the sea and enjoy some nice walks in the center, between shops and restaurants, and for children, thanks to the presence of bars and discos, especially in the part of Lignano Pineta, where one of the most popular bars is located. famous, always very crowded, the Tenda Bar.
Lignano in September is perfect, as it is still alive but you will not find the crowds of the months of July and August.

  • Ideal for: kids, families
  • flights To Trieste (90 km) from € 70,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -

3 - Finale Ligure, Liguria

Finale Ligure, in the province of Savona, is located on the coasts of Liguria, washed by the Ligurian Sea.
This small town is built around a beautiful medieval center, making it one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, and here you will find some of the most beautiful beaches in the whole region.
This area is also ideal for sports and nature lovers, as in the hinterland you can find trekking and climbing routes, while at the sea you can devote yourself to sailing and diving. Its position, the climate characterized by mild winters and all the activities proposed make it perfect to be visited throughout the year.
In September it is a perfect destination as the number of tourists begins to drop compared to the previous summer months and you can enjoy the area without too many problems.

  • Ideal for: couples, young people, sportsmen
  • flights to Genoa (56 km) from € 70,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -

4 - Lake Garda, Lombardy / Veneto

In September, Lake Garda empties a little from the mass of tourists who flock to it from June to September: why not take the opportunity for a visit?

Not to be missed on the west coast Salò, Gardone Riviera with the Vittoriale of d'Annunzio and tremosine. On the east coast they definitely deserve it Bardolino and Lazise. The Liberty Festival takes place in Gardone Riviera in September, with various shows scheduled. Finally, on the southern coast, the beautiful Sirmione deserves a special mention.

Relaxation and many activities await you. Between the visits to the various villages, don't forget to intersperse a wonderful boat ride or, for those who love a little more adrenaline, a speedboat ride.

  • Ideal for: families
  • Flights to Verona (48 km) from € 28,00 -
  • hotel and b & b from € 70,00 per night -

5 - Lake of Roncone, Trentino-Alto Adige

We climb a little higher than Lake Garda and arrive at Lake Roncone, a small jewel well equipped for hospitality and surrounded by greenery and nature in Trentino.

Alongside passes the long cycle path leading up to the big steps, ed it is possible to rent canoes and kayaks. There is also a pitch for playing football or volleyball.

  • Ideal for: families, groups
  • flights to Verona (136 km) from € 28,00 -
  • hotel and b & b from € 74,00 per night -

6 - Mantua, Lombardy

One of the cities of art par excellence cannot be missing from our ranking: we are talking about Mantua, a small Lombard pearl set on the banks of the Mincio. Palazzo Ducale, the Castle, the Church of Santa Andrea, Palazzo Te these are just some of the things to see absolutely, we recommend you to participate in a comfortable guided tour, which allows you to visit all the must and discover the secrets of the city.

Then in September there is an event of international importance: we are talking about the Literature Festival, with meetings and workshops dedicated to books and culture in general.

  • Ideal for: families, couples
  • Flights to Verona (36 km) from € 28,00 -
  • hotel and b & b from € 68,00 per night -

Center of Italy

7 - Rimini, Emilia-Romagna

The appeal of the Rivera Romagnola certainly does not end in August. Indeed, September is perhaps an even more enjoyable month, as in the beaches it will be easier to find that vital square meter to enjoy the day at the beach, and certainly the temperatures do not drop to peak.

Also in this month Rimini is very animated and full of events: from free guided tours of the historic center to a nice ride on the Ferris wheel, from a ride in the famous games room to the nightlife in the main clubs of the city.

  • Ideal for: groups
  • flights to Bologna (113 km) from € 40,00 -
  • hotel and b & b starting from € 65,00 per night -

8 - Ponza, Lazio

Ponza, where summer never ends: this island, mainly hilly, offers the possibility of splendid boat rides, sea, sun and relaxation.

Ideal for couples who want to recharge their batteries before returning to work. Even in September, if you wish, you can spend the evenings in the main clubs: we mention the Covo Nord Est and the Melograno.

If you are in Rome and want to visit the island, you can choose to reach it by sea through a relaxing private boat excursion, during which you can swim, sunbathe and snorkel.

  • Ideal for: couples
  • flights to Rome or Naples from € 33,00 -
  • hotel and b & b starting from € 64,00 per night -

9 - Senigallia, Marche

Senigallia is a seaside resort in the Marche region, located just 30 kilometers from Ancona and 30 kilometers from Pesaro. It is located at the mouth of the Misa River and overlooks the Adriatic Sea.
This town boasts the famous "velvet beach", a fine sand beach 13 kilometers long, where you will find numerous docks of the port and the famous Rotonda a Mare, where many exhibitions and events are held today.

On the seafront you will find numerous equipped establishments with soccer fields, tennis, beach volleyball and lots of play areas for children. Thanks to the cycle path located right next to the beach, it is very easy to move from one establishment to another by bicycle or on foot.
Senigallia is a perfect destination to visit even during September, between sea and activities there is no shortage of things to do and you will find that tranquility that is difficult to find in the busiest months, such as August.

  • Ideal for: families, couples
  • flights to Bologna (175 km) or Perugia (160 km) from € 46 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -

10 - Elba Island, Tuscany

The Island of Elba is located between the coast of Tuscany and Corsica and is part of the Tuscan Archipelago, in the Tyrrhenian Sea.
This is a perfect destination if you are a nature lover: this uncontaminated territory will give you breathtaking landscapes. Between history, sport, nature and relaxation, this island meets the tastes of all travelers. Perfect if you want to alternate a few days of visits to the days at sea.

The beaches are many and all different: you will find the one with golden sand, small coves of pebbles, with rocks or with black sand. The sea, on the other hand, is crystalline, it has nothing to envy to the localities of southern Italy. In each beach you will find a completely free part and one with the establishment where you can rent deck chairs and umbrellas.
In September, summer isn't over here yet. The temperatures are still high but you will not find the sultry heat of July and August, as you will not find the crowd that assails it in the months just mentioned.

  • Ideal for: couples, children, families
  • flights to Florence from € 66,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -

11 - Vasto Marina, Abruzzo

Vasto Marina is a seaside resort located on the Abruzzo coast, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
Its shape, seen from above, recalls that of a half moon and it is located within a natural gulf. This soft sand beach is very wide and several kilometers long. Once you arrive, you will immediately be struck by the intense blue color of its sea. Here, in addition to relaxing and sunbathing on the shore, you can practice various water sports.

The beaches are full of bathing establishments in which to rent sunbeds and umbrellas or to play a game of beach volleyball or football in one of the many pitches.
In September you will still find very pleasant temperatures and you can safely take a bath again and fix your tan for one last time. Furthermore also in this month the town is full of events and life.

  • Ideal for: families, kids
  • flights to Pescara (82 km) from € 40,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -

12 - Sabaudia, Lazio

Sabaudia is a seaside town in Lazio, in the province of Latina, overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea.
The area has experienced strong growth due to its strategic position, not far from Rome, for its crystalline sea and for being also a destination for many famous people. But, above all, for its important role as location for international rowing.
The beaches are huge and wild. On the seafront, free ones alternate with private ones, moreover here you will find the only beach for dogs in the whole province of Latina. Even the free ones are full of kiosks where you can find everything you need.

During the summer weekends this area is very busy and busy and even finding a parking space can become a difficult task. In September, with the start of school and the return to the office, the town begins to empty itself, giving those who visit it more relaxation and tranquility.

  • Ideal for: kids, families
  • flights to Rome (108 km) from € 70,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -

Southern Italy and Islands

13 - Amalfi, Campania

Amalfi is located on the declared Amalfi coast Unesco World Heritage, and is most noticeable in September. In September, temperatures are milder than in the high summer season, making them ideal for taking part in trekking tour organized, like the one along the Path of the Gods, a wonderful panoramic road capable of offering priceless views of the sea.

The Amalfi Coast is often visited together with Naples. If you decide to base yourself in the Campania capital, you can also choose an all-inclusive tour of the Amalfi Coast. Finally, you have another incredible option to admire these places, which is a nice tour by sea, for a romantic and luxurious experience.

  • Ideal for: couples, groups
  • Flights to Naples (62 km) from € 33,00 -
  • hotel and b & b starting from € 77,00 per night -

14 - Salento, Puglia

Salento, sun, sea, food and nightlife: September is the ideal time to enjoy this magnificent area at much lower prices than in August.

Among the most beautiful beaches of Salento we point out Baia dei Turchi, Pescoluse, porto cesareo (for lovers of shallow and crystalline waters), Porto Selvaggio, Punta Prosciutto.

Among the events of the month we remember the Feast of Fucazza in Lequile (Lecce) and the Feast of Saints Cosma and Damiano in Gallipoli (Lecce).

  • Ideal for: couples, groups
  • Flights to Bari from € 37,00 -
  • hotel and b & b from € 68,00 per night -

15 - San Vito Lo Capo, Sicily

San Vito Lo Capo has been elected in recent years as one of the most beautiful seaside resorts in Sicily. Located in the province of Trapani, this town offers paradisiacal beaches and interesting monuments such as the Sanctuary and the temple of Santa Crescenza.

But above all it is an ideal destination to enjoy the most beautiful sea in Sicily. From Bue Marino beach to the coves of the Zingaro Reserve, a protected natural area rich in flora and fauna and also perfect for excursions and trekking routes.

Finally, in September the "Cous cous fest" is held here, an international gastronomic event dedicated to Cous Cous which offers culinary competitions, cooking shows, shows and musical concerts.

  • Ideal for: families, groups
  • Flights to Palermo (88 km) or Trapani (38 km) from € 27,98 -
  • hotel and b & b from € 70,00 per night -

16 - Cagliari, Sardinia

Sardinia also suffers from the "August pain": too many tourists and high prices mean that many people prefer to go to this beautiful island in September.

Cagliari is worth a visit for the many things to see: in addition to the beaches, the royal palace, the Basilica of San Saturnino and the Roman amphitheater are very interesting.

In order not to miss any of the musts and at the same time enjoy a day of fun, especially if you are traveling with your family, we suggest a nice panoramic tour by bicycle or segway

In September, the Danzaestate is held in this city, a series of shows with workshops for children.

  • Ideal for: couples, families
  • starting from € 25,98 -
  • hotel and b & b from € 72,00 per night -

17 - Marina di Camerota, Campania

Marina di Camerota is a seaside resort in Cilento. It is located on the coasts of Campania, within the frame of the Cilento National Park and Vallo di Diano, overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Here you will find both stretches of golden beaches and small coves hidden among the rocks, where you can seek a bit of tranquility even in the busiest and most chaotic summer months. Among the beaches to choose from, here are some that you absolutely must not miss: Cala Bianca, easily accessible by boat, a little less on foot; Cala d'Arconte, a beach of golden sand with a very wide coastline, perfect for going with children; Calanca beach, one of the most famous and well known, easily reachable from the city center.

Marina di Camerota enjoys one of the mildest and most temperate climates in Italy, both in winter and in summer, with scarce rains and an average annual temperature of almost 17 °. In September you will find. therefore, some really pleasant temperatures. Moreover, Numerous events are held this month such as the "Camerota Live" foot race, the "Festa del Mare" and the "Festa del Pescatore".

  • Ideal for: kids, families
  • flights to Naples (178 km) from € 40,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -

18 - Tropea, Calabria

Tropea is a beautiful seaside resort in Calabria, halfway between Catanzaro and Reggio Calabria.
Known throughout the world for its beaches and beautiful sea, Tropea is without a doubt one of the jewels of Calabria. The beaches can be reached directly from the city center, thanks to the streets and four stairways that start from the Duomo, Largo Galluppi, Rione Borgo and the Convent.

You will find numerous beaches equipped with deck chairs and umbrellas and lots of kiosks where you can drink something refreshing and stop for lunch. Among the most famous beaches there are undoubtedly the Rotonda beach, considered one of the most beautiful, thanks to its beautiful panorama; the beach at 'Linguata, with white sand and perfect for practicing water sports; the Cannone beach, less crowded because it is a little hidden, perfect for escaping from the numerous tourists and finding some tranquility. Finally Tropea is an excellent solution because it offers direct connections with the Aeolian Islands, thanks to the many daily boat tours that allow you to admire some of the most beautiful beaches in the strait.

  • Ideal for: couples, children, families
  • flights to Lamezia Terme (50 km) starting from € 40,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 60,00 per room -

Other destinations to visit in September

  • In Europe: if among your ideas there is also that of moving a little outside the Bel Paese to discover the European beauties, here are the best destinations for holidays in September in Europe!
  • Hot destinations: if what you are looking for is only sea, sun and destinations where the only essential accessory is sunglasses, here are the best destinations to spend the month of September in the heat!
  • Low cost destinations: you don't want to give up your holidays but your budget is a bit tight? No problem, here are the best low cost destinations for September with info on prices and packages!

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