28 March 2024

Ready to embark on a boat ride? We invite you to discover the allure of Italy's enchanting islands!  Besides its captivating on-land destinations, Italy has a few gems floating graciously and ready to be explored on a captivating day trip.

Each of these islands unveils a tapestry of beauty, history, and Mediterranean charm. Set sail in the azure waters and wander through quaint streets adorned with vibrant colours, pastel buildings, and local shops. Feel the breeze and sense the Mediterranean aromas of authentic Italian cuisine. The picturesque landscapes unfold as you explore hidden corners, panoramic viewpoints and elegant buildings. It is a feast for the senses! So, if you are staying in the nearby mainland destinations, you must add a day to discover these Italian islands off the mainland that are worth a daytrip!

Live the glamour of Capri

1 - Live the glamour of Capri

The stunning Capri Island is located in the south of Italy, more specifically in the Tyrrhenian Sea just in front of the Sorrentine Peninsula. Accessible by a short ferry ride from Naples or Sorrento, a day tour to Capri is a perfect escape into the lap of Italian beauty.

The charming villages of Capri and Anacapri, with their narrow streets, pastel-coloured buildings, and lively piazzas, exude a romantic ambience. In the mid-20th century, Capri gained popularity as a playground for the international jet set, adding a touch of glamour and exclusivity. Luxury hotels, high-end boutiques, and upscale dining establishments further enhanced the destination’s reputation as a hotspot for the elite.

Capri's fame as a summer destination is rooted in its enduring allure as a place of inspiration and indulgence for those seeking a taste of “la dolce vita”. While there, enjoy a delightful Mediterranean lunch at one of Capri's seaside restaurants. Savour local specialities like fresh seafood and the famous Caprese salad, with stunning views of the sea.


Explore the artistry of Murano & Burano

Murano & Burano

Nestled in the Venetian Lagoon, the captivating islands of Murano and Burano await, just a short vaporetto ride from the heart of Venice. Surrounded by the azure waters of the lagoon, these islands offer a perfect day-trip escape into the artistic and vibrant tapestry of Venetian culture.

Murano, renowned for its glassmaking tradition, has been a hub of artistic craftsmanship since the 13th century. The island's glassblowing studios, showcase the enduring legacy of Venetian craftsmanship.In its turn, Burano captivates with its kaleidoscope of colours. Quaint fishermen's houses, painted in vibrant hues, line the canals, creating a whimsical atmosphere.

Like Capri, Murano and Burano have been a haven for artists and creators. The inspiring landscapes, infused with the charm of traditional craftsmanship are cherished treasures in the crown of Venetian beauty!

Relax in Ischia’s thermal springs

3 - Relax in Ischia’s thermal springs

Tucked away in the Tyrrhenian Sea, just a short ferry ride from Naples, Ischia Island emerges as a captivating retreat. It is one of the Neapolitans' favourite summer destinations! Its diverse landscape encompasses lush greenery, volcanic terrain, and captivating coastlines.

Known for its thermal springs, Ischia has been a wellness destination since ancient times. The island boasts a myriad of thermal parks and spas, where visitors can indulge in rejuvenating baths and treatments.

Ischia Porto bustles with activity, while Forio exudes a romantic ambience, highlighted by the stunning La Mortella Gardens. The medieval village of Ischia Ponte invites you to stroll through historic streets and Castello Aragonese, a medieval castle perched on a rocky islet.

Savour the flavours of Ischia! The island is famous for its gastronomy made with fresh and high-quality ingredients, with several options of seafood dishes and the most typical one: Coniglio all’Ischitana, which is roasted rabbit.

Ultimately, this island invites you to embrace a slower pace of life, enjoying the gentle Mediterranean breeze of the Gulf of Naples


Have a maritime adventure in the Egadi islands

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Nestled in the crystalline waters off the western coast of Sicily, the Egadi Islands comprise Favignana, Levanzo, and Marettimo. This small archipelago with easy boat access from Trapani, offers a blissful escape into untouched beauty.

Favignana welcomes visitors with its diverse landscapes and vibrant culture. Known for its ancient tuna fishing traditions, the island boasts pristine beaches, hidden coves, and a charming town where narrow streets invite exploration.

Levanzo, the smallest of the trio, exudes tranquillity and simplicity, providing a haven for relaxation. The prehistoric cave paintings in Grotta del Genovese offer a glimpse into the island's ancient past.

Marettimo, the furthest and least developed, enchants with its rugged beauty, with hiking trails that lead to panoramic vistas of the surrounding sea. It is said to be the mystic Ithaca described by Homero in his book Odyssey.

The Egadi Islands are a sailor's paradise, with azure waters inviting exploration. Set sail to hidden coves, dive into underwater wonders, and snorkel in secluded bays where marine life thrives. Feeling adventurous? Between Cala Minnola and Punta Altarella, in Levanto, about 27 meters deep, there are the remains of a Roman shipwreck, amphorae and fragments of black-painted ceramic pottery dating back to the 1st century BC. 

Feel the history in Isola del Garda

5 - Feel the history in Isola del Garda

Floating gracefully on the shimmering waters of Lago di Garda or Lake Garda, in Northern Italy, Isola del Garda emerges as a captivating haven, enticing visitors with its lush gardens, historic elegance, and panoramic vistas. This privately owned island, situated at the heart of Italy's largest lake, seamlessly blends natural beauty with centuries of enchanting history.

Originally inhabited by Franciscan monks in the 13th century, the Isola Garda later became a prized possession of the prominent Cavazza family. Today, the neo-Gothic Venetian villa stands as a testament to the island's aristocratic past. A highlight is its meticulously landscaped gardens, terraced along the slopes.

Access to Isola del Garda is a unique experience in itself. Boats departing from various points around Lake Garda transport visitors to the island, offering scenic views of the surrounding landscape. The journey sets the tone for the serene and exclusive ambience that awaits on the final destination.

Whether seeking history, botanical wonders, or simply a tranquil retreat, the island extends an invitation to savour the refined beauty that defines this serene oasis.


Marvel at the elegance of Isola Bella

6 - Marvel at the elegance of Isola Bella

On the cobalt waters of Lake Maggiore, Isola Bella emerges as a regal masterpiece. This enchanting island, shaped like a majestic ship, is a testament to the grandeur of Italian artistry and aristocratic legacy. Owned by the prominent Borromeo family, Isola Bella reflects the grandiose lifestyle of Italian nobility. The island was named after the wife of Count Borromeo II, Isabella.

At its heart stands Palazzo Borromeo, a magnificent 17th-century palace. Surrounding it are the Baroque Gardens, a symphony of terraces, statues, and floral displays. The rare plants, sculpted hedges, and vibrant blooms create a botanical wonderland that has earned Isola Bella its reputation as one of the most beautiful gardens in Italy.

Accessible by boat from the picturesque town of Stresa, the journey to Isola Bella is a prelude to the island's grandeur. As you approach, the silhouette of Palazzo Borromeo against the backdrop of Lake Maggiore create a spectacle that promises an elegant escape.


Charmed by these Italian beauties?

With the allure of historical sites and the tranquillity of nature, a day spent exploring these islands promises a journey of wonder and delight. When visiting Italy, if you are staying in Naples, Sorrento, Venice or the Lakes di Garda or Maggiore, be sure to include a daytrip to one of these islands. We can help you with your travel adventure and curate a personalized itinerary to fulfil your memories with beauty, history and undeniable Italian charm.


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