The good life

Italy. It conjures up images of freshly baked pizzas, morning espressos and stylish locals zipping around on Vespas. But that’s not all. The ‘boot’ of Europe is in the premier league of holiday destinations, thanks to big-name sights and some of the most scenic towns and villages going.


Edging the southwest coast is the Campania region. It’s home to foodie favourite, Naples, and the smart clifftop town of Sorrento. It's also the gateway to the Amalfi Coast, where you'll find pastel-painted villages and Instagram-worthy scenery. And just offshore you’ve got the ever-popular islands of Capri and Ischia.


Just off the toe of Italy’s boot lies Sicily. The island packs a lot in, from Baroque buildings and Roman ruins to golden beaches and rolling countryside. The holiday hotspot here is Giardini Naxos, with its sandy beach and waterfront bars and trattorias. Fifteen minutes up the road there’s the quaint seaside town of Letojanni.


Out in the Mediterranean Sea – just below Corsica – is the island of Sardinia. Here, you’ll find Caribbean-style white-sand beaches, a culture-crammed capital, and the Spanish-influenced town of Alghero, AKA Little Barcelona.

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Whoever coined the phrase ‘la dolce vita’ was spot on when it comes to Campania. This stretch of Italian countryside curves around the bays of Sorrento and Naples on Italy's south-west coast, and lines up world-famous ancient ruins alongside cosmopolitan cities and the mighty Mount Vesuvius. It's safe to say this corner of Italy really has got 'the good life' sussed.


Granted, Sicily may be shaped like a triangle, but this Italian island – the Mediterranean’s biggest – has more than 3 sides to it. Take its history, for starters. Over the centuries the ancient Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Normans have all put their 10 cents into the place, so a visit here is like stepping straight into the pages of a history book.


Sardinia might be just 120 miles from Italy, but it doesn’t always tow the motherland’s line. In fact, this large island is a bit of a rebel when it comes to conforming. Take the language – while Italian is widely spoken, Sardinian – or sardo – is the official language in these parts.

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