If you’re lusting after heavenly landscapes, balmy evening sunshine and soft sea breezes, then be sure to lose yourself in some of Italy’s most desired hidden treasures. Uncover pristine marine reserves, wander through pastel-coloured villages, and feast on the freshest seafood…

 

1. Cefalu

Wedged between mountains and coastline, just an hour’s drive east of Palermo, the tiny, idyllic town of Cefalu in Sicily seduces sun-seekers from all parts of Italy and beyond. Stroll down postcard-pretty, narrow cobbled streets and soak up this vibrant medieval town’s charm and grandeur. Amongst Cefalu’s many elegant buildings and spectacular restaurants lies the magnificent two-towered Cefalu cathedral – an enchanting example of Sicilian Romanesque architecture. Be sure to head to this UNESCO World Heritage Site for a fix of awe-inspiring history as you explore the fusion of Western, Islamic and Byzantine cultures that makes Cefalu such a visual feast.

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 2. Monterosso al Mare, Liguria  

For the most sublime seafood in Monterosso, sidestep the busy tourist traps and wander further uphill to the tranquil Gastronomia San Martino. There are only a few seats at this humble, cafeteria-style restaurant, so head here for an unconventional, intimate dining experience.

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 3. Costa degli Dei

Translating as “Coast of the Gods”, Costa degli Dei is the sanctuary you’d expect it to be. Here sea and land meet to create shimmering bays, coves and spectacular beaches overlooked by romantic villages. Old towns full of life and brimming with Mediterranean culture add to the authentic experience that makes this region the unrivalled jewel of the southern Tyrrhenian Sea’s coastline.

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4. Pantelleria

One of the most remote places in Italy, just 25 miles from Tunisia, this secret, windswept island is the perfect escape from reality. Visit the rugged, untouched cliffs to be rewarded with an otherworldly volcanic landscape, crowned by verdant forests, vineyards and olive groves. With few inhabitants, you’ll feel like you’ve discovered a private paradise.

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