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The 8 best places to visit in Italy this summer

In all of Italy, there isn’t a single place you wouldn’t dare dream to visit – from the metropolitan city of Milan and the charming medieval wonder of Orvieto to the sparkling sea and soft sands of Sicily. Dievole is located in the very centre of the Italian peninsula and therefore the perfect starting point for any wanderlust-fuelled escapade. While choosing the best slice of Italy is impossible, here are 8 of the best places to visit in Italy this summer.

Positano

The beautiful Fornillo beach is one of the best places to visit in Italy Ph. Radu Micu (Flickr CC)

The beautiful Fornillo beach Ph. Radu Micu (Flickr CC)

 

Lemon, cream, peach, and terracotta hued houses color the Lattari mountainside – located in the Campania region, this is one of the best places to visit in Italy. Positano in all its splendour can be seen from the volcanic black sands of Spiaggia Grande, the place to be for social life, restaurants and the bar scene. Discover quieter, more peaceful shorelines off the beaten path at Fornillo beach. You won’t want to miss it! As John Steinbeck once said, “Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.”

Mondello Beach, Sicily

A beautiful view of Mondello beach, one of the best places to visit in Italy Ph. Giovanni Tufo

A beautiful view of Mondello beach Ph. Giovanni Tufo (Flickr Creative Commons)

 

This little slice of tropical paradise is in the small village of Mondello, Sicily. The beach gets a bit crowded in the summertime with both locals and tourists but for good reasons: its mountainous views, sunshine, and the sparkling turquoise of the Tyrrhenian Sea. This beach is a prime vacation spot for swimmers as well as families with kids.

Capri

A view from one of Capri's highest peaks Ph. Pikakoko (Flickr Creative Commons)

A view from one of Capri’s highest peaks Ph. Pikakoko (Flickr Creative Commons)

Discover the isle that has so long captivated lovers, writers, and poets. Capri is famed for the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra) a sea cave where sun passes through the water illuminating the cave with blue reflection. It’s also the mythical isle in Homer’s Odyssey. Can you hear the sirens singing? Fall in love with Capri! There’s nowhere else in the world quite like it and that’s why we consider it one of the best places to visit in Italy.

Is Arutas, Sardinia

The quartz beach of Is Arutas Ph. Gomezdegomera (Flickr Creative Commons)

The quartz beach of Is Arutas Ph. Gomezdegomera (Flickr Creative Commons)

Unlike most beaches, Is Arutas doesn’t have sand. Instead, smooth quartz crystals of white, pink and green sparkle in the sun casting a stunning ombre effect on the water. Baby blues and sea foam greens fade to deep ceruleans in the depths of the Tyrrhenian Sea. As soon as the water hits the sand, it’s already pretty deep. Is Arutas is a prime spot for surfers.

Florence (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Florence is one of the best places to visit in Italy Ph Antonio Cinotti (Flickr Creative Feedback)

Florence: must we say more? Ph. Antonio Cinotti (Flickr Creative Feedback)

Florence is a dream and it is quite unanimously considered one of the best places to visit in Italy. Bustling cobblestone streets, relaxing sunset vistas, and the river Arno running through them is enough to make us want to stay forever. With the timeless architecture by Michelangelo and Brunelleschi, modern frescoes by Tiziano Lucchesi, and street art by Clet Abraham and Blub – you’re guaranteed to find something wonderful at the turn of every corner. Whether you decide to stroll through this creative haven or not, Florence lives, breathes, and moves on. There’s art to be created and life to be lived; it’s a world definitely worth discovering – the perfect day-trip during your stay at Dievole!

Siena (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Siena's iconic Piazza del Campo Ph. Kok Chih & Sarah Gan (Flickr Creative Commons)

Siena’s iconic Piazza del Campo Ph. Kok Chih & Sarah Gan (Flickr Creative Commons)

 

Just South of Florence beyond Chianti lies Italy’s largest medieval beauty, Siena. The city was built on three hills and has three sloping main roads that intersect at Piazza del Campo, the heart of Sienese life. Locals and tourists alike soak up the sun and enjoy this space. It’s also famous for the Palio di Siena, an intense horse race where a horse can win even if his jockey has been knocked off. Every year the Palio takes place on July 2 and Aug. 16, two exceptional dates to visit!

(Check out this scene from the James Bond film Quantum of Solace for a sneak peek at the Palio).

Alberobello (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Trulli as far as the eye can see! Ph. Alfonso Minervino (Flickr Creative Commons)

Trulli as far as the eye can see! Ph. Alfonso Minervino (Flickr Creative Commons)

Ever stayed in a trullo? Here in Alberobello, that’s the best way to go. Trulli are white houses with cone-shaped stone roofs. The town is filled with them making this dreamy town seem too good to be true! The town museum, Museo del Territori, is a curious construction of ten trulli put together. In addition to being one of the best places to visit in Italy, Alberobello is also known for its specialty shops of artisan lace, pottery and dried fruit.

Cala Violina, Grosseto

Breathe in the pure sea air Ph. alessandra elle (Flickr Creative Commons)

Breathe in the pure sea air Ph. alessandra elle (Flickr Creative Commons)

 

If after a relaxing stay at Dievole you feel like taking in some sea breeze, just a few hours away from our estate you can take refuge in Cala Violina, which is said to be the most beautiful beach of the Maremma and – some dare say – all of Tuscany. It’s a secret crescent moon cove in the Gulf of Follonica where the crystal blue water and soft white sands remain unspoiled. Cala Violina is part of the Bandite di Scarlino Nature Reserve, and you’ll find very few tourists here if any at all. Keep in mind, its beauty remains because it is visited by so few, and those who do hold it very near and dear to their hearts. Please leave the beach as you found it!

 

Text by Angela Sanders