Sicily and Capri among Europe’s Top 5 Island Destinations
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Sicily and Capri among Europe’s Top 5 Island Destinations

Sicily and Capri among Europe’s Top 5 Island Destinations

Two of our favorite island destinations in Italy made it again! Sicily and Capri ranked 2nd and 3rd, respectively, on Europe’s Top 5 Island Destinations according to Travel+Leisure. Let’s see below how these two amazing places cast their spell on those who travel to Italy.


A historical feast with 300 days of sun per year, spectacular landscapes, and a vibrant culinary scene, Sicily is becoming one of Italy’s buzziest destinations. Overloaded with art treasures, under-supplied with infrastructure and continuously struggling to thwart Mafia-driven corruption, Sicily possesses some baffling social topography. Brace yourself to reconcile baroque architectural beauty in Catania with modern squalor in Palermo, artistic excellence with moral ambivalence and the rational with the sensual. This is an island to be visited with an open mind – and a healthy appetite; one factor remains a constant, and that is the uncompromisingly high quality of the cuisine. After some 25 centuries of foreign domination, Sicilians are heir to an impressive cultural legacy, from the refined architecture of Magna Graecia to a beguiling, if contradictory, artistic fusion of Arab craftsmanship and Norman austerity. This complexity of culture is matched by a startling diversity of landscape that includes the smouldering Mt Etna, an aquamarine coastline with a tiara of Aeolian Islands and the Madonie Regional Natural Park.

Today, Sicily’s new generation is loathe to remain trapped in the past. New ventures are seeing aristocratic entrepreneurs prising open the doors of some of Europe’s finest palazzi and villas, while sensitive agriturismi (farm stay accommodations) are shedding light on Sicily’s hidden rural treasures and national parks. Sicily also has a refreshing lack of neon-blazing entertainment and theme parks, which further helps preserve its individuality and appeal.

Best Beach: San Vito Lo Capo, near Trapani on the northwestern coast, is on a curved bay flanked by photogenic rock formations along the Mediterranean.

Where to Stay: One of the rooms overlooking Mount Etna at Grand Hotel Timeo, convenient for exploring the ancient city of Taormina and surrounding vineyards.


Augustus Caesar vacationed here two millennia ago, and this tiny island off of the Amalfi Coast has enthralled travelers ever since. While away, your vacation among the flower-lined pathways, upscale resorts, boutiques, and cliff-top restaurants serving two of its famous creations—Caprese salad and Limoncello liqueur.

A stark mass of limestone rock that rise sheerly through impossibly blue water, Capri is the perfect microcosm of Mediterranean appeal – a smooth cocktail of chichi piazzas and cool cafés, Roman ruins and rugged seascapes. It’s also a hugely popular day-trip destination and a summer favorite of holidaying VIPs. Inevitably, the two main centers, Capri Town and its uphill rival Anacapri, are almost entirely given over to tourism and prices are high. But explore beyond the designer boutiques and pointedly traditional trattorias and you’ll find that Capri’s hinterland retains an unspoiled rural charm with grand villas, overgrown vegetable plots, sun-bleached peeling stucco and banks of brilliantly colored bougainvillea.

There are few must-sees on the island but there’s one you’d be sorry to miss. The Grotta Azzurra (Blue Cave) might be Capri’s most visited sight but the impact of the ethereal blue light is no less powerful for the crowds and singing boat owners. On the island’s other extremity, the ruins of Villa Jovis testify to the presence of the infamous Tiberius.

Best Beach: Pools with a view outnumber beaches on rocky Capri, where to swim you’ll have to brave pebbles rather than sand. One of the most scenic swim spots is located down a few hundred stairs next to Da Luigi at the base of Il Faraglioni rocks.

Where to Stay: Casa Morgano, a glamorous property with enviably views of the Tyrrhenian Sea that offers a unique setting of romance and tranquility.

Visit Sicily and Capri for a picture perfect Italy vacation and have a unforgettable time. To know more about these destinations visit This site also offers information about Italy travel destinations and provides exciting Italy travel packages.

Source: Travel+Leisure

The Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte in Sicily

The Greek Theater in Taormina, Sicily

Cefalu, Sicily

Amazing View from the Grand Hotel Timeo in Taorina, Sicily

Cala Dogana, Levanzo, Sicily

Capri is a Sailing Paradise

The Coast of Capri

Capri Island

Beautiful and Romantic Capri

The Blue Grotto in Capri

The Casa Morgano Hotel in Capri



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Mario Janku

Mario is a passionate traveler. He has studied International Business, and by harboring a great desire to travel extensively in the world, he enjoys writing about all the amazing destinations on Travel2Italy’s Blog. Soaking up new cultures, visiting historical sites and meeting many new people along the way are just a few of the things that he loves. On his free time he enjoys writing, cycling, running and, definitely, more traveling.

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  1. Walker

    All are really beautiful places to visit. Capri just awesome. One of the amazing place in Capri is Via Krupp. He is a historic switchback paved footpath on the island of Capri

  2. goowai.adele

    No doubt they made it on the top 5 island destinations in Europe. Those beautiful pictures above are just a proof. And I believe that there are still undiscovered islands in Italy. Like for example is the island of Telba in Tuscany, the Emerald island in the coast of Naples, the beautiful Favignana and so much more.

    With so many places to visit in Italy, it would be a good excuse to keep coming back for more.

  3. Lai

    TJ Never mess with your subconscious! I think this it ttlaloy in. I look at this series as “transport and fresh vegetables.” In each photo there is wheeled transportation and veggies. There is consistency with the crates and color but maybe that’s just a bonus ?The geography of the photos origin isn’t important to me, but it’s exactly the kind of thing that bugs the heck out of me when I go to try put my own stuff in categories LOL.I wish you a safe and exciting, inspiring trip! Can’t wait to see what you shot..Best wishes from germany,tj