Summer In Italy: the best places to visit, from North to South

Summer in Italy: discover the breathtaking choice of hotspots.

28 Feb 2019

With such a diverse variety of landscape and culture across the length and breadth of Italy, it can be difficult for visitors to know which destination to choose to enjoy authentic Italian holidays in 2019. If you plan on spending this year's summer in Italy, take a look at some of these beautiful and fascinating holiday locations for inspiration.

Enjoy a stunning sea view  - summer in Sicily

Thanks to its prime location in the warm Mediterranean Sea at the very tip of the Italian "boot", the island of Sicily has plenty to offer holidaymakers. Fringed with white sandy beaches, crystal clear blue sea and rocky coves, Sicily is the largest of all the Mediterranean islands and has become a top summer holiday destination over the past few decades.

Sicilian beach lifestyle: Summer on the Italian coast.

Visitors will be spoilt for choice when choosing their ideal holiday resort in Sicily, which boasts plenty of sun-kissed places to relax and unwind including some of the top beaches in Italy. You can try some of the local fresh fish at one of the many seafood restaurants in the former fishing village of Mondello or take a dip in the sea to cool off from the heat of the sun at one of the beautiful beaches at Giardini Naxos.

You can enjoy a charming Sicilian holiday in the luxury of UNAHOTELS Naxos Beach Sicilia, a 4-star hotel set within this stunning coastal location.

Explore more - historical gems of Sicily.

Sicily is one of the best sea destinations in Italy boasting some of the finest Italian resorts, but there's much more to discover there than just beaches. Sicily has a fascinating, colourful history that dates as far back as 12,000 BC. If you would like to explore some of the island's fascinating history, you could take a day trip to one of its seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Not to be missed is the Valley of the Temples, a fascinating archaeological site and enduring example of ancient Greek architecture.

Milan - summer in the city.

If your perfect holiday break involves indulging in a shopping spree or musing at masterpieces of art and architecture, the city of Milan offers the best of both. As Italy's second largest city, Milan is an incredibly stylish destination for spending the summer in Italy. Not only is it a powerhouse of Italian fashion, but the city also harbours some of the world's most important works of Italian art, most notably, "The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci.

Masterpieces of art and history.

To get a real flavour of this metropolitan city, visitors will need to choose a central location to explore the many sights on offer, preferably close to Milan Cathedral, which is the largest church in Italy. The Maison Milano | UNA Esperienze is a 4-star hotel that offers visitors a convenient and charming central location very close to the cathedral, ensuring that you make the most of your Milanese stay. Take a tour of some of the city's many historical attractions, such as La Scala Theatre, one of the most famous opera houses in the world, and the Castello Sforzesco, once the residence of the Sforza-Visconti ruling families of Milan.

Explore the Neapolitan Riviera.

July and August are the perfect months to enjoy summer in Italy and what better place to start than a short break in the area of Naples. The city is a fabulous holiday destination in its own right, but also offers opportunities for numerous day trips. Dominated by Mount Vesuvius to the east, the Bay of Naples incorporates an impressive waterfront location, numerous eateries and an incredible number of natural and historical sights to explore.

Take a boat to Capri.

The small island of Capri has become a popular visitor destination and it's just a short boat trip across the water from Naples Bay. The quaint yet elegant town of Capri is particularly busy in the summer months and is the base for visiting some of the island's most popular sights, such as The Blue Grotto, a cave that becomes illuminated by the light shining through the seawater.

Relax in Sorrento.

Take a trip along the bay to the south and you can soon reach the pretty coastal town of Sorrento. Sitting high on cliff tops, Sorrento provides plenty of beautiful sea views and numerous quaint backstreets to explore. Not far from this elegant resort are the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, which both offer their own unique insights to life in ancient times.

To make the most of a trip to the Neapolitan Riviera, find your ideal holiday base in the city of Naples, like UNAHOTELS Napoli, a 4-star hotel located right in the heart of the city.

Book your Italian summer break.

The winter months are the ideal time to start planning your Italian summer holiday. Hotels can be booked up early in the most popular resorts, especially in July and August. If you want to enjoy your Italian break in style, take a look at Gruppo UNA Hotels, which offer a wide variety of traditional and modern hotel accommodation for you to get the very best from your stay.