Island hopping: A highlight of Italy tours
The mainland is not the only place where you can find highlights during a tour of Italy. There are many islands off the coast that have plenty to offer in their own right, although they may often get overshadowed by large tourist draws such as Milan, Florence and Rome. While you're devising your itinerary for your Italy tour, be sure to include several of these Mediterranean islands, and you'll be sure to have an experience you won't soon forget.
Located off the western coast of Italy - not far from Naples - this tiny island has plenty to offer despite its small size. Arguably the most famous landmark on Ischia is the iconic Aragonese Castle, which sits built into one of the island's picturesque cliffs. This impressive piece of architecture dates back to ancient Rome and stands as one of the most unique castles in Italy. While the Aragonese Castle is the must-see highlight of Ischia, the island is also well-known for offering some spectacular views of both the Gulf of Naples and the Mediterranean Sea.
A little bit further to the south, the island of Capri is home to some of the most breathtaking natural landscapes in Italy, and this is especially true when it comes to the Blue Grotto. This famous sea cave has become so well-known because it features an underwater cavity that allows the sunlight to filter through and give the cave a stunning blue hue. Another unusual natural highlights include the Arco Naturale, a limestone arch situated on the island's east coast.
Sicily is certainly not an uncommon place to visit during Italy tours, but the large island has many hidden gems you may be unaware of, and that includes the ancient city of Syracuse. Many of its streets date as far back as 2,700 years and it exudes a unique blend of Greek, Roman, Arabic and Baroque cultures. Among its most appealing features is the Necropolis of Pantalica, a sprawling burial site that is home to thousands of tombs. Anyone looking for a spot with a little less of a historic slant can head to either the Fountain of Arethusa or Temple of Apollo, both of which speak to the considerable appeal of the city.