From the Trevi Fountain to the Colosseum, Vatican City to the Pantheon, Italy has no shortage of stunning man-made attractions, but it’s also home to some of the most beautiful natural formations not only in Europe, but in the world. Whether you prefer to see the sights solo or taking an Italy escorted tour is more your idea of a perfect holiday, here are just some of the awe-inspiring sights you could see.
Scala dei Turchi, Sicily
Known as the “Stair of the Turks”, this tiered rocky white cliff sits proudly in Southern Sicily. Sitting close to a stunning beach of smooth milky white rock, it’s the perfect place for a spot of sunbathing. Unsurprisingly in the summer months crowds flock to the blindingly white rock outcropping, but there’s a long sandy beach just below the limestone masterpiece.
Archipelago della Maddalena, Sardinia
Sardinia is renowned for its stunning scenery, but the Archipelago della Maddalena is perhaps the most impressive. Located on the north-western coast of Sardinia, it consists of seven major islands and is surrounding by other smaller islands. Boasting some of Italy’s most glorious beaches and crystal-clear seas, it feels like heaven on earth.
The Amalfi Coast, Campania
The Amalfi Coast continues to be one of Italy’s top destinations. While the towns and villages that are dotted along the coastline are quaint and picturesque, it’s the sheer diversity and beauty of the flora and fauna set to a stunning backdrop that are truly breath taking.
Blue Grotto, Campania
The island of Capri has long been loved by locals and celebrities alike, but it’s the unique blue grotto that is a truly magical sight to behold. The other-worldly light is caused by sunlight passing through a deep underwater cavity. Entry to the cave can only be gained when the tide is low enough, making the whole experience even more magical.
Terme di Saturnia, Tuscany
There’s a reason the Romans loved their spa treatments when the settings were as stunning as the thermal baths and hot springs of Terme di Saturnia. Also referred to as the Cascate del Mulino, or waterfalls of the mill, these natural springs contain warm sulphurous water that spills over into a series of tiered pools. The perfect antidote to a day of wine tasting in the rolling Tuscan hills, the spa is said to have mystical qualities.
Dolomites, Alto Adige
Italy isn’t all soft sands and azure seas, the mountain range in the north of Italy are known for skiing, mountain climbing, hiking, and more. At certain times of the year, this impressive range can be seen as far south as the Adriatic. Created around 250 million years ago, and spanning 77,865 acres, the Dolomites showcase mother nature’s power and majesty.