Relaxing holidays in Italy

5 Italian islands for a digital detox

Craving a break from your daily routine and to enjoy a relaxing vacation? Maybe someplace where you can reconnect with nature and recharge your batteries? Plan a trip to the breathtaking coasts of Italy, where time seems to slow down.

Discover the best islands of Italy on Ferryhopper and book your tickets to the most tranquil locations imaginable - your Italian stress-relief adventure awaits!

The port of Cala Dogana in Levanzo, Italy

A glimpse of Cala Dogana, the beautiful port of Levanzo

The best Italian islands for winding down

There are some Italian islands where nature and tranquility reign supreme. Wild coasts, unspoiled landscapes and quaint villages come together to offer dreamy holidays in Italy.

Here are 5 islands where you can spend unique moments in total relaxation, whether you seek a solo escape or a retreat with loved ones:

1. Levanzo (Egadi Islands)

With only 200 inhabitants and no cars, Levanzo is the smallest of the Egadi Islands and it is ideal for relaxation.

Famous for its colors and majestic sea, this hidden gem is just 25 minutes by ferry from Trapani, Sicily. You can explore it on foot, hiking through the island’s path to the Capo Grosso lighthouse, or by bike. You can also admire its rugged coastline by boat.

Levanzo welcomes you with its peaceful atmosphere, quaint port and authentic seafood. Get ready for unforgettable moments of peace!

2. Giglio (Tuscany)

In the heart of the Tuscan Archipelago, in front of Monte Argentario, lies a hidden treasure: Giglio. Holidays on this beautiful island are all about relaxing at secluded bays and exploring hidden coves.

You can also spend some quality time browsing through the inviting shops and boutiques of the village, and get lost in the narrow streets of its castle. No visit is complete without indulging in a taste of the local culture – sip on a glass of Ansonaco, Giglio’s special white wine, at one of the island's wineries.

Reaching this paradise is a breeze, as there are many daily itineraries from Porto Santo Stefano to Giglio.

3. Linosa (Pelagie Islands)

You may not have heard about Linosa, and that’s why it’s still one of the most beautiful and quiet destinations in Italy.

Nestled between Sicily and Tunisia, it is an island of volcanic origins, with wild, untamed landscapes and lots of chances to wind down. Beyond the stunning scenery, Linosa's magic lies in its people. Its inhabitants, true keepers of the island's myths and traditions, will welcome you with open arms. 

Linosa is ideal for weekend getaways. You can easily get there by ferry from Porto Empedocle, Sicily. Find out more about the Porto Empedocle - Linosa ferry crossing on Ferryhopper.

Colored houses in Linosa with a view towards the sea, Italy

The vintage atmosphere among the colored houses of Linosa

4. Ventotene (Pontine Islands)

Despite its proximity to the fast-paced municipality of Ponza, the island of Ventotene retains its authenticity and tranquility. Found in the Pontine Archipelago, it is a perfect location to explore on foot.

The journey itself is rewarding - a scenic ferry ride from Naples to Ventotene whisks you away to this island paradise in just 2 hours.

Start your exploration with a stroll to the imposing Bourbon castle and sit down for some coffee in Piazza Castello, the hotspot of the island. Go swimming in the crystal clear waters of Parate Grande and then enjoy an aperitif at the famous beaches of Cala Neve and Cala Rossano.

Ventotene's charm permeates every moment, making your vacation truly unforgettable.

5. Vulcano (Aeolian Islands)

Unveil the otherworldly beauty of Vulcano, one of the captivating Aeolian Islands! This volcanic island boasts a surreal landscape unlike any other, with dramatic black sand beaches that are guaranteed to steal your heart.

Vulcano invites you to become one with nature. Here, the myths come alive – you can almost feel the presence of Hephaestus, the god of fire, in the smoldering craters and therapeutic thermal pools.

Tip: ready to embark on your volcanic adventure? Find more about the Palermo - Vulcano, Messina - Vulcano and Milazzo - Vulcano ferries on Ferryhopper!

Thermal pools in Vulcano, Italy

An oasis of pure relaxation in Vulcano

Book cheap ferry tickets to relax on the islands of Italy

On Ferryhopper, you can book your ferry tickets online and reach these beautiful islands for a relaxing vacation. Check out all available ferry itineraries, companies and prices, and choose your next destination in Italy easily and quickly.

Tip: planning an island-hopping adventure? Don't miss our interactive Map of ferries! With just a few clicks, you can discover countless possibilities and craft the perfect itinerary to visit multiple island paradises.