Relaxing holidays in Italy

5 Italian islands to unplug

Are you looking to escape from your daily routine and enjoy a relaxing vacation? Maybe someplace where you can recharge your batteries and be at peace with yourself and the nature around you? Plan a trip to the coasts of Italy, where time moves slower.

Discover the best islands of Italy on Ferryhopper and book your tickets to the most tranquil locations imaginable.

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 silence reign supreme. WIld coasts, unspoiled landscapes and peaceful villages come together to offer dreamy holidays in Italy.

Here are 5 islands where you can spend unique moments in total relaxation, either on your own or with company:

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 30 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 bays and hidden coves.

You can also spend some quality time browsing through the shops and boutiques of the village, get lost in the narrow streets of its castle and visit wineries to try out Ansonaco, the island’s special white wine.

Reaching the island is smooth sailing, as there are many daily itineraries from Porto Santo Stefano to Giglio.

3. Linosa (Pelagie Islands)

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

Found between Sicily and Tunisia, it is an island of volcanic origins, with wild locations and lots of chances to wind down. 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.

Vintage bike in front of a colored house in Linosa

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. Taking the ferry from Naples to Ventotene takes only 2 hours and rewards you with this scenic, quiet island.

Start with a walk to the 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.

Whatever you choose to do, the atmosphere of Ventotene enriches every moment of your vacation like no other place.

5. Vulcano (Aeolian Islands)

Out of the 7 Aeolian Islands, Vulcano has its own unique beauty. Its surreal environment and black beaches are guaranteed to steal your heart.

In Vulcano, you become one with the nature surrounding you, along with the mythological stories that depict it as the land of Hephaestus. From volcanoes to thermal pools, Vulcano invigorates your mind, body and soul in every corner of the island.

Tip: find more about the ferries between Palermo and Vulcano, Messina and Vulcano, and Milazzo Vulcano on Ferryhopper!

Thermal pools in Vulcano

An oasis of pure relaxation in Vulcano

Where can I 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: make sure to check our interactive Map of ferries and browse all potential island-hopping combinations in just a few clicks!

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