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5 Hidden Gem Islands in Italy

In a way, traveling to Italy is romantic. There is so much history and beauty; however, there’s another side to Italy to see – its islands. Some of Italy’s more common islands, like Lake Como, often take the spotlight, but secret islands in Italy are worth exploring too.

Whether you prefer a remote getaway or an easier-to-get-to spot, keep reading to discover some of the best-hidden gems in Italy’s islands.


One of the most remote Egadi Islands, Marettimo offers an escape from busy traffic and overly-populated areas. Not only does it contain protected waters perfect for snorkeling and diving, but it is also nearby some of the most beautiful walking trails. For divers, there are various seabeds and about 400 caves you can explore along its jagged coast.


Another traffic-free spot when you need to leave the crowded city life behind is Panarea. Renting traditional wooden boats or taking yacht rides on this island east of the Aeolian Islands is popular. A favorite of celebrities like Bill Gates and Beyonce.


Pantelleria is the place to go for anyone looking for something other than beaches. Located close to Tunisia, this island is made of volcanic rock, so natural saunas and mud baths are abundant.

There is always something exciting here on this Italian island, including cave exploration and spas.

From the Zibibbo grape, wine lovers must try Pantelleria sweet wines such as Moscato, Moscato di Pantelleria, and Moscato Passito di Pantelleria.

Ponza Island

One of the Pontine Islands’ biggest islands, Ponza, has an ethereal feel backed by some local myths and legends about the destination. Ponza contains many hard-to-find bays and coves that are perfect for anyone looking for privacy, as well as many hilly trails and cliffs to wander around.

Here are a few easy trails to explore on Ponza:

  • Monte Guardia-Punta del Fieno (4.8 km)

  • Faro della Guardia – Monte Guardia (4.0 km)

  • Punta Incenso – Piana e Punta dell’Incenso (2.9 km)

Elba Island

The largest island in the Tuscan Archipelago, Elba is an excellent choice for historical remains or top-tier beaches. Containing the remnants of a first-century Roman villa and sights such as a cable car that goes to the top of Monte Capanne, Elba is a hot spot among locals during the summer holidays, so consider coming in the winter months if you’re looking for more of a private spot.

Which Italian islands would you like to visit? Contact us to find the perfect island in Italy to start your dream vacation.

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