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Aeolian Islands


It’s said that the Aeolian Islands were named after Aeolus, who was the Greek god for winds. The Aeolian Islands are located off the northeast coast of Sicily and it’s surrounded by the Tyrrhenian Sea. It’s a group of seven volcanic islands and these include Lipari, Panarea, Stromboli, Vulcano, Salina, Filicudi and Alicudi. Each of these islands has its own draw for tourists, but the three most popular are Panarea, which is a very wealthy exclusive destination, Vulcano, which is known for its amazing mud baths and Lipari, which is the main hub and usually the busiest island because of its ancient fortress and active nightlife. The other island worth mentioning is Stromboli, which is one of Europe’s most active volcanoes, and you can usually see Lava erupting from its top on a regular basis. The best way to see this amazing spectacle is by doing a boat trip. The one thing all the islands have in common is that it’s a great place for anyone interested in doing any snorkeling or diving.

The majority of the tourists who visit the Aeolian Islands are wealthy Italians, celebrates and business men. In summer, this is a retreat for the wealthy, as they come here to sail around on their yachts.

Because the Aeolian Islands are volcanic they aren’t known for its beaches, but the most popular beach is Spiaggia Bianca (the White Beach), as here it has many water sports on offer.

If you are looking for some nightlife in the Aeolian Islands then head to the exclusive and trendy Panarea, which has plenty of great pubs / bars and clubs located around the water. You will find most of the rich and famous hanging out at most of these trendy places.

 

 

 

Alghero

 

Alghero is located on the northwest coast of Sardinia and it’s arguably the best resort on the island of Sardinia. It doesn’t attract as many celebrates as Costa Smeralda, which is located on the north coast of the island.  The majority of people who come to Alghero go for its amazing beaches, which the most popular of these is San Giovanni the largest beach on the island. Also, the tourists come for its lively nightlife and its breathtaking medieval old town, which is the most amazing attraction on the island. Because of it’s proximately of Spain it has a strong Catalan heritage, which you can see in the architecture and the street signs, which are both in Italian and Catalan.

The largest nationality, who visits Alghero besides the Italians, is the British, who come here on package holidays and utilize all the budget airlines now flying to the island. You will find loads of fish and chip shops located all over the island to cater to the British tourists.

The nightlife in Alghero isn’t the best, but if you are looking just for a few drinks at sunset then you have probably found the right place. If you are looking for more clubs then head to Il Ruscello, which is about 8km from Alghero and the clubs around there stay open till the early hours of the morning

 

 

 

Amalfi

 

Amalfi is located on Italy's western coast, south of Naples and it’s one of the most popular resorts in Italy. Most of the tourists to Amalfi are there on package holidays or city breaks and go to enjoy the lively nightlife and great beaches, which unfortunately, are pebbled and get extremely packed in the summer months. The two best beaches are Minori and Maiori.

One of the biggest draws of Amalfi is its beautiful setting, as it’s positioned on the cliffs, between the mountains and the sea. If you are looking for nightlife go to the town centre or to the seafront, where it gets pretty lively at night.

 

 

 

Capri

 

Capri is located on the western coast of Italy, in the Tyrrhenian Sea and its one of the most beautiful resorts in Italy. It’s become a destination for more the trendy and sophisticated tourist, as you will find more high end shops and hotels in Capri.

Unfortunately, Capri has a rugged coast line, so it’s not known for its great beaches, but the busiest and most popular is Marina Piccola, which is located on the south of the island.

If you are looking for nightlife, go to the town centre or around the very busy Piazza Umberto, which has loads of good bars and clubs that stay open till the early hours.

 

 

 

Cefalù

 

Cefalù is located on the northern coast of the Italian island of Sicily by the Tyrrhonian Sea. The majority of the tourists who visit Cefalù come for its great beaches and its medieval town, which has a 12-th century cathedral. The beaches in Cefalù are considered one of the best in Italy, as its golden sand beach is one of the cleanest and safest. The 12-th century cathedral was built by Norman King Roger II and it’s been one of the most iconic buildings in the city since.

The nightlife in Cefalù is pretty quiet, as there are a few bars and clubs, but they don’t get very busy. Cefalù seems to be more of a café destination where you can enjoy the sunset over a glass of wine

 

 

 

 

Garda

 

Garda is located in Northern Italy, in the Veneto region of Lake Garda and it has some of the best and amazing mountain scenery of all the resorts in Italy. It attracts mostly families and young couples, who come to see Garda’s medieval town and history. The most popular is the medieval church of the Chiesa di Santa Maria Maggiore, which contains some 15th century frescoes.

The beach around Garda is mainly pebbled beach, so the best place to go is Shingle Beach, which is at Punta San Vigilio just north of Garda. There you will find loads of sailing, water and jet-skiing.

If you are looking for the best nightlife in Garda, go to the Promenade, where you will find loads of bars and clubs open till the early hours of the morning.

 

 

 

 

Portofino


Portofino is located in the northwest coast of Italy on the Italian Riviera. It’s one of the most exclusive resorts in the country, as it’s been attracting the rich and famous since the 1950s. It’s a picturesque resort, which gets extremely busy in the summer months.

There is no beach in Portofino itself, but there are amazing beaches just a short drive away. At night is when this place comes alive, as all the rich and famous are out strutting their stuff and the bars, clubs and pubs stay extremely busy.

 

 

 

Rimini

 

Rimini is located in the northeast of Italy on the Adriatic Coast, near San Marino. This is Italy’s version of Ibiza, as it’s the best party resort in the country. With beautiful sandy beaches and over 500 bars, pubs and clubs to choice from it’s absolutely the best place to go, if you are looking for a lively weekend getaway. Because of its nightlife it’s not surprising that the majority of the tourists who come to Rimini are the 18-30’s and stag and hen groups looking for a bit of fun.

The old fish market in the city centre is where most of the trendy bars, pubs and clubs are located and most of them stay open till the early hours of the morning.

 

 

 

 

Sorrento

 

Sorrento overlooks the Bay of Naples and is located on the Neapolitan Riviera, which is in the region of Campania. Tourists have been coming to Sorrento for years and it’s arguably Italy’s most established resort. The majority of the tourists who visit Sorrento are honeymooners, package holiday makers and the over 30 crowd. In the past many poets like Dickens and Keats have visited and wrote poems on its beauty.

The resort of Sorrento isn’t known for its beaches because of it sits on top of a cliff, but the beautiful beach of Marina Grande is a 20 minute walk from the town centre and its worth checking out. If you are a little more adventurous then head to Punto del Capo, which is looked in the south and its very beautiful and worth checking out.

If you are looking for activates away from the beach go check out the ancient ruins of Pompeii, which was a Roman town till it was destroyed when Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Also, you should check out Herculaneum, which is another ancient Roman town.  

Sorrento isn’t known for its nightlife, but there are loads of great pubs, bars and clubs to choice from and most of these can be found just off the main square Piazza Tasso.

 

 

 


 



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