Do you want to know which are the ideal Italians destinations for relaxing holidays or, on the opposite, do you want to have fun during next summer?
In Italy the seaside locations are a positive confirmation, venues that every year get a lot of bookings from all around the world: let’s discover how will be the 2012 season and why you could love to make an holiday on the beach.
Dives into art in Apulia
If you want to be sure of quality level of a beach you can read the list by FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education) that every year realizes the Blue Flag Programme, the best beaches in the world according to strict criteria dealing with environment quality, safety services and many more, a sort of “quality brand” for a tourist.
In Italy 131 venues got the Blue Flag in 2012, and for our itinerary we start from Apulia, one of the top choices by travellers. The awarded beaches here are 10, an additional reason to book a boutique hotel in Apulia where to spend nice days full of events.
About our suggestions there are Lido Rosso, Castel S.Stefano and Capitolo in Monopoli, Fasano in province of Brindisi and Otranto in province of Lecce. Just in Otranto there is a special exhibition, until 30th September, at Aragonese Castle, a venue that you cannot miss.
The title of the exhibition is “I want to be a machine” and is dedicated to Andy Warhol, the genius of Pop Art, this is a collection of 50 silk-screen printed works, among which Marylin Monroe, the legend recently tributed by a movie directed by Simon Curtis. The combination of entertainment and culture is a chance that this region give yourself, because is full of historical sights, gastronomical DOC products, exclusive clubs and romantic landscapes. To know more about the exhibition you can visit the official website: www.castelloaragoneseotranto.it
Top Beaches of 2012 in Sardinia
Sardinia, for many Vips, means Costa Smeralda, but the sea here is amazing everywhere: the beaches of La Maddalena, Palau and Quartu S.Elena are the best in Italy, unpolluted and surrounded by a land that remains unaltered over time and that hosts luxury relais but also golf courses and tennis courts, resorts with Spa and swimming pools, all the things that a demanded traveller can desires.
We suggest you to visit the inland villages, because the traditions of this region are unique, like for example the village of Luras, in Gallura area, which origins are on this site unknown; according to some historians it was founded by Etrurians, according to others by Greeks. Here there are four dolmen that datee back to III millennium b.C., a breathtaking evidence of an ancient civilization.
In Luras, furthermore, there is the Galluras Ethnographical Museum, hosted in a building that looks as an ancient “stazzo di Gallura”, a typical rural house in the past. www.galluras.it
Things to see in Sicily during summer
In Sicily, you know, each season is special and summere here lasts more than elsewhere; if you plan to book an holiday between June and September and stay in a historical hotel in Sicily, think about Ragusa and its province, you won’t be disappointed. About Blue Flag, here we have Marina di Ragusa and Ispica, venue that offer clean beaches and the blue of Mediterranean sea. Ragusa is located on a hilltop, on the southern part of Monti Iblei and is a very different city from the rest of the island, a jewel for curious tourists that want to stay in a place that features a great history.
First of all Ragusa is split in two: the upper town, rebuilt after the earthquake happened in 1693, with modern architectural style, and Ibla, the lower town, that feature a Medieval style and that hosts one of the masterpieces of baroque, the Cathedral of San Giorgio. It’s an art city and is known as “City of Bridges”, beacuse here you can admire three bridges: Ponte Vecchio, Ponte Nuovo and Ponte Papa Giovanni XXIII.
Our itinerary ends on south east, in this area where the baroque palaces shine, besides the sea, and the sweet landscape of Val di Noto welcomes you, a set that you will never forget.