Time flows inexorably, and immediately after Easter, Bridge of 25 April and the First of May is the time to start getting organized for the summer holidays, the most expected and dreamed of during all the year.
If you plan to holiday with friends, a good option may be to stay in Italy and enjoy its natural wonders and architectural treasures, and the excellent hospitality that characterizes the peninsula from the North to the South. Any ideas on destinations?
If you and your friends love the mountains and at the same time the comfort and relaxation you can opt for the Merano, a town in the Trentino-Alto Adige is famous for the exceptional nature that surrounds it and for its renowned Spa. If the goal is, instead, enjoy a holiday in a city of art, choose Ravenna where you can admire beautiful places of worship that are characterized by the presence of incredible mosaics and then enjoy the quiet and the nature of the Park of the Po Delta.
Another original idea for those who love and practice yoga is to book a break in one of the several tuscan resorts that offer lessons of this ancient practice. Make your flow or maintain an asana while enjoying the view over the tuscan hills and offers unforgettable emotions.
If you prefer the summer holiday classic holiday in the sun and the sea you can choose between Vieste, the Pearl of the Gargano and its fantastic beaches, or Panarea to immerse yourself in the nightlife of a sparkling and glamorous.
Discover the best destinations where you can spend the summer holidays in Italy with friends and lots of advice on what to do and where to stay:
1 – Merano, nature walks and spa
If, after a long and demanding winter, you need to relax and regenerate body and spirit in anticipation of new and exciting goals to achieve, the right destination for you and your friends is Merano, Trentino-Alto Adige.
During a holiday in Merano you will experience a refined and relaxed walking through its historical centre with elegant art nouveau buildings, set out to discover the wonderful surrounding nature with many walks like the one that leads to the beautiful Gardens of Trauttmansdorff castle and then relax in its spa Centre.
This town is, in fact, a well-known spa town, and offers a few steps from its historical centre, a large and elegant area with indoor and outdoor pools, saunas and steam baths of different type, and if you want to further pamper yourself, you can request massages and beauty treatments.
- Where to sleep in Merano: Hotel Filipinum, a family-run property that offers heated pool, garden and sunbathing, and rental bicycles, free of charge, or the Stanglwirt, a nest eco-luxury hotel near Kitzbühel, where you can practice different sports and then relax in the wellness area that overlooks a natural pond.
2 – Ravenna, art and nature
Another perfect destination where to spend the summer holidays in Italy with friends is Ravenna, a wonderful city of art is too often forgotten or obscured by other destinations such as Florence, Venice, Milan or Turin. This city was the capital of 3 empires and on its territory there are 8 monuments declared world Heritage site by Unesco, data that give a glimpse into the many artistic treasures that it guards.
During a break in Ravenna you can admire beautiful places of worship such as the Basilica of San Vitale with its mosaics, the Basilica of Sant’apollinare Nuovo , which houses the mosaic, the largest in the world, the majestic Basilica of Sant’apollinare in Classe declared a Unesco Heritage site or the Mausoleum of Theodoric and Mausoleum of Galla Placidia.
After the sight of so many artistic wonders, you can enjoy beautiful walks on foot, mountain-bike or on a boat tour in the Park of the Po Delta to marvel at its surreal landscape and the myriad of birds that live there. Right next to the Basilica of S. Apollinare in Classe, there are paths that go into the Pineta of Class, sung by Dante, Boccaccio and D’annunzio, along the oasis of water in the Ortazzo and Ortazzino
- Where to sleep in Ravenna, Hotel Sant’andrea is an elegant and comfortable hotel located in the historic centre of Ravenna, just 100 metres from the San Vitale Basilica, or Palazzo Bezzi, a modern structure equipped with a solarium and a wellness center.
3 – Tuscany, practicing yoga with views of the hills
If you are passionate about yoga and, indeed, during the winter attended with your friends on a course that is often missed due to force majeure, you may take advantage of the summer holidays to make up for lost time or to refine your practice.
In Tuscany there are several hotels that offer the possibility to follow courses in yoga at different levels, enjoying the wonders of the surrounding nature. You might, for example, give a break to the Borghino an estate a few miles from Lucca situated on the green hills where you can start the day with a rejuvenating Morning Meditations, and end with Restorative Yoga sessions. During the whole of the day, are also organized various sessions of yoga at the pool or in the beautiful indoor or outdoor spaces where to enjoy breathtaking views.
Another place where to spend a holiday full of yoga and psycho-physical wellness is the Resort Castel Monastero, a few kilometres from Siena. Here you can practice different styles of yoga, from the more traditional Hatha or Ashtanga Yoga to the more innovative such as Antigravity Yoga.
If you love the experiments, another resort of interest is the Grotta Giusti, where you can practice Thermal Yoga to the whole of a natural cave, high temperature favours the elasticity and purification from toxins!
4 – Vieste, crystal clear sea and beaches of the entries in the legend
Another fantastic destination where to spend the summer holidays in Italy with friends is Vieste, in Puglia, the so-called Pearl of the Gargano.
This is a delightful town overlooking the Adriatic Sea with its sandy beach and the shallow water is a perfect alternative to the beaches of Salento for those who want to enjoy the sea and sun in total relaxation. Among the most beautiful beaches near Vieste is recommended a stop at the Beach of San Lorenzo in the direction of Peschici and the beach of Pizzomunno, which is famous for the poignant legend of the unlucky in love with Cristalda, and Pizzomunno.
In the case of arrivals the rain to disturb the warm climate of puglia, the advice is to make a shopping trip to Puglia Outlet Village Molfetta where to go to hunt for bargains in over 140 shops.
- Where to sleep in Vieste: Hotel Seat, a comfortable hotel built on the cliff with a swimming pool and rooms with air conditioning or Pizzomunno Palace, an elegant hotel features a well-equipped wellness centre, a swimming pool and a restaurant, where are served specialties of fish.
5 – Panarea, the wild beaches and the glamorous nights
You want to give you a vacation in Italy with friends, full of wild beaches and the vibrant nightlife? Panarea, the smallest island of thearchipelago of the Aeolian islands is the perfect destination for you.
Panarea, much loved by the international tourism, offers small beaches, jewel-like that of Punta Milazzese , located near a prehistoric village, the beach of Calcara, where marvel vapour and volcanic emerge from the underground, Cala Junco, the more crowded and a buzzing nightlife.