Not only Sicily and Sardinia. Not just Capri or Elba. The Mediterranean Sea is like a treasure chest that holds both great treasures and small rare gems
Along the Italian coasts, almost 800 islands of all sizes peek out from the sea. Many of them are very popular destinations, famous all over the world. Many others, on the other hand, have remained off the main tourist routes and perhaps for this reason they are even more attractive.
A former military base in the Gulf of La Spezia, in Liguria, the small island of Palmaria was once also an important center for the extraction of marble. Today the traces of its recent past still remain, but the island is a UNESCO protected property thanks to its natural beauty.
The coast is for the most part rocky and the beaches are not very accessible, but the sea is pristine and crystal clear. There is also a beach resort right in front of Portovenere, one of the most famous summer destinations in Liguria. Thanks to this Palmaria becomes actually pretty popular between June and September, but in the rest of the year it becomes an enchanted, peaceful and quiet place.
If in the colder months you won't be able to bathe in its blue waters, take the opportunity to try some of the trekking itineraries. Despite being very small, this island does indeed have a remarkable network of trails. Walking through them all you will be enchanted by the awesome panoramas that follow one after the other.
The third of the Egadi islands in order of distance from the Sicilian coasts, Marettimo is also considered the oldest of this group. In its 12 square kilometers it hosts high mountains, a small village of whitewashed houses and also the severe Norman castle that surmounts the promontory of Punta Troia. It can be visited, as it houses a museum and the monk seal observatory, but only in summer.
There are also several underground springs that feed lush nature to make this island a popular destination for hikers, especially in autumn or spring when the climate is milder.
This small island is part of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park and is located about 11 km from the Argentario.
Halfway between Sicily and Tunisia is the small island of Linosa. Its black rocks are of volcanic origin, the island in fact is the top of a submerged volcano which has been extinct for more than two thousand years. The craters are still visible, the most easily distinguishable one is also the largest, known as Fossa del Cappellano.
Off the coast of Lazio lies the archipelago of the Pontine Islands. Palmarola belongs to this group, but unlike its big sisters it is wild, uninhabited and full of the dwarf palms from which it takes its name.
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