August is a busy travel month for Italians, and is when the majority of them take their yearly holiday. But where do Italians go? What are their priorities when traveling for the summer?
Most Italians like to travel to the coast for beach vacations. This might mean renting a small villa or apartment with family or friends, camping out, or heading to a sea-side resort. The key ingredients are the miles and miles of Italian coast, hours spent lying in the sun, swimming in the clear waters of the Mediterranean, and of course the fresh seafood.
Italians also travel to international destinations for their sea-side holidays, such as the Maldives, Greece, the Caribbean, or Southeast Asia. But with so many miles of coastline, most elect to stick closer to home, visiting the islands of Sardinia, Sicily, (not to mention Capri, Ischia, Elba, Lipari, Procida, Lampedusa…), or the beaches of the Amalfi Coast, Liguria, Calabria, Puglia, Tuscany, Lazio, Abruzzo, the Veneto… we could go on and on!
In fact, of Italy’s 20 regions, only 5 are land-locked, so almost everyone has a coast they can reach relatively quickly (although some – such as the coasts of Sardinia, the Salento in Puglia, are much more coveted). What is amazing to Americans is the length of time Italians can enjoy their beach vacations, with many of them spending several weeks to a month relaxing and enjoying the sun and the sea.
When I lived in Italy I took my summer vacations in Sardinia, and absolutely perfect beach destination. We spent hours on the beach and in the water, were sometimes lucky enough to find a friend with a boat. Meals were full of fresh fish and seafood, and of course amazing summer produce.
By Peg Kern
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