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Italy is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, but there’s plenty to be discovered beyond Rome, Florence and Venice. Soak up the Mediterranean wonder and explore these under-the-radar islands, full of sun-drenched beaches, gelato-bright fishing villages and authentic Italian charm without the intrusive hustle and bustle of tourist crowds.

Italy is home to 450 authentically pristine and picturesque sea islands with 100 of them located in lakes and lagoons – this includes 13 archipelagos and 7 volcanic islands in the Aeolian chain. Located in the southernmost part of Europe, Italy is surrounded by the Tyrrhenian, Ionian and Adriatic Seas.

Divided into several localities, the only regions that don’t have islands are Marche, Aosta Valley, Molise and Abruzzo. Their biggest and most popular island is Sicily and Venice alone has over 118 islands. A majority of these islands are kept in the back pocket of Italian locals and savvy travellers who have done their due diligence with researching destinations that have (for hundreds of years) flown below the radar of Italy’s classic cities and commonly known wine regions.

Explore with Bold, 5 hidden islands that host their own distinct charm, historical splendour and inexplicable Mediterranean magic. We associate islands with escapism, seclusion and relaxation, so invite a sense of tranquil discovery as you take in this mesmerizing island-hopping paradise untouched by mass tourism.

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