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Italy in June: 10 travel destinations along the country

Take a look at our top picks and get inspired as you choose your next vacation. See what catches your eye and book an agritourism for an authentic Italian experience!

  • Trapani
  • Chioggia
  • Syracuse
  • Crotone
  • Maratea
  • Palinuro and Cilento beaches
  • Portofino
  • Sant'Agata de' Goti
  • Gradara
  • Chiese Valley
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Italy is full of places rich in history and culture, good food and entertainment, all ready to welcome the many tourists eager to discover the country. The month of June is the ideal time to visit the pearls of Italy, both large and small, and create unforgettable memories. The days are warm and pleasant, and the tourist season is not yet at its peak, allowing you to explore the country in tranquility and truly enjoy your stay. Here are 10 travel ideas for June in both well-known and surprising destinations that you won’t soon forget!


Sicily is one of the most popular tourist destinations and its cities will remain forever in your heart for their unique characteristics and particularities. A perfect example is Trapani, a city striking for its contrasts. On the one hand, we have aristocratic houses, now abandoned but still rich in decadent charm, while on the other, we find the humble salt marshes, white and blinding symbols of the city. Trapani itself is a city rich in history, fascinating and enveloping, and manages to encapsulate the opposing facets of Sicilian culture.

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Not only is Trapani historical, it’s also fun, thanks to its renowned and popular beaches. Perfect examples include Cala della Capreria, Cala Beretta and Cala Tonnarella dell'Uzzo. Near the Gulf of Castellammare, not far from the promontory of San Vito lo Capo, you can go and relax at the Zingaro Reserve where the shallow and colorful sea hides secret coves waiting to be discovered.

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In Veneto, several cities are famous for their unparalleled beauty and enriched with a long and important history. Verona, Venice and Padua count among them, but they aren’t the only local beauties. Also worth a visit is Chioggia, known as the “little Venice”. This smaller yet no less enchanting city allows you to experience life in a characteristic village of fishermen and sailors still strongly tied to its traditions.

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Here you can savour the magic of the lagoon without the large mass of tourists typically found in Venice. Chioggia’s historic center has a special charm that will soon beguile you. You can also experience the local fishing culture and artisan trades, getting in touch with the city’s ancient traditions. Finally, embark on a boat to discover the nearby island of Pellestrina.

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One of the places that best combines ancient history with magnificent nature is undoubtedly Syracuse, where the remains of its glorious past are scattered throughout the city. Visit the island of Ortigia, its true historical heart, connected to the mainland by three bridges. The architectural beauties here are naturally of Greek origin, such as the Temple of Apollo and the Ear of Dionysus. However, there are also relatively more recent monuments, such as the cathedral, ancient catacombs and Maniace Castle.

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Syracuse offers an ample and idyllic array of gorgeous beaches. In Calamosche, for example, you will find peace and quiet easily reachable just one kilometer away. The fascinating black sand beach of Agnone is completely surrounded by a lovely forest of eucalyptus and offers full services along its entire 8 km. Sports lovers can head to the beach of Isola delle Correnti, which owes its name to the presence of strong winds, making it a perfect destination for surfing and windsurfing. After a day of water and sun, what better ending than a stop in one of the area’s typical farmhouses where you can experience the traditional recipes of Sicilian cuisine.

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Despite being a little known city, Crotone boasts some fascinating stories, including the legend that it was founded by the mythical demigod, Hercules. While there is no concrete evidence of the city’s origins, no one can deny that the school of Pythagoras, the famous Greek philosopher, was based here. The link between the city of Crotone and Magna Graecia, in short, is strong and still present today. Its glorious past is memorialized in the Archaeological Museum where the remains of the city’s ancient history are preserved.

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If you prefer to enjoy the warm June days outdoors, then visit the Park of Capo Colonna, where verdant nature surrounds a sanctuary dedicated to Hera. To discover the more recent history of Crotone, head to the nearby town of Le Castella where you can admire the stunning Aragonese castle which Mario Monicelli chose as the location for the film, Brancaleone alle Crociate.

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Certainly the month of June is perfect for inaugurating the maritime season, and for this reason we suggest a visit to Maratea. This characteristic village in the province of Potenza is located along 30 km of coastline, the only outlet to the Mediterranean Sea in Basilicata. The city itself is fascinating, with 44 churches and a huge statue of the Redeemer, second only to the most famous one in Rio de Janeiro. But Maratea is also famous for its culinary and wine traditions which can be fully enjoyed in one of the local farmhouses.

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The waters of Maratea and Gulf of Policastro will tempt you with their crystal clear waters, rocky coastlines and wild coves set in an unforgettable landscape. Many beaches are equipped with all the necessary services to enjoy a pleasurable stay, including beach resorts operational in June. Don’t miss a swim in the waters of Rena d'u Nastru, Luppa di Acquafredda and Fiumicello, which are also perfect spots for a family holiday.

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For a relaxing seaside vacation, few destinations are as ideal as Cilento. Among the choice of beaches, Palinuro stands out for its beauty and charm. The resort is an enchanting mix of cliffs, coves and unspoilt bays where you can enjoy the beauty of nature. June is the perfect month to stay here, when the tourist season is not yet at its peak. It’s the perfect place to spend a sunny day by the sea, both for families and young adults.

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There are many other seaside resorts in the area well worth a visit. A perfect example is Ficocella, a beach composed mainly of rocks and reefs which are not suitable for children but offer an enchanting view of Cape Palinuro. More suitable for families is Saline, which offers a shallow seabed and a long beach of fine golden sand. For those who dream of a tropical paradise, we recommend the Bay of Buondormire, accessible by boat and pedal boat, where it’s said Ulysses was seduced by the sirens.

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Portofino is one of the most famous and popular tourist destinations in Italy, loved above all by VIPs and celebrities. Few people know, however, that by following paths through the Regional Park of Mount Portofino, you can reach a tiny and picturesque bay, home to the Abbey of San Fruttuoso di Camogli. Here you will find yourself surrounded by Mediterranean scrub and can admire the impressive Christ of the Abyss, a statue at the bottom of the sea which can be viewed by diving in the crystal clear waters.

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The bay can also be reached by sea from various points along the coast, including the darling town of Camogli. The former fishing village offers a magical atmosphere as well as a lovely beach. Of course, there are several farmhouses in the area where you can end a wonderful day at sea with dishes that reflect authentic Ligurian traditions.

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Campania has always been a land rich in beauty and fun. In the province of Benevento lies the village of Sant'Agata de'Goti, fondly nicknamed “Pearl of Sannio”. Its charming atmosphere has bewitched countless film directors, landing it in many important Italian films.

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The city is ideal for those looking for a relaxing vacation including pleasant strolls through its perfectly preserved historic center. The Bridge over the Martorano is another well-known local attraction where you can admire unforgettable sunsets that infuse the ridge-top houses with a warm reddish glow.

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Included in the list of the most beautiful villages in Italy is the town of Gradara in the province of Pesaro Urbino. Gradara will amaze you with its mix of history and legends. The symbol par excellence is certainly its fortress, one of the best preserved medieval buildings in all of Italy. It’s fun to visit the village and search for traces of famous people who have passed through here, such as Lucrezia Borgia and Francesca da Rimini. It’s the perfect way for fans of mystery and medieval adventures to spend a holiday!

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Around Gradara there are many unique places to visit. Between the village and the sea, for example, you can explore the Natural Park of Colle San Bartolo, a verdant area with incredible scenery. For castle lovers, we recommend a tour inside the so-called Malatesta Chessboard, a fascinating network of castles and fortresses scattered around Gradara and built by the same family. To complete the tour, don’t forget to visit the fortresses of Montefeltro, bitter enemies of the Malatestas.

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We conclude our list of June destinations with a delightful proposal in Trento’s Valle del Chiese. Here a collection of 13 ancient villages rise along the banks of the river, from the hilltops to the Storo plains where it finally flows into Lake Idro. Be sure to stop at the local farmhouses along the way to sample the regional cuisine and wines.

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A small natural paradise where time seems to have stood still, this area offers a slower, simpler lifestyle far from the chaos of the modern era. Along this route you will also find lush forests, hiking trails and characteristic mountain huts. Among the different villages, we recommend Bondone where fascinating murals color the facades of many houses with dreamlike representations. In Brione, on the other hand, visit the church of San Bartolomeo as well as the characteristic barns and farmsteads of Malmarone and Valle Aperta.

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A holiday filled with new discoveries, fun and relaxation is on the horizon! With these 10 travel ideas for June you just need to choose the one that best suits your needs, and then embark on an unforgettable adventure!

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