For the summer visitors may want to consider holidaying on the Egadi islands. They are Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo.
They can be reached in a few minutes from Trapani yet offer a detached and luxuriant contrast to the white, parched salt plains.
The crystal clear sea is phenomenal and perfect for scuba diving. It was here that the Romans and Carthaginians fought the historic naval battle in 241 BC.
For a secluded and quiet beach, try Cala Rossa, Cala Azzurra, Grotta Perciata and Cala Rotonda.
The Aeolian cuisine from the famous Sicily islands north of Messina mainly originates from fishing traditions and ancient Greek influence.
The 4 star Grand Hotel Chiaia di Luna is located in an enviable and chamring position above the beautiful Chiaia di Luna bay on the island of Ponza.
The ambience of the bay is a natural amphitheatre overlooking the sea towards the protected island of Palmarola and the harbour of Ponza, with the centre of the island just a 500 meter walk.
Traditionally opening for the season on May Day, the hotel offers 4 typologies of room; standard, classic, suite and seaview.
All are furnished in typical Mediterranean style with air conditioning and all but the standard tooms coming with WiFi connections. Book a suite and enjoy pay per view tv on large plasma screens.
All guests can dip into the panoramic seawater swimming pool which boasts a solarium equipped with sunbeds and towels. During the day, refresh yourself at the poolside bar, while the main hotel restaurant is called “Chiaia” with 'Kibar' being the terraced lounge bar.
The island of Elba offers an inspired choice for those who want to experience the first swim of the year. The water may still be fresh in mid May, but the air is deliciously sharp and clean.