The Schengen area is open again and the tourism industry is striving to get the volume of tourists moving about Europe back to a sustainable level. This is not going to be easy, nor does anyone really expect for it to be achieved by the end of this summer, but the reopening of beaches and holiday destinations in June has sparked a glimmer of hope for all the industry professionals – and thousands of holidaymakers. Sure, plane fares are steeper than they were and social-distancing is still very much the rule, but the consensus around Europe is that, after the fear, pain, and unrest of last winter, we deserve a holiday. And, you guess, Italy is the perfect destination. Here you will find uncrowded beaches (if you know where to look), crystal clear waters, small seaside villages and mountain cabins, five-star hotels and glamping sites, where you can enjoy a restorative social-distancing holiday.
Glamping by the Nabi lakes
Glamping is camping made chic, with all de advantages of communing with nature and none of the discomfort that comes from having to set up your own tent and queue for the showers. A prime example of sustainable tourism can be found by the Nabi Lakes, close to the Domitian coast of Campania, where a natural oasis has been created out of the regeneration of former sand quarries. This is the perfect spot for a quiet holiday away from everything and, most especially, everyone. If the last thing you want to see on your holiday is other humans and if you can’t wait to go off the grid and enjoy hiking by the lakes, birdwatching, canoeing, cycling, and kayaking, this is the perfect destination for you.
Social-distancing comes easy in Stromboli
The Aeolian archipelago is one of the most beautiful in the Tyrrhenian Sea and Stromboli is its northernmost island. This is a tiny and un-glamorous island, measuring barely 12 square kilometres and with a resident population of 400. Stromboli was never equipped to handle large crowds of tourists, it never has and it’s certainly not starting now. The locals manage to keep the rowdiest crowds away by strategically not having a wild nightlife. This is the perfect destination for those who are after relaxation and privacy. Rent a boat, swim, spend quiet evenings by the sea with a glass of fine wine and good company: social distancing has never been this easy or this appealing.
Hiking in the forest of Rincine
Yes, we know we keep coming back to Tuscany as a holiday destination, but there are just too many options in this beautiful Italian region and we are endlessly amazed by them. The forest of Rincine, which is close to Florence and managed by the Union of Municipalities of Valdarno and Valdisieve, comprises almost 1500 hectares of lush woodland – approximately the size of 2500 football pitches. This is a spectacular destination for hikers, birdwatchers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, and campers. If you wish to see more trees and horses than humans, if you want to breathe the cleanest air in Italy – the forest has been certified to absorb most of the region’s CO2 – and just take a step back from the frenzy of your working life, this is where you want to be this summer.