Olbia, Sardinia island (Italy)
Olbia is located in the northeastern part of the island of Sardinia. In the distant past, it was an important Roman port. Now one of the two international airports in Sardinia is located here. The island itself is the second largest in Italy after Sicily.
Not far from Olbia are the resorts of Porto Cervo and Porto Rotondo, which belong to the Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast). These are the most elite resorts in Sardinia. The beginning of the legendary resort was laid by the Arab prince Karim Aga Khan IV, who decided to invest heavily in the creation of a fashionable tourist center. 55 km of sandy beaches with secluded bays and mountainous landscape around attract many tourists to this area. It is also home to the famous Pevero Golf Club and world-famous discos.
The swimming season in Sardinia lasts from May to mid-November. The island has developed active tourism. Sardinia is very popular among surfers, you can surf here throughout the year. Sometimes the waves reach a height of 5 meters. In addition, you can go diving. In the underwater caves of the Costa Smeralda, at a depth of up to 40 meters, you will see colored fish, octopuses, moray eels, lobsters and sea urchins. And not far from the Costa Smeralda is the underwater park of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Palermo, island of Sicily (Italy)
According to healthknowing.com, Palermo is located on the northwestern coast of the island of Sicily at the foot of Mount Pelegrino. The city was founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC. Since 1446 it has been the administrative center of the island.
The main street of Palermo is Vittorio Emanuel, where the main attractions are located. In the center of the city is Victory Square with the Royal Palace. The hall of Hercules is interesting in the palace, where the exploits of this mythical hero are displayed – the walls and ceiling are decorated with frescoes depicting scenes from legends, as well as a hall dedicated to the ruler Roger II with images of hunting scenes. Under Roger II, the Palatine Chapel was built. The architecture of this church is a mixture of European, Sicilian, Byzantine and Arabic art.
One of the symbols of the city can be called the Church of San Giovanni del Eremitti. It was built in 1142 during the heyday of the Norman era. It is worth visiting the Cathedral, which is located in the most ancient part of Palermo. Now royal and imperial sarcophagi are collected here, as well as jewels found in the tombs of monarchs are stored.
The Church of St. Francis of Assisi houses numerous works of art created by famous artists and sculptors, among them the Gagini family, Pietro Novelli, Francesco Laurana, Giacomo Serpotta.
Not far from Palermo are such beach resorts as Mondello on the western slope of Mount Pelegrino, Carini and Isola del Femin. The sea is calm here, but on weekends the beaches are crowded with vacationers.
When traveling in Sicily, be sure to go to Mount Etna. It is the highest (3300 m) and the most active volcano in Europe. Every day tourists come here to climb to its crater. You can do this by bus or jeep. Etna is located in the eastern part of the island, not far from Catania.
Peio, Trentino-Alto Adige (Italy)
The Peio ski resort is one of the three resorts in the Val di Sole, which combines about 170 km of ski slopes of various difficulty levels, about 60 ski lifts and 55 flat slopes. In addition, the resorts of Val di Sole (Peio, Folgarida-Marilleva and Passo Tonale) are part of the vast Skirama-Dolomiti ski area with 380 ski slopes and 150 lifts. Skirama Dolomiti also includes such ski resorts in the province of Trentino as Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Monte Bondone, Folgaria Lavarone and Andalo Fai della Paganella.
peyot located on the southern slopes of the Ortles Cevedale mountain range on the territory of the largest Italian national park – Stelvio. It is known not only for the protected landscapes surrounding it, hiking trails and ski slopes, but also for healing mineral springs, which were discovered back in the 16th century. Peio has 16 km of pistes. The tracks are laid at altitudes from 1400 to 2400 m. The slopes are serviced by 6 lifts. This is a small mountain resort suitable for families. On the territory of Peio, there is an extensive snow park “Biancaneve”, where there is a children’s park, a toboggan run, a tubing track and an ice rink. There is also a ski school in Peio. In addition, the spa center Terme di Peio is available to the guests.. Local mineral springs were formed from glacial waters, which for many years flowed through the rocks, enriched with healing elements. The spa center operates on the basis of three sources with a water temperature of +7 to +8 degrees: “Alpine” with a low content of minerals, “Ancient” with a high content of iron and bicarbonates, and “Modern” with a high content of carbon dioxide, sodium bicarbonate, magnesium and calcium. The waters of the local springs help in the treatment of diseases of the respiratory, digestive and genitourinary systems, blood circulation, rheumatism and skin diseases. Terme di Peio offers drinking cures, therapeutic baths, inhalations and massages. There is a beauty and health center with aesthetic procedures, including anti-stress programs and courses for weight loss.
Another popular spa center – Terme di Rabbi – is located in the Val di Rabbi valley, which runs parallel to Val di Peio. Local waters are characterized by a high content of free carbon dioxide, as well as a high content of salts and iron. It is known that Rabbi’s mineral water was served to the table of the Queen of Austria, Maria Theresa. The spa center specializes in the treatment of diseases of the digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems, rheumatism, post-traumatic recovery and aesthetic procedures. Visitors are offered therapeutic baths, inhalations, drinking cures, massages, mud wraps, and a beauty and health center. A three-star hotel has been opened for accommodation in Terme di Rabi.