How many islands does Italy have? Here are the smallest and the largest!

Italy has a very interesting coastline, mainly because it is bounded on one side by the Adriatic Sea, on the other by the Ionian Sea, on the third by the Tyrrhenian Sea, and on the fourth by the Ligurian Sea. They stretch from north to south, and hundreds of both large and small islands are hidden in them.


Faraglioni di Scopello, Sicily, Photo: wildman, Depositphotos


Compared to Croatia, which has 4,058 km of island coastline, or 1,244 islands divided into 78 islands, 525 islets, and 641 rocks, Italy is the second largest in this regard in the Adria region. While one side of the Adriatic Sea is divided by as many as five countries, the other western side, Italy has all to itself.


Both from the Adriatic, as well as from the Ionian, Tyrrhenian, and Ligurian sides, Italy can boast of about 420 islands and islets.


Island of Capri in the distance, Photo: Remi Jouan, CC BY-SA 3.0


They are divided into several regions, namely the islands of:


  • Calabria islands, which includes islands such as Le Castella, Cirella, Coreca Reef, and others.
  • The Campanian archipelago includes islands such as Capri, Ischia, and Gaiola.
  • The islands of Cheradi include islands such as Campo, San Paolo, and San Pietro.
  • Grado Lagoon, which includes islands such as Barban and Anfora.
  • The Gulf of La Spezia includes islands such as Palmaria, Tino, and Tinetto.
  • Ligurian islands, which include Bergeggi and Gallinara.


Also, there are the islands of the Marano Lagoon, the Pedagne Peninsula, the Aeolian Islands, the Pontine Islands, the Porto Cesareo Lagoon, Sardinia and its islands, Sicily and its islands, the Tremiti Islands, the Tuscan Archipelago and the islands of the Venetian Lagoon.


Cefalu, Sicily, Photo: julia-lav, Depositphotos


Of all the 400 or so islands, the largest is Sicily, with an impressive area of ​​25,832 square kilometers, followed by Sardinia, with an area of ​​24,089 square kilometers. After all, they are also the most popular among tourists, which immediately makes them the most visited islands.

The smallest known inhabited island, not counting river ones like the Tiber Island, is Panarea, which belongs to the Aeolian Islands. Its size is about 3.4 square kilometers.


Panarea, Photo: Carsten Steger, CC BY-SA 4.0


Each of these islands is truly special. They have unique characteristics that attract both tourists and locals to explore. But more about them you will be able to find out soon!





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