If you're looking for somewhere filled with adventure, culture, history and sunshine, and within a 3 hr flight time from London, then I may have just the option for you...
The Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast is a UNESCO Word Heritage Site, and with good reason, it is absolutely breathtaking. It's also the home of Limoncello and the entire coast is filled with colourful lemon groves from February to October.
Why not walk the 'Path of the Gods' to Positano. You can also walk the ancient streets of Amalfi, hike to the top of Mt Vesuvius and discover the famous city of Pompeii.
Fancy something adventurous this summer but not a rock climber?
Why not head out on a holiday to discover the famous Via Ferrata (Iron Way) in the Dolomites, the highest concentration of these in the world. Steeped in history, they were placed during WWI, in order to get men and supplies through previously inaccessible parts of the mountains, to defend key summits and positions and keep lookouts.
If you like scrambling over rocks, and want to gain some altitude and paths usually reserved for climbers, you can join a guided trip by exodustravels and traverse the cables and ladders on the cliff faces.
It's also one of the most beautiful parts of Italy to cycle, and there is a route that exodustravels offer, which traverses the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Matera, past the famous 'Sassi' and 'Trulli' houses.
Feel like more of a challenge? Why not cycle Italy Coast to Coast. Starting in Polignano a Mare, you head through matera, Padula, Castelmezzano and along the Amalfi Coast, past beautiful blue seas in to Sorrento.
Not only this, but it's filled with history, from the prehistoric Nuraghi civilisation to the Romans.
Hike through the Gorroppu Gorge, paddle the Flumineddu River, head for the archaeological sites or relax on a beach.
There are so many options available to you!
Where to begin?!
You could hike Mt Etna, the most active volcano in Europe, visit the fumaroles, hot springs and mud baths in Vulcano or see the volcanic activity of the 'Stream of Fire' in Stromboli. Trips are run through exodustravels!
Want something a little less adventurous? Why not walk the coastline, filled with coral lined caves and azure seas. There's history wherever you look in Sicily - the famous sites at Syracuse or Segesta are worth a visit, and there are a number of guided walks which include this as part of the itinerary.
It's also known for its tourists, so why not head off the beaten track a little and hike the largest island on the Tuscan Archipelago - Elba. Lavender fields, granite mountains and beautiful turquoise waters. It's famous for being the island Napoleon was exiled to (there are worse places to be exiled, I'm sure!) and with a walk which features the beautiful Duomo in Florence, the highest peak on Elba and the clifftop vineyards you would be hard pushed to not find something for everyone to enjoy!