25 photos that will make you want to book a last-minute holiday to Italy

25 photos that will make you want to book a last-minute holiday to Italy
August in Rome. Photo: Marie-Laure Messina/AFP
It might already be August, but you've still got time to enjoy Italy at its summer best. Here are 25 gorgeous reasons to book a last-minute trip.

Swimming in the Gulf of Orosei, Sardinia. Photo: Marco Molino/Flickr


Sunset over salt flats near Trapani, Sicily. Photo: Ludovic Marin/AFP


A view over Umbria from a hot air balloon. Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP


An evening stroll on the Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP


Swimming near Portofino, Liguria. Photo: Olivier Morin/AFP


Vineyards over Manarola, part of the Cinque Terre. Photo: Olivier Morin/AFP


Sunflowers in the Crete Senesi, Tuscany. Photo: Antonio Cinotti for TravelMag.com, via Flickr


Surfing the Naviglio Grande canal in Milan. Photo: Olivier Morin/AFP


The sunken bell tower of Graun im Vinschau, South Tyrol. Photo: Davide Bedin/Flickr


Visiting the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Sicily, by night. Photo: Ludovic Marin/AFP


At the dog beach in Maccarese, near Rome. Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP


Making hay in Salcito, Molise. Photo: leastbutnotlast/Flickr


Boating on Lake Levico, near Trento. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP


Lavender by the sea in Portonovo, Le Marche. Photo: Luca Boldrini/Flickr


A water fight in Campagna, near Salerno. Photo: Mario Laporta/AFP


Traditional fishing nets in Comacchio, Emilia-Romagna. Photo: Borghy52/Flickr


Dining al fresco in Rome. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP


Sketching the Boboli Gardens, Florence. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP


Turquoise waters off Ponza Island, Lazio. Photo: Vertingetorige/DepositPhotos


Seeking shade in the ancient Circo Massimo in Rome. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP


The fishing village of Giovinazzo, Puglia. Photo: milla74/DepositPhotos


A late-afternoon hike to Rocca Calascio castle in Abruzzo. Photo: maximkabb/DepositPhotos


Sunset over Procida Island, off Naples. Photo: Porfirio/Flickr


Summer nights in Scicli, southern Sicily. Photo: Ludovic Marin/AFP