It's completely horrible outside and so of course you're envisioning your summer retreat, wherever that may be. Be it Greece or Italy (or anywhere else on the continent for that matter), summer is a great time to go to Europe, and Italy is a prime spot for many Americans.
Yes, you could make like everyone else and go to Capri or Sardinia. OR you could go a world away to Pantelleria, which sits between Sicily and Tunisia but is actually closer to the latter. The island has long been known as a celebrity hideout, but it has none of the celebrity culture some of the hot spots may have.
The largest Sicilian island is rugged and dry (i.e. maybe you shouldn't be going in the dead of summer), but it's also stunning and untouched. It's known for being so, and it's also known for its capers, its sweet wine varietals (Moscato di Pantelleria and Passito di Pantelleria), its thermal springs and incredible diving.
The island itself isn't rife with activities, and that's sort of the point. Yes, there are quite a few stunning natural attractions (more on that later), but beyond that, the whole place screams of rugged relaxation... while eating the island's famously hyper-local foods.
Hang out in one of the island's many coves for great diving and nary a sound around.
The arid landscape
The port town of Pantelleria
Laghetto delle Ondine is a natural swimming pool that gets hit with salt water thanks to crashing waves.
Consider yourself warned. Make haste to Pantelleria!