Wonderful beaches, hidden coves and wide bays characterise the Italian coasts, where beaches can have fine white sand or gravel mixed with pebbles. Lignano Sabbiadoro in the province of Udine, la Feniglia in Porto Ercole, a short distance from Grosseto, Polignano a Mare in Bari and Tropea in the province of Vibo Valentia, are just some of the most beautiful beaches in Italy. Here you can dive into crystal clear waters, practice water sports such as snorkelling, diving, boating, kite surfing and windsurfing and relax in the sun. Coastal cities also have a rich culinary tradition, with dishes mainly prepared with fresh fish and seafood. At sunset, at the many resorts, you can enjoy a delicious aperitif.
In Liguria, the small borgo of Lerici, overlooking the Gulf of Poets, Vernazza and Manarola, both belonging to the Cinque Terre, and Portofino, with incredible views of the Gulf of Tigullio, are among the most appreciated tourist destinations. In the fishing village of Camogli, with buildings characterised by different colours, you can taste the so-called “camogliesi”, delicious local rum sweets.
In Campania, in Sorrento, besides visiting its Cathedral, the Basilica di Sant’Antonino and the Museum of the Tarsia Lignea, you can also discover the secrets of the Sorrento Tarantella, a dance inspired by the myth of the Sirens. Hiking lovers can follow the “Sentiero degli Dei” and admire stunning views of the Amalfi Coast. In Vietri Sul Mare, at the many local workshops, you can purchase handmade ceramics and other souvenirs. In Amalfi you will have the chance to visit the Cathedral and the Paper Museum. In the ancient maritime Republic you can taste cakes prepared with lemons and the famous Limoncello liquor. If you love music, do not miss the Ravello Festival at Villa Rufolo. To practice snorkelling and diving, we recommend the crystal clear sea of Punta Campanella. In Positano, both local small shops and exclusive boutiques offer the best of Italian fashion.
In Cilento, you can visit the archaeological site of Paestum characterised by beautifully preserved Doric temples, while Palinuro has many lovely caves to be explored, such as the “Grotta dei Monaci”, the “Grotta del Sangue” and the “Grotta Sulfurea”.
Puglia has beaches characterised by fine white sand and shallow waters, known as the “Maldives of Salento”. With the incredible landscapes of Pescoluse, the nightlife of Torre San Giovanni and the nineteenth century villas of Santa Maria, you will be spoiled for choice. At night, the beaches of Gallipoli turn into cool open-air discos, to dance under the stars. In Vieste, Castello beach is dominated by a 25-metre white monolith, known as “Pizzomunno”.
To see the waves crushing against the cliffs, we recommend the lovely cove of Rovaglioso Palmi, in Calabria. According to legend, Orestes, who had lost his mind after the matricide, had it back bathing in its waters.
In Sicily, the most beautiful beaches are Mondello, with its Art Nmouveau villas, Cefalù within the Madonie Park and Cala dei Turchi, near the Valley of the Temples, in Agrigento. Families can use the beach facilities of San Vito Lo Capo, known for its shallow waters. In Sicily there is also Cala Rossa beach, in Favignana, one of the Egadi Islands. Here white tuff walls are reflected by crystal clear waters, creating a unique landscape.