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Italian beach resort guide

With 7,600 kilometres of coastline up its sleeve and a sunny Mediterranean climate to boot, it’s little wonder that Italy excels in the art of beach resorts. Here are five of the best Italian beach resorts worth visiting during the European summer.

1. The Amalfi Coast
If you’re planning a honeymoon, look no further than The Amalfi Coast. This breathtaking mountainous coastline (just south of Naples) oozes romance. Once one of Italy’s main fishing areas, the coast has retained its natural charm despite the tourists who flock here every summer. The main city of the region is Amalfi, but there are plenty of options when choosing a lovely town to accommodate.

2. Sorrento
Not very far away from Naples or Amalfi, the city of Sorrento serves as a starting point for some great day trips to nearby attractions like the ruins of Pompeii or Herculaneum. Sorrento itself is not rich in sights, but has lots of spots that offer unforgettable panoramic views. Don’t expect sandy beaches around here, since the only way to get in the water are the wooden or stone bathing platforms.

3. Taormina
Right next to Mount Etna (the famous Italian volcano that is still active), you’ll find Taormina, one of Italy’s most popular summer destinations. If you’re planning a trip to this wonderful Sicilian city, review the hotels in Taormina at least a couple of months before setting off.

4. Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre represents five old and amazing fishermen villages that form one of the most impressive marina reserves in Europe, linked through footpaths and railways. Whether you’re in Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola or Riomaggiore, you’ll find plenty of things to see or sights to take photos. For the best beaches, head to Monterosso al Mare.

5. Portofino
For an authentic and elite Italian trip, Portofino is your best bet. This old fishing village is nowadays one of the most exclusive resorts in Italy. Situated in Liguria, on the famous Italian Riviera, this little town’s buildings are squeezed around the old harbour. Portofino itself has no actual beaches, so you’ll have to head to the village of Paraggi if you’re after some fun in the sun.

8 Comments for "Italian beach resort guide"

Frances Brown says on June 21st, 2010 at 2:29 am:

I have been to all these places several times (and am off to Italy again soon), but travellers be warned; they are all completely over-crowded in July-August and extremely hot.

James Jensen says on June 21st, 2010 at 6:03 am:

Sorrento was great but if Blue Grotto Closed before you leave Sorrento don’t go as it is extremely over crowded in Capri .

Sylvia Hall says on June 22nd, 2010 at 1:43 pm:

I most certainly agree with Ms. Brown above. If you want the best from an Italian holiday, go in mid September to mid October when the summer crowds have abated and the weather is still wonderfully warm, but not stifling hot. My favourite of the 5 choices would definitely be the Amalfi Coast, where my husband and I were married years ago in beautiful Ravello.

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