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Top 5 Italian resorts to visit this summer

Italy is famous for its millennial culture, for the diversity of its provinces and for the unique architectural wonders that mark every large city on the boot-shape peninsula. But this amazing country also has 7,600 km of coastline and the Mediterranean climate made these shores perfect for getting a tan almost five months a year. Here are five of the best Italian resorts worth visiting this summer:

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5. The Amalfi Coast

This breathtaking mountainous coastline is located just south of Naples. Once one of Italy’s main fishing areas, the coast, still today, keeps that charming scenery of old fishermen villages. The main city of the region is, of course, Amalfi, but there are plenty of options when choosing a lovely town to accommodate. Besides the delightful beaches and the tasty restaurants we recommend the unique boutiques and ceramic shops.

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4. Sorrento

Not very far away from Naples or Amalfi, this city serves as a starting point for many one-day trips to the nearby attractions like the ruins of Pompeii or Herculaneum. The city 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.

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3. Taormina

Right next to Etna, the famous Italian volcano that is still active nowadays, 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 going, because they are usually packed with tourists during the summer.

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2. 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.

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1. Portofino

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. Paraggi is the closest village with a sandy shore, since Portofino has no actual beaches. For an authentic and elite Italian trip, Portofino is the best option.

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8 Comments for "Top 5 Italian resorts to visit this summer"

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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