Hey Italy lovers!
Yesterday, I had an email from my friend Anthony, a three-time Tour Italy Now customer, who says he’s thinking about going back to the home of his ancestors yet a fourth time. Anthony told me he loves spending time on the Italian coast – so do I! -and even though he’s visited several parts of the country already, he wanted my input about the best beaches in Italy… places where he can maybe just chill out and do nothing for a week. His vacations in Italy, he told me, let him leave his responsibilities back home where they belong and, ideally, his favorite trip to Italy is one that includes a chance to enjoy the warm, blue waters that surround the country.
Well, since Italy has nearly 5,000 miles of coastline, Anthony certainly has his choice of beaches. Which he chooses will probably depend on what part of the country he wants to visit, the time of year he visits, and other particulars such as sightseeing opportunities and type of accommodation he prefers.
I thought a lot about Anthony’s question and came up with a list of just a few of the beaches found in various regions in Italy. Anthony would be happy with any of them!
- Liguria (Italian Riviera) – Some of the most attractive beaches in Italy can be found in the Liguria region, with the widest, sandiest beaches located on the Western Riviera de Ponente and the rocky ones on the eastern side. Check out ritzy San Remo, with its casino and race track; the wide sandy, expanses of Sestri Levante; the pretty public beaches of Lerici; or the beautiful yachting harbor at Portofino.
- Campania – This region includes the stunning beaches of Capri and the Amalfi Coast. Positano is absolutely spectacular, though a little on the pricey side. For a more affordable beach in this area, consider Positano or Sorrento. The island of Ischia, in the Gulf of Gaeta, boasts not only a nice beach but also thermal spas where guests can enjoy a warm soak.
- Sicily – If you want to do as the Sicilians do, head to Mondello Lido, where Palermo natives hang out when they need a refreshing dip. Also consider the resort of Mortelle, near Messina; the unusual Spiaggia Sabbie Nere – a black-sand beach that’s simply breathtaking; or the stunning Lido Mazzaro, near the town of Taormino and a beach that has long attracted the rich and famous.
So if, like Anthony, you’re thinking about a trip to Italy that includes stops at the country’s finest coastal areas, consider booking your trip of a lifetime with Tour Italy Now, our experts are waiting to help you. For a limited time, we’re offering $150 off any Tour Italy Now escorted tour, which might include visits to a beach or two. Book by March 19th and you’ll also receive a Starbucks gift card (one per family).
Ciao for now! And remember, think of us when you’re ready to Tour Italy.