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Exploring Three of Italy’s Best Coastal Locations

With around 5,000 miles of coastline, Italy is the perfect location for a coastal vacation. Travelers in search of beautiful seaside towns, lush terrain, and golden seaside locales have plenty to choose from in this boot-shaped country.

From the picturesque region of Salento at the heel of the boot to the architectural wonders of Cagliari, we take a look at some of Italy’s top coastal locations.

Amalfi Coast, Campania

The Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful areas in the whole of Italy, nestled in the southern region of Campania. In fact, the area is so stunning that it has UNESCO World Heritage status in homage to its crystalline waters, striking cliffs, and bustling villages. 

You may be familiar with the popular towns of Amalfi and Positano, which are highly regarded for their panoramic vistas, mouth-wateringly delicious seafood, and ancient streets.

While most coastal locations in Italy are perfect for outdoor activities, such as hiking and walking, the Amalfi Coast takes center stage. Not only does it boast spectacular seaside views, but it also includes countless historical and cultural sites including the gardens of Ravello and the cathedrals of Salerno and Amalfi Town. 

To get the best experience possible, an Italian tour of the Amalfi Coast will showcase what the area truly has to offer. Who knows? You may even stumble across some undiscovered locations on your travels.

Salento, Puglia

Situated in the southernmost part of the Puglia region, Salento is what you’d call an Italian hidden gem. Stretching across the Adriatic coastline, you’ll find 150 kilometers of golden sand and rocky coves. With beaches like Torre Lapillo and Porto Cesareo, you’re free to swim, sunbathe, and snorkel to your heart’s content.

With various past inhabitants, such as the Greeks, Romans, and Spanish, it has a rich cultural heritage that is greatly reflected in its food, architecture, and traditions. One of the most famous and important landmarks is the town of Lecce, renowned for its Baroque architecture, which is reflected in its many churches and palaces.

Cinque Terre, Liguria

Cinque Terra, which translates to ‘Five Lands’, is an exquisite location made up of five fishing villages – Manarola, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. Located in the region of Liguria, Cinque Terra is most notable for its pastel-hued houses, terraced vineyards, and walking trails.

Each of the towns in Cinque Terre caters to a different clientele so it’s beneficial to choose the right location for you. For example, Riomaggiore is the best for nightlife, Manarola is great for couples wanting quiet and relaxing evenings, and Corniglia is perfect for those looking to venture off the beaten track.

However, you still have the option to head to the different towns as they are all connected by a train, each stop only being a couple of minutes from the next.

Last Updated on September 6, 2023

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