Italy loves to count her lucky sea stars — FIVE, to be exact.
She’s a rarity on the Mediterranean, with almost any spot (especially in the south) being within reach of five sparkling seas:
- The Ligurian Sea — In the northwest, where you’ll find the Italian Riviera and some of our favorite towns (like the Cinque Terre villages and Portovenere), not to mention romantic Corsica.
- The Adriatic Sea — To the east of Italy, bordering gorgeous spots like Puglia, Venice and Trieste. It’s not super well known to most, but it’s actually got 1200 islands floating in it. No biggie.
- The Tyrrhenian Sea — In the southwest, this is where you’ll find Italians heading for their own vacays. The Aeolian Islands (aka the Hawaii of Italy), Sicily, Naples and Sardinia all hang out in this oceanic pocket.
- The Ionian Sea — To the southeast, this baby mingles with Greek waters, and their influence is totally clear on the Italian side! Greek theaters abound along this coastline, ft. postcard-pretty places like Catania and Taormina.
- The Mediterranean Sea — Obvi. Down south from Sicily, all these seas merge into the majestic Mediterranean.
From coast to coast, Italy is panino-d between all of these water babies — which means that when you visit, you gotta take a dip.
Roadtrip with us down the Italian coast today! We’re gonna show you where to soak up the sun and dip your tippy-toes.
Here are 10 of the best, most beautiful coastal towns in Italy that are *always* worth a visit:
Let’s make 2020 the year of going to beautiful places in Italy…
*Without* trying to wake up extra early to “beat the rush” or squeeze into a looong line for an attraction.
Wanna know why?
At its core, Italians embrace a culture of moving at your own pace. Doing your own thing, because you want to. Heck, they even siesta.
But since the economy in Italy has been on the rise — along with rising middle classes across the world — the country’s traditional “hot spots” have adopted a vibe that goes against the crostini of being an Italian: Busy. Busy. Busy.
But of course, you HAVE to visit Rome, Florence, Venice, etc. when you come to Italy.
What you can *also* do if you’re planning to visit one of these major hot spots, though, is introduce a teeny-tiny sidestep (read: day trip!) to some under-the-radar towns. We’ve got a couple of ideas up our linen sleeves, and they’re easy-peasy to reach via the Italian train system, Trenitalia.
If you’re planning a trip to Italy and wanna know what’s hot right now (or *too* hot, and you don’t want it), keep reading on!
This is what happens when Italian Fix takes you on vacay. Meet the people, places and piazzas that make each experience extra special. Part 3 of a 3-week series.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve shared some of our tours’ behind-the-scenes. Today we’re back for more (because we like to keep the seaside aperitivi coming).
These are the spots made of sun-bleached loungers, pink and peach buildings, sparkling turquoise seas, and groovy Greece-meets-Italy vibes.
When we travel to these spots in intimate groups — the kind that love doing their own thing as much as laughing over limoncello together — we reveal sights, sounds and tastes in Italy that people trip over their feet to experience.
The kinds of things you just can’t do if you don’t have local connections.
Here’s why we love bringing people with us:
- You get to know — and feel like — the locals who call these spots HOME. Because of the longstanding relationships we’ve built from the cobblestones up, our guests are welcomed into the special spots not everyone gets to see.
- You get to travel with people who know exactly what it means to LIVE. Like, all the way up to 10001%. After years of guiding guests through these experiences, we see the drastic changes in both minds and bodies — and we know how to tease out and support that I-am-high-on-life-things-are-groovy state of being.
- You meet the humans that become your future best friends, travel partners and soul sisters/brothers (yes we have co-ed trips too). So many of our guests has shared that there’s a special magic to the people we bring together — and we believe it, too. We all become part of one wonderful extended family. Many clients have met some amazing new friends who become future travel buddies. We have past guests who have spent Christmases together, who lend out their spare bedroom to people in their homes around the world. This makes me SMILE. It’s a community!
And today, we’re going to share a couple more behind-the-scenes experiences in Southern Italy and Sicily — the ones that we know our guests come back for, year after year.