With its approximately 4,660 mi of coastline, Italy is the ideal place for water lovers. The wide variety of its beaches makes it perfect for every type of vacationer in search of nature, fun, and rest and relaxation. The Italian coast, with its countless gulfs, coves and inlets, touristic ports and long, sandy beaches, is truly adapted to the water lover’s every demand. It is chock-full of fishing villages, and coastal cities with sea resorts and day beaches, as well as fishing villages, and is easily reachable by car, train and planes, and vessels large and small.From North to South, East to West, this mountainous land slopes into the rocky, indented coasts of the Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas in the west, and toward the softer, sandier shores of the Adriatic in the east. From these seas that wash up upon the “beautiful country” surge two magnificent islands – Sicily and Sardinia – in addition to numerous tiny archipelagos. These include the Tuscan Archipelago, to which Elba belongs; the Archipelago of the Maddalena in Sardinia; the Campanian Archipelago with Ischia and Capri; and finally the Pontine Islands off the southern shores of Lazio. Between the coasts of Tunisia and Sicily, we also find the Pelagian (Lampedusa) and Aeolian Islands – with two active volcanoes, Stromboli and Vulcano – and the Egadi Islands, a natural reserve. Last but not least, in Puglia, there are the splendid Islands of Tremiti.From Liguria to the Maritime Alps (west of Genova) and the Appenine zone of Liguria, the foothills of the Alpine Mountains push out and brush the waves that lap at the Italian Riviera. With their high and rocky cliffs, these rugged coasts are rich with gorgeous nooks, crannies and deep, deep sea-beds. The marvels of nature do not stop there. This area is a paradise for numerous animal species and for humans alike: whether you want to watch nature or seek the thrill of water sports, you can enjoy a variety of activities in both the protected areas of Cinque Terre and Poets’ Gulf.
Southeast of Liguria lie the shores of north-central Tuscany; here, the coasts are lower and sandier even though it comprises the coast of the Apuan Alps, Versilia, littoral Pisa and the Etruscan Coast. All these spots have seen vibrant touristic activity since the 1960s. The rather well-known Islands of Elba and Capraia lie about 12 mi off the region’s coast, and although they make up part of the Tuscan Archipelago, they reside in the Ligurian Sea.
Continuing along the shores that line the Tyrrhenian, one finds the Maremma, Lazio and then Campania, in large part low and sandy in character but with random, rocky peninsulas that almost meet the edge of the Pontine Islands.
Going further south, the Bay of Naples eventually opens itself up to the Sea, followed by the Amalfi Coast, the Gulf of Salerno and the high, rocky promontory of Cilento. This wonderfully lofty and jagged terrain continues almost all the way to the Strait of Messina that separates Sicily from the rest of the Continent.The Southern Coasts bathing in the Ionian Sea, resemble the shorelines sitting on the Tyrrhenian Sea: steep and precipitous bluffs where the Appennine Range is closest to the sea, and uniform, consistent where Calabria and Basilicata move toward Apulia, near the mouth of the River Po.
Excluding the promontories of Mount Gargano and Mount Conero, the littoral zone awash in the Adriatic Sea is made up of an immense sandy swathe of land, naturally the location for many seaside establishments.The biggest Italian island, Sicily, edged by a mountainous, serrated coastline in the north and east, and by flatter shores in the south and west. Sicily, too, is covered in natural reserves and breathtaking landscapes. The region is absolutely astonishing, as are all its surrounding islets, where vacationers flock from every part of the world.
It is also in the Tyrrhenian Sea that we find the Island of Sardinia, where the shores are varyingly rocky and smooth. Giant boulders, as well as other islands large and small (e.g. Maddalena, Caprera), make up the off-shore landscape of Sardinia.
Sea lovers will find the most beautiful landscape nature can offer in Sardinia, with enchanting inlets, shallow bays inside rocks shaped by the wind, romantic coves, uncontaminated sea, and crystal clear water, anything you need for a holiday full of relax, health and fun. The areas of San Teodoro, ...
Salento , the heel of Italy, is nestled in the clear waters of the Adriatic and Ionian coasts , where tall cliffs sculpted by the sea alternate with sandy beaches, green stretches of maquis and a small "eden" reachable only by boat.
This is a province primarily designed by man. Farmers in particular have contributed to Ragusa's character, appearance and cuisine, for years shaping the countryside through seed-sowing and cultivation of ...
Liguria is in north-western Italy, bordering with France . The region features impressive mountains and lovely rolling hills , colored by the green Mediterranean turf and overlooking the Ligurian Sea. The two are divided ...
At Maratea, in the Gulf of Policastro, the Basilicata region opens onto the Tyrrhenian Sea with a strong contrast between the severe mountains and the line of the sea. The historical town is worth a visit for the ancient churches, although the majority of the tourists visit the coast. On the beach ...
In an area rich with vegetation it is possible to visit an interesting prehistoric village, in which we can see the remains of oval huts. This place, protected by rocky walls that drop to the sea, was chosen for a Bronze Age settlement. Not far away we can reach one of the few sandy beaches of the ...
A small beach extends from the harbour of San Felice del Circeo, beside the high promontory that characterises the landscape. A Saracen tower, visible from the harbour, stands out from the mountain.
Descending to Sirolo by steep woody paths from which there are wonderful panoramic views, we reach the beautiful Urbani beach. Crescent-shaped, the fine gravel beach ends in a jetty. A natural grotto opens in the cliff face, beyond the bathing establishments.
The Ligurian Sea includes the Riviera di Ponente with the well-known tourist destinations such as Bordighera, San Remo, Alassio and the Riviera di Levante, also characterized by the Gulf of Tigullio in which equally famous resort of Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure, Rapallo and Portovenere overlook.
The Tyrrhenian Sea is the sea of the Etruscans and Naples, of the Latium coast of the cliffs of Calabria, and of the Aeolian islands with their active volcanoes.
It is the sea of Magna Graecia, and of the Byzantine and Norman Civilizations, a distant past the memory of which lives on in places like Rossano, Sybaris, Scanzano Jonico, Taranto and Gallippoli.
It is a hallmark of the Mediterranean's most beautiful islands. The sea washes up to its west coast, to then flow into the Tyrrhenian Sea and through the Strait of Bonifacio.
Strait of Sicily
Here, the sea laps at the southern and western coasts of the Island of Sicily.
Italy's countless high-quality beaches obtain the prestigious Blue Flag (Bandiera Blu) recognition year after year .
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