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Discover the most beautiful beaches in Italy from isolated and paradisiacal bays, accessible only by sea, to fine-sand beach resorts

7,600 kilometres of coastline and a sea that shines in every shade of blue. Treat yourself to a unique holiday: the sea in Italy is calm and warm and the beaches are safe harbours where you can find peace and silence. But also endless places to have fun, do sports and taste special dishes; in a word: unforgettable.
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Although struggling with problems of overcrowding and traffic restrictions, and not immune to large-scale and not always high-quality construction, the resort retains some of the atmosphere that once made it a destination for romantic tourism. Particularly fascinating are the alleys and the stairways that characterise the layout of the oldest district and the imposing castle. There are two main religious buildings. The Oratory of San Rocco, in Largo Marconi - beside Piazza Garibaldi, accessible from the marina - with a 14th-century bell tower with two bas-reliefs from the 16th century and, inside, on the high altar, a beautiful 16th-century panel of Saints Martin bishop, Christopher, Sebastian and Rocco; in the left aisle, Our Lady Health of the Sick, an original painting on slate (16th century). The 17th-century church of San Francesco, in Via Cavour, has remarkable altarpieces, almost all by the Genoese school; the sacristy leads to the oratory of San Bernardino, where, according to tradition, Bernardino of Siena preached from the small black slate pulpit. Along the road that leads to Tellaro, a stretch of coastline of considerable environmental value is bordered, with a clear seabed rich in vegetation. Located between the points of Maramozza and Maralunga, the Caletta Underwater Archaeological Park is an ideal place for diving to discover the remains of a Roman merchant ship. On the stretch of craggy coastline between the headland of Maralunga and Fiascherino, there are enchanting little beaches with a steep descent.
Porto Recanati

Porto Recanati

Porto Recanati is a fishing village nestled in the beauty of Monte Conero. With 9 kilometres of beaches and a pedestrian promenade, it is popular with tourists in all seasons. Porto Recanati has been awarded the Blue Flag several times for its beaches thanks to its environmental sustainability policies. The medieval Swabian Castle stands in the central square and had the main function of defence against pirate attacks. Summer shows and cultural events take place in the large courtyard, which houses the Gigli Arena named after the tenor from Recanati Beniamino Gigli. Leaving the centre, you come across an interesting archaeological site, which has brought the ancient Roman city of Potentia back to life. An all-natural bike tour One of the features of Porto Recanati is that it is surrounded by numerous cycle paths. From the seafront to the surrounding countryside, those who love cycling will not be disappointed, and will be able to organise countless routes on two wheels. From the city centre to more secluded places as far as Loreto, cycling of all kinds and levels can be organised. Porto Recanati: a small town with a seaside tradition In Porto Recanati, traditions are important and besides the sea, events are in the hearts of the citizens. One of these is the Palio di San Giovanni, a distinctive historical re-enactment footrace. On this occasion, those present take to the streets and cheer on the athletes from their own districts. Another long-awaited event is the Pink Night, with the streets of the city centre animated until late at night and open shops, live concerts, street performers and street food trucks. A brodetto to be enjoyed One of the jewels of traditional gastronomy is the brodetto portorecanatese, composed of a soup enriched with various types of lower-grade fish. All the ingredients are then cooked in a pan with tomato. Every year it is remembered in June with a festival called “Brodetto Week”. On days dedicated to the dish, participating restaurants offer it at a discounted price. Tips for a tour of Porto Recanati Porto Recanati is easily reached thanks to its central location on the Marche coast, at the foot of the Conero Park. In the fishing village, an after-dinner stroll along the central Corso Matteotti is very pleasant. In summer, antique and handicraft markets are set up, which are worth exploring.

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