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Spending your holidays by the sea in Italy means discovering iconic seaside resorts and landscapes. From the coves of Sardinia, to the glamorous resorts of the Amalfi Coast. Speaking of about 8 thousand kilometres of coastline with a variety of breathtaking, wild and pristine beaches. Dive into the gentle waves of the Mediterranean and let yourself be soothed by its crystal clear waters.

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Cinque Terre National Park

Liguria, Cinque Terre National Park: amid paths and the sea It is one of the smallest in Italy as well as the most densely populated: the Cinque Terre National Park, with its atypical landscape, strongly altered by man, has become a World Heritage Site. The true identifying trait of the Cinque Terre offering its visitors a network of footpaths dotted with scenic routes that they cannot help but fall in love with. The network of trails For centuries, the Cinque Terre paths were the only form of connection between one village and another. We are talking about a network of 120 kilometres, which today allows you to cross the length and breadth of the entire territory, offering you various routes. You can choose, among many, the Terraced Vineyards Itinerary, running from Riomaggiore to Corniglia, but only if you are an experienced hiker, because it is over 8 kilometres long and with 73 metres of altitude difference. You will walk along cultivated gardens, up to the ridge of the Costa Corniolo: from here you will admire the Montenero Point to the east and the Gulf of the Cinque Terre to the west. Then, with the ancient steps, partly in stone and partly carved into the rock, you descend towards Manarola, with its scenic views. You will also be fascinated by the Ancient Settlements Route, connecting Riomaggiore to Fossola. An even longer, 11-kilometre path runs between dry stone walls, flanked by the Rio Major stream, among alders and black elder trees. For the more romantically inclined, we recommend the Via dell'Amore, an entirely paved walkway overlooking the sea, which allows you to reach the village of Manarola in no time from Riomaggiore, offering enchanting views. And again, the Sanctuary and Church Itineraries, like the one that starts from the village of Monterosso and heads towards the Sanctuary of N.S. di Soviore, alternating steps and long stretches of dirt road, through houses, Mediterranean scrub and dense woods of holm oaks and chestnut trees. Or the path to the Sanctuary of Reggio, which winds along the valleys between Monterosso and Vernazza between 500 and 350 metres above sea level. Do not miss the Monterosso Literary Park, dedicated to Eugenio Montale, to experience first-hand the emotions that the Ligurian poet was able to express in his verses, in an embrace between sea and land. The Marine Protected Area The wonderful offer of the Cinque Terre National Park continues with the routes offered in the Protected Marine Area. Routes for swimming, such as the 700-metre-long swimming route in the Cinque Terre MPA, starting in Vernazza, continuing along the coast, bordered by small buoys to prevent recreational boating. The same stretch of coastline is suitable for snorkelling and kayak excursions, enhancing an extremely scenic stretch of sea, among starfish, lobsters and barracuda. Diving also for the disabled, for a barrier-free sea experience, such as the one at Punta Corone in Monterosso. The route is marked by a summit supported by pegs and is striking for its seagrass meadows. The Cetacean Sanctuary The waters that bathe the five jewel-like villages, nestled between the sea and the hills, are particularly important from a biological point of view and so rich in nutrients that they can be compared to those in the Atlantic. The perfect way to end your stay in the Cinque Terre National Park is to visit the Cetacean Sanctuary. In this area, in fine weather, you can witness a magical spectacle of whales, dolphins and sperm whales finding an ideal habitat for food and reproduction in the Ligurian Sea.

Bagni Regina Giovanna

A dip in the natural pool of the Bagni della regina Giovanna At Capo Sorrento there is a natural pool with splendid waters: a pristine basin in a wild and romantic setting. This corner of breathtaking nature is known as the Bagni della Regina Giovanna (Queen Joanna's Baths): the story goes that the Queen of Naples used to come here to bathe and enjoy the view, in the company of her young lovers. A small, precious oasis The Bagni della Regina Giovanna are located on the promontory of Punta Capo, in Sorrento, a section of coastline in the Protected Marine Area of Punta Campanella. It is a lagoon framed by limestone rocks eroded by the wind and connected to the sea by a narrow passageway, a sort of gateway topped by a spectacular arch formed by the cliffs. Inside the pool, the water is calm, the seabed pebbly. Dive in, but beware of the open sea, where the seabed becomes deep and the currents become stronger. The incomparable beauty of the place is also due to the fact that there is nothing to disturb nature, no bars or restaurants, no umbrella rentals, no beach facilities. Not even a beach. Here there are only small, rocky terraces. So If you want to spend several hours here, be sure to bring water and provisions, as well as the indispensable rock shoes. If you require more comfort, after a short visit to the pool you can head for the Lido la Solara, a few hundred metres away. Only on foot No transport can make it here. So put on some comfortable footwear and be ready to walk: the Bagni della Regina Giovanna can only be reached on foot. It takes about 15/20 minutes, starting from Capo Sorrento and following the signs for the Ruderi Romani (Roman ruins). It’s a very pleasant walk. In the background is the Gulf of Naples, embracing the Sorrento Peninsula as far as the islands of Ischia and Procida, as well as Vesuvius and Capri. In the early morning and at sunset, the spectacle is at the height of its beauty. A libertine queen There is a statue of Queen Giovanna II D'Angiò-Durazzo, ruler of Naples, in the Church of San Giovanni Carbonara in Naples, where she reigned from 1414 to 1435. That is the history, but legend adds some spicy details. It is said that the sovereign was a bewitching and libertine woman and that right here, in her Baths, she loved to bathe with much younger lovers, some of whom, it seems, were destined for a certain and bloody death. The Villa of Pollio Felice One of the villas built here by the Romans is the domus that dates back to the first century B.C. belonging to the Roman nobleman Pollio Felice. Today we can only see its ruins, right on top of the Capo Sorrento promontory. The area is actually also an archaeological site, and on the way to the Bagni della Regina Giovanna various finds can be seen. The seaside villa of Pollio Felice was an immense estate of at least 30,000 square metres, with a further residence connected to the main one by tunnels and underground passages. The latter was used for fishing and farming. Wines and lemons have always been the pride of the area. Today, Sorrento's citrus fruits are a Protected Geographical Indication product. A fresh lemonade in the street is an experience to be savoured, as is a visit to a patisserie: the lemon delight is a soft dome of sponge cake filled with one custard and one lemon cream, with a limoncello syrup. Sorrento and nearby islands The seaside holiday continues with visits to the islands and Sorrento, a thousand-year-old coastal town clinging to the cliffs. The Bagni della Regina Giovanni are very close to the historic centre. Visit the Cloister of San Francesco and the Duomo, then enjoy relaxing while sitting outside in a café between Piazza Tasso and Corso Italia, the crossroads of the promenade along streets packed with restaurants and shops. The air is balmy, thick with fragrance, with an atmosphere of attractive social life. Sailing to Ischia and Procida, more beaches and cliffs await you amid truly unforgettable landscapes.


Cervia: the salt town immersed in the greenery of Emilia-Romagna Cervia, the southernmost station of the Po Delta Park, is a great naturalistic oasis that attracts sea lovers but also birdwatchers fascinated by the enormous variety of birdlife. Surrounded by more than 300 hectares of pine forest and the 827 hectares of the Salina di Cervia Nature Reserve, it also boasts 9 kilometres of fine sandy beaches and more than 185 bathing establishments where you will find everything you need for your holiday. In Cervia, the sea waters will never let you down. This is confirmed by the important Blue Flag award that the city has boasted since 1998, certifying not only the safety of the beaches, but also the quality of the water and services offered. And what about the location? Just 12 kilometres away is the amusement park of Mirabilandia and 22 kilometres away is the city of Ravenna. Summer in Cervia, and not just that. Nature welcomes you all year round The ideal time to visit Cervia is during the summer, when the town is at its best with many activities suitable for every type of holiday. Families can relax on the beach and in the pine forest or discover the evocative Cervia salt mine, while young people can have a good time in trendy clubs and organised events. Let’s take a look at some examples. The rich calendar of concerts in Piazza Garibaldi and the markets at Borgomarina. But worry not, even during the rest of the year Cervia never ceases to express all the charm and there is no shortage of opportunities for nature, sports and gastronomy lovers. You can discover the town in a quieter atmosphere, go shopping in the streets of the centre and dive in the art and culture of Cervia with fewer tourists, typical of summer. From the remains of the old town to the new Cervia The heart of the city is Piazza Garibaldi, the scene of Cervia's most renowned events. Here, you can find the Palazzo Comunale and pop into the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta to discover the historical artefacts and works of art it houses, such as Barbara Longhi's painting of the 'Madonna della Neve'. Just off the square, we highly recommend a visit to the Church of the Suffrage, one of the oldest in the city. While in the city, you can walk along the inner walls and reach the Piazzetta Pisacane, also known as the 'piazza delle erbe'. Here lies the Measures Stone, one of the most mysterious finds in Cervia Vecchia. It is a monolith where the old measures are indicated and to which the inhabitants of Cervia and visitors had to adhere. Outside the walls, however, you will immediately notice the Borgo dei Salinari with its old houses built in the late 1600s and early 1800s. The historic centre of Cervia is divided in two by the canal that connects the Salina di Cervia nature reserve to the port. Walking along, you will arrive at one of the city's symbols, Torre San Michele with the nearby MUSA, the Salt Museum that preserves the city's traditions and history. On the other side, you will find Magazzino Darsena, transformed into a place dedicated to wellness with events and spas. Two gems not to be missed just outside the town centre: the Church of St Anthony, one of the first buildings erected in Cervia Nuova, and the Suspended Carpet Fountain with a mosaic of tesserae hand-carved by Ravenna mosaicist Marco Bravura for the 300th anniversary of the foundation of the new town. Nature and relaxation, from the Cervia saltpan to the thermal baths One of the pearls of Cervia, however, is the salt mine located at the town entrance. This evocative place will enchant you with its history, which is inextricably linked to the city, and with the naturalistic charm of its basins and the fauna that inhabit them. Ready to admire herons, black-winged stilts and pink flamingos? Beware, however: the Cervia Salt Pan is a nature reserve and for this reason you cannot access it on your own, but only accompanied by an environmental tour guide who will help you discover this place on foot, by electric boat or by small train, in a sustainable way to safeguard the environment. For a relaxing day, after a nice walk in the thousand-year-old pine forest north of the town, choose the Cervia Thermal Baths with state-of-the-art therapies thanks to the lagoon mud extracted from the Salina, which is very valuable for health, and the large Acqua Madre pool. What’s there to taste? If you are wondering how to satisfy your palate, the answer is simple: try the piadina with squacquerone cheese and rocket, the Cozza di Cervia and the never-failing grilled blue fish. And don't forget to try the sweet salt chocolate of Cervia. It is indeed a nice surprise with a unique and delicious taste.

Gallinara Island

In Liguria, the wonder of the Gallinara Island Nature Reserve Ladies and Gentlemen, the Gallinara Island Nature Reserve. A protected marine area that on maps is just a dot: yet, on what is Liguria's only true island, wonder is in every corner. One only has to look around to see a still unspoilt environment of incredible historical, environmental and cultural value. For diving enthusiasts, then, this is a true paradise where they can look for the wrecks of ancient shipwrecks and caves guarding an incredible biodiversity. A boat trip to see it up close Located opposite Albenga, this jewel of the Riviera di Ponente is private and, therefore, tourist visits are not possible. However, it can be admired from close range by taking a boat trip, during which you can perhaps explore the seabed by snorkelling: you will come face to face with the rich and varied marine fauna. The reserve is one and a half kilometres away from the coast, from which it is separated by a channel of about 12 metres. A legend that may be history Legend has it that St Martin, Bishop of Tours, found refuge on the island of Gallinara. He settled in a cave facing the open sea, which for this reason still bears his name. This was a thesis that the Authority for Archaeological Heritage of Liguria advocated in the 1990s, conducting excavations along the south-eastern slopes of the island and in the San Martino cave that yielded important answers. This area was certainly used both as a burial ground and as a place of worship from the 4th century AD onwards, and hermits stayed on the island for a long time. History suggests that a Benedictine monastery existed here in 500 AD and during the 8th century, the monks made it the seat of a powerful abbey. After a period of prosperity between the 10th and 12th centuries, decline began in 1473 and from the mid-1800s it became a private area. It has been part of the Protected Areas system of the Liguria Region since 1989. Herring gulls and land tortoises On theIsland of Gallinara, herring gulls nest, especially on the high southern cliffs, and there are colonies of land tortoises. Among the seabed, however, it is possible to see yellow sponges, sea daisies and, among the rocky cliffs, formations of the Coralligeno. The northern part of the island is rich in Posidonia oceanica. Where to experience the most spectacular dives There are two diving spots on the island. The first is Punta Falconara or Christ the Redeemer: a second name that has existed since 1998, when a statue depicting a Christ was placed on these seabeds. Amidst sea daisies and benthic fauna, it is an easy dive to a maximum depth of 18 metres. The second dive site is Punta Sciusciau: more exposed to currents, this dive will allow you to admire groupers, moray eels, octopus and scorpion fish. If you go deeper, around 30 metres, you will instead find numerous sea sponges.
La Fontelina, Capri

La Fontelina

La Fontelina, a dream location on the legendary island of Capri At Capri, a magical island in the Gulf of Naples, the blue sea and the waves caress the tall “Faraglioni” sea-stack formations, a symbolic feature of one of the most beautiful and popular tourist destinations in the world. At La Fontelina, the rocks of the high coastline form a series of small coves offering natural pools where diving into the sea is a marvellous experience. In particular, the historic village and the Mediterranean maquis dotted with lemon trees are very attractive features of the island. A natural paradise Lying at a comfortable point on a bed of rock, you will feel as if you are in heaven. La Fontelina is an unforgettable location enhanced by the bright colours of its environment and offering an opportunity to achieve a state of total relaxation. You will arrive there after a lovely walk along the Belvedere di Tragara, and it is certainly worth returning to this viewpoint shortly after sunset. At La Fontelina you may also decide to spend some time at the Beach Club, a very famous bathing establishment with a private restaurant. The Italian place-name – “Fontelina” - literally means “source of linen” and derives from the fact that women on the island would come here to steep their flax leaves in brackish pools of water to produce linen, a fundamental fabric for the production of fishing nets and clothes. Guardians of the island The three sea stacks have always had the role of “guarding” the island and these imposing rocks rising out of the sea have become a representative icon. The first spur of rock, still joined to the coast, is known as Stella, the second is the Faraglione di Mezzo, which presents a magnificent natural arch, and the third is the Faraglione di Fuori; the solitary rocky islet called Monacone is only a short distance away. The 100-metre high spurs of rock will always be there in the background during your period of relaxation at La Fontelina, but for a closer view you might treat yourself to a sea-tour. An infinite number of excursions are offered on the island. Under the arch of the Faraglione di Mezzo it is a romantic custom to kiss one’s partner, and it is thought that the gesture will definitely bring good fortune. It is possible to enter the Grotta Azzurra only by lying down inside a rowing boat as it enters the hollow because the point of access is very low and narrow. A marvellous setting will then suddenly appear before you: the sensation is that of floating in a totally dark space, barely illuminated by shimmering light reflected on the surface of the water, reflecting an iridescent blue glare. Some boat rental services also propose fascinating sunset excursions. The rich nature of the seabed If you are passionate about snorkelling and diving or in any case interested in this kind of sporting activity, you are in the right place. There are a lot of diving centres. The deep sea and the rugged and indented coastline provide an ideal setting and magical seabed environments. Here you will discover a colourful dimension in the midst of red and yellow Gorgonia “sea fans”, the Posidonia seagrass and coral species of various colours, while dense shoals of orange Anthias, sunfish and pelagic fish will be swimming all around you. Beneath the surface of the water you will find submerged rock walls enveloped by beams of light that appear before you like shining blades. Around the rock stacks, using your fins, mask and a snorkel, you will become familiar with grouper fish and prawns. A never-ending story At this site we can reflect on prehistoric ages and periods when it was dominated by the presence of the Greeks and Romans. Many traces of historical events that have unfolded on the island of Capri are still present and evidence of past eras is carefully preserved. An early admirer of the island was the Roman Emperor Augustus. Roman patricians were enchanted by the beauty of the area and began to have villas and adjoining local water cistern systems built here over 2,000 years ago. Their sea vessels loaded with provisions would arrive here, passing by the gigantic Faraglioni rock stacks. Since that time Capri has never ceased to attract and enthral visitors and since the 1900s it has become a favourite destination for the international jet set. Roaming around the town Situated on a prominent rocky hill, the historic municipality of Capri is simply a delightful venue. The main square, Piazza Umberto I, is the heart of the village and most residents would simply refer to it as the “piazzetta”. You will enjoy having a coffee here in an open-air lounge; you can admire the view from the terrazza belvedere and then wander through the maze of narrow streets. You may decide to visit some of the beautiful churches and then the Certosa di San Giacomo, a Carthusian monastery with internal cloisters, the construction of which was completed in 1371. You should also walk through the Gardens of Augustus, where flower-covered terraces overlook the Faraglioni stacks on one side and the Marina Piccola bay on the other. The gardens are filled with a lot of indigenous vegetation, including holm oaks and cypress trees, mimosa plants and flower beds covered with gorse, dahlias and daffodils. Go for a leisurely walk among the lemon trees. Afterwards you may decide to use the chair-lift facility to reach Anacapri or, farther on, Monte Solaro, where you will enjoy extraordinary panoramic views at these high points.
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