Seaside Villages

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The common denominator shared by these five Italian villages, in addition to their beauty, is the sea. They can also be seen or experienced through different food and wine nuances, as well as proposals for trekking, cycling and spa routes. Not to mention unique historical, artistic and architectural heritages. 

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Procida
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Procida: this journey could hardly begin anywhere else, given the charm of Procida and its nomination as the Italian Capital of Culture 2022. The lands of this island are places of exploration, knowledge and experimentation, a metaphor for mankind and a model of cultures. There is also the added value of care for the landscape, environmental and cultural heritage, since every effort made in this direction is always rewarded - especially so in times of pandemic - with the re-appropriation of otherwise lost spaces, flavours and perfumes. Crafts, food and wine complete the offering, together with many excursions by land and sea.

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Castelmola
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Among "the most beautiful villages in Italy", here you can enjoy the view from above over Taormina and the sea that frames it. It is stands at more than 500 metres above sea level, with its own Greek-Roman theatre and Mediaeval monuments. Here, Arab, Roman, Norman and other dominations have followed in each other’s footsteps: this makes Castelmola a rare example in the world of synthesis between history, art, architecture and urban planning. There are many mule tracks in this area, cared for and equipped to be travelled on foot, mountain bike or horseback. Climbing up Mount Venere to almost 900 metres, paragliding is also possible.

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San Benedetto del Tronto
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A delightful view of the Adriatic Sea, with the ancient village stretching out towards the sea between beautiful monuments and ancient churches, as far as the Torrione overlooking the city: built between XII and XIII centuries, San Benedetto del Tronto has an hexagonal ground plan - which is rare for fortifications of this kind at the time - with a shape recalling the hull of a ship. Once you have toured the alleys of San Benedetto, you can now set off along one of many different circular trekking routes and discover postcard views at every corner, all with the sea in the background. Discovering local cuisine.

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Porto Recanati
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Dominated by the Mediaeval Castello Svevo, Porto Recanati is a characteristic fishing village set among the wonders of Monte Conero. It unwinds along nine kilometres of beaches everyone can reach easily thanks to the pedestrian-only promenade. Yet it also “extends” beyond its own “city” route, with cycle paths through the Mediterranean scrub offering many nature excursions. This is where poet Giacomo Leopardi was born and these places inspired his work. 

Find out more: turismo.comune.porto-recanati.mc.it