The Most Beautiful Places on The Italian Coast
The Italian Coast never ceases to glisten and stun tourists each year with its natural beauty and tranquility. Sadly, however, many of us don't get the chance to live their daily, so we've found the best (of the best) spots to make the most of your time in such stunning surroundings.
Nestled on a hill on the Amalfi Coast, the famous picturesque harbour of Positano is a popular fishing village with pretty pastel houses and Moorish-style architecture. The perfect location to watch a sunset, the tiny coastal village is also home to Ferragosto, an Italian holiday which celebrates the assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven. The Magnificent fireworks display is held on 15th August each year and engulfs the whole bay for a truly unique and memorable experience. It is no wonder therefore that Positano is often visited by celebrities such as Denzel Washington, Tom Cruise, and Mick Jagger.
VISIT: Close to Positano is the town of Praiano, which boasts beautiful beaches and rich culture. Think stunning ancient churches, towers, and sacred sculptures.
STAY: Covo Del Saraceni- Located right on the waters edge, this classically Italian 5-star hotel is the perfect romantic getaway, with balconies and an infinite-pool overlooking the gorgeous Amalfi Coast. What's more, the hotel also offer boat trip excursions on their private yacht to the most beautiful parts of the sea around Positano.
If you are planning to arrive to the Italian Coast by boat, Portofino is one of the most beautiful European ports to sail into. Once you arrive, pastel-coloured houses invite you in, with cobbled streets leading to the Piazzetta, a small square that overlooks the harbour, which offers high-end shopping and authentic seafood restaurants straight from the sea. A path from the Piazzetta will later lead you up to Castello Brown, a 16th-century fortress with panoramic views of the town and radiant coastline.
VISIT: Manarola is one and smallest of the famous Cinque Terre towns in northern Italy, and arguably one of the most beautiful. Although small, there is still plenty to do here, known primarily for its fishing, wine-making, and excellent hiking in the hills to vineyards above the town. If you get a chance to visit, don't miss the famous walking trail called Via dell'Amore, or Love's Trail.
STAY: Belamond Splendido- Grand and luxurious, this hotel encapsulates all that is so appealing about the Italian rivera coastline. Set on-top of the hill, you can get lost in the magnificent views of the turquoise sea, whether from the pool, restaurant or your room. Pack even more into your stay with a spa treatment, game of tennis, session with a personal trainer or ride in the hotel's private boat.
If you are looking for a slightly more action-packed holiday but still with plenty of relaxation, we recommend Sicily for an Italian coastal getaway. The largest of the Mediterranean islands, Sicily is located just off the "toe" of Italy's "boot" shaped mainland; a frequent ferry can take you across. Its rich history offers many attractions to visit including the Valley of the Temples, the well-preserved ruins of 7 monumental, Doric-style Greek temples, and in the Byzantine mosaics at the Cappella Palatina, a former royal chapel in capital city Palermo. On Sicily’s eastern edge is Mount Etna, one of Europe’s highest active volcanoes.
STAY: Belmond Villa Sant Andrea- Set on its own private beach, this stunning hotel overlooks the beautiful Italian coastline, creating the perfect space for peace and tranquility after some sightseeing. Built by an aristocratic family in 1830 among lush, subtropical gardens, this secluded retreat retains all the charm of a private residence. When action calls, however, a cable car takes you in just three minutes to the town centre, with its many cultural attractions and sophisticated shopping scene. A beautiful spot, the hotel has a reputation as being incredibly romantic to treat a special someone.
Ravello, located high on a mountain three miles from the town of Amalfi, isn't just a pretty face—you'll find plenty of restaurants, cafes, museums, and stunning villas galore. The resort town is also home to iconic cliffside gardens with break taking views across the Tyrrhenian Sea. Here, the 13th-century, Moorish-style Villa Rufolo also hosts both indoor and outdoor concerts during the popular summertime Ravello Festival. Immerse yourself in Italian heritage with ballet, classical and jazz performances for global acts in these beautiful surroundings.
STAY: Hotel Palumbo- The perfect destination for a romantic getaway, Hotel Palumbo offers style and charm to guests, accompanies by panoramic views of the Gulf of Salerno as you eat breakfast on the terrace. Housed in two historic buildings, the hotel's charm is found within well kept 16th, 17th and 18th century architecture, with exposed columns and ceiling murals combined with modern design. If a short walk to the beach doesn't take your fancy everyday, you will feel utterly relaxed in the hotel gardens.
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