8 ‘Belissimo’ Italian coastal towns you need to visit

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Today, we take a look at some of the great Italian coastal towns.

One of the most popular holiday destinations in the world, a trip to Italy is a must-do holiday experience that everyone should have on their holiday bucket list.

Catering to all tastes, Italy has something to offer for everyone, from its historic cities, lush landscapes of Piedmont and the awesome ski resorts found in the Alps, the country welcomes tourists from all over the world, all seeking something a little different.

1. Cefalù

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Found on the biggest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily, Cefalù is famous throughout the world for its historic architecture that attracts tourists from across the world.

In the city, there is a lovely waterfront and beach where you can enjoy the Sicilian sun in beautiful surroundings.

The most famous landmark in Cefalù is the Cathedral.

Dating back to Norman times, Cefalù Cathedral is actually part of UNESCO-listed Heritage Site.

When in Cefalù, we recommend scaling the heights of the huge rocky hill known locally as Rocca.

As you climb, you will encounter some ancient ruins before reaching the top where magnificent views looking out across the Mediterranean Sea await you.

2. Manarola

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Part of the historic and popular Cinque Terre region, a series of stunning seaside villages, Manarola is one of the most important.

A town most often associated with wine production and fishing, the beauty of this coastal part of Italy often entices tourists to return multiple times to enjoy the warm Mediterranean climate.

Take advantage of your surroundings with a stroll along famous walkway Via dell’ Amore, known as ‘The Way of Love’.

This route is a firm favourite with both locals and tourists, connecting Manarola and the village of Riomaggiore.

3. Polignano a Mare

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In Puglia, coastal Polignano a Mare is a town that appears to dramatically hang over the waterline.

Polignano a Mare is no exception to the famous whitewashed buildings the region is known for.

Resting along the Adriatic Coast, the town offers a great beach and warm waters ideal for a leisurely swim.

The area is lined with a series of caves and grottos that can be toured.

One of the most romantic towns in the entire country, Polignano a Mare and the region of Puglia offer the perfect idyllic getaway.

4. Portofino


Famed fishing village Portofino was once the go-to destination for Golden Age Hollywood stars.

In the beginning of the 20th century, movie stars began travelling to this luxurious spot for some sun, sea, and glorious food.

Portofino has some fantastic highlights including the prominently positioned Castello Brown and San Fruttuoso Abbey.

Castello Brown, the centrepiece of Portofino’s famous bay, one of the most photographed spots in Italy, stands in stark contrast to the modern cruise boats expertly parked in the harbour.

Dating back to around the 16th century, Castello Brown is today a popular wedding venue and museum.

The castle can be visited, as can the gardens you pass through on your climb to this great Italian landmark.

5. Positano


Resting on the side of a hill, Positano is one of the jewels of the renowned Amalfi Coast, an area synonymous with beauty.

This magical region attracts tourists from across the world to its shores, all looking to see if this stretch of coastline lives up to its top billing.

And boy does it live up to expectations – when you arrive you will be greeted by colourful buildings that line the cliff-side, facing out towards the lower harbour area.

Follow the winding, narrow roads down to the harbour and you will reach the popular beach.

Here, you can take a break from the hot Italian sun under one of many beach umbrellas available.

Boat trips are also available transporting you across on a relatively short journey to the island of Capri.

6. Sorrento


Looking out across the Bay of Naples, Sorrento, has been one of our most popular holiday destinations over the years and with these coastal delights you can see why.

Think Sorrento, and your mind may conjure up images of the famous Lemon Trees, that produce some of the zestiest fruit in the world.

Be sure to sample some locally produced Limoncello whilst visiting the region as its wondrous flavours marry up with the environment perfectly.

When in Sorrento, take time away from enjoying the scenery to admire a great collection of art hosted in the Museum Correale.

If you are simply to looking to relax, Piazzo Tasso is the place for you.

The historic Sorrento Town Square, Piazza Tasso, named after a local poet, is a great place to relax and try some scrumptious local dishes.

7. Ravello


Resting hundreds of metres above the Tyrrheanian Sea, Ravello is one of the most popular spots along the Amalfi Coast.

Almost defying gravity, this beautiful town clings to the cliff-side with dramatic results.

At various spots in the town, Ravello offers fantastic views you must take advantage of.

Some of these locations, including the view at the Belevedere Restaurant, are truly spectacular where you can look out for miles around whilst being wined and dined, tucking into some wonderful local cuisine.

Another great spot is Villa Rufolo, a great historic building that boasts some colourful and well maintained gardens that act as a starter of sorts before you take in the main course – great views that showcase the best of this terraced landscape.

At certain dates throughout the year, the Villa hosts some great, classical musical performances.

8. Otranto


In the region of Apulia lies Otranto, a great seaside town that caters to the more adventurous holidaymakers.

The natural rocks and cliffs along the coastline here provide great rock diving opportunities.

A dive into these generously warm waters beats diving into the baltic North Sea any day!

More centrally, Otranto hosts some historic attractions including its Cathedral, complete with ornate mosaic, and Castello Aragonese.

Castello Aragonese once defended the town from foreign invaders seeking to capitalise on the town’s wealth and geographical position.

Today, visitors can explore this historic spot set on top of a rock.

Isolated slightly at sea, the castle bears a resemblance to the more famous French commune Mont-Saint-Michel.

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