Normally in Italy, in a typical landscape, you can usually find a small village clung to the rocks and overlooking the emerald sea waters below.
However, thanks to its 7,458 km of coasts, Italy offers a wide range of landscapes, beaches and holiday opportunities. In Italy, in fact, every type of sea lover will find the best solution to enjoy nature, fun and relaxation.
Countless gulfs, coves and inlets, together with tourist ports and long, sandy beaches are a well-balanced combination able to meet all most varied sea lovers’ needs.
The Tyrrhenian and Ionian Sea area is mainly characterized by rocky coasts with caves and coves. On the other hand, the Adriatic Sea area can be easily recognized by its soft and sandy beaches.
Moreover, in Italy tourists can even find marvellous small and large islands.
The two main Italian islands are Sicily and Sardinia. There are however many other isles dotting the Italian seas, such as: Elba and Montecristo, located in the Tuscan Archipelago, the Maddalena island in Sardinia, Ischia and Capri located in the Campanian Archipelago and the Pontine Islands, situated off the Italian west coast, in the Region of Lazio. The Southernmost Italian archipelago is the Pelagie Islands, belonging to Sicily and including also the Lampedusa island.
In Sicily the Aeolian Islands boast two active volcanoes, that are Stromboli and Vulcano. Furthermore, the whole Aegadian Islands’ area is characterized by a natural reserve.
From North to East, the Ligurian Sea area is characterized by rocky cliffs and by the Mediterranean vegetation, covering them completely.
This area is rich in gorgeous nooks and crannies, together with incredibly deep sea-beds. This place, however, offers much more: colourful fisher villages alternate with real natural heavens, principally characterized by a wide range of different animal species: that’s the perfect holiday location either for sea lovers or for sport enthusiasts. The protected Cinque Terre- and Poets’ Gulf’s area is in fact the best solution for a vacation, even for shopping addicted travellers (especially in Portofino).Compared with the Italian region of Liguria, Tuscany’s shores are lower and sandier. In the ’60s in this area there were the trendiest tourist resorts.
Sand beaches stretching southwards and reaching the regions of Lazio and Campania, with rocky peninsulas and almost meeting the edge of the Pontine Islands are the area’s distinguishing features. The Gulf of Naples, followed by the Amalfi Coast and the Gulf of Salerno is an awe-inspiring place. Thanks to its rocky promontories; this magnificent and jagged coastline continues almost until the Strait of Messina, which separates Sicily from Calabria. The Southern coast is similar to the Tyrrhenian one: where the Apennines are closer to the sea with steep cliffs. After that, the coast becomes more uniform in Calabria, Basilicata and Apulia.
From the Italian Region of Apulia to Trieste, the Adriatic Coast is like an endless sandy beach, usually well-equipped either sunbathing or for water-sports, except for the area around the Gargano- and the Mount Conero’s rocky promontories.
Moreover, Sicily, which is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, is characterized by a mountainous, jagged coastline north- and eastwards (as in Taormina, for instance). On the other hand, south- and westwards it is possible to find flatter shores (like in the coast around the city of Trapani and in the Aegadian Islands’ area). This territory boasts a wide range of natural reserves and breathtaking landscapes.
Moreover, this little corner of paradise is surrounded by many other isles and islets deserve a visit because of their natural beauty, as well as their local traditions.
Sardinia, standing on the Tyrrhenian Sea, as well as its coasts, are both rocky and sandy, like in the charming resorts situated in the Smeralda coast. The isles, which are principally located on the north side of Sardinia, like the islands of Maddalena and Caprera, are also an amazing location for tourists’ holidays.
In Sicily the Aeolians archipelago boasts two active volcanoes, Stromboli and Vulcano, and the Egadi Islands are a splendid natural reserve.
From North-East, the Ligurian sea is characterized by rocky cliffs covered by Mediterranean bush. This high Riviera is rich in gorgeous nooks, crannies and deep, deep sea-beds. But this area offers much more: colourful fisher villages alternate with natural paradises for numerous animal species and for humans alike: a perfect location for nature lovers or sport enhusiasts in the protected areas of Cinque Terre and Poets’ Gulf, and also for shopping addicted (especially in Portofino).
Compared with Liguria, Tuscany’s shores are lower and sandier. Since the ’60s this part of Italy was one of the trandiest touristic resorts.
Sand beaches stratch to south till Lazio and Campania, with rocky peninsulas here and there that almost meet the edge of the Pontine Islands.
The Bay of Naples, followed by Amalfi Coast and the Gulf of Salerno is an awe-inspiring place with its rocky promontories; this wonderfully lofty and jagged terrain continues almost all the way to the Strait of Messina that separates Sicily from Calabria.
The Southern Coast is similar to the Tyrrhenian one: where the Appennines are closer to the sea there are steep and precipitous cliffs, while the coast is more uniform in Calbria, Basilicatata and Apulia.
The Adriatic coast from Apulia to Trieste is an endless sandy beach, usually equipped for sunbthing and watersports, except the rocky promontories of Monte Gargano and Mount Conero.
Sicily, the largest island of Meaditeranean Sea, offers a mountainous, serrated coastline in the north and east (as in Taormina), while there are flatter shores in the south and west (like the coast of Trapani or the Egadi Isles). This territory boasts a wide array of natural reserves and breathtaking landscapes. This corner of heaven is surrounded by many other isles and islets that deserve a visit for their natural beauty and their traditions as well.
Sardinia is watered by the Tyrrhenian Sea and ist coasts are both rocky and sandy, like in the charming resorts in Costa Smeralda. The isles, mainly located Northern than Sardinia, like Maddalena and Caprera, are an amazing location for your holidays too.