Located in Southern Europe, the magical country – ‘Italy’ stretches over a long coastline of the Mediterranean Sea and the country is certainly the most fascinating travel destination of the world. No wonder why this country is voted as one of the most magical countries across the globe. From farms of sugar and spices to floral gardens and from up-to-date bustling cities to blissful beaches, Italy has a number of enchanting sights that drags nearly 52 millions of tourists every year to the territory.
It’s a fact that even if you complete a hundred trips to Italy, you can’t cover the nooks and crannies of even half of the country. Thus to make sure that you don’t miss out any place that shouldn’t be left untravelled, we have pulled down a list of the most charming coastal towns of this magical land.
Check out this list of handpicked coastal destinations of Italy:
Manarola, a municipality of Riomaggiore in Northern Italy, is known to be the world’s most colourful city and is the second-smallest of the famous Cinque Terre towns which is frequented by tourists. Of all the five towns that make up Cinque Terre, Manarola is has the most captivating scenic beauties. It’s vibrantly coloured buildings makes the aerial view of the town to resemble an artist’s colour palate.
Not just for its beauty or colourfulness, the town is well reputed even for a few other things like fishing, wine-making, and excellent hiking in the hills and vineyards above the town. One who is travelling to Manarola can’t afford to skip the famous walking trail called Via dell’Amore, or Love’s Trail. And, of course, don’t miss out your visit to well known Church of San Lorenzo; known for its beauty with sweeping views of Manarola and the neighbouring towns.
Facing the Bay of Naples, this coastal town is situated in Sorrentine Peninsula, Southwestern Italy. Despite the lack of a typical beach, the place attracts a number of tourists due to its rarer landform where mountains meet the sea. The place offers an extraordinary view where a number of cliffs overlook the sea . The picturesque town is the getaway to Amalfi Coast.
Though a small town, the place is highly reputed for citrus plantations and hence named as the town of lemons. Apart from lemons, it is also known for the production of lace and ceramics. The town is worth touring at a leisurely pace, roaming through the narrow streets of the historic center, sipping coffee at lively Piazza Tasso, and halting to admire the sunset from the Villa Comunale park. If you are planning to feel the beauty of this civilized old town, just one tip – ‘Sip a glass of Falanghina and soak up the atmosphere in Piazza Tasso square, a people-watcher’s paradise’.
The small town of Portofino is the half-moon harbour which stretches crescent-shaped along the edge of the calm bay of Italinia river in the province of Genoa. The radiant coastline of this town is circumscribed by Natural Regional Park and Marine Reserve. The best thing about this town is the unbeatable spectacularity of the view which is offered by the 15-century castle, Castello Brown.
Known for luxurious super yachts, the coastal town is probably the most alluring European port to sail. Being promoted vastly in recent years, the place has now become a perfect destination for shopping freaks. In addition to this, its promotion by the tourists has also made the spot to hold an excellent wealth of luxury hotels. While the town caters to high-priced facilities, the tourists who travel on budget can accommodate themselves in the nearby place -Camogli.
Polignano a Mare
Next destination which should be in your bucket list while exploring Italy is cliff faced town, Polignano a Mare. The place is located on southern Adriatic coast in the province of Bari and is known for beaches like the white-pebble Lama Monachile. The historic old town is believed to be the most important ancient settlement in Puglia.
In addition to the magnificent view of blue waters of Adriatic Sea, breathtaking natural caves engrossing white-washed streets, beguiling churches, panoramic terraces and maze of houses the place also offers facilities for world-class water sports like cliff diving. The place also stands well for all those who want to explore the market of Italian croissants. Apart from these mentioned wonders, Polignano a Mare is also known for Grotta Palazzese an incredible cave restaurant.
Once known as an important part of mighty sea power, Positano is a cliffside village, located on southern Italy’s Amalfi Coast is a noted destination to spend relaxing vacations. It won’t be an overstatement if we say Positano is the most ravishing site on the Earth. The town is regarded as the most photogenic town within the tertiary of Italy.
The town showcases a number of pretty pastel-colored houses perched on mountains that rise above the sea. Apart from making the town more captivating, its Moorish style architecture and wisteria-draped hotels also offer a soothing and refreshing environment for the visitors. The excellent location of this town allows the tourists to take boat rides to nearby Capri, Ischia and the Grotta dello Smeraldo. Pebble beachfront and steep, narrow streets lined with boutiques and cafes add to the charm of this picturesque town.
All of the above-mentioned towns are undoubtedly stunning, but no matter how hard we try to describe the beauty of these, words just don’t do them justice. Go through our deals and explore the towns on your own.
Sharvi Sharma is a travel enthusiast/freelance writer for Untravel who has a passion for traveling solo. Her appetite for travel doesn’t limit to seeing the places, she loves to hear the stories behind the making of the country and go deep into its cultural milieu. She is fond of ruins and is eager to run through its history.