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12 breathtaking seaside towns in Italy

The Property Addict / Travel

Jul 24 2017

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Sweltering heat and humidity, buzzing swarms of mosquitos, and mobs of tourists often characterize summertime in Italy's major metropolitan cities. It's no wonder, then, that many locals beat the heat"â?and the crowds"â?by skipping town and heading to the beach. For travelers seeking to do as the Romans, Florentines, and Milanese do, AD has rounded up the country's most breathtaking seaside towns ideal for a summer sojourn.  

Portofino

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"]Portofino Photo by Getty Images/Architectural Digest[/caption]  

Ponza

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"]Ponza Photo by Getty Images/Architectural Digest[/caption]  

Vernazza

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"]Vernazza Photo by Getty Images/John and Tina Reid/Architectural Digest[/caption]
This centuries-old Ligurian coast village"�part of Cinque Terra"�offers visitors a history lesson with a view. In addition to swimming and hiking, visitors can experience Santa Margherita d'Antiochia, a waterfront church built in 1318, and the medieval Doria Castle.
 

Manarola

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"]Manarola Photo by Getty Images/Francesco Riccardo Iacomino/Architectural Digest[/caption]

The second Cinque Terra village to make our list, Manarola is known for its colorful homes, fresh-seafood restaurants, and light-filled nativity scene that's on view during the month of December.

 

Positano

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"]Positano Photo by Getty Images/Michelle Falzone/Architectural Digest[/caption]

Lido di Camaiore

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"]Lido di Camaiore Photo by Getty Images/Eleonora Galli/Architectural Digest[/caption]

Many travelers venture to Lido di Camaiore with one goal in mind: to relax at the beach. The city is home to a number of beaches, beach clubs, and water parks, and its most recognizable landmark is its lengthy pier Pontile Bellavista Vittoria.

 

Ravello

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"]Ravello Photo by Getty Images/Franco Origlia/Architectural Digest[/caption]

Also located along the Amalfi Coast, this resort town is best known for its lush, impeccably maintained gardens and historic villas.

 
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"]Capri Photo by Getty Images/Architectural Digest[/caption]

A photographer's paradise, Capri is famous for its sunsets, which accentuate the island's dramatic and craggy coastline.

Sperlonga

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"]Sperlonga Photo by Getty Images/Architectural Digest[/caption]

Equidistant from Naples and Rome, this tiny, history-rich oasis on the Tyrrhenian Sea is often referred to as one of Italy's best-kept secrets.

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"]Castiglione della Pescaia Photo by Getty Images/Hubert Stadler/Architectural Digest[/caption]

A Tuscan town with ancient roots and famously clean stretches of sandy beaches, Castiglione is a favorite vacation destination for travelers from all across Europe.

 

Polignano a Mare

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"]Polignano a Mare Photo by Getty Images/Eliana Guida/Architectural Digest[/caption]

This small town with major charm is located just south of Bari on the Adriatic Sea and is characterized by its dazzling ocean views, dramatic cliffs, and friendly locals.

 

Lampedusa

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"]Lampedusa Photo by Getty Images/Architectural Digest[/caption]

Rich in coves and grottos, Lampedusa is a nature-lover's delight. Visitors to this Pelagian Island, which neighbors the African coast, often spot dolphins and sea turtles.

 

Stephanie Strasnick

Originally published in Architectural Digest

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