Italy’s coasts are some of the most unique and beautiful in the world. The combination of historic architecture, glamorous Mediterranean vibes, and out-of-this-world beaches are what keep visitors coming back year after year.
From living La Dolce Vita in Puglia and brushing up on your history on the famous Mount Vesuvius to an all-out luxury coastal holiday in Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, Italy’s captivating coasts await with the ultimate authentic Italian holiday.
Holidays to Puglia invite you into the true La Dolce Vita with its captivating charm filling hearts with romance on an authentic Italian escape. It is known for its sensational coastline with whitewashed villages, sensational sandy bays with calm turquoise waters, and cobbled streets drenched in history.
The Medieval towns with hauntingly beautiful architecture will whisk you away to days gone by. With olive trees in the distance and hills as far as the eye can see, Puglia is truly a hidden Italian gem. The area supplies over half of Italy’s olive oil, so you know you’re in for a real treat when it comes to seeing how it’s really done.
History lovers, a trip to Lecce is in order to discover the ‘Florence of the South’. Here, you can savour over 2,000 years of history with a range of architectural marvels. The centro storico in the heart of Lecce is where you want to be with its glorious Roman amphitheatre, fortress, and mammoth cathedral.
For a mix of balmy beach days and history, Polignano a Mare offers the best of both worlds. Picture limestone cliffs, old town charm, with crashing waves on the shore. You can also take a swim to the nearby Cala Porto to explore its white-pebble beach.
Situated in the heart of the Puglian countryside, The Borgobianco Resort and Spa offers the ideal place to rest and relax in a tranquil setting. The five-star perfectly combines rural Italy and the finest world-class service. The hotel’s location also puts you in one of the best spots for exploring the nearby historic towns. Stepping out on the terrace, you are met with stunning views of the olive groves. From here you can sink into the delectable cuisine from the onsite restaurant, paired splendidly with the region's best wines. If relaxing is on your Italy holiday to-do list, head to the sensational spa, where a world of rejuvenating treatments awaits.
The beauty of Sorrento is like something out of a dream. From the old-world traditions to the lemon-lined streets, this is authentic Italy at its finest. Nearby, the bustling city of Naples offers the best of Italian cities but holidays in Sorrento are the ideal escape if you want to savour Italy’s coasts.
If you’re looking to experience the best of Italy’s coasts, Citalia’s Sorrento & the Bay of Naples Small Group Escorted Tour offers an eight-day coastal extravaganza. Along the way, you will learn about the region's history, and sample some of the best cuisine, while exploring the hidden gems, including traditional shops and memorable monuments.
The smaller coastal towns of Sorrento are where lemon-scented air and history meet, with the backstreets offering some of the finest cuisine in Italy. Picture walking the cobbled streets while enjoying a traditional pizza with a side of limoncello.
Holidays to Sorrento put you face to face with magnificent views of the mammoth Mount Vesuvius where adventurers are invited to hike up, soaking in the sensational views. Citalia’s Pompeii & Vesuvius tour from Sorrento is the perfect way to take in these historic sites. Along with a guide, you can learn all about the town’s history before climbing up the famous volcanic crater.
History lovers, a stay at the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria is a dream come true. Situated in the heart of Sorrento, the hotel is built on ancient Roman remains and is surrounded by a lush centuries-old citrus garden. Wake up to expansive views of the Bay of Naples while lapping in luxury at the grandeur hotel that has hosted some infamous artists, including Luciano Pavarotti and Oscar Wilde, to name a few. Foodies are also in for a holiday to remember with the onsite Michelin Star Terrazza Bosquet Restaurant serving exquisite cuisine along with out-of-this-world views of the Bay of Naples.
Imagine walking through pastel-shaded villages among dramatic cliffs with gorgeous views overlooking the ocean, welcome to the Amalfi Coast, where tradition, history, and luxury meet. Located in southern Italy, this UNESCO World Heritage Site of coastline in the Campania region invites you to soak in its natural splendour that stretches across 31 miles.
The rich and famous are no strangers to the Amalfi Coast and it’s easy to see why. The Mediterranean style, with the lush green Lattari Mountains and cliffs as the backdrop, is where elegance, glamour, and nature meet, creating the ultimate Italian holiday.
If you’re unsure of where to get your Italy coast holiday started, look no further than Citalia’s Jewels of Southern Italy Small Group Escorted Tour. Starting in beautiful Naples, you will travel through to Pompeii and the majestic Greek temples of Paestum. From there it’s onto the Amalfi Coast, giving you a chance to experience some of the best of Italy’s coasts in one trip.
There are 13 villages and towns that make up the Amalfi Coast, each reachable by the scenic 16th-century Strada Statale Amalfitana (SS. 163) road. Positano is where you’ll find chic boutiques and buzzy bars, while the historic town of Amalfi presents pastel-shaded buildings beneath the majestic Monte Cerreto, just some of what makes it the crown jewel of the Neapolitan Riviera.
When visiting Positano, Hotel Covo dei Saraceni is the place to be for serious luxury with superb seafront views. Located directly on Positano's coastline, standing on the terrace provides awe-inspiring views of the coast, as well as up the cliffs lined with traditional houses. Hop into the pool for an afternoon of paddling and sensational sunshine while relaxing poolside on the comfortable loungers.
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