Yes, Sicily appears like it's being expelled of Italy by the point of the boot, it's very much a part of this varied country. This island of Sicily Italy has its own different cultures and is worthy a visit all on its own - not least because it's challenging enough to get here from the Italian mainland that you really don't want to con yourself by just taking a few days to see it.
Italy is a peninsular in the Mediterranean Sea, with a coastline of more than five thousand miles. Rocky, wooded cliffs are indented by an endless variety of beaches and bays. Along the full distance of Liguria stretch the two Italian Rivieras with Genoa (Genova) midmost. To the west, almost an extension of the French Côte d’ Azur, is the Ponente including such renowned seaside resorts as San Remo, Alassio and Varazze. The eastern (Levante) Riviera boasts Nervi, Portofino, Santa Margherita, Rapallo and Sestri Levante.
Other Italian beaches famous with foreign guests are Forte dei Marmi , Viareggio, Castiglioncello, Porto Santo Stefano, Porto Ercole and the Island of Elba in Tuscany; Ostia – Lido of Rome (Roma), Fregene, Anzio, Nettuno in Lazio; Capri, Sorrento and the Island of Ischia , Positano, Amalfi and Maiori on the Gulf of Naples (Napoli) and Salerno; Sardinia; and from North to South along the Adriatic Coast: Grado, the Lido of Venice (Venezia), the Lido of Jesolo, Lignano Sabbiadoro and then the enchanting string of towns along the Coast of Romagna, among which Milano Maritima, Cervia, Rimini, Riccione and Cattolica stand out. On the coast of Apulia, one finds the Lido of Siponto on the Gulf of Manfredonia, the Gargano peninsula and the Tremiti Islands.
The Ligurian Sea Set in the blue
Villages fighting to find enough space, set like tiny jewels between the blue expanse of the sea and the rich greenery of the mountains looming above them. Here, the buildings clinging with boldness to the hillsides are painted in the brightest colours. Silent back streets lead their way among the houses, clustered close together to make the best use of every square inch wrestled from an semi-wild nature.
The towns and villages on the Ligurian Sea show themselves a little at a time, proud protectors of truly ancient traditions. They also offer memorable views: the colorful square in Portofino, the scene of thousands of high society meetings. The five villages of the Cinque Terre and the Via dell’amore, the path of love, that connects them, the profusion of flowers in Sanremo, and the thousands of little villages that, from the tops of the mountains, enjoy the peacefulness and beauty of marvellous views.
The Tyrrhenian Sea Steeped in history
Long beaches of golden sand, ancient towns, sheer cliffs diving into the sea. The Tyrrhenian is an extended succession of experiences and emotions linked by a single common denominator: the bright blue of the waters that distinguishes the edge between land and sea.
A travel through history in which all are free to stop in the place nearest to their hearts: the sunny, well frequented beach resorts of Versilia with their colorful night life, the wild countryside of the Maremma, the historic coasts once home to the mysterious Etruscans, the celebrated Sorrento peninsula, the romantic Amalfi Coast or the suggestive, untamed coast of Calabria. Wherever you stop, there is a certainty: a stone’s throw from the foreshore a world of art and culture lies waiting to be explored.
The Ionian Sea Sunkissed
A marvelous curve of wild, sun kissed beauty: more than any other area, the Ionian Sea offers a profoundly close interaction with nature. Corners of frozen beauty where the vivid colors of the vegetation interchange with the wonderful remains left by the many ancient peoples who, seduced by the landscape, put down their roots there: from the Phoenicians to the Greeks, and from the Normans to the Arabs.
A wreath of small tourist centers looking out on an enchanted sea, where you can take pleasure in the relaxing rise and fall of the waves. Moving towards the interior, we find the primal charm of a natural environment still partly unexplored: the extensive forests of the Pollino, the gentle slopes of the Sila and the jagged peaks of the Aspromonte, home to the last packs of wolves and the almost extinct Bonelli’s eagle.
The Adriatic Sea Family pleasures
A welcoming sea that deepens only very gradually, thus enabling everyone to feel self-assured in the water. Great extends of sand on which to relax. Brightly coloured ranks of beach umbrellas that encourage encounters and friendships in their welcoming shade. Convivial beaches where mothers can devote themselves to reading their favourite novel and fathers can keep themselves in shape with a variety of sports while the kids have fun with their new playmates. Enchanted castles to be built together on the sand when the day is about to give way to the evening.
The Adriatic is lined with an interminable series of really wide beaches, where families with children can share the pleasures of a holiday together. A paradise of tranquillity that none the less offers some agreeable surprises: the glittering night life of the Riviera Romagnola, the evocative charm of the promontories of Conero and Gargano, and the rugged coastline of Puglia, which are among the most visited best beaches in Italy.