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Capri, Italy

The Isle of Capri is a true place of beauty. This is why it became the playground of the rich and famous. Many people are confused by the isle’s name of Capri and the city of Capri on the Isle. The Isle has two main cities: Capri and Anacapri. This island is rugged with cliffs and a huge mountain near Anacapri. It has two beaches, the large and small beaches. The ferries drop you off at the large beach. There is a large marina there and porters will take your bags to your hotel. This is a great idea since you will be walking.

Once at the marina at the large beach you can take a bus up a windy road or a funicular up the hill to the center of Capri city.Take the funicular. it is fast and fun. At the top is the main piazza with its clock tower. In this area are many restaurants, bars, gelaterias and stores. Many of the small streets are alley like but take them and you will discover many interesting stores and shops.

So many tourists opt to come on a ferry in the morning and leave in the evening. This is the biggest mistake you can make! Stay at least one night. After the tourists have left, the locals come out. Be a local and enjoy life. This is what being an Italian in Italy is all about. Remember Italy is not a quest to visit as many places as you can in a week. It is about the food, the people, the life, the museums and the cities. You can not fully enjoy or understand Italy without sitting back in each city and being part of the life. Running through a city causes you to miss the life all together reducing Italy to just another tourist destination. Believe me, Italy is not just another tourist attraction!

Come walk with us through the cities of Capri and Anacapri and join us on a boat ride around the Isle. Be romantic in one of the most romantic places on Earth…

– George

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Blue Flag Beaches

Blue Flag is an award given to world beaches that have achieved a high eco-rating and trusted by millions of people. There are 4,154 beaches in 49 countries that have received the award. You can trust a beach rated with the Blue Flag as being clean of pollution, medical waste, etc. These are the beaches you want to visit worldwide. Click on the link above to get more information.

Italy works hard on their beaches and environment. You can find the Blue Flag awarded beaches from north to south along both coasts. Where ever you travel in Italy you can find a clean beach. Look up your area at the link above. Support this wonderful ecological system by visiting only awarded beaches.

Jo Anne & I have many beaches in our area of Italy that have the Blue Flag including the two closest beaches Casal Velino Marina and Ascea. We are lucky to have clean beautiful beaches so close.

Beaches of Italy

George

 

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Best Beaches in Italy

Italy is usually thought of as a place to see ancient ruins and great museums. It is also a place to enjoy great food, chocolates, gelato and wine. Italy is also known for great beaches. They use a Blue-Flag designation to indicate clean great beaches. Italy has many of them. The water is greenish near shore and dark clear blue farther out. The sand can be white soft sand, volcanic black sand or rocky. Most Americans want the white soft sand.

The travel Channel listed the top beaches in Italy:

  1. Amalfi Coast –  The best and most crowded areas are between Positano and Amalfi. Many beaches are eroded and are of the volcanic black type of sand or small pebbles. The views are to die for. Our favorite place is Positano. This very hilly city is beautiful and friendly. It has great ferry service to the entire Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, Capri and Naples.
  2. Capri – The beaches here are made of pebbles and are small but again the views are magnificent. Capri can be expensive because it is the playground of the rich and famous.
  3. Italian Riviera – This is a magnificent area of golden sandy beaches. Rock cliffs are everywhere. This is every bit as impressive as the French Riviera.
  4. Tuscany – Tuscany is normally known for Florence, small towns, art and wine but it also has great white sandy beaches.
  5. Sicily – You can find white sandy beaches and exotic black sand beaches here. Sicily is and island and has many beaches. You can drive here or take trains or airplanes. Driving and the train are linked by the ferry (your car or train is loaded onto the ferry).
  6. Sardinia – You will find some of the best resorts and beaches here. There are many miles of great beaches.
  7. Tremiti Islands – Has great sandy beaches and is located in the Adriatic Sea.
  8. Venice – We don’t think of beaches in Venice but on the Lido Island there are great sandy beaches.
  9. Southern Campania – South of the Amalfi Coast is a little known (to Americans) resort area. There are many towns that have great pure sandy beaches and the water is to die for. We love Marina Casal Velino and Ascea. The train serves many of these resorts and it is also an easy drive from Salerno south.

Where ever you plan to be in Italy, you can find fun beaches with more than sun and sand. Many are in interesting small towns that beg to be explored.

George & Jo Anne

 

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Beaches near Rome Italy

We usually don’t think of beaches and Rome together or at least I don’t. But Rome is near the sea and there are some nice beaches there. Rome can get very hot in the summer especially in August. When the heat gets to you … head to the sea. Revealed Rome lists 5 beaches near Rome worth a visit:

  1. Sperlonga – Most picturesque – about 2 hrs south of Rome.
  2.  Fregene – Best nightlife – about 40 minutes west of Rome.
  3. Santa Marinella – Prettiest and most convenient – about an hour north of Rome.
  4. Sabaudia – Most pristine and it is free – about 1.5 hours south of Rome.
  5. Anzio – Cleanest beach – a little over an hour south of Rome.

Beaches near Rome

Sperlonga

Beaches near Rome 2

Town of Sperlonga

These beaches are small towns worth exploring and great beaches to catch some sun or take a dip in the sea. Plan an extra day or two to go to the beach when in Rome.

George & Jo Anne

 

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Amalfi Coast – Sorrento

Sorrento is on the western coast south of Naples. The bay of Naples has Naples on its northern side and Sorrento on its southern side. Capri is off the coast from Sorrento to the South West. Many tourists go from Naples to Pompeii and then onto Sorrento. From Sorrento they take a ferry to the island of Capri.

We stayed at the Mediterraneo Hotel in Sorrento. This hotel is on the coast just North-East of the center of Sorrento. You can catch a bus at the hotel to the downtown area, Piazza Torquato Tasso. In this square are many restaurants with both indoor and outdoor seating. It is a great place for lunch, dinner, drinks or a snack. You can watch the people of Sorrento go by. West off this square are many small streets with interesting shops for tourists. Sorrento is an easy town to stroll around.

The Hotel Mediterraneo is located high on a buff overlooking the Bay of Naples. Across the street from the front entrance is a small park with an entrance to a hallway. In the hallway is an elevator the descend through the rock to the beach level and a great restaurant. The beach has chairs, tables with places for your wine or beer and a dock for boats. The ferry from Capri arrives at a dock not far away. It is a short taxi ride from that dock to this hotel.

There is also a wonderful pool at the hotel. Next to the pool is a covered outside restaurant and a poolside bar. The grounds are very romantic and there is seating located in cozy read among the trees and plants.

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Hotel Mediterraneo

Sorrento is the western starting point of the famous Amalfi Coast Highway. This highway takes you along a curvy road to Positano, Amalfi and ends at Salerno. This is the Eastern end of the road and connects with major Italian Autostradas.

George & Jo Anne

 

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The Beach Town of Marina Casal Velino, Italy

Marina Casal Velino is a beautiful beach town on the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is a small town with several restaurants, hotels, B&B’s and Pastry shops. Being Italy, it also has many bars. Remember bars are for breakfast coffee and pastry, lunch sandwiches (Panini) as well as drinks and many times gelato. We have spoken about our favorite bar for pastries is Franco’s but our favorite for sitting with a coffee, having Wi-Fi and enjoying the view is Isola Verde. There is a main street in the back of town that runs from a traffic circle south to another beach town called Ascea. Ascea is where the Greek ruins of Velia are found. There is another main street that runs along the beach. It has stores, hotels, bars and restaurants on one side of the road and a beautiful white sand beach with palm trees and on the other side of the road.

The beaches here have free sections. You must bring your own umbrella and chairs if you want to use them. There are also beach clubs that you pay to get in. They give you two beach chairs a table and an umbrella all setup. You can also order drinks and food at their bar. They can bring the drinks to you on the beach. They also have clean bathrooms and changing rooms. The beach is not very wide but nice. As you go into the water it is refreshing but not cold. The sand continues under the water smoothly. There are no rocks. You can wade far out and the water is still about 4 feet deep.

This town is very popular with Italians and other Europeans in the summer. It gets very crowded in August when everyone is off. The Italians mostly come from Naples and Salerno areas. The Europeans are mostly Germans. It is very funny to read the menus at the restaurants which are in Italian and German. The town has many vendors along the beach and closes one street each Friday for a market. It has clothes, food, household products and toys. It is fun to walk through this market and look at the merchandise which is all locally grown or made.

If you enjoy beaches and small mountain towns, this is the area of Italy for you. It is unspoiled and very beautiful.

George & Jo Anne

 

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Old Town Agropoli

Agropoli is a large city in the province of Salerno and region of Campania, Italy. It covers about 15 sq, miles and has a population of 20,600 people. The city has a beach, hospitals and many businesses. It also has a railway station on the Naples line. The SP 430 highway starts near here and runs south. The A3 autostrada is nearby as well. The closest larger city is Salerno.

Near the center of town is a large harbor and a small mountain that leads to the old town. You can’t drive in old town but you can park by the harbor and walk in. All the streets (pathways) head up the hill. Most soon turn into stairs. As you get to the top there is an old gate. Passing through the gate brings you into old town. You can find small restaurants, pizzerias, ancient churches and an old castle. The castle has a moat around it which is now filled in with grass and used as a parking area for deliveries. Climbing more stairs leads to the draw bridge entering this fantastic old castle. Each turret on the castle affords a magnificent view.

The views in each direction are amazing. You can see the harbor, the beaches and south towards Castellabate. You will need your GPS to get in and out of Agropoli. There are many turns and very small streets. It is easy to get lost. Once at old town, you are brought back in time. The present time seems a long way off. Life here is simpler. Stop at a bar and have a drink or coffee. Observe the locals. Say hi (buongiorno). Italians will smile an answer you back, buongiorno.

From Agropoli it is a short car drive to the ancient town of Paestum.

George & Jo Anne

 

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