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While many people head to Italy for the cultural experience, it is also a fantastic destination for a beach holiday. Tourists often forget about the spectacular Italian coastline and many of the towns along the coast are excellent places to visit with lots of things to see and do during your stay. If you are a beach lover, here are some of the top beach destinations to visit during a trip to Italy.

​Puglia

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Many of Italy’s top beaches are located in Puglia. The beaches in this area are especially well-known for their white sand and translucent water. Visit the area just south of Manduria and Aventrana to spend time at family-friendly beaches. The seaside village of Punta Prosciutto is a great place to visit if you want to eat an informal lunch made from local ingredients in the fun setting of a beach hut. If you are a sun worshipper and want to spend the day lazing around on a sun lounger, then try Lido Degli Angeli. To try all the beaches in Puglia, you may choose to stay in the area and some of the best hotels are situated in Porto Cesareo.

​Tropea, Calabria

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Although Calabria isn’t particularly well-known for its coastline or beaches, Tropea is the exception. Located next to the old town, Tropea is a pretty enclave that is excellent to visit with children. Take a trip into the old town itself and you can enjoy the traditional Italian markets. One of the highlights of visiting this beach is trying some of the unusual ice cream flavors available.

​San Vito lo Capo, Sicily

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San Vito lo Capo, Sicily, is the ideal location for people who enjoy boats or yachts as much as spending time on the beach. The peak of Monte Monaco dominates the skyline at the northern end of the beach. Boat trips are a wonderful way to enjoy the sea views and you will have many photographic opportunities if you choose this as an activity. Eating in restaurants here is different to restaurants in other areas of Italy is there is a distinct Arabic influence on the food typically served in restaurants in this area.

​San Fruttuoso, Liguria

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Anyone who wants to experience picturesque settings during their vacation will adore San Fruttuoso, Liguria. The idyllic cove is best viewed from one of the local restaurant terraces. This is the perfect way to enjoy the sunset over a glass of Italian wine. A medieval abbey adds to the romance of the setting. Rather than simply spending time relaxing on the beach, you might enjoy a ferry trip as this will allow you to view the stunning coastline from a different perspective.

​Viareggio, Tuscany

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Viareggio is the most traditional seaside resort in Italy. Expect to find sun loungers, families building sandcastles, ice cream stalls, and beach-side bars and cafes. During a visit to this coastal location, you should try out some of the seafront restaurants that serve freshly caught fish and seafood specialties.

These are just some of the amazing coastal locations you can visit during a vacation to Italy. The stunning coastline of Italy has some spectacular hidden gems ranging from quiet coves to family-friendly beaches.

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