Italy is a long, boot-shaped country, that extends off southeastern Europe into the waters of the Adriatic, Mediterranean, Tyrrhenian and Ionian seas. It is essentially - one, long peninsula and therefore is lined up one side and down the other with miles and miles of coastline - 4,700 mi (7,600 km) of coastline to be exact. It is also important to note that no matter where your travels in Italy take you, you will never be more than 120 km from the sea. You can practically smell the salty, fresh sea air already just by thinking about.
When you look at coastal Italy photos, you begin to understand why generations upon generations have been drawn to these beautiful turquoise waters. Many Italian inhabitants have built their towns and villages into the hillsides and along the coastal beaches, never straying too far from the beauty the sea has to offer. The unforgettable charm of these seaside communes is quite exquisite and the same can be said about the culture experienced in these places. It's easy to fall in love with the relaxed atmosphere, magnificent land & seascapes and amazingly fresh seafood amongst many other things which can be found when visiting an Italian coast.
One of the most popular destinations along Italy's perimeter is the Amalfi Coast. This stretch of coastline borders the Tyrrhenian Sea in the province of Salerno and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a widely visited tourist destination and for good reason. Towns and villages wind their way up the rocky hillsides and overlook the shimmering waters and sandy beaches below. If you take a moment to locate this destination on a map, you will realize that although this region is relatively small, it is filled with some of the most breathtaking views. Spending a few days here is highly recommended for acquiring some of the most favourite memories from your coastal Italy journey.
Another coastal region located not far from the Amalfi, is the Cilento Coast. Just two hours south of Naples, this area is largely contained within a protected national park which is also another UNESCO site, which this country has 50 of - the most in the world. This region of Italy is a less touristy and therefore still remains largely untouched by the modern human hand - so if you are looking to visit a less travelled Italian destination - Cilento Coast is the place for you.
The east side of the Italian coast is flanked by the Adriatic Sea which offers some of the best conditions in the world for those who like to cast a rod, get in touch with nature and catch their own dinner. This region is lined with tiny fishing villages and exotic beaches as well as Venice - considered by many as the world’s most romantic city. If looking for some diversity and a large variety of sites to visit in this beautiful country, then a trip to the East Coast is a must!
Gazing at the Mediterranean sea map, it’s hard to miss the boot-shaped landmass that reaches down to dip its toes into the sparkling, clear waters of the Mediterranean. The warmest coastal cities are found in the southernmost parts of Italy, and this region contains some of the best locations for those seeking warmth, sun and sandy beaches.
Reaching these beautiful coastal Italy destinations can be easily added to any trip itinerary, as well as zigzagging throughout the country using various means of transportation. Italy’s rail system travels up one coast and down the other, making stops at the most popular locations, as well as some hidden gems along the way. Needless to say, taking a train is a great way to sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning views along the way.
Almost the entire Italian coast offers the convenience of many different types of train service from High-Speed, to Regional to Intercity trains. Please refer to the Train Map to determine be best station to arrive into and the best route to take for your coastal Italy retreat.