Where to Find the Best Beaches in Cinque Terre, Italy

If you are looking for a relaxing summer destination to visit during a trip to Italy, then you may consider Cinque Terre on the Ligurian Coast in Italy.

Known for its famous clusters of brightly coloured houses by the sea, the beaches in Cinque Terre are worth a visit. 

Cinque Terre beaches are full of coves, smooth rocks, and old stone harbours – which may not seem apt at first glance but are very well-suited for sunbathing and swimming. Other activities you can expect in the area include a national park and various hiking trails set amongst the Mediterranean sea. 

If you are looking for beaches in Cinque Terre that may be off the beaten path but still offer an unforgettable seaside holiday, look no further! There are amazing Cinque Terre beaches in each of the five villages: Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore and Monterosso al Mare. Here are our favourite beaches in Cinque Terre.

See also Best Places to Visit in Northern Italy.

Cinque Terre beaches
Vernazza, Cinque Terre.

The best beaches in Cinque Terre

Vernazza 

Vernazza is well-known for being a famous fishing village and the only natural port of Cinque Terre. This historic town is also known for its olive oil, as the village is surrounded by steep olive groves that produce some of the tastiest olive oil in Italy.

In Vernazza harbour, you will find two Cinque Terre beaches. The first Vernazza beach is a sandy, small beach that offers flat rocks perfect for sunbathing. You can expect to find calm water and local fishing boats here. It’s located along the main street, about 2 minutes from the railway station.

The second Vernazza beach is on the east side of the village and is very stony. However, this is a more private and secluded beach that visitors can find by walking through the cave on the left side of the village main street.

Corniglia

Corniglia is a hamlet located within Vernazza in Cinque Terre, Italy. This ancient Roman village is one of the only places in the Cinque Terre without direct sea access.

If you are looking for a secluded Corniglia beach, look no further than Guvano. This uncrowded beach is located on the hiking trail between Vernazza and Corniglia, so it isn’t strictly in Corniglia.  

Look for the sign that says ‘Spiaggia Libera’ or ‘Public Beach’. Guvano is also known as one of the unofficial nudist beaches in Cinque Terre, so be warned when visiting that you may see some skin – however, it is relatively quiet and peaceful. 

Corniglia in Cinque Terre, Italy
Corniglia in Cinque Terre, Italy

Monterosso 

Monterosso is one of the largest villages that form the Cinque Terre in Italy. Its prosperous hills produce olive oil, lemons and vines like no other.

If you’re looking for Cinque Terre beaches here, you’re in luck because Monterosso has two main beaches to visit.

If you’re looking for a traditional Monterosso beach, go to the long sandy beach in the ‘new’ part of the village called Fegina. You’ll find sand, umbrellas, beach chairs and a promenade full of restaurants, bars and ice cream stores. This Cinque Terre beach is located right in of the train station in Monterosso.

If you prefer to visit the old part of the village, also known as Aurora, you will enjoy the Monterosso beach on the Vernazza trail. It’s a very sandy beach near the boat rental hub and offers both private and public areas. It is a 10-minute walk from the train station, on the left side.

If you’d like to do some extra exploring in Monterosso, you can find old castle ruins, narrow medieval streets and multi-coloured terraced houses in the village.

Join this boat cruise to Riomaggiore and Monterosso

Monterosso beach in Cinque Terre, Italy
Monterosso beach in Cinque Terre, Italy

Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore is the southernmost region of the Cinque Terre in Italy. It is a small village located in the La Spezia province in the Liguria region. This historic village is said to have originated as early as the 8th Century. 

Riomaggiore beach is a public beach just east of the village itself. It offers crystal clear waters, a harbour, a ferry dock and a stony setting. 

You’ll also find many boulders at Riomaggiore beach, but this does not hamper the experience and is very typical of Cinque Terre beaches. 

Riomaggiore is also well known for its Via dell’Amore or ‘Lover’s Lane’, a romantic path that offers incredible views of the Mediterranean coastal landscape. This walk takes around 20 minutes to complete and will lead you to Manarola.

Manarola

Manarola is a small town within Riomaggiore in the north of Italy. It is the second-smallest of the Cinque Terre villages and sits 70 meters above sea level on a high rock. 

While there are no official Manarola beach, you will find a beautiful harbour here that is perfect for deep-water swimming. Manarola is one of the smallest regions in Cinque Terre, so you can expect a lot of privacy when visiting, especially if visiting during the off-peak tourist season.

For those with an adventurous spirit, take the ladder and be rewarded! There is also an outdoor shower available to freshen up. To get here, you’ll need to walk about 3 minutes away from the train station. 

Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy
Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Alternate Cinque Terre Beaches

If you are in the area and looking for more Cinque Terre beaches, you may consider Levanto beach. Levanto is not one of the main Cinque Terre beaches but is only a 3-minute train ride from Monterosso (book your train tickets here). 

Levanto beach is long and beautiful, blessed with a sandy shore perfect for all kinds of summer activities. It includes both private and public sections and offers many amenities such as a bar, outdoor pool, beach chairs, umbrellas and outdoor showers. 

Additionally, there are many types of water sports equipment that you can rent, such as canoes, peddle boats, surfboards and motorboats. 

Ready to hit the beach in Italy?

No matter which of the Cinque Terre beaches you choose to visit, you’re in for a beautiful vacation! While the beaches in Cinque Terre may err on the rocky side, this doesn’t mean that they can’t fulfil your dream of having a relaxing Mediterranean getaway! 

Remember to consider the Cinque Terre region of Liguria, Italy, when planning your next fantastic holiday. 

Looking for more Italian beaches to explore? Check out these posts:

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Where to Stay in Cinque Terre, Italy

Are you looking at staying in Cinque Terre on your next trip to Italy? Between the historic villages, clear waters, private bays and fantastic landscape, we highly recommend visiting the region if you happen to be near the Mediterranean sea in Northern Italy.

One thing you’ll need to decide is where to stay in the area. Are you looking for a Cinque Terre camping experience, or do you prefer glamorous Cinque Terre hotels? What about a sleek apartment or Cinque Terre hostel?

We’ll help you decide where to visit while staying in Cinque Terre, including some of the most popular regions and different kinds of accommodation. 

See also Where to Find the Best Beaches in Cinque Terre.

Where to Stay in the Cinque Terre: Vernazza and Corniglia 

Here are some of the most popular options to consider when staying in Cinque Terre, Italy. 

Vernazza

Vernazza is one of the five villages that comprise the Cinque Terre region in Italy. This fishing village set amongst the Italian Riviera is the only natural port of the area, and you can expect to see exquisite houses while visiting.

Cinque Terre hotels in Vernazza – Hotel Gianni Franzi

Hotel Gianni Franzi is located just below the Doria Castle and features three main buildings. Each room includes terracotta flooring, rustic decor, private bathrooms, free wifi and beautiful views of the Ligurian Sea. There’s a sandy beach just a few steps from the hotel, and the train station is near. You will find this proximity to the sea rings true for most Cinque Terre hotels.

Book your stay at Hotel Gianni Franzi 

Cinque terre hotels in Vernazza - Hotel Gianni Franzi
Cinque Terre hotels in Vernazza – Hotel Gianni Franzi

Budget accommodation – Affittacamere Graziella 

Located within Cinque Terre National Park, Affittacamere Graziella is a bed-and-breakfast nestled within the countryside. Located 8km away from both Vernazza and Monterosso Al Mare, each room includes a private bathroom, satellite tv and a breakfast buffet at a great price.

There are many room types to choose from, including studio or larger apartments or hostel rooms to suit your budget. This Cinque Terre hostel offers good value for money.

Book your stay at Affittacamere Graziella

Affittacamere Graziella budget accommodation in Cinque Terre
Affittacamere Graziella

Cinque Terre Apartment – Lassu Apartment with View

If you’re after a ‘home away from home’, Lassu Apartment is perfect for you. Featuring a terrace overlooking the ocean, air conditioning, free wifi and proximity to Vernazza beach, you’re all set to have a relaxing visit here.

This Cinque Terre apartment includes two double bedrooms and ample dining and living space to enjoy. With charming decor and every necessity catered for, you’ll never want to leave!

Book your stay at Lassu Apartment

Lassu apartment in Cinque Terre
Lassu apartment

Luxury Stays – The Sunset Suite Vernazza

Are you looking for a romantic, luxury getaway with a loved one? The Sunset Suite is a perfect choice. This modern, clean apartment boasts some of the best views in the whole of the city of Vernazza, rivalling some of the top Cinque Terre hotels! 

Enjoy sweeping views from the terrace, a 60-meter walk to the nearest train station, air conditioning and daily housekeeping facilities in this sleek apartment, equipped with modern finishes.

Book your stay at The Sunset Suite Vernazza

The Sunset Suite Vernazza
The Sunset Suite Vernazza

Corniglia

Corniglia is a hamlet located within Vernazza. It is one of the smallest villages in the region, but that doesn’t make it any less beautiful. 

Cinque Terre Hotels in Corniglia – Locanda Il Carugio 

Locanda Il Carugio is one of the newest Cinque Terre Hotels and offers sleek design coupled with comfort. You can expect to find a rooftop terrace, modern restaurant, and ample common areas. Many rooms include a balcony for private outdoor dining. 

Book your stay at Locanda Il Carugio 

Locanda Il Carugio in Cinque Terre
Locanda Il Carugio

Budget Accommodation – Ostello Corniglia Hostel

If you want to experience Corniglia on a budget, look no further than Ostello Corniglia, a true Cinque Terre hostel. Its close location to Vernazza beach, affordable room options, free wifi and shared amenities would be perfect for a solo traveller. You can also expect a daily continental breakfast during your stay.

Book your stay at Ostello Corniglia Hostel

Ostello Cornigia Hostel
Ostello Cornigia Hostel

Corniglia Apartment – Residenza Solferino

Residenza Solferino is a secluded yet comfortable stay that won’t break the bank. 

Located in the middle of the Cinque Terre, this renovated and clean apartment is spacious. It features a private inner courtyard that keeps the condo quiet despite being on a busy street. This apartment offers a nice change from staying at Cinque Terre hotels.

Book your stay at Residenza Solferino

Residenza Solferino in Cinque Terre
Residenza Solferino

Where to Stay in the Cinque Terre: Monterosso al Mare

Monterosso al Mare is part of the Cinque Terre in Liguria, Italy and is separated into two parts: the ‘old town and the ‘new’ town. This village has the most extensive beaches of the Cinque Terre towns and has become a popular international tourist destination. 

The area is also known for its expanse of lemon trees and top-quality white wines, olives and grapes. 

Cinque Terre hotels in Monterosso – Hotel Marina

Hotel Marina is just a few steps away from the beach in Monterosso. It’s also located in the Cinque Terre national park and includes garden access for each guest. You can expect modern luxury decor with exposed stone brick finishes and country-style furnishings. Most visitors enjoy the breakfast treats part of the package, including cakes, freshly baked loaves of bread, and fresh juices.

Book your stay at Hotel Marina   

Hotel Marina
Hotel Marina

Cinque Terre Camping in Monterosso – Area Sosta Camper Il Poggio Campground 

If you’re more of an adventurous person, you might enjoy camping in Monterosso on a budget. This campground offers electricity, drinking water, and shuttle service for guests. It’s set within the Cinque Terre national park, known for its tranquillity and prime location. 

Book your stay at the campground

Cinque Terre Camping in Monterosso - Area Sosta Camper Il Poggio Campground 
Cinque Terre Camping in Monterosso – Area Sosta Camper Il Poggio Campground 

Apartment in Monterosso – LungoMareNostro

Lungo Mare Nostro, meaning sky, sea and sand, is a beach-themed apartment on the Monterosso seafront. This charming apartment is furnished with blue touches throughout and offers a small balcony overlooking the sea, with fantastic views of Palmaria and Punta Mesco. 

Book your stay at LungoMareNostro

LungoMareNostro
LungoMareNostro

Luxury Stays – La Casa del Gigante Luxury Collection 

La Casa del Gigante is one of the most unique finds in Monterosso. This large villa is situated right on the Fegina beach. This two-bedroom villa offers modern finishes combined with rustic stone walls to provide a truly rare, castle-like stay, complete with a massive window overlooking the beach in the villa’s dining room. 

Where to Stay in the Cinque Terre: Riomaggiore and Manarola

These two villages are must-sees when staying in Cinque Terre, Italy. 

Riomaggiore

Riomaggiore is the first village of the Cinque Terre in Liguria, Italy. It is uniquely located in a small valley. It is the most southern village of all the Cinque Terre locations.

Budget accommodation – Scaglie di Mare Apartment 

This cost-effective apartment is in the historic centre of Riomaggiore. It offers a beautiful view over the sea and village and has one full bedroom with an optional sleeper couch. We’re sure that you’ll enjoy many evening dinners on the terrace of this well-maintained apartment. The apartment is accessible from the pedestrian path at the railway station in the village.

Book your stay at Scaglie di Mare Apartment

Scaglie di Mare Apartment
Scaglie di Mare Apartment

Cinque Terre Hotels in Riomaggiore – Scorci di Mare

Scorci di Mare is a seaside hotel in Riomaggiore. It offers daily housekeeping services, free wifi, and is only a few meters away from public transport. 

There are many different room configurations to suit your budget. Some of the premium room options include a beautiful view of the ocean, as well as terraces for private dining.

Book your stay at Scorci di Mare

Scorci Di Mare
Scorci Di Mare

Cinque Terre Apartment – Al Castello Apartment 

Al Castello is a private apartment located near Canneto beach in Riomaggiore. This apartment is centrally located in the centre of the village, and attractions are just a short walk away. Its prize feature is its massive rooftop terrace with sea and city views. It also features every amenity you may need.

Book your stay at Al Castello Apartment 

Al castello
Al castello

Manarola

Manarola is a small town within Riomaggiore. It is the second smallest village of the Cinque Terre villages and offers a secluded experience.

Budget Cinque Terre Apartment – Le Coste by Arbaspàa

Le Coste is a collection of small eco-friendly apartments within Manarola. It is near the Via dell’Amore path, and each unit features a modern design with energy-efficient features. 

Guests enjoy this apartment collection because of its brightness, cleanliness, and proximity to the centre of the village. Some units include a balcony or terrace, but budget options are also available.

Book your stay at Le Coste by Arbaspàa

Le Coste by Arbaspaa
Le Coste by Arbaspaa

Cinque Terre hotels in Manarola – Hotel Marina Piccola

Hotel Marina Piccola is in the centre of Manarola. This beachside hotel offers some rooms with balconies that overlook the sea. Regarding its interior, this apartment includes modern finishings coupled with comfortable, spacious rooms.

Guests enjoy the continental breakfast, friendly staff, and close location to most attractions in town. There are a variety of different room types to fit many budgets.

Book your stay at Hotel Marina Piccola

Hotel Marina Piccola
Hotel Marina Piccola

Luxury Guest House – L’Attico Giallo Oro di Giulia 

If you prefer a private guest house with luxury finishes, L’Attico Giallo Oro di Giulia is a perfect choice. This two-bedroom house includes the ultimate sunbathing terrace for your lounging pleasure, complete with sea and hill views.  

The interior finishes are modern and elegant complete with brand new appliances, while the house’s exterior is bright and inviting. This luxury apartment is located in the upper part of Manarola, offering a restful, secluded stay. 

Book your stay at L’Attico Giallo Oro di Giulia 

L'Attico Giallo Oro di Giulia
L’Attico Giallo Oro di Giulia

Beautiful views and quaint streets – what more could you want?

You may have a hard time deciding where to stay in the Cinque Terre! From the smallest towns Manarola and Corniglia, to the larger cities of Vernazza, Riomaggiore and Monterosso – accommodation is abundant in the Cinque Terre region of Italy. 

Whether choosing Cinque Terre hotels, hostels, camping experiences or apartments, we think there’s a property out there for any traveller who is lucky enough to visit the Cinque Terre.


Where to Stay in Sardinia, Italy

It’s no secret that Sardinia is one of the best beach holiday destinations in the world. From its turquoise waters to its soft, white sands, it’s also a fantastic water sports destination for global visitors to the Mediterranean sea. 

However, don’t be fooled into thinking you will only find beaches in Sardinia. Other beautiful cities on the island are valued for other reasons besides salt and sand, including secluded mountain towns, vineyard-filled villages, and even some old archaeological sites

Are you planning a trip and want to know where to stay in Sardinia? You’re in luck because we’ll cover where to stay in Sardinia for the best beaches, best Sardinia hotels and even a few places off the beaten track that you may not know. 

Are you ready to find where to stay in Sardinia, Italy? It’s time to find out!

Accommodation in Costa Paradiso, Northern Sardinia

Want to know where to stay in Sardinia? How does paradise sound?

Costa Paradiso, also known as the Paradise Coast of Sardinia, is the perfect spot for water sports lovers. It boasts long coastal stretches throughout, including excellent scuba diving, sailing and windsurfing spots.  

Nature lovers will also be able to hike in this area. Other destinations around Costa Paradiso include Li Vaccaggi, Lu Colbu and Greuli.

Costa Paradiso on a Budget – Resort Gravina

Are you looking for Sardinia resorts that won’t break the bank? Resort Gravina is a budget-friendly choice of note. Every room includes a balcony or terrace and free wifi and air conditioning for visits during the hot summer months.

Book your stay at Resort Gravina

Where to stay in Sardinia, Italy
Gravina Resort in Costa Paradiso, Sardinia.

Costa Paradiso Apartment – Paradise Hill

Built against a rock face on the coast of Costa Paradiso, this luxury apartment exudes coastal charm. Paradise Hill features sweeping panoramic views of the ocean, large bedrooms, rustic rocky architecture and a wrap-around balcony and comfy sun-loungers, we think relaxing in paradise looks something like this.

This apartment is just 8 minutes away from the beautiful sandy beach of Spiaggia di Cala li Cossi, and is one the best places to stay in Sardinia due to its proximity to natural beauty.

Book your stay at Paradise Hill

Places to stay in Sardinia - Paradise Hill
Paradise Hill apartment in Sardinia

Luxury Hotel in Costa Paradiso – Hotel Costa Paradiso

Touted as one of the best hotels in Sardinia, Hotel Costa Paradiso is a luxury hotel boasting a fantastic granite coastal view. Guests have praised this hotel as dreamy for its large clean rooms, refreshing seawater pool, exceptional team of staff and fresh coffee bar.

Book your stay at Hotel Costa Paradiso

Hotels in Sardinia - Hotel Costa Paradiso
Hotel Costa Paradiso in Sardinia

Boutique Accommodation – Costa Paradiso Resort

Do you want to enjoy Sardinia by staying in a boutique resort? Look no further than Costa Paradiso Resort, a favourite amongst Sardinia resorts.

This unique boutique resort offers many villas of varying sizes to guests – so don’t expect a standard hotel room when you arrive! The resort features a large terrace with a private pool, luxury family villas, a private beach area and proximity to Spiaggia Del Porto La Cruzitta, as well as hiking, snorkelling and nearby fishing sites. 

Book your stay at Costa Paradiso Resort

Sardinia resorts - Costa Paradiso Resort
Costa Paradiso Resort

Accommodation in Porto Istana, North-East Sardinia

Porto Istana is a village in Olbia, Sardinia within the Sassari province. This picturesque village offers crystal-clear water at its beaches, as well as glistening white sand and lush green vegetation throughout the town. You will also be treated to beautiful views of the neighbouring island, Isola Tavolara. 

Other destinations around Porto Istana include Li Cuncheddi, Bunthe, Costa Corallina and Murta Maria.

Apartment in Porto Istana – Garden of Plenty

The Garden of Plenty Apartment is the quintessential terracotta home and features in our top list of where to stay in Sardinia. This idyllic apartment features a cactus garden, breathtaking coastal views, an outdoor barbecue, a shaded patio and luscious lawns.

Porto Istana beach is just a five-minute drive away, but we bet you probably won’t want to leave the apartment!

Book your stay at Garden of Plenty

Accommodation in Porto Istana
Garden of Plenty, Porto Istana

Porto Istana on a Budget – Porto Istana Holiday Home

Are you looking for a budget holiday home? You may enjoy the Porto Istana Holiday Home. This quaint one-bedroomed home is pet friendly and includes terrace and garden views. It is simple yet has everything a beach lover might need when the day is over.

It includes a basic kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat-screen TV for your entertainment. Porto Istana Holiday Home is close to Olbia, and Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport is only 7km away. 

Book your stay at Porto Istana Holiday Home

Porto Istana Holiday Home
Porto Istana Holiday Home, Sardinia

Luxury Resort – Baglioni Resort Sardinia

This hotel is located around 10km out of Porto Istana and is one of the best places to stay in Sardinia. Its steep price tag comes with offers of pet friendly accommodation, celebrity treatment, world-class service, a private beach, sweet and savoury breakfast options, a fitness centre, and three swimming pools.

Couples especially enjoy it, which makes this resort one of the best Sardinia hotels for a honeymoon. This picturesque hotel also has dedicated sun lounge terraces for guests to use.

Book your stay at Baglioni Resort Sardinia

Baglioni Resort Sardinia
Baglioni Resort Sardinia

Boutique Hotel – Hotel Stefania Boutique Hotel 

If you’re after a rustic experience when deciding where to stay in Sardinia, Hotel Stefania is one of the best hotels in Sardinia for a homely experience. It features a Moorish decorative style and is located in Olbia, close to Porto Istana. 

This 4-star hotel is a mere 100m away from Pittulongu Beach. This hotel features a fitness centre, outdoor pool with terrace, paid beach service and restaurant. Hotel Stefania has a unique set-up as the hotel is split into two buildings – the central hotel offers 28 rooms, and the separate Villa Stefania has an extra ten rooms. 

Book your stay at Hotel Stefania Boutique Hotel 

Hotel Stefania Boutique Hotel 
Hotel Stefania Boutique Hotel 

Accommodation in Santa Reparata, North Sardinia

Santa Reparata is a beautiful city in Sardinia and is characterized by its white sandy beaches. This unique location offers impressive coastal views in spades and is close to many other destinations in the region. 

Other destinations around Santa Reparata include Funtanaccia and Capo Testa to the north-west, Santa Teresa Gallura to the north-east and Buoncammino to the east.

Apartment in Santa Reparata – Wilma’s Watch 

One of the best places to stay in North Sardinia is Wilma’s Watch. Named after the Flintstones character, this prehistoric pad, complete with arched walls and thatched roof, offers luxurious surroundings that may surprise you.

Wilma’s Watch features a complete outdoor kitchen with a hob, large barbecue grill, alfresco dining area and shallow pool surrounded by a lush garden. Additionally, you’ll find a hot tub for starlit nights, an outdoor shower for cleaning off after a swim and a flat roof terrace for sundowners. 

While the exterior may look dated, the interior is modern, boasting modern white walls and classy furnishings – which make it the ultimate spot for relaxation in Sardinia. 

Book your stay at Wilma’s Watch

Accommodation in North Sardinia, Italy
Wilma’s Watch

On a Budget – Hotel Da Cecco 

Located just 200m from Santa Tera Gallura’s main beach, this budget hotel offers rustic charm. Featuring a pastel exterior, free wifi for every room and a buffet-style breakfast, Hotel Da Cecco is an excellent choice if you’re looking to save on accommodation costs.

It’s also close to a bus stop that links Olbia and Sassari, making it an excellent choice for city-hoppers in discovering where to stay in Sardinia. 

Book your stay at Hotel Da Cecco

Hotel Da Cecco in Sardinia
Hotel Da Cecco in Sardinia

Luxury Hotel – Colonna Grand Hotel Capo Testa

The Colonna Grand Hotel in Capo Testa offers Mediterranean-style architecture, panoramic views and a private white-sand beach on the premises. 

Look no further if you were wondering where to stay in Santa Reparata, as this location will give you quick access to Santa Reparata and Funtanaccia in northern Sardinia. Every room includes air conditioning, a furnished balcony, a choice of 2 restaurants serving local fare and a terrace bar with views of Corsica and the Mediterranean Sea. 

Additionally, this hotel offers a free shuttle service to Santa Teresa di Gallura, only 2km away.

Book your stay at Colonna Grand Hotel Capo Testa

Colonna Grand Hotel Capo Testa
Colonna Grand Hotel Capo Testa in Santa Teresa Gallura, Sardinia

Boutique Accommodation – Hotel La Coluccia

Located in Santa Teresa Gallura, La Coluccia Hotel is only 50m away from the nearest beach and boasts beautiful views of Spargi island. 

Some of the main features include Turkish baths, a spa and fitness centre, an outdoor swimming pool with sun loungers, buffet breakfasts and panoramic views over the peninsula. It is 17km from Palau, which offers ferry trips to Genoa.

Book your stay at Hotel La Coluccia

Where to stay in Sardinia - La Coluccia
La Coluccia in Sardinia

Accommodation in Cagliari, South Sardinia

Cagliari is one of the best places to stay in Sardinia, the island’s capital. There is an activity for just about anyone here, including museum visits, excellent restaurants, local breweries, shopping malls and unforgettable beaches.

This large piece of land is located close to Quartu Sant’Elena to the east and Quartiere Vivere to the west. 

See also What to See in Cagliari, Sardinia

Cagliari on a Budget – Hotel Residence Ulivi E Palme

Looking to save some money on accommodation? Check out Hotel Residence Ulivi E Palme. It’s located in the middle of Cagliari’s city centre, making it perfect for a cultural tour of Sardinia. 

Some packages include complimentary breakfast for 2, free wifi for every room, and access to the hotel’s restaurant and fitness centre. 

Book your stay at Hotel Residence Ulivi E Palme

Where to stay in Cagliari, Sardinia
Hotel Residence Ulivi E Palme in Cagliari, Sardinia

Boutique Hotel in Cagliari – La Villa del Mare 

Want a truly unique boutique stay in Cagliari? La Villa del Mare might be a perfect choice. This early 20th-century villa boasts an Art Nouveau experience on the seafront, complete with a reading room and furnished garden on the premises. 

A bus stop is located 20m away should you want to visit the city centre, making this central location perfect for a secluded getaway.

Book your stay at La Villa del Mare

La Villa del Mare in Cagliari, Sardinia
La Villa del Mare in Cagliari, Sardinia

Luxury Stays in Cagliari – T Hotel

T Hotel is one of the best hotels in Sardinia. With its modern design, big rooms, and exceptional city views, you can’t miss out on this king of luxury Sardinia resorts when staying in Cagliari. 

T Hotel features a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy spa complete with steam baths, full English breakfasts every morning, and a modern gym. It is close to the Lyric Theatre as well as the Cagliari Cathedral and Cagliari-Elmas airport.

Book your stay at T Hotel

T Hotel in Cagliari, Sardinia
T Hotel in Cagliari, Sardinia

Cagliari Apartment – Right House

Right House is a luxury apartment in Cagliari. It boasts modern finishes and appliances, classy interior decor and a central location close to train stations, restaurants and bus stops right in the city centre of Cagliari. 

The nearest beach, Poetto Beach, can be accessed via a bus close to the apartment.

Book your stay at Right House

Places to stay in Cagliari, Sardinia
Right House in Cagliari, Sardinia

Conclusion

From Cagliari in the south to Porto Istana in the North, you’ll find many beautiful places to stay in Sardinia. Featuring beautiful abodes filled with sunny terraces, cacti gardens and pools aplenty, you’re bound to find something to suit your next trip to Sardinia, regardless of your budget.

Whether you’re budget conscious, looking for a private apartment, want to splurge on a luxury hotel or enjoy a boutique experience, you can find accommodation to suit you in practically every city in Sardinia. 

By now, we hope you know where to stay in Sardinia – at many different price points. Some of the best Sardinia hotels are waiting for you – so be sure to visit Sardinia next time you’re planning a trip to Italy. 

See also Best Towns in Sardinia, Italy


Best Beaches in Sardinia, Italy

Some of the best beaches in Italy can be found in Sardinia, flanked by the Mediterranean sea on all sides, and one of its most popular tourist attractions. Renowned for its natural beauty, illuminating turquoise water, the beaches in Sardinia will give you plenty of choices when it comes time to choose a relaxing destination.

Because there are so many beaches on the island, we’ll discuss the best beaches in Sardinia that you absolutely cannot miss.

See also Best Towns in Sardinia, Italy.

Best beaches in Sardinia, Italy
Valle dell’Erica beach, Sardinia, Italy

The Best Beaches in Sardinia

Sardinia regularly tops polls of the best beaches globally, so you can bet that the beaches in Sardinia are breathtaking! Here are some beaches to check out, split into the best beaches in North and South Sardinia!

Best Beaches North Sardinia

The cities of Sassari, Alghero, Stintino and Vignola Mare boast some of the best beaches north Sardinia. 

La Pelosa Beach

La Pelosa Beach is arguably the most famous beach in all of Northern Sardinia. La Pelosa is located a mere 2.5km away from Stintino in the North-West of Sardinia. It’s considered one of the best beaches in north Sardinia due to its fine white sand and shallow sea that boasts a gradient of turquoise hues, including aquamarine and topaz waters. 

This beach is bustling in July and August, so try to avoid these months for a more peaceful visit. As of 2020, the beach allows only a limited number of visitors on the beach, so you’ll need to book your place using the dedicated app

The beach is 300 meters long and up to 60 meters wide in some places. It is labelled as one of the best beaches in Sardinia because it is reminiscent of a Caribbean beach paradise.

La Pelosa Beach in Sardinia, Italy
La Pelosa Beach in Sardinia, Italy

Cala Ostina Beach 

Cala Ostina is a beautiful and secluded beach in Sardinia, located a few kilometres east of Castelsardo. It sits quietly in a small bay under a steep, earthen-toned coastal landform. Its unique appearance and private atmosphere make it a contender for one of the best beaches in north Sardinia. 

It is a small beach of only 60 meters in length, but its deep golden sands caused by volcanic rock nearby and almost translucent water are a sight to behold. 

This beach is part of an inlet, meaning there are no waves at this beach in Sardinia, which helps make it one of the best beaches in Sardinia for tranquility. As a result, you can expect peaceful swimming and an abundance of green plants in the area. This beach is quite remote despite being easily accessible, so visitors should bring their facilities when travelling as none are available on the site.  

Porto Ferro Beach

Porto Ferro is located in the province of Sassari and is one of the best beaches in north Sardinia due to its immense beauty.

For over 30 years, Porto Ferro has been visited by ‘naturists’ or nudists and built a reputation for being one of Sardinia’s most extensive nudist beaches. In 2018, Porto Ferro was labelled one of the first official nudist beaches in Sardinia. As the beach is famous, ‘nudist’ visitors may use only specific beach areas for nudists, including a 200 meter stretch of tiny coves beyond the stone tower at the end of the beach.

Porto Ferro is also well-known for its backdrop of pine forests and towering dunes that make up a truly unique ecosystem. There are ancient towers in this area that add special charm to this beach in Sardinia.

Best Beaches south Sardinia

The cities of Cagliari, Pula, Chia and Porto Pino offer some of the best beaches south Sardinia. 

Porto Pino Beach

Porto Pino beach is widely regarded as one of the best beaches in all of south Sardinia. This oasis of a beach is located at the border of Cagliari and Carbonia-Iglesias provinces, southeast of the village of Porto Pino. 

It is 4km long and is characterised by its pristine dunes and pond surroundings, where bright pink flamingos are often spotted. This beach is one of the best beaches in South Sardinia due to its unique backdrop and crystal-clear shallow waters, making it a good choice for families with children.

Porto Pino is well-equipped with many sun umbrellas, bars, bathrooms and water sport activities, including surfing and scuba diving. 

Poetto Beach

Poetto Beach is the main beach of Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia. It is one of the best beaches in south Sardinia as it is one of the longest, making for some seriously majestic and romantic beach walks. It is over 8km long and offers deep blue waters and hillside views to the South. 

Poetto is well-equipped with kiosks, beach bars, restaurants, nightclubs, water sports facilities and even a marina. It is arguably one of the the best beaches in Sardinia for kitesurfers, and it is easy to reach by access. Many kitesurfing and windsurfing championships take place at Poetto.

There are so many amazing beaches in Sardinia that we couldn’t list all of the beaches in Sardinia here, or you’d be reading for years!

See also What to see in Cagliari, Sardinia.

Cagliari Sardinia beaches
Poetto beach in Cagliari

Best hotels in Sardinia on the beach

A beach getaway wouldn’t be complete without checking out the best hotels in Sardinia on the beach. Naturally, the best beaches in Sardinia should be accompanied by the most relaxing accommodation on the island!

On a Budget: Caesar’s Hotel

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Caesar’s hotel is located only 20-minute walk from the beach. It includes free wifi throughout and is a short bus ride away from the historical centre of Cagliari.

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Holiday House rental: Villa Carina

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Villa Carina is a beautiful 3-bedroomed house in Conca Verde, Sardinia. It has a heated pool, sun terrace with ocean views, private veranda and outdoor grill, as well as a full kitchen and combined lounge and dining room. It can sleep five people in total and includes a full family bathroom and en-suite bathroom.

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Boutique Accommodation: Jatika Boutique Hotel 

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A boutique hotel set on the beach, Jatika has ultramodern, clean white finishes in each room. This 4-star hotel includes a restaurant and bar on the premises and offers free wifi for each visitor.

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Family-friendly Hotel: Chia Laguna Hotel Village 

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Aside from its natural beauty, this resort offers boutique shops, many restaurants and bars, private beaches and even a tennis club. It includes a dedicated children’s area for families with children, including a mini club, kid’s pool, and playground.

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Luxury Accommodation: Petra Segreta Resort and Spa

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This luxury accommodation offers modern wellness facilities, a heated freshwater pool and traditional Sicilian houses known as Stazzi scattered throughout the property. Each room is uniquely furnished in a classic modern country style and includes air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, a private bathroom and a private patio.

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Head to Sardinia for sun, sand and beach vibes

No matter where you choose to go, it’s totally possible to pick a few random names out of a hat and still land up at some of the top beaches in Sardinia; because there are just so many beaches to choose from on the island!

When looking at staying on the island, whether going on a budget tour or staying with family members, there are some of the best hotels in Sardinia on the beach (and in the whole of Europe) when it comes to natural beauty and epic relaxation. 

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Best Towns in Sardinia, Italy

Sardinia is the gorgeous autonomous region of Italy located in the Mediterranean Sea. Known for its rich history and seductive beaches and stunning landscapes, it is the perfect place to enjoy all that Italy has to offer without the noise and bustle of the mainland.

Divided into eight provinces, the island’s most populous is the Cagliari Province in the southeast. Apart from the beaches and coastal views, the best thing about Sardinia is visiting the many Sardinian towns.

To make the most of your visit to Sardinia, you have to visit some of the best towns in Sardinia. We’ve covered a few of our favorite regions and towns to explore.

Best towns in Sardinia

Here are a few of the best regions and towns in Sardinia.

Bosa: Small but beautiful medieval Sardinian town

Bosa is on the northwestern coast of Sardinia, 45 km south of Alghero, down a spectacular coastal road. A mix of traditional and modern, it has a unique and compelling historic centre. There is a warren of cobbled streets with pastel coloured medieval tower houses called Sa Costa.

The main street in the old town, Corso Vittorio Emmanuele, is lined by 19th century palazzos with wrought iron balconies, and interesting shops, cafes and bars. Castello Malaspina, dating from 1112, guards Bosa at the top of the hill. The river Temo runs through Bosa and is lined with palm trees on one bank and derelict tanneries on the other, which are of historic and national significance.

Bosa has an illustrious and wealthy past, based on its position in a well-defended valley, along the only navigable river in Sardinia, and its (now defunct) leather tanning industry. There is a large cathedral and many smaller churches in the town and surrounding countryside. The feeling is relaxed and the local people are friendly and welcoming.

As it is a real working city, albeit small (8,000 inhabitants) it has an authentic, original character rather than just being an ersatz tourist village. Tourists do come to Bosa, but they tend to be people looking for culture, history, natural and architectural beauty as well as a sun and sand holiday.

There are numerous beaches nearby. The largest one is Bosa Marina, which is regularly voted cleanest beach in Italy. It is a sandy strand, fringed with bars and caffes run by locals, protected by a rocky arm with a Catalan tower at the end. There are also smaller cove beaches accessible by footpath or boat, and stunning and unusual rock formations and natural swimming pools. The sea is clear and amazing shades of blue. The prevailing northwest wind, La Mistrale, cools the air during the hottest summer months.

Just south of Bosa is a fertile valley, where Malvasia di Bosa, a sherry like wine, is produced in tiny artisan vineyards. There is a wine trail and it is possible to go on tasting tours. The sun is strong and the colours are bright — if you are visually orientated the place will amaze you. If you like music and dance, there are frequent public festivals and open air concerts.

If you have a sense of adventure, with every day bringing a new discovery, Bosa will not disappoint. It is a great place to go for a family holiday, or to relax and unwind, and get in touch with yourself. If you are looking for a place with lots of clubs and pubs full of drunken young people, this is not the place to come. There is lots to do and see in the area, but it is more chilled than frantic.

Best towns in Sardinia
Bosa, Sardinia

Costa Smeralda: Some of the worlds most beautiful beaches

Costa Smeralda is a coastal area in the north east of Sardinia, between Palau and Olbia. It is home to some of the worlds most beautiful beaches – great for sun worshippers. In order to have access to the best of the beaches you will probably need to hire a car (mopeds are not so good on the bumpy tracks down to the beaches).

Driving on the coastal roads gives great views over the yacht lined Costa Smeralda coastline. The best of the beaches are Liscia Ruia, Cappriccioli and Romazzino.

You can pick up fantastic bargains from the beach traders who sell jewellery, clothes, CDs etc. But if you want to be as stylish as the rich tourists of Costa Smeralda you may go to Porto Cervo or Porto Rotondo for expensive clothing.

You can get up close to the super yachts when they come in to Porto Cervo in the evening. For snorkeling take a trip around the archipelago Della Maddalena from Porto Palau.

Most restaurants on the Costa Smerelda are overpriced. For authentic Sardinian cuisine try the campsite restaurants where all the locals go.

It can be quite difficult finding accommodation in the Costa Smeralda as the area is mainly serviced by Italian tour operators but some local operators provide detailed accommodation information online. If you don’t have your own private yacht to stay on and can’t afford the £300 per night prices of the exclusive hotels then you might want to hire a villa through a website. Alternatively you can hire bungalows at a number of the Sardinia campsites on the coast, the best of which are Isola dei Gabbiani, situated on promontory in the sea to the west of Palau. It has a particularly good restaurant and is the place to go for windsurfing. Alternatively try Villagio Camping Cugnana, situated on the road to which has great facilities and a massive swimming pool.

Capriccioli beach in Sardinia, Italy
Capriccioli beach in Sardinia, Italy

Cala Gonone: A small fishing village prior to becoming famous among travelers

Cala Gonone is a town in Sardinia, Italy. It lies on the border of the National Park of the Bay of Orosei and Gennargentu. It was a small fishing village prior to becoming a famous tourist destination because of its beautiful beaches. All the variety of seafood is available at local restaurants.

A highlight is to take a boat tour to Cala Luna, Grotta del Bue Marino, Cala Mariolu, Cala Goloritzè. You can choose from the variety of tours offered at the local harbour. Rent a boat to explore the Bay of Orosei on your own. A boat hire is available for about 80€ for a day + gas. Also visit Gennargentu National Park and/or do some rock climbing at Cala Luna.

Gennargentu in Sardinia, Italy
Gennargentu in Sardinia, Italy

Ogliastra: A beautiful natural theatre

Ogliastra is a beautiful natural theatre that opens from the mountains of “Supramonte”, on the border with Barbargia, towards the central-eastern Sardinian coast. The name comes for “Olivastro”, the local wild olive three.

Ogliastra is known and admired for its magnificent coastal area, all surrounded by mountains and cliffs, and for some of the most untouched coast of Italy.

Its natural Mountain-Sea park includes famous spots and landmarks like the “Cale” (beach-harbours); among the most famous ones Cala Gonone, Cala Sisine, Cala Goloritze, and Cala Luna.

Another impressive natural landmark is the massive “Pedra Longa”, a natural cliff literally planted into the sea. Ogliastra is becoming a popular area for lovers of nature, wild landscapes and fabulous local food, it is the area of the island most loved by conscious tourists that like to escape from the crowded areas of the north and the south of the island.

The two major towns of the area are Lanusei and Tortoli. Together, they are the administrative capitals of the recently born “Province of Ogliastra”.

  • Lanusei is a very ancient mountain town overlooking the valley of Ogliastra.
  • Tortoli is a coastal settlement that reached the status of economical centre of Ogliastra, thanks to the proximity of Arbatax port, the main gate to the area from the sea.

Population in Ogliastra is very little, around 45000 people only, with some of the lowest densities in Italy. Dozens of minuscule villages spot the region of Ogliastra, each one with its tradition and its proud heritage. Sardinian language is widely spoken as in most of the Island. English starts to be spoken among the young people, while several elder ones can be surprisingly good in German thanks to the emigration of the 60′ and 70′.

The best towns in Sardinia feature typical Italian small town vibes – great food, beautiful sights, quaint buildings, and, of course, cobblestone streets.

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Biking Through the Vineyards of Chianti, Italy

If you are looking for a way to see the vineyards of Chianti, taste some delicious wine and get out of Florence for a few hours, check out Tuscany Bike Tours.

While in Florence last summer, my friends and I went on their tour. Included was transportation to and from Florence to the countryside, tour of a castle, wine tasting, lunch, water break and a bike tour. It is worth every penny.

Here’s our experience of cycling through the vineyards of Chianti in Italy – from visiting a medieval castle to eating delicious local foods.

Cycling through the vineyards of Chianti
Cycling through the vineyards of Chianti

Biking through the vineyards of Chianti

Upon arriving at the Chianti castle, we got a tour of the castle and saw the wine and olive oil production sites. The tour included a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside, where we would later bike. The wine was delicious and the olive oil was amazing. All of the products are available for sale at the end of the tour.

The guides helped everyone get a bike and helmet that fit them. They made sure that everyone’s helmet fit correctly and that the bike was adjusted to their height. The number one concern was safety, as we bike on roads used by cars for the entire trip, and they made sure that everyone knew that if their biking skills were not up to par-they would be pulled off and ride in the van. This warning was serious. Two of my friends didn’t bike the entire time because they were poor bikers, they admitted to having a blast in the van though.

The bike ride was absolutely breathtaking and about 12 miles long. The rolling green hills were on both sides of the road. We passed countless vineyards and olive groves, some that are used to make the very wine and olive oil we tasted at the castle. The first half of the ride was hilly but mainly downhill.

You can go at your own pace, although if you’re too slow or unsteady, your guide will put you in the van. Lunch was a giant spread of bread, pasta, salad, dessert and more wine. It was great to meet more of the people on the tour-since you don’t really talk much when you’re biking.

The second half of the bike tour started out with 3 miles of flat roads. Then came a steep hill, with an 11-17% grade. Most people walked up the hill or rode in the van, the brave biked it. My tour guide said it was hard for him-so I opted out so that I could enjoy the end of the tour on rolling hills. There was a water break at the top before riding back to the castle. Not only was it a beautiful ride, but it was also relaxing and a great work out.

It’s worth every penny and a different experience than anything else that I encountered in my travels. I would recommend it to anyone that is in shape, is comfortable on a bike and loves wine.

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A Guide to the Best Cities in Italy to Visit

Are you already planning your unforgettable Italy trip?

Combining delicious food, glorious architecture, saturated history, and impressive art heritage, this extraordinary country has it all to make you fall for it from first sight. Thus it’s no surprise that the list of unmissable places in Italy can be simply endless.

For your convenience, below, we created a compilation featuring Italy’s best destinations making an excellent introduction to the region and its dolce vita lifestyle. This should help to make the best out of your Italy trip.

Eternal Rome

Indeed, the expression “all roads lead to Rome” is another confirmation that the heart of the country is a good starting point for any Italy expedition, especially for first-timers.

Attracting travelers from all over the world, this art-laden European metropolis can be easily called an enormous living museum. Among its narrow streets are hidden Renaissance palazzos, Baroque fountains, beautiful chapels, and charming piazzas. As for places worth checking out during your trip, make sure to visit the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, Saint Peter’s Basilica, and, of course, the iconic Colosseum.

The Colosseum or Favian Amphitheater is an incomparable icon of Rome and a must-see spot where you can find out more about epic gladiator fights, entertaining performances, and other legendary events.

Alluring Venice

With its limitless capacity to enchant, striking Venice is more than just a city. It’s an entire series of 118 tiny islands divided by dozens of canals and connected by over 400 elegant bridges.

Let yourself get lost among the little alleys, shop the stalls that line the streets or stop by the Rialto Market, and, as a highlight, explore lapping waterways on a traditional gondola to see the beauty of the town from another angle. Wondering what else can make your Venice travel experience even better?

Thanks to developed lagoon aquaculture, Venetian cuisine offers a mind-blowing selection of seafood dishes. Believe us, accompanied with bubbly prosecco, these mouth-watering delicacies will provide a total blast of your taste buds!

Antique Florence

Famous worldwide as the cradle of the Renaissance, charming Florence represents a paradise for all passionate art enthusiasts since it encompasses numerous exquisite masterpieces of the era.

Tour the Gallery of the Academy of Florence to see the original “David” by Michelangelo, stroll the library of San Lorenzo, and make sure to pop in Uffizi Gallery, which is home to incredible works by such skilled creators as Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and Leonardo da Vinci.

In addition to high-class museums, this fantastic town is dotted with various historical sites, monumental cathedrals, and glorious palaces, including the white-marble Baptistery, Bargello palace, San Miniato al Monte basilica, and the Medici Chapel.

Tranquil Siena

Situated just 43 miles (70 kilometers in equivalent) south of gorgeous Florence, this wonderful hill town in Tuscany has plenty of things to marvel at. According to ancient legends, Siena is considered to be found by Senius, son of Remus.

When speaking about this lively city, it’s impossible not to mention its main pride, Il Palio, or exciting horse race. This thrilling competition is run around the central piazza two times in summer. Interestingly, you can also see this event in action in the famed James Bond film called Quantum of Solace!

During your stay, save some time to peacefully wander the cobblestone streets, visit the eye-catching Siena Cathedral, and overlook the city from Torre del Mangia, an 85-meter high tower constructed in the 14th century.

Bustling Milan

Being one of the most visited destinations in Northern Italy, the world’s fashion and design capital offers plenty of things to see and do.

As a base for the city’s awesome shopping scene, chic outlets and luxurious boutiques are scattered around the area dictating contemporary fashion trends and attracting everyone with their bright showcases.

Apart from high-quality shopping, think about delving into Milan’s cultural legacy and paying a visit to the city’s remarkable museums and galleries. Witness the grandeur of Milan Duomo, stop by the famous La Scala Theater, traverse the historic Brera district, and pop in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie to see the grand Leonardo da Vinci’s fresco “The Last Supper.”

Vivid Cinque Terre 

How about visiting not just one, but the whole five towns at once? Nestled in the region of Liguria, the Cinque Terre coast is a UNESCO-listed destination that represents a claster of  Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore fishing villages.

Each one of the five strikes with its petite colorful buildings, breathtaking sea views, and heart-warming coziness but still having its own unique character.

Apart from offering some of the most dramatic sceneries on the planet, Cinque Terre provides plenty of hiking opportunities. For centuries, the only way to get around the area was on foot! Thus today the local network of mountain trails is heaven for adventurous hikers eager to conquer unoccupied hills and enjoy untouched natural beauty.

To guarantee great comfort for all guests, the paths here differ in complexity and the length of the journey, so you can easily choose the one according to your preferences.

Summing up, miraculous Italy has everything to satisfy even experienced tourists. And apart from choosing the right destination, a well-planned route is a key to having an unforgettable holiday.

To see many-sided Italy at its best, as an option, you can build your travel itinerary with Triptil and make your travel dream come true!

Best Places to Visit in the Amalfi Coast in Italy

Fortunately, there is no such thing as the ultimate vacation scenario, as everyone has their own idea of what a dream holiday is.

Yes, planning a getaway would be much easier if there would be some universal answer, there is no arguing that. But life would be so much duller that cost just doesn’t justify the means.

However, there are several popular ideas on what makes a perfect trip setting. For some people, it’s the tropical paradise from the Bounty chocolate bar commercial, while others long for the unique larger-than-life atmosphere of the capital cities. Quite a few dream of snow, fjords, and the miracle of aurora borealis.

And, the gem of Italy, the stunning Amalfi Coast is definitely one of the most interesting options on the list of the favored vacation destinations. And with so many incredible places to visit in the Amalfi Coast, it’s no surprise!

The picturesque coastline seems to belong to another world, a window to a paradise realm from a different universe. The pure beauty of the sceneries takes your breath away even if you’ve been to this remarkable region multiple times before.

Everything seems to be too good to be true: nature, food, limoncello liqueur, and brilliant sights, so deciding what should go on your must-see vacation list can be rather challenging.

So, let’s explore some of the most interesting options to look for with Italy vacation packages

Best Places to Visit in the Amalfi Coast: Sights Not to Miss

It’s bold (to say the least) to assume that someone can visit all the impressive landmarks of the region during one holiday, so why not start with something less ambitious?

For example, you can pick three interesting places you would like to visit for your first trip, and it will leave you some time to enjoy a gastronomic tour, explore the cities you’ve chosen for your stay, and set off on some impromptu excursions. 

Blue Grotto on Capri Island

A stunning natural wonder, the Blue Grotto, is an extraordinary sea cave that can easily become the highlight of your trip. This magical natural wonder belongs to another planet and feels like a setting for one of the Doctor Who episodes. 

The entrance to this not-so-secret landmark hardly stands out, two meters wide and about a meter high, so you need an experienced guide to get inside. Visitors have to lie on the bottom of a rowboat to be able to get in, but this minor inconvenience is well worth the stunning beauty that waits for them inside. Upon entering, they see a wide cave going deep into the cliff and illuminated by the rich blue light, coming from the seawater, so clean it seems impossible.

In the Roman times, this place was a bathing hole of the second Roman emperor and looked more civilized – decorated with sculptures (two of them you can find in Anacapri museum) and boasting a few resting areas, but time erased the traces of luxury, and the Blue Grotto now seems as untouched as it once was.

Cathedral of Saint Andrew & Cloister of Paradise

The city of Amalfi boasts plenty of fascinating sights, but if you don’t have much time and have to pick just one of them to explore thoroughly – check out the Cathedral of Saint Andrew, also knows simply as Amalfi Cathedral.

It’s probably one of the most visited places in the Amalfi Coast.

You won’t miss it, because the sight is a real head-turner, dominating the views of the Piazza del Duomo, the heart of Amalfi.

To be fair, a place like that, combining unique style, fascinating history, and unparalleled cultural heritage, makes quite a bizarre sight, neighboring with cozy and always busy streets filled with shops and cafes. But such an interesting position only adds to its charm.

The cathedral houses the relics of Apostle Saint Andrew, and its interiors can make even seasoned travelers gape in awe. 

Cloister of Paradise, adjusted to the cathedral is also an interesting sight to stop by. This beautiful place is a small garden with palm trees and amazing flowers, the kingdom of green and blossom, and it was designed as a graveyard for the rich merchants of Amalfi, but it’s nothing like any cemetery you’ve seen before.

This island of tranquility is surrounded by a majestic peristyle, supported by over a hundred columns. During your visit, make sure to keep an eye out for the ancient sarcophagi, nestled around the cloister. 

Vallone delle Ferriere

Even if you are not a big nature fan, take a short break from the famous sandy beaches of the Amalfi Coast and give the famous Vallone delle Ferriere hike a chance.

A truly remarkable way to see a different side of Amalfi, enjoy some breathtaking views, and take advantage of a few unique photo opportunities. Don’t worry, no special physical training is needed to explore the trail, it’s relatively easy and mostly descending

The path will lead you through a beautiful valley where you can see the ancient ruins of the medieval foundries, passing old water mills (once the engine, powering the world-famous paper industry of Amalfi) and majestic waterfalls. The whole hike takes about three hours, and it’s better to set off early in the morning if the day promises to be hot.

The best advice I can give you – wear your trainers and don’t forget your swimming suit, and make sure to thank me later! 

As you can see, even these three places to visit in the Amalfi Coast, a bare minimum of an Amalfi Coast tour, already make a fantastic reason to choose this sun-kissed vacation as your next holiday destination!

But you can rest assured, that there is so much more to see and do there, that you will want to come back to this unique Italian region time and time again.

Reggia di Caserta: A Hidden Gem of Italy

When traveling to the southern half of Italy there are many sights to see.

You might want to soak up the sun off of the Amalfi Coast, visit the ghost town of Pompeii, or even see the volcano that caused its dismay from the Bay of Naples in the bustling city.

But, what if I told you that some of the best sights are off the beaten path that previous tourists have paved? A great example of this is a palace hidden away in southern Italy. Most people know it as “the place they filmed Star Wars”, but there is so much more to it than that!

Reggia di Caserta: The Hidden Gem

Nestled away in a small town named Caserta is the Reggia di Caserta, which translates to Royal Palace of Caserta in English.

Caserta lies in the Campania region of Italy, and is located less than an hour from the city of Naples. This region is best known for its rugged coastlines and rich historic sights, which the place is no exception to.

Reggia di Caserta began its construction in 1752 by Charles VII of Naples. The palace wasn’t finished until the 1800’s when his son decided to take over and complete the lifelong project. The finished product came with 5 floors, 1,200 rooms, and a 120 hectares long park.

Today, the palace is recognized as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site. This means that the palace has cultural significance to the country and the citizens that live here.

So, why should you visit Reggia di Caserta?

  • Next, you get to explore the 120-hectares of fountains and shrubbery that extend behind the palace. You will find locals jogging along the reflecting pools, getting in their daily workout. You will also find families having picnics among the luscious grass and hedges.

    As you explore the land behind the palace it will become clear that Reggia di Caserta is a place where residences of the town like to spend their day. The beauty of this space holds something for all ages; shade for adults to relax and a small play castle for children to exhaust their imagination!

    At the very back of the park you will find the fountain of Diana and Acteon. This fountain beautifully illustrates the Roman tale of the two, and adds to the magical element of the palace.

  • I have a secret tip for you! Above this grand fountain you will see a tower sitting atop of the cascading water. If you are lucky, the stairs to the tower will be open; which are located to the right and left of the Diana and Acteon sculptures. If you are one of the lucky ones to make the ascend, you will see the Palace from above; just as Luigi Vanvitelli meant for those to see his completed work.
  • Another thing to check out is the English Garden. After walking to the very back of the park you will notice a path to your right. This path leads to the botanical garden which houses plants and flowers from around the world, beautiful sculptures, and hidden waterfalls.

    You can walk around and see the actual ruins of Pompeii that were transported to the 24-hectare garden, just adding to its beauty. Stop and take a walk through the Cryptoporticus, which is masterfully replicated to look like a Pompeiian ruin.

    If you are looking for a place to rest, take a seat next to the Bath of Venus. Admire the statue of Venus as she dips into the pond, and take in the breathtaking waterfall while kicking back and relaxing.

  • So, I talked about what there is to do in the daytime at the palace, but what about in the evening? At night, the palace shuts its doors to everyone, the business is closed for another day. But, the square welcomes locals and visitors to mingle on the grounds.

    Many nights I would sit at the square with my friend, drinking wine and eating food, while talking to the other locals. We would light sparklers and set off paper lanterns, it truly was magical! 

    At night, the palace is lit up every color you can imagine, even the colors of the Italian flag!

Overall, Reggia di Caserta is a sight that most travelers do not know about. It is a hidden gem nestled in a town that is a sight to see itself.

When traveling it’s important to see the sights you want, but it’s also amazing to see the sights many do not know about!