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Italy’s Coastal Paradises: Where to Find the Best Views and Beaches

houses on mountain beside sea during daytime

Italy is world-famous for many things, and its coastline is one of them. Dotted throughout are homes built directly into the hilly and rugged cliffs, meaning there are pathways and restaurants with views of the Mediterranean along the entire coast. This article will guide you through just two different coastal options for breathtaking views and beach relaxation. But, keep in mind, there are many more…

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is a UNESCO World Heritage site that encompasses five charming villages, each situated on the cliffs, and each with amazing views.

Starting from the vibrant Riomaggiore, visitors are greeted by pastel-coloured houses cascading down steep cliffs – already, this is recognizable from the images we often see of Italy’s stunning coastal architecture. As you travel north, the quaint village of Manarola is a cosy visit with its narrow streets and iconic terraces overlooking the sea.

Corniglia is another village and it’s perched on top of a rocky promontory. It has quite a unique perspective of the coastline, because unlike its neighboring villages, it is surrounded by terraced vineyards. Further along the coast is Vernazza, which is one for the history and architecture buffs as it boasts a medieval castle and an ancient church.

Monterosso al Mare, which is the largest of the five villages, boasts beautiful sandy beaches and quite a busy old town with plenty of commerce. Its clear waters and atmosphere make it an ideal spot to relax and soak in the Mediterranean sun.

Hiking is a great way to explore Cinque Terre, and it can be done in around 8 days at a slow pace. But, it’s also a suitable place for a lazy weekend break, where you can see many of the villages in a short space of time.

Amalfi Coast

Among the other walking holidays in Italy, the Amalfi Coast is known for its charming, colorful towns perched on the steep cliffs and terraces. Positano is one of its most famous towns, mostly due to its vertical landscape. The steep streets and narrow alleys lined with vibrant bougainvillea make it an incredible photograph opportunity. Spiaggia Grande, which is undoubtedly the main beach, has a surprisingly lively atmosphere.

Ravello is another gem on the Amalfi Coast. It has some peaceful gardens and panoramic views that are another great picture opportunity. Villa Rufolo, particularly, offers breathtaking views of the coastline and gardens, while Villa Cimbrone is home to the Terrace of Infinity, which has views of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

The beaches here are top-notch. Marina di Praia is a secluded beach hidden between cliffs, making it perfect for reading and meditation. Fiordo di Furore is a dramatic fjord with a small, hidden beach, making it great for a unique swimming experience.

The Amalfi Drive (SS163) is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Or, you can walk along it, due to each town being quite close to one another.


Italy’s coastal paradises can be found throughout the country, not to mention the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. Each has its unique allure, and each with its own trails. Whether exploring the iconic Cinque Terre or the Amalfi Coast, it promises four things: world-class views, architecture, dining, and beaches.