The beautiful island of Capri in the Gulf of Naples

The beautiful island of Capri in the Gulf of Naples

If you plan to visit the beautiful island of Capri, near the city of Naplesin the region Campania you have come to the right place. It is one of the most popular islands for those who visit the archipelago of Campania. In fact, Capri, together with Ischia and Procida, is a true symbolic treasure for Neapolitans, but also for all Italians. If you are looking for something unique, for a magical experience that lasts a day or several days, Capri is the place!

Marvel at the natural rock arch of Capri, one of the most beautiful natural wonders in Italy. This rock formation, 12 meters wide and 20 meters high, has a curious arch shape and seems to frame the Sorrento Peninsula opposite. How about taking a nice picture? Click! Let’s learn more!

Why visit the island of Capri?

It offers beautiful and unspoiled landscapes, wild and inviting at the same time. Famous are its rocks and caves, where it is also possible to make private excursions with tour operators in the area. It is a destination for all seasons, because in summer it is teeming with tourists admiring the beauties of the island of Capri, while also in winter or spring it attracts visitors from all over the world thanks to its mild and welcoming climate

The island always shows its best side and attracts visitors from all over the world, because Capri is famous for its beauty and art.

The perfect itinerary to experience the island of Capri in one day?

Although it seems small, there are many things to do and see on Capri. The main attraction for visitors interested in the beauty of the island are certainly the Grotta Azzurra and the Faraglioni. But we can assure you that there are many more things to see instead. Let’s discover them together in a specially created list of unique attractions the island of Capri.

 

– Blue Grotto
– Faraglioni
– Gardens of Augustus
– Anacapri
– One of the best views: Monte Solaro
– Dinner at “Anema e Core
– The lighthouse of Punta Carena
– A visit to the most beautiful beaches of Capri

The view from the Giardini di Augusto, Capri Island, Campania, Italy
The view from the Giardini di Augusto to the Faraglioni, Capri Island, Campania, Italy. (photo © Shutterstock.com)
Capri Island, Monte Solaro, Campania, Italy
View from Monte Solaro on the island of Capri on a summer day, Capri, Campania, Italy. (photo © Shutterstock.com)

The Blue Grotto is certainly the most famous natural site on the island of Capri. It is a sea cave, which is about 60 meters long and about 25 meters wide. It has an entrance 2 meters wide and only 1 meter high, so you can visit it only if you get into small rowboats that can carry a maximum of 4 people. There are several companies that go to the Blue Grotto and most of them depart from the port of Marina Grande.

I don’t think anyone will object if I say that the Faraglioni are the symbol of Capri. In fact, they are three rocky, lacy cliffs that emerge from the sea just a few meters off the coast of the island. Each Faraglione has a name: the one connected to the coast is called Faraglione Stella; the smallest of the three is called Faraglione di mezzo; while the third is known as Faraglione Scopolo, home of the famous blue Faraglioni lizards.

Just a stone ‘s throw from the center of Capri, the Gardens of Augustus consist of a series of flowering terraces overlooking the Faraglioni on one side and the bay of Marina Piccola and the curves of Via Krupp on the other. It’s definitely the place to go if you want to take a souvenir photo of your trip to Capri with the Faraglioni in the background, and also one of the cheapest attractions on the island (the ticket costs only 1 euro).

Anacapri is the most authentic part of the island. Here you can still take a leisurely stroll and indulge in slow rhymes. Luxury hotels have been replaced by B&Bs, haute couture boutiques by artisan stores, and Michelin-starred restaurants by typical Capri trattorias. The main bus stop is in Piazza Vittoria. From here you can reach on foot the various sights of Anacapri, such as Villa di San Michele, Scala Fenicia, Punta Carena lighthouse and Monte Solaro.

The best view of Capri is from the highest point of the island: Monte Solaro. From here you can admire the entire Gulf of Naples, the Faraglioni rocks and the Sorrento Peninsula.
To reach the top of Monte Solaro on foot, you will need about 90 minutes and you can make a small detour to the hermitage of Cetrella.

Grotta Azzurra, Capri Island, Campania, Italy
Grotta Azzurra, island of Capri, Campania, southern Italy, Italy. (photo © Shutterstock.com)
Lighthouse, Faro di Punta Carena, Anacapri, Capri Island, Campania, Italy
“Faro di Punta Carena” lighthouse, Anacapri, Capri Island, Campania, Italy. (photo © Shutterstock.com)

 

Punta Carena is a rocky cove, one of the best places to swim in Capri and definitely a favorite of Caprians. In addition to the always clean waters, this place is made impressive by the lighthouse of Punta Carena, the second in Italy for light performance and one of the oldest.

The Taverna“Anema e Core” is the most representative place of the nightlife of Capri, known all over the world for the incredible format of the legendary chansonnier Guido Lembo.
Live music, improvisation and a warm welcome are the hallmarks of the inn “Anema e Core”.

Capri is a predominantly rocky island and there are very few sandy beaches. The most beautiful and best equipped beaches on the island are: Marina Grande, Marina Piccola, Punta Carena

Marina Grande beach is the largest and most visited beach on the island. It is a child-friendly bay and from here you can easily go out to explore the island. The beach of Marina Piccola is one of the most beautiful of the island.

The Pizzolungo walk is a fascinating route that allows you to leave behind the hustle and bustle of the square and immerse yourself in nature. There are few tourists who choose this route to enjoy in solitude the landscape, the scents, the sounds of nature and the sea. The trail winds through lush Mediterranean vegetation, secluded villas and pleasant detours that lead to the natural rocky arch of Capri or the Grotta di Matermania.

If you enjoyed this virtual tour, think how nice it will be to visit beautiful Capri in the company of friends or family. Enjoy your trip!

Text: Elina © Italy.blog

Piazza Umberto, Church of Santo Stefano, Capri Island, Naples, Campania, Italy
Piazza Umberto I with the church of Santo Stefano in the old town of Capri, island town near Naples, Campania, Italy. (photo © Roman Babakin / Shutterstock.com)
Port, Marina Grande, Capri Island, Naples, Campania, Italy
The Marina Grande harbor on the island of Capri, Naples, Campania, Italy. (photo © Shutterstock.com)

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11 enchanting places on Lake Como

11 enchanting places on Lake Como

The main municipality around Lake Como is Como, the city that gives its name to the lake, with its important landmarks, beguiling old town and interesting perspectives. A trip by boats and hydrofoils are a phenomenal opportunity to appreciate the city and fully appreciate the beauty of the landscape. However, there is no better way to see a more comprehensive representation of the city than that by funicular.

From Como to Brunate. Here you will find the most beautiful sights that you can see on Lake Como. A trip to Lake Como in the Lombardy Region is a must for lovers of nature and the magnificent buildings of the past. They are splendid cities that rise on its shores, all rich in an artistic, cultural, historical and scenic heritage, worthy of the beautiful country of Italythat is not called the “bel paese” for nothing.

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Lago di Como, Lombardy, Italy. (photo © Shutterstock.com)

1. the Como Cathedral

Como Cathedral, perhaps the most charming landmark of northern Italy, is an amazing and extraordinary building, begun in 1396 and completed in 1740 with the raising of the vault by Filippo Juvara, builder of the King of Sardinia.

The building in Como, built to replace the Romanesque church of Santa Maria (1015) and introducing various stylistic elements (Gothic facade, side walls and Renaissance side doors), offers a friendly and surprisingly uniform whole.

The floating facade with towers and zeniths is rich in sculptural improvements, generally carried out by the workshop of Giovanni Rodari, to whom we owe in particular the two aedicules dedicated to the Latin authors Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger, and the embellishments of the three gates, the left one of which is called “della Rana”, in view of a frog depicted on the pilaster segment of the entrance, which, jumping out of a lake, scales the foliage to amaze a butterfly.

Como Cathedral, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy
Aerial view of Como Cathedral the city cathedral, near Lake Como in Lombardy, Italy. (photo © Shutterstock.com)

2. palazzo del Broletto

Right next to the cathedral is another building of great historical and cultural interest. We are talking about the Broletto, also known as Palazzo della Ragione. The town’s meetings were held here, including those of the merchant society, and, above all, justice was administered here.

The adjacent bell tower was used to convene the various meetings, while the proximity to the cathedral symbolized the bond between civil and religious power. However, the former gets the short end of the stick compared to the latter. When the construction of the “new” cathedral was commissioned in 1396, the Broletto was reduced in size, although it continued to perform its civic function until 1764.

Church of Santa Maria Assunta, Broletto Town Hall, Como, Lombardy, Italy
Church of Santa Maria Assunta and the old town hall Broletto, Como, Lombardy, Italy. (photo © Claudio Divizia / Shutterstock.com)

3. volta temple

A mausoleum donated to the city by the industrialist Francesco Somaini, who chose the architect Federico Frigerio as designer. The latter designed a neoclassical style temple, clearly inspired by the Pantheon in Rome with the aim of making it a municipal museum to house the original models, reconstructions of scientific works and other memorabilia of the scientist from Como.

Tempio Voltiano, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy
Aerial drone shot of the famous landmark Tempio Voltiano in Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy. (photo © Shutterstock.com)

4. cernobbio

At the beginning we mentioned how Lake Como is appreciated by the international scene and jet set. From this point of view, Cernobbio is one of the most exclusive destinations in Italy, and not only that. The merit is, of course, the enchanting landscape in which the town is located at the foot of Monte Bisbino on the western shore of the lake.

Very special are also two historic buildings, namely the single-moored Villa Erba and the proud Villa d’Este. Both are now used for ceremonies, banquets and conference tourism. Villa d’Este, for example, hosts the annual Ambrosetti Forum, attended by ministers, heads of state, and the best in academia, especially in the field of business.

And that’s not all, because Cernobbio has long attracted many trekking enthusiasts. In fact, one of the most popular hiking trails in Italy begins here: it is called“La Via dei Monti Lariani” and winds for 100 km at an altitude between 600 and 1200 meters. In short, relatively easy (as long as you heed the usual warnings for trekking and hiking enthusiasts) and with countless breathtaking views in terms of scenic beauty.

Cernobbio on Lake Como, sights in Lombardy, Italy
Cernobbio on Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy. (Photo © Shutterstock.com)

5. lenno

Lenno is another enchanting seaside resort, located in a suggestive bay called “Gulf of Venus” for its beauty, ending at the headland of Punta Balbianello, where the fantastic FAI villa of the same name stands. A leisurely stroll along Venus Bay to admire the beauty of the lake waters and a stop at Villa del Balbianello to see the beautiful gardens and luxurious interiors is a great idea for romantic couples looking for a breathtaking view.

Villa del Balbianello, Lavedo, Lenno, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy
Villa del Balbianello, Lavedo, Lenno, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy. (Photo © Shutterstock.com)

6. tremezzina on lake como

Tremezzina contains a number of places of unusual splendor and charm. After negotiating the twists and turns and bottlenecks of the Regina state road by car, when you emerge in the Tremezzina area, you are overwhelmed by the excellence of the residences, private and public accommodations and restaurants that leave the lake to the left. One is inclined to be transported by a time machine to a time when class, sophistication and serenity prevailed.

Another must-see stop in Tremezzina is currently Parco Olivelli, a jewel of design and organics whose amazing staircase and dramatic fountain was the catwalk for one of Dolce and Gabbana’s style shows. In Tremezzina, a visit to the gardens of Villa Carlotta is a must.

Villa Carlotta, Lake Como, Tremezzina, Lombardy, Italy.
Villa Carlotta, Lake Como, Tremezzina, Lombardy, Italy. (Photo © Shutterstock.com)

7. Varenna on Lake Como

Varenna is a delightful fishing village located a short drive from Lecco, offering visitors a maze of cobblestone streets and a wonderful “Love Walk” from the center to the pier.

This beautiful path, which partially floats above the cobblestones of the lake, offers a spectacular setting at any time of the year, an ideal place for romantic couples seeking tranquility and beauty. Another attraction not to be missed in Varenna is the beautiful Villa Monastero and its botanical garden, rich in rare plants and flowers.

Varenna old town with mountains in the background, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy
Varenna old town with the mountains in the background, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy. (photo © Shutterstock.com)

8. menaggio on lake como

It can be easily reached by boat from Varenna or Bellagio. Among flowerbeds, palm trees and wrought iron balustrades with delicate curls that offer views of the lake in a refined and tranquil setting, you can certainly catch a glimpse of the elegant lakefront that Menaggio offers.

Inside there are churches and villas, like Villa Mylius Vigoni, surrounded by an English garden. For those who like walking, in this charming town you can take the ancient Strada Regina up to La Crocetta, a panoramic point 500 meters above sea level, from which you can enjoy an enchanting view of Lake Como.

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Menaggio beach promenade, Lago di Como, Lombardy, Italy. (Photo © Shutterstock.com)

9. lecco

It is the town that gives its name to the eastern arm of Lake Como and here everything reminds of the famous Alessandro Manzoni and his novel I Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed), which he wrote inspired by these places.

There are many important monuments in Lecco, including the Basilica of San Nicolò with its bell tower, the symbol of the city called “Il Matitone”, the Palazzo delle Paure, Villa Manzoni, which was the paternal residence of the writer and which is now a museum about Manzoni, the church of Saints Vitale and Valeria as the parish of Don Abbondio.

Very curious is also the presumed house of Lucia Mondella, located in via Caldone at number 19, while in via Resegone, from the courtyard of an old trattoria, you can clearly see the hill of the palace of Don Rodrigo. Finally, the Azzone-Visconti Bridge, built in the Renaissance, served to connect Lecco with the Duchy of Milan and is still the access to the city for those coming from Milan or Como.

Lago di Como, Lake Como, City of Lecco, Lombardy, Italy
Lago di Como. Evening aerial panorama at sunset over Lake Como of the city of Lecco, Lombardy, Italy. (photo © Shutterstock.com)

10. brunate

Brunate is easily reached by the Como funicular, a real attraction originally intended for the rich Milanese bourgeoisie who owned the prestigious villas in this village almost 800 meters above sea level.

Over the years, the destination has become increasingly international and today tourists from all over the world use this mode of transport. “The Balcony of the Alps” is the name of Brunate, known for its Art Nouveau villas, all of which can be admired along a footpath that offers spectacular views of the Western Alps. In Brunate there is also the Faro di Volta (Volta Lighthouse) named after Alessandro Volta.

Faro Voltiano, Brunate, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy
Aerial view of Voltiano lighthouse of Brunate and Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy. (Photo © Shutterstock.com)

11 Laglio

The village of Laglio has only 905 inhabitants and the famous actor George Clooney bought a villa there. Laglio is located on the western shore of the lake and is directly on the route of the ancient Roman road Via Regina, which connected Como with Chiavenna. A must-see in Laglio: the church of San Giorgio and Villa Oleandra, built in the 18th century and now Clooney’s summer home.

The whole town is ideal for walks thanks to the lake and the surrounding hills with vineyards and olive groves that offer an impressive panorama. In addition, the area of Monte di Torriggia is ideal for birdwatchers. Here you can admire hawks and migratory birds that migrate in flocks to Switzerland and northern Europe.

Villa Oleandra, Laglio, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy
Villa Oleandra, Laglio on Lake Como in Lombardy, Italy. (Photo © Shutterstock.com)

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Lake Garda, vacation on the largest lake in Italy

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Lake Garda, vacation on the largest lake in Italy

A tour to discover the most atmospheric places that should not be missing in your itinerary on Lake Garda.

Rich in a thousand years of history that began in the distant Middle Paleolithic and cradle of ancient peoples such as the Romans and Lombards, Lake Garda, with its picturesque villages, beautiful villas and enchanting castles, is the perfect destination for those seeking a vacation among fairytale villages, small streets and unforgettable views.

Lake Garda (Italian: Lago di Garda), also called Benaco, is the largest lake in Italy with an area of 370 square kilometers. Due to its enormous size, it is divided between the Province of Trento in Trentino-Alto Adige, the Province of Brescia in Lombardy and the Province of Verona in Veneto.

It is visited by millions of tourists every year and is considered one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy. Exceptional is the variety of landscapes that make this lake the perfect destination both in summer and winter with its high snow-capped mountains, rolling hills, small islands and clear beaches that offer a different but always impressive sight throughout the year.

Riva del Garda, Lake Garda, Trentino, Italy

Panoramic view of the beautiful Lake Garda in autumn. Riva del Garda, Lake Garda, Trentino South Tyrol, Italy. (photo © Shutterstock.com)

Hundreds of villages are able to make your stay on the lake unique and in the first place, on the Lombard shore, we find Sirmione, considered one of the jewels of Lake Garda. With its magical atmosphere, which in history has attracted writers and poets such as Catullus and Joyce, Sirmione is one of the most exciting destinations to be found on Lake Garda.

This small village owes its uniqueness mainly to the famous Scaliger Castle, located on the outskirts of the town, which can be reached only through the drawbridge of this impressive fortress founded on the water.
The castle of Sirmione, built around 1250 A.D. by Mastino I Della Scala, is one of the best preserved castles in Italy and can be visited today in its entirety.
Inside you can visit many rooms, see the two crenellated towers overlooking Lake Garda and climb the 146 steps that lead to the footbridges from which you can admire the surrounding landscape.
Like all medieval castles, the castle of Sirmione is surrounded by macabre legends that tell of ancient murders and restless spirits that roam its corridors on stormy nights.

Another famous attraction in Sirmione that will delight all lovers of history are the Caves of Catullus. Surrounded by olive trees and nestled in a wild nature near the lake, the “Grotte di Catullo” are the remains of an ancient Roman villa from the first century AD, which according to tradition was owned by the family of the famous Veronese poet Catullus.

The villa, which covers more than two hectares and was once built on three floors, is now open to the public. Inside you can visit the ancient ruins, a vast olive grove with more than 1,500 olive trees and a museum that collects archaeological findings from the areas of the lake from prehistoric to Roman times.

World famous for its wonderful thermal waters are also the Terme di Sirmione, whose discovery by Procopio dates back to 1889. Characterized by mineral water that is considered bacteriologically pure, these spas are the perfect destination for those seeking relaxation and wellness.

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Rocca Scaligera Castle in Sirmione, Lake Garda, Italy. (photo © Shutterstock.com)

Also in Lombardy is Limone sul Garda, a small town known for its citrus groves on panoramic terraces that surround the entire town.

The most famous is the Limonaia Castel, where lemons, grapefruits, tangerines and citrons grow abundantly thanks to the microclimate of the lake.

Sports enthusiasts in Limone sul Garda should not miss the panoramic bike path, a route built high above the lake that will captivate you with its breathtaking views.

Near Limone sul Garda lies Tremosine, a group of small hamlets built on a plateau and known for their picturesque streets and spectacular terraces, such as the Strada della Forra, which was carved into the rock of the mountain, and the Terrazza del Brividowhich overlooks the lake.

Going up the eastern shore of the lake, you come to Salò, known for its historical importance during the events of World War II. A must-see is the Salò Cathedral, built in 1453 in late Gothic style and rich in priceless works of art by Paolo Veneziano and Moretto. The lake promenade, the longest on Lake Garda, also offers a postcard-perfect backdrop.

Just a few kilometers from Salò is Gardone Riviera with the Vittoriale degli Italiani. The burial place of Gabriele D’Annunzio, this huge villa was commissioned by the poet to the architect Giancarlo Maroni, who worked on the construction for almost 15 years and completed the work in 1938.

This “little citadel” houses the Prioria, a house-museum with richly decorated rooms and dozens of extravagant objects, a large park with fountains, statues and ponds, various museums, an amphitheater and an auditorium that can hold more than 200 people. Among the most evocative places to visit in the Vittoriale are the Nave Puglia, the mausoleum where the remains of the poet are kept, and the Museo D’Annunzio Segreto, where all the memorabilia of the Vate’s life are collected.

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Isola del Garda Borghese, Lake Garda, Italy. (photo © Shutterstock.com)

On the shore of Trentino, in a fjord surrounded by the Alps, Riva del Garda is the most picturesque and much visited town. The historic center is a must-see, climbing up the hill in narrow, characteristic streets that lead to Piazza 3 Novembre, the heart of the city. Within this square overlooking the lake is the Apponale Tower, which dates back to 1220 A.D. and can be entered with a ticket that allows you to climb the many steps to the top, from where you can admire the whole city from above.

Another destination near Riva del Garda is the medieval town of Arco, with its castle perched on the rock, considered one of the most beautiful in the Alps, and its botanical garden, commissioned by Archduke Albert of Habsburg and rich in rare plants.
Still in Trentino, between Lake Garda and Lake Tenno, lies Canale di Tenno, one of the oldest and best preserved medieval villages in Italy, with its unmissable views and steep streets full of history and traditions.

On the Venetian shore lies Malcesine, the pearl of Lake Garda. This small village with its colorful houses and medieval castle is the starting point of the cable car that takes you to Monte Baldo, the highest peak of Lake Garda, which offers the best view of the entire lake and from which many trails lead for hiking enthusiasts.
Still in the Veneto region, not far from Malcesine, is Cassone with the Aril River, which at 175 meters is the shortest river in the world.

To be visited at sunset and considered the most romantic place on the lake, Punta San Virgilio was the heart place of writers like Goethe and never ceases to amaze with its delicate landscape of cypresses and old lemon houses.
It also houses one of the oldest inns in Italy, which has hosted countless illustrious personalities over the centuries, and has one of the most famous beaches on the lake: the Baia delle Sirene.

If you are passionate about viticulture, Lazise and Bardolino are the perfect destinations for you. Villages famous for the production of fine wines such as Bardolino and Chiaretto, here you can visit vineyards, wine cellars and participate in various tastings.

The town is also home to the Wine Museum, which tells the story of wine production with ancient and modern exhibits and comprehensive explanatory panels. Lazise is also very popular with young and old because of its numerous amusement parks which are located in the surroundings of this beautiful Lake Garda resort.

 

Limone sul Garda, Lake Garda, Italy

Limone sul Garda, Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy. (photo © Shutterstock.com)

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Malcesine, Lake Garda, Veneto, Italy. (photo © xbrchx / Shutterstock.com)

Part of the immense landscape of Lake Garda is also the Isola del Garda, the largest of the five islands of the lake. 200 meters from the coast and accessible only by boat, on this island you can visit Villa Ferrari, the hermitage of St. Francis of Assisi and dozens of Roman remains such as tombstones and temple ruins scattered throughout the area.

If you are near Torbole, you can’t miss a visit to the Marmitte dei Giganti: huge holes dug in the mountain by the melting of the glaciers more than 130,000 years ago, more than 5 meters wide and about 12 meters deep. Visiting this place really means witnessing the wonderful feats of nature.

Other very worth seeing places on Lake Garda are San Felice del Benaco on the western shore of Lake Garda, Peschiera del Garda on the southern shore of Lake Garda and also Desenzano sul Garda, as well as Torri del Benaco, Gargnano, Brenzone, Manerba del Garda, Moniga del Garda, Tignale and the town of Garda which gave its name to Lago di Garda.

Not only villages and castles, but also the traditional cuisine of Lake Garda is full of delicious dishes to try. Typical are, of course, the dishes based on fish from the lake, such as bigoli con le sarde, a typical dish of fresh egg pasta, sisàm, a sweet and sour mixture of dried buttonholes and white onions, and risotto with tench fried and beaten in butter.

The menu also includes meat dishes such as lesso con pearà (boiled meat with pearà), prepared with beef and pork and served with a breadcrumb sauce, polenta and mortadèla and canederli in meat broth, bread balls filled with eggs and meat.

Lake Garda, thanks to the varied nature of its territory, is also the perfect destination for all sports enthusiasts. From sailing to windsurfing, from climbing to trekking, from cycling to paragliding a round of golf on one of the numerous, beautiful Golf courses on Lake Garda – the Benaco is considered the Mecca of outdoor sports and here there are a thousand ways to go, walls to climb and waves to plow through.

Many and many more are the surprises that this wonderful land has to offer its visitors and if you are looking for a place for your next vacation, do not hesitate to discover Lake Garda, which I am sure will remain forever in your heart.

 

Riva del Garda

Salò

Malcesine

Sirmione

Limone sul Garda

Torbole

Arco

Isola del Garda

Lazise

Bardolino

Monte Baldo

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Imposing cliffs, mythical caves and hidden coves: Let’s set out together to discover the most enchanting beaches in Salento.

The Salento Peninsula is located in the Puglia region between the Ionian Sea and the Adriatic Sea and is situated between the provinces of Lecce, Brindisi and Taranto. It has always been famous for its paradisiacal beaches and for being one of the favorite destinations of Italians who choose this country every year to spend their summer vacation in total relaxation, far from the daily chaos of the big cities.

Salento, which figuratively represents the heel of the Italian boot, boasts some of the most beautiful beaches on the peninsula and is known for its peculiar coastal shape, characterized by wide strips of fine white sand to the west and rocky cliffs to the east, rich in rocks and marine life, perfect for diving enthusiasts.

What makes the beaches of Salento one of the most popular destinations in Italy is also their proximity to beautiful towns rich in history, monuments and traditions, such as Ostuni, known for its beautiful historic center painted entirely with white lime, Otranto with its medieval Aragonese Castle and Lecce with its incredible baroque buildings.

Awarded with numerous Blue Flags every year, below we have prepared a list of the best 7 bathing beaches in Salento that you can’t miss during your vacation in Puglia.

 

Ostuni-Apulia-Italy

The white town of Ostuni, very worth seeing place on the way to Salento, Puglia, Italy. (Photo © Shutterstock.com)

1. BEACH OF TORRE DELL’ORSO

The beach of Torre dell’Orso is easily reached by car from the center of Melendugno, only 9 km away, and is a crescent of fine golden sand surrounded by impressive cliffs.

Among the various treasures hidden in this place, stands out the cave of San Cristoforo, where there are ancient graffiti dating back to the Latin navigators, and an ancient tower that had the task of sighting possible enemy ships.

Unmissable is also the view from the top of the cliff where you can admire the Two Sisters, two white stacks associated with a sad legend that tells of the tragic death of two sisters.

Torre dell' Orso, Salento, Puglia, Italy
The bay of Torre dell’Orso, with its high cliffs, turquoise sea and blue sky, the beach with fine white and pink sand. The rocks called “Two Sisters”. unique beaches in Salento, Puglia, Italy. (Photo © Shutterstock.com)

2. BEACH OF TORRE LAPILLO

Located in the northernmost part of the Ionian Sea, Torre Lapillo was included in the list of Italian Marine Protected Areas in 2011 and is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Salento, with its white sand and seabed rich in coral reefs.

This beach owes its name to the nearby Tower of San Tommaso, a watchtower built on the seashore in 1568 by order of Charles V to protect Salento from a possible Saracen invasion.

Today, the tower, with a square floor plan and an access staircase marked by three arches in the lower part, is fully accessible to visitors and has recently been restored.

 

Strrand Torre Lapillo, Salento, Puglia, Italy
Beautiful beach Torre Lapillo, Salento, Puglia, Italy. (Photo © Fabio Boccuzzi / Shutterstock.com)

3. spiaggia di Torre CHIANCA

So named in honor of the sixteenth century tower that rises in front of the sea, Torre Chianca is located just 10 km from the city of Lecce and is one of the most popular and visited by tourists beaches.

Also known as Dune Beach, Torre Chianca is a long stretch of coastline with soft sand lined with beautiful dune formations, shallow waters and an incredibly transparent sea.

When the sea is calm, it is also possible to admire the remains of five monolithic columns in Cipollino marble from Roman times, sunk at a depth of 4.5 meters after a shipwreck 2,000 years ago, just 80 meters from the coast.

Torre Chianca beach, Salento, Puglia, Italy

Picturesque beach Torre Chianca and historical fortress tower Torre Chianca (Torre Santo Stefano) on the Ionian coast of Salento, Porto Cesareo, Puglia, Italy. (Photo © Shutterstock.com)

4. BEACH OF PESCOLUSE

Known as the“Maldives of Salento”, the beach of Pescoluse is absolutely worth seeing and is undoubtedly considered by locals and visitors as one of the most beautiful bathing beaches in Salento.

With its long coastline of about four kilometers, the beach of Pescoluse is protected by beautiful dunes covered with acacias and white lilies that seem to separate the sea (so crystal clear that you can almost see yourself reflected in it) from the rest of the world.

Attracting tourists from all over the world is also the fantastic view that can be admired from the coast, with its many small islands peeking out from the surface of the sea.
If you are planning a visit to Pescoluse this summer, don’t forget to set your alarm and get there early in the morning to get the best possible spot given the large number of vacationers in high season.

Salento beaches, Pescoluse beach, the Maldives of Salento, Puglia, Italy

Pescoluse beach, the Maldives of Salento, Puglia, Italy. (Photo © Shutterstock.com)

5. bay of Porto Badisco

Famous as the landing place of the mythological Aeneas in the eponymous epic, the beach of Porto Badisco is a cove on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, about 8 km from Otranto.

Protected by high cliffs and easily accessible on foot, swimming in these clear waters protected from the currents is a unique experience thanks to the beautiful sceneries that, if you are equipped with snorkel and mask, will show you a diverse Mediterranean fauna.

The charm of this small bay is also enriched by the Grotta dei Cervi, one of the most important archaeological sites in Italy, consisting of a series of caves and tunnels that preserve some of the most impressive and intact Neolithic rock paintings ever found.

Currently, to try the particular climatic conditions in the grotto that have preserved these paintings, the Grotta dei Cervi can not be visited. However, one can visit a virtual tour at Castello di Otranto.

 

Porto Badisco Bay, Salento, Puglia, Italy

Bay of Porto Badisco, Salento, Puglia, Italy. Photo © Lucamato / Shutterstock.com

6. baia dei turchi

Included by the FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano) in the list of the hundred places to be protected in Italy and part of the precious protected oasis of the Alimini Lakes, Baia dei Turchi is located 5 km from Otranto and is a true paradise where unspoiled nature reigns. Certainly one of the most beautiful beaches in Salento!

Traditionally, this beach is considered the exact point where the Turkish warriors landed during the Battle of Otranto in the 15th century. Today it is divided into three sections, a central one where there are two bathing establishments equipped for every need, and two lateral ones that are freely accessible.

Baia dei Turchi, Otranto, Salento beaches, Puglia, Italy

Protected oasis of the lakes Alimini: Baia dei Turchi. Located just a few kilometers north of Otranto, this coast is one of the most important ecosystems in Salento and Puglia, Italy. (Photo © Shutterstock.com)

7. grotta della poesia

Not exactly sea, but certainly worthy of entering the ranking of the most beautiful bathing beaches in Salento, is the Cave of Poetry, la Grotta della Poesia, one of the most beautiful natural swimming pools in the world, the result of the collapse of the roof of the cave due to the phenomenon of water erosion.
About 25 km from Lecce, Grotta della Poesia is a complex of two separate caves connected to the sea by a swimming tunnel: Grotta della Poesia Grande and Grotta della Poesia Piccola.

The most famous and the only one suitable for swimming is the Grotta della Poesia Grande, which leaves you speechless with its clear emerald waters, its immense size, the possibility of diving from a height of more than four meters and the small tunnel, a few meters long, that connects the pool to the sea.
The Grotta della Poesia Piccola, on the other hand, is protected and is a true archaeological treasure of inestimable value thanks to the ancient engravings that have miraculously remained intact to this day.

Grotta della Poesia, Salento, Puglia, Italy

People visit the swimming cave Grotta Della Poesia in Roca, Salento Peninsula, Puglia, Italy. (Photo © Tupungato / Shutterstock.com)

Here we are at the end of this little guide to the most beautiful beaches in Salento, which we hope will inspire you for your next vacation.
Whatever kind of vacation you are looking for, we are sure that the warm Apulian sun, the crystal clear sea and the fine golden sand of the Salento peninsula will fully meet all your expectations.

Text: Nadia Rossi © Italy.blog

Spiaggia Torre Lapilo

Grotta della Poesia

Baia dei Turchi

Porto Badisco Bay

Spiaggia Pescoluse

Maledive del Salento

Spiaggia di Torre Chianca

Spiaggia Torre dell'Orso

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