Relaxing beach holiday in Italy not far from cinque Terre

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1. Posted by Cathabroad (Budding Member 3 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,
We have a 6 week trip planned for Europe in Aug/Sep this year and have lots of adventures planned. It will be quite an active holiday so we are hoping to chill out in Italy for 6 days at the end. Can anyone recommend a beautiful beach area that is not overly touristy & reasonable priced?Our last stop before this is walking in the Cinque Terre area so don't want to have to travel more than a day to get somewhere. We were originally going to plonk ourselves in Sorrento but now think that might be too touristy. Also contemplating Corsica but don't know much about it. We want a pool, beautiful beach & relaxation.

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 6448 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

First of all, Sorrento doesn't have 'beautiful beaches'. It has two tiny stretches of sand and some rocks. Amalfi and Positano have proper sandy beaches. Sorrento is also not what I would call 'touristy': it certainly has plenty of overseas visitors but it's a living settlement not based entirely on visitor income and one which maintains its local culture, behaviours and practices.

You're visiting at the height of the high season so everywhere is going to be pretty crowded. Many/most Italians go on holiday in their own country as well as people from other countries. All 'beautiful beaches' are going to be busy....many/most are 'touristy' (if 'touristy' means local residents making money from holidaying visitors, which is not in itself a bad thing)..... and high season prices are never reasonable.

You'll be in northern Italy so I doubt you'll want to trek right down to the less-visited (though certainly not unvisited!) parts of Italy such as Puglia, Basilicata and Calabria. If you do you might research places like Brindisi or Trani in Puglia, Tropea or Reggio Calabria in Calabria, Policoro or Aquafredda in Basilicata (lots more options in all 3 regions).

Nearer CT you might also explore the smaller settlements along the norther coast e.g. Finale Ligure, Varigotti, Torre del Mare.....or explore the coast near Venice e.g. Chioggia, Caorle, Bibione...

Please don't expect to find empty beaches with no 'foreign' visitors in August/September: I fear you'll be disappointed.

[ Edit: Edited on 26 Apr 2023, 14:00 GMT by leics2 ]

3. Posted by Cathabroad (Budding Member 3 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Thanks so much for your reply & suggestions. I suppose just meant a place that is not over run & super exy. I do understand it will be busy most places at that time of year.

4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 6448 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

This is what I'd do:

Decide which areas are feasible to get to after CT, use google maps satellite view to check for landscape and sandy beaches, research nearby smaller coastal settlements (the vast majority have a wiki entry) then check the reliable and long-established https://www.booking.com to see what accom is available in those settlements and at what price (booking.com lists almost all hotels, guesthouses, hostels & self-catering options but you could also check Airbnb).

I'm sure you'll find somewhere to suit. :-)

[ Edit: Edited on 27 Apr 2023, 07:08 GMT by leics2 ]

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