Italy’s best kept secrets; sea side towns that tourists haven’t discovered as yet

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Italy's best kept secrets; sea side towns that tourists haven't discovered as yet

With holidays around the corner, Italy yet again remains a hot favourite. But what tourists can do this time is to explore the lesser known places which are not just stunning in their panoramic views but less frequented by tourists.

Check them out!

The small fishing village of Porto Venere is just a short boat ride away from the famous towns of the Cinque Terre. The port and the village are picturesque with ancient ruins, beautiful churches and even a sprawling castle overlooking the Ligurian sea.

Formerly a naval base, the stunning port of Piombino is now primarily used for freight transport and as a marina. Legend has it that Napoleon Bonaparte once gifted the beautiful seaside town to his sister, who quickly dubbed it “Little Paris.” Hike up the sea cliff to Piazza Bovio, where you can enjoy views of the harbor and all the way to Elba Island.

This gorgeous Tuscan port town is a must see. Porto Santo Stefano is known for having the freshest seafood around, as well as some top-notch Tuscan ristorantes.

The pretty town of Ponza is home to a large, sheltered fishing and boating port flanked by restaurants, boutiques, bakeries, and cafes. Though the town bustles with activity, Ponza still manages to remain relatively uncrowded and free of foreign visitors. Discover Ponza’s gorgeous swimming grottoes and its popular moon-shaped bay, Chiaia di Luna—easily one of Italy’s most stunning beaches.

The sleepy, colorful port town still remains the summer getaway of choice by wealthy Milanese and Turinese, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the luxe life, too—if only temporarily. Unlike the narrow, tourist-congested streets of nearby Portofino, Camogli has quiet, open piazzas and nature paths that will lead you up to some spectacular coastal views.

With its pretty seaside promenades, Belle Époque hotels, and art nouveau casino, the port town of San Remo isn’t exactly a secret anymore—but it still hides in the shadow of nearby Portofino. The area has an old-world grandeur about it, with sandy shores that are significantly less crowded.

Primarily a fishing town, it features pastel-colored cliff houses, narrow alleys, medieval churches and even a 13th-century castle. The major draw is Montagna Spaccata—a mountain supposedly split in half by an earthquake.


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