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6 ITALIAN HOLIDAY ALTERNATIVES TO THE AMALFI COAST.
APRIL 4, 2019 / BC
AMALFI, Italy — OK so we all know heaven exists on earth and it goes by the name Amalfi.
For those who have visited before and are getting tired of the tourist packed streets, or simply want to discover something a little off the beaten track then read along.
We uncover the best Amalfi alternatives to explore this summer, all offering a personality of their own, without compromising Italy's beach-lifestyle-glamour.
Taormina Town Square / Source: roamandgolightly.com
Once a mandatory stop on The Grand Tour of the young European aristocracy, Taormina is a hilltop town on the east coast of Sicily.
Sitting near the active volcano Mount Etna, this ancient Greco-Roman village is surrounded by beautiful coves and sandy beaches, rich in history and lively all year round.
TIP: Make sure to visit the tiny island and nature reserve of Isola Bella - perfect for a day of beach lounging and activating flight-mode.
Marina di Sant'Angelo / Source: @bcalleia
Sister Island of Capri and the largest in the bay of Naples, Isola Ischia is considered by many locals to be the most beautiful option for a summer escapade.
A frequent backdrop for Italian and American movies (most notably The Talented Mr. Ripley), the island is packed full of untouched villages and breathtaking architecture.
Sprinkled with a rich and tumultuous history, this volcanic thermal wonder won’t be undiscovered for long.
TIP: Pack yours (or Tom Ripley’s) bright yellow/green swim trunks and spend a day lounging below the towering 12th century Castello Aragonese on the island’s northeast coast.
Grotta Palazzese in Polignano a Mare / Source: unknown
POLIGNANO A MARE
Known for it’s white-pebble beaches and cavernous interiors, Polignano a Mare makes for a perfect side-step to the Amalfi Coast this summer.
Nestled between the coves and cliffs of the southern Adriatic coast, this Romanesque village is the authentic Italian supreme pizza you’ve been searching for.
Pebble-stone streets lined with endless eateries, countless ‘one more pic’ moments and enough language barriers to keep you and your mum entertained for hours - bliss.
TIP: Much like the finest restaurant in Sorrento, Dining at the Grotta Palazzese comes with a cost so make a pre-dinner reservation and tread lightly.
Isola Maddalena / Source: VIVI Sail
Turquoise lagoons, untouched islands and white sandy beaches all to yourself? This is definitely a leap step and a jump from Da Adolfo of Positano or Capri’s Da Luigi.
Now a well-known anchorage to the Costa Smeralda yacht scene, the islands of Maddalena have a sense of ruggedness to them, unlike anywhere else in the Mediterranean.
TIP: Decide your level of adventure before setting out and pre-book your bike, yacht or car before peak season hits to make sure you don’t miss out.
The shining star of the Pelagian Archipelago just south of Sicily, this tiny dot of Italian terrain is the last stop in the Mediterranean before reaching the African coast.
It’s unique location has lead the island to become one of the most frequented destinations for scuba-divers and nature lovers in Europe each summer.
Bay of Lampedusa / Source: @cosafareinsicilia
PORTOFINO & SAN FRUTTUOSO
The magical views of Portofino and the nearby beaches of San Fruttuosa are sure to impress any Amalfi-Aficionado.
More magnetic for the rich and famous than the Chateau Marmont, this glamorous Elizabeth-Taylor-type part of the Italian Riviera offers more than just a pretty face and healthy smile.
TIP: Find yourself a yellow umbrella at San Fruttuoso di Camogli and let hours turn into days as you unwind and possibly finish a book (or two).
San Fruttuoso di Camogli / Source: @Taza