While the 34-miles of pristine sand along the Amalfi Coast attract plenty of tourists, this stunning region of Italy also boasts countless off-the-beaten-path treasures just waiting to be discovered. From uncluttered stretches of sand and towering cliffs to charming seaside towns, the secret gems of the Amalfi Coast are also surprisingly easy to reach.
Enjoy the Coastline
Nestled beneath clusters of cliff-hugging fisherman houses, Furore is the region's only fjord, a narrow inlet sandwiched between high cliffs that end in a small beach. Overhead a striking arched bridge connects two soaring outcrops and is one of the area's main focal points. The picture-perfect pocket of sand is accessible by a steep flight of stone steps, which only adds to its charm and air of mystery.
Hop on a boat to visit Li Galli, a small archipelago just off the Amalfi Coast that comprises the islets of Gallo Lungo, La Castelluccia and La Rotonda. Also known as the Sirenuse Islands, this area is said to have once been home to half-woman half-bird creatures from Greek mythology. While over the years, the allure of Li Galli has attracted a slew of actors, painters, and dancers, today the archipelago is a part of the Marine Protected Area of Punta Campanella.
Italy is bursting with iconic destinations, from flamboyant Venice to cultured Rome and the pastel-hued villages of the Cinque Terre. Famed the world over for its rich cuisine, its picturesque landscapes, and blend of ancient and modern culture, there is nowhere which fires the wanderlust quite like Italy. Yet step away from Lake Como or the Amalfi Coast, and you'll discover an even more authentic Italian experience. Our destination here is Le Marche, a region of dramatic landscapes, fine white wines, and pretty hilltop towns.
Be Dazzled by Dramatic Landscapes
Tucked between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea, Le Marche offers visitors the best of both worlds. The crowd-free pebble beaches are lapped by the clearest of waters, with tranquil little bays such as those in the Parco del Conero backed by white cliffs. There are impressive caves to explore - the Grotte di Frasassi standing as one of the largest cave systems in Europe - and sweeping national parks of towering mountains and foothills blanketed in vineyards. While away an afternoon at the vineyard in the Parco Regionale Monte San Bartolo, sipping delicate wines while the sun sets over the Adriatic for an experience that's impossible to forget.
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