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Italy’s coast is as beautiful as it is varied. You can wander from the alpine-backed sands in Tuscany to the picture-perfect coves of Liguria and the dramatic beauty of the Amalfi Coast. Beaches range from huge to hidden away, from rocky to sandy, and from lively to practically untouched. Take Sardinia and Calabria, which lay out turquoise water and bright white sands that rival the Caribbean. You’ve also got the islands to think about. Sicily and the Aeolian Islands specialise in picturesque bays and volcanic backdrops. Or there’s always Capri and Ischia – these little islands are perfectly paired with Campania favourites like Sorrento or Naples.
Ready to make your escape to the coast? We’ll give you a free Italian experience when you book a coast and islands holiday by 31 May. From wine tasting in Puglia to Ischia island tours – find out more about this limited-time offer.
It will come as no surprise that freshly caught seafood is commonplace on menus along Italy's coastline and on its islands. Served with pasta, in a risotto or stew, the range of delicacies on offer varies throughout the country. Try pasta con le sarda (pasta with sardines) in Sicily, stuffed calamari in Capri, and baccala mantecata (salted and dried codfish) in Venice, to name a few.
Those looking for something a bit different can enjoy trying traditional game dishes found on islands such as Ischia and Sardinia. Rabbit is a popular choice, served in a stew or slow-cooked with rich tomatoes, garlic and wine.