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Setting and Climate
Italy is one of the leading seaside holiday destinations in the world. It couldn't be otherwise, since the country is located in the very centre of the Mediterranean, enjoying long hours of sunshine and high temperatures during most of the year. It boasts an impressive 7,600-kilometre-long coastline that's extremely diverse, with endless beaches covered with golden sand and dunes, romantic isolated pebble shores, high rugged cliffs, hidden caves and lush subtropical vegetation, ensuring that everyone will find the perfect place for their desired seaside holiday. The climate at the Italian seaside is typically Mediterranean, with hot, dry, sunny and long summers and mild, humid winters. Southern Italy and the islands of Sicily and Sardinia are among the places with the longest summer holiday season in Europe, where it stretches between June and September, but the water in the south is ideal for swimming in the autumn and late spring.

Resorts
The seaside resorts of Italy are world-famous for their quality. Excellent beaches awarded with a Blue Flag, state-of-the-art facilities, bustling nightlife and an immense diversity of attractions draw crowds of tourists from all over the world. The region of Campania in the southwest of Italy has the biggest concentration of first-class resorts. The largest and most popular city in Southern Italy, Naples, is visited by millions of tourists because of the excavated city of Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius. It's in the heart of the Neapolitan Riviera, which occupies the picturesque gulf of the same name.

Sorrento is perched upon high cliffs, and has been a major tourist destination since ancient times. The charming town of Amalfi offers extraordinary cultural entertainment, apart from the sunny beaches. Only a few kilometres off the shore, tourists are captivated by the magic of Capri, an island of great tourism significance. Its major attraction is the unique cave known as the Blue Grotto. The town of San Remo is renowned as the host of the San Remo Music Festival, as well as having some of the best beaches on the Italian Riviera.

The Adriatic Coast also has some very good seaside resorts. The leading one is Rimini, a city with a rich cultural heritage and modern sports facilities. It's only 32 kilometres from San Marino, one of the smallest and oldest countries in Europe. Cervia also draws guests, with both Adriatic beaches and Medieval churches.

The world of the Italian islands is no less astonishing. Sicily is widely known as the warmest and sunniest place in Italy. Its coastline is lined with numerous resorts, but there's plenty to see off the beaches as well, in cities like Palermo, Catania, Messina and the Etna Volcano. Sardinia lies far from the shores of Italy, and offers its guests a different taste of the country. The city of Cagliari and the haven for the rich and famous, Costa Smeralda, are the two most developed tourist destinations on the island.


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