The Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Naples: Places to Explore

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Marina del Cantone

As the largest (pebble) beach on the Sorrentine Peninsula, Marina del Cantone attracts weekend sun worshippers and foodies drawn by the seaside restaurants here. To get to the beach, usually dotted with dozens of festive umbrellas, a slender road winds down to the sea through rolling vineyards and the small town of Nerano, ending at the Gulf of Positano near the Montalto watchtower. While enjoying Marina del Cantone's wonderful beach and kick-back village vibe, it also offers a front-row seat to the haunting geological spectacle that is the islets of Li Galli, which seems to follow you around as you drive up and down the Amalfi Coast. Other than Positano, Marina del Cantone is the best place to hire a boat to visit these tiny islands—Gallo Lungo, Castelluccia, and La Rotonda—which sit on the horizon to the east of the beach. They're also called Isole Sirenuse (Isles of the Sirens), after the mythical girl group that lured unwitting sailors onto the rocks.

The great Russian ballet choreographer Leonide Massine purchased Li Galli islands as his home in the 1950s; in the 1980s, they were sold to Rudolf Nureyev, who made them his last residence. The beach at Marina del Cantone was reputedly the superstar dancer's favorite coastal hangout.

Marina del Cantone at a Glance

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