Beach Question for Italy Travel Veterans

Jul 9th, 2005, 09:49 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 541
Beach Question for Italy Travel Veterans

On our recent family trip to Italy, our host at Casale del Cotone near San Gimignano suggested a route for a day drive to Rome other than the one we ended up taking. The route we took was San Gimignano - Siena - (detour to Lake Trasimeno) - Orvieto - Rome (via GRA) - da Vinci Fiumicino to turn in our rental car at the airport.

Our host suggested this route: San Gimignano to Siena, and then take the S 223 to Grosseto and then the S1/A12 along the coast to the Rome aiport, avoiding both Rome and having to drive around the GRA entirely. He also said there were nice beaches along the way if we wanted to stop for a dip in the ocean. This was sorely tempting, because I'd read while we were there that an Italian rating system had just awarded "five flag" and "four flag" ratings for high water, beach, and sand quality at the following Tuscan beaches that I had never heard of before: Scarlino, Castiglione della Pescaia, Marina di Grosseto, Ortobello, and Capalbio.

My question: What did we miss by not taking this route? Are the beaches as good as these recent ratings suggest and would they therefore warrant inclusion on a future Italy itinerary? If not, what is your favorite beach for swimming in Italy? Something in Campania or Calabria?
MRand is offline  
Jul 9th, 2005, 10:48 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,781
My favorite beach in Italy is in Calabria, in Tropea. Absolutely stunning. I will be posting new pics soon from a recent trip.

Last summer I was in Sardinia, the beaches there are unbelievable. There is every conceivable kind, from rocky to sandy and everywhere in-between.
AP6380 is offline  
Jul 9th, 2005, 04:06 PM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 12,492
the flag system , i believe,here in europe is based on purity of water, purity of sand, services offered at the beach and general upkeep of area.

it does not necessarily represent the most SCENIC beaches, although to have fewer bacteria in water and sand is very important to everyone and they strive to get those flags.
lincasanova is offline  
Jul 9th, 2005, 05:53 PM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 16,524
I agree that the beaches near Tropea are hard to beat, but I also like the beaches in the Sperlonga/Gaeta area about 2 hours south of FCO. The beaches in that south Tuscany area are OK but not worth a special trip. However, I do like that route to FCO if you start in south Tuscany. We stayed in Porto San Stefano the last nite before a noon departure in 2003.
bobthenavigator is offline  
Jul 10th, 2005, 06:29 AM
  #5  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 541
AP6380 and bobthenavigator - How crowded is Tropea in your experience?
MRand is offline  
Jul 10th, 2005, 09:04 AM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 16,524
Depends when !
August is bad anywhere on a beach.
bobthenavigator is offline  
Jul 10th, 2005, 03:08 PM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,781
I've only been there 2x on day trips, last year in August was the first one. By the time I had hit Tropea I had already been in Sardinia & Maratea, so the crowds in Tropea didn't really compare. It was still very enjoyable. I was just there again at the end of June, and of course it was less crowded.
AP6380 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
honeymooninitaly
Europe
17
Dec 1st, 2005 06:20 PM
xverso
Europe
8
Aug 18th, 2005 04:41 AM
MLISS
Europe
11
May 6th, 2005 03:23 PM
colofisch
Europe
11
May 13th, 2003 02:55 PM
Kevin
Europe
5
Jan 23rd, 2003 10:55 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 07:32 AM.