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Can you recommend any nice beach towns on the southwestern coast of Italy between Naples and Tropea?

Can you recommend any nice beach towns on the southwestern coast of Italy between Naples and Tropea?

Old Jan 18th, 2004, 06:31 AM
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Can you recommend any nice beach towns on the southwestern coast of Italy between Naples and Tropea?

I am in the pre-planning stages of a possible 3 week trip to Sardinia-Calabria in August. I am thinking 10 nights Sardinia, then the overnight ferry from Cagliari to Naples. I will have 2 nights to spend somewhere between Naples and the Tropea area before I visit family for 7 nights. I would prefer it to be about a 2-3 hour drive or so from Naples, as I would like it to be a mid-way point before going to see my family in Calabria on the southeastern coast of Calabria. Any thoughts? It doesn't necessarily have to be a beach town either, just an interesting place to spend 2 nights.
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Old Jan 18th, 2004, 06:48 AM
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Come to think of it, it could be on the southwest coast as well.
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Old Jan 18th, 2004, 06:53 AM
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On the east -- Polignano di Mare. Enter that in the search function and see a couple of rave posts I've done on this wonderful little town and the super hotel/restaurant Palazzo Grotto there. My favorite spot in Italy.
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I would suggest Maratea. It has an exceptional view (similar to Amalfi coast) and the beaches are beautiful, isolated amongst the rock faces. There are some little towns to visit inland. There are nice beaches at Sapri and Praia a Mare.
Good luck and have a great trip. Gerry near London Canada
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Old Jan 18th, 2004, 07:21 AM
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Thanks for the thoughts! I have seen amazing pictures of Maratea, with the statue of the Redeemer. I'll search on both of these areas.
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I agree with Maratea---beautiful area.
Try to stay at the Villa Cheta Elite in Aquafedda.
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Old Jan 18th, 2004, 09:52 AM
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Bob- I'm usually a 3-star hotel person, but Villa Cheta looks so charming I may have to go over budget for 2 nights if I go to Maratea! The outside shots remind me of Pensione Svizzera in Taormina. Beautiful.
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Old Jan 18th, 2004, 10:03 AM
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Patrick,

Hotel Grotta Palazzese looks unique and ideal as well. Tough choices to be made...
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