Italian Beach Vacation - where?

Feb 2nd, 2006, 07:42 AM
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Another vote for Sperlonga. We were there in May a few years ago. The beach is sandy, not rocky, unlike Fano or other resorts on the Adriatic. This is a day-trip from Rome, so we saw students during the week, and day-trippers on the weekend. (Gaeta, a few miles away & has an American base, had too many hi-rise resorts.)

We stayed at a place similar to the Aurora a few feet down the beach--i can't remember the name-- because when we got there the Aurora was out of beach-front rooms. (We didn't have reservations, and found Sperlonga by chance.) Note that they required half-board. There were rooms for rent, not beachfront, but near the beach. The beach town itself is not interesting, but the Old Town up on the hill has narrow streets, restaurants & shops, and gorgeous views.
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Feb 2nd, 2006, 08:16 AM
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Thanks everyone! Will add Sperlonga to the list of places to check out.

Just to clarify, I definitely want to stay in an apartment, not a hotel. It is generally cheaper, and I love having a kitchen, and feeling like I am coming "home" at night.

Caroline, I'm fine with pebbles instead of sand. I'm one of those suckers who shells out the 7 euros for the beach chair and umbrella - I just add it to the budget as a necessary indulgence. I just want a space to lie out, and beautiful water and scenery.

Thanks again!
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Feb 2nd, 2006, 09:13 AM
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Hi Kiki,

You might want to consider Praiano, about 6km E of Positano on the Amalfi Coast.

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Feb 2nd, 2006, 12:58 PM
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Hi Kiki,

While you are drawing up your list, you might look into Monte Argentario. I would assume there are apartment rentals in Porto Ercole and Porto San Stefano, at least. Mostly you will encounter stylish Romans and locals; very far off the tourist paths. As NYers, we call it the Hamptons of Rome (but much cheaper!)
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Feb 3rd, 2006, 12:06 AM
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KikiLee, just reread your original post & noticed the city bit. I'd recommend starting in Palermo then getting the train to Taormina. I spent a week in Palermo, found it fascinating & want to go back for more.
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Mar 23rd, 2006, 08:08 AM
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hi julieanne,

so glad that you found my capri trip report helpful! it seems so long ago that i was there. am returning to italy this june - milan, lake como, umbria, and not settled yet on returning to venice, or off to explore new territories like bari, or sardinia. if any fodorites have a suggestion for 5 nites and choosing between the bari area or sardinia, that would be so appreciated. ciao for now, bella!

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