FIVE GORGEOUS ITALIAN BEACHES YOU PROBABLY DON’T KNOW ABOUT BUT SHOULD by Catherine Sabino

With places like the Bay of Naples and Ligurian Riviera sounding their siren call for thousands of years, Italy’s 7600-kilometer coastline has lured everyone from Julius Caesar to Gianni Agnelli, along with millions of lesser-known mortals, to vacation in some of the world’s most idyllic spots. For those seduced by the country’s gorgeous seascapes, extraordinary food, and cultural treasures, but are looking to have that potent travel combo served up in other settings, one answer is the Salento region of Puglia at the southernmost tip of Italy—the heel of the “boot” as it is often described–fronting both the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. In summers the waters are blissfully warm, a painter’s box of blues and greens; the coastline offering sandy beaches as well as rugged prehistoric coves and romantic grottoes, towns with ancient histories and restaurants with new ways to think about and indulge in Mediterranean cuisine.

 

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