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first timers to Italy need advice where to stay

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first timers to Italy need advice where to stay

Hi I out a post on before but my laptop crashed and I lost all.

So here goes as a treat for my eldest daughter ..she will be 18 in sept I would to take her and my youngest 15 to Italy in mid July (only time I can get away) and I am looking for the following

1. Beach Holiday - tho not to commercial or busy

2. Pool

3. Entertainment if poss

4. place to go out for day trips without a car

I have no idea where to start it all sounds wonderful Would prefer a smaller resort if possible

Thanks in advance

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1. Re: first timers to Italy need advice where to stay

I am not a fan of many beach areas of Italy as so many have been

over-commercialised and over run with Hotel Lidos. The area of Rimini for myself personally was probably one of the worse. Miles upon miles of sunbed emplacements belonging to the Hotels across the promenade road. In fact there is really no promenade to speak of. Just the main road from Riccione (going north) separating the seafront "promenade" pavement from the rear of the Hotels. As Rimini is on the east coast the sun sets over the land so if you are the type of person who likes to watch the sun go down over the sea with a drink in the evening then the east coast isn't the place for you.

I like my beach front to be a proper promenade with cafe's/bars etc.

Forte de Marmi on the west coast is another of those places where the beaches are overrun with emplacements. Stretches for about 20km of seafront.

These Hotel lido emplacements unfortunately in many of the popular destinations tends to be the norm rather than the exception. Many Hotels then do without a pool believing having a beach emplacement is a sufficient substitute. In addition you lose that "traditional" promenade.

Jesolo also very similar.

Don't get me wrong - some people like these areas or even the fact their Hotel as these emplacements but not for me.

Personally I would choose somewhere on the Ligurian coast like Alassio or somewhere along the coast to San Remo. Many places connected by rail. Can get trains to Nice/Menton or Genoa.

Intercity train from Milano Centrale stop at all the major coastal towns between Genoa and San Remo

www.trenitalia.com for italian trains

If you choose this part of italy you might consider also flying in to Nice depending where you will be staying.

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2. Re: first timers to Italy need advice where to stay

You might look into Ischia, an island in the gulf of Naples. Supposedly has some lovely beaches. There are several little villages on the island and things to see, such as a huge Arogenese Castle sitting atop a rock over the water. Easy day trip possibilities include the sleepy and charming island of Procida, Capri, the historic sites (and pizza!) of Naples, Pompeii, Herculaneum, etc.

The castle...


A view from the castle...


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3. Re: first timers to Italy need advice where to stay

Viareggio on the Tuscany coast may suit your needs, and you can take day trips to Pisa, Florence,and Lucca as well as other places of interest.

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4. Re: first timers to Italy need advice where to stay

Hi Thank you all for the information I shall be looking at all suggested and hopefully make a decision then.

Thanks again

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5. Re: first timers to Italy need advice where to stay

look at this thread: tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g187893-i67-k321…

my area between pisa and lucca in the middle of tuscany is very interesting...

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