Sumary of 5 Great Italian Beach Destinations With Lots Of History Too:
- Taormina, a famous holiday resort, has an important ancient Greek theater, and even smaller getaways contain gems, like the charming Riviera hamlet of San Michele di Pagana, which is home to a church with a Van Dyck painting..
- These are destinations where you can enjoy Italy glittering seaside up close and take in significant attractions as well..
- But if you go to Cefalù, a rustically beautiful seaide town where antique white houses line the old fishing port, you’ll be able to get a taste of this less heralded period of the country past..
- You can stop by the Cefalù Cathedral with its renowned religious mosaics, an imposing structure built at the command of Roger II, the powerful Norman King who supposedly came ashore here after a bad storm in the 12th century..
- And there some literary history to add to the mix—Lord Byron stayed here and swam frequently in one of its coves (now named after him) and, according to legend, all the way Lerici to visit his writer friend Shelley..
- Not to miss are the medieval San Pietro church, built on the site of a former pagan temple, its cliff-top position providing extraordinary sea views, and the Romanesque San Lorenzo church housing significant religious art..
- The colorful attached houses flanking the port stand in front of the medieval borgo and its main street, Via Capellini (which will lead you to San Pietro)..
- On the nearby Isola Palmaria (a short water taxi ride away) you’ll find both public and private beach options….