Not all the beaches on that coast are flat. Take a look just for the pictures. Umbria is located in the historic heart of Italy. Most of the beaches from Ancona north all the way past Venice are long flat beaches, since it's flat land like Florida. Day 11-13: Naples. Day 5-6: Matera. Below there are about 20 red beach umbrellas set up on a narrow strip of beach (compare that to Rimini, etc.!). No matter where you go you'll find wonderfully kind people, great food and wine, and spectacular scenery. If I were doing the Adriatic, I'd go to the Croatian side instead. The Adriatic coast is 1000 km long. There's so much to see along this coastline that you'll have to make some difficult choices. We are looking at two to three weeks. Marche? Life in Italy is opera. It will likely be too cool for swimming in April or May but if you like to walk along the sand in the morning, or to sit by the sea with a glass of wine after a busy day of sightseeing, you'll love it. You can stay in a cave hotel. Vieste is a wonderful coastal town to visit,” he says. At the end of our trip we took a train to Brindisi, flew to Milan and then home. Join Jenn Miller for a tour down the coast of the Adriatic Sea and discover five stops on the Italian side that don’t rate highly in the guidebooks but are not to be missed, nonetheless. Generally very quiet and low-key area and if I wanted excitement, I went to Rimini. There would be 4, possibly 5, of us. Since our first trip to Europe in 1999 (Urbino), I have saved a tourist brochure from Le Marche with a photo of an Adriatic beach taken from above. Rick took his first trip to Europe in 1969, visiting piano factories with his father, a piano importer. We arrive in Vieste, a medieval village on the Spur of Italy and the Adriatic Coast.. Its population is around 13,600 and it seems as if every one of them is out in the street today, celebrating St. George’s Day. Pretty city. There is only about 6 or 7. A group of us are planning a trip starting in Venice, in April or May, and travelling down the Adriatic coast. In Rick Steves Croatia & Slovenia you'll find in-depth Rick-tested information on:. Recall these reports that Zoe made last summer: https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/trip-reports/pesaro-to-urbino, https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/trip-reports/le-marche-macerata-and-ascoli-piceno, https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/trip-reports/from-pescara-to-montagnana-public-transportationtation. Had some great food here. Thanks. There is more to the Adriatic region of Italy than just Venice. We love Italy. Croatia Tour: The Adriatic in 14 Days | Rick Steves 2021 Tours. Also, it sounds as if we will need a rental car. We had a car, so I can't really address the issue of transport access. We rented a car when we left Matera and spent the next six days at Masseria Montenapoleone, near Pezze di Greco. We wished we had stayed there instead of Lecce. Where exactly do you want to visit? That's quite a distance from Venice though. Close. Perhaps I should write to the Regione Marche tourist information office and ask! Or just maybe someone here will know. Kissing the Adriatic Coast — where the Germanic, Mediterranean, and Slavic worlds collide — Slovenia is a small country with a big appeal. All made our trip an exceptional experience. We love the Adriatic coast, the whitewashed coastal villages of Puglia, the caves … ... offers daily service from Florence, Rome and the Adriatic coast. The Frasassi Caves are quite spectacular. It’s also home to two of our talented guides, Tina Hiti and Sašo Golub, who lead Rick Steves’ Adriatic tours, offer custom tours of their own, and co-write a blog about all things Slovenian at Private Guide Slovenia ( PG Slovenia ). Not much has been mentioned about the coast along the Adriatic, particularly parallel to Florence. Pre-Tour Rome “Resorts on Italy’s west coast are better known, but many of the beaches are rocky. Puglia? It’s a voluminous moving masterpiece of generations intermingling, life spilling onto the streets, people gesticulating, laundry hanging and mopeds flying. Got my next 2 month trip coming up in Sept-Oct. Not been over that way. Get Started. Abruzzo? You may, however, run into more Americans now in Portonovo. Welcome. Each room is a private bungalow. Might make a nice drive over that way. ... Rick Steves Recommended. I'm not a beach vacation person (lived in Miami/Miami Beach most of my life, beached out), so most of my trip reports didn't mention beaches. I think I can safely say that the coastline there is all one long, flat beach, fronted by basic, modern architecture, and summer tourist services, as it also is south to Pescara. We returned our car in Brindisi and took a train to Lecce for our final stop. Kissing the Adriatic Coast — where the Germanic, Mediterranean, and Slavic worlds collide — Slovenia is a small country with a big appeal. My wife and I spent a week there last year since that is where her family is from. ... Adriatic Coast. Here's what you'll see on our Best of South Italy tour! Two nights here is good. Once the book is purchased, it has a link to a website to download POI (Points of Interest) with GPS coordinates to every place mentioned in the book. ... Adriatic coast of Italy. We also liked Ascoli Piceno. 13. Jump to bottom. Day 9-10: Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri. Might be a nice escape on your 2 month stay, https://www.google.com/search?q=bagni+vittoria+vasto&biw=1536&bih=731&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjvibb38MnRAhUM6SYKHSD6DhUQ_AUIBigB. I wanted to add some info regarding the adriatic coast, but further south in Abruzzo. After reading your posts, it is obvious that we can't stay in one spot, if we plan to cover a good bit (but not all) of the coastline. Trieste? Thanks, Laura. It was mostly locals and a small number of German tourists. Posted by Jim_in_VA (Virginia, USA) on 01/16/17 08:58 PM. A rail line runs along the coast from the city of Trieste in the north to Lecce in the south, although it's necessary to change trains at least once to make the entire trip. Thanks. It's an ancient town, one of the most unusual places you'll ever visit, and a World Heritage sight. Powered by Create your own unique website with customizable templates. More. The Egadi Islands of Favignana and Levanzo are considered the jewels in the crown of Italy’s Aegadian coast—but their remote locations make access challenging. Rick Steves' Europe Yesterday at 1:27 PM Lounging alongside the Adriatic Sea on the famed Dalmatian Coast, Sp ... lit is Croatia's second-largest city (after capital Zagreb), making it a bustling metropolis, serious port city, major transit hub, and top sightseeing destination, all rolled into one. Get out a map, and Google the interesting places, and come back here when you have more questions. August is the busiest month and even then, I never ran into other North Americans. It’s also home to two of our talented guides, Tina Hiti and Sašo Golub , who lead Rick Steves’ Adriatic tours, offer custom tours of their own, and co-write a blog about all things Slovenian at Private Guide Slovenia . Last time I recommended the area to a friend, she stopped for dinner at Hotel Fortina Napoleonico and 20 minutes after being seated, George Clooney walked in with his entourage. Found on the Amalfi Coast, ... in Sicily is tiny but popular—especially among sun-seekers from other parts of Italy. You could fly into Venezia and out of Bari. We would like a home base, rental home or apartment, with easy access to trains and buses. Thank you all, for all of your information. Any input on that area around, say Ancona or Pesaro and environs? This topic has been automatically closed due to a period of inactivity. Day trips included Castel del Monte and the salt plains at Margherita di Savoia. Besides Venice, the most beautiful area along the Adriatic coast is, in my opinion, Puglia (the heel of the Italian boot). Water was typically pretty calm and flat unless there was a storm. This was our favorite part of Puglia, with the trulli villages of Alberobello and Cisternino, and the beautiful little towns along the coast. A car is really helpful to roam but when we were debating a car, we had figured out how to go from Matera to Alberobello by bus. Special and Safe Tour of Capri from Naples port Recommended By Rick Steves. ... She was working for Rick Steves' at the time and assisting with tours that summer. We were disappointed in Lecce but enjoyed our day trips around the boot: Otranto, which was dead off-season (we were there in late October) and beautiful Gallipoli .. a really picturesque little fishing village. Adriatic Coast - Audio Europe: Eastern Europe by Rick Steves Audio Europe published on 2015-02-11T02:12:35Z Rick chats with two guides about the sun-soaked islands, charming port towns, and Venetian-style architecture of the Adriatic Coast. ©2021 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | Terms of Service | Privacy Policy. About Rick Steves Guidebook author and travel TV host Rick Steves is America's most respected authority on European travel. I liked the beaches at Pesaro and around Ancona, though, less concrete than other places. We traveled the Adriatic coast of Italy for 3 weeks in 2012, via public transportation. Not much has been mentioned about the coast along the Adriatic, particularly parallel to Florence. Thanks Roberto, Zoe and Paul. The photos sure look great. Day 4: Adriatic Coast, pasta! ©2021 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | Terms of Service | Privacy Policy, http://www.parks.it/parco.conero/gallery_dettaglio.php?id=13805. Home It'll be quiet this early in the season with very few tourists but you'll still find great food. It was still warm, but not a soul on the area beaches except for few on weekends. http://www.turismo.marche.it. Southern Italy - A Rick Steves Tour. A highway also runs along the coast, so it's possible to drive the whole route. It’s also home to two of our talented guides, Tina Hiti and Sašo Golub , who lead Rick Steves’ Adriatic tours, offer custom tours of their own, and co-write a blog about all things Slovenian at Private Guide Slovenia . Rick Steves' Best of South Italy 2019. As an 18-year-old, Rick began traveling on … What are must see cities and sights? Ancona is where I did my basic military training (long time ago) exactly starting in early September for several weeks into October. We would fly into Venice, with an optional exit airport. But I see a park on the map, just north of Pesaro. ... Pictured in header: Vieste & the Adriatic coast. Did not get to the beaches Roberto mentioned. Italy's east coast runs along the Adriatic Sea from the border of Slovenia to the heel of the boot, the Salento Peninsula. Since our go-to Rick Steves Italy guide ignores that part of Tuscany, Mom had found a great kindle book on Amazon called “Tuscany by Car-the Complete Guide”. Day 7-8: Greek ruins, Amalfi Coast. We stayed in five places: Senigallia, in the Marche -- a picturesque little town with a couple of Michelin-starred restaurants and miles of sandy beach. Rick Steves' Europe Tribune Content Agency Ravenna is on Italy’s tourist map for one reason: its 1,500-year-old churches decorated with the richest collection of Byzantine mosaics anywhere. A masseria is similar to an agriturismo. I lived and worked in Italy and spent lots of time in Portonovo when I wasn't working which is not far from Ancona. Pure paradise. The Marche region is also nice (that would be the region suggested by Rosalyn). Neither Urbino nor Ascoli Piceno are on the coast, but if you have several bases, you can certainly get to each of them. ... (Adriatic Sea). We have bought into Rick Steves Europe Through The Back Door Tours. In the Gargano you’ll find spectacular sand beaches. Pepino, the owner of Hotel Seggio, is to pick up our luggage and take it to his family hotel. We have experienced many tour structure changes over time, though the basic theme for Rick's tours can be counted on to remain clear for us as we begin our eleventh and twelfth tours. But as Roberto said, it's much too long for one home base. http://www.parks.it/parco.conero/gallery_dettaglio.php?id=13805, There are also great places to visit in the Marche region in the interior. After meeting with your guide, you will begin a tour which will provide you with the opportunity to learn about the real Kotor. Rick chats with two … What city would provide a good home base? You are literally on the Adriatic, walk on the rocks, fish, small private beaches. This being our third wonderful Rick Steves' tour, we thought it would be fun to share with you our experiences, and those of our tour mates, wonderful guide, Caterina, and her assistant, Kiersten. Kissing the Adriatic Coast — where the Germanic, Mediterranean, and Slavic worlds collide — Slovenia is a small country with a big appeal. Then we took a train south to Trani, a picturesque little harbor town. Adriatic Coast tours and things to do: Check out Viator's reviews and photos of Adriatic Coast tours. This topic has been automatically closed due to a period of inactivity. It's at the bottom of white cliffs which have greenery on top. ... writes travel expert Rick Steves. Ciao! Urbino is a jewel of a small city. Jan 29, 2019 - Vacation in Southern Italy? A masseria is a great experience ... and you'll find them all over this area. I have yet to determine where this photo was taken or how one would get to beach from up top. Clooney must like the quiet "boring" places as there are less tourists gawking at him or bothering him for selfies. 12/4/2014. To me the most beautiful spot on the Italian Adriatic, north of Puglia which is also beautiful, is exactly there, near Ancona, in particular just south of it, where the Mount Conero Park is. Welcome to our Rick Steves' "Best of South Italy in 13 Days" tour. Travel with Rick on this video guide to the Amalfi Coast in Italy and find out what to do on your next trip. We took a winery tour one day with a company called Experience Path -- highly recommended. Schools start on the week of Sept 11, 2017, therefore vacationers will be all gone by the end of August. How much time do you have? Beaches in Portonovo are rocky, surrounding area has some large cliffs. Rick Steves' Europe. Our "Wow" moments occur each day and begin with the tour choice and following planning. ... town of Polignano a Mare rises out of a cliff face on the Adriatic Sea. We stayed in five places: Senigallia, in the Marche -- a picturesque little town with a couple of Michelin-starred restaurants and miles of sandy beach. Day 1-3: Rome, Tivoli. Take a read below: We then took a train to Bari and another train to Matera, which is not on the Adriatic but is a must-see, if you're this close. In Vasto, a place called Bagni Vittoria. Located just a few miles inland from the Adriatic coast, the Republic of San Marino brags it's the world's oldest and smallest republic. Rick Steves Show More Show Less Ravenna is on Italy's tourist map for one reason: its 1,500-year-old churches decorated with the richest collection of Byzantine mosaics anywhere. Welcome to Viator! We will have 2-3 weeks for this trip. ... We traveled the Adriatic coast of Italy for 3 weeks in 2012, via public transportation. 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