Sea but also countryside, artistic and cultural destinations, culinary routes, cycling routes to discover unique landscapes, castles and ancient villages. Here are 5 tips for an eco-friendly summer by the sea, but with so much more.

A few hours on the beach, then a visit to the museum, or a walk in the nature. If you want everything from your summer, art, sea, nature and relax, choose your destination among these 5 magical places around Italy, staying in beautiful B&Bs, farmhouses and hotels that respect the environment.

Salento, the most authentic Apulia

By staying at Farmhouse Masseria Bellolio, we can explore Salento, discover its scents and flavors. This land of Apulia gives us 250 kilometers of coast, with beautiful beaches such as the Bay of the Turks and the beach of Pescoluse. But Salento also offers a beautiful unspoiled nature, great food and picturesque traditions. During your vacation in Salento, we suggest you to admire the colors of Lake Bauxite in Otranto, reaching it with an easy two-hour trek, suitable for families as well.

Sant’Antioco, crystal clear sea and archeology

The island of Sant’Antioco is known not only for its sea but also for its history and archeology. We are in the south of Sardinia and here we can stay at a colorful and eco-friendly B&B, a perfect starting point to spend a few hours in Cala Lunga or Cala Sapone and visit the Punic Necropolis  dating back to the 3rd century BC where 1500 hypogea tombs are kept. Do not miss a walk in the village, or a walk among the so-called Giant Tombs.

Siracusa, to experience centuries of history, art and culture

There is so much to see in Syracuse: its Greek theater, the amphitheater, the church of St. John the Catacombs. But to fall in love with this Sicilian city you just have to walk through the streets of its historic center which is actually an island. Ortigia is connected to the land by two bridges, the Umbertino Bridge and the Santa Lucia Bridge and has a unique charm. The beach not to be missed is the beach Arenella, while the best place to stay in contact with nature is the La Frescura farmhouse, a short walk from the city.

Rimini, not just sea and movida

Our holiday in Rimini starts at Hotel Perù, environmentally friendly accommodation, with organic, local, breakfast and bicycles available to guests. Here we can find that in Rimini there is much more than the most famous movida that attracts many tourists. It is wonderful to live the authentic atmosphere of this city, cycling among its streets. We pass the Tiberius Bridge and reach the village of San Giuliano among its narrow and medieval streets and squares, with pastel colored walls often decorated by large murals and flower pots on the balconies.

Cilento, and the charm of Paestum

Borgo Riccio, an ancient residence surrounded by olive trees in Torchiara, is the ideal starting point for discovering Amalfi, Positano, Paestum, Velia and Pompeii, some of Cilento’s wonders. The Campania area, a UNESCO heritage site, is made of rolling hills covered with olive trees overlooking Tirrenio. Coastal and mountainous areas, rivers and forests are the background of some of the most important monumental complexes of Magna Grecia. Paestum is a place that leaves you speechless and is definitely one of those places to see at least once in your life.

Cover image: Masseria Bellolio, Salento, Italy

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