One of our favourite parts of Italy is the Cinque Terre, a wonderful collection of five virtually untouched fishing villages, connected by a 19th century railroad. Manarola is one of the five villages and it overlooks the deep blue waters of the Ligurian Sea. Reputed to be the most colourful village in the world, Manarola is famous for its vineyards, its medieval relics, and its hiking trails.
Another great option for an Italy trip is Levanzo, the smallest of the Egadi Islands with a population of just 200. The village’s quaint white buildings sit in contrast to the blue of the Egadi Sea and it’s an excellent option if you’re looking for a quiet retreat. There’s not much to do in Levanzo but once you relax into the slow pace of life on this tiny Sicilian island you’ll never want to leave.
In Sardinia there’s a small village called Stintino. With white sands and shallow warm waters, this is another strong contender for Italy’s top fishing village. The local fishing industry keeps Stintino’s restaurants well stocked with freshly sourced produce. When booking an Italian vacation to Stintino, make some time for whale and dolphin watching, alongside the plentiful nature and wildlife tours on offer.
Considered to be one of the prettiest villages on the Italian Riviera, Portofino is famous for its celebrity, artist, and film star guests. With its pastel-coloured buildings, its high end boutiques, and its collection of excellent seafood restaurants, it’s a great little fishing village to visit when looking for something a touch more opulent than the seclusion of places like Levanzo or Stintino. Enjoy the beautiful cobbled central Piazzetta, the super yachts in the harbour, and the view from Castello Brown, a 16th century fortress.
Atrani, near Amalfi, is perhaps the most romantic fishing village on this list. Its buildings are intertwined with gardens, vineyards, and beautiful lemon terraces. This small Italian commune has a distinctive fishing village atmosphere and it sits right on the beach. There’s something almost mystical about picturesque Atrani and it boasts some truly breath-taking panoramic views of the coastline. This unforgettable Italian fishing village is certainly one to visit on a vacation in Italy.
When visiting Italy, pick one of the beautiful fishing villages and take the road less travelled. From Manarola to Atrani, there’s a village to suit every type of Italian vacation! Get in touch with Ciao Italy and we’ll be happy to help you find the best Italian holiday package for you.