Coastal Italian getaways to discover in 2015

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Italy is a nation of many exemplary vistas, but none are quite as common and stunning as the views that can be had along the coast.

Here, the rugged terrain that defines much of this country descends abruptly to the sea, and when you pair it with Italian architecture and their irresistible way of life, you have the makings of a holiday that will rank among the top tens trips that you’ll ever take in your life.

With that in mind, be sure to check out the following coastal Italian getaways during your travels in 2015.

1) Camogli

Situated in the Italian Riviera, Camogli is a former fishing village that now earns the bulk of its daily bread from tourism, thanks to its mood-brightening colors of its buildings and its stylish (if a bit stony) beaches.

With boat cruises to Cinque Terre nearby, numerous historic churches and museums, and bars that serve appetizers as you buy drinks, Camogli will be prove to an excellent base for a holiday on the coast of Northern Italy.

2) Manarola

If you’d like to actually stay within the coastal towns and villages of Cinque Terre, we suggest that you park your bags at a bed and breakfast in Manarola. Like in Camogli, boat trips are available in and around the sheer cliffs that make up this area, but since you’ll be staying here instead of coming on a day trip, take the time to walk around at a leisurely pace.

While enjoying fresh Italian pastries, soak in the scenery along one of the coastal trails the snake out from the edges of Manarola … it’s an experience you will never forget.

3) Positano

While considerably more pricey than most other places in coastal Italy, Positano is located at the heart of the world famous Amalfi Coast, making the prices you pay well worth the expense. Perched on the side of a sheer cliff overlooking the Mediterranean, this is the town that has sold millions of postcards around the world, and with Italy being a relatively small country, it would be a shame if you missed it on a holiday here.

Don’t just take a picture of this place and then leave, though: head into town to see the Collegiata di Santa Maria Assunta, a cathedral that it is the home of the Byzantine-era religious relic, Madonna di Positano, and have a traditional Italian meal at one of many outstanding restaurants, all of them drawn by the remarkable surroundings of this gorgeous spot.

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