Italy Outdoor Activities
Grotto dello Smeraldo
Board a large rowboat to The Emerald Grotto, so-called because of its vivid green appearance – the result of sunlight that bursts into the cave from an underwater tunnel.
Hike to Ravello
The challenging hike through the Valley of the Mills from Amalfi to Ravello is lined with lemon trees and passes the remnants of an 18th-century paper mill and a swimming hole fed by a spring waterfall.
Hop a Boat to a Secluded Beach
Go out on the pier in Amalfi and catch a launch to the rocky Santa Croce Beach. Lounge chairs are for rent, and the two restaurants serve up excellent mussels and local white wine.
Just 40 minutes from Milan lies stunning Lake Como, a popular getaway among Hollywood A-listers (dare one say George Clooney?) and fashion designers. Grand palazzos and quaint villages like Laglio and Menaggio are clustered around the lake.
Orta San Giulio
Get away from the crowds and spend a morning ambling through this exquisite, traffic-free town on Lake Orta. After a leisurely lunch, rent a boat (numerous rental boats are available on the lakeside) and row for 30 minutes over to Isola San Giulio to tour the island’s 10th-century basilica.
This seaside resort has appealed to Romans since the time of the emperors (Tiberius built a villa here, just as captains of industry do today). It boasts a beautiful shoreline and one of Italy’s best beaches, as well as grottos to explore, and the Tiberius Cave and Archeological Museum. The old town is fun to explore on foot.
Sunbathe in Capri
Capri's most beautiful place to sunbathe and swim is the La Fontelina bathing establishment. It's a hike down from Capri town's lovely piazzetta, but beach chairs and mattresses are available for rent in view of the Faraglioni rocks.
Walk from Positano to Praiano
Set aside six hours to walk this path between Positano and Praiano – Positano’s pretty little sister. Red and white stripes mark the route, which offers mesmerizing views along the way.
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