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Amantea, Italy

This past summer, we traveled to Italy to visit family and friends, and when we do, we always go to the picturesque town of Amantea, Italy. This pearl is located on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea in the province of Cosenza. With stunning beaches and rugged inland mountains, it has unparalleled scenery with a fraction of the tourists that normally crowd the southern Italian hotspots of the Amalfi Coast and Puglia. Amantea boasts eight beautiful miles of shoreline, a narrow coastal terrain, and a very attractive old center on a hill above the modern town. The old village hugs the hill below the castle, and more modern development continues down the slope to the flatter land, with the castle still dominating the very top of the hill above the town, but it is a ruin, a picturesque relic of Amantea’s history.

When we go, we love to walk the streets, occasionally stopping in to shop and meet the local store owners. It is fun to find the places we visited in the past so we can strike up new conversations with the owners. Some even seem like old friends, like Salvatore at his restaurant benimia, a wonderful place to stop for fresh pizza and fast, interesting items. The beach is about a 30-minute walk from the town center and a wonderful place to take the kids, relax on the beach with a cool drink, sit in the sun, or exercise. On a clear day, you can even see Stromboli, one of the volcanoes in Sicily.

There are several good restaurants lining the main drag down the beach and many places to stop for a drink. You will find mostly locals here with very few tourists, so if you do not speak Italian, you will need a translation device here. My daughter really enjoyed the children’s activities. They have a large trampoline area, slides, and carousel rides. Amantea is in Southern Italy in the region of Calabria. If you would like to fly in, the nearest airport to Amantea is Lamezia Terme (SUF). For more stories about Italy, you can follow the International Travel section on our blog.