Your next summer vacation: Lido Di Camaiore

Your next summer vacation: Lido Di Camaiore

by Kalli Jihee Yoon
Stripes Europe

As most of Europe suffers from extended dreary, cold weather, it’s hard not to look forward to summer vacation. Laying under the hot sun with the cool breeze that carries the scent of sunblock, the sound of the waves crashing against the sandy beach and an icy cold drink in hand makes it a picture-perfect summer vacation that we all need. But as many of us travel with our families, you might want to look for somewhere with more options. Then consider Lido Di Camaiore in Tuscany, Italy, where you can check all the boxes on your vacation wish list and more.

With the Apuan Alps in the background, Lido Di Camaiore offers a family-friendly sandy beach surrounded by great restaurants, wine bars and gelato shops. There are plenty of reasonably priced local hotels and B&Bs for you and your family to call it home for a while. After spending the day on the beach, you might want to try a local wine bar where you can taste various Chianti or Bolgheri wines by the glass along with excellent salumi and porchetta platters. If you’re still hungry, take a pick from the list of local restaurants where you’ll find made-from-scratch pasta or fresh seafood dishes.

After a few days on the beach, feel free to make a change in scenery with several activity options including hiking to Monte Matanna, visiting Antro del Corchia Levigliani or taking day trips to nearby areas. And if you decide to take a day trip, of course, the world-famous leaning tower of Pisa is a must-see but I highly suggest that you take a short drive to the beautiful city of Lucca. This small city’s center is surrounded by Renaissance walls and endless cobblestone streets that will take you to medieval towers, churches and plazas. Make sure to stop by to check out the interior of the churches or visit house museums.

Another day trip option is to visit a UNESCO World Heritage site, Cinque Terre National Park. Cinque Terre consists of five coastal villages offering picturesque scenery with colorful buildings perched on the cliffs along the Italian Riviera. There are ferries that run regularly but it’s worth the money to find a spot on a private boat tour led by local guides. These private boat tours often include home cooking style lunches and provide a chance to take a dip in the Mediterranean Sea.

If these options are on your checklist items for the dream vacation spot, book a flight to Pisa airport for easy access. Planning your trip between Labor Day and the last week of September may help you to save the budget and avoid the vacation crowd.

Pro tip: Check out local fest schedules to catch Truffle fest or wine fest.

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