Have you spent the last year daydreaming about limpid lakes and azure oceans?
Climbing onboard your Fiat Ducato-based motorhome and heading for a seaside destination is definitely the best way to enjoy the long-awaited summer to the fullest. Are you already savouring the thought of diving into crystalline waters? If so, here are the Italian Blue Flag 2019 beaches where it's worth making a pit stop with your motorhome!
Don’t just head for the seaside! The first stopover we recommend is a lake beach: yes, this blue oasis is located in Villalago, Abruzzo. The shores of Lake Scanno topped the 2019 ranking of Italian Blue Flag beaches.
This destination is the ideal place for anyone looking for a holiday that combines art and nature with relaxation and discovery. The route is 150 km from Rome along the A25/E80 and A24 motorways. After a drive of one hour and fifty minutes from the Italian capital, which is itself equally charming and sultry in summer, you will arrive in a refreshing paradise where you can relax to the fullest.
In addition to Lago di Scanno, the largest in the area, you will find two other lakes where you can unwind: Lake San Domenico and Lake Pio.
The old town of Villalago also has plenty to offer; on arrival you will discover that this typical medieval settlement, which is perched on top of a mountain and dotted with narrow streets, small alleys and stairways, affords enchanting vistas and a breath-taking view from altitude. In and around the town you can visit numerous artistic treasures, such as the Hermitage of San Domenico, the Lombard watch tower and the splendid medieval fortress. In the centre of Villalago there is also a variety of boutiques and shops where you can stock up on souvenirs and products linked to Abruzzese tradition.
If nature, sport and wellness are essential items on your holiday to-do list, then an excursion to Villalago is for you! The most popular mountain excursion is a trip to Mount Argatone, from where you can enjoy a fantastic panorama that also takes in the National Park of Abruzzo.
And to round off a wonderful day, all that remains is to sample some traditional Abruzzese produce and dishes in front of a beautiful sunset.
SAN NICOLA ARCELLA
Pristine beaches with crystal-clear waters and sheer cliffs overhanging the sea... welcome to Calabria! San Nicola Arcella, in the province of Cosenza, is a new entry on the Calabrian Blue Flag list for 2019. The town marks the beginning of the stretch of coast called the "Riviera dei Cedri" ("Citron Coast"), named after the distinctive fruits that grow in the area. Some of the most delightful views on offer can be found at the Arcomagno beach, a wonderful sandy cove shielded by a large rock arch that separates it from the open sea and creates a picturesque setting, especially at sunset.
To reach this hidden gem on Calabria’s west coast, get on board your Fiat Ducato-based motorhome and drive along the A3 motorway from Naples to Reggio Calabria. Once you reach the province of Cosenza, take the Lagonero exit, where you will need to join the state road SS 18. After a 40-km drive, you will arrive in San Nicola Arcella. Park along the coast and get ready to tackle the short but steep path carved into the rock, which will lead you to the perfect place to finally enjoy a relaxing day!
The place’s geographical location, on a hill but also near the sea, creates a peculiar climate with fresh summers owing to the breeze, which cools the coast even during the hottest hours of the day. It has all the ingredients you need for an unforgettable holiday!
If you are taking the family on holiday aboard your Fiat Ducato-based motorhome, this place with long, deep beaches will be perfect for enjoying time with the kids!
Featuring rocky headlands on one side and the clear waters of the Adriatic on the other, the landscape of Campomarino offers something for all tastes! This small town in Molise, in the province of Campobasso, is the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing holiday away from crowds of tourists, even in summer. Surrounded by rocky hills and sandy plains, the municipality’s 6500 inhabitants enjoy a peaceful pace of life that follows the slow and leisurely rhythm of traditional farming and fishing villages.
To reach this tiny paradise, which boasts the only Blue Flag beach in Molise, you will need to take the A14 Bologna-Taranto and exit at Termoli, then take the SS Adriatica and proceed south towards Campomarino. Once arrived at your destination, all you need to do is park your Fiat Ducato-based motorhome and get ready for a relaxing summer!
What else is there to say, fellow campers? Dive into the summer and... have a great trip!