Summer in Italy means two things: sole e mare — sun and sea. Italy borders salt water on three sides. With 7,600 kilometers of shoreline, it’s no surprise that folks flock to Italy's beaches when the heat hits. Areas like the Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast are immensely popular — luring foreign travelers with their crystal-blue waters.
But, in summer, Italians skip Sorrento and head to the deep South — opting for the shores of Cilento, Puglia and Sicily. In these areas, you can find scenic seas minus the cruise ship crowds.
In Puglia, you'll dive into blue-green grottoes.
In Cilento, you'll stroll between fishing villages.
In Sicily, you can swim next to sun-bleached cliffs.