Small town / city near a beach in Italy?

This is a personal question because my wife and I are looking for a small town in Italy not too far from the beach. We’ll be there in August so we’re looking for a place that doesn’t draw too many tourists – we’re not crazy about crowds. The town doesn’t have to be on the beach but a short train ride away would be nice.

We spent a month in Rome. We love Rome but in the summer I’m guessing it’ll be crazy crowded. We spent a month in Assisi which my wife loved and said she’d go back to. I’d prefer someplace a little less touristy – someplace where it’d be easier to meet Italians.

An Italian language course would be a bonus as would some famous tourist spots within an hour or two. I don’t think I’ll be renting a car so a train station is probably a necessity.

Anyone have any ideas for me?

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  1. Dian says:

    Ravello is supposed to be beautiful and not too far from the beach. I’m not sure I spelled it correctly but think so.

  2. Gail says:

    we stayed in Santa margarita near naples and had a wonderful time, great food, lovely market. Great Beach

  3. Gib says:

    Riomaggore, or any town in Cinqua Terra. Very reasonable

    Or Positano, in Amalfi region (Ravello, previously mentioned, is located in the hills above positano)

  4. Jason says:

    There are some great places in the Naples area. Some little towns around the Positano Amalfi area. More south has nice beaches and less tourist. Close by is Pasteum which is amazing. There is a nice Agrotourism place that has some cooking classes.

  5. jim says:

    I stayed in a town called Tropea. Not a big turist spot and has a beautiful beach. The train will take you right to this town. Look it up and I think you will find what you are looking for.

  6. Mary says:

    I agree with Santa Margarhita – it is a beautiful little town and not too expensive by resort standards. Moreover it is an hour north by train of the beautiful Cinque Terre – the five cliff-side villages connected by a beautiful path. Although Germans walk it in a day, you can spend a week hiking and getting to know the 5 picturesque villages.

  7. Cary says:

    My wife and I loved Santa Margarhita Liguere, between Portofino and the Cinque Terre and easy day trips to both. It’s right on the water, though not much of a beach.

  8. Janet Joyce says:

    Sorrento is beautiful, and you can reach it by train. Also catch the Ferry for Capri or Ischia

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