Five tips on organizing a seaside summer day in Italy

New trip planning clients often tell me they want to include a few hours of doing nothing in their summer itinerary. For example they’ll say: “We want to sit in a cafe in the sun, by the water, with a drink, relaxing and enjoying the amazing scenery and chatting with the server and watching people go by”. They want a taste of la dolce vita.

If you’re planning your own trip, you can make sure you have some of those relaxing, unproductive, soak-it-all-in summer moments by the seaside — with a little bit of pre-planning. A wonderful summer day could include relaxing at the beach; walking along the water; eating gelato and people-watching and then enjoying a sunset dinner on the outdoor terrace of a great restaurant. It’s la dolce vita for sure — unless you show up and the beach is full, the temperatures are high, and the terrace is booked. There’s no need to structure every minute of your Italy summer days, but thinking about a few key pieces ahead of time will make things flow much more smoothly and ensure those imagined lazy days become reality.





What about you – do you have any tips to add to make sure your Italian summer days are just perfect?


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