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The secluded Italian beach that’s been named one of the best in the world – where locals sell ice-cream from boats

THE best beaches in the world have been revealed, and a secluded spot on the Amalfi Coast has made the list.

Earlier this year, a team of travel experts at Lonely Planet named the world’s best beaches.

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Nerano is a small fishing village on the Amalfi Coast[/caption]

In the travel publisher’s latest book, Best Beaches, they’ve revealed the world’s most incredible beaches.

Bays and Beaches in AustraliaThailand, America and Greece have all made the cut.

One little-known spot in on the Amalfi Coast was also named in the travel publisher’s top 100.

Located just a stone’s throw from Nerano, Baia di Ieranto, also known as Leranto Bay, is a secluded pebble beach.

They wrote: “[A] pebble beach gazing out on Capri’s famed Isole Faraglioni, Leranto lures hikers to the blissfully undeveloped tip of the Sorrento peninsula.

“The whole place is part of the Amalfi Coast’s Punta Campanella Marine Reserve.”

Tucked away on the Amalfi Coast, Nerano is a small fishing village.

While Nerano may not be as famous as other neighbouring towns like Sorrento, Positano, and Amalfi, it’s become a hit with holidaymakers in recent years thanks to its tiny beaches.

From Nerano, it’s a 42-minute walk to the secluded bay, which has been praised by those holidaymakers who’ve made the journey.

One person wrote: “This is a magical beach! The hike is not long, but has a very steep and tricky section – I recommend good footwear.


“The beach is only accessible through this path or by paddling around (no motor boat access).”

Another person added: “The journey down provides breathtaking views of the coast and you can even see the faraglioni of Capri in the distance.”

While a third person said: “During the day some guys arrived with a small boat selling water and ice cream, literally like a bar.”

If you don’t fancy the hike then you’ll be relieved to know there are several beaches closer in town, including Nerano Bay.

Also known as Marina del Cantone, Nerano Bay is another pebbled beach.

At Marina del Cantone holidaymakers can also rent parasols and sunbeds.

Just above the bay, a selection of restaurants and cafes line the street.

Any holidaymakers who want to sample a local delicacy should aim to try spaghetti alla Nerano – a pasta dish packed with courgettes and cheese.

Other activities include boat tours, snorkelling, and a gentle stroll through the hilltop town.

Tourists can also visit Villa Rosa where British writer Norman Douglas is said to have stayed.

Nerano can be reached by car or bus from neighbouring Sorrento.

Holidaymakers who have hired a car will be able to park their car in Nerano for around €10 (£8.69) per day, while the local bus service costs €2 (£1.74) for a one-way ticket.

Tourists can also take a bus from Positano or arrive hire a boat arrive at the tiny Italian village via its small marina.

And Italian Travel experts, Italy Heaven, who specialise in travel around Italy described the town as an “off-the-beaten-track base.”

They added: “Marina del Cantone is a refuge for Italian locals and travellers-in-the-know who’ll drive over the hills from Sorrento, or take a boat along the coast, to enjoy a swim and a good lunch.”

And there are plenty of other secluded spots in Italy only locals seem to know about, including Ponza.

Ponza

Ponza is part of the Pontine archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea, and it is home to beaches that rival Capri — but for a fraction of the price.

One of the more rustic Italian islands, with its untouched natural landscapes, hidden coves and sea caves.

To get there, you can hop on a train from Rome‘s main station, Termini, to the port city of Anzio. The journey takes just over an hour and costs around £5.

Once you’re in Anzio, a ferry will get you to Ponza in an hour and 40 minutes, and it departs once or twice per hour.

Meanwhile, here are the 100 best beaches in the world to visit in 2024 – and four from the UK have made the cut.

Everything you need to know about visiting Italy

  • Brits must have at least three months left on their passport from the day they plan to leave the country.
  • Tourists do not need a visa if visiting for up to 90 days in 180 days.
  • Make sure your passport is stamped on entry and exit.
  • Travellers may be asked to show hotel booking confirmations and that they have enough money for their stay at the border.
  • Holidaymakers may also need to show proof of insurance.
  • Italy is one hour ahead of the UK.
  • The country uses the euro with around €10 working out to £8.55.
  • Flights to Italy from the UK take between 2 hours and 30 minutes to 3 hours depending on the destination.

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Leranto Bay has been named as one of the best beaches in the world[/caption]

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