TRAVEL

Ex­plore the hid­den gems on south­ern Italy’s Coast of the Gods.

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Be­tween the Amalfi Coast and Si­cily lies a 55km coast­line largely still a se­cret to tourists. Named La Costa degli Dei, or the Coast of the Gods, the re­gion is rich in Ro­man mythol­ogy and is home to pic­turesque towns such as Tro­pea, where you’ll find friendly peo­ple, un­spoilt beaches and amaz­ing food.

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Take time to ap­pre­ci­ate the finer things in life at Villa Paola in Tro­pea, with panoramic ocean views and burst­ing bougainvil­lea around ev­ery cor­ner. Ad­ven­ture seek­ers can take a scuba-div­ing tour or go para­sail­ing over the stun­ning Tyrrhe­nian Sea.

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Af­ter a few days of laz­ing by the wa­ter, it’s worth ven­tur­ing fur­ther afield. The Ae­o­lian Is­lands (north of Si­cily) are only a boat ride away, so take a day trip to ex­plore the black sand beaches of Vul­cano, the bou­tiques of Panarea or the vil­lage of Li­pari.

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Make like a south­ern Ital­ian and take to the streets af­ter din­ner for passegiata. It’s their favourite pas­time, com­pletely free and trans­lates as strolling, peo­ple watch­ing and gos­sip­ing, all at once. A more en­er­getic op­tion is con­quer­ing the stairs of Santa Maria dell’isola, a fourth-cen­tury monastery perched high on a cliff side that of­fers 360o views.

Orig­i­nally a 16th-cen­tury monastery, VILLA PAOLA bou­tique ho­tel has ex­pan­sive gar­dens and an over­sized

Tro­pea’s main square, PI­AZZA ERCOLE, is lively un­til past

Soak up the sun and frolic in crys­tal blue wa­ters at TRO­PEA BEACH

Treat your­self to a

– a deca­dent blend of

Board a NIGHT CRUISE to Strom­boli for a spec­tac­u­lar view of the bright erup­tions from this

Get a bird’s-eye view with a PARASAIL ex­pe­ri­ence, from

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