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TROPEA BEACH, ITALY

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This gorgeous beach in Italy’s Calabria region has more than two miles of glistening white sand, sloping gently to a shimmering blue sea. You’d almost think you were in the Caribbean if it weren’t for the cliffs topped with uneven stacks of ancient houses – unmistakab­ly Italian.

BEACH BONUS

The Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell’Isola, a monastery set high on a rocky promontory, which you can reach via steps carved into the rock. It’s a slog to get to the top, but you’re rewarded with gobsmackin­g views of the coastline and across to Sicily’s Aeolian Islands. We also love the cobbled streets of

Tropea village, lined with piazzas, restaurant­s and boutiques – you’ll feel as though you’ve walked onto a film set.

WHERE TO STAY LA DOLCE VITA A TROPEA

This hotel is dazzling, from the terrace overlookin­g the coast to the sophistica­ted bedrooms with ’50s-style decor. Breakfast is so big and plentiful – think pastries, olives, cheese and cakes – that you might not even need lunch. From £97 per night; Ladolcevit­atropea.it.

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