Deiva Marina, Liguria, Italy

Deiva Marina is a town in the province of La Spezia in the region of Liguria in Italy. Small seaside town, an ideal base for exploring the Cinque Terre and Portofino. IIt’s too appreciated by the quality of the water and its beautiful beach. You can make beautiful walks along the coast, there are several bars, cafés and restaurants with sympa kind people. There are many hotels and campsites in the surrounding area. You can visit the old town with its picturesque streets, the Church of Saint Anthony Abate (1739) where you can find beautiful works of art inside; the remains of the family Da Passano Castle and the remains of two observation towers. The first is still very well preserved in the old town, the second near the marina, is almost completely demolished.

Tips

If you like the markets, on Saturday mornings, there is a flea market next to the train station where you will find various products with good prices and even souvenirs from Italy. The road is narrow and it’s difficult to find a place to park the car, so you can park your car between the trees before entering the city, it’s free. Other places (very few) are at the end of the promenade on the coast but you must pay an hourly rate.
If you want to visit the Cinque Terre, the only way to do it is by train and it will take you all day long, so leave the car near the train station and take the train to go to Levanto. From there, you can get a ticket (12,00 euros at this time) that will allow you to get off at each station of the Cinque Terre and use the trails without paying anything extra.
You will find a tourist office opening on Saturdays and Sundays out of season at the station of Framura (only a station from Deiva Marina). There they could give you maps and information about the region.
Make sure to have coins cuase you will always need them to pay for parking, tolls and tickets specially at weekends when tickets must be taken on the train tickets distributor which accepts only coins or banknotes of 5 and 10 euros.
If you love nature, you can spend the night in a mountain hotel as the ‘Hotel Ristorante Cinque Terre’, 200 metres from the highway exit. It is also recommended for a romantic dinner, the atmosphere is wonderful. And if you like to dance, ask for information in the reception of the hotel for the dancing dinner or simply for a dinner with show included.

Marina di Camerota, Italy

Marina di Camerota is an Italian seaside place, renowned both for the quality of the natural environment surrounded by the rich hills of maquis Mediterranean typical of Cilento than by the quality of its waters. It is the largest town of Camerota in the province of Salerno, Campania; also known as ‘The Pearl of Cilento’. The village and port of the commune is located south of the coast of Cilento, by Tyrrhenian Sea. It is also an interesting place beacause there are paleontologic caves, with human fossils discovered in the 1980s. One of its caves, in the Lentiscella area, is a museum where you can find a small schooner (Leone di Caprera)  that crossed the Atlantic ocean from Montevideo to Livorno in 1880-1881.
Tips
If you go with children, Calanca is the ideal beach for the family. It is 5 minutes ‘ walk from the historic centre.
If you like swimming, Mingardo will satisfy you. The beach  has almost 7km (length), it’s a little distant from the city centre, between Marina di Camerota and Palinuro.
You can also take a boat trip at Palinuro to discover the natural caves.