Budget-friendly seaside vacation in Italy

7 summer destinations for all

Are you looking for low-cost vacation destinations in Italy this summer? We have prepared the ultimate list of budget-friendly Italian destinations for all tastes! 

Explore our favorite destinations for economical holidays in Italy and easily book ferry tickets on Ferryhopper at the same price with ferry companies.

Find your next paradise:

  1. Roccella Ionica, Calabria
  2. Torre Canne, Puglia
  3. Sapri, Campania
  4. Portoscuso, Sardinia
  5. Porto Empedocle, Sicily
  6. Marina di Bibbona, Tuscany
  7. Noli, Liguria

The beach of Roccella Ionica, Italy

The magical town of Roccella Ionica in Costa dei Gelsomini

The best budget-friendly Italian destinations

Summer vacation is all about relaxation, fun and reinvigoration. In Italy, you can have all that plus sun, sea and adventure at a low cost. Here are 7 amazing summer destinations for budget-friendly holidays:

1. Roccella Ionica, Calabria

Calabria is an off-the-beaten-path Italian region and one of the most affordable options for holidays in the amazing Italian coast. In Costa dei Gelsomini, 1 hour from the port of Villa San Giovanni, Roccela Ionica is a pretty village with no mass tourism. There are beaches awarded with a "Blue Flag" certification and it’s worth visiting for a few days to enjoy historical attractions and let go.

Visit the impressive Castello dei Principi Carafa Castle to marvel at the sea view. In the mornings, you can hit the long white beach of the village and kick back either at the remote part or the well-organized one.

As for accommodation in Roccella Ionica, we recommend that you rent a short-term vacation home.

2. Torre Canne, Puglia

Although Puglia is one of the most popular vacation spots in southern Italy, there are still unexplored places for the selected few. One of the top hidden gems of Puglia is Torre Canne. 

Situated 45km from Brindisi, Torre Canne is a seaside paradise known for its beaches, white houses (trulli) with conical roofs and spas.

You can have fun in Torre Canne either with friends or family! Ferryhopper suggests that you relax at the many beaches (8km coastline), recharge your batteries at the hot springs and visit the Natural Park of Coastal Dunes, one of the most wondrous natural treasures in Puglia.

3. Sapri, Campania

The area of Cliento in Salerno is known for its art, history, culture, and quaint, seaside villages. There is an abundance of worth-visiting towns and villages, but Sapri is one of the best places for low-budget holidays in Italy!

In Sapri, you will roam the narrow alleys, see the villa romana and the Pozzo di San Vito well, as well as enjoy long walks across the promenade. For beach fun, you can hit the main beach or enjoy remote swimming towards the southern part of the rocky coast. If you’re into hiking, Apprezzami l’Asino is one of the top hiking trails in the region.

Useful info: from mid-June to the end of August, you can travel directly by ferry to the Aeolian Islands from Sapri. Ferry company Alicost makes the crossing to the island of Lipari in just 2 hours with hydrofoils, meaning it is ideal for a day trip.

Walking path with a view to the port of Sapri in Italy

Verdant hiking trail with a view to the port of Sapri

4. Portoscuso, Sardinia

Summer vacation in Sardinia is synonymous to a vibrant nightlife, but it’s no secret it can get quite expensive. But, that’s not completely true. The southern part of the island is great if you’re looking for more affordable holidays!

Portoscuso is such a destination! Located 45km from Cagliari, the village offers amazing waters, historical attractions and tons of fun. And that’s not all. Just opposite Portoscuso, you can find the little-known island of San Pietro.

You can get by sea to San Pietro from Portoscuso in just 30 minutes. We recommend that you visit the island during the day to save on accommodation costs.

5. Porto Empedocle, Sicily

So, what do you do when you’ve always been dreaming of Sicily, but you can barely afford a trip to the nearest supermarket? You buy frozen pizza! No, no! The southern part of Sicily is far more economical than the northern one, so that’s what you do!

The area between Agrigento and Ragusa hides heavenly destinations with great beaches, amazing nature and interesting archaeological sites.

Porto Empedocle is one of our favorite villages in the region! It is the birthplace of famous author Luigi Pirandello and a great place for low-cost entertainment and accommodation.

Don’t miss out on a trip to the magnificent Scala dei Turchi ("Stair of the Turks") white cliffs. This breathtaking natural scenery is home to one of the top beaches in Sicily and it’s just 8 minutes by car from Porto Empedocle.

Tip: does Scala dei Turchi sound amazing? Then, you need to see this list: top natural attractions in Italy!

The “Stair of the Turks” cliff in Italy

The famous cliff “Stair of the Turks” close to Porto Empedocle

6. Marina di Bibbona, Tuscany

The Etruscan Coast in Tuscany is perfect for an easy-going, low-cost escape in Italy. Marina di Bibbona, 44km from Piombino is a favorite among locals!

During the summer, this small village comes alive thanks to its long coastline and beautiful pine forest. Marina di Bibbona is popular with campers and a great vacation idea for families and young travelers.

For a lovely day trip from Marina di Bibbona, we recommend visiting the village of Bolgheri to taste delicious wines!

7. Noli, Liguria

The coast of Liguria is known all over the world for its beaches and colorful villages by the sea. Although this is one of the less affordable suggestions in our list, in Riviera di Ponente you can still find some more affordable accommodation and entertainment options.

The village of Noli is such an example. Just 20 minutes from Savona, Noli is halfway between the popular resorts of Spotorno and Finale Ligure.

During your vacation in Noli, you will discover unique sights, ancient buildings, crystal-clear waters, and age-old traditions. Oh, we forgot to mention that Noli is listed as one of the Borghi più belli d'Italia, the association awarding the most picturesque villages in Italy!

The quaint seaside village of Noli in the region of Liguria in Italy

Noli: a paradisiacal seaside village in northern Italy

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