1. Isola Rossa, Sardinia
  2. Protected Marine Reserve of Miramare, Friuli Venezia Giulia
  3. Blue Grotto, Puglia
  4. Protected Area of ​​Portofino, Liguria
  5. Capo Vaticano, Calabria
  6. Tuscan Archipelago National Park, Tuscany
  7. Panarea island, Sicily
  8. Torre Guaceto State Reserve, Puglia
  9. Maratea, Basilicata
  10. Maddalena Archipelago National Park, Sardinia
  11. Monte Conero, Marche
  12. Talamone di Orbetello, Tuscany
  13. Manfredonia, Puglia
  14. Protected Marine Area of ​​the Island of Ustica, Sicily
  15. Tropea, Calabria

In recent times we often hear about ” snorkeling “, but what exactly is
Snorkeling is an excursion that takes place in the sea and allows you to admire marine life, such as fish, coral reefs, the rocks …
In short, it is a very simple activity that requires minimal equipment, including mask, fins and snorkel . The beauty of snorkeling is that you do n’t need to be a great swimmer to practice it : you just need to know how to move in the sea and not be afraid to put your head underwater. However, it is always advisable to practice it in company.
Let’s see nowthe 15 best places to snorkel in Italy .

1 – Isola Rossa, Sardinia
Photo of Toninaj. The beaches of this wonderful place are made of red rock … and hence the name of the island. There are many coves where the fish seek refuge, perfect to explore by snorkeling thanks to the always clear water even on days of swell.
Useful links: Diving Isola Rossa

2 – Protected Marine Reserve of Miramare, Friuli Venezia Giulia
Photo by Sofia Pan. This beautiful reserve is located in the Gulf of Trieste : the area with integral protection is 30 hectares, while around it there is another area with partial protection of 90 hectares. There is wild faunacomposed of molluscs, crustaceans and bony fish.
Useful links: Miramare Marine Reserve

3 – Blue Grotto, Puglia
Photo by Glen Scarborough. Cave about 7 meters high and 15 meters deep, reachable only by boat and located under the city of Castro. The light reflects off the cave walls, giving the water a cobalt blue color.

Useful links: Salento Boat Trips

4 – Protected Area of ​​Portofino, Liguria
Photo by Pierre-Selim Huard. Protected area established in 1999 located between Camogli, Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino. Divided into three zones (integral reserve, general reserve and partial reserve), the submerged cliffs host a largefauna and flora unique in the Mediterranean .
Useful links: Portofino Amp

5 – Capo Vaticano, Calabria
Photo by Marcomob. Very popular tourist spot and well organized from the point of view of beaches and entertainment, Capo Vaticano offers a crystalline sea, with depths rich in fish fauna and with elements typical of tropical seas , including shells, shark teeth and corals.
Useful links: Mondo Blu Diving

6 – Tuscan Archipelago National Park, Tuscany
Source: wikimedia commons. This national park includes 7 islands: Capraia, Elba, Giglio, Giannutri, Pianosa, Montecristo and Gorgona. There are several areas that allow you to snorkel, to admire not only fish and flora, but alsofamous wrecks , including that of the merchant freighter Elviscot.
Useful links: Argentario Divers

7 – Island of Panarea, Sicily
Photo by Petr Vykoukal. Panarea, as well as all the other Aeolian islands , is well suited for snorkeling. The waters are pristine, and the coasts are mainly accessible by boat: this involves a reduced presence of tourists.

Useful links: Amphibia

8 – Torre Guaceto State Reserve, Puglia
Alto Salento Reserve, with some beaches awarded with the Blue Flag , which extends for 1,200 km and with a sea ​​front that extends for 8,000 meters.
Useful links: Pugli and Culture

9 – Maratea, Basilicata

10 – Maddalena Archipelago National Park, Sardinia
Photo by Gianni Careddu. Park established in 1994, it covers a marine surface of 15,046 hectares and with about 180 km of coastline. The sea is crystal clear and allows you to admire the magnificent seabed.
Useful links: Orso Diving

11 – Monte Conero, Marche
Photo by Gabri307. The beaches of Monte Conero can only be reached via steep paths (called “stradelli”) and are separated from each other by stretches where the coast plunges directly into the sea. Ideal for those who want to snorkel enjoying uncrowded places.
Useful links: Centro Sub Monte Conaro

12 – Talamone di Orbetello, Tuscany
Photo by Alessio Damato. This fraction of Orbetello is located in the middle of a lagoon , connected to the mainland only by thin strips of sand. The water holds a wide variety of marine species.
Useful links: Orbetello Turismo

13 – Manfredonia, Puglia
Manfredonia, in the province of Foggia, is located on the gulf of the same name, south of the Gargano promontory. The sea is beautiful and is well suited for snorkeling and diving; in addition, Manfredonia is very developed from the point of view of tourism and entertainment.
Useful links: Blu Tremiti

14 – Protected Marine Area of ​​the Island of Ustica, Sicily

15 – Tropea, Calabria
Tropea has very white beachesand a transparent sea, perfect for those who love snorkeling and diving. The caves of Tropea are famous: the most famous is the Blue Grotto , one of the most famous attractions of this seaside resort.

Useful links: Tropea Sub

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