The term Mediterranean derives from the Latin word mediterraneus, meaning “amid the earth”. Romans commonly called it Mare Nostrum (Latin, “Our Sea”). The Mediterranean Sea is arguably among the most culturally diverse block basin sea regions in the world, with a unique combination of pleasant climate, beautiful coastline, rich history and various cultures.
The Mediterranean regions are the most popular tourist destination in the world—attracting approximately one third of the world’s international tourists! It  is subdivided into a number of smaller seas, each with its own designation:

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The Adriatic Sea is the northern most arm of the Mediterranean Sea, extending from the Strait of Otranto (where it connects to the Ionian Sea) to the northwest and the Po Valley.

Protected areas: The biodiversity of the Adriatic is relatively high, and several marine protected areas have been established by countries along its coasts. In Italy, these are Miramare in the Gulf of Trieste (in the Northern Adriatic), Torre del Cerrano and Isole Tremiti in the Middle Adriatic basin and Torre Guaceto in southern Apulia. Furthermore, there are 10 internationally important (Ramsar) wetland reserves in Italy located along the Adriatic coast.

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SEASIDE LOCATIONS

Friuli-Venezia Giulia: Lignano Sabbiadoro, Grado, Sistiana, Muggia

Veneto: Bibione, Caorle, Chioggia, Jesolo,  Rosolina Mare

Emilia-Romagna: Marina Romea, Porto Corsini,  Marina di Ravenna, Punta Marina Terme, Lido Adriano,  Lido di Classe , Lido di Savio, Cervia, Cesenatico, Bellaria, Rimini, Riccione, Misano Adriatico, Cattolica

Marche: Gabicce Mare, Pesaro, Fano,  Senigallia, Falconara Marittima, San Benedetto del Tronto

Abruzzo: Martinsicuro, Alba Adriatica, Tortoreto, Giulianova, Roseto degli Abruzzi, Pineto,Silvi, Montesilvano, Francavilla al Mare, Ortona, Fossacesia, Torino di Sangro, Vasto

Molise: Termoli,  Campomarino,  Petacciato

Puglia: Marina di Chieuti , Peschici,  Tremiti Islands, Ostuni,  Polignano a Mare,  Vieste

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The Ionian SeaMar Ionio) is an elongated embayment of the Mediterranean Sea, south of the Adriatic Sea. It is bounded by southern Italy including Calabria,   Sicily,  and the Salento peninsula to the west, southern Albania to the north, and the west coast of Greece.

The name Ionian comes from the Greek language Ἰόνιον.

According to legend, Ionius was a son of Dyrrhachus.  When Dyrrhachus was attacked by his own brothers, Heracles, who was passing through the area, came to his aid, but in the fight the hero killed his ally’s son by mistake. The corpse was cast into the sea, which thereafter was called the Ionian Sea.

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SEASIDE LOCATIONS

Puglia: Gallipoli, Porto Cesareo, Santa Maria di Leuca, Santa Cesarea Terme, Porto Miggiano,

Basilicata: Lido di MetapontoPolicoro, Marina di Pisticci

Calabria:  Crotone, Capo Rizzuto, Roseto Capo Spulico, Cosenza

Sicilia: Taormina, Giardini Naxos Siracusa

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The Sicily Sea is an arm of Mediterranean sea between Sicily island  and Africa

Plinio “the old”said : ” it is called mare siculo the part of mediterranean see between Sicily and Creta

” inde ad Siciliam Tyrrenum, ab hac Cretam usque Siculum, ab ea Creticum. ”

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SEASIDE LOCATIONS

Pozzallo,  Santa Croce Camerina, Sciacca, Marinella di Selinunte, Pantelleria,  Isola dei Conigli, Lampedusa, Lampione, Linosa

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The Tyrrhenian Sea (Italian: Mar Tirreno) is part of the Mediterranean Sea off the western coast of Italy.   It is named for the Tyrrhenian people, identified since the 6th century BC with the Etruscans of Italy.

The sea is bounded by the islands of Corsica and Sardinia (to the west), the Italian peninsula (regions of Tuscany, Lazio, Campania, Basilicata, and Calabria) to the east, and the island of Sicily (to the south).

Ports: The main ports of the Tyrrhenian Sea in Italy are: Naples, Palermo, Civitavecchia (Rome), Salerno, Trapani and Gioia Tauro.

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SEASIDE LOCATIONS

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The Ligurian Sea (Italian: Mar Ligure; ) is an arm of the Mediterranean Sea, between the Italian Riviera (Liguria and Tuscany) and the island of Corsica.  The sea is probably named after the ancient Ligures people.

 Conservation: In order to provide protection for the numerous cetacean (whales and dolphins)  species in the Ligurian Sea the bordering countries established the sea as a SPAMI in 1999.

The International Ligurian Sea Cetacean Sanctuary now covers 84,000 km² covering territorial waters as well as high sea.

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