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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Protected areas

The biodiversity of the Adriatic is relatively high, and several marine protected areashave 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

Isola, Cretaccio, Mare, Imbarcazioni, Isole Tremiti

SEASIDE LOCATIONS
 

The Ionian Sea (Mar Ionio) is an elongated emayment 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 corp  was cast into the sea, which thereafter was called the Ionian Sea.

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Calabria, San Nicola Arcella, Mare, Estate, Spiaggia

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 hacCretamusque Siculum, ab ea Creticum. “

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Sicilia, Italia, Isola, Ocean, Mare

SEASIDE LOCATIONS

  • Sicily:

Pozzallo,  Santa Croce Camerina, Sciacca,  Marinella di Selinunte, Pantelleria, Isola dei ConigliLampedusa, LampioneLinosa

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The Tyrrhenian Sea (Italian: Mar Tirreno) is part of the Mediterranean Sea off the west coast of Italy. Its name comes from the Tyrrenians, identified since the 6th century BC as the Etruscans  

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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

Cefalù, Sicilia, Italia, Architettura

SEASIDE LOCATIONS

  • Sicily:

Lipari  Island, Salina Ortigia, Panarea, Vulcano, Island  Filicudi, Cefalu,  Marsala, San Vito Lo Capo,   MondelloCastellammare del Golfo, Erice, Terrasini, Balestrate, Campofelice di Roccella, Alcamo, Monreale, Trappeto, Scopello, Palermo, Trapani, Cefalu

Tropea, Ricadi, Lamezia Terme, Scalea, Pizzo, Praia a Mare, Isola di Capo Rizzuto, Scilla, Diamante, Parghelia, Capo Vaticano

Sorrento, Ischia, Amalfi,  Capri, Ravello, Maiori, Agropoli, Paestum, Positano

The Ligurian Sea

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