The quiet bay where Pioppi sits is a real respite that offers nice beaches in a low-key way. No gigantic interminable stretches of sand with rows and rows of umbrellas as far as the eye can see. Here it's more down-to-earth (or sea!) with a gently arched curve of sand-and-pebble beach right that follows the town. A fishing village type feel pervades. There is lots of space for those who want to throw down a towel and swim, and a few concessions for those who want to pay for an umbrella and sun beds and services. The water is crystal-clear, is shallow at the edge and gradually deepens, with a rock breakwall to protect it. Because it's right in town, you'll find cafes and bars and gelaterias handy, too.

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