There are several sandy beaches within half an hour of the house.

Our favourite is Grottamare, but there are also beaches at Porto San Giorgio, and San Bennadetto del Tronto.

Italian beaches are pretty well organised, which means sun loungers, umbrellas and facilities laid on for a small fee. There are good quality restaurants, bars and shops and, generally, the beaches are not crowded.

There is also a smaller quieter pebble beach at Pedaso.