The 5 most beautiful sea treks in Italy

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by Alessia Morello

Autumn in Italy has arrived and fortunately it is the perfect season for trekking along the sea paths.

The temperature in these months is mild and the winter wind has not yet risen.

In addition, the incredible phenomenon of foliage has begun, which in contrast to the crystalline waters of our sea will make your trail an unforgettable experience.

Many people think that the sea in Italy is only sand and beach although in reality this is not so. Our coasts are covered with mostly of reefs and rocks that become hills and mountains where harrowing treks exist with breathtaking views.

Here are the 5 most beautiful sea treks in Italy:

 

  1. Rilke Trail – Friuli Venezia Giulia – North East Italy

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This is one of the most fascinating trails in the northeast.

This 2 hour path connects Duino to Sistiana and is totally built on the Adriatic Sea shore.

This trail is close to a very important location: Trieste, a city that rises on the border of Italy and Slovenia and therefore a neuralgic spot during the Middle Ages and the big wars.

This trail reveals so much past history. You finish the trail in a real 1400’s castle still inhabited from the real descendants that founded the castle built on the sheer cliff that faces the blue sea. You can visit the castle and the anti-war refuge, now a museum and enjoy the panorama from the garden that overlooks the sea. Amazing!

 

  1. Trail ring through Camogli Portofino – Liguria – North West Italy

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This incredible 5 hours trek passes through antique forgotten villages built in small gulfs with no car access.

In the past it was normal to stay in places like this, live just fishing and taking the boat to make trades.

Portofino is also so famous for the incredible architecture that the city has. This city is completely built near the sea and every building has a different color and shade. Stunning and incredible to see.

Liguria is a little region consisting of mountains that reach the sea and the inhabitants have been forced to build homes one above the other.  For this reason it is very famous and popular for tourists and a beautiful place to go trekking.

 

  1. Positano Trail – Sentiero degli Dei – Campania – South West Italy

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The “Path of the Gods” connects Agerola, a small village on the hills of the Amalfi Coast, to Nocelle, a small hamlet of Positano, lying on the slopes of Mount Pertuso.

Just the name alone lets you guess how spectacular this trail is!

The front of the panorama of the Amalfi Coast and Capri is like a 60’s movie that comes to life. Even for an Italian to holiday here is an ambitious goal. Anyway we are talking about trails and this one I’m quite sure that is one of the most breathtaking trails of Italy!

Always sunny and famous for the incredible quality of food, this region is perfect for a trekking and food adventure! Bring a slice of pizza with you (like I usually DO – have a look my video eating pizza at 2000 meters in the middle of the Dolomites here ) and enjoy your trail up and down from the beauties of the south Italy. Ready?

 

  1. Il percorso delle Ginestre – Abruzzo – South East Italy

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I was on holidays here something like 5 years ago and I’m still thinking about this magical place. It’s not so famous overseas but Abruzzo has thousands of kilometres of national park that border the sea and is full of trekking trails.

The Itinerary allows you to cross the beautiful Regional Nature Reserve Punta Aderci where the earth meets the sea and the green of nature ’embraces’ the blue of crystal clear waters.

Another amazing thing you can see during a trek here are the “Trabucchi”. Trabucchi are the old fisherman’s houses built totally out of wood, erected on the sea, like palafitte. Now they are real summer houses or very cool restaurants. My advice is to stop your trail here and have a clams spaghetti and a main course with fresh local fish!

Not a real outdoor break? Hey, you are in Italy!

 

  1. Excursion to the Zingaro Natural Reserve – Sicily – Island in the South of Italy

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One hour west of Palermo there are numerous wonderful promontories leading to incredible wild coves: this is the Zingaro Reserve. The first natural reserve of Sicily since 1986 is one of the most beautiful places to discover on foot. Starting from Scopello for a 5-hour trip, which lasts 15 kilometres.

Here you will find 700 species of plants and 40 species of animals and a small museum about the traditional life of the island.

The sunrise is the best part of the day, looking the sun coming up from the horizon is something magic

 

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Alessia Morello lives in the north-east of Italy. After working for several years around the world she decide to stop and come back in her homeland and do the things she loves like trekking into the Dolomites with her dog Giorgino and creating posts and videos for her blog. She grew up doing outdoor adventures with the family and now the nature is part of her life. Other interests? Rock climbing, mountain bike trails, cooking vegetarian recipes and having fun!

Follow her travels at www.theitaliansmoothie.com and on Instagram and Facebook.

 

 

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56 thoughts on “The 5 most beautiful sea treks in Italy

  • October 24, 2017 at 6:13 am
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    This place looks so dreamy . Your pictures are so go gorgeous that i feel like planning a trip now. My husband loves Italy and am gonna share this with him .

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  • October 21, 2017 at 1:35 pm
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    Cool sea treks. Portofino looks so good. I hope i can see this sea trek someday. Thanks for sharing.

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  • October 18, 2017 at 3:21 pm
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    Italy is a dream place and I would live to visit it someday. And being fond of treks I would love to trek along the beautiful sea route which gives you a chance to feel a place deeply. Lovely post

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  • October 17, 2017 at 8:41 pm
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    Its been my dream to visit Amalfi Coast and explore the area . The Positano Trail is high on my bucket list. I loved the colorful villages and those ancient and finishing villages around the gorgeous seaside. I can’t wait to do that. Thank you so much for this great list of sea treks.

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  • October 17, 2017 at 11:57 am
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    All of the trails and trekking sites featured look heavenly. I can only imagine the breathtaking beauty of being surrounded by nature’s treasures in these locations. The photos are stunning too.

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  • October 16, 2017 at 10:12 pm
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    Absolutely gorgeous there! I definitely hope to visit someday in the not so distant future!

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    • October 17, 2017 at 8:36 am
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      Italy is amazing Amber, from the sea to the mountains. Our little tiny villages are amazing. Hope one day you decide to visit our land and make some hike.

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  • October 16, 2017 at 8:05 pm
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    I’m Italian and I’m very glad to read this article. I like to do outdoor adventures and I’ve been to the places you suggested in Abruzzo and Campania!
    Can’t wait to try the other ones 🙂 – P.

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    • October 17, 2017 at 8:41 am
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      Ciao Amalia e Paolo, sono anche io italiana e sono molto felice tramite “Camping for woman” di poter far scoprire la parte Outdoor del nostro Paese. Avevo pubblicato anche un altro articolo sul trekking nel nord qui -> Italia http://www.campingforwomen.com/beautiful-treks-in-the-north-of-italy/ . Ho dato un occhiata al vostro sito è molto carino e se ti piace l’outdoor potremmo restare in contatto! Happy to see that other Italians read Camping for Woman!

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  • October 16, 2017 at 7:57 pm
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    Oh my gosh! Those images are beautiful. I need to go to Italy soon!

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  • October 16, 2017 at 7:13 pm
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    OMG all these places are amazing! I wish I could leave right now 🙂 Except for Liguria, I miss all of them. Thank you very much for your tips, it’s the best way to figure out how to survive during the cold seasons 🙂

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    • October 17, 2017 at 8:53 am
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      Hurry up! Because is coming the cold season in Italy too, are trails perfect until november, after that….freezing!

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  • October 16, 2017 at 6:48 pm
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    I need to go to Italy. Like, now.

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  • October 16, 2017 at 6:18 pm
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    grazie per questo post e per i sentieri che proponi! A parte quello ligure, gli altri non li ho mai sperimentati. Curiooooosa io! Appena puoi, fai anche un salto nel Salento! Ci sono bellissimi percorsi di trekking costiero in cui il clima resterà mite fino a metà dicembre

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    • October 17, 2017 at 8:54 am
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      Thanks Sabrina to your tip about others sea treks in Salento. I will love to try one!

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  • October 16, 2017 at 5:40 pm
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    Love this post!!! Italy is my favorite of all time and I’m currently planning a Europe trip in 2 weeks and have been debating where to go. This reminds me that I’ve wanted to check out Portofino 🙂 And I am always looking for hikes to do while traveling, so it makes me want to visit even more! Thanks for sharing. Going to pin it for later, too.

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    • October 17, 2017 at 9:11 am
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      Is not easy to find a destination in Europe, there so much beauty everywhere! Italy is always in my heart but the north of Europe is beautiful as well and Greece? Gosh to many places!

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  • October 16, 2017 at 4:52 pm
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    Il sentiero degli dei mi piacerebbe visitare e il percorso della ginestre è un posto favoloso e in cantevole.

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    • October 17, 2017 at 9:12 am
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      E’ anche uno dei più semplici perfetto per famiglie e bambini. Sono sicura che ti piacerebbe molto! La natura è fantastica!

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  • October 16, 2017 at 9:54 am
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    I have been hiking all over the world but I have never went on a hike in Italy! The five paths you have recommended sound incredible, especially the one through Liguria. I have always wanted to see Camogli and Portofino… maybe I should start planning my next adventure!

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    • October 17, 2017 at 9:13 am
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      Hike in Italy is amazing, hope one day you decide to start this experience. If you love mountains the Dolomites have such an incredible panorama.

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  • October 16, 2017 at 9:08 am
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    Positano and Rilke trails are mind blowing. Being a water lover myself I would love to go on such sea trails.

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    • October 17, 2017 at 9:14 am
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      The rilke trail is one of my favorite ones. The picture is not enough to show you how beautiful is it. The castle on the rock in front of the sea….incredible!

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  • October 16, 2017 at 8:39 am
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    Wow ! Absolutely stunning. Would love to visit here x

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  • October 16, 2017 at 7:10 am
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    I love hiking and Italy, so these routes are something I would do. Even though I have been to most of these places before I have not hiked them. I especially like the Trail ring through Camogli Portofino and the Il percorso delle Ginestre – Abruzzo – South East Italy that both look like stunning views. My only problem would be wanting to stop and take photos all the time.

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    • October 16, 2017 at 8:45 am
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      Hahaha yeah is true! Is my problem as well! To make to much photos and the trek never finish. Portofino and the Cinque Terre is a dreamy place, incredible to see and to visit arriving from the rocks is an amazing experience!

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  • October 16, 2017 at 4:30 am
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    Omg! I love skiing and camping. All these places are calling my name. I am bookmarking this post. Wonderful info and wonderful photos.

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    • October 16, 2017 at 10:46 am
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      Hi Suri and thanks to stop to my post. I see in your blog that you love to camp and the outdoors as well and happy that a trip in Europe is now in your list! If you need tips here I am 😀

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  • October 16, 2017 at 1:42 am
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    This is such a wonderful post with so many beautiful sea trek options in Italy. I went to Italy a couple of years back but unfortunately couldn’t do any sea treks then, hopefully, I’ll get to go again and then maybe I could try some of these. My favorite from your list is the Positano trail. Thanks for sharing this, I’m saving it for future. 🙂

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    • October 16, 2017 at 11:08 am
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      Thanks to you and happy you love this post. I love all this tracks but I can Understand how is famous Positano and everyone want to visit it!

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  • October 15, 2017 at 4:54 pm
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    I didn’t realize there were so many great places to hike in Italy. While I know that I hear about all of the great cities and all of the great beautiful places, hiking trails are not something I usually hear about. I will have to remember this when I finally make my trek out there.

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    • October 16, 2017 at 11:12 am
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      Italy is not a flat Land so from the mountains (Alps, Dolomites) to the sea you can find amazing paths for families and pro. Hope one day you decide to bring your daughter in Italy and visit our beautiful land. Kiss kiss

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  • October 15, 2017 at 3:41 pm
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    Omg! I am SOOOOO in-love! What a beautiful post of sea treks in Italy – totally saving this for my trip to Italy. The coast line of Italy looks incredibly beautiful, especially the “Path of the Gods” trail! The Amalfi Coast is so high on my list and I can’t wait to experience it. Also ending a tour with a real life 1400’s castle sounds so amazing – and how cool that the descendants of the castle still live there. I am totally day dreaming now!

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    • October 16, 2017 at 11:14 am
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      Hi Soraya and I’m so happy that you love my post. Yeah is everything true. Castles, beautiful sea shore and Amalfi all in one land 😀

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  • October 15, 2017 at 2:39 pm
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    I love sea treks. I did some in India and Australia. Italy seems a perfect place for sea treks as well. Positano trail appeals the most to me. I have heard great things about the Amalfi coast.

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  • October 15, 2017 at 11:14 am
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    Wonderful, love the pictures and the writing style. I must confess that I am tempted to go once again to Italy, to do at least one of these. Thank you for the motivation.

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  • October 14, 2017 at 11:39 pm
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    Wow these pictures are just beautiful. I will keep these on my to see bucket list. One day, when I don’t have so many responsibilities, I would love to see every one of these!!

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  • October 14, 2017 at 11:13 pm
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    Camogli Portofino has been on my radar for some time. It seems unbelievable that you can explore an area like this WITHOUT car access. That is completely amazing. We want to go so bad.

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    • October 16, 2017 at 11:17 am
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      Yeah in Italy there are a lot of “forgotten” villages around because they have no access by car. They live just with the people that love trekking and share the experience. There’s one in my northeast in the middle of the mountains as well. I will send you the link!

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  • October 14, 2017 at 11:12 pm
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    So beautiful! I hope to someday visit Italy! It has always been on my destinations list! Such a beautiful country with so much history.

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  • October 14, 2017 at 9:34 pm
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    Wow!! Such stunning views have me wanting to pack my bags and belongings to move there!! Truly beautiful photos and I’m sure they don’t do the actual places justice 💕

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    • October 16, 2017 at 11:29 am
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      Yeah Cori you say the true! Pictures never give justice to so many places. And the energy and positive vibes you receive back from the sea and the coast when you walk is incredible. Makes me happy every time 😀

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  • October 14, 2017 at 6:12 pm
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    All of these hikes look so picturesque. My fiance and I are planning a trip to Italy for next year so I’m bookmarking this! 🙂

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    • October 16, 2017 at 11:21 am
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      I live here so if you need some tips for your trip let me know! I live close to Venice 😀

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  • October 14, 2017 at 2:25 pm
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    I am in love with your pictures of Italy. I really want to go and visit there some day.

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    • October 17, 2017 at 9:17 am
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      There are so many nice countries to visit in the world but Italy is incredible, the historic part here is amazing, and the food and the sea….impossible to don’t decide to come here one day.

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  • October 14, 2017 at 12:57 am
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    Oh these sound beautiful indeed! I I hope I make it to at least some of these stunning locations in my life.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  • October 13, 2017 at 11:35 pm
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    That is so beautiful! I can’t wait to go hiking in Italy one day, maybe my sailboat will be anchored in that cove near Positano 🙂

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    • October 16, 2017 at 11:27 am
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      Positano is a dream and make an hike there is incredible because you can se the shore with a privilege view and not just in the tourist points. Another good view is from a boat! Is true! 😀

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    • October 17, 2017 at 9:17 am
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      The color of the water is something that everybody notice when come here. Is stunning!

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