Although many visitors in Italy think of it as a tourist destination, it is also one of Europe’s most significant summer resorts for history, archaeology, architecture, food and culture. Italy is surrounded by beautiful beaches, many with spectacular cliffs or at the foot of charming coastal towns with their peninsula reaching into the Mediterranean, Adriatic and Tyrrhenian seas.
Summers on the very sands are dry, busy and vibrant, with lounge rows and parasols to hire, beach clubs named stabilimenti to collect public beaches (Spiaggia Libri) with sand and holiday lovers swimming, snorkeling, pedaling or beach volleyball. Although on an Italian beach in the sky you may not find peace and quiet, you will find an Italian feeling in the season.
Below is an unclassified compilation of some of our favorite beaches in Italy to help you find a beautiful Italian beach.
Combine clean and turquoise waters with white sandy beaches, a background of white chalk cliffs, and a charming village above them, and it’s easy to see why Tropea is one of the best beach destinations in Southern Italy. The town of Tropea has a number of resorts and hotels in the area, and also a selection of B&Bs and holiday rentals, and large regional restaurants for the convenience of visitors.
La Pelosa Beach, Sardinia
Le Pelosa’s sucrose-white sand, the second largest island in Italy, in northern Sardinia, is such that the visitors were threatened with heavy fines and even detained because of the robbing. And the popularity of Le Pelosa stretches beyond the river. Families enjoy it with its calm, shallow waters that warm up early in the season and provide children with a fantastic playground.
Spiaggia Dei Conigli (Rabbit Beach), Lampedusa
Tiny Lampedusa (South of Italy), one of the world’s most famous beaches, is consistently high on any list of the best beaches in the world: Spiaggia Dei Conigli (Rabbit Beach). Fallow seas for snorkeling, a quickly accessed offshore reef, and plenty of fine white sand are just some of the reasons Rabbit Beach earned its appreciation. You either have to fly here or get a High-Speed Hydrofoil from Sicily, but the piece of paradise is worth your journey. Lampedusa isn’t the best accessible place to go.
Chia Coast, Southern Sardinia
From Santa Margherita di Pula to Su Giudeu, the Chia Coast of Sardinia provides some of the largest open spaces of fine sands of tinged green, peach and coral beaches in all Italy. The place is mostly undeveloped save for campsites, so it’s a little harder to reach the beaches, and most of the beaches are protected on most Italian beaches–and that’s nice for many beach-goers.
Cilento National Park, Campania
While Italy’s popular beaches are crowded during summertime, especially in cities nearby, it’s wild and uncrowded, if a little was more difficult to reach the banks of its national parks. The National Park of Cilento offers a mix of developed beach areas, plus dozens of coves and beaches which can only be accessed by boat or through a challenging walk. The recompense? Pebble islands, completely abandoned, with rocky cliffs and blue water lapped, ideal for snorkeling.
Elba Island, Tuscany
Elba, Tuscany’s largest island, has at least 80 designated beaches, varying from long, sandy to short, rocky bays. The water is as healthy, vivid, perfectly clear, and is packed with fish and other marine life, as so much as on the Italian Tyrrhenian line. Take your birdwatching equipment and reef protective sunscreen to the middle of Biodola Beach, one of the larger on the island, or check out Capo Sant’Andrea’s smaller beach where you can appreciate the snorkeling offshore with rock formations.
Italian Riviera, Liguria
At least one century ago, wealthy Europeans flocked to build seafront villas here and, more recently, moor their Yachts on the Italian Riviera beaches. Towns such as Santa Margherita Ligure, Bordighera and Levanto are expensive vacations. But the comfortable Blue Flag tag for cleanness and visibility is still as trendy for idyllic areas, well-fitted beaches, fresco dining and seas.