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The Italian coast which includes both the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas, is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
It doesn’t matter if you like secluded bays with calm waters quietly lapping onto the shore or fashionable holiday destinations full of celebrities and high class restaurants, the beaches in Italy are impressive in every way and there is something for everyone.

Explore Italian coastline highlights such as the amazing Amalfi coast and spend hours watching sunsets from the top of rugged cliffs, or go to Sardinia where you will find some of the most picturesque beaches in Europe.

Wild beaches and pristine landscapes surrounded by the scents of Mediterranean vegetation, hidden coasts caressed by a turquoise sea that is just as good as any tropical paradise: from Liguria to Sardinia, from Veneto to Campania, Italy enshrines breathtaking beaches where you can enjoy the sea and feast your eyes with magnificent views. Visit the most evocative beaches in Italy.

Italy boasts a wealth of postcard-perfect coastal towns, each with its own panorama of breathtaking ocean views.
With their rows of coloured houses blanketing the dramatic cliff faces, the towns are easy on the eye from the sea, too.

Large beaches of golden fine sand, with a clear, quiet sea and a shallow seabed, where the little ones can safely play in the water and on the water’s edge:
In Italy, there are many and beautiful child-friendly beaches with full facilities from the north to the south of the Boot.
Here we have picked out the best beaches for your holiday.

Italy’s beaches range from remote and rugged to wide open sandy bays and perfect paradises.
Discovering just what this romantic land’s coastline has to offer is as exciting as the food being served up.
Find yourself splashing in the shores off the Amalfi Coast, flanked by soaring cliffs and quaint towns.
Uncover the otherworldly turquoise of Sardinia’s sumptuous shorelines; and lounge in the shallows of the divinely coastline of Sicily.
The diverse and majestic beaches in Italy are waiting for you.

Italy is one of the favorite countries for travellers from all over the world. Of course, the cities of Rome, Florence, Milan and Venice are destinations not to be missed if you visit Italy. You can also go off the beaten track and treat yourself to moments of pure relaxation by relaxing on the most beautiful beaches of Italy.
Welcome to one of the most beautiful wild beaches in Europe!
Italy will be your little paradise on your dream vacation in Europe.

Cala Goloritzé
Nestled just south of Cala Biriola in Sardinia, Cala Goloritzé is a tiny beach with soft sand and limestone cliffs.
Tropea Beach Calabria
Featuring stunning cliffs and also known as the “Jewel of Calabria”, Tropea Beach is one of the best beaches in the area.
The good news is that Tropea is not as commercialized as other regions in Italy, such as Amalfi, so there is a good chance that you will find some peace and quiet here.
Acquafredda di Maratea Beach
Situated just a short drive from the hamlet of Maratea, Acquafredda di Maratea Beach features crystal clear blue waters and dark gray sand. Vacationers who appreciate rustic beauty should definitely spend a day or two in the area.
Marina Grande Beach Positano
to its amazing cliffs with pretty pastel houses on top, Marina Grande Beach in Positano is one of the most picturesque beaches in Italy.
Scalo Maestro marettimo
Situated on the small island of Marettimo, Scalo Maestro is a tiny beach that is known for its calm waters and ideal conditions for snorkeling and swimming.
Camogli Beach
Camogli in Liguria is a lovely little coastal village that is home to a large pebbly beach that has that oh so familiar special Mediterranean beauty.
The great thing about Camogli Beach is that it’s rarely crowded and you can always find a secluded spot for some privacy.
Campo all’Aia Beach
The longest beach on the famous Elba Island, Campo all’Aia is a sheltered beach that features a wide stretch of fine sand.
Families with children love to come here because the beach is perfect for swimming and there are even regular swimming lessons available.
Otranto Beach
Known for its turquoise waters and soft white sand, Otranto Beach is nestled in the easternmost town in the country, Otranto.
Head out to this small historic seaside town for some fine wine and delicious Italian cheeses.
Spiaggia Di Tuerredda
One of the most amazing beaches on the southern coast of Sardinia, Spiaggia di Tuerredda is located near to the beach of Su Giudeu and just west of Sa Pinnetta.
Its natural beauty and warm waters are just two of the many reasons why vacationers love to spend their summer holidays here.
Capreria Beach
Nestled at the far end of the western coast of Sicily, Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro is the only nature reserve in the region that features six kilometers of amazing coastline. What makes this area so special is that there are no modern developments built here, so you will find nothing but native plants and wildlife.
Dei Due Mari Beach
Dei Due Mari Beach, also known as the “Beach of the Two Seas”, divides the pond of Notteri and the sea. Expect to find clear blue waters which are ideal conditions for swimming and snorkeling, and if you’re lucky, pink flamingos that are a common sight here at Dei Due Mari Beach.

Isola Bella Sicily
Translating literally as ‘the beautiful island’, Isola Bella sits just off the coast of Sicily and is part of the Taormina region. Isola was actually privately owned until the 1990’s, and as it is home to several species of bird, is now a protected site boasting a beautiful beach that brims with nature.
Cavoli Beach, Elba
Cavoli beach’s clear turquoise waters and warm breezes make it one of the most popular beaches on the island of Elba. Surrounded by rugged countryside and craggy cliffs that protect the bay, Carvoli’s microclimate makes it a great spot to catch a tan.
The sand here is rather stony, but that doesn’t stop sunbathers.
Cala Rossa, Favignana, Sicily
Located on the charming island of Favignana, this is the kind of beach that you are not going to forget easily. Cala Rossa is eye-catchingly stunning – vibrant turquoise waters lap against rusty red rocks. This isn’t a beach with pure white sands, but the interesting rock formations make for a great spot to sprawl out in the sun.
Marasusa Beach, Tropea, Calabria
Marasusa beach in the Calabrian city of Tropea is situated along the ‘La Costa degli Dei,’ or the Coast of the Gods. Calm seas and spotless sands are hugged by handsome cliffs – this place is so beautiful that even the gods agree.
Spiaggia del Fornillo, Positano
The Amalfi coast is famous for its delightfully divine towns that sit high above the sea on the sides of rocky cliffs.
Smaller and less glamorous than neighboring beaches, Spiaggia del Fornillo is a special little beach with pretty pebbles and clear waters. Take a stroll from the buzzing beach at Positano, down a couple of steps, and slip into the unpretentious and peaceful atmosphere of Fornillo beach.
La Pelosa, Stintino
Translucent shallow seas slowly lap the long curve of ivory sand that makes up La Pelosa Beach. This secluded Sardinian haven is just around the corner from the little village of Stintino, in Capo Falcone.
At 300-meters long, La Pelosa could compete with some of the beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. The beach is a popular spot for local families and groups of friends to spend days off together, which creates a fun and welcoming atmosphere.
Cala Granara, Spargi
Without the rugged, steep cliffs that are synonymous with many Italian beaches, you might think your eyes are deceiving you – but no, this isn’t some kind of tropical island. Cala Granara is a little piece of paradise tucked away on the Isola di Spargi, part of the Maddalena Archipelago.
Spiaggia dei Conigli, Lampedusa, Sicily
With sea the color of topaz and a bay that sits inside a sloping, rocky coastline, Spiaggia dei Conigli, Lampedusa is a special place which never fails to captivate visitors with its immense beautify. Nicknamed ‘rabbit beach’ by many who go there, it’s located in a nature reserve on the remote island of Lampedusa south of Sicily.

Roseto degli Abruzzi, Abruzzo
Sandy beaches and sections of pristine nature, with shallow, clear waters and many activities for kids: the beach of Roseto degli Abruzzi is one of the most recommended in Italy for a holiday with your children.
An award-winning Blue Flag and Green Flag beach, Roseto degli Abruzzi has beaches with complete facilities watched by lifeguards, a waterfront full of gelaterie and restaurants and is enclosed by a thick shaded pine forest with playgrounds and entertainment for children, where you can hire bicycles or rickshaws.
Cala Brandinchi, Sardinia
A white dazzling beach, a shallow seabed with blue waters, fine gardens and a large pine forest: one of the most popular in Sardinia, Cala Brandinchi is the perfect beach for the little ones, who can play safely and in peace in its quiet waters. Located close to San Teodoro, in the Gallura area, protected by small dunes, the beach is like a real pool, not by chance called “Little Tahiti”. On the beach, there is a bar and you can rent beach umbrellas and sunbeds but also rafts, kayaks and paddleboats.
Lidi di Comacchio, Emilia-Romagna
Huge sandy beaches, shallow, quiet waters, slides and pools, tours and sports activities: the Lidi di Comacchio, on the Ferrara coast, extend for 25 kilometers and comprise of seven different localities in the Po Delta Regional Park.
Different one to another, they include trendy, vibrant beaches, like Lido degli Estensi and Lido delle Nazioni, especially fit for young people, and peaceful beaches, like Lido di Spina, Lido degli Scacchi and Lido di Pomposa, that thanks to their quietness well cater to the needs of families with kids.
Rodi Garganico, Puglia
Long sandy shores and very crystal waters, among sandy dunes and a sea breeze that smells of oranges: the beaches of Rodi Garganico, in the Gargano promontory, awarded with the Blue Flag, are much appreciated by families with kids. Along a 12-kilometer stretch of coast, the coastline is divided in the Levante area, windy and much attended by surfers, and the Ponente area, where gather most hotels and restaurants.
San Lorenzo, Sicily
Golden sand and a blue sea that gently slopes, an impressive coast that intertwines sand and rock ridges, a Blue Flag award-winning beach: San Lorenzo, just out of the wonderful Vendicari Natural Reserve, is easily reachable, has complete facilities and beach clubs, bars and restaurants for a relaxing holiday for all your family.
With its white sand and shallow seabed, this is the ideal place where kids can play undisturbed.
Sottomarina, Veneto
Wide beaches of fine sand, a clean sea, many beach resorts and many entertainment options: the beach of Sottomarina, in the province of Venice, stretches for ten kilometers and its long water edge is perfect for long walks and for the fun of kids.
The area boasts Blue and Green Flag, offers pools, entertainment, playgrounds, dog beaches, a large parking and many risto-bars you can choose from.

Forno, Elba, Tuscany
The main five beaches on Elba can get suffocatingly packed in high season – including the popular resort of Biodola. However, Forno, set in the bay of Biodola, is far less busy and the main beach is set in a lovely cove, surrounded by villas and dense vegetation.

Levanto, Liguria
Anchoring the westernmost point of the Cinque Terre, the small, unpretentious resort of Levanto in Liguria feels quite cut off by Ligurian standards. But it has a glorious sandy beach, which, despite the number of parasols, has a great surfy vibe.

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Cefalù, Sicily
Despite being one of Sicily’s busiest international beach resorts, Cefalù has a parallel life as a small-scale fishing port. Naturally, the long, curving stretches of sand are the major attraction, but Cefalù is a pleasant town and nowhere near as developed as Sicily’s other major package resort, Taormina.

Acquavivetta, Elba, Tuscany
For the best swimming on Italy’s third largest island, head to Acquavivetta. Not far from Sansone, this shingle beach is backed by high rocks and the gently sloping seashore makes it a good spot for a dip – especially if you have kids in tow.

Cala Luna, Sardinia Cala Luna, Sardegna
It is in the Gulf of Orosei, on the eastern coast of Sardinia, and is one of the most peculiar in the island for its wilderness: Cala Luna is framed by rocky sides and arduous peaks, and dotted with caves, for its crystal clear sea, highly valued for underwater fishing and diving. The golden sandy beach and shallow waters make it suitable for children. You get to the beach only by sea and by tourist boats, or by following an arduous path (for skilled hikers); there are a bar and a restaurant.

The Regina Giovanna Baths, Campania Bagni della Regina Giovanna, Campania
It is said that here, where there was a villa of the Roman age, between the XIV and XV century came to bathe Queen Joan of Anjou, seduced by the beautiful sea and the suggestive location. The Regina Giovanna Baths are fascinating natural pools at the foot of a cliff in Capo di Sorrento, reachable with a fifteen-minute walk. The seabed is pebbly, the sea immediately deep, but the panorama is exciting: from here, the view ranges from the Gulf of Naples to the Sorrento Peninsula, to Ischia and Procida.

San Fruttuoso Bay, Liguria Cristo degli Abissi, Baia di San Fruttuoso, Liguria
It is a small bay nestled between the Ligurian Mountains, between Camogli and Portofino, in the Regional Natural Park of Portofino, with a beautiful turquoise sea - a marine protected area: the small beach of San Fruttuoso is dominated by a 12th century Abbey that bears its name; in its waters, about 17 meters deep, it houses the submerged statue of Christ of the Abyss. The beach is made of pebbles, with a beach resort and rest stops, and can be reached by boat from the nearby places (also from Genoa) or on foot in about two hours, following the paths in the park.

Collelungo Beach, Tuscany Spiaggia di Collelungo, Toscana
It is quiet and rarely visited and is located in the Maremma Park, among dunes covered with lilies and pine forests: that is the Collelungo Beach, three kilometers of golden sand between Marina di Alberese and the Collelungo Tower. The beach is wide and wild - you could also spot some foxes or herds of cows lying on the beach - and surrounded by sand dunes and the typical Maremma vegetation; the sea is calm and clear. It is accessible from the Visitor Centre along the "A2 Le Torri" route (5.8 km) or from the beach of Marina di Alberese, and then proceeding south for a few kilometers.

Spiaggia del Fornillo, Positano, Amalfi Coast
While upmarket Positano is expensive, the beaches are beautiful and don’t get too crowded. This large stretch of beach is backed by beautiful cliffs with sporadic green patches. The bar-terrace of the Pupetto hotel, which runs along much of its length, is one of the cheapest places to eat and drink in Positano.

Tonnara di Scopello, Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro
Set in its own tiny cove, this old tuna fishery in the Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro was once home to writer Gavin Maxwell in the 1950s, where he wrote the The Ten Pains of Death – based on his experiences here. It’s almost too picturesque to be true: think rows of abandoned buildings on the quayside and ruined old watchtowers tottering on jagged pinnacles of rock above the sea.

La Guardia, Elba, Tuscany
Also known as La Polveraia, this sheltered, shingle beach on the island’s western coast is always fairly quiet, even in high season.
The dark rocks here plunge straight down to the transparent water below.

Sant'Andrea, Elba, Tuscany
This fine sandy beach, complete with sun loungers and bars galore, Sant'Andrea is a good alternative to the busy main beaches of Elba. A natural rocky barrier keeps the water shallow and you can rent boats, windsurf and dive here too.

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