You want to go to the beach in Italy? This is a great idea! Italy has more than 5,000 miles coastline. There are many beautiful beaches.
These are 12 of our favourite beaches in Italy. Do you have a favorite beach? Please share it with us below in the comments!
Rabbit Beach, Sicily
It’s possible to mistakenly believe that this beach is in the Caribbean. Tripadvisor users awarded this Mediterranean gem the “Best Beach in the World”, with its stunning white sand and crystal-clear water.
Rabbit Beach is located on the island Lampedusa off the southern coast Sicily. It requires a short walk along rocky and uneven paths to reach. The effort is worth it! Remember, despite all the attention the beach is getting, it will be very crowded in summer.
La Feniglia, Tuscany
Tuscany is known for its rolling hills, but there are also stunning beaches. The Maremma is the southernmost part of Tuscany. Here you will find La Feniglia. This 4-mile stretch of golden-sand beach connects Argentario with the Tuscan mainland.
La Feniglia, located near the beach entrance offers umbrella and chair rental services. You can also enjoy the beach free of charge by heading to the protected nature reserve on the opposite side.
La Feniglia also has another cool feature: The Mediterranean pine trees offer shade and are very welcome.
Fornillo, Amalfi coast
Most tourists to the Amalfi Coast’s Positano go to the Spiaggia Grande. However, those who are more in the know, especially those looking for peace and quiet, will make a beeline to Fornillo Beach which is just a 10 minute walk away. The walk alone offers breathtaking views, so bring your camera! ).
Who says that spectacular beaches must be sandy? The beach’s charm is due to Fornillo’s use of pebbled stones. The stunning view of the Amalfi coast’s famous cliffs and Norman tower make the beach even more beautiful. Even better, Fornillo can be quite peaceful and quiet in the summer, although it can become crowded. This is Positano after all! (If you are planning to go there, check out our post about getting the most from the Amalfi coast . ).
San Vito Lo Capo, Sicily
The beach of San Vito Lo Capo is located in the northwest of Sicily, close to the Nature Reserve of the Zingaro. It has been consistently rated one of the top beaches in Italy. The picturesque setting, including a view over Mt. It is a popular spot for Italians because of its crystal-clear waters and fine sand. The water is often so calm that it feels like you are swimming in a pool.
The charming town is not forgotten: Quaint, resort-like, it bustles with tourists during the summer months.
Su Tiriarzu, Sardinia
Sardinia is a large island off the coast of Italy that offers great beaches. The beach at Su Turiarzu is a must-see for Sardinia, with its crystal clear water, white sand, and lush Mediterranean vegetation. And don’t just take our word for it: The beach recently received the “Five Sails Award” from Italy’s environmental association Legambiente and the Touring Club’s “Guida Blu.” It’s also rated as the best beach in Italy for its water quality and environmentally-friendly initiatives.
It is located in Posada, a medieval town on the east coast Sardinia. The area is easy to reach and, due to its shallow waters makes it a great spot for families with kids. You can also enjoy the rich history of this oldest town on the island.
Baia dei Turchi, Puglia
Puglia is the region at the heel of Italy’s “boot”, and boasts hundreds upon beaches. Baia dei Turchi is a favorite, located just north of Otranto. You can find a sandy beach just a short distance from Otranto, which is part of a protected natural reserve.
There’s also history: The “Bay of the Turks”, as it is known, dates back to the 15th Century, when the Turks arrived here to seize Otranto.
Punta della Penna Beach, Abruzzo
Punta della Pena is a remote, wild beach north of Vasto where you won’t find any rental lounge chairs. What you will find here is even more: A free, silken-sand beach in the Natural Reserve at Punta Aderci, central region of Abruzzo. Are you trying to understand the 20 regions of Italy? Our Quick and Easy Guide to Italy’s Regions is a must-read! ).
It’s a hidden treasure on the coast if you are looking for an escape and a beautiful beach. For a truly stunning view, stay until sunset.
Tropea Beach in Calabria is known as the “Pearl of the Tyrrhenian”. It is known for its beautiful setting, which includes white sandy beaches and warm crystal water. Although it is not well-known, Tropea Beach is a popular beach destination for many Italians.
Marina di Pescoluse, Puglia
Marina di Pescoluse is an Italian favorite spot at the tip of the Salento Peninsula. Although it’s not well-known to the outside world, Marina di Pescoluse is still a popular destination for Italians. The 5-mile stretch of fine, golden sand runs through shallow, clear waters. It’s reminiscent of the Maldives.
Take a photo of the beach at sunset. It’s magical!
(Don’t forget our post What to Eat in the Salento Peninsula! ).
Baia dei Saraceni, Liguria
The crescent-shaped beach at Variggoti on the Italian Riviera has sparkling sand, calm, clear water, and is ideal for swimming or sunbathing. Baia dei Saraceni, surrounded by lush vegetation and overlooking the medieval church San Lorenzo is one of the most beautiful beaches in Liguria. Baia dei Saraceni’s beach is also completely free, unlike most beaches on the coast.
Due Sorelle, Le Marche
Are you looking for a quiet spot? Due Sorelle (Two Sisters), a beach on the Adriatic coast of Le Marche’s Conero Natural Reserve, is one of the best. The beach is distinguished by the presence of two twin rocks at the shore, or the “two sister” beaches. Its wild and untouched setting makes it the ideal place to escape from everything.
It takes effort to get there. You can only get there by boat. You can also walk: There is a difficult path that descends from Wolf’s Pass.
Remember that Due Sorelle beach is free and there are no facilities. We’ll take that in exchange for some clear water on the white-pebbled beaches.
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Fegina, Cinque Terre
The Cinque Terre is more well-known for its hiking trails than its beaches. Fegina Beach is our favorite beach, due to its soft cobalt water and fine golden sand. La Fegina, located in Monterosso al Mare is the longest stretch of sandy beach on the Cinque Terre and provides a breathtaking, uninterrupted view of the coast. It’s also the ideal spot to watch the sunset.
There are facilities and sun loungers available at these establishments. The beach, however, is free and clean. The beach is also very convenient, being located only a few steps from the station. You can expect a lively atmosphere as the promenade is lined by many seaside restaurants, cafes, and hotels.
Are you looking for a beach that is closer to your hotel? Our post about the best beaches in and around Venice, Florence, or Rome is a must-read!