Picturesque is the one word that pretty much sums up this countrywide wonderland. Italy presents striking views wherever in the country you choose to land. It is a big reason why so many tourists, from all over the world, flock there every year. Whether you are looking for the unrivaled culture, history, and architecture of Rome or the lush and green rolling hills and vineyards of Tuscany, Italy is home to various diverse landscapes and all are undeniably gorgeous. But Italy’s beaches are also something to behold and are actually quite different from anywhere else in the world. While nearly impossible to narrow down the many well-deserved contenders, the following are, the best of the Best Beaches in all of Italy:
Which part of Italy has the best beaches?
With its more than 5,000 miles of flawless, and uniquely diversified, coastline, Italy has beaches that could compete for (and win) some of the best in the world. Narrowing down the ideal Italian beach to visit would be near impossible. Stunning clifftops, rocky ridges, and pristine coastlines, from Sicily to Sardinia, it is all a perfect example of an actual real-life paradise. Italy has some of the most idyllic coastal regions you could ever imagine. Which part of Italy has the best beaches? How about every part where the land touches the sea?
Where are the best sandy beaches in Italy?
Scala dei Turchi, Sicily
In addition to being one of the most popular beach destinations for tourists from all over the world, Scala Dei Turchi also happens to be one of the most one-of-a-kind beautiful, too. The golden sands stand out amongst the looming cliffs that the entire shore is enveloped by. One of its biggest draws, however, are the naturally formed ‘Stairs of the Turks’, created by years and years of erosion.
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San Vito Lo Capo, Sicily
San Vito Lo Capo Beach is one of Italy’s most famous beaches, and for good reason. The powdery, white sandy banks, the clear blue, waters, and its perfect location, nestled in the heart of the delightful seaside town of San Vito Lo Capo, make for the ideal place for your Italian seaside escape. If you don’t mind mingling with crowds of tourists and lovely locals, this is a great option for those looking for the ideal sun-filled utopia.
Marina Di Alberese, Tuscany
This charming seashore offers more than 5 miles of coastline, accented with feathery soft grey/gold sands. While it is a part of the Parco Della Maremma Nature Reserve, keep in mind that there is not much shade on offer and the facilities are limited as well. Maybe not the best beach destination for the little ones but an unforgettable time for those that can handle the trek from roadside to water.
Italian Beaches with the Best Views?
Spiaggia Dei Maronti, Ischia
Reachable by water taxi, bus, and/or by car, it is no wonder why so many visit its shores yearly. The views are not something you’ll want to miss either. It is absolutely stunning, majestic cliffs, lush greenery, and crystal aquamarine waters set against beautiful blue skies. This is also a great destination for relaxation as the thermal hot springs are one of its biggest draws.
Cala Goloritze, Sardinia
Quite popular, this beach is considered to be somewhat isolated, being surrounded by a mountainous national park. Proof that great things come in tiny packages, Cala Goloritze is a comparatively small beach. However, it does make up for its tiny size with an overabundance of character. The views mimic those of a photoshopped postcard. A trip to Italy is not complete without a dip in these transparent blue waters.
Acquafredda di Maratea Beach
Located 6 miles outside the hamlet of Maratea, this perfect seaside utopia provides the ideal backdrop to days spent lounging in the sun. The rugged shoreline, bright turquoise waters, and the grey, silverish sand looks like something out of a painting. Not unlike other beaches on the list with amazingly spectacular views, Acquafredda di Maratea beach is not the most easily accessible, being reachable by sea and boat only.
Which Italian beach has the clearest waters?
Polignano a Mare Beach, Puglia
Green, leafy forests lead to crystal clear waters in this cozy little inlet surrounded by steep limestone cliffs which make for excellent jumping. Instead of sand, your feet will be greeted by smooth, salt-worn pebbles. The craggy stretch of beach is also steeped in history with many invaders breaching its shores in the past. The translucent water is simply an added bonus!
Spiaggia di Tuerredda, Sardinia
With its almost year-round warm, pale blue (and crystal clear!) water, as well as endless fun activities for the whole family, this Sardinian beach is one of many separated by natural and majestic rock formations. This means that the beach itself is quite sheltered from the Mistrals winds. Perfect for a kid-friendly day at the beach with amenities and beachfront restaurants within walking distance.
Best beaches in Northern Italy:
Baia Blu, Lerici (The Blue Bay)
Taking advantage of its stunningly contrasted blend of dense greenery and crystalline waters, Baia Blu is fast becoming one of the most sought-after beaches on Italy’s northern coast. Everything needed for the ideal sun-drenched vacation is within reach as there are plenty of options with regards to places to see, things to do, and restaurants to dine at.
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Spiaggia del Gigante, Monterosso
Situated in the quaint town of Monterosso, one of the beaches’ best-defining features is the massive statue of Neptune that sits atop the surrounding cliffs, seemingly keeping watch over the sea. Monterosso is also one of the five towns which make up the Cinque Terre region, one of the country’s trendiest tourist areas. While the weather has more of an impact on the northern coasts, these waters tend to stay reasonably warm throughout the year.
Lido di Jesolo, Venice
One of the most well-known cities in Italy, Venice, might bring about visions of canals and gondola rides, however, it also has more than a few breathtakingly beautiful beaches. Not too far from the heart of the city, Lido di Jesolo is a popular one with both tourists and locals alike. And, thanks to its spotlessness as well as the amazing service offered, it has been awarded prestigious blue flag status.
Best Kept Secret Beaches In Italy:
Baia di Ieranto, Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast is made up of many small beaches, but Baia di Ieranto Beach is one you’ll most definitely not want to miss. Albeit a bit on the small side, especially when compared to others on our list, it is just as, if not more, breathtakingly beautiful than its admittedly worthy competitors. Immerse yourself in your surroundings while making the trek from the tiny fishing village of Nerano to the secluded pebble beach. This is considered a sacred place to the locals, and is both peaceful and tranquil.
Made up of two small shores divided by natural rock formations, the Capriccioli islands are located in stunning and beautiful Costa Smeralda. Each offers its own beach, with its own gorgeous views, particularly the tiny islands of Soffi, Le Camere, and Mortorio. The shallow, warm, and calm waters make fish spotting a great pastime for the entire family. The snorkeling is said to be unparalleled.
Best family beaches In Italy:
Tropea Beach, Calabria
This historic beachfront is a great option for families. The transparent waters provide unparalleled views of colorful fish, fantastic snorkeling, and lots of swimming fun for the whole family. With many different shops and restaurants on offer, you and yours could make a whole day of it at this beach, and don’t forget to check out the medieval castle that overlooks it all.
La Pelosa Beach, Sardinia
Considering Sardinia has more than its fair share of lovely beaches, La Pelosa beach is a jewel amongst gems. Two brilliant shades of blue water (aqua meets Royal blue), greeting the white sandy beach, it is of course absolutely stunning. With windsurfing, snorkeling, and scuba diving on the itinerary, this is a definite must-visit for you and the family.
Spiaggia dei Conigli, Lampedusa
Also known as ‘Rabbits Beach’, this hotspot takes a bit of work to get to, but it is well worth the 15 to 20-minute hike to the green-blue shimmery water. While you won’t see many rabbits (funnily enough) you just might get to meet a few of the endangered Loggerhead turtles that make their home there. Romantically beautiful, it is the perfect place to unwind and spend time with your family, even if there’s only two of you.
Searching for the best beaches in Italy is like hunting for the best diamond in a high-end jewelry store. There are plenty to choose from, each with its own specialness. While the country is widely known for its delectable cuisine, culture, and history, those who focus solely on these aspects are truly depriving themselves. All of the country’s beaches are absolutely exceptional, the only point left to consider is which one to visit. Italy provides a backdrop for any and all adventures sought, whether it be getting in touch with nature or seeking an idyllic tropical paradise, this little boot-shaped island has it all. Vado In Spiaggia!