Top 10 Italian Beaches

Top 10 Italian Beaches

Whether a resort town or an entire region, Italy boasts some of the best holiday destinations in the world. Everyone can find something that would suit their taste: from deep blue see to turquoise water, from sandy beaches to edged cliffs, from ancient heritage to contemporary service. See our list of ten places and plan your next vacation.

10. Sestri Levante

Neighboring Portofino and the Cinque Terre steal most of the fame from Sestri Levante. However, recently its popularity has been rising, especially among Italians. It features quiet sandy beaches right in front of the town – so everything is within a hand’s reach.

Why to go there?

Posited on the Italian Riviera it was a fishing village, but now it experiences a revival, which makes it more and more attractive to the tourists.

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9. Calabria

Calabria is another region in Southern Italy, which boasts a long shoreline packed with great resorts as well as beaches. The dramatic coastline features rugged rocks like famous Capo Vaticano, which is one of the favorite bathing spots, to long stretches of golden sand.

Why to go there?

This is an ancient place, having an extremely old and versatile historic heritage, which is evident in architecture, old towns, traditions, cuisine and people. Meanwhile nature is absolutely stunning and lavish with great sites.

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8. San Remo

One of the most popular resorts in Northern Italy, San Remo is situated on the Italian Riviera and features a long stretch of golden sandy beach. Hotels are lined up next to the beach, making it a classic holiday destination.

Why to go there?

Austrian and Russian Empresses and Emperors used to stay in this iconic resort town. It has various entertainment – from cultural events, music festivals to casinos. This is a true holiday destination, making vacationers completely satisfied.

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7. Sansone Beach

Tuscany is famous for its picturesque valleys, farms, slow pace and delicious wine. Now you should also know that it has amazing beaches as well. Just take a look at this blue water and dramatic cliffs, yet soft golden sand. This is one exciting discovery for the holiday makers.

Why to go there?

Find complete tranquility here. While Amalfi and Capri are crowded with tourists, Sansone remains quite free from visitors, who rally on the country side. Meanwhile the coast lives at an entirely different pace even in summer.

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6. Elba Island

The largest and most famous island in the Tuscan Archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea, Elba is the location where Napoleon was exiled in the 19th century. The pristine beaches are famous for especially bright, sparkling water and sandy stripes. Meanwhile villages, perched on the cliffs, provide an authentic Italian experience.

Why to go there?

Visitors can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities: swimming, diving, hiking and biking. In addition numerous cultural sites welcome curious guests as well, including Napoleon Villa, bastions of the Medici, fortress Volterrayo and Villa Romana delle Grotte.

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5. The Amalfi Coast

The iconic coast boasts numerous gorgeous towns, built on the slopes of precipitous cliffs. Most of the hotels and resorts are situated on these rocks, however, there are sandy stretches of sand as well. Amalfi is truly a precious gem in Italy, which attracts thousands of tourists each year.

Why to go there?

The coast is famous for its elegance and luxurious hotels. The deep blue sea and sky, amazing architecture and mild temperatures make a great mix for a holiday at any time of the year.

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4. Capri

Island in the Tyrrhenian Sea has numerous small beaches around its coast. They are covered with small smooth pebbles. Some stretches of the coast feature quite dramatic rocks, protruding from warm crystal clear water. Approaching the coast from a boat tour is a popular activity here.

Why to go there?

Capri is a glamorous island, known for it luxurious villas, steep hills and Limoncello. Despite the expensive lifestyle maintained here, there is a lot of free beaches for all the guests who visit the island.

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3. Aeolian Islands

The volcanic archipelago is scattered in the Tyrrhenian Sea just north of Sicily. It becomes very popular among the tourists in summer. No surprise – the islands provide spectacular views, deep blue sea and authentic Italian fishing villages. In fact archipelago is listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.

Why to go there?

There is plenty to see and feel here. From cultural heritage, adorable habitats clustered on the cliffs to great beaches and local cuisine.

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2. Sicily

The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea is packed with great beaches, as you may figure. You can choose from sandy coasts to cliffs like Scala dei Turchi that boasts a huge white and smoothe rock. Besides the island also features historic architecture, gorgeous active volcano Etna and exciting cities.

Why to go there?

You can find a wide range of beaches, great Italian cities, amazing cuisine and vibrant cultural life – every vacationer will find something that matches their taste.

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1. Sardinia

The second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sardinia has a very long coast and clearest waters around. Numerous rare marine species live here, making diving a unique experience. Warm Mediterranean water is suitable for swimming for the most part of the year – from May to November!

Why to go there?

If you love swimming, sunbathing and diving, this is a wonderful place to go. In addition to great beaches and nature, Sardinia has a rich cultural heritage to be discovered.

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