Italy boasts numerous incredible beaches located throughout the country. Every one of them is beautiful with a lovely coastline and natural scenic beauty. Most beaches in Italy offer calm and serene surroundings, which can be a welcome break for people living in crowded urban areas. More importantly, most of these beaches are extremely clean, offering safe bathing spots. Many tourists come to visit these beaches every year and enjoy the wonderful landscape of the regions.
Here is a list of some of the best beaches in Italy.
- Forno, Elba (Tuscany). The main five beaches on Elba can get packed with tourists 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 unpretentious small resort of Levanto feels quite cut off by Ligurian standards, but it has a nice sandy beach, which, despite the number of parasols, has a great vibe.
- Cefalu (Sicily). Despite being one of Sicily’s busiest international beach resorts, Cefalu has a parallel life as a small-scale fishing port. Naturally, the long, fine curving sands are the major attraction, but Cefalu is a pleasant town and nothing like as developed as Sicily’s other major package resort, Taormina.
- San Domino (Tremeti Islands). San Domino is the greener of the three Tremeti Islands, its pines offering welcome shade from the heat. Although there’s a sandy beach – Calla delle Arene – right where the ferry lands, it gets packed in the summer. Instead, follow signs for the Villagio TCI and head for the Calla dello Spido – one of many of the quieter coves in the west of the island.
- Maratea (Basilicata). This brief stretch of Basilicata’s Tyrrhenian coast is the most visually ravishing part of the entire region, with its tall, sheer cliffs rising dramatically above rocky coves and some first-rate beaches. These do get overcrowded in summer, but the encircling mountains mean that there has been minimal development by the holiday industry. Most beaches are well signposted, but don’t hesitate to explore the less obvious ones – the coast is home to 50 or so grottoes, most accessible only by boat (enquire at the tourist office for boat rentals).