Beaches in Italy
Italy is a European country that juts out into the Mediterranean Sea. Many people don’t consider Italy for a beach vacation because of its extensive historical sites and fascinating cities, but the beaches in Italy are also worth visiting.
10 Best Beaches in Italy
Italy’s best beaches are located on both the mainland and on islands off the Italian coast.
Mainland Italy Beaches
Camogli Beach in the Liguria Region
Liguria is a crescent-shaped region in northwest Italy on the Mediterranean coast, and is part of the Italian Riviera. The closest major city to Camogli Beach is Nice, France, which is 104 miles (167 km) away. Camogli Beach is rocky, so not great for laying in the sand, but scenic, with the ancient Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta and mountains visible from the beach.
Marasusa Beach in Tropea
Tropea is a small town on Italy’s southeast coast not far from where mainland Italy’s toe ends. Marasusa Beach is one of the country’s prettiest with a sloping white sand beach, calm clear blue water, and a backdrop of magnificent cliffs.
Marina Grande Beach in Positano
Positano is a beach town 40 miles (64 km) south of Naples. Marina Grande Beach isn’t for those who prefer seclusion. It’s one of the most cosmopolitan beaches on the popular Amalfi Coast with many bars and restaurants nearby to cater to the crowds of beach lovers.
Monterosso al Mare in Cinque Terre
Monterosso al Mare is one of the five villages in Italy’s Cinque Terre, and part of the Liguria region. Despite the overall popularity of Cinque Terre, Monterosso al Mare is the only sandy beach in the area. The others are picturesque but rocky.
Riva di Ugento in Puglia
Puglia is a southern region In Italy forming the heel of the country’s boot. The closest city to Puglia is Naples, which is 190 miles (306 km) to the west. Riva di Ugento is beautiful, but remote, which is great if you don’t mind not having a lot of amenities nearby. The beach itself is lovely with fine white sand fringed by dunes.
Offshore Italy Beaches
Cala Goloritzè on Sardinia
Sardinia is a large island west of Naples. Cala Goloritzè is perfect for people who like their beaches secluded and isolated. It’s a tiny beach located at the bottom of a deep ravine that’s only reachable by foot. The water here is a stunning crystal clear blue and it’s one of the best snorkeling beaches on Sardinia. The beach is also a UNESCO site.
Lido Beach on Lido di Venezia
Lido di Venezia is a small island south of Venice. Lido Beach Italy is known more for the Venice Film Festival, the luxurious Grand Hotel des Bains and Grand Hotel Excelsior, and the Venice Casino than the actual beach. Nevertheless, there are two large public beaches located on the north and south ends of the island.
Be aware that Lido Beach on Lido di Venezia is not where Lido Beach Resort is located. Lido Beach Resort isn’t even in Italy. It’s in on Lido Key in Sarasota, FL.
Rabbit Beach on Lampedusa
Lampedusa is a small island located between Sicily, Italy and Tunisia. Based on its rave reviews, Rabbit Beach is considered by many to be the best beach in Italy. In fact, this Huff Post writer referred to it as the best beach in the world. “You wouldn’t be the first person to think this is the best beach in the world. Isola dei Conigli, or ‘Rabbit Island,’ is an island way out in the Mediterranean Sea. In 2013, its main beach was rated the best in the world by TripAdvisor, whose travelers adore it for its ‘crystal clear’ water, ‘soft sand’ and ‘aquamarine colors’.”
Scala dei Turchi on Sicily
Sicily is a large island right off the toe of Italy’s boot. In fact, Sicily is the largest and one of the most densely populated islands in the Mediterranean Sea. Scala dei Turchi means stair of the Turks and the beach is located at the bottom of these blinding white limestone cliffs in the shape of a staircase.
Spiaggia di Sansone on Elba Island
Elba Island is 140 miles (226 km) southeast of Florence. Spiaggia di Sansone is blessed with calm, clear water and great snorkeling due to the rocks and grottos resting on a white sand sea bed.
Italy is a great destination for visitors. It has so much to offer people with it’s amazing history, world-class art, and out of this world food. With all of that it’s easy to overlook Italy’s beaches, but that would be a mistake.