The 10 Best Beaches
Italy is one of the best beach destinations, with so many beaches it may be hard to pick one. 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 them are extremely clean, offering safe bathing spots. Many tourists come to visit these beaches every year and enjoy the wonderful landscapes Italy can offer.
For a larger list please look at our article on Blue Flag beaches in Italy .
Here is a list of some of the best beaches found across Italy:
San Vito Lo Capo
San Vito Lo Capo is located along the Western coast of Sicily, across Trapani. Here, you can get to enjoy some nice moments in the sun and also get to see a cultural mix of people. Besides, this spot is also known for its national park - the Zingaro where one can catch a glimpse of the pristine beaches of this region. There are many houses lined along the coast where fishermen catch tuna. This is one of the best beaches in Italy where you can find scenic beauty along the coast and enjoy surfing activities.
Isola del Giglio
This is one of the most famous beaches for its exotic underwater life and can be the best selection for people who are ardent nature lovers. On the Isola del Giglio you'll find some of the finest beaches of Tuscany. You can also find some lovely blue coves in this place and have some fun with relaxation.
There are plenty of other beaches nearby, such as Spisone, Mazzeo, Recanati and Isola Bella among others, known for their spectacular scenic beauty.
Mondello is located near Palermo, capital city of Sicily. Here you can find a range of bars, restaurants and other small shops within a scenic coastal village. There are plenty of sports activities carried out during the summer time and since 1985 between the end of Spring and beginning of Summer it hosts the "World Festival on the Beach", a music-sport international festival. Mondello is also known for its Art-Nouveau buildings typical of this area.
Capalbio (also known as the Small Athens for its historic-artistic importance) is an old coastal village amidst the countryside and has not changed much or developed. The area produces famous DOC wine, vin santo. Many people come here to relax as this place offers a private space away from the crowd.
Domus de Maria
In Domus de Maria in Sardinia there's a famous beach called Chia. There are plenty of camping opportunities available in the city of Cagliari and you can even rent camping accessories. This part of Sardinia is full of events in Summer. So if you are looking for blue waters and a sandy beach, and some entertainment in the night, this is the place for you.
Among the Aeolian islands, one can come across an island known as Salina, with only three small towns: Santa Marina di Salina, Leni and Malfa. Salina is formed by 6 old volcanos. This island offers lot of scenic delights for the visitors including adventure sports ranging from scuba diving to water skiing, which makes it a great destination for having fun and relax. You can also find some fabulous restaurants along with nice hotels making this a perfect vacation spot.
Posada is one of the oldest settlements in Sardinia. It has a lot to offer to tourists, from the coastal delights to the local culture of the region along with some really scenic spots. There are plenty of nice beaches found in Posada along with lots of historical places, including castles belonging to the 14th century. You can have a relaxing time in this coastal town and at the same time see plenty of interesting historical places.
If you are a nature lover, then this scenic and coastal beach and a Natural Reserve is the ideal spot for spending some wonderful time and get closer to the nature. This pristine and lovely beach is completely free from pollution and extremely clean. If you're lucky you can also come across turtles laying their eggs in this beach along with different species of birds wandering in the coastal city. Besides, the lovely climate brings lot of tourists to this lovely beach spot in Sicily.
Castiglione della Pescaia
Just across the countryside of Maremma, you can find the lovely beach of Castiglione della Pescaia, "the little Switzerland", with the charm of the old life-style village. Here, you will see a lovely countryside surrounded completely by blue waters and nice architecture with pristine ambience. This coastal city is completely breathtaking and there are plenty of things that catches your eyes. There is a Medieval castle located in town, which is worth visiting and is one of the best attractions of this place.
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Scilla, in Calabria (click here for more info)
Thus, Italy is one of the best spots to find beaches surrounded by scenic landscapes and lined by coastal villages. Some of these beaches are untouched and very clean with secluded spots that makes it attractive for most of the visitors coming here. Italian beaches offer the best way to relax and unwind from the stressful life and enjoy the nature's beauty.
See also: The Blue Guide and the Best Italian Beaches as selected by Legambiente and Touring Club Italiano.