Stretches upon stretches of stunning sunny coastline surround the borders of Italy. There’s an endless array of all sorts of beaches to explore. So whether you’re looking for white soft sand to sunbathe on or fun watersports to join in on, Italy has you covered.
Don’t worry about all the research, we’ve done it for you and put together a list of some of the best beaches in Italy. Read below to get a head start on planning your next Italian holiday in the sun.
1. Lungomare Beach, Sicily
The main coastline of Cefalou in Sicily has got to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Italy. This sunny spot is the perfect combination of secluded sands and fantastic amenities. With five kilometers of golden coast there’s plenty of space for those sunbeds and umbrellas, no tight quarters when it comes to soaking up the rays. If you’re feeling a bit peckish in the afternoon you can walk along to the adjoining promenade and check out some local restaurants, bars and cafes. There’s nothing better than sticking your feet in the sand as you drink a refreshing cocktail.
2. Spiaggia del Principe, Sardinia
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It’s no wonder the Spiaggia del Principe in Sardinia gets its name from a prince. With white sands and warm shallow seas its definitely fit for royalty. The turquoise clear water is an ideal spot to do a little snorkelling, and you’re bound to see several different types of fish all swimming in the shallows. This beach is a lot more secluded than other popular hotspots, but it still has a small cafe offering up delicious local snacks and cold drinks.
3. Forte dei Marmi, Tuscany
No beach says luxury more than Forte dei Marmi in Tuscany. Its postcard worthy white shore stretches out to a sea of blue, perfect for swimming and paddle boarding. Behind the sands is a backdrop of the Tuscany mountains, so no matter where you look you’ll see incredible views. There’s no end of things to do on this coastline, from renting boats to enjoying all the superb fine dinning restaurants that scatter the beach. You can even do a bit shopping or wait till the sun goes down and join in on the nightlife scene.
4. Lido di Jesolo, Venetian-Riviera
Easily one of the longest beaches in Italy, the Lido di Jesolo coastline in Venetian Riviera is 16 kilometres start to finish. Not only are there a ton of watersport activities available, like paddleboarding, sailing and windsurfing, there are also numerous local restaurants all with ocean views. With pristine gorgeous sand it’s no wonder this beach has been awarded with a Blue Flag.
5. Spiaggia della Paolina, Tuscany
Spiaggia della Paolina is said to be named after Napoleon’s sister who loved its golden sand and smooth pebble coastline. This quiet beach based in Elba Island is accessed by a nature trail and large stone steps which lead down to the sands. You can rent umbrellas and sunbeds here and also grab a refreshing drink at the beach bar. If you’re up for a swim the small Paolina islet is only a few metres from shore, round up a few of your buddies and see who can get there first.
Think you need to check out one of these fantastic beaches for yourself? Book your next Italian holiday now and let us know what you think in the comments below.