Italy is a European country with a long Mediterranean coastline, with powerful marks on western culture and cuisine. Not only that, the 4723 miles of coastline also means it’s lined with beautiful beaches to choose from. If Italy is next on your list, here are the best beaches that you should visit. From well known to secluded, we’ve got you covered.
Best Beaches in Italy
- Scala dei Turchi Located in Sicily, this beach is at the base of Scala dei Turchi; which is a rocky cliff on the coast of Realmonte. It’s uniwue with fiery bronze sands and turquiose blue waters; not to mention tha pale grey cliffs surrounding the whole beach behind it. There’s also lots of seaside lodgings to choose from here, and this are is actually one of Sicily’s most well known natural wonders.
- Atrani A cozy, quaint, little village; Atrani is located among the Amalfi coast. It’s the quintessential Italian coastal towns that’s secluded and less crowded than your touristy area. It has colorful cliffside perch, beautiful churches, and awesome piazzas to visit. The beach is bookended by two cliffs on either side, protecting the waves and making it calmer. It really is a pictureque view that can be enjoyed by your family during special holidays.
- Chiaia di Luna A scenic spot in Italy, it’s a narrow beach that has a crescent shape silky sand at the base of towering volcanic rock wall that’s curved perfectly to hug the beach. Which is why it’s called luna or moon. It’s located in Ponza, which is the largest island in the Pontine Archipelago, so you do need some effort to visit this area. But once you’re here, there are lots of spectacular beaches you can choose from. Beware, the crowd can be overwhelming, so it’s not for the faint hearted.
- La Pelosa Located in Sardinia, it’s beloved by locals that also appreciate its ramshackle offshore castle. The sand is white and powdery, and the sea is bright blue, you’ll feel like you’re
far away from all the hustle and bustle of the crowded cities. It’s also well known for it’s relatively swim friendly waves, and you can just walk out seemingly forever just up to your knees. It’s almost like an endless saltwater swmming pool you can enjoy.
- San Fruttuoso Located near the small town of Camogli, this beach is a perfect Italian getaway for those looking for a traditional site. It’s insanely picturesque, with calm waters and a small cove in a hidden location. You can also enjoy the surrounding green mountains all around and medieval abbey. Ideal for swimming all day, or kayaking to the small islands offshore.
- Spiaggia dei Conigli Also known as the Beach of the Rabbits, this area boasts an impressive stretch of white sand. The water is aquamarine and the sand is warm and soft, making it ideal for sun soaking during the day. There’s also some spots you can go to for snorkeling, and surfing, depending on the waves. The cliffs also housed colorful buildings and hotels, which calls for a photo op when you’re there. You can have your choice of aither higher end hotels or more affordable stays; it caters both end of the spectrum.
- Tropea Beach Located on the east coast of Calabria, this beach is well known for a dramatic cliff and spectacular sunsets. The beach sits on the Promontorio di Tropea, stretching from Nicotera to Pizzo. The coast alternates between cliffs and white sand beaches, welcoming the bright blue seawater. The coloful building behind on the cliff is also a sight to behold. Some words of warning, this area is very popular among both local and foreign tourists; so you might want to pick your period wisely.
- Spiaggia dei Conigli The legendary pristine white sand on the tiny isle of Lampedusa, it’s located on Italy’s southermost island and closest to Tunisia. If you’re after a natural beauty, this is the place to go to, because the beach is protected by the Riserva Naturale Isola di Lampedusa. It requires some effort to get to, you need to ride a boat or hike for 15 minutes on foot off the main road. It’s also a place of attraction thanks to loggerhead sea turtles that comes in May and August at night to lay their eggs.