Best Italian beaches

Italy is famous for its gorgeous landscapes and stunning beaches. It is located on three different seas and stretches over 12 latitudes. Italy has an incredible variety of beaches that guarantees it will suit any taste or preference imaginable. This article is a compilation of the most beautiful beaches in Italy scattered along the 7,500 kilometres of its coastline.

Scala dei Turchi in Sicily

As one of the most extraordinary parts of the Italian coast, the Stair of the Turks is a marl and limestone cliff formed perfectly into the shape of a ladder. Its snow-white and well-polished surface glitters and sparkles under the bright sun and makes a fantastic contrast to the blue waters at its feet.

The two sandy beaches on both sides of the cliff offer the most breathtaking sea views in Sicily. In 2007, UNESCO included the Scala dei Turchi in the world's top 10 beaches for its unique appearance and geological value.

Both beaches are well-equipped and provide all the essential amenities for a comfortable swimming and dining experience. The Scala is easily accessible by public or private transport from the nearby towns; where you can visit the Valley of the Temples and many other ancient historical sites to have a break from sunbathing on the beach.

Spiaggia dei Conigli on Lampedusa

Its clear waters, soft sands and myriad of fish helped win the Spiaggia dei Conigli the title of the best beaches on the planet in 2013. It is also a popular place for snorkeling and low-key scuba diving as the shoreline is home to numerous plant and animal species. Its wildlife includes dolphins, sea turtles, white sharks, seals and whales.

However, the island is located in the southernmost part of Italy. It is quite close to the African continent and the peak summer months can be scorchingly hot and unbearably humid. So, unless that kind of climate is your cup of tea, do not plan your visit between July and August. By doing so you will be able to avoid the hectic traffic of tourists during this period as well.

Baia delle Zagare in Puglia

Baia delle Zagare is a truly unique and fully isolated beach resort which is not even located on the map. The Gargano National Park, which Zagare Bay is a part of, is home to one of the most ancient forests on the European continent, spectacular rocky mountains and tiny beaches with white sands and blue waters.

Its clean and fresh air, snow-white limestone, mouthwatering local cuisine and incomparable natural beauty make it an ideal place to escape the hectic pace of the modern world. Baia delle Zagare consists of two private beaches fully equipped with all necessary facilities near the hotel.

You will have access to a full range of tourist activities like: rock climbing, walking in the forest, swimming and tanning on the beach, trips around the islands, playing tennis and enjoying a delicious dinner at the cocktail bar. Fortunately, the Zagare Bay has it all already laid out for you to enjoy.

Spiaggia di Tuerredda in Sardinia

Just imagine rocky mountains surrounding a white sandy beach with warm blue waters alongside breathtaking views and plenty of facilities nearby. If that sounds irresistible, Spiaggia di Tuerredda is the place for your next holiday.

The sea is almost always calm here, and the waters are crystal-clear. For these reasons, Spiaggia di Tuerredda is also an ideal place for scuba diving and snorkeling. And, there are several hotels in the vicinity which provide top-quality accommodation and all the necessary amenities for a perfect holiday.

Isola Bella in Sicily

Another remote beach, Isola Bella, is located on a small, privately owned island near Sicily. The island is a popular destination for sunbathers, and it is famous for its numerous sea caves and numerous pebble beaches. The beach is very isolated, too, and the only way to reach it is by cableway.

There are no amenities, showers, parking, catering or even umbrellas; so, come prepared. And make sure to bring your sunglasses and lots of sun screen with you as well.

Cala Goloritzé in Sardinia

Even though it is almost always full of visitors due to its immense popularity, Cala Goloritzé's fascinating mountain views, swimming, and sunbathing are definitely worth visiting.

The beach is a mixture of sand and tiny pebbles, making it less hot and more pleasant to sit or sunbathe in the high season. The white sands, the ideal temperature of the seawater and loads of climbing opportunities nearby the limestone cliffs make Cala Goloritzé one of the most visited places on the island.

Also, since it has been closed for water and land transport, the beach is relatively free from air and water pollution. But, make sure to come well-equipped! This place has virtually no facilities, which is, incidentally, one of its best attractions.

Camogli Beach in Liguria

Located near one of the most beautiful towns in Liguria, Camogli is an ideal holiday destination for families. It is a perfect combination of a seaside retreat and all the comforts and joys that a vibrant town has to offer. A cozy beach, luscious vegetation and elegant monuments will make your visit to Camogli unforgettable.

Another considerable advantage of this place is that it has not become as commercialized as the other towns in the area just yet. Camogli provides you with a precious opportunity to escape the traffic of tourists, yachts and the never-ending line of taxis. Instead, you can have a quiet dinner in a promenade cafe and enjoy some of the most stunning sunsets in Europe.

Apart from its romantic atmosphere and an impressive variety of delicious dishes, Camogli is a delightful place due to its charmingly artistic and tasteful residential buildings and cathedrals. Join the local community for a Sunday service in the XII-century Santa Maria Assunta, and the town will become your home away from home.

Tropea Beach in Vibo Valentia

Known as the most beautiful town on the Italian West Coast, Tropea is just as famous for its gorgeous mountains as it is for its beautiful sandy beaches. It provides a great selection of hotels, guest houses, B&Bs and even private apartments to suit your taste and budget.

Tropea's options for sightseeing and tourist entertainment are very diverse: from tanning by the sea, to climbing limestone cliffs. From visiting museums and cathedrals to rocking the night away in a 5-star hotel nightclub, the town of Tropea has all you might possibly want to do on holiday.

Alternatively, you can stuff yourself with exquisite local seafood on the promenade or go out on a boat trip and enjoy snorkeling in the crystal-clear warm waters. And, if you still feel something is missing, you can climb to the crater of the Stromboli volcano; which has erupted almost continuously for the last several thousand years.

Marina Grande Beach in Calabria

If a busy fishing harbour is ideal for you on a beach holiday, you will fall in love with Marina Grande. Go out for an early morning walk through its quiet ancient streets, or take a full-day boat trip around the islands. Enjoy a delicious seafood platter with a few drinks in a local country bar or just chill on the pier and watch the fishermen return from work in the evening.

The town's enigmatic atmosphere is a lovely alternative to the white sandy beach paradise. However the latter is just a step away. All you need to do is go behind the port's ticket office, and you are back to the pristine nature of Calabria.

Spiaggia Rosa in Sardinia

This beach is mostly famous for its pink sand, which acquires its colour from the high amount of shells and corals. The municipal authorities try to reduce the traffic of tourists to a minimum in order to preserve the pink sand in its original condition.

Still, the regular tides wash the shells out little by little and it is not easy to predict how long the beach will last. That is a good enough reason to see the wonder with your own eyes while there is still a chance. Remember, though, that anchoring, swimming and walking on the sand are strictly forbidden.

Spiaggia di Sansone on Elba

Although the Island of Elba is mainly known as Napoleon's first exile, it is also a gorgeous island and home to the most fantastic landscapes and popular beaches in Tuscany. Spiaggia di Sansone is by far one of the most famous beaches one on the island.

Elba is predominantly mountainous and covered with luscious woodlands due to its higher latitudes and comparatively colder waters. Spiaggia di Sansone is a lovely beach of white pebbles mixed with sand. And the temperature of its crystal-clear blue water is perfect for a pleasant and refreshing swim after a Sicilian sauna.

Pressed to the sea by its limestone cliffs, this narrow strip of white sand is a perfect place for a peaceful escape, especially in the low season. And before you hit the road again, do not forget to spend an evening in the Vigilanti theatre in Portoferraio.