Best Beaches in Italy
Our Choice of the Top Ten

Now we are going to pinpoint the Best beaches in Italy. This is a country surrounded by water almost in its totality.

The long coastline on the many branches of the Mediterranean have been blessed by nature with amazing coves, bays and long beaches for the delight of locals and visitors alike.

The months of July and August attract many Italians and foreigners to its beaches making them a bit crowded, but the rest of the year they are fine. Remember that because of its Mediterranean climate, Italian Beaches can be enjoyed most of the months of the year.

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Positano on the Amalfi Coast is one of the most famous Italian Sites

The most recommended Italian Beaches in no particular order are:

Positano Italy

Located in the Amalfi Coast, Positano Beach has been famous since the era of the Greeks and the Romans. As in the other beaches of this coast, there are small coves and small stretches of beach that can be enjoyed especially if you are staying in one of the hotels.

You shouldn’t miss even for a visit the famous Hotel Santa Caterina with a garden path leading you to the beach and an elevator carved into the rocks for your way up. This is a treat. Other beaches in the area are Fornillo and Spiaggia Grande.

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San Vito lo Capo Beach on the Island of Sicily, Italy

San Vito lo Capo Beach on the Island of Sicily, Italy

San Vito lo Capo

This famous beach is located on the north side of Sicily. It is a majestic bay opening to the sea near Mount Cofano, which is home to an array of caves. The name comes from pilgrims who visited the area and dedicated this beach to their patron St Vito.

Today it is one of the most beautiful beaches in Italy with clear turquoise waters. Some of the scenes of the film ocean Twelve were filmed here.

Villasimius Beach in Sardinia

Villasimius Beach in Sardinia

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Villasimius Beaches

Now we are in the Italian island of Sardinia with some of the most beautiful beaches sin the world. Please click here to go to our page on Sardinia.

Villasimius is a coastal village with a harbor. Most of the beaches are located nearby. One of the most spectacular is Spiaggia di Porto Giunco. Another close attraction is Lake Timi Ama near Cape Carbonara with pink flamingoes and sometimes a few dolphins approaching the shores.

Lido Island

Lido, off shore of Venice is just a short “vaporetto” ride from the city. It has seen celebrities for decades attracted to its fame and to its golden beaches. This beach is very crowded during summers.

Visitors and locals love to seat and watch the great sights of the Adriatic Sea. There are many hotels and restaurants in this seven mile long island. I wouldn’t miss this glamorous Lido Island. And by the way I am no celebrity…

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Lido Island a short "Vaporetto" ride from Venice

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Island of Capri

The Island of Capri, off the shores of the Amalfi Coast has many great beaches, even though the most famous site on the island is he world famous Blue Grotto.

Marina Grande is the largest one on the island and is located next to the harbor of the Hydrofoils. The waters are clean and attractive. Visit our page on Capri.

Marina Piccola is reachable on foot by using the Via Krupp and are also amazing. From here you may go to the Faraglioni with two beach clubs offering bars and restaurants for a great leisurely day at the island. Remember the closeness of Capri, allow you to go back to Amalfi at the end of the day. For more on Capri, click here.

Isola del Giglio

This one is a small island close to the coast of Tuscany on Italy’s west coast in the Tyrrhenian Sea. There are a few ferries servicing the short distance from the coast. There are a few beaches to visit while on the island.

Just to mention a few: Campese, Caldane and Cannelle. There are taxi boats available in the port of Giglio to accompany you on your adventure day visiting the beaches.

Beaches of Cagliari the Capital of the Island of Sardinia

Beaches of Cagliari the Capital of the Island of Sardinia


Cagliari is the capital city of the Island and is located in the south of Sardinia. At walking distance from the city you will find an array of sandy beaches waiting for you to swim, walk or just relax.

East of Cagliari is located one of Italy’s longest beach and it is called Poetto. From the city go east and you’ll find the stretch of fine sands that seems never to end into the horizon. Poetto is also great for many water sports, windsurfing among them.

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Isola del Giglio is located near the coast of Tuscany

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Italian Riviera

The area of Liguria, known as the Italian Riviera is home to Cinque Terre, a group of five towns or villages set on the cliffs of this coastline. This area is so beautiful that it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

But only Monterosso has a traditional sand beach. The food of the area concentrated on fresh catch of the day fish is out of this world.


Tuscany is known for many things, its food, its mountains and great wine. But Tuscany aso features great sandy beaches on its coasts at the Tyrrhenian Sea.

One of them is Maremma with infinite long shoreline covered by crystalline waters. Another one is Castiglione della Pesscaia. In some of them you may practice water sports like scuba diving and snorkeling including windsurfing and sailing.

For more information visit Italy Tourism Website


The Beach of Monterosso a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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We keep moving on the Geography of Italy and now we are in Sicily west of Palermo. The beach of Mondello is a large beach with many restaurants, bars and ice cream stands.

This beach is perfect beach for families, students, old people and practically everybody who wants to enjoy a beach day. There are many sports facilities available as snorkeling, scuba, surfing and many more. Because its proximity to Palermo it is great for a day trip to the beach.

Images Credits for best beaches in italy:
san vito lo capo by christof halbe
positano by ann wvyn
lido n/a
giglio by poul krogsgard
monterosso by lee & chantelle mc arthur

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