Italian Beaches
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Italian Beaches have been blessed by Mother Nature with plenty of sun and about 5,400 Km of coastline.

The rest of the Europeans with less fortunate weather consider Italy as their favorite beach vacation destination.

Amalfi Coast is the number one touristic beach site of Italy

 Amalfi Coast is the number one touristic beach site of Italy

Italy is surrounded by the Adriatic Sea on the East. This Sea is shared by Italy and the countries on the eastern side of the Sea like Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania.

On the south of the Italian “boot” is the Ionian Sea also shared with Western Greece. On the west are the Tyrrhenian Sea and the island of Sardinia. Further south in front of the mainland lays the fabulous Island of Sicily with incredibly beautiful beaches. Further north bathing the Italian Riviera is the Liguria Sea.

Riviera of Liguria is the continuation of the French Riviera

Riviera of Liguria is the continuation of the French Riviera

  • Italian Riviera in Liguria

Liguria Italy is the northern part of Italy that stretches from the Cote d’Azur all the way south to Tuscany. It stretches from Ventimiglia in the west near the French border to Genoa at the center, and ending just beyond Cinque Terre in the east at Portovenere.

This area features some of the most beautiful Italian Beaches. Here you’ll find many small towns in small bays that are reached by ferry and railway.

This area is frequented by local Italians looking for some free time and relaxation. Because of that it may be quite inexpensive when it comes to accommodation and food. These beaches are sometime very busy and crowded. The water sports offered are snorkeling, kayaking and windsurfing.

Liguria is divided by a few regions:

  • Imperia Ventimiglia, San Remo Italy
  • Savona with Albenga Noli and Savona
  • Genoa Rapallo, Carnogli, Portofino Chiavari, Sestri Levante
  • La Spezia – Portovenere, Lerici, Levanto 

Italian Beaches

Sardinia on the Mediterranean has great beaches Cala Mariolu

Sardinia on the Mediterranean has great beaches Cala Mariolu

Moving south the coast we find more Italian Beaches

 Called Sardegna in Italian is located on the Mediterranean near the French Island of Corsica. The island is mostly mountainous and has many natural attractions. It also has beautiful beaches especially in the area of Costa Smeralda. Cala Luna is one of the island's greatest for the quality of the waters and the sand.

This is the area where most of the tourists visit south of Rome. The reason is that here are located most of the very famous site. Here you’ll find the picturesque city of Napoli or Naples, the Sorrento Peninsula, the Amalfi Coast and the famous beaches of the islands of Capri and Ischia.

Sicily is the largest Mediterranean Islandsurrounded by beaches

Sicily is the largest Mediterranean Island surrounded by beaches

The world known Sicily in Italian Sicilia is the largest island of the Mediterranean Sea. It’s located in front of the “toe” of the Italian “boot” across the very narrow straits of Messina. Here you will find extraordinary beach resorts in the cities of Palermo, Agrigento, Sirqacusa, Catania Taormina and Messina.

  • Calabria

This is the area of the “toe” of the “boot” across from Sicily. Since the area is bordered by water on three sides it is famous for its beaches.

For more information go to Italian Tourism Website

The Italian Beaches of Rimini have been attracting tourists for many years

The Italian Beaches of Rimini have been attracting tourists for years

The idyllic Adriatic has some of best Italian Beaches

This is still considered southern Italy on the Adriatic coast. It is popular for one day trip from Rome by crossing the peninsula. It boasts many beautiful Adriatic Beaches that include among others Pescara, Chieti, Sulmona and L’Aquila.

  • Riviera of Le Marche

About 200 Km of clean and safe beaches made of sand or pebble. Here you may find private or fee beaches with secluded coves and safe swimming.

The area features many fine restaurants, cafes and bars; as well as good shopping and a busy nightlife.

Some of the picturesque towns with nice beaches are Sirolo, a medieval town. Besides, there is neighboring Numana with a fine marina and fine beaches.

There is also Porto San Giogio a beautiful beach resort. Here the main attraction is their fish served in moderately priced restaurants.

Another popular resort in this area is San Benedetto del Tronto, that becomes very busy during summer with great shopping, nightlife and restaurants.

San Benedeto del Tronto on the Adriatic coast

San Benedeto del Tronto on the Adriatic coast

  • San Benedetto del Tronto

This is a popular palm tree lined resort which has 8km of wide, sandy beach. The resort retains a stylish old-world elegance, especially in the older part of the town above the main resort, with its castle and narrow streets. However, in the summer, San Benedetto del Tronto comes alive and is a vibrant place with great shopping, top restaurants and great nightlife.

  • Adriatic coast of Emilia-Romagna

This area brings back nostalgic moments of Federico Fellini’s films. It is a very popular area among tourists visiting Riccione, Rimini, Cattolica and many more resorts. Young people from all over Italy crowd the streets of this Riviera. Please don’t be distracted by nightlife, because during the day the sandy beaches full with all kind of recreation, are full of trendy people.

Italian Beaches are like a magnet attracting tourist from all over Italy and the rest of the continent. The weather, the delicious food, the ambiance is what makes them so unique. In other words they are the best of Italy Tourist Attractions.

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