Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre

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The Best Italian Beaches

photo by Robin Corps (Flickr Creative Commons)Lagoon Beach, Sardinia photo by Robin Corps (Flickr Creative Commons)

Other than the South of France and Greece, Italy’s beaches draw more people than anywhere else in Europe.  Italy has three kinds of beach, the secluded kind; usually stony, the sandy ones with ‘Sea Beds’ or Sun beds, umbrellas and beachside snack bars, volleyball and kids animation teams and the beaches of the lake resorts.  Which ever you choose during the July and August they are guaranteed to be busy with not only foreign tourists but locals as well because the Italians love to take the family to the beach.

If you have a campervan hire or motorhome rental and want to check out Italy’s best beaches here’s a list running from north to south.  

Caldaro (Bolzano, Trentino-Alto-Adige), Santa Croce (Belluno, Veneto) and Garda (Verona, Veneto).  These are the five star blue flag beaches of the lakes and just as sophisticated, if not more so than some of the beach resorts.  Backed by beautiful villages and mountains, these resorts have high class boutiques and are a great place for people watching.

Cinque Terre (La Spezia, Liguria) is situated at the top left of Italy's boot.  The Cinque Terre are five villages which stretch along the coast and are classed as a UNESCO site, a National Park, and a Protected Marine Area.  For a traditional beach experience with umbrellas and sand head for Monterosso where there are also several strips of free beach or spiagga libera.

Isola del Giglio (Grosseto, Tuscany). The Island is reached by ferry from Porto Santo Stefano.  The 27 km long coastline is made up of rocks and smooth cliffs covered with large pine trees, making for the best coves and bays in all of Italy.

Capalbio (Grosseto, Tuscany) offers miles of wild beach which are all free, don’t forget to bring your own sunbed.

Castiglione della Pescaia (Grosseto, Tuscany). Surrounded by pine woods leading down to the beach, this area is picture perfect with a small fishing harbour and dominated by a medieval castle.

Pollica (Salerno, Campania). This part of the coastline is included in the Cilento National Park.  The beach sits just outside the harbour which juts out into the clear, deep water of the Tyrrhenian Sea. 

Domus de Maria (Cagliari, Sardinia). One of the most beautiful beaches in Sardinia.  The beach has fine white sand and shallow clear water.  It also has a pond which attracts migratory birds such as coots, little egrets and grey herons.

Baunei (Nuoro, Sardinia).Located on the islands north east coast, the white pebble beach of Cala Goloritzè has been elected a national monument and is the most photographed beach on the island. The bottom is clear and the water cool and deep.  

For visitors travelling with a campervan hire or motorhome rental vehicle Italy has some great beaches and coastal areas with something for everyone, whether you want a deserted pebble cove or a long white sandy beach.  If you travel the country you will be sure to find somewhere to dip your toe in the water.

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