10 of the best Italian beaches for an unforgettable summer

If you’re looking for tips for your holidays, here’s a list of unmissable Italian beaches for everyone, from eco-friendly to family and pet-friendly destinations.

Italian beaches and coastlines are just as beautiful as the ones you can find in the Caribbeans or in heavenly atolls in the middle of the ocean. Italy is a peninsula and is world-renowned for its gulfs and bays. Every year, many of its beaches are awarded for sea protection, environmental management and services provided.

Here are 10 of the most beautiful beaches in Italy, from north to south, and everything you need to know to reach them.

Grado, Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Grado has been awarded the green flag for the best beach for children according to Italian pediatricians. Indeed, it is one of 81 beaches in Italy recognised as the perfect destination for families. It boasts a low sea level, leisure activities, kiosks, and safety thanks to the presence of lifeguards. Lagoon trips and excursions to local sites are easy to organise.

Sunset over Grado's lagoon
Sunset over Grado’s lagoon

Conero, Marche region

Spiaggia della vela, Portonovo, Ancona. This beach has been named after a white cliff that is shaped like a sail and lies a few steps away from the waterfront. It’s a hidden place that takes you to another world.

Castiglione della Pescaia, Tuscany

Castiglione della Pescaia is a small municipality in the province of Grosseto, Tuscany, and Italy’s most eco-friendly seaside destination according to the ranking compiled by Legambiente and Touring Club – the Guida Blu of the most beautiful beaches. It was awarded for its environmental commitment.

Castiglione della Pescaia, Tuscany
Castiglione della Pescaia, Tuscany

San Vincenzo, Tuscany

Via della Principessa, San Vincenzo, Livorno. This is the queen of dog-friendly beaches. In this 200 metre long stretch of coast it is possible to unleash our four-legged friends, allowing them to bathe in the sea. Entry is free and shaded areas, drinkable water and showers for dogs are provided. During peak season dog agility training courses are organised to keep animals fit. Also, every week a vet is available to take care of pets.

Discesa Gaiola, Campania region

Parco Sommerso di Gaiola, Naples, is one of the gems of the Gulf of Naples. It’s a perfect destination for scuba divers, and can be reached thanks to land or sea routes. Activities include snorkeling, guided dives and visits the archaeological park of Pausilypon.

Pollica, Campania region

Spiaggia Grande di Acciaroli, Salerno. Surrounded by the Cilento National Park, this destination is one of the most picturesque in Italy and was awarded 5 sails in the Guida Blu. It is dotted with ancient fishing villages that are iconic of the maritime and environmental value of this area.

Rocella Jonica, Calabria region
Rocella Jonica, Calabria region

Roccella Jonica, Calabria region

Spiaggia di Roccella Jonica, Reggio Calabria. This beach has crystal waters with a small town overlooking them. This beach has received the highest number of blue flags for its cleanliness environmental protection. Walking along this beach means travelling through time.

Posada, Sardinia

Spiaggia di Tiriarzu, Nuoro, has shallow sea bottom and sea and sky melt together. With an incredible natural value, the beach stretches the Longu and Tondi area and is home to Mediterranean plants.

Ostuni, Apulia region 

The “white town” is home to a coastline that stretches in the Dune Costiere Natural Park. It joined the Salvamare Ostuni 2014 programme, which aims to clean up the nature reserve’s beaches and sea bottoms and raise awareness on the importance of a clean sea.

Isola dei Conigli, Lampedusa
Isola dei Conigli, Lampedusa

Lampedusa, Sicily

Spiaggia dei Conigli in Lampedusa has white, thin sand and warm, low waters. A real Mediterranean paradise defined as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, a place that is worth visiting at least once in your life. Here, the CTS association organises guided excursions to discover the places where Caretta turtles nest.

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