With the positive reports about the coronavirus in mind, we can slowly start to focus again on a wonderful stay at a spectacular Italian beach. And of those, Italy has too many to mention with almost 8.000 km of coastline. From small coves for fishing to long stretches of golden sand. Therefore, here is a small selection of the most beautiful beaches in Italy.
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1. Chia Beach, Sardinia
On the south coast of Sardinia, not far from Cagliari, the Spaggia di Chia is considered by many to be the best beach in Italy. The beach is framed by sand dunes and juniper trees and is sheltered from the wind and popular with locals and surfers alike.
The waters here are an enchanting shade of turquoise and the sand resembles liquid gold. The lagoon behind Chia Beach is an important breeding ground for flamingos and dolphins are regular visitors to the bay.
2. San Fruttuoso, Liguria
The breathtaking bay of San Fruttuoso is half way Portofino and Camogli and can only be reached by a footpath on the hill behind or by sea.
Surrounded by lush vegetation, the beach is easily overlooked by San Fruttuoso Abbey, a medieval structure known for its triple-glazed windows.
The bay is also popular with divers, who see a statue of the Christ of the Abyss come and see it, which was placed in the water in 1954 at a depth of about 18 meters by the Costa family.
3. Tropea Beach, Calabria
Located in the heart of Calabria's Gods Coast, Tropea offers Caribbean-style white sand with turquoise water. Where you would only find palm trees in the Caribbean, you will also find an old medieval monastery and a warren of narrow streets in the old town on the cliff.
The beach here has a promenade, which is perfect for a walk (walk) when the sun goes down. If you're feeling energetic, climb the stairs to the Santa Maria Church, which sits on a hill opposite the old town, better known as Isola.
4. Follonica Beach, Tuscany
The beaches around Follonica are known for their fine sand and calm waters. They overlook the island of Elba, are backed by green hills and are surrounded by nature reserves and Etruscan ruins.
While the beaches closest to the town can be crowded in summer, those further afield are almost always deserted.
The beach of Casetta Civinini is 6 kilometers long. The beach of Cala Violina is located in a reserve. And Cala Martin can only be reached by bike or on foot. Take what you need during your beach day with you, because there are no shops or restaurants here.
5. Furore Beach, Amalfi Coast
One of the smallest beaches in Italy, the pebble bay near Furore the magical Amalfi Coast, is just big enough for fishermen to pull their small wooden boats onto land.
Furore Beach is only 25 meters long and is located halfway between Amalfi and Positano in one of Italy's few fjords.
It is overlooked by towering cliffs and lined by pastel-colored fishermen's cottages. Swimming here is one of the most surreal experiences you will have in Italy.
6. Punta Prosciutto Beach, Apulia
Punta Prosciutto Apulia is located in one of the few marine protected areas in Italy and is truly unspoilt. You will not find row after row of sunbeds and umbrellas here. Just clear water, white sand and a single beach hut.
The beach is off the tourist track and about 40 minutes drive south of Lecce. Make a stop in Manduria on the way down and pick up a few bottles of Primitivo wine – perfect for an Apulian sunset.
7. San Vito Lo Capo, Sicily
This 3-kilometer stretch of golden sand is hailed as a jewel of the Trapani coastline. Located in the northwestern corner of Sicily and at the foot of the imposing Monaco mountain, the shallow waters here are always clear, warm and inviting.
Make sure to drag yourself away from the beach to the village San Vito Lo Capo which is packed with bustling shops and restaurants – including Cafe Europa, famous for its specialty, the panini with panel – a sandwich filled with fried fritters.
In September, the city hosts the annual Couscous Festival, in honor of this popular Mediterranean dish.
What do you think are the most beautiful beaches in Italy?
As mentioned before, this list of the most beautiful beaches in Italy is far from complete. That's why we have here an additional list of beautiful Italian beaches by region.
What do you think is the most beautiful beach in Italy?
Sources: Lonely Planet, Wanderlust, Condé Nast Traveler.