10 best beaches in Italy

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Best Italy Beaches

Italy is home to some of the best beaches in the world. Whether you’re looking for tranquillity and privacy, or beaches that allow you to unleash your inner adventurer, Italy is the perfect choice. Find warm, crystal-clear waters with an abundance of water activities and magnificent beauty to admire when discovering Italy’s beaches. Discover our top 10 best beaches in Italy today to help choose your next luxury holiday.




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Cannone Beach, Calabria

Looking for an Italian beach that offers seclusion, an escape from the hustle and bustle and ultimate relaxation? The Cannone Beach, also known as the Spiaggia del Cannone, is the perfect choice.

Tucked away in one of the quietest areas of Tropea, Cannone Beach is neatly nestled between the marina and the rock of San Leonardo – making it the perfect escape. As one of the smallest beaches in the area, avoid the crowds and take full advantage of this serene Italian beach destination.

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Spiaggia di Tuerredda, Sardinia

Located just west of Sa Pinnetta, Spiaggia di Tuerredda beach boasts natural beauty, warm waters and a lively atmosphere, and is popular with tourists. Enjoy numerous beachfront bars and restaurants while taking in the stunning views of Isola di Tuerredda – an island located 150m from the coast, popular to visit by swimming or canoeing.

For the more active travellers, experience a wide selection of water sports at Spiaggia di Tuerredda – including kayaking, paddle boarding and even snorkelling. So, whether it’s enjoying a cold drink at the beach-side bar or taking to the water, this Italian beach has something for everyone.

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Capreria Beach, Sicily

Imagine an area unspoilt by modern developments with nothing but native plants and wildlife to admire… the Capreria Beach in the Riserva Naturalle dello Zingaro offers just that. Find crystal clear waters and small pebbles scattered across this beach – offering an experience for visitors of tranquillity and a sense of being completely at peace with nature.

And with dozens of small caves and caverns to explore, why not take your snorkel, too? Bask in the aquatic wildlife and journey through a network of water trails, experiencing the Italian waters to their fullest. Visitors can marvel in the 6km of magnificent coastline where the smooth white pebbles contrast with the harshness of the rocks.

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A Linguata Beach, Calabria

With Cannone Beach being the smallest beach of Tropea, let’s turn our attention to one of the largest – ‘A Linguata Beach. Just as wonderful, this beach offers white sands, incredible backdrops and crystal-clear waters – a beautiful beach experience combined with the opportunity to be active in the water, too.

For the water sports enthusiasts among us, this is the perfect Italian beach holiday for you. Renowned for being an idyllic location for divers, dive or snorkel amongst the large array of rocks that sculpt this white sand beach.


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Gaiola Beach, Naples

Visiting Naples and looking to escape from city life to the Italian waters? Gaiola Beach – located in the marine protected area of Gaiola Underwater Park – is a beach near Naples, perfect for a break from city exploring.

Divided into two parts, this beautiful area is completely free to enter – but one part will require you to show your identification. Top Tip: get there as soon as possible to reach the best spots, as this is a popular beach close to Naples. Reach this area by Naples metro – Gaiola Park is situated in Posillipo, which can be reached by the metro and a short bus.  

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Isola Bella,
Sicily

Experience an abundance of stunning plants and calm, warm waters when visiting the Isola Bella in Sicily. Close to Taormina, this small island plays host to a popular beach for tourists due to its crystal-clear water and location in the middle of a small bay.

Discover timeless architectural treasures of a long-gone era – visiting this island allows you to step back in time with the greenery of the gardens to walk around combined with the option to relax on the Isola Bella beach. And because this beach is protected by the bay you can even partake in water activities such as swimming, snorkelling and paddle boarding.

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Pescoluse - Leuca, Puglia

Regarded as Italy’s answer to The Maldives, find clear blue seawater to bathe in which is warm and shallow, while being able to walk out far and feel nothing under your feet but soft silky white sands. Renowned as one of best Italy beach resorts, Pescoluse is a seaside hamlet on Puglia’s Ionian Coast that’s well worth a visit.

Travelling with the family? Pescoluse beach is the perfect location for a family holiday in Italy – with stunning scenery to admire, let the children run free in the shallow waters while basking in the views of the beautiful marina and seafront.

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Santa Marinella, Rome

So, you’ve explored the Vatican City, thrown a coin into the Trevi Fountain and taken pictures of the Coliseum – perhaps now you’re looking for beaches near Rome to relax? Located in a quaint bay, Santa Marinella beach is easily reached by train from any major station in Rome – and then is a 5-10-minute walk from the S. Marinella station.

Kick back on this clear-water beach on stretches of sand, with ample cabanas and sunchairs available to relax on. Not only is it home to the beach resort of Santa Severa, you can also explore its medieval castle while you’re here – making it the perfect beach day trip from Rome.

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Rabbit Beach – Lampedusa, Sicily

Also known as Conigli Island, Rabbit Beach is renowned in Italy for once being home to thousands of rabbits – which is how it came to have its name. However, now this beautiful island is more of a home to loggerhead turtles – so much so, that this island is now a marine reserve set out to protect the turtles and their nesting sites.

Rated as 2013’s best beach in the world from TripAdvisor, this remote island is located over 100miles away from the mainland – creating a unique experience to escape from the hustle and bustle of life. For a secluded Italian beach experience where you can relax, unwind and get in touch with nature, Rabbit Beach is the perfect choice.

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Alimini Beach, Puglia

Experience the small historic seaside town of Otranto with its turquoise waters, soft white sand and magnificent cliffs to admire. Regarded as one of the most beautiful and best beaches in Italy, Alimini Beach is perfect for those who appreciate stunning scenery whilst also wanting to harness the inner adventurer with ample water sports to take part in.

Looking to take the family with you, too? Alimini Beach is the perfect choice for a family holiday. Positioned parallel to Otranto lakes, this beach boasts clear seawaters full of thousands of shades of turquoise while the whole family can enjoy the white sand sloping beach to relax or play on.

Now you’ve discovered the best Italian beaches, why not book your next trip? Long Travel offer bespoke luxury itineraries made with you in mind. Browse our full selection of Italy beach holidays today to find your next luxury escape.

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