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17 Best Beaches in Italy to Visit This Summer 2022

17 Best Beaches in Italy to Visit This Summer 2022

17 Best Beaches in Italy to Visit This Summer 2022

Italy’s long Mediterranean coastline is an attraction in itself. Besides strolling through ancient ruins and visiting world-famous works of art, one of Italy’s best things to do is to see its best beaches.

With 450 islands in Italy and being a coastal country, Italy has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. So make room to go to one or two of them during your trip. Don’t know where to start? Here is a list of the best beaches in Italy.

Contents 

  • 1. Scala dei Turchi – Sicily
  • 2. Atrani-Campania
  • 3. Chiaia di Luna – Ponza
  • 4. Spiaggia dei Conigli – Lampedusa
  • 5. Baia dei Turchi – Apulia
  • 6. La Pelosa – Sardinia
  • 7. Vendicari Nature Reserve – Sicily
  • 8. San Fruttuoso – Liguria
  • 9. Cala Pulcino – Lampedusa
  • 10. Marasusa – Calabria
  • 11. Isola di Spargi – Sardinia
  • 12. Cala Goloritze – Sardinia
  • 13. Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle – Trademarks
  • 14. Cala di Volpe – Sardinia
  • 15. Baia delle Zagare – Apulia
  • 16. Cavoli Beach – Elba
  • 17. Isola Bella – Sicily
17 Best Beaches in Italy to Visit This Summer 2022

Scala dei Turchi – Sicily

Realmonte, AG

Sicily, IT 92010

+39 092 220391

Scala Dei Turchi is located in the south of Sicily. It became a popular destination after being mentioned in a famous Italian series of detective stories.

Why do we recommend this beach?

Do you want to go to a unique place? One of the less conventional Italian beaches is Scala Dei Turchi. It is a white rock cliff that extends into the sea.

Although you can bathe in its waters, it is not the main attraction in the area. Most of the sunbathers stay here to soak up the sun while lounging on the white steps of the cliff.

What is our advice about this beach?

Visually stunning, don’t forget to bring your camera to this beach. It is sure to give you fantastic vacation photos. Let’s be honest. It’s not every day you see something as beautifully unique as Scala Dei Turchi.

Recommended hotel nearby: Hotel Villa Romana

Atrani-Campania

Atrani, SA

Campania, IT 84010

Atrani is a seaside town on the Amalfi Coast in the province of Salerno. At first, it was a small fishing village before tourists discovered this hidden gem.

Why do we recommend this beach?

One of the best beach spots in Italy that are not as well known is Atrani. This quaint seaside town is so quaint you’ll think you’ve been suddenly transported into a movie or video game.

The town is built on the side of cliffs with an impressive view of the Gulf of Salerno. It even has a small public beach that is shallow and calm enough for swimming.

What is our advice about this beach?

Going to Atrani can be difficult if you are not attentive. The entrance to the city is via a bridge, and it’s easy to miss the turn. So keep an eye on the bridge. Better yet, go to Atrani on foot from Amalfi.

Recommended hotel nearby: Palazzo Ferraioli – Hotel & Wellness

17 Best Beaches in Italy to Visit This Summer 2022

Chiaia di Luna – Ponza

Chiaia Di Luna, LT

Ponza, IT 04027

Chiaia di Luna, in Ponza, is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Pontine Archipelago. And that’s saying a lot, as this group of islands is riddled with stunning beaches.

Why do we recommend this beach?

When looking for panoramic views, nothing beats the crescent-shaped sandy shores of Chiaia di Luna. What makes it even more impressive is the 330-foot wall of volcanic rock that follows its crescent contour. No wonder it’s called “Moon.”

What is our advice about this beach?

Chiaia di Luna beach has been closed for years. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy its spectacular views. The hotel above still has a beautiful view of the sea. Or you can choose to rent a boat around the island of Ponza and visit Chiaia di Luna on the way.

Recommended hotel nearby: Hotel Chiaia Di Luna

Spiaggia dei Conigli – Lampedusa

Lampedusa and Linosa, AG

Sicily, IT 92010

La Spiaggia Dei Conigli is located on a small island in Sicily and is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the country.

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Why do we recommend this beach?

The powdery white sand and crystal blue waters of this tranquil coastline are hard to beat for mesmerizing views.

It is a must-see in the Mediterranean, whether you will sunbathe or wade through its tempting waters.

What is our advice about this beach?

The seafront can be a bit difficult to find when you arrive in the small town of Lampedusa. But don’t let that stop you from going, as the views are worth it. You can always take a bus from the city to the beach if you want.

Recommended hotel nearby: Hotel O’scià

Baia dei Turchi – Apulia

Baia dei Turchi, LE

Otranto, IT 73028

+39 0836 801 436

The Baia Dei Turchi, in Otranto, is part of the protected Oasis of the Alimini Lakes. It even has the Blue Flag, which is awarded to the most beautiful beaches in the country.

Why do we recommend this beach?

When it comes to swimming and lazing in the sun, the fine sandy shores and shallow waters of Baia Dei Turchi are perfect. It is a good place for the whole family to hang out.

What is our advice about this beach?

Parking can be a hassle when going to this boardwalk. It might be good to find paid parking somewhere nearby and take the free shuttle to the beach.

Recommended hotel nearby: Masseria Muzza

17 Best Beaches in Italy to Visit This Summer 2022
17 Best Beaches in Italy to Visit This Summer 2022

La Pelosa – Sardinia

Stintino, SS

Sardinia, IT 07040

Spiaggia La Pelosa, in Stintino, is one of the most beautiful and famous beaches in Italy. It is located on the northwestern tip of the island of Sardinia.

Why do we recommend this beach?

La Pelosa is not only beautiful; It is also the safest beach for children when you visit Italy. Its warm and calm waters are safe enough for the little ones to get into them. Some parts of the waters are so shallow that you can even walk 30 meters away and have them only come up to your knees.

It also helps that the white sand shores of La Pelosa are a fun place to play.

What is our advice about this beach?

Since La Pelosa is a well-known promenade, it can get crowded quickly. So if you want to get a decent spot for yourself, make sure you get there early.

Recommended hotel nearby: Club Hotel Ancora

Vendicari Nature Reserve – Sicily

Contrada Vendicari, SR

Noto, IT 96017

+39 0931 468 879

The Vendicari Nature Reserve is located between Noto and Pachino in Sicily. It is a top place for nature lovers to visit when in this country.

Why do we recommend this beach?

There are several spectacular beaches and coves to choose from when you visit the reserve. It is an excellent place to swim or stroll through its picturesque views of nature.

What is our advice about this beach?

The real reason many people visit the Vendicari Nature Reserve is bird watching. Every year, different migratory birds pass through the reserve to or from Africa. You never know; you may see flamingos, herons, and terns during your stay.

Recommended hotel nearby: Hotel La Corte Del Sole

17 Best Beaches in Italy to Visit This Summer 2022
17 Best Beaches in Italy to Visit This Summer 2022

San Fruttuoso – Liguria

San Fruttuoso, Metropolitan City of Genoa

Liguria, IT 16032

San Fruttuoso is a well-known monastery on the Italian Riviera. It is located between Camogli and Portofino.

Why do we recommend this beach?

In addition to the historic monastery, San Fruttuoso is home to a stunning pebble beach. The waters of this area are also home to the underwater bronze statue, the Christ of the Abyss. You can visit this impressive underwater masterpiece by booking a snorkeling or diving excursion.

What is our advice about this beach?

Getting to this surreal Romanesque fortress is a challenge, but don’t let that stop you. Go by boat from Camogli or Genoa.

But if you have time, take the scenic hiking trail located within the Portofino Regional Park. You won’t regret it, guaranteed.

Recommended hotel nearby: Hotel Imperiale Palace

Cala Pulcino – Lampedusa

Lampedusa e Linosa, AG

Sicily, IT 92010

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Cala Pulcino is located on the island of Lampedusa in Sicily. It is located super close to the Spiaggia dei Conigli.

Why do we recommend this beach?

Relax on this beach that is located on the southern coast of Sicily. It has stunning turquoise waters, powdery sand, and incredible rock formations that will thrill you when you see them.

You can choose between relaxing on the shore or taking a dip in the shallow waters of this secluded cove.

What is our advice about this beach?

You can take a short walk from Spiaggia di Conigli or a long one from Lampedusa. But you can also rent a boat if you want to go from the sea.

Recommended hotel nearby: Hotel Il Faro Della Guitgia Tommasino

Marasusa – Calabria

Marasusa, VV

Parghelia, IT 89861

Marissa Tropea is one of the most popular beaches in Calabria for its stunning white-sand coastlines and sparkling blue shallow waters.

Why do we recommend this beach?

Marissa Tropea is just below the cliffs of the city proper. It has an incredible view of Santa Maria dell Isola. It is the perfect place to practice a little relaxation.

Whether you’re looking for a picturesque spot with great shade at midday or hoping for mesmerizing views of the city when it lights up at dusk, one thing’s for sure. Marissa Tropea is a magical place that you have to see for yourself.

What is our advice about this beach?

Make sure you are in Tropea at night to see the sunsets. From hypnotic purple to fiery orange, you’ll be able to witness some of the most memorable evenings of your life here. The Stromboli volcano makes the views even more impressive.

Recommended hotel nearby: Villa Paola

17 Best Beaches in Italy to Visit This Summer 2022
17 Best Beaches in Italy to Visit This Summer 2022

Isola di Spargi – Sardinia

La Maddalena, SS

Sardinia, IT 07024

Isola di Spargi is an uninhabited island located between Corsica and Sardinia in the Strait of Bonifacio.

Why do we recommend this beach?

When you are in the north of Sardinia, take the time to visit the third-largest island of the Maddalena archipelago. Isola di Spargi has enchantingly clear turquoise waters that will invite you to swim in them at ease.

What is our advice about this beach?

If you want to tour the island before or after spending some time on the beach, visit the Zanotto Fort.

You can also visit the Lamboglia Naval Archaeological Museum to see the 35-meter Roman freighter that sank near the island sometime in the 2nd century BC.

Recommended hotel nearby: Gran Hotel Ma&Ma Resort

Cala Goloritze – Sardinia

Gulf of Orosei, Baunei

Sardinia, IT 08040

Cala Goloritze is located in the east of Sardinia, in the province of Ogliastra.

Why do we recommend this beach?

Nature lovers will enjoy visiting this secluded and unspoiled beach near Baunei. It may be a little smaller than most beach destinations, but its impeccable views make up for its size.

Be sure to bring your camera to get impressive photos. And for the adventurers at heart? Take a walk on the beach. It is tiring and long, but you will see that the walk is worth it.

What is our advice about this beach?

Do not forget to bring your diving equipment. The clear waters of Cala Goloritze are home to different species of fish that you will surely love to observe while you are here.

Recommended hotel nearby: Hotel Plammas

17 Best Beaches in Italy to Visit This Summer 2022

Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle – Trademarks

Sirolo, Province of Ancona

Marche, IT 60020

+39 071 933 1795

Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle roughly translates to Beach of the Two Sisters in English.

Why do we recommend this beach?

Yes, this spectacular Marche beach has a pebbly shore, but that’s nothing a good pair of water shoes can handle.

Lovers of wild and unspoiled beaches will surely enjoy the breathtaking views of nature that you can find when you relax on its shores.

What is our advice about this beach?

Bring a comfortable blanket and an umbrella when you visit this beach. You will thank them when the sun is too intense. It’s also a good idea to bring your pitcher of water.

Recommended hotel nearby: Hotel Emilia

Cala di Volpe – Sardinia

Cala di Volpe, SS

Sardinia, IT 07021

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Cala di Volpe is located near Porto Cervo, Costa Smeralda, in northeastern Sardinia.

Why do we recommend this beach?

The big reason why Cala di Volpe has become such a well-known beach in Italy is that its luxury hotel of the same name was used as a film location for a James Bond movie (namely, The Spy Who Loved Me).

It also helps that the views of this small beach town are stunning on their own.

What is our advice about this beach?

You don’t have to stay at the Hotel Cala di Volpe to enjoy the views of this beach. Since it is located in Costa Smeralda, you can always stay somewhere nearby.

Recommended hotel nearby: Cala Di Volpe, a Luxury Collection Hotel

17 Best Beaches in Italy to Visit This Summer 2022
17 Best Beaches in Italy to Visit This Summer 2022

Baia delle Zagare – Apulia

Baia delle Zagare, FG

Mattinata, IT 71030

+39 088 455 2430

The Baia delle Zagare is also called Mergoli Bay. It is located in Mattinata, in the Apulia region.

Why do we recommend this beach?

Enjoy the soft powder-white sand shores of the bay that overlook the sparkling blue waters. Its limestone cliffs and rock formations make Baia Delle Zagare a magical place that you’ll want to capture forever in your photos.

What is our advice about this beach?

Reach Baia delle Zagare by boat from Mattinata. It is also accessible by land from two hotels, the Hotel Baia delle Zagare and Baia Dei Faraglioni.

You can also choose to access the bay from the steep and narrow path of Strada Provinciale 53.

Recommended hotel nearby: Hotel Baia Delle Zagare

Cavoli Beach – Elba

Via Cavoli, Seccheto

Elba, IT 57034

Cavoli beach is situated on the south side of Elba and is one of the best beaches in Italy.

Why do we recommend this beach?

Although the sand is not as refined as the grain, Cavoli beach is still a favorite among visitors for its crystal clear water and a long extension.

The beach is sheltered enough that the waves are gentle and perfect for swimming.

What is our advice about this beach?

Be sure to visit the well-known Grotta Azzurra (Grotta di Mare). It is located on the east side of the beach and is accessible by boat.

Recommended hotel nearby: Hotel Baia Imperiale

Isola Bella – Sicily

Isola Bella, ME

Taormina, IT 98039

Isola Bella is located in the south of Italy, near Taormina, in Sicily. It is also known as the Pearl of the Ionian Sea.

Why do we recommend this beach?

Isola Bella has a very apt name because it is indeed beautiful. Its charming atmosphere and idyllic views are why people fall in love with this Italian island. It also helps that it is considered by some to be the best swimming beach in Italy.

Its clear, blue waters are shallow enough to wade through. This island also has many small private beaches and coves that you can explore and enjoy.

Plus, you can relax all day with stunning views everywhere you look.

What is our advice about this beach?

The coasts of Isola Bella are not made of fine sand but rather pebbles. Be sure to bring a pair of water shoes, so your feet don’t hurt too soon.

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