The Best Italian Beaches to Choose from this Summer

With its glistening blue sea, sun-soaked beaches and hidden coves, the beaches in Italy are some of the best in the world, with popular Italy beach resorts including Sardinia, Elba Island, Sicily and Salento.

One of the most attractive things about a beach holiday in Italy is the diversity of its resorts, meaning there is something for everyone. For example, in Sardinia you will find luxury resorts and white-sand beaches that make for the perfect couples’ beach holiday or summer honeymoon, while Elba Island brings dramatic landscapes and cliffs that roll majestically into the sea, and is the perfect choice for an active holiday for families or groups of friends.

However, with so much choice, selecting the perfect coastal resort for your beach holiday in Italy can be difficult and overwhelming. So, if this feels like you, then read on for our top 15 beaches in Italy for a 2017 summer vacation.


1. Tonnarella dell'Uzzo, Trapani (Sicily)Cefalu.jpg

Tonnarella dell'Uzzo in the famous Zingaro Nature Reserve is immersed in an idyllic Mediterranean landscape, making it an ideal choice if you want to really escape to nature. It is located on the stretch of coast running from San Vito lo Capo to Castellammare del Golfo, featuring 7 km of golden beaches, turquoise waters and lush vegetation, and it has a sort of wild and natural feel.


2. Cala dei Gabbiani, Sardinia

The coast of Baunei on Sardinia Island is one of our favourite beach resorts in Italy and benefits from sitting a little off the tourist trail, meaning you can enjoy stunning beaches in peace and tranquility. Gabbiani means “seagulls” in Italian – a name that reflects the unspoiled nature of the Cala dei Gabbiani beaches, which are bathed in warm, crystal waters, and feature secret coves and idyllic landscapes. There is just one catch: the beach is not easy to reach and you must either take a boat to the beach or walk a rather challenging trekking trail!


3. Cala Feola, Ponza

This beach is the undisputed queen of the Lazio Pontine Islands and features dreamy landscapes defined by sandy beaches and natural sea pools. Be warned that it does get busy in peak season!


4. Plemmirio, Syracuse (Sicily)

The marine protected area of ​​Plemmirio is pure paradise for divers and snorkeling enthusiasts, who can safely swim here through its blue waves and venture into the rich underwater world. However, this beach is just as enjoyable if you would prefer to stay on dry land, where you will be rewarded with stunning coastal views, plus the wine in this region is also a delight to discover!


5. Grande Marina, Positano (Amalfi Coast)


No list of Italy’s best beaches would be complete without mentioning the glorious Amalfi Coast: one of South Italy’s most luxurious coastal resorts. Grande Marina in Positano is, in particular, full of life, making it an excellent choice for a family holiday. It features extraordinary natural scenery that has enchanted holidaymakers for many years, especially its colourful coastal villas that contrast dramatically with the blue hues of the sea. The beach is made of coves and is surrounded by high and steep cliffs, with dark sand and pebbles, making it a lovely space to enjoy a beach picnic or simply absorb glorious views of the islands of Li Galli.


6. Capo Graziano, Aeolian Islands

The Capo Graziano beach in Filicudi (Sicily) is the perfect choice for a relaxing holiday, away from the frenzy of everyday life. Filicudi has a slow pace of life that is typical of the Sicilian coast and is immersed in peace and nature – a place where you can completely relax. The Capo Graziano beach is perhaps the most popular in Filicudi, but it is long and so doesn’t feel overcrowded, and features a crescent of white cobblestones surrounded by warm sea waters.


7. Torre Sant'Andrea, Salento

Salento is one of Italy’s most popular coastal resorts, attracting around two million tourists in the summer. Many come for the golden beaches and turquoise waters, with the beach at Torre Sant'Andrea in Melendugno being one of our favourite coastal resorts. It is especially beautiful at sunset, where you can enjoy an aperitif at one of the beach bars and listen to relaxing music whilst admiring the sea views.


8. Cala Cipolla, Sardiniasardinia-cala-goloritza.jpg

This tiny beach in the Domus de Maria resort features sublime tropical white sand and emerald green waters, and is surrounded by a fragrant Mediterranean garden, making it the perfect choice for a summer honeymoon. As well as relaxing on the beach in front of pretty sea views, we recommend visiting the Cape Spartivento Lighthouse for an epic view of the coast!


9. Fiorenzuola di Focara, Marche

If you want to immerse yourself in nature and enjoy trekking and walking trails, then we think you’ll love Fiorenzuola di Focara in Monte San Bartolo Park. With nearly two acres of greenery overlooking the sea, the park offers a perfect balance of lush vegetation and sea views, and there are also plenty of restaurants and shops to enjoy in nearby Pesaro and Gabicce Mare.


10. Punta Rossa Bay, Puglia

The Punta Rossa Bay can be found on the Gargano Coast, which runs from Mattinata to Manfredonia. This coast is a real hidden gem, offering picture-postcard views and secret coves hidden by fragrant pine trees that you can explore.


11. Elba Island

With its 147 km of coastline and idyllic beach resorts, Elba Island in Tuscany is the perfect contrast to the rolling green hills that can be found in land in this famous region of Italy. We love it as a family beach holiday, where you can find numerous cycling trails and peaceful parks that are perfect for a family picnic.

Of the beaches, we particularly recommend the Padulella beach in Portoferraio – it is one of the most popular beaches on Elba Island and is backed by pine-tree woodland and olive groves, making the coastal scenery here quite unique.


12. Arco Magno Beach, Cosenza

The San Nicola Arcella area in Calabria is home to several sun-soaked beaches and we particularly recommend the Arco Magno Beach in the province of Cosenza. This cove is named after a large arch that is dug into the rock, which creates a dramatic backdrop that contrasts perfectly with the crystal waters and golden sand beneath it.


13. Mottagrossa Beach, Abruzzo

This beach can be found in the Punta Aderci Nature Reserve in the province of Vasto and sits nestled between sand dunes and cliffs, giving a sense of tranquility. The beach is far away from the hustle and bustle of the town, making it the perfect choice for a relaxing and regenerating summer break in Italy.


14. Cala Luna, Sardinia

The Gulf of Orosei resorts on the island of Sardinia are popular with young families thanks to the region’s clean sea waters and long, white-sand coastlines. Cala Luna is particularly popular, with scenic coastal cliffs that offer a cool shelter from the Sardinian sunshine. You can reach the beach by a private boat from the port of Cala Gonone or the beach of Marina di Orosei.


15. Paraggi Beach, Portofino


The Ligurian coastline is one of our favourite coastal resorts in Italy and although it is most famous for the glorious Cinque Terre, there are many smaller villages and beaches to enjoy besides the five fishing villages. Paraggi Beach near Santa Margherita Ligure (just outside Portofino) is an example. This beach is surrounded by a Mediterranean garden, full of flowers and herbal scents, and the town features quaint alleys that lead to fashion boutiques and the Piazzetta, where you’ll find vibrant bars and cafes. If you’re here in the evening, we highly recommend a moonlit walk along the pier for a romantic treat, where you’ll find fishing boats bobbing in the water and the echo of far-away voices in the restaurants that line the coast.


If you’re thinking about a beach vacation in Italy and would like one of our travel experts to put together the perfect Italy beach holiday package for you, perhaps featuring a stop in another famous Italian resort, then please call us on (UK) 01223 637331 or (US) 1-347-594-5500. Alternatively, please click here to send an online enquiry and we’ll get back to you right away – typically within 24 hours.

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