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10 beautiful beaches in Italy

It’s time to rest… on an Italian beach.

When summer time comes back there is no person who starts to get out of hibernation, to think about the upcoming summer, hot topic of all conversations between partners, parents and Italian families.

Choose a destination is not easy and every beach and every trip transmit different sensations but I want to recommend you the 10 most beautiful beaches in Italy.

1. Trieste – Friuli Venezia Giulia

Friuli is a wild district and little known by Italians, one of the most famous destinations is Lignano Sabbiadoro, ideal if you are looking for beach clubs but it isn’t as beautiful and special as the coast around Trieste. Andare al mare’  ‘Andare al bagno’ (i.e. going to the sea) is a typical expression of Trieste to indicate the beach club, but from the pine forest of Barcola up to Miramare, Trieste is a whole promenade of rocky coastline and crystal clear waters similar to those that you can find dipping in the sea of Croatia. A noted place not to be missed is the famous Lanterna baths (i.e. lantern), also known as ‘el pedocin‘ where there’s the 3-meter high wall of the bathing establishment of men (separated from that of women and children), which is more than one hundred years old, a heritage of the Austro Hungarian government. ‘El Pedocin‘ can be easily reached from the city center, a short way from the Rive.

2. Punta Aderci Natural Reserve – Abruzzo

Open all year round, the reserve of Punta Aderci is known for its beaches: Spiaggia di Punta Renna, sandy, and Spia dei Libertini, rocky. The beaches of Punta Aderci is 8 km far from Vasto. Catch the bus #3 to arrive there.

3. Spiaggia di Mezzavalle – Riviera del Conero, Marche

Mezzavalle is the longest sandy beach of Riviera del Conero and despite it isn’t easy to reach, during the weekend it attracts crowd of people and you risk to go crazy!

4. San Fruttuoso – Liguria

San Fruttoso is nestled in a deep cove of Monte di Portofino coast, the small village buried into Portofino Natural Park.

5. Vendicari – Sicily

Vendicari is one of the most beautiful beaches in Sicily, placed in a south-east of the district and set in a natural reserve with the same name. Get there by car driving from Siracusa along the highway and going out at Noto.

Una foto pubblicata da @taotina in data: 15 Set 2014 alle ore 00:14 PDT

6. Arcomagno – Calabria

Arcomagno is a natural arch accessible only by sea. From Praia a Mare several boats go around the island of Dino and reach to Arcomagno, both small boats both motorboats for 35 passengers (the latter only upon group request). You can climbe a ridge that drops down on the small beach. Swimming is certainly very suggestive.

7. Cala Marioulu – Sardinia

It’s the cove of the monk seal, called by the fishermen the thief (i.e marioulu) because it stole the fish. Cala is one of the most pristine beaches in Sardinia. Where to find it? In the Gulf of Orosei.

8. Salento – Apulia

In recent years Salento has become the quintessential beach destination for the young and gay community. To discover the sea of Salento you can’t miss Punta della Suina, Porto Selvaggio or Marina di Ugento, the Maldives of Puglia.

9. Spiaggia di Gradola – Campania

Gradola is a beach of Anacapri, closed to the famous Grotta Azzurra of Capri, award-winning of Blue Flag programme eco-label for beaches and marines. Do you know only Naples? Here there are 4 reasons to visit it, a good startin poing to discover the islands in front of it.

10. Spiaggia dei Conigli – Lampedusa Island (Sicily)

For several years, Spiaggia dei Conigli has been declared one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and received important awards every year. Don’t miss it!


I'm a Italy lover, mom of two, living in central Italy and I love travelling. I have a degree in Tourism economics and management and now I'm a consultant helping businesses working in tourism.

7 Replies to “Italy’s 10 most beautiful beaches”

  1. Dear Alex, first, Triesitnes say “andare al bagno”,the rest of Italy says “andare al mare”. Second, the water is not even hardly comparable to the one of Istria or Dalmatia. And I love my hometown, but I have to acknowledge what is true and what is not.

  2. As a Triestino I am very proud of putting as the top of the Italian beaches and I thank you very much but I object strongly to the first photo: the boat flies a Greek flag! Are we talking about Italy or not?

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