Have some fun in the sun while on your Italian vacation at these six beautiful beaches.
If Italy is your number one summer vacation destination, you may want to add hitting the beach to your itinerary. Italy boasts some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, with sparkling waters and picturesque views. Take a break from touring the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain and make a day trip to one of these breathtaking beaches.
1. Rabbit Beach – Sicily
Declared by many as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Rabbit Beach boasts stunning views, white sand and a glittering swath of water. The clarity of the water is perfect for travelers looking to snorkel or scuba dive, while the soft sand makes it ideal for sunbathers as well. While you’re there, you may catch a glimpse of the loggerhead sea turtles; the beach is where they go to lay their eggs.
2. Monterosso al Mare – Cinque Terre
The Cinque Terre is a picturesque gathering of five fishing villages along the Italian Riviera. The village of Monterosso is home to the best beaches, making it the perfect spot to stop and enjoy the water (not to mention the view.) Yachting is also popular in Monterosso for anyone looking to enjoy a little time on deck.
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3. Castiglione della Pescaia – Tuscany
This idyllic seaside village is the ultimate escape from the modern world. With ancient architecture and sights that date back to the 15th century, it’s easy to lose yourself in the history of the area. If you’re planning a trip to Castiglione della Pescaia, you may want to book in advance, as it’s one of the area’s most popular summer getaways. The second you step on the beach, which is pristine and surrounded by lush vegetation, you’ll understand its popularity.
4. Spiaggia Grande – Amalfi Coast
Like the Cinque Terre, the Amalfi Coast provides the breathtaking combination of beautiful beaches silhouetted by steep mountains. One such beach is the Spiaggia Grande, located in the town of Positano. This popular beach is known for its constant action, with activities ranging from water sports and boating to simply relaxing at a beachfront café, taking in the view and the rays.
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5. Cala Mariolu – Sardinia
The shallow waters of this popular Sardinian beach make it the perfect spot for families with young children looking for a fun day trip. It is also a top snorkeling destination in the area. Getting to the beach can be tricky; the easiest way to access Cala Mariolu is by boat. For the more adventurous, there is a hiking trail that leads there as well.
6. San Domino – Tremiti Islands
This tiny island off the southeast coast of Italy offers great conditions for diving, with tons of coves to investigate. The island is so small, in fact, that the entire thing can be crossed on foot. Dedicate a day to hiking around San Domino, exploring the pine woods that blanket parts of the island, then treat yourself to a dip on one of the beautiful beaches.