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The Most Beautiful Beaches in Italy

The Most Beautiful Beaches in Italy in 2019

Right now parts of Europe are scorching as a heatwave brings record-breaking temperatures. With a red alert issued in France and German, Dutch, and Belgian temperatures reaching all-time highs, it’s been one of the hottest summers on record and I’m dreaming of the most beautiful beaches in Italy.

Frankly, I’d rather be anywhere but Turin right now (I love you Turin, but you don’t have any beaches!). As the mercury continues to rise, I’m dreaming of some white sand and crystalline water.

So without further ado, here’s the Travel365’s official classification of Italy’s 21 most beautiful beaches in 2019. Why not visit one when applying for Italian dual citizenship in Italy?

Let’s get on to the list.

21. Baia dei Saraceni, Finale Ligure – Liguria

Baia dei Saraceni

Baia dei Saraceni is one of the most beautiful beaches in Italy, not just Liguria. Follow the road flanking the coastline between Finale Ligure and the hamlet of Vaigotti to reach this gorgeous bay. Awash in colors and boasting clear waters and a rocky coastline, this bay merits a stop.

Ideal for those looking to sunbathe or swim surrounded by beautiful vegetation, it’s one of the most picturesque locations in Liguria and—even better—it’s completely free.

Type: Rocky beach

Entrance: Free, but there are concessions

Ideal for: Young people, couples, groups, and those who love jumping off rocks

 

20. Cala Violina, Scarlino – Tuscany

Cala Violina

When you arrive at Cala Violina, you immediately notice it’s a special place. Boasting fine, white sand and clear water, this paradise on earth is one of the Tuscany’s most beloved locations, making it a place of great pride for the region.

Type: Sandy beach

Entrance: Free

Ideal for: Young people and groups. It gets crowded and there are no services here, making it an unideal place for older folks and children. Dogs are allowed to be on the beach but must be leashed.

 

19. Caletta Rovaglioso, Palmi – Calabria

Caletta Rovaglioso

A highly suggestive location that people seem to love. Until a few years ago it was difficult to get here as the path was hard to traverse. Today, however, it’s a different story: the region has fixed the problem, making it easy for you to get lost in the crystalline waters as they splash against the rocks.

Type: Rocky beach

Entrance: Free

Ideal for: Snorkeling enthusiasts, young people, and couples

 

18. San Vito Lo Capo – Sicily

San Vito lo Capo

Pretty as a Sicilian postcard and without a doubt one of the most beautiful beaches in Italy. This beach is much loved by families and couples and isn’t too far from Trapani airport. Centuries of Arab influence have left its mark on the local cuisine with the area celebrating an annual couscous fest.

This year, San Vito claimed its spot among the best for families with children, receiving two of Italy’s most prestigious beach awards: the 5 sails from Legambiente (Italy’s Environmental League) and the “Bandiera Verde” (Green Flag) from Italian pediatricians, denoting a beach recommended for children.

Type: Sand

Entrance: Free, but with some concessions

Ideal for: Gently rolling sand makes it perfect for families with children

 

17. Scala dei Turchi, Realmonte – Sicily

Scala dei Turchi

Just 15 minutes from the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, the brilliant white rock face of the Scala dei Turchi (the Turkish Steps) protrudes out to sea, creating a scenic panorama. The rock face is a natural springboard to dive into the water.

In 2007, the town of Realmonte requested UNESCO recognition as a World Heritage Site.

Type: Mixed

Entrance: Free

Ideal for: Couples and groups. The water is deep, so not best for families with children.

 

16. Su Giudeu, Domus de Maria – Sardinia

Su giudeu

This spectacular location, recognized as one of Italy’s finest, winning 5 sails from Legambiente (Italy’s Environmental League), offers many reasons why you should choose it as a vacation spot. The rocks just above the water’s surface here make it an ideal place for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts.

It’s also a resting place for flocks of flamingos, making it an interesting location for bird watchers.

Type: Sand

Entrance: Free, with some concessions

Ideal for: Everyone; families with children, young people, and sport lovers

 

15. Tonnarella dell’Uzzo (Riserva dello Zingaro), Trapani – Sicily

Tonnarella dell'Uzzo

In the heart of the Riserve dello Zingaro sits Tonnarella dell’Uzzo, the most beautiful of the nature preserve’s 8 beaches. Though you must pay to enter the beach (5 euros for full fare, 3 euros for reduced), the sheer beauty of the place is worth it.

You can also reach the beach by water, the best solution for families with children or diving enthusiasts. It’s no wonder Tonnarella dell’Uzzo made it on the list of the most beautiful beaches in Italy!

Type: Mixed

Entrance: Paid

Ideal for: Young people, couples

 

14. Cala Feola (Isola di Ponza), Latina – Lazio

Cala Feola

A little slice of sand that buzzes with activity in summer! Sure, it’s busy as heck but it’s downright beautiful.

Located on Ponza Island, Cala Feola can be reached either by water or by a footpath that takes about 15 minutes. The area is a natural work of art, recognized by Legambiente (Italy’s Environmental League) with 4 sails, offering natural pools, grottoes, and native flora.=

Type: Mixed

Entrance: Free

Ideal for: Families, young people, couples

 

13. Protected Marine Area of Plemmirio, Syracuse – Sicily

Plemmirio

Just a few kilometers from the city center of Syracuse lies an uncontaminated ecosystem. A paradise for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts, this beach can be reached by car—ideally, a quad—as the descent to the beach is not for the faint of heart! However, it’s more than worth it.

Pay attention when walking, though, as the beach is home to many sea urchins!

Type: Rocky

Entrance: Free

Ideal for:Young people, couples

 

12. Torre Sant’Andrea (Melendugno), Lecce – Puglia

Torre Sant'Andrea

Between the well-known Baia dei Turchi and Torre dell’Orso lies this rocky stretch of coastline that is shaped like a natural platform overlooking the water. A real live masterpiece of nature featuring grottoes and creeks, this is an area both uncontaminated by pollution and by mass tourism.

Type: Rocky

Entrance: Free

Ideal for:Young people, couples

 

12. Cala Luna (Golfo di Orosei), Nuoro – Sardinia

Cala Luna

One of Sardinia’s most well-loved beaches, it is surrounded by wild nature. While it’s somewhat difficult to reach and there aren’t any concessions, the area itself is uncontaminated and features sand and pebbles. There is a steep rock face and many paths for trekking enthusiasts.

Type: Sand, rocks, and pebbles

Entrance: Free

Ideal for:Young people, couples

 

10. Is Aruttas (Cabras), Oristano – Sardinia

Most beautiful beaches in Italy - Is Aruttas

In the Sardinian language, “aruttas” means “grottoes.” This should clue you in on what awaits you at Cabras, in the province of Oristano. This beach is a long stretch of fine sand and Mediterranean scrub. The ocean—it goes without saying—is so beautiful that it looks like a painting and in 2019, the beach won the Bandiera Verde (Green Flag) for being the beach most accessible to children according to Italian pediatricians.

Type: Sand

Entrance: Free

Ideal for:Young people, couples, families

 

9. Tropea, Vibo Valentia – Calabria

Tropea

Located on the Costa degli Dei in Calabria, this beach is considered the pearl of the Tyrrhenian sea. The stretch in question is called the “rotonda,” and is known for its white sand gently sloping out into the water.

Type: Sand

Entrance: Free, with concessions

Ideal for:Everyone

 

8. Marina di Camerota, Salerno – Campania

Marina di Camerota

Cala Bianca beach, located in the Parco Nazionale del Cilento, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Considered a prime example of the stunning natural beauty of the Tyrrhenian coast, the beach is an ideal choice for families with children. In 2019 it received the Bandiera Verde (Green Flag) for being one of Italy’s most child-friendly beaches.

Type: Rocky

Entrance: Free, with concessions

Ideal for:Young people, couples, groups

 

7. Baia del Silenzio (Sestri Levante), Genoa – Liguria

Baia del Silenzio - One of the most beautiful beaches in Italy

The typical symbol of the Ligurian coast, Baia del Silenzio is home to beautiful pastel-colored houses overlooking the golden sand. Here you can find quintessential Liguria.

Type: Sand

Entrance: Free, with concessions

Ideal for:Families

 

6. Porto Giunco (Villasimius), Cagliari – Sardinia

Porto Giunco

This beach is known for its unusual pink-tinged white sand, the result of erosion of local pink granite rocks. It features a Spanish watch tower, framing a picture so beautiful it could only have been painted by nature.

Type: Sand

Entrance: Free, with concessions

Ideal for:Everyone

 

5. La Pelosa (Stintino), Sassari – Sardinia

One of the most beautiful beaches in Italy - La Pelosa

Turquoise water so clear it doesn’t look real and the whitest of sand. This isn’t the Caribbean—it’s the Golfo dell’Asinara, located in a bay protected by the sea stacks of Capo Falcone which keep the water nice and calm. There is a tower here as well by the beach, and is reachable on foot.

Type: Sand

Entrance: Free, with concessions

Ideal for:Everyone

 

4. Cala Rossa, Favignana (Egadi Islands) – Sicily

Cala Rossa - most beautiful beaches in Italy

What is a list of the best beaches in Italy if it doesn’t include Cala Rossa? Recognized as one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Italy for 2019 by the Legambiente (Italy’s Environmental League), it received the perfect and prestigious score of 5 sails. This Sicilian jewel is one of the most famous locations on Favignana, the largest island in the Egadi Archipelago. If you visit the island, make sure to stop to visit and see where the dazzling blue water meets the bright white sand.

Type: Rocky

Entrance: Free

Ideal for:Young people, couples. The path to reach the beach may be difficult for some, so we don’t recommend it for young children or the elderly.

 

3. Cala Goloritzè (Baunei), Ogliastra – Sardinia

most beautiful beaches in Italy - Sardinia

Cala Goloritzè raises the Sardinia flag high in third place. The beach is located at the bottom of a gorge just 9 kilometers from Baunei. It can be reached by boat or on foot, with the foot path taking approximately one hour. Cala Goloritzè is particularly famous for its rocky peak 143 meters above sea level that attracts climbing enthusiasts from all over the world.

Type: Rocky

Entrance: Payment (6 euro for adults, 1 euro for children under 10)

Ideal for:Young people and climbing enthusiasts. The path to reach the beach may be difficult for some, so we don’t recommend it for young children or the elderly.

 

2. Cala Mariolu (Baunei), Ogliastra – Sardinia

Cala Mariolu

This is paradise on earth. In 2016, TripAdvisor named this beach the most beautiful in Italy thanks to its beautiful white sand and rocky coastline dotted with perfect pink pebbles. And in 2019, it’s still among the most beautiful beaches in Italy. Reaching the water is a bit difficult, but we think that’s why it’s stayed so beautiful and uncontaminated. There is a small kiosk for drinks and an umbrella and snorkeling gear rental shop.

Type: Rocks, sand, and pebbles

Entrance: 1 euro for adults, free for children. Has kiosks/bar.

Ideal for:Young people

 

1. Spiaggia dei Conigli (Lampedusa), Agrigento – Sicily

Spiaggia dei Conigli

In first place we have the island of Lampedusa with its Spiaggia dei Conigli—Rabbit Beach. It’s hard to come up with the right words to describe the sensations you feel when visiting this beach. No wonder it was chosen the most beautiful beach in the world by TripAdvisor, beating out others such as Platja d’Illetes and Playa Flamenco. From the pictures it looks like a Caribbean beach but it’s actually in Italy!

Type: Sand

Entrance: Free

Ideal for:Young people, couples. The lack of services and the path to reach the beach may be difficult for some, so we don’t recommend it for young children or the elderly.