For as long as the sky has blazed blue, nothing illustrates the sweltering summer more vividly than time spent at the beach. Especially in Italy, beaches are sanctuaries away from the tidal rhythm of everyday life, where even the warmth of the fine golden sand against your back can bring you closer to nature. A taste of the Mediterranean way of life await at these nine stunning beaches across Italy, so what are you waiting for?
A coastal town with a fishing tradition just two hours from Rome towards Naples, Gaeta boasts seven picturesque beaches — namely the Serapo Beach, whose shore of crystalline water and fine golden sand overlooks the scenic ship-like cliff Nave di Serapo. Wake up to local fishmongers lining the beachfront with their fresh daily catch as that briny sea whiff wafts through the air, reminding you how summer has finally begun.
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Giannutri is accessible only by boat with not even a dozen inhabitants, making it the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. Just off the coast of Tuscany, the crescent-shaped island is a paradise of mystical coves, steep cliffs descending into the chasmic blue, a variegated Mediterranean scrub and, of course, two pebbly and sandy beaches — Cala Spalmatoio and Cala Maestra, each irresistible in its own way.
Santa Margherita di Pula, Sardegna
Take a 45-minute drive from Cagliari and discover Santa Margherita di Pula, where you will find a series of sun-drenched bays and beaches, extending over almost 10 uninterrupted kilometres of jewel-blue water, the majority of which are only divided by rocks of small promontories. The region is popular among not only tourists but also Italians because of its wide selection of luxury resorts, all providing unmatched views of the ocean.
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Scilla is the seaside town that will transport you to another time and place. Against the ocean is Chianalea, an ancient fishermen's settlement with petit houses whose walls gleam of water droplets as the waves crash by. Spend the day lounging by the beach promenade, the afternoon roaming through the narrow cobblestone streets and the evening feasting on the finest that the ocean has to offer, especially swordfish — the region’s specialty.
Isola Bella, Sicilia
A floating verdure on turquoise waters, Isola Bella, which means “a beautiful island,” is the crown jewel of Taormina. As the name suggests, it is home to one of Sicily’s most stunning and popular beaches. Just up the hill, there are bars, shops, and restaurants at your disposal, yet out of doors and on the islet, which is connected to the mainland only by a narrow seaboard, there is nothing between you and the ocean.
Peculiar and striking as it is, Furore — a town and comune along the Amalfi Coast in the province of Salerno — is still way under the radar for most foreign tourists. A deep rift into the coast by the Schiato torrent over millennia gives life to a gorgeous seaside village, which alights on a steep, rocky cliff that falls into the ocean. In a heavenly isolation, you will feel at peace.
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Spiaggia dei Conigli, Lampedusa
Halfway between Sicily and Libya, Spiaggia dei conigli — or the “Beach of the Rabbits” — on the island of Lampedusa is one of the most breathtaking destinations in Italy. Rounded by a rugged and rather winsome coastline, the beach yields sparkling white sand, perfect for basking in the sun, and if you like snorkeling, it does not get any better than aquamarine water so clear you can see right to the bottom from miles away.
San Fruttuoso, Liguria
Although it is only reachable on foot or by boat, the sheer beauty of San Fruttuoso makes it all worthwhile. In front of the abbey, which has a rich history from being a monastery to a pirate’s den then the residence of Princess of Doria, there is also a pebbly beach where you can sunbathe or snorkel and catch a glimpse of the submerged Christ of the Abyss, an above-life-size bronze statue over 15 meters under the sea.
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Baia delle Zagare, Puglia
Baia delle Zagare, veiled in the perfume of the indigenous local flower that it was named after, is an oasis between Vieste and Mattinata that can take you far away from the hectic rush of everyday life. Framed by two arched faraglione named 'Arco di Diomede' and 'Le Forbici' which are believed to bring good luck, the small multicolored pebbles, vibrant reefs and the shimmering water come together to create paradise at sea.
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