We love Italy for great cuisine, pizza, pasta and coffee, picturesque narrow streets, famous ancient sights, beautiful architecture, Vespas, 3 wheel Piaggios, big loving families and of course for it beautiful beaches. But which ones are the best? Lets find out…
Top 10 Italian Beaches Map
|San Vito Lo Capo, Sicily|
San Vito Lo Capo, Province of Trapani, Sicily, Italy
| Isola Bella beach, Taormina, Sicily|
Taormina, Province of Messina, Italy
Mondello, Province of Palermo, Sicily, Italy
| Scilla, Calabria|
Scilla, Province of Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy
|Cala Mariolu, Baunei|
Spiaggia di Cala Mariolu, Strada Statale 125 Orientale Sarda, Baunei, Province of Ogliastra, Italy
| La Pelosa, Stintino - Sardinia|
La Pelosa, Stintino, Province of Sassari, Sardinia, Italy
|Tropea beach, Tropea|
Tropea, Province of Vibo Valentia, Italy
|Rabbit beach (Spiaggia dei Conigli), Lampedusa|
Spiaggia dei Conigli, Lampedusa, Lampedusa e Linosa, Province of Agrigento, Italy
Cefalù, Province of Palermo, Sicily, Italy
|Fornillo beach, Positano, Amalfi coast|
Fornillo Beach, Positano, Italy
Top 10 Italian Beaches List
1. San Vito Lo Capo, Sicily
San Vito Beach is one of the most beautiful ones on Sicily island. It offers scenic views with a pointy cliff, nearly white sand and crystal clear water. Here you can tune in Carribbean mood without leaving Europe! The water is shallow, which is perfect for families with children.
The beach is well equipped, there are many restaurants and bars, stands selling beach equipment like bikinis, floats, flip flops or sun cream. You can rent chairs and umbrellas, or do water and beach sports like paddle boats or beach volley ball.
2. Isola Bella beach, Taormina, Sicily
This small rocky beach is named according to Isola Bella island (Beautiful Island), also known as The Pearl of the Ionian Sea. The beach is connected to the island with a narrow path, which you can walk with dry feet during an outflow, pass through shallow water when tide is high or just swim there as it is very close to the beach. The island is a nature reserve and home to several bird and lizard species. When in the area, visiting Isola Bella beach is the must.
3. Mondello, Sicily
Mondello is famous as a home to Sicily’s elite, which can be seen also on its architecture consisting of amazing villas and opulent buildings. It is a lovely place for a stroll. The beach is long, has soft pale sand, clean shallow water ideal for families. It offers all the possible services like restaurants, life-guards, deck chairs and umbrellas or pedal-boats hire.
4. Scilla, Calabria
Scilla beach is a stunningly beautiful sandy beach under the hill covered with pastel-coloured houses and Castello Ruffo castle rising above it. The castle offers breathtaking views on the beach, Sicilian coast and the Aeolian Islands. Scilla appeared in Homer’s Odyssey. This old fishing village has its own diving schools, nice restaurants, cafes and hotels.
5. Cala Mariolu, Baunei
Cala Mariolu beach was named after a monk nicknamed “mariolu” (thief), because he took fish from fishermen’s nets. The beach is sandy and pebbly, overhung by a hill with rocky sea bottom. Even though the sun is shining all day long, the beach hides behind the rocks, which provide shade in the afternoon. The water is shallow, clear, beautiful blue changing colours according to what is on the seabed. There are many caves in the area, some of them accessible by a boat.
6. La Pelosa, Stintino – Sardinia
La Pelosa is a beautiful 330 meters long sandy beach located near Stintino, North-West Sardinia. It has soft white sand and shallow clear water suitable for families with children. It is located in a bay surrounded with rocky cliffs. The beach has all the facilities like beach chairs, umbrellas, restaurant, parking. Sport lovers can do kayaking, scuba diving, snorkelling or windsurfing.
7. Tropea beach, Tropea
Tropea is a home to the most famous Calabrian beaches known for their white sand and turquoise-blue water. The town is built on cliffs, which creates beautiful sceneries and offers great views on the volcanic Aeolian island of Stromboli. The water is very clear and the entrance to it is quite steep.
8. Rabbit beach (Spiaggia dei Conigli), Lampedusa
Rabbit beach (Spiaggia dei Conigli) is located on Rabbit Island (Isola dei Conigli) and is one of the most beautiful beaches in the area. The island is protected because of its sea turtle population that lays its eggs here. It can be easily reached from Lampedusa island coast, as it is only 100 meters (328 feet) far from it and the water between islands is only 3 meters deep. In summer it hosts various events including bonfires, spaghetti cookouts and barbecues, and musical performances.
9. Cefalu, Sicily
Cefalù is a sandy beach with breathtaking view on picturesque historic town with Norman cahtedral and rocky hill. Watching the sunset from here is just charming. The beach stretches alongside the town with a promenade offering an easy access. The sand is clean with golden colour, water is warm and there is a life guard on duty. You can also use public showers on the beach.
10. Fornillo beach, Positano, Amalfi coast
Fornillo is a small pebble stone beach located under a cliff where Positano village is located. Only the walk to Fornillo itself is breathtaking. You can either walk from the port Marina Grande or descend the hundreds of steps from Positano passing by local houses with colourful doors. The beautiful beach is peaceful too. It has chair racks, umbrellas, beach restaurants and a life guard.