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The Best Beaches in Italy

With its thousands of kilometres of coastline, Italy has some of the most exquisite beaches and seaside towns in the world. It's hard to choose from among these magnificent sites. But we have compiled a list of beaches that are famous for their beauty and uniqueness. From Sicily to Sardinia, discover the country's most beautiful seaside resorts.

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Scala dei Turchi, Sicily

The Scala dei Turchi, a staircase-like cliff of white rock on the coast near Realmonte, is an extraordinary site that offers a striking contrast to the azure waters of the sea. Just below, you can enjoy a beautiful beach with fine golden sand. The area is famous for being one of Sicily's natural wonders.

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Atrani, Campania

With its lovely churches and charming squares, Atrani is a small, picturesque village on the Almafi coast. It possesses an idyllic beach that borders the Tyrrhenian Sea.

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Chiaia di Luna, Ponza

The beach of Chiaia di Luna is a crescent of sand outlined by an imposing wall of volcanic rock curved in the shape of a half moon, hence the name "luna". It is located in Ponza, the largest island of the Pontine Islands archipelago, which is home to some spectacular beaches.

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La Pelosa, Sardinia

Sardinia is famous for its incredible white sandy beaches, lapped by a turquoise sea and surrounded by beautiful pine forests. Among these gems, La Pelosa stands out due to the remains of a castle that can be seen offshore, in the heart of a natural pool.

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San Fruttuoso, Liguria

Located halfway between Portofino and the small village of Camogli, San Fruttuoso is a charming little cove that can only be reached by hiking from Portofino or by taking a ferry. On arrival, the beautiful blue water and the impressive backdrop of a medieval abbey framed by mountains await you.

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Spiaggia dei Conigli, Lampedusa

‘Rabbit beach’ on the southern side of Lampedusa island is without doubt one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, bordered by aquamarine waters that will enchant snorkelling enthusiasts. 

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Marasusa, Calabria

Marasusa beach, located in the town of Tropea, is known as the jewel of Calabria. Called La Costa degli Dei ("The Coast of the Gods"), Marasusa is bordered by cliffs and calm, clear waters.

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Baia dei Turchi, Puglia

This sprawling beach is housed in a protected nature reserve in Puglia, north of Otranto. Backed by a dense pine forest, Baia dei Turchi offers white sand and waters reputed to be the cleanest in the country. It has been awarded a Blue Flag, an honour given to beaches that meet strict environmental criteria.

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Cala Goloritzé, Sardinia

Cala Goloritzé is one of Italy's most famous beaches, located on the north-eastern coast of Sardinia. It is small but impressive with its limestone cliffs, ivory-coloured sand and turquoise waters. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

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Vendicari Nature Reserve, Sicily

The Vendicari nature reserve is a protected haven where flamingos, herons and storks live in harmony. The national park, which stretches for several kilometres, is home to many small coves and beautiful beaches (such as those of San Lorenzo and Calamosche).

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Cala Pulcino, Lampedusa

The picturesque Cala Pulcino is located on the island of Lampedusa, the largest of the Pelagos Islands. To reach this magnificent site, you will have to walk for half an hour on the rocks and through thick vegetation... but the spectacle is worth it! 

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Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle, Marche

This secluded beach on the spectacular Riviera del Conero, with its fine white pebbles, is only accessible by shuttle bus or boat from Porto Numana. You can marvel at the sheer white cliffs of Monte Conero which tower above the beach in front of you.

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Baia delle Zagare, Puglia

Shielded by steep limestone cliffs, the beach allows only 30 visitors per day in addition to the hotel guests located there, in order to protect the coastline. From the beach you can enjoy beautiful, picturesque views.

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Cala Tonnarella, Sicily

Cala Tonnarella, a hidden cove in the Zingaro nature reserve, can be reached after a fair amount of walking. The beach is inaccessible by road, so you will have to walk for about an hour to get there from the south car park of the reserve. On arrival, a secluded and little-known paradise awaits you.

Spiaggia di Sansone, Island of Elba

The island of Elba, in Tuscany, is a haven of sumptuous beaches, including Sansone, with its immaculate shoreline, a mixture of smooth white sand and pebbles, bordered by calm, transparent and shallow waters.

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