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While Italy is best known for its fine cuisine and incredible Roman architecture, its also home to some of the best beaches in Europe. From the white sandy beaches in Sicily through to quirky, art-deco beaches in Tuscany, here are the six best beaches in Italy:
1. Punta Prosciutto, Province of Lecce
Puglia has some of the best beaches on Italy’s mainland. If you head to Punta Prosciutto (which translates to ‘Ham Point’) you’ll find white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. The beach has a super chilled atmosphere and draws in local families and day-trippers. Bring a picnic (don’t forget the ham) and enjoy the sunshine!
2. Viareggio, Tuscany
If you’re looking for a chic beach destination, look no further than the art-deco paradise of Viareggio beach in Tuscany. The beach has golden sands and features the traditional rows of striped umbrellas and shabby-chic hotels that are in need of a lick of paint. There are amazing seafood restaurants situated on the beach where you can eat delicious bowls of seafood pasta while escaping the midday heat.
3. Rabbit Beach, Province of Agrigento
Rabbit Beach is a stunning bay on Rabbit island (Isola dei Conigli), which is off the coast of Sicily. In 2013 it was voted best beach in the world by TripAdvisor reviewers and it’s easy to see why. The beach has sugar-soft sand and turquoise, crystal clear water. It’s over 100 miles away from the Italian mainland, making it remote and off-the-beaten-track. Despite its name, there aren’t many rabbits on the island. You’re more likely to see turtles!
4. San Vito lo Capo, Sicily
If you’re heading on a beach vacation to Sicily, you’ve probably got white sandy beaches and turquoise waters on your mind. While San Vito lo Capo is a top tourist spot and can get really busy, it’s nonetheless well worth a visit. The beach is close to Tunisia and over the centuries there’s been a lasting Arab influence on the cuisine — think big bowls of couscous instead of pasta. There’s a lot more to explore in on the island including the splendors of Northern Sicily.
5. Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast is one of the most romantic holiday destinations in Europe, if not in the world. It’s known for its jagged cliffs and colorful, mountain-side houses. Much of the coast has been eroded however there are strips of small beach areas, some private. Positano is one of the top beach locations on the Amalfi Coast, and was even a holiday choice of Roman Emperors. There are various coves to visit in Positano and our favorite is Arienzo Beach, which you have to climb down 300 stairs to access. During the climb, you can get a sneak peek into the gardens of some of the Amalfi Coast’s most glamorous properties.
6. Cala Goloritze, Sardinia
Cala Goloritze in Sardinia is one of Italy’s most famous beaches. The beach is surrounded by limestone cliffs and turquoise sea. It’s considered to be one of Italy’s prized-possessions and was declared a UNESCO world heritage site since 1995. The beach has golden sands and warm blue waters. Try to visit the beach during the week to avoid peak tourist hours on weekends.
7. Cala Granara, Sardinia
Cala Granara is a stunning beach located on the archipelago of Isola di Spargi. The beach looks like a Caribbean paradise, with lush palm trees, white sands, and shallow, crystal clear waters. There are some interesting Roman ruins to explore on the island and various coves that are great for some kayaking.