The best beaches in Italy

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Are you thinking of taking a trip to Italy? Without further ado, let’s find out which are the best beaches in Italy, get ready to pack your bags and let the journey unfold with Ferryhopper.

The Saraceni Bay in Liguria, Italy

Panoramic view of Saraceni Bay in Liguria

The most beautiful beaches in Italy

Impressive beaches, secluded bays, endless coastlines, and awe-inspiring sunsets mesmerize millions of visitors every year. But which are the most beautiful beaches on the Italian Peninsula?

Here are our 10 favorite beaches in Italy:

1) Baia dei Saraceni, Liguria

Baia dei Saraceni (Saraceni Bay) is one of the most beautiful beaches in Liguria, which has a Blue Flag AND offers stunning views! The impressive vertical rock formations along its 400-meter-long coastline and its deep blue waters make Saraceni Bay one of the most popular beaches in the area.

Access to the beach is free and you can reach it in just 20 minutes by car from Savona!

2) Mezzavalle, Marche

The Riviera Conero is one of the most stunning areas in Italy and is home to many wonderful coves. Mezzavalle beach is just 9km from Ancona surrounded by wild scenery and it’s accessible either by boat or on foot.

The beach is not equipped so it’s recommended to bring your own umbrella and towels. However, there is a restaurant where you can enjoy finger-licking local tastes with a sea view!

3) Furore Fjord, Amalfi Coast

If you always wanted to visit the Amalfi Coast, Furore Beach should be also included on your bucket list. The beach isn’t equipped, it is 25m long and has fine, gray sand with wonderful deep blue waters.

The beach is located between impressive rocks creating a natural shade. The sun first hits the coast in the morning, which means that it’s the perfect beach for midday dives after exploring the town of Amalfi!

The bridge over Furore Beach on the Amalfi Coast

Furore Fjord, a magical landscape on the Amalfi Coast

4) Porto Selvaggio, Puglia

The idyllic bay of Porto Selvaggio is located in Salento and it’s part of the homonymous natural park. It's a heavenly cove cradled by an enchanting pine forest, impressive rocks, and emerald waters.

This little paradise is popular among spearfishing enthusiasts and is about 1 hour from the port city of Brindisi.

5) Rotonda, Calabria

Also known as the "Pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea", the city of Tropea in the province of Vibo Valentia has one of the most stunning beaches in Italy. Rotonda bay on the Costa degli Dei (Coast of the Gods) is famous for its turquoise sea and picturesque location near  Tropea.

Don't forget to visit the church of Santa Maria dell'Isola and enjoy amazing views from above!

Tip: from Villa San Giovanni port, you can reach Tropea in about 1.5 hours.

The beach of Rotonda in Tropea, Italy

Turquoise waters on the Rotonda beach in Tropea

6) Cala Rossa, Favignana

Cala Rossa is located on the island of Favignana in the Aegadian Islands, west of Sicily. It’s a small, well-hidden beach surrounded by cliffs. You can get here either by boat or on foot, following a short route.

Tip: if you're on holiday in Trapani, you can hop on a ferry to Favignana in about 30 minutes.

7) Bianca, Lipari

In Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian Islands, you will find a dazzling white beach. The Acquacalda beach, also known as “Bianca beach” is located along the northern coast of Lipari. The entire coastline is dressed in white thanks to the pumice stone.

Prepare to get mesmerized by the striking contrast between its dark volcanic pebbles and the chalky pumice stone and take some dives in crystalline waters.

You can reach the beautiful island of Lipari by ferry from Milazzo, Messina and Palermo (Sicily), from Reggio Calabria and Vibo Valentia (Calabria), and from Naples.

8) Conigli, Lampedusa

Have you heard before about Lampedusa? It’s an Italian island, located between Tunisia and Malta and also a thriving summer destination that is best known for its heavenly beaches. In fact, Rabbit beach (Spiaggia dei Conigli) has been voted the best beach in the world.

You can find it on the southern part of the island snuggled in a sheltered bay with fine white sands and turquoise shallows. It’s a protected marine area and is easily (and only) accessible during the day. Tucked away in a cove far from the crowds, it’s the ideal spot for Caretta-Caretta turtles to lay their eggs. 

You can reach the island of Lampedusa by ferry from Porto Empedocle, thanks to several daily crossings, available all year round.

The Rabbit beach of Lampedusa

Emerald waters of the Rabbit beach in Lampedusa

9) La Pelosa, Sardinia

The Gulf of Asinara in northern Sardinia is a paradise for nature lovers. From the famous resort of Porto Torres, you can reach La Pelosa beach in just 30 minutes.

Surrounded by the rocks of Capo Folcone, it stands out for its white sand, calm waters, and peaceful atmosphere. Thanks to its shallow waters, it’s great for families with children.

10) Principe, Sardinia

In the 1960s, Arab prince Karim Aga Khan IV visited this beach and fell in love with it. This wild and isolated beach owes its name to him, which went down in history as Spiaggia del Principe (Prince beach). Its fine white sand and the ever-changing hues of turquoise make this beach one of the most beautiful places to visit on Costa Smeralda.

Tip: the beach is only 30 minutes from the port of Olbia.

The wild landscape of Principe beach on the Costa Smeralda, Italy

Principe beach in Costa Smeralda

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