We all know there’s many things to see and do in Italy, but sometimes it’s great to just kick back and relax in front of the expansive view of the clear Adriatic and Tyrrhenian Sea. Here are a few choice beaches for some Italian R&R.
Just off the eastern coast of Italy lies the island of Elba with plentiful beaches, with Sansone considered the most beautiful. The clear waters lap against white pebble beaches. It’s a busy beach, but the area by the side hills tends to be a bit quieter.
Spiaggia Del Fornillo, Positano, Amalfi Coast
The Arienzo beach is often called the “300 steps beach” after the number of steps that visitors climb down to reach it. On their way down towards the sea, holidaymakers can catch a glimpse of the gardens of some of the Amalfi Coast's most luxurious villas, including one which once belonged to iconic Director, Franco Zeffirellli. Facing the south-west, the beach enjoys the sun longer than any other in Positano. The beach is split into public and private areas.
Tonnara di Scopello, Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro
This tiny cove features an old tuna fishery, once home to writer Gavin Maxwell in the 1950s, where he wrote the “The Ten Pains of Death” based on his experiences here. It’s almost too picturesque to be true – not least the row of abandoned buildings on the quayside and the ruined old watchtowers tottering on ragged rock cliffs above the sea.
This beach is located in the pretty town of Tropea and is widely regarded as the jewel of Calabria and christened “La Costa degli Dei”, the Coast of the Gods. Marasusa boasts scenic cliffs, white sands, and calm, clear aquamarine waters.