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10 Best Beach Destinations in Italy to Visit on Your Next Trip

Italy is one of the most beautiful places to visit, no matter the season; it is no coincidence that periodically, if not continuously, it is mentioned as the nation with the greatest number of possibilities offered to tourists, including accessibility and affordability.

There’s no shortage of beach destinations in Italy and if you’re looking for that perfect vacation to enjoy good food, amazing sea, the Mediterranean weather Italy is simply perfect!

10 Top-Rated Beach Destinations in Italy

Here is a list of places to go in Italy on your summer holidays. It is not an exhaustive and univocal list, but it includes famous and less famous places, areas that are worth visiting, that we personally know. For each location, we have also indicated the typical dishes, those that are worth tasting to go home with an even more indelible memory.

1. Costiera Amalfitana – Campania

The Amalfi Coast is one of the many Italian gems. A strip of land that overlooks the sea and that for decades has attracted visitors from all over the world: from Salerno to Sorrento, or vice versa, along a stretch of road that is difficult to forget, with its colorful villages, the lemon trees that silhouetted bullies everywhere and the sea peeping out everywhere. If you arrive from Sorrento, you will first meet Positano and then straight to Amalfi, Minori, Cetara (home of the famous anchovy sauce) ending your trip to Vietri sul Mare and then Salerno. If you start from Salerno, you will arrive in Sorrento in reverse order. Despite the charm of the seaside villages, including the small and delightful Atrani, do not miss a jump to Ravello, from where you can admire the whole coast from above. Obviously from the Amalfi Coast you can go to Naples for a day (or even more) in the city, to discover its beauties (and its pizza). From Amafi you can also go to Capri, to savor the Dolce Vita even more.

What to eat in the Amalfi Coast: a glass of limoncello, delizia al lemone cake, Sorrento-style gnocchi.

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2. Costa degli Dei – Calabria

The Costa Degli Dei is one of the most beautiful areas in Calabria: it extends from Nicotera to Pizzo Calabro and its peculiarity is that it is marked by white beaches and rocky cliffs. Tropea is the real gem in this area, with its beaches from which to admire the surrounding cliff. Do not miss Pizzo Calabro, a small fishing village with cobbled streets and the beautiful Colamaio beach. Among the most famous beaches of the Costa Degli Dei, those of Briatico stand out: white sand, high cliffs, and a high probability of finding a place even in high season.

What to eat in Costa degli Dei: red Tropea onion, tartufo di Pizzo (gelato).

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3. South Eastern Sicily

The south-eastern part of Sicily is also known as the Sicilian Baroque area: it is here that Ragusa, Noto, Scicli, and Modica are found. This area is full of World Heritage Sites. Each city and town tells the important story of this part of Sicily, with the beautiful Ragusa and its classic architecture but also the Marina di Ragusa with its enchanting beaches. Without forgetting Modica with its world-famous chocolate and its houses carved into the rock. Do not miss a visit to the Oasis of Vendicari and to Marzameni, a seaside village no longer unknown but delicious, also famous for its typical “tonnara”.

What to eat in the south-eastern part of Sicily: scacce ragusane (pizza), chocolate from Modica.

4. Riviera di Ulisse – Lazio

Riviera di Ulisse, in Lazio region, winds between Gaeta and Sperlonga and it is truly unique and surprising: rocks and cliffs fall sheer on pristine white beaches, with crystal clear sea, beaches with dunes but also natural parks and olive groves. Gaeta is the undisputed jewel of this area, with its “split” mountain (Montagna Spaccata( that awaits visitors with its beauty. As well as San Felice Circeo and Sperlonga, awarded the Blue Flag for many years

What to eat on the Riviera di Ulisse: black olives from Gaeta, tiella.

5. Maratea – Basilicata

Basilicata is one of those Italian regions that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. Maratea is the only place in the region to face the sea; a coast of about 30 km with crystal clear sea, sandy and pebbly beaches, and the opportunity to relax in one of the most beautiful areas of our Italy. Among the unmissable beaches, we recommend Cala Jannita and the Black beach. Matera is not too far from here and it is worth the detour, just as it is worth visiting the Pollino National Park that divides Calabria and Basilicata, and is a unique place to visit.

What to eat in Maratea: sausage Maratea, ciaudedda, bocconotti (pastry).

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  • Matera: tour a piedi dei Sassi di 2 ore

6. Riviera dei Cedri – Calabria

The beautiful Riviera dei Cedri, in Calabria, designates that stretch of coast that goes from Tortora to Paola, the area close to the town of Cosenza that overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea. The name clearly indicates the main feature of this area: expanses of bright and fragrant cedars identify the Riviera which has some of the most beautiful beaches in Calabria on its side. The beautiful and characteristic Diamante is the treasure of this area, with its winding alleys and murals, but the beaches of Praia a Mare and those of Scalea are not to be missed.

What to eat on the Riviera dei Cedri: cedars, chilli.

7. Gargano – Puglia

The beauty of the Gargano, in Puglia, is no mystery to anyone: 200 Km of coast that alternate sandy beaches, rocky coves, forests. Gargano is truly an unmissable area for those who love the sea but also for those who love good food: Vieste and Peschici are the two main towns in the area and among the most beautiful and famous beaches we find Pizzomunno, Baia della Zagare, and Manaccorra. In high season this area may be congested but its beauty is worth some sacrifices, especially if you can visit one of the many coves accessible only by sea, including Baia dei Gabbiani and Baia di Mattinatella.

What to eat on the Gargano: caciocavallo podolico (cheese, black anchovies from Vieste.

8. Riviera del Conero – Marche

The Marche is a region to be explored! For the best summer holidays, we can recommend the Conero Riviera with the beautiful Numana and Sirolo, the enchanting white Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle, and the Spiaggia dei Sassi Neri. There is no shortage of equipped beaches for families and for those who do not want to struggle to reach the sea, including those of Porto Recanati or that of Marcelli.

What to eat in the Conero region: mosciolo, paccasassi, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi.

9. Argentario – Toscana

Argentario is one of the most popular regions for those looking for a beach holiday in Italy, combining it with the visit of enchanting places and the chance to taste truly incredible typical products. One of the characteristics of the Argentario is to be accessible both to those looking for a comfortable destination and to all those who are looking for a postcard sea, lost coves, and tranquility. Porto Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole are the two main hubs of the region with the beach with dunes of Porto Santo Stefano considered one of the symbols of the region. Near Orbetello, there is Talamone, which offers an overview of the whole promontory and the nearby islands. From the Argentario, ferries leave for the Island of Elba, definitely one of the other all-Italian wonders to visit.

What to eat in the Argentario: shaded eel, anchovy and onion pizza, ricotta pie.

10. Gallura – Sardegna

Sardinia is one of the places that the whole world envies Italians and Gallura is among the most beautiful regions to visit and where to go to the beach in summer if you stay in Italy. It includes the three places of Santa Teresa di Gallura, Palau, and Arzachena and in the whole area, there is really spoiled for choice as regards the beaches where to stop: Cala Sambuco is one of the most beautiful, completely free, with sea crystal clear and fine sand beach but also Rena Bianca, Blue Flag for decades, is no exception. We point out the wonderful Cala Spinosa, which can only be reached by sea or by following a steep path but that repays the effort with its breathtaking view, its tranquility, and its crystal clear waters.

What to eat in Gallura: Gallurese soup, ricotta ravioli, suckling pig, seadas.

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Veruska Anconitano
Veruska is a freelance content marketer and digital strategist. She's an accredited journalist, a member of the British Guild of Travel Writer, and a certified sommelier. She's the co-owner of TheFoodellers and a bunch of other websites.
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