What is summer without sun, surf and sand? Italy has almost 8,000km of coastline. That means you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to where to get your tan on. But, an overcrowded beach is no fun for anyone. You’d prefer secluded, unknown beaches in Italy, right? So, in no particular order, here are our top 5 off-the-beaten-track stretches of paradise.
What’s there? Fine, unpolluted sand as well as shallow, crystal waters between rocky outcrops. It’s also known for bird-watching!
Where? Inside the Riserva Vendicari in Sicily.
How? A 30-minute walk or bike ride from within the Riserva Vendicari.
What’s close? Visit the charming town of Noto, another of Italy’s 54 UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Capo Vaticano, Calabria
What’s there? Small rocky bays, and pristine waters at the same time? You know what that means: perfect for scuba diving! Most tourists flock to the neighbouring Aeolian Islands, so this is truly one of the unknown beaches in Italy!
Where? Nestled in the Tyrrhenian coast across from the Aeolian Islands and Stromboli.
How? You’ll need a small boat or paddle board to access the small coves from Grotticelle Beach.
What’s close? The town of Tropea, famous for its sweet red onions.
Our Top Tip:
Why not travel to unkown beaches in Italy in true style? With a Fiat 500 or Vespa scooter! These are two of the most iconic vehicles in Italy, and will add a sense of authentic adventure to your trip. Many tour operators offer rental, and will organise wine tastings, sunset tours and authentic meals for day trips.
Punta Penna, Abruzzo
What’s there? Golden sand dunes and clear waters with a steady slope into the sea. Great for the kids!
Where? In the southern part of the Riserva di Punta Aderci.
How? Just a short stroll down a pathway that leads to wooden stairs.
What’s close? Casalbordino, which is central to several nature and wildlife reserves.
Baia delle Zagare, Puglia
What’s there? Pebbled beaches dominated by awesome white limestone cliffs next to deep blue waters. Expect exclusivity and a view of rocky arches in the sea.
Where? A series of bays in the Gargano National Park, between Vieste and Mattinata.
How? One beach is accessible via the hotel with the same name, others only by boat.
What’s close? Don’t miss Foggia, a centre for many religious pilgrimages.
Marina di Alberese, Grosseto
What’s there? Golden sand and blue waters bordered by lush pine trees. A wild, natural beach untouched by crowds.
Where? Inside the Maremma Regional Park, near Alberese.
How? Enter the Maremma Park, then cycle or hike 8km from the visitor’s centre.
What’s close? The surrounding Maremma Regional Park. Explore the beautiful scenery on horseback or on foot.
Of course, there are dozens more unknown beaches in Italy for you to explore! If you’re a total beach bum, you can search for further beaches in regions such as Sardinia, Emilia-Romagna, and Tuscany, or on the famous Amalfi Coast.
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