Italy, with plenty of summer sun and 8, 500 km (5, 345 miles) of coastline, is a popular summer beach destination.
However, unlike France, Spain and Portugal, Italy beaches tend to focus on Italians, especially those who spend most of the year in an apartment in Genoa, Milan, Florence, Rome or another packed city and are desperate for views to the horizon and a serious UV hit.
Foreign holidaymakers planning to experience the pleasures of Italy’s beaches would do well to learn a little Italian – the seashore is really not set up for non-Italians – and be prepared to rent a space/lounger/parasol on the sand, whether they’re heading for Sardinia or Versilia or Lido di Venezia.
The Italians don’t offer much free sand in the summertime unlike their French neighbours where even the French Riviera has substantial numbers of free beaches.
The Italian part of the Mediterranean Sea is pretty warm by June and a perfect temperature between July and September with almost certain daily sunshine.
As far as sea nasties are concerned, sharks or other deadly critters are not at play in the Mediterranean, though small jellyfish may multiply considerably if the sea is particularly warm and can cause unpleasantness. Weaver fish with their toxic needles and habit of snuggling into the sand of shallow waters are rare but not unknown.