Italy Beaches Map, West Coast

Italy Beaches Map, West Coast, showing prime beach zones such as the Versilia Coast from Forte dei Marmi to Viareggio.

Terracina beach, Italy Beaches Map

Terracina beach, Italy

Unlike FranceSpain 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.

Camaiore pay beach shelters, Versilia coast, Tuscany, Italy beaches map

Camaiore pay beach shelters which occupy 95% of the beach,  while just 5% is free to use. Versilia coast, Tuscany, Italy beaches map.

Spargi Island beach, Italy beaches map

Sardinia is where the best beaches in Italy are to be found, such as on Spargi Island, with typically bleached sand, crystal water, tiny waves.

Overview

The West coast of Italy encompasses some fine old cities a little inland – such as  Genoa, Lucca, Florence, and Pisa – as well as the car-less and much walked Cinque Terre coastal walking rout, cute little beach resorts such as Moneglia and the lengthy, heavily privatised stretch of beaches called the Versilia Coast  that stretches from Forte dei Marmi  down to Viareggio.