Italy beaches overview
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.
Camaiore free beach. Pay parasols and loungers occupy 95% of the beach, with just 5% free to use by the proletariat. Versilia coast, Tuscany.
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.
Sardinia is where the best beaches in Italy are to be found, such as Cala Coloritze, with typically bleached sand, crystal water, tiny waves.