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List of Top 10 Beach Destinations for Travelling in Italy
San Vito lo Capo, Italy
Mainstream tourists haven’t discovered San Vito lo Capo yet—so if you’re looking for a low-key, authentic Italian beach break, now’s the time to book your trip to this seaside Sicilian town. The weather is best in the summer months, but foodies might want to wait till September, when San Vito lo Capo hosts its annual Couscous Festival.
A summer holiday in Villasimius offers relaxing beaches and wild nightlife. Soak up the sun by day… then club-hop till dawn. In the off-season, though, there’s a calmer vibe—and the mild weather is perfect for exploring nearby cities like Cagliari.
Gaze out at the azure Adriatic Sea from the sunny beaches of Otranto, in Italy's Puglia region. This historic port town attracts locals and tourists to its 10km of beaches and diving rocks. In town, the cathedral features large-scale mosaics dating back to the 12th century. If you love snorkeling and beautiful seaside views, it's worth making the short journey south to Porto Badisco.
Cagliari, on the island’s south coast, is Sardinia’s largest city and capital. Its warm climate draws both locals and tourists to the beaches from April to October. The five-mile-long Poetto Beach is among the best city beaches on the Mediterranean, and it is the venue for many famous sailing regattas. Several of Cagliari’s restaurants provide stunning bay views and serve traditional Sardinian fare as well as fresh, local seafood. Culture-seekers and landlubbers will love the old district of Castello, the highest part of the city.
For years, Vieste was just another fishing village… but now it’s a popular Mediterranean beach destination. Swim and sail in deep-blue water (widely renowned for its purity), or explore the town’s fine castle and cathedral. For the ultimate Vieste experience, pack a picnic basket and ask a local to direct you to their favorite hidden cove.
A long, inviting beach; warm, shallow waters; and picturesque Venice just a boat ride away—what could be more romantic? Each seaside hotel has its own section of beach that's just for its guests. It's child-friendly, too, with play areas up and down the beach.
A rare year-round resort on the Island of Winds, Alghero makes an atmospheric destination. Occupying armies have all left their marks on the old, walled city; Italian kingdoms, Carthaginians, Phoenicians, Byzantines, Arabs and Catalans have all come and gone. Offering an irresistible combination of history, architecture, culture, stylish shopping, fine food and wine, and water sports, Alghero's cobblestone streets can be explored on foot or by bus. Don't miss spectacular sea cave, Neptune's Grotto.
Once a vital part of a mighty sea power, Positano is today a sophisticated resort on the central Amalfi Coast. Moorish-style architecture rises up steep slopes that gaze out on the Sirenuse Islands. Smart boutiques, selling fashions for visitors to display on Grand Beach, abound in the village. And it’s a great base for exploring the area—you can easily travel by boat to Capri, Ischia and the Grotta dello Smeraldo cave.
Step off the train and stroll to the beach. This summer resort is the place Italian families come to relax, swim and play. Fine golden sands lined with beach umbrellas lead to the Adriatic Sea. Stroll through markets and bazaars, and rent a car to explore the region's museums, churches and traditional villages.
The beaches of Riccione are as beautiful as the sunbathers who populate them. Bathing attendants take meticulous care of the beach, sun beds, umbrellas and facilities, while lifeguards keep a watchful eye out for trouble. By day, kids and parents alike soak up Italy's citrusy rays. By night, the beach takes on a glitzier personality as scenesters spill onto the shore after hitting one of Riccione's open-air discos.