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Italy, Calabria, Tropea beach
Tropea is a superb beach town in Calabria, Italy. Canonical view of peninsula with a castle can be seen from the coast, while high cliffs host the picturesque old buildings. So the Old Town is fine, but the beach is even better, - perhaps the best one in Europe. The sand is white and soft, while the water is perfectly clear, - just like in the Maldives. There is a rental of sunbeds, as well as free areas. The place becomes overcrowded in August, so it is better to choose July or September. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (57 votes)

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Italy, Sardinia island, Posada beach activities
Posada is a cozy Italian town in the east of Sardinia island. The city has old castle with tower. Great deserted beach is located nearby. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (270 votes)
Italy, Roccella Jonica beach, palm groove
Roccella Jonica is a superb beach in the south of Italy - in Calabria region. The coast is washed by the warm Ionian Sea. It is sandy! Including entry into the water. But there are also areas with a pebbly bottom, if you prefer like that. There is also a promenade with palms, as well as authentic Old Town with a castle atop. Everything is slightly destroyed - without modern developement. And the killer feature is a palm grove located 600 meters to the east of railway station, and a lot of coastal trees and bushes further towards the port. If this is not enough for you, what about annual Roccella Jazz Festival in August 12-24? Of course, there are many tourists, but anyway less than in Tuscany. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (30 votes)
Italy, Sardinia, Chia beach, bay
Chia is a group of beaches in the southernmost point of Sardinia island in Italy. There are shallow lagoons with crystal clear water, as well as beautiful high sand dunes. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (752 votes)
Italy, Calabria, Le Castella beach, castle
Le Castella is a medieval castle on the Ionian Sea in Calabria, Italy. There is also small town nearby, as well as several beach areas. The place is spectacular, thus being overcrowded in August. So this is not the best place for a long stay. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (7 votes)
Italy, Sicily, San Vito Lo Capo beach
San Vito Lo Capo is the most popular beach in Sicily island in Italy. The sandy beach is perfect for families. Around the village there are beautiful mountains popular with climbers. August is notable for a huge crowd, which may be depressing surprise for you. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (2051 votes)
Italy, Sicily, Fontane Bianche beach, palms
Fontane Bianche is a beach located 10 km south of legendary Syracuse in the island of Sicily in Italy. The beach is very good with few palm trees, but extremely overcrowded. Nearby there is also ancient Greek city of Syracuse with great historical attractions. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (683 votes)
Italy, Palmarola, San Silverio beach, water edge
San Silverio is the best beach in the west of Palmarola island in Italy. It is also known as Cala del Porto. The coast is beautiful and comfortable in all respects. There are trees with shadow and restaurants, while the sea is clear with good entry into the water. There is also notable rock, where the former Pope Silverius was killed in 537. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (9 votes)
Italy, Tuscany, Rosignano beach, white sand
Rosignano - beach in Italy with almost Caribbean white sand. The reason for this is soda factory, working since 1914. The only harm from the factory is that water is a little white muddy. This is unique place in Europe with perfect beach and we highly recommended to visit it. Also you can quickly reach (by the regionale trains) beautiful Tuscan towns of Pisa, Lucca and Florence. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (1601 votes)
Italy, Campania, Santa Maria di Castellabate beach
Santa Maria di Castellabate is a beautiful town on the coast of Campania, Italy. The castle-like house with an unusual tower is the main attraction of this place. There are many small bays protected from the open sea by breakwaters. Everything is very nice and cozy, but it's too many people even in the low season. Probably, the reason is a popular 2010 movie Welcome to the South. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (33 votes)
Rome, Torre Astura beach
Torre Astura is a great wild beach to the south of Rome, Italy. You can relax right near the ancient castle located over the water. There are even occasional Roman ruins around. Along the coast, there are dunes and a pine forest, belonging to a military polygon. So everything is fenced off, and it is hard to get into the forest. In addition, there is a nuclear power station to the east, thus thrilling some tender visitors. The only downside of this place is a crowd of tourists in August. Fortunately, you can always walk a little to the left or to the right. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (32 votes)
Italy, Calabria, Gizzeria Lido, Hang Loose Beach
Gizzeria Lido is a seaside town in central Calabria, Italy, - near the airport of Lamezia Terme. A little to the north, there is an iconic Hang Loose Beach famous for the International kite surfing competitions. It has a great youth crowd with good music and various activities and animation focused on the sport. However, kitesurfing is also available to the south of the central city beach. The town itself is not remarkable, but still has a good sea. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (43 votes)
Italy, Calabria, Sellia Marina beach
Sellia Marina is a long beach on the Ionian Sea in Calabria, Italy. Most of the coast is wild, though there are also few relatively civilized areas with rental of lounges. So, if you plan to stay here for a long time, it is better to have a car to drive to the shops. In general, this is an excellent place for a relaxing holiday away from the busy cities. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (2 votes)
Italy, Lazio, Sperlonga beach, Old Town
Sperlonga is a popular seaside resort located halfway between Rome and Naples. In the center of the coast, there is a cape with magnificent Old Town, small fortress and marina. It is crowdy everywhere, but at least you may walk a little to the side. The eastern beach gets not so many visitors, but it is also tightly packed with commercial sunbeds during the high season. The city has a rich club and night life, as well as many interesting historical buildings. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (38 votes)
Italy, Calabria, Capo Vaticano beach
Capo Vaticano is a popular coastal area in Calabria, Italy. There are three beaches within a walking distance from each other. Praia Focu is a beautiful secluded cove in the rocks to the north. Grotticelle is the famous beach of Calabria attracting a lot of visitors to Capo Vaticano. In fact, it is not better than other beaches nearby, but small and overcrowded. Santa Maria is similar to Grotticelle, but much longer, and is the most comfortable. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (46 votes)
Italy, Apulia, Padula Bianca beach, white sand
Padula Bianca is a superb beach in the east of Ionian coast, Apulia, Italy. White sand shallows with clear water are great for younger children. While in the background, there are spectacular sand dunes with a pine forest. There are no many free areas, and these are overcrowded. However, it's not so many people, if you move to the south. There is also aquapark, located further to the south. Unlike most other popular beaches of Apulia, it is very clean here. There is also home reef with some snorkeling. It is best to avoid a high season in July-August. As for the rest of time, almost the entire coastline will belong to you only. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (5 votes)
Italy, Calabria, Roseto Capo Spulico beach, castle
Marina Roseto Capo Spulico (Borgata Marina) is a beach with a castle (Castello Federiciano, entrance 3 euros) in Calabria, Italy. There is an excellent restaurant in the castle, but, unfortunately, overpriced. Both the beach and the sea are beautiful, the water is clear, and there are even a few convenient breakwaters. However, the stony coast is uncomfortable for walking barefoot - especially for the younger children. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (10 votes)
Italy, Amalfi, Baia di Ieranto beach
Baia di Ieranto is the westernmost beach of the Amalfi Coast in Italy. It is a small cove with perfectly clear water. The sea is almost always calm, so it's good to snorkel on the rocks. The coast is wild - without bars or sunbeds rental. So it is necessary to bring water and some tent, or at least a hat. The trek to the beach is scenic and is a notable attraction itself. In the high season, the place becomes busy enough, so it's better to come early or vice versa in the afternoon. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (17 votes)
Italy, Sardinia, Villasimius beach
Villasimius is a popular beach area in the south of Sardinia island in Italy. There are several excellent beaches, but the most famous one is Notteri beach with the sandspit between the open sea and inner lagoon. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (415 votes)
Italy, Calabria, Gabella Grande beach
Gabella Grande is a seaside resort near Crotone in Calabria, Italy. To the north of the railway station, there is a great miles long beach - mostly completely secluded. On the other hand, there are agricultural fields and boring fishing villages to the south. The most famous beach clubs are Lido Katia and Gabella Pineta, but not limited to the listed. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (4 votes)
Italy, Sicily, Cefalu beach, mountain
Cefalu is a beautiful old town to the east of Palermo at the island of Sicily in Italy. The beach is nice but completely packed with holiday makers. Cefalu mountain has a good view to the shore, and this is the only place in town where you can relax from the crowd. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (443 votes)
Italy, Calabria, Cropani beach
Cropani is a laid back beach in Calabria, Southern Italy. There are occasional settlements in the west end of the coast, while the east end is a wild area with high trees and sand dunes. This is a secluded place without crowds of tourists, but still with some amenities. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (2 votes)
Italy, Calabria, Montepaone Lido beach
Montepaone Lido is a great beach on the Ionian Coast of Calabria, Italy. There are enough of tourist amenities, but on the other hand, it's not so crowded as neighboring Soverato. Hills come to the water edge in the north end of the coast. In addition, excellent mountain trekking is possible, though this is usually not advertised. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (13 votes)
Italy, Lamezia Terme, Pizzo beach
Pizzo is a seaside resort in Central Calabria, Italy, being the nearest one to the south from Lamezia Terme airport. The Old Town area is beautiful - quite like the famous Amalfi coast, and the beaches here are much better and less crowded. In addition, miles long flat coast comes to the north - with occasional artificial bays protected from waves by the breakwaters. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (40 votes)
Italy, Lampedusa, Rabbit beach
Rabbit is the best beach in Lampedusa island in Italy. Despite many regards, this is quite a usual beach even by European standards. And unfortunately all other Lampedusa beaches are even worse. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (264 votes)
Italy, Campania, Baia Arena beach
Baia Arena is a great beach in the south of Campania, Italy. Along the coast, there are sand dunes with an old tower, while beautiful hills can be seen around. There is a small town of Ogliastro in the west, while wild beautiful beach heads to the east. During the summer time, local authorities organize regular cleanups of the area. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (7 votes)
Italy, Calabria, Vibo Marina beach
Vibo Marina is a city beach in Calabria, Italy. There is a port in the east end, but it doesn't affect the holidaymakers. The water is clean and clear with the superb fine sand. There are areas with breakwaters, as well as areas faced to the open sea. In addition, it is shallow in most cases, thus giving great opportunities for families with children. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (10 votes)
Italy, Capri, Marina Piccola beach
Marina Piccola is the most popular beach on the island of Capri in Italy. The place is scenic with clear water. There was a Roman port in ancient times, while Faraglioni cliffs can be reached on boat tours. There are both free areas, as well as sunbeds rental. During the high season, the place becomes busy, so it makes sense to stay at the paid area. Scoglio Delle Sirene is a restaurant giving the second name to the beach. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (19 votes)
Italy, Campania, Cala di Furore beach, bridge
Cala di Furore is an unusual beach on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. In fact, this is a small deep fjord with a stunning view of the ancient aqueduct bridge. This place looks like as it was taken from the fantasy movie, and is a must for any tourist, - no matter whether you are going to swim or not. As for the disadvantages, it is overcrowded, as well as has the sun only in the daytime. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (113 votes)
Italy, Calabria, Ricadi beach, hill
Ricadi is a great beach on the Coast of the Gods in Calabria, Italy. The coastline has pleasant sand, while the water is clear with good snorkeling on the occasional rocks. There are several bays and coves with the most famous being Torre Marino, Turiano, Torre Ruffa, Tonicello and Trotta (the latter is in the south end - near the train station). So you can walk every day to a new place or just stay where you like the most. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (17 votes)
Italy, Sicily, Cala Rossa beach
Cala Rossa is a beach on the small island of Favignana - near the Sicily in Italy. The abandoned quarry looks like a decorations for the fantastic movie. Shoreline is not very comfortable, but the seabed is sandy with beautiful clear water. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (542 votes)
Italy, Campania, Positano beach
Positano is the most beautiful town of the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Colored buildings on the rocks are the visiting card of this place and attract tourists from all over the world. There are two beaches, - the main beach of Spiaggia Grande and the secondary Fornillo beach. Both are the same in size, but Fornillo is less crowded, while sunbeds rental is cheaper. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (11 votes)
Italy, Calabria, Parghelia, Michelino beach
Parghelia is a miles long coast in the Italian region of Calabria. Spiaggia Michelino is the central beach - small and beautiful. It has no rental of parasols and sunbeds, and there are a lot of visitors in August. To the west and to the east, there are also many other beaches of different sizes, including tiny secluded coves hidden in the cliffs. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (17 votes)
Italy, Apulia, Torre Lapillo beach
Torre Lapillo is a beach town on the Ionian Sea in Puglia, Italy. During the high season, the entire coast is tightly packed with paid sunbeds, while all free areas are extremely overcrowded. And after all of that, it is not quite clear, what is so special about this place. The ancient tower is not very beautiful. Clear water on the shallows and dunes are good, but it's like that everywhere around. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (3 votes)
Italy, San Nicola Arcella beach, Arco Magno
San Nicola Arcella is a beach in the north of Calabria, Italy. The coast is pretty nice - with a good view of the mountains, and even with an ancient tower of Torre Crawford in the south. However, the main attraction is the arch of Grotta dell'Arco Magno located just to the north (also known as Grotta del Saraceno). It is possible to walk there, but it makes sense to hire a boat, as you will see the grotto from the sea. The place is popular, so in the high season, there are a lot of people on both beaches. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (16 votes)
Italy, Apulia, Maruggio, Campomarino beach
Campomarino is a popular resort town on the Ionian coast of Puglia, Italy. It has sand dunes, a port and great beaches in both directions. The only problem is that it's not wild enough, as all green areas are fenced off from the coast. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (7 votes)
Italy, Tuscany, Cala Violina beach
Cala Violina is one of the best beaches in Tuscany - wild, free, without sunbeds and other "amenities" ashore. However, the park has cafes, toilets and picnic spots (no fire). The sand is coarse, so the shallow water is always clear. Despite the remote location, there are usually a lot of people - even during the low season. However, in any case, you can always find a free stretch of the coast, - just walk a little to the left or to the right. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (186 votes)
Italy, Basilicata, Marina di Maratea beach
Marina di Maratea is a small town by the sea in Basilicata, Italy. There is a main beach of Di Santa Teresa - the one with a rock in the sea, and another smaller beach located just to the north, and several tiny beaches dotted around. In general, this is a great secluded place, where it is quite possible to spend a week. Please note that, there is nothing but the sea - not even shops, while the train runs not often. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (4 votes)
Italy, Procida, Ciraccio beach, water edge
Ciraccio is a great beach in the west of Procida island, Italy. Along the coast, there are rocks - high enough, but not closing the heavens. So most of hotels are locates on a hill. The view is scenic, but it is necessary to walk down the stairs to get to the sea. In the water right near the shore, there are two weird cliffs. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (6 votes)
Italy, Calabria, Soverato Marina beach
Soverato Marina is a large resort on the Ionian Sea in Italy. Entry into the water is mostly sandy, but there are also few pebbly coastal areas. This is quite a civilization, - in a contrast to most of the countryside beaches located to the south. Of course, there are many people, but it's not a problem to find relatively secluded spots. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (29 votes)
Italy, Tuscany, Feniglia beach
Feniglia is a great 6 km long beach in Tuscany being the southern isthmus connecting the mainland Orbetello with Monte Argentario island. At the west and east end of the National Park, there are few commercial areas with sunbeds, lifeguards and cafes. On the other hand, the entire central zone is a beautiful secluded coast with pleasant sand and pine forest. The seabed is mostly shallow, so you'll have to walk a little to the depth. In addition, there is no shade of trees right on the coastline, so it is better to take a parasol with you. Or you can settle in the forest. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (55 votes)
Italy, Calabria, Scilla, Marina Grande beach
Marina di Scilla is a great seaside town in Calabria, Italy. This is the nearest beach (called Marina Grande) to the north of Reggio Calabria, which does not suffer from cold current of the Strait of Messina. However, local cold currents sometimes happen. There is a cozy promenade with palms, while Castello Ruffo di Scilla can be seen to the east, followed by the interesting Old Town. / read more » /
Rating: 7.7 (22 votes)
Italy, Calabria, Nicotera Marina beach
Nicotera Marina is a seaside resort town in Calabria region, Italy. The city beach is good, but quite busy during the high season. But next to the south, there is a long wild coast popular among kite surfers. It has a lot of free place for everybody. / read more » /
Rating: 7.7 (21 votes)
Italy, Lazio, Santa Severa beach
Santa Severa is a pleasant seaside town in Lazio, Italy. In the east end, there is a long open beach with picturesque castle of Castello di Santa Severa. While to the west, there are few artificial bays protected from the open sea by breakwaters. It's great for children to play in a warm calm water on the shallows, and adults can just swim a little away to the depth. / read more » /
Rating: 7.7 (81 votes)
Italy, Calabria, Caminia beach
Caminia is a popular beach in Calabria, Italy. There are beautiful mountains around, thus giving a feeling of something new after the flat beaches of the south. But keep in mind, that most of the coast has a pebble, making it painful to walk barefoot. / read more » /
Rating: 7.7 (10 votes)
Italy, Apulia, Gallipoli, Baia Verde beach
Baia Verde is a popular beach on the Ionian Sea in Puglia, Italy. Perfect white sand with occasional stony coast make the beach to be quite diverse. However, it is hard to find any tree shadow. There are a lot of sunbeds rental in the central coast, and just a few free areas. While the south end (Punta Pizzo) is mainly rocky with algae in the water, but has many trees. The town has a great nightlife, so it is best for the young people. / read more » /
Rating: 7.7 (6 votes)
Italy, Campania, Marina di Ascea beach
Marina di Ascea is a wide, miles long beach in the province of Campania, Italy. Sea water is cleaner than in the neighboring Casalvelino. In the north, there is a medieval tower with an amphitheater (Parco Archeologico di Elea - Velia) - just 10 minutes walking from the coastline. While in the south, the coast ends with the cliffs of Punta del Telegrafo cape. / read more » /
Rating: 7.7 (12 votes)
Italy, Lazio, Ponza, Cala Fonte beach
Cala Fonte is the best beach on Ponza island, Italy. This is a small natural pool popular among local fishermen as a safe harbor. There are steps for easy entry into the water, as well as sunbeds for rent, a restaurant and a bar. However, the approach to the beach is rocky, thus being unsuitable for children and for old men. / read more » /
Rating: 7.7 (8 votes)
Italy, Calabria, San Leonardo di Cutro beach
San Leonardo di Cutro is a great beach on the Ionian Sea in Calabria, Italy. The east end of the coast is rocky with pretty hills at the background. There is also a superb cedar grove along the coast, filling the air with fragrant scents. Unfortunately, the neighboring towns are not very interesting, and even somewhat depressing. / read more » /
Rating: 7.7 (15 votes)
Italy, Calabria, Melito di Porto Salvo beach
Melito di Porto Salvo is the southernmost point of continental Italy being some kind of boundary between Tyrrhenian and Ionian seas. To the west and to the east of railway station, there are two different beaches. Both are good enough - with promenade, palms and few patches of sand. This is a place for a relaxation - trying to image Africa somewhere beyond the horizon. There are no attractions around, but there are also no crowds of tourists. / read more » /
Rating: 7.7 (12 votes)
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[2015-04-16] User

Gubbio, Assisi


[2015-04-16] elvis

Please recommend towns like San Marino.


[2015-03-25] Jamie

There are just a couple of points in Rimini with free beach. In most cases you have to pay from 16 euros for a sunbed.


[2015-03-25] Sandler

Is there free beaches in Rimini?

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