Best Beaches in Italy

The peninsula of Italy is home to hundreds of beaches, though they may not be the typical sandy spots you're used to. Sure, globetrotters visit Italian beaches to relax and soak up the sun, but what sets the shores apart from other destinations is the country's captivating natural landscape. U.S. News weighed sights, amenities, weather and more to determine the best beach locales Italy has to offer. Peruse the destinations below for inspiration and vote for your favorites. (Note: The U.S. Department of State issued a travel warning in 2020 for Italy due to the coronavirus outbreak. As such, destinations designated "Do Not Travel" did not qualify for the rankings this year. Consult the U.S. Department of State website for the latest information as you plan your vacation.)

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Best Beaches in Italy

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    Amalfi Coast

    #1 in Best Beaches in Italy

    The Amalfi Coast boasts numerous beaches, but most beaches in this region are small, quiet bays with pebbly terrain. Don’t miss Positano's Marina Grande Beach, framed by colorful, cliffside buildings, or Praiano's Marina di Praia for hiking and relaxation. To best enjoy Amalfi, visit in late spring or summer for warm weather and little rain, but know you won't be the only sun seekers on these narrow shores.

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    Sardinia

    #2 in Best Beaches in Italy

    A large island in the Mediterranean, Sardinia boasts miles of picturesque coastline. For a day of relaxation, head to the Is Arutas, known for its quartz-colored sands. Families should visit Chai for its calm waters and flamingos in the nearby lagoon or Spiaggia Rena Bianca, which also features serene waters and offers loungers and canoes. Remember that all of the beaches are crowded during the warmer months.

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    Sicily

    #3 in Best Beaches in Italy

    The biggest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily draws beach-lovers seeking warm water and a laid-back atmosphere. Two notable beaches to visit are San Vito Lo Capo, which receives praise for its cleanliness, soft sands and views of Monte Cofano, and Mondello Beach, with its clear blue waters, ample lounge chairs and variety of restaurants. Visit between May and October for the best weather.

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    Capri

    #4 in Best Beaches in Italy

    Capri is characterized by small rocky beaches that offer incredible Mediterranean views. There are a handful of public beaches, including the popular Marina Grande and Marina Piccola. However, you'll find that the majority of shores here feature beach clubs that charge an entrance fee and offer lounge chairs along with bar and food service. Another great way to see Capri's famed coves is on a boat tour.

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    Ischia

    #5 in Best Beaches in Italy

    Located in the Gulf of Naples, Ischia is known for its thermal waters, hot springs and beaches. Cartaromana, though small, has stellar views of Castello Aragonese, while Maronti is one of the largest beaches in the area. Cava dell’Isola is ideal for those looking for more than just relaxation; this beach has volleyball, rock pools, snorkeling, musicians and more.

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