What are the best beaches in Italy? Find them with our list of 20 favourites from coves in Sardinia and Tuscan bays to Sicilian sun traps, historic sands near Rome and indulgent northern Italian lidos. The information in this article is taken from The Rough Guide to Italy your travel guide for visiting Italy. When you're done discovering these best beaches, find out some fun facts about Italy.
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If you want to mix the iconic architecture of this area into your beach break, take a look at the legendary villages of Cinque Terre in our guide to the most beautiful places in Italy.
Cefalù might be popular, but it's significantly less busy than Taormina and a good choice if you're looking for a pleasant local vibe.
Also, Cefalù is quite close to Palermo, so don't miss the opportunity to visit this city full of entertaining sights and attractions.
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Explore the historic quayside and see where writer Gavin Maxwell lived in the 1950s. His book about Sicily, The Ten Pains of Death, was published a year before, 'Ring of Bright Water'.
Don't miss Le Bombarde beach, make a point of spending at least a day on gorgeous Lazzaretto, and if you really want to know more about Sardinia's remarkable coast, take a look at how tofind the best beach holidays in Italy.
If you want peace and quiet to go with your beaches choose the lido town of Porto Corsini or for a livelier atmosphere, try bustling Marina di Ravenna. Keen to know more about this area of Italy? Take a look at Emilia-Romagna: Tuscany without the crowds.
Ready for a trip to Italy? Check out the Rough Guide to Italy. If you travel further in Italy read more about the best time to go and the best places to visit. For inspiration use our Italy itineraries or speak to our local experts. A bit more hands on, learn about getting there, getting around the country and where to stay once you are there. And don't forget to buy travel insurance before you go.
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