Find beach holidays in Italy with Natasha Foges who shares her favourites from peaceful beaches in Puglia, Sicily and Sardinia to seaside breaks in Tuscany and south of the Amalfi Coast. The information in this article is taken from The Rough Guide to Italy Dropdown content your travel guide for visiting Italy Dropdown content.
When you're travelling in Italy with kids in tow look for small town beaches like Santa Maria di Castellabate Dropdown content in the quieter Cilento region just south of the always crowded Amalfi Coast Dropdown content.
Here, the jolly seafront, stunning crescent shaped bay and clear seas are ideal for family holidays. And the beachy vibe is balanced by Santa Maria's World Heritage old town and the fact that the Paestum Temples are just a short drive away.
If you're tempted to base a kid-friendly Italy trip in Santa Maria di Castellabate, think about booking Residenza Fontanelle Resort which is wonderfully welcoming to families and also right on the beach.
Coastal resorts in Rimini Dropdown content are the ones to choose for nightlife. This is the area for waterfront bars, summer beach parties and clubs with long sea views, set into the hilltop above Rimini itself.
Play all night and you can soothe away your hangover by day on Rimini's 15km long beach. The nearby resort of Riccione is another nightlife hub and, if you want to stay on the seafront, book Hotel Baia in Rimini.
For some of the countries best beaches, do as the Italians do and head for Sardinia Dropdown content. The island's lovely coastline gives you the choice of rocky coves and white sand beaches and they're easy to hop between by car or moped.
In the south, Chia Beach should be on your wish list and no visitor to Sardinia should miss at least a few hours on Piscina Rei. Alternatively, stay put, chill and book a few nights at beachfront Aloe & Cactus in Chia.
If you're looking for a classic Italian seaside holiday, choose Viareggio Dropdown content on the very popular coast of Tuscany Dropdown content. It's the resort for faded vintage glamour backed by lively nights and a fondness for traditions like evening passeggiata.
Viareggio's lovely Art Nouveau promenade is surpassed only by its remarkably broad, sandy beaches. But to really get into the spirit of the place, spend some time being cared for beautifully at one of the resort's private beach clubs.
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Salento Dropdown content is made for beach lovers who don't love tourists too much. It's a peninsula in the boot of Italy Dropdown content and home to some of the country's loveliest beaches on both Adriatic and Ionian coasts.
Head east for dramatic shorelines and west for white sand beaches, Moorish fishing villages and underwater grottoes. Try not to miss romantic Otranto and make a point of seeing Santa Maria di Leuca, even just for an afternoon.
But the area highlight has to be Marina di Pesculouse, often called the Salento Maldives with very good reason. To hang out longer and do Salento justice, stay in Otranto, at Hotel Bellavista on the seafront.
Almost nowhere in Italy combines mesmerising city breaks and chilled beach holidays as well as Sicily Dropdown content and even the briefest stay at B&B Hotels in Palermo Dropdown content old town proves that perfectly.
Tour the city in the morning and then head for Mondello beach where pastel changing cabins and an Art Nouveau pier create a fun, retro vibe. Locals love it here at the weekend so the atmosphere is lively and it's always tourist-light.
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