5 Italian Beach Resorts You Probably Never Knew Existed

Sharing 84% of its borders with the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas (that’s 6,800 km of seaside and sandy beaches) Italy is definitely among the top summer destinations in the world. In fact the only problem you’re bound to encounter, is choosing from the 226 beaches certified by Blue Flag. And the choice is even harder, considering wherever you find yourself in Italy, you’re never more than 200 km away from the nearest beach. But with trendy destinations like Cinque Terre and Portofino always in the spotlight, many gorgeous beach resorts (and their classy and cheap hotels) are often ignored. We’re hoping this article can change that.


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Located in the province of Lecce, at the Adriatic Sea, the historical town of Otranto welcomes visitors with clear blue waters, sandy beaches and a truly lovely holiday atmosphere. Once a Greek and Roman port, Otranto was later ruled by Byzantines, Normans and Aragonese, so you can expect to find various cultural influences, in the ruins in and around the town.

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Beaches in Otranto are pleasant, but small, and they can get pretty crowded during the peak of the summer season. Luckily, the coastline outside around the town offers some of the most incredible views in the peninsula, as well as various other beaches, easily reachable by car.


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Sporting probably the most impressive scenery in Calabria, Tropea is considered one of Italy’s best summer holiday destinations, by seasoned travelers. Dramatic cliff sides and fine sandy beaches make Tropea the most popular town on the stretch of coastline on the Tyrrhenian Sea, known as ‘Coast of the Gods’.

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Widely unknown to English speaking tourists, Tropea has long been the favorite vacation retreat of Italians and Germans. Dramatically positioned on high cliffs, overlooking the endless sea, Tropea does have a small drawback – in order to reach the beaches, tourists must go down a seemingly infinite number of zig-zag stairs. But sites from the city, and the nice, warm water makes it definitely worth the physical effort.

Lampedusa e Linosa

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200 km off the coast of Sicily, in the southernmost point of the Italian peninsula, lies the municipality of Lampedusa e Linosa, an idyllic paradise for both tourists and naturalists. Made up of three islets (Lampedusa, Linosa and Lampione) easily reachable by ferry, this small corner of heaven features a variety of natural attractions.

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Often praised for its uncontaminated waters, Lampedusa e Linosa is guarded by steep cliffs, and is home to a species of giant turtles. One of the most popular attractions in this island paradise is the Grotacce – a series of grottos and half-hidden bays that houses a varied sealife and corals.

Castiglione della Pescaia

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A quaint seaside village, dominated by an impressive medieval castle, that is probably the easiest way to describe Castiglione della Pescaia. But there is much more to this charming settlement, located in the heart of Tuscany. Once just a prosperous fishing village, Castiglione della Pescaia is now a bustling tourist destination, with fine sand beaches, clear waters and modern accommodations.

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Placed between the deep blue sea and green hills, covered with luscious forests, Castiglione della Pescaia has held the record for the most number of tourists in the Maremma region, for many years. It is famous for the quality of its beaches, excellent hotels and one of the best ports on the Mediterranean.


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Located in Italy’s Costa Smeralda region – a preferred destination of the country’s millionaires – Arzachena is a beautiful summer resort, famous for its fine, slightly pink sands and rocky coastline. The water in the region is incredibly clear, offering astounding views of the underwater environment, which includes red gorgonians, dentex and amberjacks.

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As a result of the massive investment made in the 1950s, by the Costa Smeralda consortium, Arzachena is today one of the most popular beach destinations in Italy, and a holiday retreat for celebrities the likes of Silvio Berlusconi. This Sardinian jewel is also known for having the most luxury hotels per square meter, in all the Mediterranean.

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