Destin-Nation Italy: Best Beaches Along the Mediterranean's Boot



It may not be tropical, but Italy is surrounded by the temperate Mediterranean, making for beautiful beaches up and down its three coasts.

Add in the shorelines of Sardinia and Sicily, the country's two largest islands, and it's easily one of the world's greatest beach destinations. (Bonus points for the readily available fresh fish and chilled white wine.)

High season is late summer, when whole cities decamp to the shore and beach chairs sell for a premium-if you're lucky enough to find one vacant. Early summer is a better time to visit, when the water has warmed up but before the crowds descend.

Thanks to a surfeit of regional airports and an excellent rail systems (the trains sometimes run on time) getting to and around Italy is also a fairly early. The Italian attitude, which is at times excruciatingly relaxed, can be frustrating, but chances are that if you get stuck you'll wind up someplace charming.

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There are great beaches on the Adriatic side also...

July 30 2011 at 11:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Just back from Milan, Florence, Sardinia and Venice.
Bella, Bella!!
Gorgeous scenery in Sardinia!
Great golf course at Tanka Resort in Sardegna !

June 06 2011 at 2:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Nice beaches, but people have been there before...

June 06 2011 at 1:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Terry and Mandy

I've been to Italy many times and always find something or someone beautiful to look at. The beaches, the countryside, and the old cities are wonderful to explore. There is something to be said for old world charm. And many of the young Italian men are stunning to look at and very charming.

June 06 2011 at 11:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

looking for really are the best beaches in the world

June 06 2011 at 10:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

take note of the chemtrails in the sky :(

June 06 2011 at 2:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

great info- great photos - thanks!

June 05 2011 at 10:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Visited Cinque Terre 2 years ago. Amazing views...each one more breath-taking than the last. Each of the 5 towns have something different to offer. Your pic showed an overwhelming busy beach. When we visited the exact spot of your pic, it was May 2009...and there were no crowds. Just beautiful beaches to walk and enjoy. The people we met from all over the world were just enjoying a peaceful, beautiful place. Actually is awe-inspiring, with the color of the water changing depending on where you are, but it's all very beautiful blues ranging to turquoise. So glad we had the chance to visit our daughter in Italy...and she introduced us to this place like none other! From Texas

June 05 2011 at 10:33 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

my parents from messina on my way...looks great

June 05 2011 at 10:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There are many beautiful places to visit. Personally, I say BOYCOTT ITALY due to their unjust legal system which has wrongfully convicted Amanda Knox. Also, there is another case where a US child has been held in an Italian orphanage for several years. Italian Government refuses to give the boy back to his father, also a US citizen who, In the USA, has full custody of his son. Sorry, no Italian vacations for my family!!

June 05 2011 at 10:12 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to jjoyous1956's comment

for your info italy has one of the best legal system in the world
if you did the crime you will do your time it bothers you that amanda was found guilty maybe you dont know all the facts but im sure the italians legal prosecutors know more than you do ciaooooooooooooo

June 05 2011 at 11:48 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

I agree - I'd rather to go Greece. Just like Italy as far a natural beauty and the sea, but it's even better - you have the Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea.

June 06 2011 at 1:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply