The Mediterranean Coast
Many people probably think of Tuscany as the beautiful hinterland with rolling hills, cypresses, vines, olive groves and small charming villages. Tuscany also has a long coastline towards the Mediterranean. The coast of Tuscany stretches from Forte dei Marmi in the north to Ortebello in the south. Of course, we must mention that Elba and Giglio are also under Tuscany. The two islands offer fantastic swimming in crystal clear water.
In Italy, most beaches are organized in so-called “Bagno”. Here you pay for renting sunbeds and parasols. The advantage is clean facilities and showers, and friendly prices for food and drink in the associated beach bars. The Versilia coast is the longest and most famous coastline in Tuscany. It stretches from Viareggio to Forte dei Marmi in the north. Here are sandy beaches as far as the eye can see. Viareggio has a long and pleasant boulevard along the beaches with restaurants, cafes and a large selection of clothing stores. Forte dei Marmi is a slightly chic seaside resort with great restaurants, exclusive shopping, trendy nightlife and great sandy beach. At Marina di Pisa it can be nice and clear water as some of the bagnos are framed by breakwaters that make a calm coves. The crystal clear water can also be experienced south of Livorno and on the Ligurian coast.
South of Livorno
In Livorno you can swim from the cliffs of Calafuria into crystal clear and beautiful water. In the seaside resort Cecina is a huge water park. We can recommend the seaside resort of Castiglioncello. In addition to beaches, the small town is charming and has several good restaurants and cafes. After a day at the beach, stroll into town and grab an aperitivo in the shade at one of the town’s cafés. San Vincenzo, another seaside resort, with a beautiful promenade, sandy beaches and restaurants near the sea. Other beaches worth mentioning are “the white beaches” in Vada and Rosignano. The beaches of Baratti and Populonia are also popular.
The Liguria Coast
Lerici is located south of Luguria on the border with Tuscany. This is a cozy seaside resort, but can get quite crowded in high season. Popular Cinque Terre is located on the Ligurian coast and consists of five small coastal villages connected by a coastal path where you can walk with panoramic views of the Mediterranean. Liguria has many small and pleasant towns and to mention a few; Deiva Marina, Levanto, Rapallo and luxurious Portofino. If you are in Rapollo we can highly recommend taking a boat to the bay: San Fruttuoso. There is turquoise blue sea, stunning and captivating.