Being a boot-shaped peninsula, Italy is covered with beaches on all its sides; so irrespective of which part of the country you go to, you will always have access to beautiful coastlines, clean water, great food, lots of sightseeing opportunities as well as a warm Mediterranean climate.

These are 7 of the best beaches in Italy.

Salento

Salento

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Keeping the boot shape of the country in mind, the heel is formed by Salento in Puglia region. Featuring glistening clear water and limestone cliffs, the eastern coast of Italy is just perfect for those who want to get away from city’s hustle bustle and unwind on pristine, beautiful beach that offers picturesque sight of the Alps. Make sure you make it to Otranto, an old town on the coast, well-known for Lecce’s baroque splendor and a thousand years old cathedral. This old town is also known for tasty olives, some of which may be as large as a small plum.

Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast

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From Sorrento to Salerno, the dramatic coastline of Amalfi coast lies in the Campagnia region. The coastline is strewn with picturesque towns, most of which appear to be perilously clinging to the cliffs. Each of these towns boasts of its own beach and views that are breathtaking. The towns also offer a number of eateries. Try limoncello, a local specialty and a must-have cold lemon liqueur. Additionally, all the beaches in the region offer enough sunshine. And if you have had your dose of sunbathing, you can indulge in historic sightseeing. Do make it to the historic towns of Ravello and Amalfi. You may also take a ferry to Ischia, Capri, or Procida.

Something to keep in mind while visiting the Amalfi coast is that, the area is reminiscent of the Salento region. The area may get overcrowded in the peak season that is in august.

Riviera di Levante, Liguria

Liguria

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Stretching from the French Riviera to the fascinating Tuscany, Liguria is one of the most scenic coastal regions in Italy. Talking about the Riviera di Levante, it is the gem of Liguria and it lies towards the west of Genoa. The weather is just ideal, warm and sunny. There are plenty of small towns in Liguria that offer perfect ambience and peace. Do make it to Cinque Terre and its five cliff side villages. Portovenere and Camogli also have beautiful beaches.

San Vito Lo Capo

San Vito Lo Capo

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Nestled on the island of Sicily, San Vito Lo Capo is a very popular for its rugged topography and family beaches. This quite town has all that can turn family vacations into fun and memorable time. There are plenty of bars and restaurants on the main street. The place is also very well known amongst bird watchers. You can always sight buzzards, vultures and eagles flying overhead, especially when you pass through the Zingaro Nature Reserve and its deserted coves. San Vito Lo Capo is also known for its fish couscous festival that is held every year in the town’s Ghibli hotel.

Punta Sabbioni

Punta Sabbioni

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Located in Venice, the Punta Sabbioni is less than an hour’s distance (via ferry) from St. Mark’s Square, Venice. An ideal destination for family vacations, Punta Sabbioni offers everything from bars, restaurants, local shops, beach games to a four-star camping facility. The campsite offers variety of options for children such as mini-golf and an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Adults can hire bikes on rent and explore the surrounding area.

Capri

Capri

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Famous for its quixotic and charming islands, Capri is one of most well-known Italian destinations. The town has plenty of beautiful beaches. Marina Piccola, Bagni di Tiberio and Punta Carena are some of the most worthwhile. Capri also offers a number of other attractions such as Piazza Umberto, Villa Jovis and tranquil estates of Giardini di Augusto.

Tuscany

Tuscany

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Classic Italian culture, great wine and rolling hills, Tuscany is no-way-to-miss destination in Italy for beach lovers. Pristine, white sandy shores and picturesque seaside villages, Tuscany can mesmerize any visitor. The beach water here is crystalline clear. Those interested in water sports can have a whale of time at Castiglione della Pescaia. Monte Argentario’s bays and coves are a must-visit for scuba divers. Also make to Viareggio, a resort town offering bustling nightlife, art nouveau buildings and endless food.

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