Tuscany is a paradise for beach lovers of all kinds; its coastal zones not only vaunt a wide variety of beautiful beaches, but they’re often flanked by many of the region's most enchanting towns. From historic gems with long, sandy beaches to more hidden rocky coves, you’re sure to find a beach town perfect for your summer (or even winter) adventure.
Here are 27 beach towns to consider:
Castiglione della Pescaia is a scenic seaside resort in the Grosseto area (not far from the Argentario promontory) affording splendid views of the islands of Elba and Giglio. This town has it all: wild nature, unspoiled landscapes, excellent food and wine and endless things to see. In Castiglione della Pescaia don't miss the beaches of Marze, Rocchette and Punta Ala.
Records of Scarlino date to between the 7th and 6th centuries B.C.E. This hilltop town served as a stronghold for the Aldobrandeschi family’s defense system. The coastline offers a number of uncontaminated beaches, including Cala Violina and Cala Marina; here, the Mediterranean scrub reaches as far as the sea and is located far from the area's other towns. Read more about Cala Violina and its beautiful beach.
Isola del Giglio or Giglio Island is a hidden Tuscan treasure found in the Tyrrhenian Sea. The area vaunts spectacular beaches and crystal-clear water; top beaches to visit are Cala degli Alberi, Cala Caldana and Arenella beach. Here's a video to inspire your next vacation.
As one of the Maremma's most famous beach spots, this special town combines the area's natural beauty with its trendy town center. The best beach to see around here is called Spiaggia delle Marze, and if you're planning on visiting the city of Grosseto, here's what you should see.
Capalbio is found at Tuscany's southern border, a hilltop town surrounded by forests and Mediterranean scrub. Capalbio enjoys a rather special kind of tourism, attracting visitors mainly for its narrow, medieval streets, its ancient castle and the beautiful beaches of Chiarore, Macchiatonda and la Torba. While in Capalbio you can also visit the Tarot Garden, a truly magical world of wonders. Be sure to visit its top beach, Spiaggia di Chiarone.
Follonica and its namesake gulf are located between the Piombino and Punta Ala promontories (facing Elba Island). The Tyrrhenian Sea and the Colline Metallifere (ore-bearing hills) surrounds this beautiful town, not to mention the Acqua Village (waterpark) nearby. You can reach this delightful town by train, and be sure to visit its best beaches: Parco della Sterpaia and Punta Ala.
Orbetello is located in the middle of its namesake lagoon and is linked to Monte Argentario by a road built on an artificial embankment. This road divides the lagoon into two sections: the Laguna di Levante and Laguna di Ponente, known respectively as Tombolo della Feniglia and Tombolo della Giannella. These areas offer visitors long stretches of charming beaches; read more about them here. The best beaches to visit in the area are the beaches of the Maremma's Natural Park and Feniglia, Chiarone and Isola Rossa beaches.
The town of Castagneto Carducci takes its name from the famous Italian poet Giosuè Carducci’s family; this village is perched on a hillside around 10 kilometers from the sea and boasts beautiful panoramic views. Marina di Castagneto features a wide, sandy beach surrounded by pine trees and Mediterranean scrub. Check out more about Castagneto Carducci and other fascinating hamlets near Livorno. The best beaches around here are Seggio, Rimigliano and Spiaggia Lunga.
Portoferraio makes the list of top 5 seaside towns in Tuscany. This beautiful town is usually the first village you'll meet when arriving on Elba Island, as its harbor is most used by ferryboats. Despite the flow of traffic, this town is also home to wide range of beautiful beaches worth visiting. The area is also a perfect spot for scuba diving and boasts a lively nightlife. Here are some tips on how to get there! The best seaside spots in town are the beaches of Enfola, Rivercina e dei Mangani, Nisporto and Sansone.
Campo nell'Elba is located on the flattest and southernmost point of Elba Island. Marina di Campo was once a fishing village near today's wide, sandy bay. Today, this spot is the main town of the municipiality of Campo nell’Elba. Its beach, the longest on the island, is the one most frequented in the summer, as are the beaches of Galenzana, Le Tombe, Le Rosselle and Ogliera.
Marciana is found on the slopes of Mount Capanne on Elba Island's western side, located about 375 meters above sea level. It's one of the island's oldest settlements, as its foundations date to 35 B.C.E. The Marciana area is covered with vineyards that produce top-notch wine, not to mention the thermal springs and beautiful beaches around. Be sure to check out the beaches of Le Tombe, Le Rosselle and Ogliera.
Rio nell’Elba is one of Elba Island's oldest village settlements, as it dates to the Bronze Age. This unique town oozes character and charm; Rio, as the locals call it, is perched on the top of a hill of Elba's eastern side, though underneath, the city is founded on underground traditions, that is, the town's rich iron-mining tradition. The best beach around here is the beach of Rivercina e dei Mangani.
Marciana Marina is a charming, age-old fishing village. As the smallest municipality in Tuscany, the town is arranged in a semicircle on Elba's northwest coast. The entire territory is limited to this single coastal strip, making its best seaside area Cala e Ripa Barata beach.
Porto Azzurro is a charming fishing village surrounded by crystal-clear waters and golden beaches. The best beach to visit here is Terranera beach, and be sure to check out the area's beautiful craftsmanship and exciting scuba adventures.
Capoliveri is situated in the southeast part of Elba Island. Be sure to check out Capoliveri: a jewel of Elba Island amid mines and beaches, and don't miss seeing the beaches of Innamorata and Margidore.
Bibbona boasts both the charm of medieval villages and the beauty of Tuscany's natural world. The town center features cobbled stone streets and narrow roads that wind around the old castle's perimeter, a spot home to a number of artistically and historically significant buildings. Marina di Bibbona is an international tourist destination well equipped for fun and relaxation, offering a number of sports and entertainment options. Read more about Bibbona and other fascinating hamlets near Livorno.
The town of Camaiore is located in Versilia in northern Tuscany. This seaside town boasts numerous historically significant buildings, though it’s most known for its beautiful beaches found in Lido di Camaiore. Read more about this area and all the things you can do in Versilia in the summer.
The modern and elegant resort of Tirrenia is located in a spacious Mediterranean pine forest. Located only a few kilometers from Pisa, this delightful town is right in the heart of the Tuscan coast. Read more about Tirrenia here.
Rio Marina is found on Elba Island's eastern side. This charming town is located on a coastal inlet surrounded by colorful hills. In this part of Elba, the iron-mining tradition dates to Etruscan times, as it was as the area's main economic activity until recently (along with fishing). Today Rio Marina is a seaside resort vaunting beautiful, sandy beaches. Check out more about Rio Marina and its beautiful beaches, namely those of Capo Castello and Topinetti.
Marina di Pisa, otherwise known as Marina, is a seaside town located only 12 kilometers outside Pisa. Unlike the majority of Tuscan towns, Marina's roots are recent, making it one of the select modern towns you'll see in the area.
Monte Argentario is a peninsula connected to the Maremma region by three strips of land, passageways that enable easy access to the island of Giglio, Giannutri and Montecristo, all islands in the Tuscan Archipelago.
Porto Santo Stefano is a charming tourist destination with an impressive seafaring tradition as well as being the most important town in the Monte Argentario area. The town, north of the headland, occupies the picturesque bay dominated by the Spanish Fortress.
Cecina offers visitors a variety of landscapes; from the blue waters of the Etruscan Coast to the Tuscan countryside teeming with pinewood, you'll find plenty to do in the area, including 15 kilometers of sandy beaches. Check out more about Cecina here.
Pietrasanta is a Tuscan gem absolutely worth visiting. From its lively gallery scene to its historic monuments and divine modern treasures, this town is the perfect spot to pair with a day at the beach.
Viareggio is one of Tuscany's most popular beach destinations; perhaps one of the most unique activities around here is heading out to sea for a dolphin-watching tour with marine biologists! Viareggio's popularity is also due to being easily accessible from Tuscany's other main cities, as it's well connected via train.
Forte dei Marmi sure is glam, but it's also a bustling world of history, age-old markets and beaches. Don't miss checking out this coastal gem, where besides luxury beaches, you'll also find a thriving backcountry immersed in the forests of the Apuan Alps.