Crystal-clear sea, clear waters, well-maintained beaches that offer maximum comfort and services, while always maintaining respect for the environment.
These are the seaside resorts in Tuscany that have won the Blue Flag, the international recognition that rewards not only excellent sea but also other environmental indicators that contribute to a perfect vacation, such as the services offered to bathers, green and pedestrian areas and bike paths.
The Marina di Carrara coastline, with its comfortable hotels, campgrounds, and services, is the perfect destination for a vacation of wellness and fun. The beach of fine, soft sand is served by public transportation and offers a dense pine forest for shelter from the sun on hot days.
Expanses of golden sand, the rugged Apuane Mountains behind, a unique territory that frames Marina di Massa. In summer, the many establishments (some of them historic), clubs, discos and all the services for tourists make it one of the most attractive destinations in Tuscany.
Versilia is the perfect destination for anyone who loves art and fun as well as the clear blue sea. The Blue Flag flutters over the Forte dei Marmi beaches, which are favoured by celebrities.
A few kilometers from the historic center of Pietrasanta, the capital of artistic marble working, the beaches of Tonfano and La Versiliana, in Marina di Pietrasanta, offer large expanses of soft sand equipped with every comfort and interspersed with parks and pine forests.
Beloved by the great personalities of the past, such as Gabriele D'Annunzio, Eleonora Duse and Victor Emaniel III, the beach at Lido di Camaiore is a pleasant and elegant seaside resort overlooking the wide beach of Versilia.
Viareggio, the city of Carnival but also the pearl of Versilia, has been awarded the Blue Flag for its beach and that of Torre del Lago Puccini. The latter resort, in addition to having a stunning view of the Tyrrhenian Sea, is home to the Puccini Festival, which stages a remarkable opera season every summer at the Puccini Grand Open-air Theater.
The Pisa coast is for those who enjoy relaxation and more private beaches, far from the hustle and bustle. Clear sea and vast Mediterranean pine forests can be found in Marina di Pisa, Tirrenia and Calambrone.
On the Livorno shoreline, the level of environmental quality and tourist service is high at Parco Marina del Boccale, Rogiolo, Bagni Roma, Rex, and Cala Quercianella.
In the municipality of Rosignano Marittimo, the beaches of Castiglioncello, La Mazzanta and Vada have been awarded the Blue Flag. The first, built on an ancient Etruscan village, is known worldwide thanks to the film "Il Sorpasso" by Dino Risi. On the coast of Vada, shaded by thick pine forests, characteristic establishments alternate with wide stretches of free beach. Le Secche, for example, is a stretch of sea characterized by shallow waters that attracts fishing enthusiasts in every season.
The beaches of Le Gorette and Marina di Cecina are close to all kinds of services and are also ideal for relaxing family vacations. Water sports can also be enjoyed here; there are swimming and sailing schools, horseback riding stables and a shooting range.
Thanks to its mild climate, tranquility and beautiful landscape Marina di Bibbona is one of the most popular resorts on the Etruscan Coast. Surrounded by nature, it is a beach for the whole family and also for those who love water sports.
Marina di Castagneto Carducci boasts a clean and clear sea. The shoreline of the rest is welcoming and inviting, full of bathing establishments and "Punti Azzurri", or large stretches of free beach where services and assistance are guaranteed.
San Vincenzo's beaches, including Principessa and Conchiglia beaches, are popular with local and foreign tourists and are also suitable for water sports enthusiasts. Deserving a separate paragraph is the Rimigliano Natural Park, a floral-faunal oasis located directly on the sea.
The Sterpaia Nature Park in the Piombino area is also known for its rich environmental ecosystem, consisting of dunes, agricultural areas, and an interesting wet forest. Beaches are located at Perelli, Carlappiano, Mortelliccio, il Pino, Carbonifera, and Torre Mozza.
Blue Flag also for Re di Noce, La Marina and La Fenicia beaches in Marciana Marina, the small fishing village on the northwest coast of Elba Island.
Also worth a trip is the beach at Follonica, a town located in the center of a beautiful gulf to which it gives its name, between the promontory of Piombino and Punta Ala, and in front of which lies the island of Elba.
Another place not to be missed is Castiglione della Pescaia, with its historic village-a real jewel overlooking the sea. Beach resorts to visit are Rocchette, Roccamare, Mora, Riva del Sole, Capezzolo, Ponente, Pian d'alma Beach, Casetta, Piastrone, Punta Ala, Levante, and Tombolo.
The Maremma offers extraordinary locations for an unforgettable summer. The shores of Marina di Grosseto and Principina a Mare, not far from the Maremma Regional Park, the wild, green heart of the Grosseto area, are considered among the best beaches for families with children.