As you may already know, Tuscany is a favourite destination in Italy for gay tourism during the summer. There are countless famous gay beaches in Tuscany, such as Torre del Lago and along the southern coast. Here is a list to help you choose!
Torre del Lago Puccini beaches
Torre del Lago is the undisputed capital of LGBT tourism in Tuscany. Located in northern Tuscany, a few kilometres from Viareggio, Torre del Lago is named after a 15th-century guard tower and in tribute to the great composer Puccini who loved the landscape. The area is fantastic to visit: the Massaciuccoli Lake laps the shores of the town, a long tree-lined street, the viale dei Tigli, runs as far as the town centre, offering visitors the shade of the Borbone pine grove, the Migliarino-San Rossore-Massaciuccoli nature park, an area protected by the WWF and by L.I.P.U, is a stone’s throw away and the sunny beaches provide every comfort.
In this area you can choose from several beaches and many gay friendly pubs and discos. The “Lecciona” is a free public beach between Viareggio and Torre del Lago, the last one along the Viale Europa. Near this beach you’ll find a pine forest and secluded dunes, and for this reason it is also a favourite destination for naturism. If it’s creature comforts you’re after, head for the Mama Dune Beach, the first private beach dedicated to the LGBT community. This well-equipped beach offers sun umbrellas and gazebos, as well as being close to restaurants and pubs with music that hold beach parties during the night.
Read also: Torre del Lago: the Tuscan gay mecca
Livorno and the Etruscan coast
The stretch of coastline that runs from Livorno to Piombino boasts different kind of beaches as you can read in this post.
A few kilometres south of Livorno, following the road to Rosignano along the Aurelia road, you’ll find the Sassoscritto beach between Livorno and Quercianella in the area called Romito. You can park along the road and reach the sea by going down a long staircase to a cliff frequented by gay and straight people alike. There’s no beach as such, but rocks, so wear comfortable shoes. This is also a spot frequented by locals and it’s perfect for diving.
The Oasi di Bolgheri is another spot for gay tourism. It is close to Marina di Bibbona and you can reach it along the provincial road number 39. Upon reaching the sea three minutes along the path, walk to the left for 10 to 15 minutes and reach a nice lonely beach with dunes and junipers frequented by gays and nudists.
Another suitable beach is in San Vincenzo: cross the village and follow the signs to Rimigliano Park and Piombino for a few kilometres along the Viale della Principessa into a pine forest. 6 km from San Vincenzo you’ll find a renovated farmhouse by the sea, stop the car and reach the sea by walking through the pine forest. There is a beach popular with both the LGBT community and heterosexuals, which is also authorized for naturism.
Beaches around Grosseto
The spiaggia delle Marze beach is located about 17 km north from Grosseto and 5 km after Castiglione della Pescaia. It is between the dog beach and that of the campsite Le Marze. It is a long beach with a pine forest and bike paths, frequented by LGBT & heteros.
Continuing south, not far from Grosseto, there is Marina di Alberese. To reach the beach you must cross the Uccellina Nature Park by car, paying a fee at the entrance or by taking the bus. Once on the beach, look at the tower and reach the beach by going in that direction.
Further south, beyond Orbetello and near the border with Lazio region, you will reach two other beaches close one to each other. The first one is a beach near Capalbio, between the hamlets of Macchiatonda and Chiarone. Reaching it isn’t easy: having parked your car, walk beside the coast for about fifteen minutes until you see the WWF Oasis with some wooden boards in the sand. LGBT and naturists frequent this area. The second beach is the one of Chiarone. To reach it continue after Capalbio, stop at “L’ultima spiaggia” and once by the shore walk for 15 minutes to the north. You will find a very nice beach with clear water, also awarded by Legambiente as one of the best seaside areas in Tuscany.