Tuscany offers wonderful beaches for all tastes: white sandy beaches, long golden shorelines, rocky coasts, both free beaches and ones offering facilities… but what about naturists (or nudists)? Unlike just taking off a bikini top – something that can happen on almost every beach – going completely naked isn’t common in Italy, but Tuscany has some beaches for this, sometimes marked at the entrance with a sign to let people know that they’re entering an “unusual” zone.
In Italy, beaches for naturists can be reached at the cost of a long walk under the hot sun. The prize at the end of it is usually a deserted and pristine beach. It’s always important to remember to bring food and drink with you, because it’s really difficult to find a refreshment area nearby.
This is a list of the beaches in Tuscany frequented by nudists:
Versilia (Lucca area)
Torre del Lago The Lecciona beach between Viareggio and Torre del Lago isn’t a real nudist beach but since it's pretty long and there are deserted areas, you can bathe without a swimsuit. It’s also a gay-friendly area. Of course, being a public beach, you have to bring everything that you need: being inside the Nature Park of Migliarino – Massaciuccoli - San Rossore you can’t get there by motor vehicle but it’s easy to reach.
Marina di Vecchiano From the Via Aurelia in the direction of Pisa - Viareggio, arrive in Migliarino and pass under the railway following the signs to Marina di Vecchiano. Once at the sea, turn right and drive as far as the park near to the beach. The place is beautiful with its dunes, trees and bushes.
Sassoscritto It’s a stretch of rocks a few miles south of Livorno, in a place called Romito. You have to park your car on the road and then follow a short and steep trail. Here the sea is immediately deep.
Marina di Bibbona The south side of the Marina di Bibbona in Livorno is a dedicated naturist beach: walk south from the beach. It offers free bathing.
San Vincenzo Here naturism is practised along a stretch of beach known as Nido dell’Aquila (Eagle's Nest), in the Natural Park of Rimigliano, a few miles south of San Vincenzo. Getting there is easy: just drive towards the south of Strada della Principessa that runs parallel to the sea between San Vincenzo and Populonia. When you find two houses (one renovated and one demolished) distant from each other about 200 m on the sea side of the road, leave your car at the second house and follow the path down to the sea, then walk along the beach for another 300 metres to the south. From May to September there are 500/600 naturists at the weekends. From a distance, the beach is marked by many kites in flight, including the big yellow kite with the inscription ANITA - FKK.
Buca di Livorno It is not far from the Buca delle Fate. Use the first parking lot on the right, going from Baratti to Populonia, and then follow the path to the right. Once on the cliff, go back and take the first path on the left: both the first gulf and the second on the same path are ok for naturism.
Elba Island has lots of hidden coves and it’s not difficult to find very private places where you can go nude. Most of these hidden spots are accessible only by boat and of course with free admission.
Acquarilli Beach: To reach Acquarilli beach, follow the signs for Lacona and once here continue in the direction of Porto Azzurro - Capoliveri. 100 meters before the beach of Norsi, there is a parking lot overlooking the sea: park here and go down the path on the right.
Felciaio, Golfo Stella (Capoliveri): On the provincial road Porto Azzurro – Portoferraio, take the road to Lacona and continue for 2 km.
Between Seccheto and Lacona: Always in the south of the island, there is this stretch of coast for nudists.
Capo Canata: This is another beautiful beach near Lacona, with direct access from the beach of Lacona (left side). Follow the rocks until you find a staircase that goes up to a campsite, climb it and reach a white house, where you will find a path leading to the beach.
Le Piscine: This is a classic place for nudism in Elba Island. Take the road from Marina di Campo to Fetovia and stop after Seccheto: there are two parking lots on the sea with wooden fences. Park here and drop down along the narrow path.
Le Tombe: Continuing from Fetovia to Pomonte, at a certain point on the left, there is a dirt parking lot on white ground. Here you can park and take the path leading from the parking lot down to the sea. Warning: there is about a 20-minute walk along a rough and steep path, and then it is better to wear appropriate shoes. The alternative is to arrive by boat.
Barabarca: This is for flat cliff lovers. Take the road that goes up to Capoliveri, follow the directions for Barabarca - Zuccale until you get to the parking lot of the beaches. From the parking lot there are two paths, one on the left for Barabarca and one on the right for Zuccale. Follow for Barabarca and, at a certain point, the path splits: one goes down to the beach (left) and the other down slightly to the right to a cliff (which separates from Barabarca from Zuccale).
Marina di Alberese It is a grey sandy beach in the Regional Park of Maremma with dense Mediterranean scrub that stretches for over seven kilometres and, after a couple of kilometres, you can reach the nudist section. On the beach there is no shelter from the sun or equipment and this can be a problem for those seeking a little shade, but the total lack of equipment makes the place even more fascinating.
Monte Argentario In the south of the promontory there is the Feniglia beach. You can reach it by walking through a beautiful pine forest, or from Porto Ercole walking along the beach. Naturists are concentrated in the central part of the beach, which is less crowded.
Capalbio This is a part of long beach (8 km) and it’s very beautiful because it is in a WWF reserve and the beach is just in front of the Lake of Burano. The only way to reach it, apart from the sea, is by walking along the beach. It is ideal for those who want to spend a really quiet day.
Castiglione della Pescaia It is a long coastal strip of beach between Castiglione and Marina di Grosseto. There are three parking areas corresponding to three points of access. Walk along a stretch of pine forest and then go as far as you want. At the farthest point between the three access points (about 20/30 minutes walk), you may encounter some naturists.
Giglio Island Nudists can sunbathe at the Punta Capel Rosso, about an hour-and-a-half walk from Giglio Porto. Alternatively, if you have a boat, you can search for hidden coves along the south coast.
More than beaches
Lago di Castelruggero Mostly naturists frequent it and many young people and couples. On Saturdays and Sundays there are many families. You can reach it from the A1 motorway, exit FI-south direction Grassina, go through the town of Grassina, turn left for about 6 km until you reach Capannuccia; then turn right on Via Castelruggero until you see the lake. Leave the cars on the road and continue on foot.
Diaterna torrent Naturism is practised in a stretch of the River Diaterna, in Scheggianico in the municipality of Firenzuola, a green area, wild but accessible. Coming from Firenzuola, after about 9 km, you will reach Scheggianico. Immediately after but before the bridge, take the road that goes to the left. Preferably leave your car in the area and continue on foot.
The original version of this article was written by Serena Puosi.