This post wants to help you decide which beach towns to visit, taking some ideas from Legambiente (the most widespread environmental organization in Italy) that chooses the best beaches of Italy and publishes the list in the guide La Guida Blu di Legambiente.
1. Castiglione della Pescaia (Grosseto)
Castiglione della Pescaia is a scenic seaside resort in the Grosseto area, with splendid views of Elba and Giglio islands and not far from the Argentario promontory. This town has it all: wild nature, unspoiled landscapes, good food and wine and many points of interest. Read more in this post "Castiglione della Pescaia: a beach town in Maremma, Tuscany". The best beaches: Spiaggia delle Marze, Spiaggia delle Rocchette, Spiaggia di Punta Ala.
2. Scarlino (Grosseto)
Scarlino dates back from the 7th and 6th centuries BC. Built on the top of a hill, it had the function of a bastion in the Aldobrandeschi family’s defense policy. The coastline offers uncontaminated beaches such as Cala Violina and Cala Marina that have the Mediterranean scrub reaching as far as the sea and are far from other settlements in the area. Read more about Cala Violina in this post. The best beach: Cala Violina.
3. Giglio Island (Grosseto)
Isola del Giglio or Giglio Island is a hidden treasures of Tuscany with wonderful beaches and crystal clear water situated in the Tyrrhenian sea. Here are some information and advice to organize your trip and here you can view some pictures of Giglio Island or check out the video. The best beaches: Cala degli Alberi - Cala Caldana, Spiaggia dell'Arenella.
4. Marina di Grosseto
The Maremma's most famous bathing sites combine natural beauty and trendy centers. Here are the best photos of Marina di Grosseto selected by Around Tuscany. And if you want to visit Grosseto city too, here are our advice. The best beach: Spiaggia delle Marze.
5. Magliano in Toscana (Grosseto)
Magliano In Toscana is a small medieval village situated in the heart of the Maremma area of Tuscany. Read more in this post "Magliano in Toscana in the heart of the Maremma area". The best beach: Cala di Forno.
6. Capalbio (Grosseto)
Capalbio is at the southern border of Tuscany and perches on top of a hill covered by trees and Mediterranean scrub. Capalbio enjoys a rather special kind of tourism, attracting many thanks to the medieval character of the narrow streets, the ancient castle overlooking the valley below, and the beautiful beaches of Chiarore, Macchiatonda and la Torba. While in Capalbio you can visit the Garden of Tarot, not only a garden but a magical place. The best beach: Spiaggia di Chiarone.
7. Follonica (Grosseto)
Follonica and the gulf of the same name are located between the promontory of Piombino and Punta Ala, in front of Elba Island. The Tyrrhenian Sea laps its shores and the Colline Metallifere (ore-bearing hills) surrounds it. We have talked about Follonica before in this post and also when we talked about the Acqua Village (waterpark). We spoke also about the fact that you can take a train to get there. Don't forget to check out some pictures of Follonica too. The best beaches: Spiagge Parco della Sterpaia, Spiaggia di Punta Ala.
8. Orbetello (Grosseto)
Orbetello is located in the middle of the lagoon of the same name and it is linked to Monte Argentario by a road built on an artificial embankment, which divided the lagoon into two parts, “Laguna di Levante” and “Laguna di Ponente”, known respectively as Tombolo della Feniglia and Tombolo della Giannella, offering visitors many kilometres of charming beaches. Read more in this post "Top 5 seaside towns in Tuscany that are worth a visit all year round" The best beaches: Spiagge del Parco Naturale della Maremma, Spiagge della Feniglia, Spiaggia di Chiarone, Spiaggia di Isola Rossa.
9. Capraia Island (Livorno)
The island of Capraia is one of the islands of the Tuscan archipelago and it distances 36 nautical miles from Livorno. Capraia is also included in our 7 days itinerary: visiting the Tuscan archipelago and don't forget to check out this incredible guestpost about Capraia.
10. Castagneto Carducci (Livorno)
Castagneto Carducci takes its name from the family of the famous Italian poet Giosuè Carducci and it is a village perched on a hillside at around 10 kilometers from the sea and it has a number of panoramic viewpoints. Marina di Castagneto has a wide, sandy beach and is surrounded by pine trees and Mediterranean scrub. Read more about Castagneto Carducci in the post "8 fascinating hamlets near Livorno". The best beaches: Spiaggia del Seggio, Spiaggia di Rimigliano, Spiaggia Lunga.
11. Portoferraio (Livorno)
We have already talked about Portoferraio in the post "Top 5 seaside towns in Tuscany that are worth a visit all year round". Portoferraio is usually the first town you see when arriving on Elba Island, the harbour most frequented by ferryboats, but has also lovely beaches that are worth a visit. You can read more about Elba Island on our 7 days itinerary in the Tuscan archipelago; it is also a great place for scuba diving and great nightlife. What else do you need to know? How to get there! The best beaches: Spiagge dell'Enfola, Spiagge della Rivercina e dei Mangani, Spiaggia di Nisporto, Spiaggia di Sansone.
12. Campo nell'Elba (Livorno)
Campo nell'Elba is located on the flattest and southernmost point of Elba Island. Marina di Campo was once a fishing village adjacent to the wide sandy bay. Today it is the main town of the Commune of Campo nell’Elba. Its beach, the longest on the island, is the one most frequented during the summer season. The best beaches: Galenzana, Le Tombe, Le Rosselle, Spiaggia dell'Ogliera.
13. Marciana (Livorno)
Marciana is situated on the slopes of Mount Capanne on the west side of the Island of Elba at 375 meters above sea level. It is one of the most ancient settlements on the island, its foundations dating back to 35 BC. The Marciana area is covered with vineyards that produce an excellent wine, but can count also on a spring of thermal water and beautiful beaches. The best beaches: Le Tombe, Le Rosselle, Spiaggia dell'Ogliera.
14. Rio nell'Elba (Livorno)
Rio nell’Elba is one of the oldest village settlements on Elba Island and it dates back to the Bronze Age. A highly characteristic town, oozing character and charm, Rio, as the locals call it, is perched on the top of a hill in the east of the island which has it’s roots deep in the iron-mining traditions. Read more in this post "5 reasons to visit Rio nell’Elba". The best beaches: Spiagge della Rivercina e dei Mangani
15. Marciana Marina (Livorno)
Marciana Marina is a charming ancient fishing village and the smallest municipality in Tuscany. It is arranged in a semicircle around an inlet on the northwest coast and its territory is limited to the coastal strip. Read more here. The best beach: Cala e Ripa Barata.
16. Porto Azzurro (Livorno)
Porto Azzurro is a charming fishing village surrounded by crystal clear waters and golden beaches. Read more in this post. The best beach: Spiaggia di Terranera.
17. Capoliveri (Livorno)
Capoliveri is situated in the southeast part of Elba Island, in the Tuscan Archipelago. Here is our post "Capoliveri: a jewel of Elba Island amid mines and beaches". The best beaches: Spiaggia dell'Innamorata, Spiaggia di Margidore.
18. Bibbona (Livorno)
Bibbona has the charm of a medieval village surrounded by nature. The town centre has cobbled stone streets and winds within the perimeter of the ancient castle, and it’s home to some buildings of great artistic and historical importance, while Marina di Bibbona is an international tourist destination well-equipped for fun and relaxation, with many sports and entertainment options. Read more in this post "8 fascinating hamlets near Livorno".
19. Camaiore (Lucca)
Camaiore is situated in Versilia, northern Tuscany, and boast many historically important buildings, but is also known for its beaches in Lido di Camaiore. Read more about this area in this post "All the things you can do in Versilia this summer"
20. Tirrenia (Pisa)
The modern and elegant resort of Tirrenia is set in a vast Mediterranean pine forest, only a few kilometres from Pisa, at the centre of the Tuscan coast. Read more here.
21. Rio Marina (Livorno)
Rio Marina is situated on the eastern side of Elba island, located on a coastal inlet surrounded by hills. In this area, iron mining had been practiced since the Etruscan age, and it was, together with fishing, the main economic activity practiced by its inhabitants until just a few years ago. Today, Rio Marina is a seaside resort with beautiful beaches. Read more here. The best beaches: Spiaggia di Capo Castello, Topinetti.
22. Marina di Pisa (Pisa)
Marina di Pisa ( also called simply “Marina”) is a seaside town located just 12 km from Pisa and, unlikely the majority of the Tuscan cities, its foundation is rather recent. Read more in this dedicated post "Marina di Pisa, a beach town not far from the Leaning Tower".
23. Monte Argentario (Grosseto)
Monte Argentario is a peninsula connected to the coast of the Maremma by three strips of land; this enables easy access to Giglio, Giannutri and Montecristo, all islands of the Tuscan Archipelago. Read more in this post "Monte Argentario in Tuscany: what to see and do". The best beaches: Spiagge del Parco Naturale della Maremma, Spiagge della Feniglia, Spiaggia di Isola Rossa (GR)
24. Cecina (Livorno)
Cecina offers to visitors a variety of landscapes, from the blue of the Etruscan Coast to the Tuscan countryside with a dense pinewood and 15 kilometers of sandy beach. Read more here.
25. Pietrasanta (Lucca)
Here is a post about the historical centre of Pietrasanta: it is really worth a visit.
26. Viareggio (Lucca)
Viareggio is one of the most popular beaches of Tuscany and probably one of the most different things to do there is see dolphins in a tour with marine biologists! Viareggio is very easy to reach: you can get there also by train. Check out our selection of pictures of Viareggio, and this post.
27. Forte dei Marmi (Lucca)