The Most Beautiful Beaches in Tuscany

Tuscany is second in Italy for the number of doc beaches, awarded with the Blue Flag, the international recognition of the Foundation for Environmental Education (Fee) Italy. To submit the application were 163 Italian municipalities.

The criteria for a Blue Flag designation include:

  • environmental education and information
  • water quality
  • environmental management
  • safety and services

 

Versilia

Marina di Carrara, Forte dei Marmi, Pietrasanta, Camaiore, Viareggio

The Versilia area is decidedly high end. It is famous for its summer night life, and therefore the height of the season is during the summer. Visitors at any other period will not see the Versilia at its fullest and many establishments actually close down at the end of September.

The beach in the Versilia is very wide and long – there is basically a kilometers-long beach that goes from Forte dei Marmi to Viareggio.

Pisa

Marina di Pisa, Tirrenia, Calambrone

As you head south, the beaches get shorter and more narrow. Many of them start having copses as well as stretches of actual woods right behind the beach.

Livorno

Antignano, Quercianella, Castiglioncello, Vada di Rosignano Marittimo, Cecina, Marina di Bibbona, Castagneto Carducci, San Vincenzo, Riotorto-Piombino, Marciana Marina-La Fenicia

This area includes some of the most popular beaches in all of Tuscany. From Antignano down to Rosignano the waterfront is actually reef but this does not discourage anyone from spending the day at the sea. You actually climb on – make sure to bring water shoes or buy some from the many vendors – lay your towel, get some sun, then go snorkeling, then rest and get some more sun! Repeat as often as you like. The towns here all offer boardwalks with bars (cafes), gelato shops and restaurants as well as any beach paraphernalia you might have forgotten to bring along. Castiglioncello, Vada and Cecina are some of the easiest to reach with public transporation as the towns (and train station along the Pisa-Grosseto line) are on the coast or not far.

From Rosignano down to Riotorto the beach turns into small pebbles or coarse sand, the beaches tend to be very short before you reach a barrier of rock into the sea but there are lots of them. The water tends to be calmer in this area in general. You definitely generally need a car to visit these beaches, as public transportation is limited.

Grosseto

Follonica, Castiglione della Pescaia, Marina di Grosseto, Principina di Grosseto, Monte Argentario

This area, also known as Maremma, is the most popular in Tuscany among Italians for the beaches aarea. Many families tend to rent small apartments along the seacoast during the summer and basically transfer themselves here for the month of August.

You’ll find both long stretches of sandy beaches as well as some areas with reef, many spiagge libere as well as colonized areas with chairs and umbrellas. You can lay out and work on your tan or go exploring the outer reefs.

A short way south of Marina di Grosseto, the Marina nd many foreigners have recently discovered the di Alberese beach is quite busy but perfect for families. This is a long stretch of sandy and free beach with extensive woodland behind the beach.

To the north of Castiglione, the Cala Violina is a lovely beach at the end of a 15-minute walk along a woodland trail.

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