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ITALIAN BEACHES from the offcial site of italian turism

Italy, a land of coasts and beaches

Italy is the ideal destination for a seaside vacation. It boasts around 8,000 km of coastline, lapped by the waves of the Adriatic, the Tyrrhenian, the Ionian, the Ligurian, and the Sardinian Seas. From north to south, stretches of sandy beaches alternate with jagged shorelines and sheer cliffs that plunge into the sea - a land full of picturesque, fascinating seaside locations and islands with spectacular natural views that are well worth visiting. The wide variety of landscapes makes it possible to choose from different kinds of vacations, combining rest and entertainment, privacy and leisure.

The vast, sandy beaches on the Tyrrhenian coast are the ideal location for families, while the steep, rocky coastlines and small inlets of the Ionian and Sardinian Seas are perfect for those who are looking for a more isolated, “wild” atmosphere. The Adriatic Sea is calm, with long sandy beaches sloping gradually down to the water. It is an ideal setting for children to play in and have good, safe fun.

Wherever you go , there is a wide range of accommodation facilities - from luxury resorts to clubs that offer entertainment, activities, and all types of sports, to family hotels that mix comfort with hospitality in picturesque coastal areas, quaint fishing villages, or small towns built on the cliffs with breathtaking panoramic views of harbours and inlets. These vacation spots ensure visitors an intense, magical experience and offer young people the chance to enjoy nights out in the many different clubs that populate the Italian rivieras.

The Ligurian Sea is divided into the Riviera di Ponente (Western Riviera), with famous tourist destinations such as Bordighera, San Remo, Alassio, and the Riviera di Levante (Eastern Riviera), characterized by the Tigullio Gulf: Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure, Rapallo, Portovenere are some of its main towns.

The Adriatic Sea extends from Friuli-Venezia Giulia to Apulia, and it is characterized by its diverse tracts of coastline : featuring rocks or wide beaches in Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Marche, Abruzzo and Molise, and interesting rock formations along the coast of Apulia. Some of its most famous are Lignano, Bibione, Rimini, Riccione, Cattolica, San Benedetto del Tronto, Giulianova and Vieste.

The Tyrrhenian Sea is the Sea of the Etruscans and of Naples, of the Lazio coast and the rocky shores of Calabria, even reaching the Aeolian Islands with their active volcanoes.

The Ionian Sea is the sea of Magna Graecia, of the Byzantines and of the Normans. In Rossano, Sibari, Scanzano Jonico, Taranto and Gallipoli tourists will find historical tokens.

The Sea of Sardinia is the tract of sea that divides one of the most beautiful islands of the Mediterranean from the Balearic Islands. It mainly washes the Western coast of Sardinia, and meets the Tyrrhenian Sea through the Strait of Bonifacio.

The Strait of Sicily laps the western and southern coasts of Sicily as well as the northern coast of Tunisia.
For me the best sea is on the west side of Italy...The sunset gives another light to places, plus, the beaches are more beautiful.

The bests are in Sardegna, Sicilia, Puglia and Calabria!
If you want relax and beautiful panoramas yes; but if you want chaos and party all the night then Northern Sardinia and Riviera Romagnola
If you want relax and beautiful panoramas yes; but if you want chaos and party all the night then Northern Sardinia and Riviera Romagnola

Of course, but for "chaos" and party, Spanish Costa Brava and Balears and Greek islands are better and cheaper!
Since I don't like discos and such stuff, My favourites in Italy are Sardegna, Sicilia, Puglia, Calabra...There are beatiful beaches! (y):giggle:
america has the most beautiful beaches in the world, partially because we're still are a "virgin" continent.
it depends on the place too in america.
i think brazil beaches and californian ones are beautiful.
if you want the party it's cancun, miami beach, and california
I think that Sardinia and the Amalphitan Coast have the primate of beauty and also the Isle of Giglio (Tuscany).
About Abruzzo, as I like rocky beaches, I suggest San Vito (Chietino), to don't confuse with the other San Vito of Sicily.
i think Promontorio del Gargano is stunning... I've been there




from the official italian tourism site:

A dream in blue: that is the Italian sea.
Beaches in Italy

A dream in blue: that is the Italian sea. Imagine a king journey that takes you to see the wonders of the Italian peninsula and islands, to explore and recount your experiences in thousands and thousands of kilometers of coastline, beaches, cliffs, lagoons, gulls, marine reserves and parks, and to plan excursions and adventures in the most delightful places on the Mediterranean. The Adriatic, Ionian. Tyrrhenian and Ligurian: the Italian seas are an infinite voyage of discovery, an infinite gamut of possibilities in which each of us can find the perfect choice for an unforgettable holiday. First of all, they mean healthy places and waters, certified by numerous awards from international organizations and institutions whose job it is to check that the environment is protected and who have acknowledged a high level of quality along the Italian shores. The beaches offer visitors a number of services that spring from a thousand-year-old tradition of hospitality, brought even more up to date by the development of modern, efficient facilities. And finally, the seas of Italy surround a land that is unique in the world, a treasure-house of art and history, perfumes and flavors, colors and images which no-one else can boast. Blue waters, sandy coastlines or steep cliffs, a myriad of coves, bays and islands; the Italian Mediterranean is truly a living dream.

The Adriatic Sea: the land of fun for young people and families alike

f we stop to look at the never-ending sequence of beaches, let our gaze wonder over the thousands of towns and villages, and intoxicate our senses with the colors and the scents, we realize a deep-seated truth: the Adriatic is a generous mother who has given birth to children that are very different from each other, but who are still brothers and sisters. We can see it as we approach this holiday paradise, just a step away from the centre of Europe, where the sea looks towards the East and the Balkans, and then go along the coast towards the Po delta and as far as le Marche. We see unrolling before us a film, which has forever been the same and yet is different each day. The water is inviting, and the sand velvety. The sun is strong, but it does not burn. The heat is great, but it comes especially from the warmth of the people of all ages and countries who flock to the Adriatic coast to meet other people. Children devote themselves to their games, families find themselves more united, and the young people get to know each other and have fun. There are many languages spoken here, but one in particular that everyone understands: the universal language of sea and holidays.

[There's More In Italy] In the Friuli region, the Miramare castle on the promontory stretching out into the Adriatic at Crignano, is the most famous building on the Trieste coast. It was built between 1858 and 1870 by order of Archduke Maximilian of Hapsburg, who, however, never saw it completed: after he had accepted the crown of Emperor of Mexico, he was shot dead in 1867 by the Republicans of Benito Juarez. The castle is now open to the public and the sea it stands above is today a protected natural area.

The first seaside resorts on the Adriatic coast were established in the middle of the nineteenth century. From then on the very fine sand, the calm sea, the excellent climate, and the sincere, creative conviviality of the people have been the distinguishing features of a new, more open, different way to receive guests. Hotels, restaurants, meeting places, leisure, sports and cultural centers are constantly centered around these values. Ageless and unprejudiced, this long strip of land, which from north to south includes the northern and central Italian Adriatic coast, appeals to tourists from all over the world, in a language they all understand. The Adriatic has a long tradition of welcoming visitors and especially appeals to families. Beautiful beaches are equipped with all facilities including baby parks and keep fit sessions on the sand. The Adriatic also appeals to young people offering them a variety of night life entertainment (particularly on the Romagna Riviera which is unrivalled in its discos and night spots and has no seasonal limits). If you then remember that the Adriatic beaches are really only a few kilometers away from cities of great cultural prestige (from Venice to Trieste, Ravenna and Urbino), that these areas are interwoven with a very rich tradition of good food and wine, and that the network of roads, motorways and airports makes it very easy to get around, you understand the reason for the ongoing success of this part of the Italian Mediterranean. The Adriatic coast passes through seven Italian regions, from the border with Slovenia down to the farthest point of Apulia. The most northern part includes the seaside resorts of the Friuli and Veneto regions. In the gulf of Trieste, it is dominated by rocks looking down over the sea, with delightful stretches of sand at their bases. The Friuli Adriatic offers not only beaches equipped for those holiday-makers who love to have all possible comforts available to them (Sistiana and Ginestre), but also more secluded beaches for those who seek greater tranquility. The generally less well-known resorts (Costa dei Barbari, Duino) usually have little eating-places with simple cuisine, and are certain to offer good fish dishes. There are a ways sports facilities for tennis, horse-riding, football and, of course, sailing. A holiday here also gives you the chance to get into the sport of potholing - a sport which started up in the Carso area over a hundred years ago and offers a way to explore thousands of underground caves, or else rock climbing, for example, on the natural rock - face for training climbers in the Rosandra valley, just a short distance from Trieste. The oldest and best-known seaside resorts are Grado (there are some remarkable architectural and artistic treasures in the old town-centre), Marano, and the more recently established Lignano Sabbiadoro all on the edges of beautiful lagoons.
Going southwards, 117 kilometers of broad, sandy beaches form the dividing line between the sea and the land of the Veneto region. The fine sand is the color of amber and the wide beaches slope down gently into the water, ideal for people who love swimming offshore whilst enjoying the view of the land. This is perfect for walkers, jogging along the shore, or simply relaxing at the water's edge. It is very safe for children who can play happily in the water without coming to any harm. There are countless places worthy of note: Bibione, beautifully situated like an island between the sea and a set of canals, which separate it from the mainland, has highly modem tourist facilities, set in natural surroundings of great beauty; Caorle, with its ancient dwellings; Lido di Jesolo has facilities that can easily accommodate the many thousands of visitors, and Sottomarina, with wide, welcoming beaches just a short distance from Chioggia, a very old fishing town.

[There's More In Italy] The Romagna region is the homeland of the most famous Italian gourmet, Pellegrino Artusi, and it is itself a real gastronomic "oasis", with splendid wines (Albana, Trebbiano, Sangiovese), delicious, tasty dishes ("cappelletti", "ravioli", and infinite ways of cooking fish) and a tradition in which food, hospitality and making merry are the secrets of good living.

The line separating the lands of the Veneto and those of the Emilia Romagns region is the wide delta of the Po River - the longest river in Italy. South of the delta, recent, impressive urbanization work in the Comacchio area has created the so-called Sette Lidi, or Seven Lidos (Lido di Volano, Lido delle Nazioni, Lido di Pomposa, Lido degli Scacchi, Lido degli Estensi, Lido di Spina and Porto Garibaldi), which are today host to a firmly-established seaside tourism, with holiday homes and residences.
The Romagna Riviera is proverbially famous for its highly-organized beaches, enabling a huge seaside village to spring up in a continuous line along the coast - a holiday city where people meet each other, make new friends, listen to music and dance, have fun by day and by night, and throw themselves into sporting activities. From the Po estuary, to the Gabicce promontory, there are 110 kilometers of gentle coastline linking the Comacchio lidos to Cattolica, including Marina di Ravenna, Milano Marittima, Cervia, Cesenatico, Gatteo, San Mauro, Bellaria, Igea Marina, Viserba and Rimini, Riccione and Misano. The shoreline is on average one hundred meters wide, and the sand is extremely fine and golden.
The Emilia Romagna Riviera appeals to visitors from all over the world and is popular because of its large beaches, the quality of its services and its safety: there are over 1400 bathing beaches equipped with facilities, 337 rescue look-out points - one every three hundred meters -800 lifeguards, and 45 first aid centers with ambulances. Among the many opportunities offered by this, the real "heart" of the Adriatic, is the Family and Children Club, which offers high quality holidays for the "little ones" all year round: special furnishings in the rooms, efficient services in the dining rooms, special needs catered for in the preparation of meals, equipped play areas, a warm welcome, as well as small gift shops and tourist information for the younger customer. Romagna, with its capital Rimini, is very popular with the young people too - those who are perhaps looking for a fun-filled holiday rather than a restful one. Rimini by night is their world, throbbing like a funky rhythm, romantic like the moonlight, warm and impetuous like a river of joy that fills the heart. It represents the longing to be caught up in a summer dream, on your own, in a twosome or together with lots of other people: it is positive, musical and all pervasive. It is the exciting sound of the discos, dinner on a boat under the stars, a cafe-concert, a rural festival up in the hills, an ice cream on the sea front, evening shopping, an open-air film, an opera, or a bar with jazz music.
The Gabicce headland forms the boundary of the Romagna region, and we then come to Le Marche - a coastline stretching for a good 180 kilometers as far as the mouth of the Tronto. The sea shore of Le Marche, with its beautiful beaches alternating with pebbles, rocks and sand, has everything holidaymakers could want. In the northern part of the region, known as the "Riviera of the hills", long, slender beaches are interrupted here and there by headlands, small coves or the mouths of mountain streams.
The resorts of Gabicce Mare, Pesaro and Fano offer a quiet seaside holiday even for inexpert swimmers and children. A little further south, Senigallia, the ancient capital of the Senones Gauls, is famous today throughout Europe for its very fine, white, velvety beach. In the distance, you can see the Conero, a headland of extraordinary beauty thrusting out into the blue of the sea just behind Ancona. Here, the most unusual stretch of Le Marche coastline starts: the Conero Riviera, with splendid white bays, sometimes accessible only by boat or along paths cutting through the Mediterranean maquis. Going southwards from Ancona, you come to a succession of charming tourist sites: Portonovo, Sirolo and Numana, with its practical and efficient tourist harbor, and Marcelli the most modern, with tourist villages, residences and many facilities for accommodating visitors. Further along the coast, there are wide, flat beaches, as far as the green surroundings of the pine woods at Porto Recanati, Porto Potenza Picena and Civitanova Marche (with two ports, one for tourism and one for fishing). To complete the panorama of Le Marche coastline, we cannot fail to mention the green Ascoli Piceno Riviera, stretching between Porto Sant'Elpidio, Lido di Fermo, Porto San Giorgio and Pedaso and the so-called Riviera of the Palms, between Cupra Marittima, Grottammare and San Benedetto del Tronto, with its 7000 palm trees.

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