Since it’s been Earth day this week, we thought it would be a great idea to celebrate the wondrous beaches across Italy. This will be a two parter series and we will start off with : Tuscany, Amalfi and le Marche.
Tuscany is not viewed specifically as a beach paradise, but it’s a worth a note that it has over 250 miles of coastline! If you’re looking for beaches that are busy, and lined with lots of deck chairs than many around the Versilia Coast (up North) will give you what you’re looking for. However at Bridgewater we like to source out beaches that are a little different with charm, elegance and surrounded by a lot of luxury.
Off the beaten track…
Heading away from the North you will find a small fishing port called Castiglione della Pescaia. With 15 kilometers of unspoilt sandy beaches. It’s the kind of beach that doesn’t boast, it’s simply understated beauty. As the beach is situated in a small fishing port, it doesn’t get too busy only slightly in high season but it’s a great bach to watch the locals get involved with a bit of sport. It’s a real Italian Beach.
If you want to take a quick ferry over to the Island of Elba then it’s approx 45 minutes. Elba is a little gem and well-known for its many variety of beaches. Our favourite being Capo Bianco which is on the North side of the Island. White shingle sand, crystal clear waters and a backdrop of grassy hilltops.
Find more on Elba beaches here : http://idyllicitalyblog.wordpress.com/2012/10/03/discover-the-glorious-beaches-of-elba-in-tuscany/
The Amalfi Coast is surrounded by lots of water but very few beaches or at least what the common though a beach is. Many ‘beaches’ are rocky, with small patches of sand or pebbles. Yet there are quite a few coves to be explored, and you’ll be surrounded by clear waters that glisten when the hot sun hits it.
We’ve chosen the Amalfi’s Spiaggia Grande because it’s one of the most liveliest beaches but it’s has a stunning backdrop of the mountains, grassy tops and quaint houses embedded into the rock. It’s popular with families, and there are many boat services available should you want to explore the secluded coves.
The Adriatic Coast is known for keeping beaches that can only be described as hidden jewels. It has a long and varied coastline with easy accessible sandy beaches, and more secluded ones that have to be reached by boat. Le Marche can boast about having the highest number of blue flagged beaches meaning they’re well kept and have an eco-label attached.
Mezzavalle is one of our favourite beaches purely because of how secluded it is, this is due to a 20 minute trek down a cliff on a winding path – but it’s a perfect excuse to witness the turquoise waters that surround you. Located in Monte Conero, north of the famous Riviera del Conero – it’s adorned with fresh white pebbles, and lots of greenery.
Stay tuned for our second blog on our guide to the best beaches in Italy
Bridgewater’s Idyllic Italy