Welcome back to our second blog inspired by Earth day this week and all of her amazing natural assets. Today we’re going to be looking at the best beaches in Italy specifically in Lazio, Puglia, and Sicily.
Rome is not very well known for its beaches. Of course you come to Rome to experience the culture, history and witness the famous Vatican. Although if you’re wanting to get away from all of the city hustle and bustle and want to soak up the sun and play in the sand, then there there are few beaches. The one’s we’ve picked require a little bit of travelling to access them, but we promise you that they’re worth it!
We adore Santa Marinella which is north west of Rome and is on the more quieter side. It’s a free beach, but with options to rent a sun lounger. It takes about 45 minutes to get to from Rome and cost around 7 euros (round trip). It’s a pretty beach: the water is from the Mediterranean sea, and the sand is a pale shade of sandy brown and soft on your soles.
We also love Sperlonga because it’s a cross between a sandy golden beach and a nature reserve. You can either choose to pay for a deck chair, sun lounger or you can take your own towel and relax for free. This beach is worth a trip to if you’ve a whole day (or few) to spend at it as it takes around two and half hours by car, and there are regular trains from Rome but it can take longer to get there.
Puglia is the 7th largest region in Italy out of 20 and is an excellent part of Italy for azure waters, and soft sandy beaches. It’s popular with diving, yachting , and water spots; you’re never too far from the sea!
Torre Mozza is located on the south west coast of Salento. Puglia and the beaches here is likened to that of the Caribbean with it’s turquoise/ green colouring and white sands. It’s a beach for peace and quiet, and is clean and safe.
Torre dell’Orso also located in Salento is one of the biggest sand beaches. With white chalky cliffs surrounding it, green water and trees nearby for shade. It’s got easy parking access and it is a blue flagged beach meaning it’s maintained to a high standard.
At the tip of the boot, Sicily is an island to itself. In fact it’s the largest island in the Mediterranean and has hot and dry summers and mild and wet winters so it’s practically good beach weather most of the time! In 2011 Sicilian beaches were awarded the blue flag so you can be rest assured that they are safe, clean and ideal to swim and play on.
Perhaps not a quiet beach due to it’s easy accessible location but San Vito Lo Capo offers generously spacious light sandy beaches with sparkling clear water, which you’d expect off the Med. With gentle lapping waters, it’s ideal for swimmers of all levels. It’s got an array of shops, restaurants, and bars should you want to freshen up and catch lunch.
Join us next time to find out our beach guide on Sardinia and Liguria
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