The 10 most charming beaches in Tuscany
Tuscany is a diverse region that offers its visitors art, culture, gastronomy, wine and pristine beaches where travelers can relax after getting to know the area’s history-filled cities and picturesque countryside.
No matter what kind of beach you’re looking for, you’ll find it in Tuscany: white sandy beaches, resorts ideal for families traveling with small children, quiet hidden gems, and exclusive destinations where you can rub elbows with the VIPs that gather here every summer.
Costa degli Etruschi
This stretch of coastline in the province of Livorno (Leghorn) takes its name from the ancient peoples who inhabited the region before the coming of the Roman Empire. You’ll find traces of the Etruscans’ presence dotted throughout the coast. The golden beaches in this area range from the well-known Baratti and San Vincenzo beaches to lesser-known gems such as Piombino.
The Costa degli Etruschi is also home to one of the more peculiar beaches in Tuscany, the Caribbean-like Rosignano Solvay beach, which owes its fairy-white color to a local baking soda manufacturing plant.
Near Livorno in Quercianella you’ll also find beautiful rocky beaches like the natural pools of Castiglioncello.
Beaches in Versilia (in the province of Lucca) are, in my opinion, not particularly beautiful but are probably the best in the area for visitors looking for entertainment and nightlife.
The best-known beaches in the area (Forte dei Marmi, Viareggio and Lido di Camaiore) are all private beaches that sunbathers must pay to access. VIPs anchor their yachts up and down the coast to take advantage of this area’s nightclubs and Michelin-starred restaurants. The beaches are golden, wide, and offer a range of services.
Spiagge di Pisa
In the province of Pisa the beaches are narrower and the currents tend to be strong, especially around Pisa’s harbor. If you have children with you, the best beaches to visit are Tirrenia and Calambrone.
Argentario and the Grossetano
This is one of my favorite stretches along the Tuscan coastline, boasting some of the most beautiful beaches in the whole of Italy.
Marina Alberese, a beach at the end of a pine forest, is the perfect spot for families traveling with children.
Cala Violina near Scarlino is a hidden gem, and can only be reached after a 20 minute walk. The bay is spectacular, the sand is a fine white and the water is pure turquoise. This is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful beaches in the entire country.
In the Argentario and the bay of Orbetello you’ll find Cacciarella, a small beach which gives way to Cala Grande and the gorgeous Cala Gesso, which is ideal for snorkeling. The walk to reach these secluded beaches is more than worth it.
Feniglia and Giannella on the other hand are beautiful golden beaches which are easy to reach and ideal for families with children. Nearby you’ll also find the Bagni di Diocleziano which take their name from a Roman villa in the area. At low tide you can reach ancient roman pools which were used to farm fish.
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