The areas with the best beaches in Tuscany
It can be difficult to choose the best beaches in Tuscany, as there are so many to choose, and each one as beautiful as the best. The regions also have many Blue Flag awarded beaches, meaning they are some of the cleanest in the world, and all have fantastic facilities close by. On your Tuscany family holidays, be sure to have a beach day at one of these amazing places and the beaches in the area.
Extending between the Alpi Apuane Mountains, the Mediterranean and Massaciuccoli Lake, this is one of the most popular places to relax by the sea, with average sunny temperatures of 24-25 degrees Celsius in the summer. Versilia is famous for its wonderful long beach and soft golden sand and it often visited by the Italian elite. The beaches of Versilia are long and wide, and the water clean. However, the currents are strong so keep an eye out for anyone straying out too far from the beach. Another positive is this area has a number of free beaches, where you can also find recreation zones; perfect for when the kids are bored of playing in the sea.
One of the most interesting coastal areas of Tuscany and contains several of Tuscany’s most famous beaches, the coastline is dotted about with Etruscan heritage, ancient villages, natural parks and delicious seafood cuisine. In the summer, there are also many cultural events happening in coastal towns, from open-air classical concerts to parties on the white, sandy beaches. Travel from Antignano towards Rosignano and you will be surprised with some spectacular scenery as you wind down rocky hillsides. Many Italians travel to the area to sunbathe on the rocks, and beaches here are rockier but just as lovely as the sandy ones further north.
Pisa is a region rich in artistic monuments and beautiful natural scenery which attracts many tourists from across the world. The beaches in this area are a little different to those found in Versilia: they are surrounded by pine forests, which provide a lovely scent that mixes in with the salty sea air. The beaches near Pisa have a strong underwater current but are very well protected for families with young children. Rocky barriers enclose the beach, saving them from the open sea and creating wonderful natural coastal pools to play and swim in.
Maremma is considered to be the largest coastal territory in Tuscany, covering the southern part of the region. There is rocky terrain, lush green forests, Spanish fortresses and quality food, making Maremma a remarkable slice of Italy. Many of the beaches in the area are free, covered in fine sand and rocks. One of the popular family beaches is Marina di Alberese, which can be crowded in the peak summer months. Those who want to seek out a more remote beach, head to the beach of Cala Violina, located north of Castiglione della Pescaia, an ancient seaside town in Grosseto.
In the north of Tuscany is the historical territory of Lunigiana. The coastline is diverse, with many beautiful landscapes, from rocky mountains that descend almost to the sea to medieval castles nestled among the ancient villages. A stunning place to visit all year round, many visitors to the coast here have fallen in love with the extraordinary atmosphere and relish the secluded cultural and culinary heritage the area offers. Be sure to visit the impressive marble quarries before heading to the beach!
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