Fancy white sandy beaches and blue water? The good news is that there are many to choose from and scattered in every corner of our country. Taking advantage of a low-cost flight, you can organise a sun and sea trip to the location of your choice.
If you still don’t know which destination to select for your dream holiday, here are the best white beaches in Italy, starting with those in Tuscany, with the shores of Rosignano, Vada and Livorno, passing through Sicily, with the island of Lipari, and the most beautiful seaside resorts in Sardinia.
Tuscany’s White Beaches
That Tuscany offers the best white beaches in Italy is nothing new and the great thing is that you are spoilt for choice. Among these are the stretches of white sand of Torre Mozza, located in the shadow of an ancient coastal tower. Also not to be missed are the white beaches on the islands, such as Le Cannelle, on Giglio, with its quartz sand, and Cala Giovanna, on the island of Pianosa, where the remains of a Roman villa can also be seen.
The White Beaches of Rosignano
Remaining on the Tuscan theme, other locations famous for the beauty of their white beaches include Rosignano Marittimo, made special by its Caribbean colours, thanks to its transparent waters and white sand as fine as talcum powder. There are also numerous bars and restaurants where you can take a pleasant break between sunbathing and a dip in the sea during the hottest hours of the day.
The white beaches of Vada
Not only Rosignano: the nearby resort of Vada, repeatedly awarded the Blue Flag, will also be a welcome surprise for lovers of tropical-style white beaches. Its crystal-clear waters lap a long, wide expanse of sand, where bathing establishments with all comforts alternate with free stretches bordered by thick pine forests, perfect for those seeking cooler, shaded areas.
Livorno’s white beaches
The province of Livorno is no less impressive when it comes to white beaches: the expanse of silvery sand of the Sterpaia Coastal Park is a striking example. Located in the Gulf of the Sun, between Follonica and Piombino, it is surrounded by dunes and, in some stretches, fragrant pine forests. The sea is clear with a gently sloping seabed, ideal for those who love swimming or are travelling with small children.
Sicily’s white beaches
The queen of white beaches in Sicily is certainly San Vito Lo Capo, with its 3 km-long Caribbean expanse and its marvellous sea with a fairly shallow seabed for easy entry into the water. Still on the subject of ‘white’, the beach of San Lorenzo, near Marzamemi, is also worth a visit. It is part of the Vendicari reserve and stands out for its wide beach of white sand, washed by turquoise waters.
The white beaches of Lipari
On the island of Lipari, the famous Papesca, also called the white beach, owes its colour to a high presence of pumice. It lies along the eastern side of the island and is divided in two by the Capo Rosso promontory. The turquoise sea is here overhung by a white cliff and creates fantastic plays of light. You can also see the jetties that were once used to transfer the material extracted from the quarries to ships.
Sardinia’s white beaches
Sardinia, it is certainly known throughout the world, has an abundance of white beaches that are nothing short of marvellous. A few examples? Cala Luna, in the Gulf of Orosei, with its suggestive grottos, Cala Brandinchi, known as ‘Little Tahiti’ in San Teodoro, Is Arutas, the beach whose sparkling whiteness is due to quartz grains, and La Pelosa in Stintino, a true tropical paradise in the Tyrrhenian Sea, surrounded by dunes covered with junipers.