Rome, Florence and Venice are the most visited cities in Italy during summer..and if you want to combine some beach time without going to the Amalfi Coast, Puglia, Sardinia or Sicily..there are plenty of options even if you’re staying in one of the big three tourist cities. Still, it can be hard to know which of the beaches to choose near Rome, Florence, and Venice. So here is a little guide to help you..we can assure that these are the locals' favorite spots. Don't forget, Fantastica Italia can organize you day trip to these beautiful places too!
Beaches near Venice
The closest beach to Venice is definitely Lido.
The Venice Lido is just minutes from the center of Venice and along several vaporetto lines (get off at the Santa Maria Elisabetta stop), so a break here doesn’t require much preparation or planning. The Lido gets quite crowded in the summer, since it is so convenient, but it’s been blue-flagge so the the water is clean, and the sand is soft. Perhaps one of the most elegant (this is where the chic Venice Film Festival is held each year) and well-fitted out beaches, the stabilimenti here are furnished with everything from “huts”--large cabins with a veranda and an awning—to the more simple beach chairs and umbrellas.
Beaches near Florence
Viareggio is one of the most popular beaches in Tuscany, and it has everything you could need: water, sand, restrooms, showers, and cafes. And yes, it’s been blue-flagged. The shallow water makes it great for kids, and the beach is really long, so even though it gets extremely crowded, you’ll still be able to find a spot (although renting a cabana here, which you have to do, will cost you). It takes 1.5 hours on the train from Florence, and the train station is located half a mile from the beach.
One of the most beautiful beaches is Castiglioncello. This (blue-flagged) area of the Etruscan coast has both rocky and sandy beaches, perfectly clear water, a water sports center, and spectacular scenery, complete with cliffs and coves. The fastest train route takes you there in just under 2 hours.. so worth visiting!
Beaches near Rome
The most convenient beach is certainly Ostia, (where you can also visit the ruins of the Roman port city of Ostia Antica) at just over 30 minutes by train. This town’s beaches get crowded during the weekends, as daytrippers are drawn to the closest beach to the city. It is easy to rent an umbrella and a sunbed, but there is also a stretch of public beach where anyone can claim a towel-sized lot for the day.
Santa Marinella is one of the nicest beach : the sand is soft, the water is clear, the resort town has some good seafood restaurants ..great day trip!
The most beautiful beach is Sperlonga. The whitewashed, picturesque town of Sperlonga perches on a cliff over the sea with the beach stretching below. The beach has also been blue-flagged which means that it has met high standards for environmental cleanliness, water quality, and safety.
There are so many options even if you only want to visit the main cities and spend a day at the beach!! Ready to plan?? Summer has just started!!