Best Tuscany beaches for Families, Nature Lovers & VIP lifestyle seekers
There is no such thing as a top list of the best Tuscany beaches, simply because the Italian region is truly blessed with divine beauty and allure. Everything from the sandy shores to the fully renovated farmhouses is hypnotising. Now, if you are after a relaxing time by the beach, you could start by spending time at cobalt waters and stretches of sugary sand that have received a Blue Flag recognition. Here are some south-to-north groups of beaches to get an idea of their general characteristics.
A few notes before we begin:
- The water level at the coast of Tuscan is very low, as opposed to the Adriatic coast. This means that you will need to walk for quite a few before you finally get into deeper waters.
- When in pursuit of a deeper area in the Tyrrhenian sea, watch your toes. You never know when you will find a deep end. And, do pay attention to how far you have gone from the shore.
Grosseto – A quiet destination worth a trip
If you happen to be around the beautiful area known as Maremma, then do spare a few hours to visit the gorgeous:
- Cala Violina Beach– North of Castiglione, this sandy shore opens up to you after a short 15-minute walk along an enchanting trail in the woods.
- Marina di Alberese – South of Marina di Grosseto, Marina di Alberese is perfect for families and a kid-friendly option. The same applies to Viareggio beach on the northern coast of Tuscany, which features not only a spectacular backdrop of Apuan Alps, but also resorts, bathing establishments, and many more attractions for the little ones (and not only) to enjoy. The bays of Sterpaia and Baratti are also wind-protected, with calmer waters, while the beaches around the Gianella Orbetello lagoon are equally ideal for families with younger and older children.
- Marina di Grosseto – A wonderful golden-sand beach cut for those seeking options away from touristy and crowded αρεασ. It features lots of coloured sunbeds, purpose-built facilities, a paved promenade, and parasols while stretching all the way to the Le Marze and Fiumara beaches.
- Monte Argentario – The coast of Monte Argentario hosts some of the most famous Maremma beaches. Overlooking the mesmerising Giannutri and Giglio Island, Monte Argentario beach is ideal for nature lovers. Offering magnetic vistas, the beaches of La Feniglia and La Giannella are definitely worth exploring.
Maremma is one of the most recently discovered Tuscany regions by foreigners, who tend to rent luxury villas and mansions along the seacoast for an easy transfer between the most populous shores and Tuscany attractions.
Livorno – A charming Ligurian Sea port city
Livorno is split into two coastal regions (1) one that is actually reef and (2) one with coarse sand or small pebbles. If we had to suggest some waterfront locations, we would urge you to visit the beaches from Antignano down to Rosignano, where you can get a nice tan, lay your towel, go snorkelling, and savour the sun. Just bring water shoes as you will need to climb on reefs. And if you feel like grabbing a bite or having a beverage, you will find plenty of boardwalks with cafes, bars, restaurants, and gelatos to please your palate.
For beaches with calmer waters and gentler sand options, you could opt for the shores stretching from Rosignano down to Riotorto. The absence of regular public transportation, though, dictates the use of a car to reach this part of Tuscany.
Finally, Cecina, Vada, and Castiglioncello are the easiest to reach, given the frequent public transportation options, including a train station not far from the coast.
Pisa – A fundamental stop to any Tuscany visit
You will notice that the southern shores are significantly narrower and shorter than their southern cousins. So, don’t be surprised if you come across beaches with stretches of woods behind them! Marina di Pisa, Calambrone, and Tirrenia are some of the best shores to enjoy the sea and the sun. Beware, though, as the currents here are quite strong. That being said, a large rock wall protects Marina di Pisa from the open sea, which makes it particularly suited to families.
Versilia – A delightful blend of golden beaches and a vivid nightlife
Do consider Viareggio, Camaiore, Pietrasanta, Forte dei Marmi, and Marina di Carrara if you are on a mission to explore the Versilia whereabouts. This high-end, lively area has a vibrant night scene and some of the longest and widest sandy shores. The homonymous (and very well-organised) beach is actually one kilometre long! Expect amenities like umbrellas, deck chairs, bars with pasta and snacks, showers, and changing rooms, to name a few. This is definitely one of the most pristine Tuscany locations to book a beachside villa and share romantic moments with your significant other while soaking up panoramic views of the sea spreading below your feet.
If you prefer free options, you could head to Pietrasanta, Livorno, Versilia, or Viareggio, where you can come with your cooler, lay your towel, stick your umbrella to the sand, and swim in the crystalline waters. Watch out for the strong current, though.
Finally, let us not forget the charming island of Elba, which is also home to some of the most extraordinary Tuscany shores being awarded a Blue Flag, such as Cavoli and Fetovaia (at Marino di Campo). From pebbly to sandy, the beaches there are, indeed, incredible.