Friday, July 8, 2016

7 Stunning, Must Visit Italian Beaches

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You may or may not know by now that Italy is one of my favorite places in the entire world - my family is from Italy, I have family who still live there and if I can get there for a trip, you better believe I'll be on the first plane available! The lifestyle is incredible and the way that Italians live their lives is ideal. I love everything about the beautiful country that is Italy and with so many tourist attractions to see, history to learn about and amazing locations to share; Italian beaches are what you may not hear as much about. There's the touristy spots of Capri and even near Rome in and near Ostia, but beyond there - there's SO much more. I love tourist spots just as much as the next travel bug, but I love visiting places that aren't so crowded too, or spots that you wouldn't commonly think of visiting or come across. Here are the 7 most stunning beaches to plan on visiting on your Italian trip:

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1. Varigotti, Liguria: going to Liguria is a weekend norm for Italians who live in places like Milan and Parma. It's located in Northern Italy and screams old Italy which I love! Walking through cobble stoned paths and past Italian homes brings you to the most beautiful of beaches in Northern Italy; most of the water is shallow enough to relax in, collect sea glass and even snorkel. Some of the beaches in Varigotti are hard to get to and require a little bit of exploring and even climbing, but there are beaches here that aren't anything but beautiful!

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2. Tropea, Calabria: it's no surprise that Calabria makes my list; this is where my family is from and where we still have a house, and where I essentially grew to love Italy. Tropea is one of those places that you probably haven't heard of, but is in every way a place you need to know of! There's beautiful scenery every where you look, a gorgeous church you can visit and some of the best gelato Italy offers; highly recommend Gelati Tonino! Not too far from Tropea, there is a town called Scalea and a hotel resort called Santa Caterina that is owned by a family friend - it's TO DIE for. Seriously, so worth visiting! The beaches in Calabria are stunning and if you're headed to Southern Italy, don't underestimate Calabria!

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3. La Pelosa, Sardinia: when I tell you that this is one of the most beautiful, relaxing and crystal clear beaches I have EVER been to... I can't even deal with how pretty it is in Sardinia. La Pelosa is one of the many beaches of Alghero and it's famous for it's white sand and shallow waters that are perfect for swimming! I'm not a huge fan of swimming in the ocean but this is one of the VERY few beaches I've ever been to that I've actually wanted to swim in. I'm deathly afraid of oceans; mostly the fact that if I can't see my feet, I'm scared of what's near me (literally one of my few fears but it's SO real...) It's one of those places that just can't ever get old!

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4. Rimini, Emilia-Romagna: Rimini is famous for it's touristy beaches and they are so beautiful. Rimini is on the Adriatic Sea; on Italy's Eastern coast. The water is beautiful and the beach is gorgeous and filled with big waves, and there are dozens of rows of umbrellas and beach chairs that make for a pretty aerial shot. It's gorgeous here and the colorful homes/buildings surrounding the beach are must-sees too.

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5. Cala Marinella, Sicily: it's no secret that Sicily is beautiful and home to some of THE most gorgeous spots in all of Italy. I have family who moved from Calabria to Sicily, so it's a spot that's close to home in my heart too. Cala Marinella is one of the many beaches throughout the island of Sicily, but it's by far the most beautiful if you ask me! It's a smaller beach but I like it that way - it's beauty is overwhelming - the white sand and tri-colored waters are to die for. It's secluded and part of a nature reserve so you can bet that you'll have a relaxing day at this beach.

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6. Lipari, Aeolian Islands: I honestly think that Lipari and the entire chain of Aeolian Islands may be the closest, prettiest chain of islands there are - even compared to places in the Caribbean. Every single beach in Lipari has the bluest water and THE whitest sands ever. Most are pretty secluded too, and have extremely large and beautiful rocks surrounding it. I love Lipari and all that it has to offer! If you're looking for a beach vacation, this may be your best bet.

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7. Acquafredda di Maratea Beach, Basilicata: one of the most beautiful beaches throughout Northern Italy! The waters are a beautiful shade of blue and is less known to tourists, so if you're looking for a more quiet beach destination, this is a great option. There are quite a few different beach front hotels so you can expect lots of beach chairs for you to lounge in - the best part! There's some awesome cliff jumping opportunities too.. Don't knock it until you try it like I did! ; )

Have you been to Italy? What's your favorite Italian beach?

XOXO

46 comments :

  1. Ok, you're giving me a major case of wanderlust! I love Italy, my family is from there as well, and have been twice but can say that I have not visited the beaches that you have listed. I now am dying to visit Lipari!!! That image alone is tempting me to book as trip ASAP before baby arrives (though I know that won't really be possible).
    xo, Laura
    Have Need Want | www.have-need-want.com

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  2. Gahhhhh I want to go to there!!!! Dying. I desperately want to go!
    XO Amanda | www.glitterandspice.com

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  3. Omg! I love all the beaches. They make for a great backdrop to any photoshoot! I hope I can visit here soon!

    xoxo, Candice
    http://www.candicenikeia.com

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  4. Now I've got 7 new reasons to go back to Italy!!

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  5. Gorgeous! I want to visit them all!

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  6. I stayed in Genoa when I studied abroad last summer and the beaches in Liguria are breathtaking! I'm so sad I'm not going back this summer!

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  7. Italy is on my list for next year so I'm definitely saving this as a reference!

    Greta | www.gretahollar.com

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  8. Just beautiful! I was in Italy for about 8 days last month and loved it. So many wonderful places I would love to return to or new places to see!

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  9. I have yet to go to Italy! It is on my list! These are some lovely places to start with!

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  10. This makes me so bummed I never got to visit any beaches while in Italy. So gorgeous!

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  11. Those are BEAUTIFUL!!! Between the view and the cuisine, that's a trip in the making.

    -Sara
    www.coveritgirl.blogspot.com

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  12. Woah! Those beaches sound awesome. When I think of Italy, I don't go straight to beaches. Thanks for sharing this!

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  13. They all look amazing! I want to travel abroad soon.

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  14. Wow! I want to go see all of them! They look so wonderful!

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  15. That's it! I'm booking a flight now!!

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  16. Italy is so beautiful. It has been my dream since I was a little girl to go there.

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  17. Oh wow. What gorgeous beaches. I want to visit all of them. Italy is so beautiful.

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  18. So many gorgeous beaches. I'd have to visit all of them, they all look like paradise! Never been to Italy though, hopefully one day! - Jeanine

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  19. I'm thinking Italy's beaches might have to be one of my next travel spots :D gorgeous!
    xo, Laura
    www.laurasbestlife.com

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  20. So gorgeous! I went to Torre Santa Giovanni today and it was so so nice. I need to visit these now too! I love how warm and blue the water is.

    -Meagan | Love by Meagan

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  21. Gosh this makes me want to get on a one way plane to Europe right now.. I didn't know Italy was so beautiful and beachy!
    Danika || whatdanikadoes.com

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  22. O Italy! When am I going to get a chance to visit you?!?!?!? Love your photos :)

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  23. Simply amazing! I have yet to go to Italy but I hope that all changes next year. Such a beautiful country!

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  24. The beaches in Italy look amazing. I haven't been to Italy yet but it is on my bucketlist.

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  25. i have been to Italy twice and have never gone to a beach there. Looks like i need to add some of these places to my must see list for my next visit.

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  26. These look BEAUTIFUL!! Need to visit these ASAP!!
    xoxo
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

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  27. My oh my, the pictures are amazing. I have never been to Italy, but I would love to go one day. These are definitely must visit places.

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  28. You're giving me the worst case of wanderlust right now! I'm dying to make it to Italy! Pinning this for the future!

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  29. I want to go to Italy so badly! These beaches look beautiful!

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  30. I have never been to italy but I want to go so bad and these pictures are just amazing! must see!

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  31. Italy is on my list of must see destinations. The beaches look amazing! I think we'll be making a trip there in the next few years for sure!

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  32. Italy is one place I would love to visit one day. These beaches look just gorgeous.

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  33. These beaches are all so beautiful. I want to see them all. I do not know which one I would start with.

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  34. Oh my gosh. Take me here. Immediately!!

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  35. These are definitely some incredible shots, and I would LOVE to go to the beaches in Italy but I need to plan my trip there first. I'm a big Europe lover but there's so many places I have to go on the continent that I'm not sure where Italy stands on the list haha!! xx Adaleta Avdic

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  36. Stunning! I've never been to Italy yet, but I certainly would love to go there someday.

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  37. Omg so many breathtaking beaches!!!!! I wouldn't mind a trip to any of these fabulous places!!!

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  38. Umm...planning trips to all of these ASAP! Haha. These all look gorgeous.

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  39. Wow these beaches are so beautiful!!! I love how the umbrellas and chairs are so perfectly organized at Rimini, Emilia-Romagna. This might have to be my next vacation!

    xo CourtneyDrew

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  40. I love Italy. I have visited more Inland and can't wait to eventually go back to visit some of the beaches! My boyfriend's dad is actually from Calabria which is beautiful. Xoxo Mindy

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  41. I've been wanting to visit Italy for a long time and this just gives me 7 more reasons.

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  42. Looks just amazing. So many places I want to see personally. Thank you for sharing.

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  43. LOVE this! Making me so want to escape and go.

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