When the heat and bustle of Rome become too much, do as the Romans do and head to Santa Marinella.
Florence sits in the heart of Tuscany’s inland hills, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t take a day trip to the beach from here.
Take the vaporetto (water bus) to the Santa Maria Elisabetta stop and walk to the sandy stretch known as the Lido.
Ask any Italian where to find the country’s best beaches and they are bound to name the island of Sardinia.
Just a short drive from the Valley of the Temples, Scala dei Turchi makes for a refreshing break after a tour of the ancient ruins.
The Amalfi Coast has fabulous coastal cliffs, but you may be surprised to learn that the beach choices here are limited.
When the winds are favorable to the eastern coastline, many head to Torre dell’Orso after a morning marveling at Lecce’s ornate baroque gems.
The Cinque Terre is the most famous stretch of Ligurian coastline, but is often overrun with tourists in the summer.