Yes, you read that right. Tuscany beaches. There’s way more to this gorgeous region than tasty food, luscious wilderness and Renaissance art you know. Basically, Tuscany is an absolute babe of a destination. No question. Tuscany’s beaches are almost as diverse as the landscapes of its renowned interior, and we’re about to take you through a coastal handbook for this Italian stallion. And if you’re looking for a more in-depth look at Tuscany, we’ve got a full travel guide too!
Oh, and by the way – we’ve got some incredible and stylish villas in Tuscany with a beach nearby, if you wanted to treat yourself!
A quick guide to Tuscany’s beaches and coastline
To the north, the coast brushes up against the Apuan Alps, allowing you to enjoy a hike in the morning and sandy stretches of coast in the afternoon.
Further south, Versilia is famed as a hotspot for the Italian social elite and for its lively nightlife. This stretch of coast is more developed than many other parts, so makes for a good destination for those who are happy to sacrifice quieter beaches for better access to facilities, bars, and restaurants.
The Pisan Coast offers unspoiled beaches and long stretches of sand, with impressive dunes, quaint fishing villages, and leisure facilities. With fantastic conditions for sailing and windsurfing, it’s perfect for active families.
Continuing south, the Etruscan Coast is largely defined by smaller coves and beautiful beach towns, while the Piombino Coast features white, sandy beaches backed by pine forests that manage to avoid overcrowding in even the busiest of months.
The Maremma and Silver are both spectacular stretches of coast, much of which is protected by pine forests and wilderness areas that add to their secluded, romantic feel.
Our 7 favourite Tuscany beaches
The Principina a Mare
The Principina a Mare is a secret delight that’s situated in the Grosseto region. Backed by dense pine forest, there’s a tonne of things to keep you busy here, including kayaking, cycling and horse riding.
Forte dei Marmi
A popular choice amongst the Italian glitterati, as well as international jet-setters, this stretch of coast includes several beaches, all of which back on to the famous esplanade. The town is well-known for its vibrant nightlife.
Marina di Alberese
If you want to escape the crowds and see a wilder side of the Tuscan coast, Marina di Alberese is a very good choice. Accessible via an 8km bike path, the beach’s relative isolation means it remains in pristine condition.
Though it requires a little bit of a walk to reach, Cala Violina is a stunning crescent bay that combines pristine, clear waters and white sands in the way only the Mediterranean can. The beach is located near Scarlino.
Tombolo della Feniglia
Situated next to the Laguna di Orbetello, it’s home to hundreds of species of migratory bird. The beach itself is long, sandy, unspoilt, and far less crowded than many of those further north.
Cala di Forno
Isolated in the middle of the striking Parco Uccellina, Cala di Forno is a little slice of paradise at the heart of a wild, rocky, and craggy stretch of coast. Bring your own picnic as facilities are scarce.
If you’re heading off the mainland to explore one of the islands of Tuscan Archipelago, we recommend Isola Giglio for its incredible beaches. Picturesque coves, great scuba-diving and snorkelling make it one of our favourite islands.
Fancy a coastal excursion to Tuscany after reading about this eclectic assortment of Tuscany beaches? We get you. Head on over to our website to check out our stylish collection of villas in the region, or get in contact with our concierge team who would be happy to help you out! If you loved delving in to another side of Tuscany, then you might be interested in reading our blog on all things hidden Tuscany…