Italy has long been a favourite destination for discerning holidaymakers. Visit this glorious part of southern Europe, described by the legendary poet Dante as the bel paese (beautiful country), and you can enjoy the best of everything.
Since the days of the Roman Empire, Italy has possessed tremendous historical, artistic and cultural significance. It’s characterised by iconic landmarks (Rome’s Colosseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Venice’s Rialto Bridge, to name just a few), stunning scenery, sandy beaches, turquoise waters, artistic masterpieces, mouth-watering food and drink, rustic villages, vibrant cities, the latest fashions, great entertainment and more.
Everywhere you turn when vacationing in Italy, you’re met with picture-postcard views. The coastal areas are particular highlights. When you consider that much of Italy is surrounded by water (namely the Adriatic, Tyrrhenian, Ionian and Mediterranean Seas) and boasts 7,600km of coastline, it’s clear that Italian beach holidays are in a league of their own.
All around Italy are amazing coastal areas just waiting to be discovered by holidaymakers. Italian beaches are numerous and pleasingly diverse – whether you’re looking for white sands, secluded coves, sun-lounger heaven or water sports, for example, you’re sure to find the ideal destination.
Handpicked Holiday Homes on the Italian Coast
Beach lovers are spoilt for choice when visiting Italy – there’s a resort to suit every taste, and 10% of the world’s Blue Flag beaches are found in this outstanding country. What’s more, our talented team has assembled an unbeatable portfolio of the finest Italian holiday villas near beaches.
One of the jewels in Italy’s crown, Sicily encompasses everything from long stretches of golden sand to windswept, rocky coves. Lo Zingaro nature reserve has a different beach for every day of the week, all with crystal waters. With its gorgeous beach, historic Cefalu has plenty of charm, as does the nearby Villa Il Cobalto. The beachfront villa’s views are awe-inspiring.
Sardinia is another beach paradise island, featuring pristine sands and emerald waves. It’s loved by tourists but manages to retain a sense of intrigue. Sardinia’s white beaches are famous, as is the Spiaggia Rosa, with its coral-coloured sheen. There are plenty of activities to take part in, including horse riding on the beach, windsurfing and scuba diving. Sardinia is an excellent destination for scuba diving and snorkelling, as the clear waters allow you to easily see the marine life and corals.
In the village of Porto Taverna, you’ll find Mavriana, a charming apartment with panoramic sea views. In just ten minutes, you can be relaxing on a sun-lounger on a sandy beach! The shallow waters of Porto Taverna make this an ideal destination for a child-friendly getaway, be sure to stroll along the beach to spot the flamingos.
In the south of mainland Italy sits popular Puglia. Silky sands and warm waters make this region a magical place for a beach holiday. You can go on a tour of the Adriatic Sea and enjoy exploring the coastline and caves.
Close to the lovely seaside resort of Savelettri, the chic Villa Virtuoso is within easy reach of excellent beaches. Also consider the sophisticated Amalfi Coast’s sandy and pebbly beaches, plus Calabria’s crystalline coast.
Less widely known but equally wonderful is central Italy’s lush, peaceful Le Marche, the only region where more than eleven towns boast Blue Flag beaches. The luxurious holiday property Casa Barbina is perfect when you want to be close to gorgeous sands. Beautiful Tuscany’s coast (especially around Versilia) is another marvellous choice for beach breaks.
Further north, Liguria is home to the unforgettable Italian Riviera and has more Blue Flag awards than any other region of Italy – 27! Expect azure waters and smooth sands, especially at Loano. Visit the Marina di Loano and enjoy a coffee whilst enjoying the beautiful sea view or enjoy spending the day sunbathing on the excellent Il Cavallino Bianco Beach.
If you love hitting the beach, what could be better than staying in a gorgeous Italian holiday property by the coast? Unlike hotels, a villa is a home-from-home with added luxury. We specialise in properties that are conveniently located, provide all sorts of modern features and have been tastefully decorated to make your stay not just special but sublime.
Explore the properties below to find many more top Italian beach resorts and villas to enjoy.