A list of the top Tuscan beaches includes those awarded the BANDIERA BLU
(The Blue Flag)
Usually each year there are about 15-20 beaches in Tuscany marked with this sign.
“Bandiera Blu” is an official sign of beach recognition, a mark of its quality, used in 60 countries all around the world.
Beaches marked by the Blue Flag are rated according to the quality of their shore and water, parking places, bars and restaurants nearby, toilets, shower and etc.
However, even if the beach does not have the Blue Flag, it does not mean that it is inappropriate or dangerous!
So here are the best Tuscan beaches for you to enjoy!
RIVIERA APUANA & LUNIGIANA
High, rocky and white marble mountains that descend almost to the sea, warm waves of the Mediterranean, small ancient villages, medieval castles, crooked secluded churches. It is a place where legends intertwine with reality and take travellers to a coastal tip, savouring of the extraordinary atmosphere.
Riviera Apuana and Lunigiana can be visited not only in summer, when the blue sea is most attractive, but also at other times of year.
You can choose mountain tourism or get acquainted with cultural architectural and culinary heritage. It is necessary to visit the impressive marble quarries!
MARINA DI PISA - TIRRENIA - CALAMBRONE
The beaches in this area are slightly different than in Versilia in the north – here they are surrounded by pine forests. The beaches near Pisa tend to have strong underwater currents.
However, the place is well protected - there are several beaches for families with young children that are equipped with rocky barriers,
which save the beaches from the open sea.
FORTE DEI MARMI - VIAREGGIO - LIDO DI CAMAIORE - PIETRA SANTA
Versilia is extended between the Alpi Apuane Mountains, the Mediterranean Sea and Massaciuccoli Lake.
The average summer temperature is 24,5° so there is no devastating heat.
Versilia is famous for its wonderful long beach with yellow soft sand and active nightlife.
It is often possible to meet here Italian elite and Tv stars.
The beaches of Versilia are long and wide, one of them even connects the Forte dei Marmi and Viareggio.
The water in Versilia area is clean, but strong currents that are sometimes felt here make the water look oily.
Forte dei Marmi and Lido di Camaiore are the most popular areas with free beaches, where you can find well-equipped recreation zones.
Those, who are looking for free beaches, should go to Pietrasanta, which has a wide seaside with enough space for umbrella and towel.
The Etruscan Coast is one of the most interesting seaside zones in Tuscany.
There are many traces of Etruscan heritage, transparent sea, ancient villages located on hills, natural parks, one of the world’s most famous wines and delicious seafood cuisine.
Costa degli Etruschi is crossed by one of the most famous
Tuscan cultural gastronomic roads “Strada del Vino”.
ANTIGNANO, QUERCIANELLA, CASTIGLIONCELLO, VADA di ROSIGNANO MARITTIMO, CECINA, MARINA di BIBBONA, CASTEGNETO CARDUCCI, SAN VINCENZO,
The Etruscan Coast includes several most famous Tuscan beaches.
Going from Antignano towards Rosignano, travellers are surprised by splendid scenery - the road here winds across rocky coastal downhill.
Many Italians come here for sunbathing on the rocks.
If you also want to try it – do not forget your slippers!
Beaches in the area are covered with large pebbles and surrounded by pine forests.
FOLLONICA, CASTIGLIONE della PESCAIA, MARINA di GROSSETO, PRINCIPINA di GROSSETO, MONTE ARGENTARIO, PUNTA ALA
Maremma is considered as the largest coastal territory in Tuscany, extending in the south of this Italian region.
From Capalbio, dotted with rocks and green forests, from Italian favourite Follonica to Argentario and its Spanish fortresses, Castiglione della Pescaia, which is the best place to enjoy the DOLCE VITA (sweet life).
You can continue to explore the mysterious Etruscan villages hidden in hills, and perhaps to enjoy the wild nature of Parco della Maremma.
Maremma area includes many free beaches both paved with fine light sand and quite rocky.
One of the best places for families is Marina di Alberese, though it is usually crowded enough, the coast is nice and wide, having pine trees nearby.
Those, who wish to find a more remote beach, should walk for about 15 minutes through the grove to the beach of Cala Violina,
located to the north of Castiglione della Pescaia.
Tips when visit the beach
The Mediterranean Sea (unlike the Adriatic) is deepening rapidly, so be careful.
On private beaches a pair of beach chairs and umbrella will cost you from €15 to €30 per day (or more in high season: June-August). There you will also find changing rooms, showers, toilets, cafeterias.
Free beaches are not equipped with fresh water showers and toilets (you can use the toilet in bars nearby ).
Sunscreen (€5-12), beach towels (€10) and umbrella (€10-15), diving mask (€5), slippers (€5-15) can be purchased in kiosks located near the beaches.
Parking may be difficult for the the most popular beaches. “Illegal” parking is punished by a fine of €35.