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The most beautiful beaches in Tuscany

The most beautiful beaches in Tuscany
Tuscany is world famous for its enchanting towns and cities, for the masterpieces of art and architecture and the flavors of its gastronomy. But Tuscany is also surprising for its sea, which shines between Livorno and Maremma, without forgetting the island of Elba, the island of Giglio and the wild island of Pianosa.
So what are the most beautiful beaches in Tuscany? We list them below. Some are ideal for young people, others for families with children, still others for loners looking for absolute peace. Some are equipped and perfect for all needs, others are difficult to reach and therefore decidedly less crowded and ideal for staying away from the chaos. All of them, however, offer fine white sand and a clear sea.
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Calafuria is a magnificent sandstone cliff just south of Livorno. Here the Mediterranean scrub dominates and there are numerous paths that offer beautiful views of the sea. On clear days the view extends from the promontory of Piombino to Corsica. The watchtower of the same name, in an enchanting position, characterizes the cliff and is the ideal place to see magical sunsets. From here you can face the descent to the rocks and the gravel seashore, then there is a sandy seabed that gradually descends. The sea and the seabed are typical of the Mediterranean Sea and the particular presence of posidonia and red coral makes it a classic destination for divers.


This beach, with Caribbean colors, is located between Rosignano Solvay and Vada. It was Solvay's calcium carbonate discharges during the 1900s that made this beach so white, with fine sand and a turquoise sea. Thus one has the illusion of being on the white beaches of the Caribbean Sea, framed by a crystalline sea, without leaving Italy. For this reason, every summer day these beaches, which extend for about four kilometers, welcome hundreds of swimmers enthusiastic about the dream scenery that presents itself to their eyes.
Tuscany Boat Beach


The Rimigliano Coastal Natural Park is included in the territory of the Municipality of San Vincenzo, in the province of Livorno and includes about six kilometers of coastline. The long coastline is closed by dunes and wild pine forests; a green strip, overlooking the sea, where the Mediterranean vegetation shows itself in an exceptional variety of species, shapes and colors. The summer heat is also mitigated by the constant presence of sea breezes. Here the depth of the sea varies from 200 to 250 meters and the beach, characterized by dunes, is equipped with showers and public toilets.


Located on the Etruscan Coast, the beach of Baratti is a small corner of paradise, freely accessible to all. Here there is a long beach with a thick pine forest behind it, where you can enjoy some shade and refreshment on the hottest days. The sand, which shines under the sun's rays, is silvery-black due to the ancient iron residues, while the waters are transparent and warm due to the shallow waters. Also in this stretch of the Tuscan coast you can admire some remains of important settlements of the Etruscan civilization.


Cala Violina, located between Follonica and Punta Ala, within the Bandite di Scarlino Nature Reserve, in Maremma, can be reached via a path of about 1.5 km to be done on foot among pine trees and low bushes. The beach of fine white sand is framed by the green of the pristine vegetation (we are in fact within a nature reserve) and the sea is crystal clear and transparent. The place, ideal if you are looking for peace, silence and beauty, is certainly one of the most beautiful beaches in Maremma.
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Castiglione della Pescaia, a small medieval town and charming seaside resort, has a magnificent stretch of coast with a shallow sandy seabed and has beaches equipped with every possible comfort. The picturesque Rocchette beach, so called because it is dominated by an ancient watchtower, now privately owned, is one of the most beautiful in the area, known for its clear waters, its pristine beaches and its splendid centuries-old pine forests. Here the sand is fine and the sea is blue; in addition there are also small coves for diving.


Cala del Gesso, near Mount Argentario, is a small hidden paradise, characterized by an emerald sea, a cove made of pebbles and the islet of Argentarola. It can be reached by land through a difficult path on foot, in nature, or it can be reached more easily by sea, with a boat. The views, however, enjoyed along the challenging path repay the effort. The small pebble beach is completely wild and is the perfect destination for those who love snorkeling and diving.


This beach near Orbetello is a strip of sand, about 7 km long, which connects Ansedonia hill with Mount Argentario, forming the Duna Feniglia Nature Reserve. An area therefore still uncontaminated. Those who love crystalline sea and wild nature will find their ideal place in the soft golden sand of the Feniglia beach. An expanse of sand between the sea and the pine forest, protected and crossed by cycle paths, where you can enjoy peace and relaxation. The advice, therefore, is to leave the car in one of the many parking lots and continue towards the beach on foot or by bike.
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The beach of Torre Mozza, with sand dunes and reeds, develops around an ancient coastal tower of the sixteenth century. The tower, from which the place takes its name, is in front of the sea and it let you perceive its grandeur: it was a defensive structure and sighting of any Saracen raids. The beach is long and white and the sea is among the cleanest in Italy. Here, among ravines and rocks, you will meet octopus, sea bass and white bream. The beach is immersed in the naturalistic area of the Sterpaia Coastal Park and is of absolute scenic beauty.


We are on the small island of Giglio, in the Tuscan Archipelago. Here the atmosphere of the island, made of peace and tradition, is made even more attractive by the presence of small beaches, such as that of Cannelle, just 100 meters long, and with its transparent sea. The sand is very fine and gently slopes into the crystalline sea giving tropocal colors. Its shallow waters are therefore ideal for children. The beach is easily reachable from the port on foot along a panoramic road that offers breathtaking views.


This beach made up of small white gravel pebbles is considered among the most beautiful on the Island of Elba, suitable for a tourism that is not afraid to tackle walking trails in nature. Its seabed is white and the waters are calm and transparent. Ideal waters for snorkelers who can find caves, ravines and rare fish here. The beach is bordered on the right by a rock, ideal for diving, and on the left by a large stack, a destination for lovers of canoeing. On the beach there is a small equipped bathing establishment.
Wood on the Beach in Italy


On the small island of Pianosa, uninhabited since 1998 and famous for its historic prison (now closed), as well as for its protected marine area, there is the wonderful beach of Cala Giovanna, the only one where bathing is allowed. The long beach of fine white sand is located very close to the old port. Here it is also possible to see the remains of an ancient Roman villa. The island is a spectacular place, thanks to the beauty of the coves, the colors of the sea and the many excursions organized on the island. In its shallow and crystalline waters it is possible to admire the richness of the marine fauna present in the seabed.


Lecciona beach, wild and free, is located between Viareggio and Torre del Lago, in the pristine Migliarino, San Rossore, Massaciuccoli Regional Park. From an environmental point of view, this is one of the few stretches of sandy coast in Tuscany left in its natural state. It is also the largest beach in all Versilia area, made of sand dunes and a crystalline sea. Lecciona beach is also an ideal place to take long walks or simply to relax, away from well-equipped establishments and the crowds.
Beach in Tuscany


Located on the beautiful island of Elba, this small beach of about 100 meters in length, accessible only from the sea, with white sand and pebbles, is perfect if you want to swim in truly crystal clear waters. The cove is well sheltered from the winds. However, there are few hours of sunshine available, as it is shaded very early in the afternoon due to the high promontory that overlooks it. On windy days the cove has nothing to envy to the Caribbean beaches. On the beach there are no services of any kind, which can be found in the nearby Ghiaie beach.

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