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Strand Sansone auf Elba, Bild: DanieleFiaschiCreator / shutterstock

Tuscany – the underrated destination for beach lovers

When you think of Tuscany, you often think of green landscapes, spectacular art collections or medieval towns and villages. But the Italian region has much more to offer and so the attractive holiday region also enchants with fantastic beaches. Whether lido, natural beach or lonely bathing bay, along the charming coastline of the region, everyone will find their personal paradise for a relaxing beach holiday.

In addition to the picturesque coastline of Tuscany, which can be divided into the north coast, the Etruscan coast and the south coast, the 7 islands of the Tuscan archipelago also attract visitors with magnificent beaches. The Tyrrhenian Sea and thus also the National Park of the Tuscan Archipelago, Europe’s largest marine park, is part of the Mediterranean Sea and inspires with its high water quality. But it is also the charming seaside resorts, picturesque coastal towns, the dreamlike landscapes, family hotels in Tuscany, as well as the cultural offerings and the excellent regional cuisine that make a beach holiday in Tuscany an unforgettable experience.

North coast – fine sandy beaches at the foot of the Aquanic Alps

The north coast of Tuscany inspires with its miles of sandy beaches. On the gently sloping and mostly fine sandy beaches, families with children feel just as comfortable as water sports enthusiasts and sun worshippers seeking relaxation. From Forte dei Marmi and the nature reserve of Migliarino lies the Riviera della Versillia, which is considered particularly charming, because here not only the fine sandy beaches but also the charming natural landscapes with their Mediterranean flora and fauna inspire. Among the most beautiful places on the north coast are Marina di Masa, Cinquale and Forte dei Marmi with its beautiful sandy beach, beautiful gardens and picturesque townscape. It is also worth visiting Carrara, one of the oldest towns in Italy and known for its marble quarries. Another highlight are the thermal baths of Versilia.

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Etruscan Coast – the varied coastal landscape

Well-kept sandy beaches and rugged cliffs alternate along the Costa degli Etruschi. This makes for a varied and, above all, charming landscape. In addition, there is the hilly hinterland, characterized by pine forests and picturesque medieval towns. Seaside resorts such as San Vincenzo, Marina di Castagneto Cecina, Donoratico, Piombino, Vada and Quercianella inspire with their fantastic stretches of beach.

South coast – pristine natural landscapes meet beautiful bays and beaches

With a length of 130 km, the south coast of Tuscany has a lot to offer. Nature reserves such as Parco regionale della Maremma are just as enchanting as the picturesque fishing and seaside resorts along the coast. One of the most beautiful places is the former fishing village of Castiglione della Pescaia, which is known for its beautiful sandy beach and small bays. The town is also an attraction for sailors, as is the picturesque harbour town of Punta Ala.

The Tuscan Islands

It is not only along the coast of Tuscany that there are fantastic beaches that invite you to swim, splash around, sunbathe and enjoy sporting activities. The beaches and coves of the seven islands of the Tuscan Archipelago are also particularly magical. Located in Europe’s largest marine park, these are a delightful alternative to a beach holiday on the mainland.

Elba is not only the most famous, but also the most historic island in the archipelago. But Montecristo, Giglio, Capraia, Pianosa, Giannutri and Grogan are also worth a holiday. With its fantastic natural beaches, Montecristo, the “wildest” island in the archipelago, invites you to a particularly charming beach holiday. The volcanic island of Capraia, on the other hand, enchants with many beautiful bays. Ultimately, each of the islands offers good conditions for a carefree beach holiday and yet each of the islands has its own charm.

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Picture-perfect beaches – the most beautiful beaches in Tuscany

Castiglioncello / Livorno

Crystal clear water and dreamlike bays provide pure bathing pleasure around the medieval town of Rosignano Marittimo. Framed by cliffs, the bays also attract surfers, as the surfing hotspot Rocky Point is not far away.

Viareggio / Lucca

Viareggio, Image: StevanZZ / shutterstock

One of the most beautiful and longest beaches can be found near Viareggio, the smallest coastal town in the country. Several kilometres of sandy beach and clear water invite you to an unforgettable and relaxing beach holiday. Especially those who love it comfortable and value a varied culinary offer near the beach will love this beach.

Punta Ala / Grosseto

At the small, almost sleepy coastal town of Punta Ala, you can enjoy a fantastic view of the island of Elba from the fine sandy and natural sandy beaches. The turquoise blue sea and eight kilometres of beach ensure that every beach lover really feels at home here.

Cala Violina / Grosseto

Small but nice, that’s how Cala Violina can be described. The beautiful bay is framed by two rocky outcrops and promises carefree bathing pleasure. Located in a nature reserve, the bay is natural and has a fabulously beautiful and diverse underwater world, so that snorkelers and divers also get their money’s worth here.


Tuscany is a particularly charming destination, especially for a beach holiday. In combination with the cultural richness, the culinary delights and the picturesque towns and historic towns, a beach holiday in Tuscany is a special experience and opens up a whole new view of the region