There are hundreds of amazing beaches in Italy, since the country is a peninsula extending into the Mediterranean Sea. Tourists come from all over the world to experience Italy's thousands of miles of beaches for sunbathing, water sports, and spa treatments.

Summer is the most wonderful time to visit the Italian beaches. While the rest of Italy is baking in the sun, the coastal areas are blessed with a sea breeze that takes the edge off the heat. In addition, environmental groups have rated almost every beach, so you are sure to find that most of them are clean and well cared-for.

The Italian Riviera – an extension of the famous French Riviera – is home to fabulous temperatures and crystal clear waters. It has the added benefit of lacking the huge tourist crowds that are attracted to the French version.

Amazing rocky hillsides overlook soft, sandy beaches, perfect for lounging all day. Picturesque towns and villages dot the coast, and you can drive, sail, or take a train from one to another for an amazing day trip.

Some of the most famous beaches in Italy are on the island of Sardinia. In addition to its incredible lounging beaches, Sardinia is a must-visit location for boaters.

The Coast of Genoa, although not as popular for lounging on sand, is an incredible area to explore. Back alleys, tiny piazzas, and famous landmarks make this city one of the more interesting places you'll ever visit.

The Amalfi Coast, with the town of Amalfi as its main center, is a famous stretch of coast with several great resorts. It is steeped in history and has a lot of great towns to explore.

Throughout Italy, you will probably find a choice between free beaches and beaches for which you pay admittance. The free beaches are the most crowded, and the least well kept. Most coastal hotels and resorts will probably have private beaches for their guests. If you don't have this option, you may want to visit a beach where you can rent a beach chair and umbrella.

The beaches in Italy are among the most gorgeous in the world, offering opportunities for relaxation, fun, and excitement.

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