Discover Tuscany and its best beaches
Tuscany is famous for its enchanting landscapes, with rolling hills covered in vineyards and olive groves, cultivated fields, medieval villages, and art cities such as Florence, Siena, and Pisa. The Tuscan landscape is characterized by the Chianti hills, famous for producing the eponymous wine, and the Crete Senesi, an area of clay hills that offer a unique contrast with the fields and forests.
With over 500 km of coastline between the mainland and islands, Tuscany is probably the Central Italian region that offers the greatest variety of beaches, from the fashionable beaches of Versilia to the wild sands of Maremma. It is also the only Central Italian region to be bathed by two seas: the Ligurian Sea, which bathes the northern tip of the region, and the Tyrrhenian Sea, which becomes the main protagonist as it descends.
The beaches of Versilia are perhaps the most famous in the region, thanks to the legendary nightclubs or the rocky coasts of the islands, bathed by a sea with wonderful colours that give life to heavenly landscapes. Beaches bordered by shady pine forests, vast beaches of white or black sand, or charming coves accessible only by boat.
One of the most famous in the area is the Viareggio beach, located in the province of Lucca, sandy and about 7 km long, with a pine forest that separates it from the city. Perfect for children, the water here is shallow and there are numerous quality activities and services available.
Another famous beach is Forte dei Marmi, located in the province of Lucca. A destination for VIP seaside tourism since the last century, the Forte dei Marmi beach is perfect for sun and sea lovers, as there are numerous beach resorts that guarantee luxury services. For those looking for a free beach in Forte dei Marmi, Le Dune is the best option. Part of the WWF oasis of the dunes of Forte dei Marmi, it is located at the northern end of the municipal territory, practically on the border with the Cinquale locality, already in the province of Massa-Carrara. Equipped with rescue service and some basic services, the beach is wide and clean, as well as open to four-legged friends.
For those who are always undecided between the sea and the mountains, Marina di Massa is the ideal destination: further north than the two above, its long sandy beach is located a short distance from the peaks of the Apuan Alps.
Its long stretch of sand is equipped with all services, perfect for both families and people who want comfort and safe bathing, and for young people who want to have fun. Thanks to its border location, Marina di Massa is also an excellent base for day trips to Versilia or Liguria.
Those who love rocky and rugged coasts will find what they are looking for in the province of Grosseto, thanks to the Regional Park of Maremma and the presence of Monte Argentario. Here, the numerous barren beaches and coves, immersed in unspoiled nature or surrounded by cliffs overlooking the sea, offer sensational views and relaxation away from the nightlife. These coastlines are perfect for those who love diving, as there are numerous caves and cliffs to explore. An example is Cala del Gesso, a crescent of white pebbles at the foot of rock walls covered by dense vegetation, which shelter the beach from the winds and offer a wonderful sea with shades of green and blue.
Finally, it cannot be overlooked to mention the National Park of the Tuscan Archipelago. A pride not only of Tuscany, but of the entire Italy, it is the largest marine park in Europe and includes all the main islands of the Tuscan Archipelago: Elba Island, Giglio, Capraia, Montecristo, Pianosa, Giannutri and Gorgona, as well as some smaller islets and rocks such as Palmaiola and Cerboli, near Elba, the Formiche di Grosseto to the north of Giglio, the Scoglio d’Affrica or Formiche di Montecristo, the Formiche di Capraia, Palmaiola, and Zanca. The islands constitute an "anomalous" archipelago, as each island is a separate reality, with its own unique natural environments and characteristics, as well as examples of rich culture, history, and art. From long sandy beaches to pebble beaches, alternating with small wonderful coves, often hidden.