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Fun in the sun: Tuscany's Beaches

A trip down the coast of Tuscany to hit the best beaches.

Trattoria la Luna

For a fancy dinner out, get away from the coast a bit and head inland to the town of Tirli - cute for a pre- or post-dinner walk, too. The decor is upscale but the prices are reasonable. The menu focuses on things you can shoot nearby - cinghiale, etc - even in the summer, so it's not exactly light cuisine,...

Hotel Riva del Sole

A full-service hotel with pool, spa area, and private beach. It is not cheap, but if you're not staying long, this is a great place to enjoy your time to the max. We have been repeat customers for many years.

Castiglione Della Pescaia

Home to one of the best beaches in Tuscany, this cute medieval town overlooks the sea. Its long expanse of sand is consistently awarded the "Blue Flag" which Italy gives to beaches that are clean and have good services. It's a great place to spend summer holidays, though July and August get crowded and...


A beautiful beach on a rocky promontory, the water is very clean, in part because there is not much sandy beach. However, on the North side it's perfect for snorkeling for this very reason. It tends to be windy here so it's much loved by windsurfers.

Fiumara Beach

Slightly south of Castiglione della Pescaia but at the north end of Marina di Grosseto is Fiumara Beach, the wildest beach in this area, most apt for sporty types. This is kite surfing heaven. There is a kite surfing school here, and in the late afternoon when the wind picks up they come out in droves! To...

Ristorante le Volte

Right on the docks of Livorno is one of the most authentic places to eat Cacciucco, the famous Tuscan fish stew spelled with 5 C's and made of at least 5 (but generally many more) fish and seafood ingredients. It's a messy affair so skip wearing your best shirt or ask for a plastic bib, which most people...

Osteria Pizzeria del Viandante

There are lots of restaurants in this town, but I find that this place is always a good bet for either pizza, primi, or meats, with a reasonable price-quality ratio. It gets crowded on weekends so reservations are useful.

Marina di Cecina

This is a good beach town if you don't have a car or prefer just to relax without moving around too much. Apartment rentals and paid beach areas can be had for slightly less than further south along the coast. The town is perfect because you can walk to the beach and to all the stores, there are shady parks...

Marina Di Grosseto

A deep expanse of sandy beach that's good for beach games like soccer and volleyball, but the sand is less fine than that at Castiglione della Pescaia, and it is often quite windy here. If you are bringing your own beach umbrella you'll want to weigh it down!...


Part of the coastal area known as Versilia, Viareggio is the largest town. It is accessible by public transportation and has excellent nightlife. This seaside can hardly be said to be untouched by man, and by August the water is often warm and not the most inviting colour. Luckily showers are...