Top 13 Tuscany Beaches

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  • 1. Cala Violina

    Cala Violina

    Backed by the hilly pine grove and lush vegetation of the protected Bandite di Scarlino Nature Reserve (Riserva Naturale delle Bandite di Scarlino) the beach at Cala Violina is completely pristine. This good-sized crescent of soft white sands looks out over the crystal clear waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. A nature lover's paradise, this beach is not only among the top-rated in Tuscany, but has been voted the best in all Italy.

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  • 2. Forno Beach // Elba

    Forno Beach
    © Luciano Mortula

    The third and smallest of three beaches in Biodola Bay, Forno beach is also the best. Set in a picturesque little cove surrounded by forested hillsides and overlooked by fine villas this little beach also manages to escape the worst of the summer crowds.

    The beach here is fine golden sand and the warm Mediterranean water crystal clear, but what gives the cove its particular charm is the way the… read more »

  • 3. Spiaggia di Fetovaia // Elba

    Spiaggia di Fetovaia
    © DanieleFiaschi

    Perhaps the most photographed beach on the island of Elba, and it's easy to see why. Besides the near white sand and incredibly clear blue water the beach is protected by the 800 metre headland of Punta di Fetovaia. This granite finger of rock, covered in lush Mediterranean vegetation points out into the Tyrrhenian Sea forming a long, narrow and sheltered bay.

    The beach is also sheltered to the north by… read more »

  • 4. Le Cannelle

    Le Cannelle
    Richard Grant

    The Spiaggia delle Cannelle lies on the eastern coast of the little Tuscan island of Giglio. Backed by steep Mediterranean slopes this beach of fine white sand is caressed by crystal clear water which ranges from bright blues to emerald.

    Despite its remote location off the coast of Tuscany, Le Cannelle always draws a crowd in the summer. You will generally find a mix of day-trippers from the mainland and others who… read more »

  • 5. Spiaggia del Quercetano

    Spiaggia del Quercetano

    Quercetano Bay is set in the little seaside town of Castiglioncello, not far down the Tuscan coast from Livorno. This pretty spot was put on the map by the cult classic 1960s film, Il Sorpasso (The Easy Life). With its diminutive castle, pine forest and laid-back charm it's not hard to see why Castiglioncello continues to draw a crowd.

    The coastline here is one of rocky outcrops and steep, green cliffs punctuated by… read more »

  • 6. Acquarilli Naturist Beach // Elba

    Acquarilli Naturist Beach
    © bill_17

    Set in a horseshoe shaped bay on the southern coast of Elba, Acquarilli is a charming little beach that, unlike its neighbours, never attracts a crowd. Spiaggia di Acquarilli is located between the popular beaches of Lido di Capoliveri and Lacona, which are probably the best-known on the island. The reason this little cove remains quiet is that access is a little tricky.

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  • 7. La Feniglia

    La Feniglia

    The Spiaggia della Feniglia, or just La Feniglia is a vast expanse of sandy beach which connects the promontory of Argentario to the Tuscan mainland. With 7 kilometres of sand arcing its way along the bay it isn't difficult to find a quiet spot, although it does tend to be quite busy at either end of the beach.

    If you do make it to the middle you will be rewarded with a pristine… read more »

  • 8. Torre Mozza

    Torre Mozza

    The Spiaggia di Torre Mozza gets its name from the 16th-century tower that juts into the Tyrrhenian Sea in the middle of this long sandy stretch. Originally part of the coastal defences the tower was more recently a restaurant and now a hotel.

    Torre Mozza beach lies within the natural landscape of the Parco Costiera Sterpai. The park forms a natural backdrop of scrub and dunes to either side of the tower. 

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  • 9. Spiaggia della Paolina // Elba

    Spiaggia della Paolina
    © DanieleFiaschi
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  • 10. Capo Sant'Andrea Beach // Elba

    Capo Sant'Andrea Beach
    Carlo Pelagalli
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  • 11. Cala del Gesso

    Cala del Gesso
    Gianfranco Vitolo
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  • 12. Spiaggia Sansone // Elba

    Spiaggia Sansone
    Jean-François Renaud
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  • 13. Spiaggia di Cavoli // Elba

    Spiaggia di Cavoli
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