10 romantic and perfectly instagrammable beaches in Italy

By , 25th February 2015

We’ve all heard tales of summer romances; it’s a great time to meet new people, forge new relationships or rekindle old ones. Why? Well, we’re no experts on the effect of seasonality on human relationships, but we can guess it has something to do with these magical ingredients: salt, sand and sun (and an adventurous spirit).

What better way is there to discover the romantic seaside than with a visit to the Italian coast? Being mostly surrounded by water, Italy boasts more than 200 beaches – from great stretches of sandy white shores to clusters of pebbly coves.

So whether you’re new to the game of love, or whether you’re in it for the long haul, we’ve chosen 10 of the most romantic beaches in Italy for you to swoon over.


1. Chiaia di Luna Beach – Ponza, Ponza Island


The vertical cliff at Cala Luna Beach provides a dramatic backdrop. Photo by apfeldman

Whoever said opposites attract wasn’t lying: this beach is a dramatic embodiment of two extremes. The narrow strip of sand clings to the base of the towering 300ft-high (100m) volcanic cliff. Even getting here is an adventure – you’ll have to take a ferry to the island of Ponza and go through an ancient Roman tunnel to reach this beauty.


2. Capo Bianco Beach – Elba Island, Tuscany


The calm waters at Capo Bianco beach makes it one of Italy's most romantic beaches.Photo by sarahcaps84

No relationship is one-dimensional and nor are the waters at Capo Bianco Beach. Sheltered by the high cliffs behind it, the ocean is tranquil even on the windiest days, magnifying the ombré colours of the sea. Sit back and watch the clear waters fade from a bright turquoise to a deep blue hue.


3. Rabbit Beach – Lampedusa, Sicily


The clear waters of Rabbit Beach make it a perfect getaway for couples.Photo by lucens86

Once inhabited by a large population of rabbits, this small island is just a ferry ride away from Lampedusa. Perfect for some R&R in the midst of nature, the crystal clear waters and soft sands are also home to plenty of loggerhead turtles and other wildlife.


4. Maddalena Archipelago, Sardinia


The Maddalena Archipelago is home to 60 islands and islets.Photo by tizianabusia

For those looking for a spot of privacy, the Maddalena Archipelago is ideal. The 60 islands and islets scattered off the coast of Sardinia are largely uninhabited and are protected by a natural marine reserve, meaning you and your plus one can get lost in this unspoilt oasis of stone pine forests, oleander bushes and sandy coves.


5. Scala dei Turchi – Realmonte, Sicily


The snow-white cliffs of the Scala de Turchi are perfect for sunbathing on with your plus one.Photo by baboou_

At first glance you could be forgiven for thinking these beachside cliffs were covered in ice – but this coastal formation is actually made of marl, clay and silt, giving it a distinct snow-white colour. Sunbathe on the pearly white steps of the cliff, explore the rocky bay or relax in the natural mud baths for that post-holiday glow.


6. Monterosso Beach – Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre (Liguria)


The pastel village at Monterosso Al Mare is the perfect backdrop to a dip in the ocean.Photo by followingthearrows

One of the five coastal villages making up the Cinque Terre, Monterosso Al Mare is the perfect getaway for couples looking to combine their beach escape with small-town charm. Paddle out into the azure waters and admire the sorbet colours of the village – enclosed by the steep hills cultivated with vines and olives, the sight is truly enchanting.


7. Marettimo, Aegadian Islands


Marettimo Island is the ideal spot for exploring its beaches, grottos and caves. Photo by lunafree89

This island is refreshingly simple; there are few hotels, cars or inhabitants and better yet, few tourists, meaning less distraction and more time for exploring. Leave the pretty clusters of whitewashed houses for a day to see the island’s rocky beaches, caves and grottos lining the coastline.


8. Tropea Beach – Tropea, Calabria


Dramatic cliffs line this romantic beach in Tropea. Photo by jottemo

This sleepy seaside town provides a romantic and surreal backdrop for any couple in love – ancient buildings perch precariously atop the vertical white cliffs, which stand at the water’s edge. Take your time to explore the many beaches and wind your way around the maze of lanes and hidden town squares.


9. Cala Luna Beach – Cala Gonone, Sardinia


One of Italy's most pristine beaches, Cala Luna is dotted with caves and lush greenery. Photo by MarisaRaoul

Dotted with seaside caves and surrounded by sprawling lush greenery and aquamarine waters, Cala Luna Beach is a welcome treat after a picturesque hike from the nearest town Cala Fuili. Laze on the white sand, go snorkelling or join a guided tour to the nearby Bue Marino Caves, home to miles of rivers and subterranean lakes, stalactites and stalagmites.


10. Capri, Gulf of Naples


The rocky and romantic island of Capri is perfect for exploring its pebble beaches.Photo by Júlia Rocha

An island of limestone rock, Capri is a Mediterranean gem abundant with olive and lemon trees, flowers, birds and secluded coves scattered along the shoreline – perfect for exploring or picking out the cutest pebble beach. Comfort is also on hand, with many of the beaches within reach of restaurants and club facilities offering towels and chairs to rent.

Lead photo by fedewild

Which of these beaches tickles your fancy? Let us know below!

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