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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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!