Soaking up the sun
Spending the day basking on the beach on the Tuscan coast, is one of the joys of holidaying in this beautiful Italian region. Sunbathe, snorkel, rest and repeat is the winning formula that many Tuscan natives enjoy, and there are plenty of beautiful and varied beaches to enjoy up and down the West coast. With a combination of beautiful reef edged sands and small pebbled hideaways, the calm waters are perfect for taking a cooling dip. Rustic boardwalks line the edges with traditional bars, delicious gelato shops and homely restaurants to tempt hungry visitors.
Tirrenia (20 minutes from Pisa)
Just South of Pisa, this sandy beach is loved by locals, and is definitely worth a trip to enjoy a paddle. The lively resort is frequented by youngsters who enjoy the restaurants and bars that bring an atmospheric vibe to the area. Vast pine forests surround the beach, so naturally trekking, hiking and horse-riding are a popular pastime when visiting Tirrenia!
Best for...Casa Belvedere
La Marina Di Pisa (20 minutes from Pisa)
This family friendly beach is protected by large rocky barriers that effectively shelter the beach from the open sea, meaning that children can paddle till their hearts content in the calm waters. Make sure to visit the local Gelateria Del Capitano for the best ice cream in Italy, and enjoy it by the seaside!
Best for...Forno 1 & Forno 2
Viareggio (20 minutes from Lucca)
If you’re looking for a stylish Victorian coastal resort that’s home to some of the finest yachts in The Mediterranean, head to Viareggio for the best kept local secret Lucca has to offer. Take a wander down the promenade or stroll through the classic harbour, indulge in authentic ice-creams in the popular gelaterias or relax with sunbathing and a swim in the lovely warm sea.
Best for...Ariana, Beatrice, Cinzia, Daria
Castiglioncello (30 minutes from Livorno)
Indulge in a day of utter relaxation, where pine covered mountains slide into the azure Mediterranean waters, and English is rarely heard about the eloquent verse of Italian locals. Stylish and sophisticated, Castiglioncello is an adventure and has long been a magnet for the rich and famous. Exquisitely built houses cascade down the slopes, and the charming town square filled with deep purple bougainvillea is the perfect hub for a morning cappuccino and freshly made pastry. From the town, choose to venture down to either Bagno Lido or Bagno Italia for a day at the beach to remember.
Best for...Villa Grande
Cecina (45 minutes from Livorno)
Looking for the best of both worlds? The azure waters of the Etruscan Coast and the picturesque Tuscan countryside meet at Cecina, where a thick pine forest borders 15km of beautiful sandy beaches. The sea is crystal clear and perfect for all ages, with plenty of water-based activities to keep young explorers entertained – well worth the drive!
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