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Going to the Beach in Italy, Tuscany

Updated on May 29, 2016

Public Beach Club in Maremma Tuscany

Public Beach Club in Maremma Tuscany "Il Tramonto" on the Giannella Beach
Public Beach Club in Maremma Tuscany "Il Tramonto" on the Giannella Beach | Source

Tuscany Beaches

Along the shores of Tuscany there are hundreds of miles of beaches and coves, from the northern rocky bays around Livorno, along Cecina's sandy beaches and pine forests to where I live in the Maremma - where there are both long sandy beaches (with pine woods too) and superb bay inlets of Monte Argentario.

The Maremma coast has always been a seaside playground for the people of nearby cities of Rome - in the south - and Florence, in the north. Many families have a second home here and have been summer holidaying here for the past century.

Going to the beach in Tuscany is both an Italian way of life, with all the chic palaver that Italians bring to everything they do, and a great holiday for 'tourists' from round the world. Everywhere gets very busy in August - so it's best to be prepared.

To make going to the beach as easy and safe as possible on your vacation in Italy this article offers practical tips about:

  • How to access public beaches
  • How to pay for your umbrella and chairs on the beach - (in Italian 'un posto per due').
  • How to pay for parking everywhere
  • How much it all costs
  • How to find stretches of beach that don't have concessions

Family Beach in Tuscany

Family Beach Tuscany
Family Beach Tuscany | Source

Which beach?

It's best to ask your agent or the owner of your holiday villa which beach is which. Perhaps you have friends who will tell you. There really are so many to chose from.(You may be lucky enough to have your own piece of shore included in your rental!).

If you have small children they will probably suggest the nearby sandy beaches, which have all kid-friendly fun facilities; rides, swings, toys to rent, a bar for sandwiches and even a pine- woods to lie in at lunch time - when the sun is dangerously hot out on the beach.

A foot loose and fancy free young couple might prefer the wild Maremma Park beach or the rocky coves* where they can build their own beach hut and get away from the crowd. An older couple might prefer exclusivity. We have that too.

* Please see the video of Monte Argentario Coast

Monte Argentario Coast

Lifeguards Make the Beaches Safe

Lifeguards make the beaches safe
Lifeguards make the beaches safe | Source

How to Get Onto the Beach

There are 'stabilimenti' (beach clubs or beach concessions) along the coast which provide

  • Parking
  • Umbrella
  • 2 lounge chairs and sometimes a single chair
  • 1 small table
  • lifeguard
  • beach boys who set the chairs up
  • there is usually a bar which sells snacks, water, drinks and even dining facilities overlooking the sea
  • a shower
  • beach changing rooms
  • sometimes there are slides and swings and games for babies

If you chose to go to a beach club it will cost approximately €15 - €30 to rent an umbrella for the day or portion of the day, plus a small tip for the beach boy.

1. Parking is usually included in the price of your stay.

2. A less expensive umbrella usually means that the beach is a village-popular beach, or a beach which is a local bus drop-off point for locals, (so although umbrellas cost less for these big beaches, you could have a minimum parking fee to pay - €4 for more than 4 hours).

3. Having life guards on duty is reassuring. The sea is safe, but it is the sea!

4. It's comfortable to be able to use toilets, get a snack, buy a bottle of water (use wireless connection).

5. The summer sun is fierce and a having a 'pizzolino' (a nap, or siesta) under the umbrella is pleasant and safer than staying out in the sun. Besides, all the Italians are dozing quietly. More or less.

A Stabilimento is a Beach Club that Children Love

A beach children love! 'Osa' Beach at Fonteblanda-
A beach children love! 'Osa' Beach at Fonteblanda- | Source

Tuscany Sandy Beach

Sandy beach in Tuscany
Sandy beach in Tuscany | Source

A Day at The Beach in Tuscany

Access to all the beaches is available to everyone. (The Parco Della Maremma has a private beach and that is because it is beach land inside the 'Natural Reserve').

Once you have decided where you want to spend your beach day you can get onto the sands and into the deep blue in no time, even if you do not rent an umbrella from the clubs (concessions):

  • From the beach clubs (walk to the left or right of them and there is miles of free beach)
  • From the side of the road along the beaches (where you can park)
  • From the towns and villages themselves that have beaches, such as Porto Santo Stefano and Talamone.
  • By boat to the coves, which are mostly, though not completely, unreachable by foot (round Monte Argentario).

The coastal sandy beaches, pebbly beaches, hidden bays and inlets may all be accessed and enjoyed in various ways -

  • by parking, arriving by bus, hiking or whatever and renting an umbrella at the beach clubs
  • by parking inside the club parking lots, paying a daily parking fee to the club - and using the entrance to the beach to wander further up the beach
  • by the little footpaths along the roads or villages such as the one in the photograph*
  • by clambering down the rocks to the inlets, leaving your car in a lay-by.

Public Footpaths to the Tuscany Beaches

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Public Footpath to the BeachEntrance to the Beach Club "Il Tramonto"Public Footpath to the Beach along the Giannella Road TuscanyPublic Footpath to the BeachBeach Club with Public Footpath access - see that sign!
Public Footpath to the Beach
Public Footpath to the Beach | Source
Entrance to the Beach Club "Il Tramonto"
Entrance to the Beach Club "Il Tramonto" | Source
Public Footpath to the Beach along the Giannella Road Tuscany
Public Footpath to the Beach along the Giannella Road Tuscany | Source
Public Footpath to the Beach
Public Footpath to the Beach | Source
Beach Club with Public Footpath access - see that sign!
Beach Club with Public Footpath access - see that sign! | Source

Public Parking at the Beach

Italy is tightening up its parking laws and facilities. Until recently in Maremma you could park along the roads near the beaches and wander onto the beach or beach clubs without paying anything.

Now parking meters have been set in the strip of land (often pine woods) between the road and the beach, which means the beach roads are safer. (If you see in the photo above there is a single white line along the road!)

You'll get a heavy fine or even have your car taken to the pound if you park along the single white line roads now! If this unfortunate thing were to happen you'd call the local Municipal Police wherever you are in Italy (Polizia Municipale). Our Orbetello number is 0564 855330.

Is There Parking at the Beach?

Parking Along the Beaches of the Giannella Maremma Tuscany
Parking Along the Beaches of the Giannella Maremma Tuscany | Source

Hawking on the Beaches of Tuscany

Hawking on the beaches of Tuscany
Hawking on the beaches of Tuscany | Source

Best Beaches along the Maremma Coast

If you've decided you want to feel comfortable, enjoy some luxury and have a real taste of how the Italians enjoy their best beaches then ask around for where the best Beach Clubs are. It's best to book your spot in advance in August.

They will probably cost a very expensive €30 for the day, but what they offer is a slice of beach life that's uniquely Italian. There will be beautiful people of all ages in lovely swim wear with accessories Barbie Doll doesn't have yet. There will be super fish meals being served (slowly) under umbrella's overlooking the beach. Teams of illegal immigrants hoist racks of pretty clothes to sell along the side of the sea. In a way it is like a Bazaar. Indian gentlemen in white cotton garb drop by with trays of jewels for sale. Husbands, (Daddy), tan and trim, drops by for lunch looking as beautiful as any Hollywood star, as beautiful as the beach boys, as beautiful as his beautiful wife and children. Cherub children roll on their beach beds at noon and sleep under silk sarongs. Tuareg hawk scarlet beach sheets.

The sea goes from a morning turquoise calm to breezy waves then back to calm as the sun lowers in the sky - and mellows everyone.

Beach Club in Tuscany

Beautiful Beach club on the Giannella
Beautiful Beach club on the Giannella | Source

Parco della Maremma Beach

You can access the Natural Park of the Maremma Beach at Principina a Mare (after Alberese in the province of Grosseto). It is one of the most unspoilt beaches in Italy, certainly portions of it are still wild.

You can get there by bus from the village of Alberese, by a hired bike (from the same village) or you may be able to park by the sea at €2 per hour. There are no concessions, so bring everything you need for the day.

You make your home from driftwood or from sarongs and for several hours you are Robinson Crusoe or his lady.

Parco della Maremma Beach

On Parco della Maremma Beach
On Parco della Maremma Beach | Source

Beach Quizz for Maremma and Monte Argentario Beaches

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What to Do and What Not to Do At the Beach in Italy

Here is a list of useful tips for going to the beach in Italy:

  • If you want to go to a beach clubin August, it is a good idea to make a reservation. (It's fine the resat of the year!)
  • Bring your own cold water if possible - because it is expensive at the bars.
  • Bring children's arm bands for swimming.
  • Wear sun protection especially in the middle of the day.
  • Have small change on you for parking meters.
  • If you are not renting an umbrella at a stabilimento then bring something to rig up because the summer sun is harshly hot.
  • Chose a beach club with a life guard if you have children.
  • Tip the beach boy who brings your umbrella and beds.

And here is a list of probabl 'no's':

  • Topless is out of fashion so best to wear the minimum.
  • Drinking strong alcohol is not the Italian way; drunkenness is frowned upon and dangerous at the beach.
  • Loud music, unless you find your own beach area far from others - or at night!
  • Even though the beaches belong to everyone, it wouldn't be right to crash someone's villa garden over the sea.
  • The sea gets rougher in the afternoon, a wind blows up and currents change, so best not to swim too far out or rent dinghies if you aren't a sailor.

Beaches in Maremma Tuscany Italy

show route and directions
A markerLa Gianella Orbetello -
Di Giannella, 58015 Orbetello Province of Grosseto, Italy
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Beach clubs along the Giannella

B markerMonte Argentario -
58019 Monte Argentario Province of Grosseto, Italy
get directions

Beaches and Inlets round the Island

C markerPrincipina A Mare -
58100 Principina a Mare Province of Grosseto, Italy
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Natural Park of the Maremma Beach (Parco della Maremma)

Tuscany Beach Vacations!

What to do on Tuscany Vacations.  A little bit of sweet nothings over the sea?
What to do on Tuscany Vacations. A little bit of sweet nothings over the sea? | Source

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    • Judi Bee profile image

      Judith Hancock 4 years ago from UK

      Gorgeous photos - our own beaches are just a five minute walk from the house but the sun is a million miles away today, we are basking under a moderate drizzle!

      Voted up and shared!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      This is beautiful. Loved the photos and all of the different tips.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Lovely photos! Thanks for sharing this to us this very informative hub. Voted up and useful;-)

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      Penelope Hart 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Hi Judi, Yes we are lucky to have such lovely sun, thoug we wouldn't mid a spot of rain this year. Why can we never be content? Greatly appreciate your vote and sharing.

      Glimmer Twin Fan. Maybe you will come and have a swim then! Thank you for you comment.

      Thelma Alberts. Thanks you for your really great support and votes! Glad you liked the photos of our beaches.

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      Joyce Haragsim 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I think you are encouraging your followers to take a Tuscany vacation. Which would be very nice. Great informative hub.

      Voted up and beautiful, Joyce.

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      Penelope Hart 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Hello Joyce. Well, yes actually. And certainly when everyone turns up they will hopefully know how to go to the beach and have some fun. Thank you so much for your votes.

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      Oh, love this and the pics are fantastic - how I'd love to be there - thanks

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The photos are lovely, GoodLady, and the beaches look beautiful. I'd love to visit them!

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      Penelope Hart 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      travmaj hi, I'm surprised you haven't passed through these parts; maybe you will. Wonder if there are Med cargo boats?

      AliciaC. Perhaps one day you will visit them! Thaanks you for dropping in.

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      Yes, seen much of Italy - and next month will travel by train through Italy to Malta. But - never time to visit beaches! I must make amends. Wow a Med Cargo boat -I wonder also - that would be something!Best regards...

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      What beautiful photos! I am literally in the air air flying home from Hawaii, so I've seen a lot of pretty beaches recently, but these are still gorgeous.

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      KeriProctor88 4 years ago from Georgia

      These look so beautiful. There is nothing like a day at the beach. This makes me want to go on a vacation real soon; I haven’t had one in so long. I would also love to go to Italy one day just to experience the culture and try some food from there. This is some nice information, thanks for sharing. Voting up on this!

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      Penelope Hart 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Hi KP88. There really isn't anything like a day at the beach to blow all stresses and cobwebs away- agreed. Hope you get a day soon and some wonderful pasta to boot. Many thanks for your vote.

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      Penelope Hart 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Natashalh. Welcome back from Hawaii! Thanks.

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      Bev 4 years ago from Wales

      How awful you had to go and take those photos yourself (big grin). The beach is my most favourite place to relax - but, as Judi Bee said, summer in the UK has been almost non-existent. We live about a 15 minute drive from our nearest beach. I do miss my Cornish beaches!

      Beauteous hub!

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      Looks like a heavenly place to be. I just returned from the Grand Canyon and now I'm yearning for a visit to Tuscany. GoodLady, perhaps you should open a hotel for all your faithful HubPages've done such a great job of selling Italy, I'm sure you'd do plenty of business!

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      Penelope Hart 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      theraggededge. I do hope you will comet to enjoy these beaches next summer then. Thanks for commenting.

      Crystal Tatum. I wonder? Maybe? But I'd love t visit the Grand Canyon! Thanks so much for commenting.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Another great hub. Is it warm in December-February? If not, what is the best time to go? I know that many people winter in Tuscany. I wonder if you have written something around this.

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      Penelope Hart 2 years ago from Rome, Italy

      It is very wintry in December and January, not a good time to holiday by the beach, though Tuscany is interesting in Winter if you are interested in eating at restaurants, tasting the wine, though you need to wrap up warm and be prepared for bitter cold!

      Many thanks for commenting.

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      fiammetta 22 months ago

      ok, at the Tramonto beach, alla giannella, yesterday thrusday june 25

      at 1,00 pm, they charged five euro for the parking and 30,00 euro for one umbrella and two beachbeds. a bit too much by me!

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      Penelope Hart 22 months ago from Rome, Italy

      Thanks for your comment fiammetta. You are so right to complain.

      That's too much money! Who has that kind of money?

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      Sarah Galli 20 months ago from Sicily

      Really helpful and inspiration, thanks so much

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