Soak up the sunshine and seduce your lover — we reveal Italy’s top romantic hidden beaches away from prying eyes
By Helen Warwick, Deputy editor
National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Cala gonone, sardinia
When it comes to beaches in the Med worthy of a ‘sexiness’ award, Sardinia blows all else out the water. Take refuge from the buzz and plot a course to one of the secluded stretches of sand lacing this seaside town on the undeveloped east coast. Feeling relaxed already? Take a languid lunch together in between snorkelling pit stops, and throw your bikini top to one side — tan lines are so over-rated anyway!
Parco naturale della maremma, tuscany
Stripping off in public? You and your lover will be gagging to throw off your towels at this patch of beach, which is at it’s most envy-inducing between the little port town of Talamone and the Ombrone estuary. Crowds are typically non-existent… as are clothes. The azure waters will make you swoon, and dining al fresco besides a secluded cove is the ideal way to further ignite some passion with your lover.
Capo passero, sicily
Fall for the beach that fringes the sleepy village of Portopalo di Capo Passero on the southern coast of Sicily in one fell swoop. There’s sand as fine as flour, secret coves for passionate encounters, and sunsets that’ll leave you feeling hot with emotion. If it’s instagrammable views you’re after, then swing by, towel in hand, for pristine sunshine, exceptional seafood dishes and not a soul in sight. Perfect for some al-fresco fun if you are feeling frisky.
Switch off your phone and your tablet. You won’t give a second thought to the outside world while pottering hand-in-hand around this sleepy archipelago just off the coast of Sicily. With seriously clear sea that’d make the Caribbean blush, it’s got bucket-loads of remote island charm. Almost-deserted beaches? Check. Roads blissfully free from traffic? Check. Sea caves and grottoes. Check. It doesn’t get much more romantic than this.
Porto selvaggio, puglia
Brits are only just waking up to the grit and glamour of Puglia — the heel in Italy’s boot — yet it boasts top-notch restaurants, sleek boutiques and dreamy beaches. While many of its bays, with golden sand and gin-clear seas, bustle with bathers in the thick of summer, pack your sun cream and sarong and head to Porto Selvaggio on the Salento peninsula. Here, within the eponymous reserve, you’ll discover this hidden half-moon-bay with oh-so-gorgeous water and strapping views of the Med.
If you are considering a trip to one of Italy’s beautiful and romantic beaches, make sure you prepare and pack accordingly.
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