Visiting Tuscany with the children is probably one of the best experiences for the entire family. An important component of every summer holiday adventure, though, is the wise selection of the beaches on which you want to spend most of your time with the little ones.
You need crystal-clear, calm, and shallow waters, sugary sand for those sky-high (or not) sandcastles, spaces for sports (watersport amenities also welcomed,) and a satisfactory range of tourist facilities within walking distance.
So, basically, you are seeking beaches bearing a green flag, which means environmental stability for you and your kids. In addition, shores whose attendants can step in, in case of an emergency while also guaranteeing water safety. Here are 5 of these beaches in Tuscany to enjoy your time on the charming coast.
Forte dei Marmi
Located in Versilia, the captivating stretch of sand of Forte dei Marmi is very popular for its rich nightlife and the wide range of facilities suited to kids’ wellbeing. But, it’s not just your offspring who are bound to have a great time. Adults also have their own share of fun, with many bars and restaurants ready to cater to their needs. The beach itself is well organised and equipped with umbrellas and deckchairs. You may even expect beach cabins (changing rooms), slides, swings, showers, and snack-serving bars. And, as you take delight in the warmth of the Mediterranean sun and Adriatic sea, lifeguards will be watching over you and your little ones.
The San Vincenzo beach is one of the longest beaches in Tuscany, offering you 11 km of pure sugary sand and plenty of space to play games on the beach. The most shallow part of the beach is the one stretching near the town centre and is also perfect for snorkeling, scuba diving, and other similar activities.
For recreational fishing and boating, though, you can head to the Rimigliano area of the beach (you’ll find it behind a beautiful pine forest that is part of the Rimigliano Natural Park), where the waters are deeper. For your maximum entertainment and fun with the kids, the Rimigliano Natural Park features showers, tables for lunch, wooden pathways, two bars, and hiking trails.
The town of Follonica welcomes you with a fine-sand beach, plenty of public beaches, bars, and clubs, as well as gently sloping seabed. What is absolutely magnificent about Follonica town, though, is that you get to choose the type of seaside endeavour you wish to have with the children. The shores here are divided into eastern and western beaches, each one offering a unique experience. So, for sand and pine trees, you can head either to Casetta Civinini or La Polveriera; for sand and rock to Cala del Barbiere and Cala Civette; and for sand and bush to Cala Violina. All these are east-facing beaches. In the west, you will find Torre Mozza and Bochetto (both pine trees and sand), as well as Lido (sand only) beach.
Camaiore: Lido Arlecchino
Adorning the Italian Riviera, Lido di Camaiore is an elite destination featuring gorgeous views of the Apuan Alps, magnificent countryside, and, of course, exceptional beaches. Perfectly suited to families with children, feel free to enjoy your favourite water sport, go on scenic hikes, or visit the nearby amusement parks (the Pitagora Park and Luna Park are both a huge must-visit) and nature reserves for an utterly fulfilling day outdoors. The 4-kilometre-long (2.5 miles) sandy shore has a gentle slope into the sea and absolutely no high winds or sharp rocks, making it perfect for the little ones. While here, you may also want to head towards the pier (Pontile Bellavista Vittoria) to soak up spectacular seascapes and vistas of the town, which is, by the way, an excellent base for exploring Florence and Pisa.
Le Rocchette beach
A beautiful shore between Castiglione della Pescaia and Punta Ala that welcomes visitors with perhaps the widest sugary beach along the Tuscany coastline, Le Rocchette. Providing ravishing sea views and golden sand, it is, hands down, one of the most famous and crowded, family-oriented shores. Easily accessible from either the nearby campsites or the pine forest of the area, it enchants with its sandy sea bottom and the lovely marine life and vegetation.
And, as you sit surrounded by a dense forest, you can also explore the southern shores, as well as the more remote (some are even private) beaches with the adorable sandstone rocks. Or take it even further, and visit the 12th-century cliffside castle with the imposing appearance and gaze at the heart-stopping terrain spreading below your feet.
Principina a Mare
A wonderful shore along the Maremma region in Tuscany that is ideal for families with children. Fringed with footpaths, bike routes, jogging stops, a children’s playground, and pine wood, it offers many components for a relaxed and fun time by the pretty wide beach for all of you. Principina a Mare is a shore with dunes, a fairly shallow incline into the sea, marshlands, and golden sand (medium-size grains). A few years ago, it was even awarded the Bandiera Blu flag for its water and beach quality! Those who visit this beach usually also wander through the nearby attractions, like the National Park of Maremma. Plus, there are plenty of bars, supermarkets, food outlets, and sun lounger bathing amenities available along the sandy stretch.
Castiglione della Pescaia
Castiglione della Pescaia is a quaint town in southern Tuscany (in the Grosseto region) that bewilders with its unspoiled scenery, wild landscapes, scenic views, excellent food and wine scene, and the long sandy beach bearing the same name. Expect crystalline waters, multiple bathing establishments, fantastic views of Giglio and Elba islands from the promontory of Argentario, and water sports facilities for windsurfing, sailing, and other water activities. Visitors to Castiglione della Pescaia also choose to stroll along impressive local landmarks within close range, such as the City Walls, the Castiglione Castle, the protected nature area of Pineta di Tombolo, and the Diaccia Botrona Natural Reserve.
An iconic shore in the province of Lucca that is extremely popular with both locals and tourists travelling with their kids alike. The beach itself is set in a wonderful sugary bay providing plenty of activities, such as paddleboarding, windsurfing, and snorkelling, and playgrounds for the kids to enjoy. Also, beach umbrellas, beach chairs, lifeguards, cafes, and restaurants serving delicious seafood. To get there, you can take the bus from Lucca or drive there yourself (there is ample parking available). There is even a separate section along the beach where you can enjoy the sun and the sea for free (bring some beach essentials, though, such as your own umbrella, chairs, and snacks).
Marina de Pisa
Very popular among tourists, Marina de Pisa is a family-friendly beach providing a wealth of facilities. You will most likely find the shores here particularly inviting for you and the children as they are heavily protected from the open sea. The man-made pile of large rocks has created a wall that acts as a barrier, preventing the wind from whipping the shore. Here, you will need to pick the stretch of sand per your liking, as there are beaches along the coast with pebbles and others with pure sand. Restaurants and bathing facilities are also plentiful.
The best part of it all is that you can rent a seaside luxury villa in Tuscany and reach the refreshing waters of the sea from your veranda within minutes. Luckily, some of the most exquisite and elegant summer properties in Tuscany are perched in locations facing the sea or very close to the sandy beaches themselves! Super handy and practical, especially for large families or families with very small children.
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