The best Italian beaches to go to with the kids this summer.
After finding out where Italy's best Blue Flags beaches are located, it's time to discover which beaches in Italy hold Green Flags and are therefore, the best beaches in Italy for families. This award, given by a group of paediatricians, was created to identify those coastlines whose characteristics best correspond to the needs of children on the beach, ensuring their safety.
For the awarding of the Green Flag on Italian beaches, various criteria are considered, requiring the beach in question to have clean sand to play in and move freely, plenty of space between parasols and clear, shallow water near the shore. They also need to have lifeguards, a playground, spaces for changing babies and breastfeeding, as well as have nearby bars, ice-cream parlours or restaurants.
Where in Italy is good for families? To help you choose the ideal destination to spend a child-friendly holiday or simply a weekend at the beach with the family, we have selected for you some of the best beach resorts in Italy for families.
Forte dei Marmi: comfort for young and old
The famous resort of Versilia, Forte dei Marmi is the perfect place for a family holiday by the beach in Italy. Its wide beaches with fine, golden sand, modern facilities equipped with every creature comfort and a wide range of services designed for children, have all contributed to its Green Flag.
While the adults relax under the parasol or enjoy the luxury of the elegant gazebos, the kids can take part in games and activities organised on the beach to entertain them, although this does come at a cost. There’s also no lack of fully-equipped, completely free beaches which still keep the appearance of wild and rugged Versilia and are also a great option in the area.
Treat yourself to a five-star holiday with a winning formula that will bring together children and adults: comfort and relaxation for you, plus fun and safety for the little ones.
Cervia: fun on the seafront
The Riviera Romagnola is known for its hospitality and for the excellent services it offers to tourists who choose it for their holidays every year. Among the most famous resorts of this stretch of coast by the Adriatic Sea, we find Cervia, famous especially for catering to family tourism, the perfect place to take your kids in Italy.
Cervia has wide beaches where children can play and have fun but with safety as a priority. There is also a wide choice of other activities offered in the area for a truly special holiday, like a walk in the pine forests or a visit to the Case della Farfalle Butterfly Houses, where you can admire hundreds of tropical butterflies flying free in their recreated habitat. For active families, spend an afternoon at CerviAvventura adventure activity park in the heart of the Natural Park of Cervia or a day out at Mirabilandia, an Italian amusement park. Before visiting, check the most recent restrictions that may be in place due to the pandemic.
Senigallia: soft sand on the eastern coast
Along the Marche coast lies Senigallia, a town renowned for its sandy beaches and clear, blue sea.
The coast of Senigallia is known as Velvet Beach, because the sand is so fine and soft that it feels like velvet underfoot. The beach is about a kilometre long with places where the whole family can bathe, as well as having a range of other services on offer.
On this part of the Italian coast, children can have fun building sand castles and splashing around in the sea. The water here is very shallow making it perfect for kiddies, and after a day on the beach you can enjoy a walk in the historic town centre of Senigallia or visit the surrounding areas of beautiful Italian villages and green hills.
Vieste: Puglia for the pipsqueaks
Vieste, the pride of Gargano, is one of the towns in Puglia recommended by paediatricians as a great place to holiday with children this summer. The city stands on a promontory that divides the Gargano coast in two and it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful coastlines in Italy.
With its bays, caves, long, sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, Vieste is a perfect holiday destination because, as well as natural beauty, it offers facilities for families with small children and its beaches with shallow waters make it particularly suitable for kids.
Among the most famous beaches, we recommend Spiaggia di Castello (Castle Beach) with its unmistakable and imposing stack of white rock called Pizzomunn. The soft sand makes it perfect for children and it’s just a short walk from the small Spiaggia dei Pipistrelli (Beach of Bats), home to a cave with the same name. Another great option is also Spiaggia della Scialara, not far from the city centre and easily accessible, as well as San Felice beach, protected from the winds and currents thanks to its location in a sheltered bay.
San Teodoro: island holiday paradise
A sunny village in the historic region of Gallura, San Teodoro is a true natural paradise overlooking the turquoise sea of the north-eastern coast of the island of Sardinia.
The beaches are one of the best things about this town and the natural geography of the place makes them ideal for children, with their shallow seashore, fine sand and areas sheltered from the wind and currents.
Another plus of this beach is the fact that there are lots of services catered towards families and you can choose between free beaches and official bathing establishments kitted out to meet the needs of young and old and give the whole family a dream holiday.