It’s not secret that Italy is home to some of the most stunning beaches in the world. And what better way to spend this summer than on the sand, in the water, and under the warm sun with your fellow queer travelers and LGBTQ+ Italians. We’ve rounded up five picture-perfect Italian beaches you won’t want to miss!
Tuscany’s Lecciona Mama Mia Beach
This picturesque beach that rests in the Migliarino natural park between Viareggio and Torre del Lago is the perfect escape for your next trip to Tuscany. Soak in some rays and then hit the dance floor at the Mama Mia gay beach club, where the beach gets its name, though its also known as Lecciona or Dune Beach, which is certainly not as exciting or gay!
La Community 27, a Queer Oasis in Rimini
This beachside resort, also known as Bagno 27, is creating an oasis for queer travelers and travelers with disabilities. We caught up with Stefano Mazzotti, manager of the resort, to find out more about their mission to create a more inclusive, more accessible LGBTQ+ travel experience in Italy. Read more here.
Il Buco Beach on the Outskirts of Rome
This queer beach is about an hour outside of Rome – accessible by train or bus – and feels quite remote, which is part of the reason so many LGBTQ+ folks love claiming it as their own. It’s actually part of the Capocotta Nature Reserve, which makes it a serene place to visit. Make a day trip out of it on your next visit to Rome, but make sure to bring snacks and water since there are no public facilities.
Mari Pintau on Sardinia Island
Translated as “Painted Sea”, the Mari Pintau beach on Sardinia located between Cagliari and Villasimius, is the perfect spot for your queer beach day. Soaking in the emerald greens and sea blues of the environment around you, you’ll take in breathtaking views, and lots of Italian eye-candy. On arrival, make sure you walk to the far right of the beach, which is the section normally populated by Italian LGBTQ+ beach-goers.
Eloro – Marianelli Beach in Sicily
Located on the south-eastern side of Sicily, Marianelli beach is known for its unique flowers and fragrant almond and lemon trees. You won’t be able to take your eyes off the crystal clear waters, which made it the perfect spot for gay and nudist bathers to relax.
That’s certainly not all the gay beaches there are in Italy. Did we miss one of your favorites? Leave a reply in the comments below so our LGBTQ+ travelers can visit!