Italians have chosen: the most beautiful beach of 2016 in Italy is “d’I Vranne” in Maratea, within the district or Potenza (Basilicata).


Legambiente" had launched the contest named “La più bella sei tu” (literally “You are the most beautiful”) on the web and it has, then, mixed these votes with the opinion of a panel of experts. With its thin and dark sand located under a coastal cliff between the port and the village of Maratea, the “d’I Vranne” beach is reachable only by the sea and it’s interrupted by a reef that divides it in two different sides. The southern tip of this beach is directed to the sea, hiding one of the most beautiful grottos in Italy: the grotto of San Giorgio. Its crystal clear water and incredibly wonderful location make this beach a Paradise on earth, mostly frequented by sea lovers as a stopping point.

In addition to this beach in Maratea (Potenza, Basilicata), another 12 beautiful Italian coastal sites have been selected:

  • Le Lampare” in Tusa (Messina, Sicily);
  • Le Pescoluse” in Salve (Lecce, Puglia);
  • Capo Bianco” in Portoferraio (Livorno, Tuscany);
  • Baia di Santa Margherita” in San Vito lo Capo (Trapani, Sicily);
  • Rena Bianca” in Santa Teresa di Gallura (Olbia, Sadinia);
  • Spiaggia del Lago” in Castellabate (Salerno, Campania);
  • Cala di Forno” in Magliano in Toscana (Grosseto, Tuscany);
  • Cala Violina” in Scardino (Grosseto, Tuscany);
  • Spiaggia di Pineto” in Pineto (Teramo, Abruzzo);
  • Spiaggetta dell’Arcomagno” in San Nicola Arcella (Cosenza, Calabria);
  • Le due Sorelle” in Sirolo (Ancona, Marche);
  • Cala Fonte” in Ponza (Latina, Lazio).

The beaches selected by “La più bella sei tu”, the only award of this kind in Italy, have been chosen from users who, for about one month, have expressed their preferences on the dedicated website of the mentioned initiative and on its Facebook page. The awards ceremony will be in Rispescia (Grosseto, Tuscany) on August 11th, during the 28th edition of “Festambiente”, the national Legambiente Festival (from August 5th until August 15th).

Walkable Rome kindly invites to visit “Cala Fonte”, on the island of Ponza (Latina, Lazio), which is easily reachable from Rome by taking a train to Anzio, then a boat to the mentioned island. Ponza is the biggest among the Pontine Islands, an archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea, and is famous for its hidden coastal gems. When you’ll be in Ponza, don’t forget to rent a small boat for the day to visit them all!


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