While you probably don’t head to Italy’s major art cities to go to the beach, with many of them you can. Here are coastal areas close to some of Italy’s top culture stops (listed alphabetically) that are good for a seaside break after a morning of museum hopping when temperatures soar.
From simple village beaches to jet-set havens, Genoa and its neighboring towns offer plenty of options for sun time. Boccadasse, the fishing hamlet that’s part of Genoa and reachable after a good walk (around an hour) along the Corso Italia from the city center, has a small beach (pebbly like many in the area) rimmed by colorful houses. Plan on stopping for lunch or staying for dinner at a waterside restaurant like Capo Santa Chiara, where the views of the sparkling Ligurian Sea are splendid, and the menu provides sophisticated offerings and Ligurian specialties. About 11 kilometers from Genoa, Bogliasco is an under-the-radar coastal stop, the first town you come to on the Golfo Paradiso once you leave the city (the preceding village, Nervi, is a district of Genoa). After walking the seaside path, you can relax at the dark sand beach fronting a sheer blue-green sea. Nine kilometers from Bogliasco, the pastel-toned town of Camogli has a good-sized seafront with public areas and private beach clubs, as well as many restaurant options. Enjoy a sunset dinner at the popular spot, La Piazzetta, right off the promenade. For a slice of jet-set heaven, swing by Paraggi, nestledbetween Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino, where you can while away the afternoon in luxe style if you stay at the Eight Hotel, which has a beach club on the bay of Paraggi.(Nonguests can take in the heavenly setting by booking lunch at The Eight, the hotel’s fusion restaurant on the beach.)
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