Gay beaches in Italy are not similar to those you are used to finding in other popular gay destinations. You should always keep in mind that there are not any officially gay beaches in Italy. However, you can find some very popular gay secluded spots where gay men, locals and travelers, gather. It is always highly recommended to keep a low profile and investigate before starting flirting around so as to be sure that you have spotted the right place!
Here are the top gay friendly beaches where you will be able to relax and be yourself in Italy.
Riva degli Etruschi: a picture-perfect resort on the Etruscan that will become the reference point of your Gay Beach exploration
Riva degli Etruschi is an oasis of relaxation and serenity that'll let you escape the hustle and bustle of the city and perfectly unwind in nature. The hotel stands on the emerald-color Etruscan Coasts, and it's an integral part of its natural surroundings. Riva degli Etruschi is something more than a hotel, it's an experience that every traveler should live.
There are two types of rooms available - the hotel-like rooms, and the villas. All rooms are spacious and facilities-packed, delivering a high-end stay to their guests. Among the hotel rooms, we highly recommend Mariva Suite that stands stunning location on the sea, independent entrance, large furnished outdoor area, and nice extra perks like the welcome drink, access to the spa, and more.
Among the villas, Aleatico Villa is the one that stands out. It can host up to six people while it's located only 50 meters from the sea. It's perfect for families as it features a double bedroom and a bedroom with bunk beds. So, before making any plannings, book your room at Riva degli Etruschi, and let's explore Italy's gay-popular beaches.
The Top Gay Beaches in Italy
Lecciona: This has to be the most popular gay beach in Italy, usually crowded on weekends. Lecciona is one of the few beaches that have managed to preserve their natural state in Italy. If you prefer more organized beaches, then you should visit Mama Dune Beach where umbrella and sunbed rentals are also available. This beach hosts showers, as it's also an amazing place for sports like volleyball, Football, Beach Tennis, etc.
Eraclea Minoa: A beautiful and quite beach in Sicily, that can be easily accessed from the nearby town of Agrigento. Although Italians from Sicily and the nearby regions visit frequently this charming beach, it has managed to maintain its cleanliness and seclusion. As it matters the gay aspects of it, it's a mixed beach with a very friendly attitude that will make you feel cozy.
Eloro - Marianelli: Located on the south-eastern side of Sicily, Marianelli beach is distinguished by its unique flora and fragrant almond and lemon trees. The crystal clear and warm waters of Marianelli were one of the reasons why it was voted as the "perfect beach" for gay and naturist bathers. It also hosts traditional bathers where you can clean the salt from the beach of you.
Riva degli Etruschi: Not a Resort, more like a Village
Home to six restaurants, a wellness center, a private beach bar, and three pools, Riva degli Etruschi is not a hotel/resort but more like a village. The only reason to leave its grounds is to explore the gay beaches of Italy or the nearby villages, and this is totally convenient.
At the hotel's restaurants, you will enjoy from delicious traditional cuisine to worldwide popular dishes. You can visit Mistral Restaurant for grilled fish and meat, or Nautico for a gourmet dinner overlooking the sea. Or, for a relaxed lunch, you can visit Magu and try its delicious pizzas.
The hotel's front beach will definitely become your favorite place to be during your stay. And, if you find sand too messy, you will be delighted with the hotel's swimming pools. Last but not least, never forget that the hotel is home to a wonderful wellness center where you can enjoy relaxing massages and soothing therapies.
La Baia del Cecetto: This is the only gay beach near Frentania, completely protected from the rays of the sun and prying eyes. The pebble sand and unspoiled nature of Cecetto will definitely impress you. It's frequently visited by gay, transexual and nudist bathers, so you will also get the opportunity to meet many gay locals and travelers.
Mari Pintau: In the island of Sardinia, about 20km away from the picturesque town of Cagliari, there is a place that has stolen the hearts of gay and naturist bathers. That, of course, is the beach of Mari Pintau situated right next to Kala and Moru beaches. What's really unique about this beach is its color, which changes depending on the time of day! There are also several restaurants and bars nearby, creating a vivid night scene.
Capo Comino: Situated near the State Road 125 Nuoro, Capo Comino is a long beach, with fine white sand and pink rocks, which is known for its sand dunes with low juniper beaches that make it the perfect hotspot for nudism and naughtier meetings. It's mainly visited by younger audiences while it has a great natural and historical importance.
Spiaggia di San Cataldo: The charming beach of San Cataldo, situated only 15km away from the town of Lecce, is the perfect location to meet new interesting people. The waters of beautiful beach host a rich marine life, while it's the ideal place for nudist swimmers as it is surrounded by a thick pine forest.
Lido di Pizzo: The beach of di Pizzo is a popular gay hotspot that every tourist adores. Located near Gallipoli, it's characterized by a low and sandy coast and an always clear and calm beach. It's a pretty lovely and welcoming place that every gay tourist will love!
Coast Dei Barbari: Considered to be the gay beach of Trieste and Venezia Giulia, Coast Dei Barbari is the most interesting beach to visit in the region of Trieste if you are a gay traveler. This picturesque beach is always uncrowded and quiet featuring crystal blue waters, ideal for swimming and bathing. It's mainly a nudist beach but it's not mandatory.