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Camping Along the Italian Coast: The Best Seaside Campsites and Activities

Imagine waking up to the gentle sound of waves crashing against the shore, feeling the warm rays of sun on your face, and breathing in the refreshing scent of the Mediterranean Sea.

Camping along the stunning Italian coast offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in nature while enjoying breathtaking seaside views and charming historic towns.

Today, we embark on a journey along the Italian coastline, uncovering the best seaside campsites. Whether you're seeking thrilling watersports, family-fun, leisurely coastal hikes or gastronomic exploration, the Italian coast has something to offer everyone.

So pack your bags, embrace the Italian Dolce Vita, and let's begin our adventure!


Between the Ligurian Sea and the Apennine Mountains, Liguria entices campers with its charming coastline and historic towns, including the famous Cinque Terre (a string of centuries-old seaside villages).

Cervo on mediterranean coast of Liguria

Where to stay: Camping Il Rospo

Looking for an incredible Ligurian camping spot with a prime seaside location? Look no further than Camping Il Rospo di Moneglia in the stunning Ligurian Riviera di Levante. This gem of a campsite offers direct access to the sea, so you can dive right into the fun!

Picture yourself enjoying refreshing swims, leisurely walks along the seafront, and even exploring the mesmerising underwater world with the Diving Center Punta Rospo. When sunset falls, discover authentic Italian restaurants and beach bars, all within easy walking distance of the campsite.

Camping Il Rospo di Moneglia is located in the Ligurian Riviera di Levante, directly overlooking the sea. The town centre can be reached on foot...


Indulge in a camping experience like no other in Tuscany, where sun-soaked beaches meet rolling hills and vineyards. Explore the coastal gems of Versilia and Maremma or set sail for the enchanting islands of Elba and Giglio — all while savouring the region's renowned cuisine and rich history.

Val d'Orcia, Tuscany

Where to stay: Camping Village International Saint Michael

Camping Saint Michael is a delightful, family-owned campsite offering a peaceful retreat amidst the stunning Migliarino National Park. Situated just 600 metres from a sandy beach, this campsite combines tranquillity with convenient access to seaside activities.

For nature lovers, the national park is an absolute treat, boasting many forested hiking and biking trails among lush landscapes and fascinating wildlife. With Pisa just 15 kilometres away, it's famed leaning tower and cosmopolitan delights await.

Camping Saint Michael is a pleasant, family owned site and is quietly situated close to the Migliarino National Park and around 600 m. from a...


Calabria beckons with its pristine beaches, azure waters and untouched landscapes for those seeking a taste of the authentic Italian seaside. It's a true hidden gem that's just waiting to be explored. Camp along the rugged coastline, explore ancient ruins and relish in the region's hearty cuisine.

Scilla, Calabria

Where to stay: Camping Calabrisella

Tucked among pines, this campsite offers breathtaking sea views in the pristine Gulf of Squillace between Catanzaro Lido and Soverato. It's a paradise for families and children, with a safe and wide sandy beach.

Prepare for a fun-filled holiday with activities like water aerobics, boules and volleyball. Plus, there's a multisport pitch, table tennis, games room and a fantastic children's play area. No wonder families keep coming back year after year!

Camping Villaggio Calabrisella is perfectly located within a beautiful pine forest, overlooking the sea, in the pristine Gulf of Squillace, between Catanzaro Lido and Soverato...


Puglia, the "heel" of Italy's boot, is a coastal paradise for intrepid travellers. While you're there, discover the breathtaking beaches of the Salento Peninsula, marvel at the unique trulli houses in Alberobello and indulge in the olive groves and vineyards of the Lecce province.

Gravina, Puglia

Where to stay: Camping Torre Rinalda

Set amidst the charming town that shares its name, Camping Torre Rinalda is a truly inviting retreat. The luxurious glamping facilities are a particular draw. The site is also just a short walk from a beautiful beach — perfect for soaking-up breathtaking sunsets each evening.

For activities, the sea beckons adventure enthusiasts with opportunities for windsurfing, sailing, and water skiing. If gastronomic exploration is more your thing, make the most of the Lecce province's famed olive groves and wine producers. The campsite even puts on dedicated wine tastings. What's not to like?

The large Camping Torre Rinalda is situated directly on the outskirts of the town by the same name. On site (measuring 15.5 ha) there are...


Abruzzo is a true delight for lovers of the outdoors and sun worshippers alike. The region sees the sandy shores of the Adriatic coast sweep up to majestic mountains and national parks.

Colledimezzo, Abruzzo

Where to stay: Camping Grotta del Saraceno

Camping Village Grotta del Saraceno is a slice of paradise on the irresistible Adriatic Coast. The highlight of this camping experience is undoubtedly the famous grotto or "great arch cave". With its breathtaking location overlooking a picturesque bay, there's plenty to keep you busy.

When you emerge from the sky-blue waters below this impressive natural formation, you'll find a charming "ristropub" right on the beach. This family-friendly campsite also goes above and beyond to keep everyone entertained, especially the little ones. Countless organised activities (and three fantastic pools, complete with fountains) cater to children, ensuring everyone has a blast.

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Set on a beautiful stretch of the Adriatic Coast, Camping Village Grotta del Saraceno is on a promontory overlooking an attractive bay with stunning views...


With its blend of cultural heritage and stunning coastal landscapes, Veneto offers campers a unique experience. From the iconic canals of Venice to the golden beaches of the Venetian Lagoon and expansive countryside, visitors can immerse themselves in Veneto's rich history, vibrant cities and captivating coastal scenery.

Burano island, Veneto

Where to stay: Villaggio Barricata

For Veneto off the beaten track, head to the hidden gem of Villaggio Barricata. It's a beautiful campsite nestled within the vast nature reserve at the mouth of the Po Delta. A short stroll away, you'll find a beautiful beach stretching for miles. The Po Delta itself is a treasure trove of exploration, with extensive cycle tracks and footpaths inviting you to uncover its natural wonders and ancient lighthouse.

If that wasn't enough to keep you busy, visit the lively resort of Porto Garibaldi, where many shops, cafés, and restaurants await. Of course, Venice to the north and Ravenna to the south also make for excellent day trip destinations. So, what are you waiting for?

Villaggio Barricata is a pleasant site located within the large nature reserve at the mouth of the Po Delta. A drive through many rows of...

Are you planning your Italian coastal adventure? You'll find hundreds of fantastic campsites across Italy's coastal regions with Alan Rogers. From luxurious glamping to eco-retreats and family-friendly sites, there's something for everyone.

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