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Northern Italy includes coastline on two arms of the Mediterranean Sea. On the western side near France, the rugged coast along the Ligurian Sea in the region of Liguria is popularly known as the Italian Riviera. This part of the coast has a number of small nudist niches, but there are no broad, sandy nude beaches in this part of Italy. On the eastern side of Northern Italy is the north end of the Adriatic Sea, which is most famously the location of Venice (Venezia in Italian). The beaches of this area, with some exceptions, tend to be bigger and sandier than their Ligurian counterparts. The Northern Adriatic is where you'll find the most popular beach in Italy: Lido di Dante near Ravenna, in the region of Emilia-Romagna. Between the two coasts, most of the land of Northern Italy is the broad Po Valley, but the majestic Alps form the border of far northern Italy. There are a few notable interior nude beaches in Northern Italy, especially in the region of Lombardia, the capital of which is Milan.

EMILIA-ROMAGNA

Bologna      MAP

NATURIST RETREATS

     Ca'le Scope    44.3011, 11.1868     I, D, E, G
          Marzabotto

     Oasi di Zello    44.2983, 11.4355     I, E
          Monterenzio

Ferrara      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Spiaggia di Lido delle Nazioni   44.7540, 12.2471 
This beach gets sporadic nude use, but there is a more established nude beach seven kilometers to the north. (See the next listing.)

      Spiaggia di Lido di Volano   44.8108, 12.2813 
A local naturist group has negotiated with authorities to allow nude bathing at the remote northern end of this expansive beach in Comacchio. The nude area is signposted.

Ravenna      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Lido di Dante   44.3730, 12.3223 
This is the most popular nude beach in all of Italy. Crowds can be quite large, but the beach is long and has ample space. Lido di Dante has been officially designated for nudity since 2002 (although the naturist tradition goes back much farther), and the start of the nude area is signposted. There is a camping establishment (see the next listing) very close to the beach that, while not naturist per se, has a small, separate area for naturist camping.

PLACES TO STAY

     Camping Classe    44.3823, 12.3167     I, E, F, G     beach 
          Lido di Dante



FRIULI - VENEZIA GIULIA

Trieste      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Spiaggia della Costa dei Barbari   45.7565, 13.6437 
This narrow, rocky, very scenic beach near Sistiana draws a mixed crowd of nudists and textiles. This location is less than 5 kilometers (as the crow flies) from the border of Slovenia.

      Spiaggia di Filtri di Aurisina   45.7448, 13.6629 
Just a few kilometers from the previously listed beach, this beach is another alternative for nudists in the Trieste area. Although not widely known to tourists, the beach has a local following due to the advocacy of a local naturist group.



LIGURIA

Genova      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Spiaggia di Chiavari   44.3231, 9.3024 
While the main part of this beach is crowded and textile, a short walk to one end brings you to a quieter area frequented by nudists.

Imperia      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Capo Mortola   43.7818, 7.5483 
A small number of nudists gather at this pebbly beach, which is along the Italian Riviera, less than two kilometers from the French border.

La Spezia      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Spiaggia di Guvano   44.1255, 9.7033 
Perhaps the best known nude beach of the Italian Riviera, Spiaggia di Guvano is located among a cluster of five picturesque, hillside-hugging villages that are collectively known as the Cinque Terre. Since the terrain makes access and parking difficult, most visitors to the villages (and the nude beach) arrive by local train from either La Spezia or Levanto.

      Punta Bianca   44.0361, 9.9748 
While there is no proper beach here, a few nudists sunbathe on the rocks at this rather isolated corner near Ameglia.

Savona      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Spiaggia di Torre Saracena   44.1815, 8.4068 
Although just a stone's through from the long textile beach of Varigotti, nudists at this tiny cove are nonetheless isolated since the beach is a nook in a formidable headland. Access to the beach is either by private boat or by a fairly short but steep hike.

      Piani d'Invrea   44.3671, 8.6141 
Nudity sometimes occurs in a niche of the rocky coastline of Varazze, but patterns seem erratic as this is a very developed area.

NATURIST RETREATS

     Il Costalunga    44.4964, 8.5277     I
          Sassello



LOMBARDIA

Brescia      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Spiaggia della Rocca di Manerba   45.5533, 10.5783  [int]
This beach is on the western shore of stunning Lago di Garda, a large lake located where the Alps abruptly meet the Po Valley (near Brescia and Verona). Spiaggia della Rocca di Manerba is perhaps the most notable interior nude beach in Italy. It is quite popular even though it is also quite hidden.

Lecco      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Fiume Adda   45.6702, 9.4693  [int]
This heavily gay site is a scenic hidden jewel along the river Adda, about 50 kilometers northeast of Milan.

Pavia      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Spiaggia del Po   45.1359, 9.2509  [int]
Just south of Pavia, this sandbar along the river Po get some nudist visitation.

Varese      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Fiume Ticino at Vizzola Ticino   45.6203, 8.6666  [int]
Although just a few kilometers from Milan's main airport (Malpensa), this sandbar along the river Ticino is nonetheless very secluded and popular with those in the know. While attendance is mixed, it is mostly a gay beach.



PIEMONTE

Asti      MAP

NATURIST RETREATS

     Villaggio del Sole    44.9888, 8.0562     I, D, E, F, G, S
          Cortazzone

Torino      MAP

NATURIST RETREATS

     Club Le Betulle    45.1865, 7.5128     I, E
          La Cassa



TRENTINO - ALTO ADIGE

Bolzano      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Torrente Talvera   46.5328, 11.3647  [int]
This obscure site is located along the river Talvera a few kilometers north of Bolzano in a part of Italy where German is the first language of a quarter of the population. Bolzano is on the western end of the Dolomites, a particularly rugged section of the Alps known for craggy peaks.



VENETO

Belluno      MAP

PLACES TO STAY

     La Corte degli Elfi    46.4811, 11.9393     I
          Livinallongo del Col di Lana

Venezia      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Lido degli Alberoni   45.3413, 12.3285 
Located at the far southern end of Lido di Venezia, which is an island in the Adriatic near Venice, this beach is accessible by a combination boat and bus trip from the famous city of canals. Nudity occurs in a limited area, and nudity patterns seem irregular.

      Spiaggia di Isola del Morto   45.5359, 12.7457 
On the south end of the coastal resort town of Eraclea Mare, this is the best established of the three nude beaches in the province of Venezia.

      Spiaggia della Brussa   45.6178, 12.9382 
Of the three nude beaches in the province of Venezia, this one—located in a large natural preserve—is the most beautiful. Sadly, nudity is not well tolerated by authorities, so nudity occurs mainly on weekends and out of peak season.


























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