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North Italy with 3 year old twins in July - good beaches ...

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North Italy with 3 year old twins in July - good beaches ...

We are planning to drive through Switzerland to Italy in July and wanted recommendations of places to visit and stay. We will have 7 - 10 days in Italy and would like to visit places which will aren't too built up.

Are there any beaches or areas of coast that are clean, sandy, suitable for paddling and not crowded? Also places with short hikes. Towns where there are historical sights and churches.

Any suggestions of child friendly places to stay which are not big hotels?

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1. Re: North Italy with 3 year old twins in July - good beaches ...

Hi!!!

My suggestion is for the northern Tuscan coast!!! You have plenty of hotel choice according to your budget, beaches are long and sandy, most of beach clubs have reastaurant and entertainment activities for children.

Also the land is very attractive for shopping, art and history, for example the little towns of Pietrasanta, Carrara, Sarzana are at just few miles away of the beaches!!! Then the cinque terre are easily reacheble by train or boat and of course Lucca, Pisa for some day trips!!!! What else....if you need to refresh you could spend a day in the Lunigiana area visiting some castles or simply enjoying the nature....maybe you can understand...I'm proudly from this area...send me a message to know more

Enjoy your stay

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2. Re: North Italy with 3 year old twins in July - good beaches ...

"....................and not crowded?"

For me one of the sad things about the many popular beach coastal areas is the miles upon miles upon miles............zzzz of beach emplacements/Bagnos belonging to the Hotels on the seafront. This in some areas is taken to the nth degree and has ruined the beach area. If you are staying at one of the Hotels then you should get a lounger but it is like regimented seal sunbathing and if you are not staying at one of these hotels you can not just turn up and out your stuff down in the vicinity of these Bagnos. You are allowed to sit "at the waters edge" but this area can be hugely restricted when the tide comes in. As an example the beachfront area from Viareggio northwards to Forte di Marmi and beyond 20km long full of these emplacements.

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3. Re: North Italy with 3 year old twins in July - good beaches ...

The north Tuscan coast does sound tempting. However its a bit of a concern about the beach access - any suggestions on beaches which do not have this kind of restriction but are still nice for small children?

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4. Re: North Italy with 3 year old twins in July - good beaches ...

Many coastal towns have these to a lesser or greater degree. Alassio is a lovely town but the beach area is quite small when the tide comes in.

Another option is Lake Garda. At the south end of the Lake at Lazise and Peschiera del Garda there are small ("man made") beaches. Although these appear to be infront of campsites they are easily accessable from the local villages (I am biased as I have been going there for 17years since my kids were small (Lazise)). The villages/towns are small, not over-commercialised and a lot cheaper than the popular "italian" destinations and coastal resorts. Verona is only 20mins away. Venice under 2hrs away by train (about 1h30mins by car but when only 2 adults it is far cheaper to take the train), Mantova under 1h

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5. Re: North Italy with 3 year old twins in July - good beaches ...

Hi!!!

On the Tuscan coast you can still find some free beaches, the thing is that they'll be very crowded and almost unpractical with children!!!!

There are some beach clubs that leave you a bit more of "privacy", I think it could be worthy trying!!!!

Ciao

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6. Re: North Italy with 3 year old twins in July - good beaches ...

Thanks for the suggestion - I had been wondering about Lake Garda as another option. How crowded do the beaches get, are they sandy or stoney and are they shallow for paddling. Also any suggestions of places to stay?

Thanks!

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7. Re: North Italy with 3 year old twins in July - good beaches ...

The Riviera I suggest starts in Marina di Massa (cheaper, but more crowded), continues in Forte dei Marmi (very exclusive), Marina di Pietrasanta, Lido di Camaiore and Viareggio (something in the middle between cheap and exclusive...) Beaches are sandy everywhere. Of course by the beach, sea water is shallow and usually there is where every child plays!!!!

Also some beach clubs have swimming pool.

If you need more info...let me know!!!!

Ciao ciao

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