Known as Napoli in Italian, the sun-drenched city of Naples is one of Europe's oldest cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perched beside gulf waters of the Mediterranean sea, the city is without its own beaches, but sits in close proximity to scenic beaches showcasing the Bay of Naples.
Capri's Pebbled Beaches
The isle of Capri in the Bay of Naples is just a 45-minute ferry ride from Naples, or a quick helicopter ride. Marina Grande, the island's largest beach, sits beside the harbor and docks. Like many area beaches, it's characterized by a pebble-covered shore. The public beach is free, but you'll pay for the use of chairs and umbrellas. Plan to catch your rays early in the day as the sun disappears from the beach about mid-afternoon. Shuttle boats leave from these docks throughout the day for the island's child-friendly Beach of the Emperor beach club. The club sits near the ancient remains of the villa of Roman Emperor Augustus. It offers a small pebble beach, loungers and a second-story terrace overlooking the Bay of Naples where sun lovers kick back with wine and fresh fish from the restaurant.
Ischia's Island Beach
Ischia is one of the largest islands in the Bay of Naples. Its sandy beaches attract sun lovers to the isle's scenic shorelines. San Pietro Beach hugs the village of Ischia Porto. As one of Ischia's largest beaches, San Pietro is accessed from virtually anywhere in the community. The beach is a favorite among young people who stage sand volleyball, soccer and baseball games. While beach use is free, expect to pay for loungers, umbrellas and beverages. Catch a ferry in Naples for the 90-minute ride to Ischia. Ferries run to and from the island throughout the day making side trips from Naples possible.
Procida's Sandy Shores
Five beaches along the shores of Procida beckon sun bathers to this small, laid-back and least touristy island within Naples Bay. Chiaioella offers the island's longest stretch of sandy beach and is home to public and private beaching areas. Sitting at the island's tip, visitors reach Chiaioella by bus, which departs regularly from the main port area. The Chiaioella beach is lined with open-air dining establishments and bars and is known for its stunning sunsets. Buses also provide transport to Chiaia beach, located mid island along the eastern shore. Because it hugs shallow waters, it's favored by families with young children. Other beach options are Ca la del Pozzo Vecchio, a beach near the port and one at the island yacht marina.
Positano's Amalfi Coast Beaches
Positano is home to two unforgettable beaches nestled along the Amalfi Coast. A 90-minute drive south of Naples, Positano's Spiaggia Grande beach serves as the center of the town's social life. Residents and visitors flock here, the town's largest and longest beach. Mostly operated by private enterprises, the pebbled shores are lined with restaurants, bars and even a disco. For those seeking a quieter environment, a small free public beach is located near near the Positano ferry docks. From Positano's main pier, it's possible catch a ride on the free ferry to Fornilla Beach. This gorgeous beach with its clear waters was a favorite of the iconic painters Cocteau and Picasso. For beach-goers on a budget, Fornilla is considered a more affordable experience.