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Capo Mortola, Italy - Unofficial Nude Beach

Capo Mortola Nude Beach
Capo Mortola is situated in the region of Liguria. Follow the roads leading westwards out of Ventimiglia for about 7km until you reach Capo Mortola. A small street leads down to the nude beach. Marked on the "Guide Mondial Naturisme 98/99".

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CAPO MORTOLA NUDE BEACH REPORTS:

  1. Nude beach, crowded and with many gays. From Ventimiglia go to France, but not by highway... by "Via Aurelia"- After the second tunnel (area Capo Mortola) stop the car near an old GasPump. (there's nothing more around)- walk the little street near the wall for 4 minutes... The beach is very wild and beautiful, international people, no bar, drinks or services. No comfort. Crowded winter, summer, spring and autumn! but in summer can be full of people (happy families too!) - SBQR

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Guvano Beach, Italy - Officially Recognised Nude Beach

Guvano Nude Beach
The pebble beach of Guvano at Corniglia, near Levanto, was famed in the 1970s as one of Italy's few nude beaches. It's in the region of La Spezia, about halfway between Genoa and Pisa, just off the A12 Genova-Livorno motorway. Close to the popular tourist spot of Cinque Terre (Five Villages) on the Ligury Coast. Descend a steep path that leads from the Corniglia-Vernazza railway track or pay to go through the unused train tunnel. See reports below for precise directions. Very popular with nudists. No camping on the beach.

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GUVANO NUDE BEACH REPORTS:

  1. From the Corniglia train station (follow road north, go over tracks, then zigzag below the tracks, following signs to the tunnel in the cliff; walk past proprieta privata sign) travelers buzz the intercom and the hydraulic 'Get Smart'-type door is opened from the other end. After a 20-minute hike through a cool, moist, and dimly-lit unused train tunnel, you'll emerge at the Guvano nude beach — and be charged 5 euros. The beach has drinking water, but no toilets. The crowd is Italian counterculture: pierced nipples, tattoed punks, hippie drummers in dreads, and nude exhibitionist men. The ratio of men to women is about three to two. About half the people on the nude beach keep their swimsuits on. Bonfires bring this varied crowd together each night. - Rick Steves 1998

  2. Guvano on the Cinque Terre (Italia) is a fine place for nude sunbathing and swimming. Even during what I thought was peak time (August) this year, there were only a few dozen people. The biggest problem? Jellyfish. While their sting is relatively shortlived (a few hours), you might not be used to the pain induced in the, er, normally less exposed areas of the body. YOW! - Michael Horne 11/04/98

  3. The local gov't in the Cinque Terre has recently made it much more difficult to get to Guvano Beach by locking the abandoned rail tunnel. You now have to hike about 40 minutes from Corniglia (towards Vernazza) and take a grueling, steep, scary trail down from the main path. And of course, getting back up is even harder. This means that only a few hardy souls make it to the nude beach. I was there in early July and there were only about 20 people on the beach all day. Beautiful beach, though; I think it's worth the hike. - Mike 08/01/02

  4. The earlier comments about access are no longer true, at least as of late Sept. 2002. You can access by the old rail tunnel (the doors are now permanently open). You can also reach it by the path mentioned, but it is hard to find from the top. - Rick Steves 10/09/02

  5. Guvano nude beach is not easy to find, and the locals don't promote it to the tourists so it is usually very quiet and peaceful. It is also known to be a nudist beach, so you are likely to find half the people on the beach completely naked. Don't let that stop you from going, nudity is optional. How to find the allusive beach? Find the bottom of the long stairway that leads from the Corniglia train station up to the village. (Don't go up the stairs). Walk down along the ramps that are just above the seashore and continue to the right. The path turns and will take you behind some small houses and you will find yourself in front of a gate at the entrance to an abandoned train tunnel. (If you see a sign that said private property.ignore it!). Ring the bell that is located to the left of the tunnel gate and the gate will automatically open and then close behind you. (You may feel like you are doing something wrong, but don't worry about it. Just walk on). Walk through the tunnel for about 15 minutes until you reach the end. Don't be alarmed if you hear trains passing in the tunnel that is adjacent to the one you are walking in. When you come out of the tunnel you will find a beautiful beach awaits you. Someone will be waiting near the exit of the tunnel and will expect a fee for the use of the tunnel and beach (usually 5 Euro). The main Corniglia beach is opposite the Corniglia train station there is a long beach, but it is mostly rocky and becomes very small with the high tide. - www.notamall.com

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Nido dell'Aquila, Italy - Unofficial Nude Beach

Nido dell'Aquila Nude Beach
Nido dell'Aquila is a coarse sand beach, part of the Parco Naturale di Rimigliano, which is located 5km South of San Vincenzo, near Casa Cavalleggeri, in the region of Livorno. It has been a popular nude beach since the 1980s.

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NIDO DELL'AQUILA NUDE BEACH REPORTS:

  1. There are no buses to get there. Nearby the nude beach there is the textile camp Albatros. The path that leads to the sea begins in front of two tumbledown houses and passes through a mediterranean underwood (5-10 minutes). Once you are on the beach, turn left and walk South for around 300 meters. - written by the excellent Manuel Birichino

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Isola d'Elba, Italy - Several Recognised Nude Beaches

Isola d'Elba Nude Beach
The main nude beach on Isola d'Elba is situated on the southern coast of the island where you can find two naturist areas at the end of the long beach of Lacona.
Apparently, Napoleon Bonaparte's sister Pauline loved to swim in the nude off the coast of Isola d'Elba and one of its beaches was named La Paolina in her honour.

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ISOLA D'ELBA NUDE BEACH REPORTS:

  1. One of the most beautiful places that I have ever been is Isola d'Elba, Elba Island. Its not too dissimilar to Waiheke, but has the bluest of waters and amazing architecture. - mattyc

  2. Nudism is practicable during off-season in some hidden coves, accessable only by private boat, on the South coast of the island. - written by the excellent Manuel Birichino

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Marina di Alberese, Italy - Officially Recognised Nude Beach since June 2003

Marina di Alberese Nude Beach
Marina di Alberese is a fine sand beach, part of the Parco Regionale della Maremma (click for map), is located 25km South of Grosetto town, near the Ombrone river. Pay for parking at the offices near Alberse village (costs about 4 euros) and try to park in the often full Marina di Alberese car park. Walk along the beach in a southerly direction for about 1.5km to reach the nude beach area. There is also a bus shuttle service every 30 minutes between Alberese and Marina di Alberese. The ticket cost 1,20 euros in Summer 2004.
NOTE: This is the nude beach where two naturists were arrested by the local police in July 2002 for sunbathing naked about 2km south of the crowded part of the beach. They were subsequently cleared of charges of indecency in June 2003 and since then naturism has been considered legal on parts of this beach and on many other secluded beaches in Italy. More details about the acquittal (in Italian).

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MARINA DI ALBERESE NUDE BEACH REPORTS:

  1. The nude beach at Marina di Alberese, seven kilometers from the village, is inside Parco Regionale della Maremma. The road that leads there is easy and flat but not a short walk. It runs across the park and under the hills of the Uccellina, through fields (owned by the Azienda Agricola Regionale dell'Uccellina) and the pine woods, crowded with singing cicadas. The beach itself is very long, reaching down to Talamone, and of varying width, on the narrow side at Marina di Alberese, extremely wide at Bocca d'Ombrone. It is sandy and nice everywhere. At Marina di Alberese it can get pretty crowded in July and August and on Saturdays and Sundays. It is serviced with a handful of bars, a picnic area and toilets. Topless is allowed. The parking lot (shadowed by the umbrella pine trees) allows 300 cars, tickets (4.60 euro whole day, 2.20 morning or afternoon alone) can be bought both in Rispescia (in the square, beside the bakery) and in Alberese (at the park's offices and info center). No cars (or bikes) without the ticket are allowed in the park. Bicycles enter for free, as well as tourists that take the bus (1.20 euro per person) from Alberese. - By Alice Twain, Summer 2004

  2. The park, covered in woods and typical Mediterranean vegetation, borders onto the coast (Marina di Alberese), which can be reached by car, though this depends on whether there is room in the car park (the alternative is a little bus that runs regularly from the centre of Alberese). The nude beach is long and sandy and edged in one side by splendid pine trees and wild undergrowth. A unique experience. - FCI

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Santa Severa, Italy - Unofficial Nude Beach

Santa Severa Nude Beach
Santa Severa is a coarse sand beach is near the Castle of Santa Severa, in the Lazio region of Italy.

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SANTA SEVERA NUDE BEACH REPORTS:

  1. The nude beach is situated near the Castle of Santa Severa. Go to the textile beach at the right side of the castle, then walk around the castle on the rocks by the sea side; you might have to walk with your feet in the water for some meters. On the other side there is a nude beach, but the first part of it is an archeological site, so you have to walk for one hundred meters further in the direction of the military base. If you pass by that base, around 20 minutes of walking from the Castle, there is better sand. Attention: one kilometer further there is the Natural Reserve of Macchiatonda, managed by WWF, where nudity is forbidden because of textile tourists and the forester. - written by the excellent Manuel Birichino

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Capocotta, Italy - Officially Recognised Nude Beach since June 2000

Capocotta Nude Beach
The sandy beach of Capocotta is part of the Natural Reserve of Castel Porziano which occupies a 3km stretch of coastline between Ostia and Tor Vaianica, just South of Rome, near Pomezia. The 250m long section of the beach called Oasi Naturista di Capocotta was designated an official nude beach by the commune of Roma in June 2000. The main beach has good facilities including deck chairs, umbrellas, a bar/restaurant, showers and toilets.
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CAPOCOTTA NUDE BEACH REPORTS:

  1. It is still possible to be nude in the places between the huts of Er Zagaglia and the Settimo Cielo, then between this last one and the Oasi di Capocotta. It is no more possible to practise nudism in front and between the Oasi di Capocotta, the Mecs Village huts and the Villaggio Tognazzi houses. Public transports from Rome: by "Piramide" station (underground B) get on the train to Ostia (Ferrovia Roma-Lido) then, at the terminus, get on the bus number 07 for Villaggio Tognazzi. Get down at "Porto di Enea / Oasi Naturista di Capocotta" stop. - written by the excellent Manuel Birichino

  2. Another Detailed Report on Capocotta (Jan 2003) - by Manuel Birichino

  3. Don't miss the nude beach of Capocotta, near Rome (easy to reach by city train). It's very popular (don't try to go there by car, you'll definitely NOT find a parking) and with good facilities (showers, restaurants, etc). - Mau

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Costa Verde, Sardinia

Costa Verde Nude Beach

Costa Verde is a very long, sandy stretch of beach on the South West coast of Sardinia. It is also very peaceful, perhaps why the Costa Verde is dubbed 'the silent coast'. As it is rarely crowded, it's fairly easy to practise naturism in the nude beach area towards the South end of the beach.


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COSTA VERDE NUDE BEACH REPORTS:

  1. My girlfriend and I found a great stretch of nude beach on the southwest coast of Sardinia, Costa Verde. Miles of relatively deserted coastline offered very good privacy. Of the few other beach goers, most were also nude. A wonderful Mediterranean experience! - CA

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Lido di Dante, Italy - Officially Recognised Nude Beach

Lido di Dante Nude Beach

Lido di Dante nude beach is about 3 kilometers long and is situated immediately South of Ravenna, on the coast between the village of the same name and Lido di Classe. Low dunes divide the beach from a pinewood. Since July 2002 nudism has been legal on the part of the beach that is located 500 meters south of Camping Classe.


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LIDO DI DANTE NUDE BEACH REPORTS:

  1. More about the nude beach of Lido di Dante by the excellent Manuel Birichino

  2. Nude beach, FKK approved. Very beautiful beach, better than Lido Di Classe, very crowded... Easy to find in Ravenna, follow the street direction to Lido Di Dante or FKK and then looking for Ramazzotti CampGround - CAMPING CLASSE FKK". You can park there. and than walk on the beach (in south direction) - Walk 10 minutes and you'll find the FKK beach (1km) , after this first area for 3 km there are many gay men. - SBQR

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Filtri di Aurisina, Italy - Officially Recognised Nude Beach

Filtri di Aurisina Nude Beach

The Filtri di Aurisina nude beach is at Aurisina, in the Gulf of Trieste, about halfway between Trieste and Duino, just off the A202 main road. Also known as Filtri di Santa Croce. This nude beach is composed of pebbles. See below for detailed directions.


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FILTRI DI AURISINA NUDE BEACH REPORTS:

  1. To find Filtri di Aurisina go on the Statal Road number 14 and follow the sign for "Laboratorio di Biologia Marina". Park your car on the road that goes to the laboratory (via A.Piccard), a few hundred meters before reaching it, and go down the stairs that lead to the textile beach (Restaurant Bellariva). Past the little harbour, that is on your right, follow the path that goes through a wood. After 200 meters there is another beach. Stop when you see nude people. Bring with you shoes for swimming and an air-bed to lay down on the beach. - written by the excellent Manuel Birichino

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Cava di Sistiana, Italy - Unofficial Nude Beach

Cava di Sistiana Nude Beach
The many Cava di Sistiana nude beaches, which are situated in small tidal coves, can be found south of Sistiana Bay. Sistiana is a quarter-hour drive from Central Trieste, 13 km straight down the coastline toward Duino and the Airport, taking you through Barcola, Grignano and the Castle of Miramare along the way. The beaches in the Bay itself, close to the parking lots, are textile beaches (Caravella and Castelreggio).

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SISTIANA BAY NUDE BEACH REPORTS:

  1. A 10-minute hike through the cliffside scenery to the left of Beach Restaurant Castelreggio leads you to the nude beaches, which are situated on small tidal coves. Crystal clear waters and a tolerant, relaxed atmosphere with both nude and swimsuited folks. Those who are there for several hours may alternate between nudity and swimsuits as the spirit moves them and it's no big deal. Unlike some "familiar" nude beaches, this Coast promotes a freewheeling and indulgent naturist experience for singles and couples. No families or youngsters here. Locations are not strictly divided into "straight" and "all male" sections, they mix freely with each other. Clothing is optional throughout the entire coastline with wonderful facilities for swimming, sunbathing, and more. Isolated beaches are surrounded by high shrubs, craggy rocks and driftwood. Beyond the beaches, flat rocky cliffs extend for a few kilometers. It is very easy to traverse these outcrops, which are also clothing optional. You can sit on these cliffs with the ocean surging just meters below. On the right day, the waves crash like thunderclaps and white foam and spray lift high in the air. If you do not enjoy the heat of the nude beach, you can nestle beneath large stones to escape the breeze and find any degree of privacy you might prefer. You can only hear the sounds of nature and some quiet friendly maritime conversation, and on occasion you can see dolphins from the peak of these rocks. - triestenet.tripod.com

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Costa dei Barbari, Italy - Officially Recognised Nude Beach

Costa dei Barbari Nude Beach
Costa dei Barbari has a pebbled nude beach at Montecatini, just a few kilometres from Sistiana on the coastal road to Trieste. The car park is around 1km after you've passed under the highway. Follow the path that goes down the cliff to the nude beach.

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COSTA DEI BARBARI NUDE BEACH REPORTS:

  1. You have to hike about 2 km to get to the largest beach, but upon arrival, wow! Costa dei Barbari is great if you want a friendly, non-threatening clothing-optional environment. Aqua blue waters, completely natural setting. Most everyone is nude and man is again one with nature. Paradise! The nude beach is sheltered at both ends by the curve of the shoreline and by large rock precipices. The Mediterranean is warm here and a refreshing dip to escape the sun is as typical as a leisurely soak. - triestenet.tripod.com

  2. This nude beach is not easy to find and the path that leads to it is steep and hard to climb. Nonetheless, it is well worth it when you get there, as this is one of the most enchanting and extraordinary unattended beaches in the region. This is truly a corner of paradise, which is uncrowded, and has phenomenal blue, clean water which is rare in this area. Protected by a breathtaking coastal rock, a part of this beach is given over to nude sunbathing. There are no facilities such as a bar or drinking water in the area. To reach this place, look for a path that goes down towards the sea along the state road, between the entrance to the motorway and the delightful village of Sistiana, about thirty minutes by car from the city centre. - orbitz.com

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