Naples offers many opportunities for swimming during the summer in beautiful places on its coast. In addition to the best paid beaches, there are also several in the city free beaches where you can bathe and sunbathe and some of them are too equipped with bathrooms and showers.
Surely the most beautiful coastline is the one that goes from Mergellina to Posillipo, a wonderful coast where you can also relax in coves and beaches accessible only by boat, but there are beautiful beaches also on the coast of Bacoli.
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Free beaches in Naples
Beach at the Rotonda Diaz
Also known as Lido Mappatella, so named in a period when it was considered more dirty, today is a beach equipped by the City of Naples. It is located right at the Rotonda Diaz and from the 2016 its sea is suitable for bathing. It is definitely one of the favorite destinations of the Neapolitans in the summer, so it is almost always very crowded.
Where: Rotonda Diaz, Lungomare Caracciolo
Largo Nazario Sauro
This beach is very close to the Castel dell'Ovo, at the Fontana dell'Immacolatella, but consists only of rocks, so we suggest to provide you with shoes to walk more comfortably on this hard material. The water is suitable for bathing, but not far from Piazza Nazario Sauro, there is a bathing prohibition.
Where: Largo Nazario Sauro, between via Partenope and via Nazario Sauro
At the end of via Posillipo, where starts via Mergellina, there is the free beach which is located at Largo Sermoneta. It is not very convenient because in the vicinity there are a boat and many rocks.
Where: Largo Sermoneta, between via Posillipo and via Mergellina
Beach of the Broken Column
It takes its name from the homonymous column between via Caracciolo and via Partenope, dedicated to the fallen of the sea. There is both sand and rocks, as for the beach at the Rotonda Diaz, it is very busy and crowded.
Where: height Piazza Vittoria, between via Caracciolo and via Partenope
Beach of the Monks
Easily accessible from the famous Lido Sirena of Posillipo, which has set up a special path that leads to the free beach, the Spiaggia delle Monache has a clear and colored sea between blue and green which has little to envy to overseas beaches.
Where: access from via Posillipo, 357
The beach of Riva Fiorita can be reached either by boat or on foot, but along a long stretch from Via Ferdinando Russo downhill. Offers one of the most striking views on the Gulf of Naples and is surrounded by stately and historical palaces. It is located at the foot of the ancient tower of Villa Volpicelli, famous for A Place in the Sun, and is a must for Neapolitan bathers.
Where: access by sea or from the Via Ferdinando Russo descent
You access the Gaiola beach along the route of the Discesa Gaiola, but once you arrive you will remain breathless. You can swim both on the side that leads to the Vesuvius and accessing thearea that overlooks the famous Villa in the middle of the sea, but in this case we must deliver a document of recognition because it is a marine protected area. It reopened in June 2021, after a few months of closure due to the pandemic.
Where: access from the Gaiola descent
Municipal beach of Bagnoli
The municipal beach of Bacoli was equipped with showers and toilets ed also for summer 2021 it reopens to the public. Unfortunately, you can only sunbathe there because there is still a ban on bathing due to the lack of water reclamation.
Passing the famous Lido Marechiaro you reach the cliffs at the foot of the Palazzo degli Spiriti, an archaeological site surrounded by legends. It is a very suggestive place and its waters are crystal clear. From the side of the marina, however, you can reach it Scoglione, another very popular place, but you can only come by hiring a boat for a few euros from the staff present.
Where: access from the Calata Ponticello to Marechiaro, 80,
The Poggio beach is located in Bacoli and is considered a real oasis, a small corner of paradise in the Phlegraean area. It is located a few steps from the historic center of the town and, although not very large, allows you to relax in its beautiful inlet.
Where: Via del Poggio, 134 -80070 Bacoli
One of the least known places in Naples and its province, but it's another one heavenly place of the coast. You can get there on a boat or walk down the steps near the Mirabilis Pool. Its waters are green and clear and in front there is thePunta Pennata Island, while nearby a spring of thermal water.
Where: via Pennata, 80070 Bacoli (Naples)