BEST BEACHES close to UMBRIA: Conero Riviera, Sirolo.

Umbria points of interest, destinations, best beaches. 

Most people think of Umbria as a “no sea” region in Italy.
Of course that’s right, we don’t have sea in Umbria but… I’ll surprise you!

Umbria is in the heart of central Italy, a perfect base to start exploring such a beautiful and culturally and historically rich area. Italy, as you may recall, is shaped like a boot.

It is very long – from North to South – but is not so wide. Being placed in Umbria, in the middle of Italy means that you can reach both Tyrrhenian and Adriatic Sea with a short pleasant journey.

I'm Susanna and I live in Gubbio, one of the most beautiful Italian’s medieval best preserved town. We have an amazing ancient Roman Theater, we have mountains and those placid hills and picturesque countryside that makes you dream to change your life, sell everything and move to Italy.

HERE you can see my house to rent in Gubbio.

Gubbio is particularly near to our “east coast” and to the Adriatic sea which you can reach in about 1 hour (Fano is just 84 km!), so as to be able to make a wonderful day trip and comfortably be back to the Umbrian hills in time to make a shower and have one of our well renowned dinner!

Which is the nicest Adriatic Coast Town? 

Adriatic coast is known for its wide, immense long beaches, full of colourful marry deckchairs and beaches umbrellas. But in the middle of the flat coast you can find one of the best hidden gems of Italy: The Conero Riviera, just South of Ancona in Le Marche region.

Mount Conero promontory and Regional Park overlooks a number of beaches and bays surrounded by a green and luxuriant vegetation and by rocks. Some of the best beaches can be reached only by boats or on paths (a real paradise for those who love trekking). But most are well known and easily attainable.

Sirolo, monte conero, landscape


Today I would like to introduce you to my favourite town and beaches in the Conero area and to one of the most enchanting places in Italy: Sirolo.
Sirolo is a typical Italian medieval village, charmingly perched above the sea and is the only area in the neighbourhoods where you can find ancient Romans ruins and archaeological excavations.
As a plus, Sirolo is classified among the top cities in Italy and recognised for its achievements in protecting the natural environment and nature. But Sirolo also means sea, Mediterranean greenery and wonderful beaches. Here are my favorites ones near Sirolo, in the Conero Riviera.

 1. Le Due Sorelle BEACH 

The most charming and enchanting beach is Le Due Sorelle (the Two Sisters).

The beach is named after The columns of rocks – the two sisters - emerging from the deep blue and turquoise water. This is a white pebble and sandy beach, still wild and untouched since is only accessible by a rough path from Mount Conero – which can be dangerous and often is closed for safety reasons – or by boat. You could easily rent a boat in Sirolo or, alternatively, use the boat service running daily from Sirolo.

Questa foto di Spiaggia Delle Due Sorelle è offerta da TripAdvisor.

TO KNOW: Please, remember that this is a free beach with no facilities or restaurant, so make sure to bring whatever you may need.


Just after the Two Sisters beach is San Michele, a long stretch of white sand and gravel, dominated by spectacular cliffs and Mediterranean vegetation. The sea is incredibly transparent and blue and turquoise, crystal clear cobalt waters for swimming in a deep enchant. Depending on the season, it could be free or equipped with bathing facilities.

Credit photo: Ubaldo Cristofaretti

You can get there by car but in summer – From June 15 to September 15 - the road is closed. You can get there by foot – a very pleasant walking – following the path that begins from Parco della Repubblica in Sirolo, or by a public bus service that costs 1€.
(Bus timetables pdf ).

San Michele Beach is particularly recommended for families with children.


If you like to continue your walking from San Michele, you can reach the Sassi Neri beach, a stretch of coastline called “Black Rocks” for the characteristic black underwater stones. You can get there also from a pathway that begins from the Sirolo Cemetery area – where you’ll find a parking (not free) – or you can take the shuttle (suggested for children) from mid June to mid September. The walk is 20 minutes about and is really stunning with breathtaking views and panoramas.

Credit photo: Ubaldo Cristofaretti

When to go High season in Italy is in July and August.

Almost everybody in Italy are used to spend their holidays in that period and, consequentially beaches are more crowded that in the rest of the year. If you love the merry and cheerful atmosphere of a beach plenty of colors and happy people, that’s your season! But I would strongly recommend you to consider to visit Italy also in springtime and early summer when the weather is pleasantly cooler, greener and very comfortable and pleasant to visit.

In May, June and September Italy can be amazingly beauty but don’t forget that September and the colourful October with the Italian foliage are a great choice too!

Less crowded season: May, June and September.
More info: Sirolo
Tourist Information Office:
My house in Gubbio

Written by Local expert: Susanna Trugenberger

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