italian summers at the beach
I truly never loved spending time at the beach until experiencing beaches in Italy. Italy has over 4,5000 feet of coastline and a common sight are the beach resorts or bagni. So what are bagno (or bagni for plural)? Bagni are usually small, family-owned businesses that offer a reserved space on the beach. The reserved space comes with a sun umbrella and two loungers — think of them as mini beach resorts.
Each bagno has its own changing rooms, showers, and bathrooms. Most of them also have a restaurant or bar that is part of the beach resort. Some of the more luxurious bagni have additional amenities like tennis courts and beach rentals like bikes, kayaks, and floaties. During our time in Milano Marittima, we saw slide floaties that people took into the ocean and everyone took turns sliding into the water. At the luxury resort, we visited in Milano Marittima, each of the umbrellas had a call button for service, to order food/drinks, and for the bill.
You can rent your space by day, week, month, and season. They range from inexpensive (€10/day) to luxury (over €100/day I read on some blogs). You can rent them online or by emailing or calling the resort. Once it’s rented, you can find your reserved space by the numbered umbrella. If you’re going to a popular place like Milano Marittima, you’ll need to book months in advance. The spaces closest to the water are the most expensive and families who have been visiting these establishments for years have priority. Many families visit the same bagni year after year creating long-lasting friendships with the owners and staff of the bagni.
Not having to lug your belongings to the beach and having loungers to relax on instead of beach towels on the sand was a game-changer for me. If we had the freedom to work remotely, we would definitely stay at the beach and enjoy the summers the way Italians do. The bagni are such a big part of the Italian summer culture, if you get the chance to visit Italy’s beaches during the summer make sure to book a space. It’s definitely worth the convenience and experience. We promise you won’t regret it.