The beaches of Italy are incredibly beautiful, with water so clear and blue that it almost doesn't even seem real. Many beaches are overcrowded though, especially in the summer, which can take a bit of the fun out of it. Never fear though! Here is a list of four breathtaking hidden beaches in Italy that are far away from the crowds, so you can have the sand and that gorgeous water all to yourself.

Scala dei Turchi - Sicily

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Sicily is an island near the bottom of Italy. Being surrounded on all sides by water, it is no surprise that is has some of the best beaches in the country. One of the most intriguing beaches here is the Scala dei turchi, which in English means "The Turkish Steps." It is named for a set of blindingly white cliffs that resemble an enormous set of stairs. This is one of Sicily's (and Italy's) most impressive natural wonders, and it can only be seen by people who hike all the way down to the beach at its base, which keeps it free of big crowds.

Spiaggia Bidderosa - Sardinia

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Spiaggia Bidderosa in Sardinia is the polar opposite of the star-studded beaches just a bit further up the coast, and that is what makes it great. Its white sand and turquoise water are awe-inspiring, and it is surrounded by thick forests that you have to trek through to get to the hidden beach, where you can enjoy sunbathing without the crowds of other similar locations. The only downside is that you have to pay a fee to go to this beach, as it is a part of a nature reserve. But even that is really a positive, because it helps to limit the number of people near the water.

Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle - Marche

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Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle - or, the "Beach of the Two Sisters" - is named for two enormous "sea stacks," which are really two enormous rock formations. These formations look out onto the stunning, blue-green sea, making this an amazing place to hide away from it all. To get here, you have to take a boat from Porto Numana. Still, when you arrive, you'll be free of all the crowds, beach-side bars and gift shops that line other beaches on the Italian Riviera and better able to enjoy the natural wonders.

Cala Pulcino - Sicily

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Cala Pulcino is actually closer to Tunisia than Italy, which makes for a different climate. Instead of humid, lush, green forests, it is a dry, desert-like space you have to hike through to get to this breathtaking white sand beach. To make the beach even more of a hidden gem, you have to take a ferry from Porto Emedocle to get here before making the long hike down to the shoreline. It will all be worth it though when you're gazing out over the sea.