50 Secret Beaches of the Mediterranean
James Ellis, Annabelle Thorpe, Carolyn Boyd and Tristan Rutherford
La Marza, Sicily
"On the southernmost tip of Italy, La Marza is one of a clutch of sweeping, white-sand beaches that rarely draws crowds. Buy picnic goodies at the nearby town of Ispica and spend your days between the sunlit sands and the shady terrace at Casa delle Sirene, a sleek, two-bedroom villa right on the beach. Ideal for a family of four, the villa is elegantly furnished without being intimidatingly chic, and has a lovely lawned garden that looks out to the sea."