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Any good coastal recommendations

I will be traveling to Italy for about 14-15 days in August 2020 with my wife and two kids (ages 4 & 9). For the first week, we will be staying in a villa in Tuscany with a few other families about 35 minutes outside of Florence. I think I have a decent idea of what I want to do for day trips during that time.

However once we leave the villa, my family and I plan to spend another 6-7 leisurely days somewhere in Italy. Ideally we would like to be on the coast somewhere with a water view and a decent beach for us to get some sun, and for the kids to play, but with some interesting town(s) nearby as well. I went to Cinque Terra in 2000 and I loved it, but I know it's a lot different these days compared to when I was there. I also don't know if we will get much hiking done since my kids are probably too small to tackle most of those trails. Amalfi Coast seems like a long drive and probably way too crowded.

Does anyone have any good recommendations for a few days or more?

We do not have flights booked yet, I plan to fly into Florence, and I could plan to fly home from another airport to avoid backtracking if necessary.


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August will be crowded as you likely already know, so start perusing booking sites asap. I'd check Pisa for outbound flights.
Since it sounds like you will be driving, here are a few places that are amenable to car travel:
Lerici area of Liguria
These parts of the Tuscan coast:
Elba island
The far south--Orbetello and environs (fantastic beaches, Etruscan sites inland)
the Cecina area--I don't have personal experience in this area, but it sounds low key and perfect for families

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I am spending some time in Anzio in May. it's on the water, and an hour from Rome. It's my last stop, and then I can easily take the train back to Rome to catch my plane. There is some historical significance to Anzio, so I'm looking forward to learning about that.