Tourism may suffer as sand is trucked in to build up a coastline suffering erosion from storms, rising sea levels and development

This article titled “Italy's elite are dismayed by vanishing beaches” was written by Tom Kington Rome, for The Observer on Saturday 9th July 2011 23.06 UTC

The high cost and exclusive nature of Italy's best beaches cause regular disputes, but accelerating coastal erosion means some of them are now disappearing altogether.

Italian actors, intellectuals and the titled rich setting off for the beach this summer have been shocked to find that one of their favourite spots has all but vanished, thanks to encroaching development and violent winter storms linked to climate change. Traditionally, the cultural and political elites have soaked up the summer sun at Capocotta beach near Rome, which has a reputation for bohemian flamboyance and boasts Italy's only official nudist shoreline. But the golden dunes and beach huts have been swept away, leaving the literati fighting over a few inches of sand and how to rebuild.

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