Yes, I have flown my old (Phantom-2) drone for recreational purposes on the beaches in Sicily last summer. I assumed, I didn't need pilot qualifications since i'm a recreational flyer. In Sicily I have met the local Police a couple of times and they did not have a problem with my flight activities. However, whilst flying I didn't do weird stunts and I made it an effort to respect other persons' rights and safety. Clearly they police concluded i'm a rather harmless big boy with a big toy.
The Enac documentation (http://www.enac.gov.it/repository/C...ation/N1220929004/Reg SAPR english_022014.pdf
) does not differentiate between Drones and other Aircrafts. It does differentiate "Model Aircrafts" that are used for Recreational use and other aircrafts.
In Italy, the typical laws that you see in most EU countries apply for hobby pilots with a Drone of less than 25 kilogram: Stay away at least 50 meter from crowds/buildings, don't go higher than 150 meter, don't go further aways than 300 meter horizontally (i.e. VLOS) and don't do things that may cause harm to others and/or their belongings/rights/privacy. Don't fly in the dark. Don't become dependant on technical aids to keep your drone in sight. ENAC mentions that you may not use odd frequencies and/or transmission power in Italy. If you have a standard CE certified inspire-1 without special FPV attachments, you should be fine.
Much like other countries, there are some grey areas in the Italian regulations. I.e. in the ENAC doc you can find you have to keep a flight-log for all flights and the pilot should be older than 18 years. It is not made clear if this also applies to recreational use of model aircraft. Although i have not seen specific Italian regulations for it, i recommend you stay away from roads/harbours/historic sights and fenced areas as well (it's just a matter of common sense: if officials have fenced something off, you should not climb or fly over that fence).