During the summer, Rome can get really hot and humid and walking around her huge city centre under the sun can be a challenging experience. And especially if you’re staying for more than a handful of days, a trip to the windy coast west of Rome does make sense.
Rome’s beaches are not top-notch, nor by far the best in Italy, but they can offer you a nice break after days of monument, museum and church visits in torrid Rome.
Many of them can also be reached by public transport and are therefore at hand for all travelers.
Our favorite beach for a day-trip to the sea is Castel Porziano with its Cancelli (gates) beaches. A pretty wild place with picturesque sand dunes, a large, well equipped beach and the best water around Rome. There are 8 gates that can be reached by local train, stop Cristoforo Colombo, and then bus #7.
If you’re too lazy to wait for the bus, you can take the same train and get off at the stops of Lido Nord or Centro and go to Rome’s most packed beach: Ostia. If you’re looking for music, restaurants, drinks, plenty of activities and people on the beach, this is your destination!
Another train line, the FR5, will bring you north-west of Rome. Frequent regional trains depart from Ostiense, Trastevere or San Pietro railway stations and reach places such as Ladispoli, Santa Severa or Santa Marinella in less than an hour. The first stop with a nearby beach is Ladispoli. In Marina di Cerveteri you’ll have to walk ten minutes to reach the coast, in Santa Severa there is also a nice castle and lots of surfers (even more between July 29 and the 31st for the 13th edition of the Italia Surf Expo), while in Santa Marinella the short and thin beach will be right there, out of the train station 🙂
If you have a car, Fregene with its large beach, the fresh pinewood and its beautiful villas (Fellini shot part of La Dolce Vita here) is a good, easy place to hit. But if you’re after nice, clean waters, you have to head south for Sabaudia, about 1 hour and 30 minutes from Rome. If you also have a dog with you, in Maccarese there is a beach for your beloved pet, the Baubeach!
All of these beaches have lounges and large umbrellas for rent and food/drink kiosks. You’ll enjoy them more on a working day rather than during the week-end, when most Romans flock there…