This post highlights the best beaches near Rome, Italy, picked from my personal experiences. I was born and grew up in Rome. I’ve been exploring the beaches near Rome for 30 years, and I’m happy to share with you all I know about this subject.
Italians love spending time by the beach, and Rome citizens are no exception. Rome’s historic center lies just 30 km or so from the Tyrrhenian Sea, therefore locals improvise their beach holiday whenever they can, mostly in the summer or by the weekend.
Local young people opt for open beaches while families and the elderly prefer to stay at one of the countless beach resorts near Rome. I’m going to share my best insider tips and be useful to anyone.
Take this chance to get away from the chaotic city life and walk barefoot in the sand, have a coffee with a sea view, and stuff yourself with delicious seafood. There are dozens of beach resorts and open beaches easily accessible from Rome out there!
You might want to follow the local vibe, setting aside plenty of time to soak in the sunlight, have that D vitamin activated, and get that perfect Italian tan if you dare.
THERE ARE SO MANY BEACHES NEAR ROME BESIDES OSTIA LIDO!
Besides the overrated “Lido di Ostia”, beaches near Rome are not so crowded. Just think of the km and km of sand available here. I’m going to talk about places like Fregene, Passoscuro, Marina Di San Nicola, Cerveteri, Torre Flavia, Santa Severa, Santa Marinella, the Argentario Peninsula, Torvaianica, Sabaudia, and Sperlonga. You’re going to discover what are the best beaches near Rome in the eyes of a contemporary Roman. Of course, you’re going to find out curiosities about these destinations and more attractions within easy reach as well along with priceless local tips!
How the locals choose among plenty of beaches available near Rome
What type of beach suits your needs best? With so many beaches near Rome available to spend the day, locals consider a number of factors:
- Level of popularity of the beach (want crowds or not)
- Presence of a favorite beach resort with a cafè or restaurant with great food
- Proximity to their residence
- Quality of the seawater
- Easy to reach by public transport (most of the locals have their own car or can get a ride easily)
a general note is:
People from the Southern part of Rome prefer to stay at the beaches in Ostia, Torvaianica, Anzio, Nettuno, and Sabaudia, on the coast south of Rome.
People from the Northern part of Rome usually go to Passoscuro, Fregene, Cerveteri, Ladispoli, Santa Marinella, and Lake Bracciano.
All of the beaches I take into consideration here can be visited on a day trip from Rome.
THESE ARE THE 3 BEST BEACHES NEAR ROME, FIND OUT WHY!
The open beach of Torre Flavia in Marina di Cerveteri
The locals call it the “Torre Flavia Beach.” A stretch of beach with very light and soft sand that stretches from the ruins of the ancient Roman tower Flavia in the territory of Ladispoli to the first beach resorts in Marina di Cerveteri. This beach is particularly clean because it runs along a natural oasis with protected fauna and vegetation, which you can visit through paths.
Leave your car in the car park in front of the tower and walk along the beach to the north until you find the place that suits you best.
- It is forbidden to damage the vegetation and animals in this area.
- For a delicious seafood lunch, go to the “Six Beach House” “stabilimento” (beach resort) in Marina di Cerveteri
The open beach of Santa Severa in the Santa Marinella district
I’ve heard several expats to Rome talking very well about the coastal town of Santa Marinella. I agree that the water here is much cleaner than in other parts of the coast, such as Ostia, Fregene, and Passoscuro, much cleaner! It is also true that there are no beaches adjacent to the town, only rocks…
To discover one of my favorite beaches near Rome, you have to go to the southernmost neighborhood of Santa Marinella, the one called Santa Severa. To the south and north of the picturesque Castle of Santa Severa, there are several beaches, free and equipped, secluded, with the remains of the Etruscan town of Pyrgi, a port that dates back a few centuries before Christ. In fact, this area belongs to the archeological region of central Italy known as “Tuscia“.
- Take a walk inside the Castle of Santa Severa, there is an open part with courtyards and a view, and a paid one with the Maritime Museum.
- Visit the Antiquarium Museum of Pyrgi, with the valuable remains found in the area of the ancient Etruscan town of Pyrgi, including inscriptions on gold leaf sheets in the Phoenician and Etruscan languages.
- Have a coffee, a sandwich, or an excellent fish lunch at the Isola del Pescatore.
How to get to the beach in Santa Severa:
Get a train from Termini to Santa Severa station (€ 4,10 for one hour trip). Then walk to the Castle of Santa Severa.
Open beach with the “Kiosko” cafè in Fregene | best beaches near Rome
Fregene town lies about 30 km north of Rome’s Leonardo Da Vinci Airport. There, surrounded by pine trees and holiday houses, you’ll forget about the big metropolis you’ve left behind. The town is quiet and invites you to explore on a bike, at a slow pace.
Fregene Beach is one of the most convenient beaches to reach for those living in Rome’s northern neighborhoods. The beach is really big, especially on the northern edge, where the “Kiosko” cafè is located.
Along the part of the beach with the “Kiosko”, there’s also a group of typical beach houses called the “Fishermen Village”, which hides some great seafood restaurants that you should check out, like “Il Pioniere”.
IN FREGENE, YOU’LL FIND SOME OF THE BEST BEACH RESORTS NEAR ROME
Among the numerous beach resorts of Fregene, check
- “Il Sogno del Mare” for a delicious lunch.
- “Singita”: dall’ora dell’aperitivo (6PM) al tramonto, l’atmosfera si fa intrigante. Teli bianchi vengono stesi sulla spiaggia e potrete sorseggiare un bicchiere di vino e gustare del pesce fresco chiacchierando e guardando il tramonto con un sottofondo musicale. Questo posto è molto frequentato, si consiglia di arrivare presto.
- “La Perla”: they’ve got some nice swimming pools suitable for both adults and kids. I recommend this to families.
But these are just a few of the ones you’ll find in Fregene.
Vigna di Valle Beach on Lake Bracciano
Lake Bracciano is quite a big lake 35 km north of Rome. It is well known for the purity of its waters (it serves the households of many of Rome’s neighborhoods plus 40 villages in Lazio). Motors are forbidden on the lake. Moreover, beach resorts are cheaper than the ones on the coast. The landscape is beautiful, and the villages that overlook the lake are charming. If you don’t have much time on your hand, and if you don’t really like the unpredictability of the sea, head here. Besides swimming and sunbathing, you could enjoy paddle-boarding, windsurfing, and sailing. You can read all the essential info about the region in my guide to Lake Bracciano.
The best beach on Lake Bracciano is called “Vigna Di Valle”, but also the beaches that you can reach walking from the historic center of Anguillara Sabazia are nice.
little kids might need water shoes
How to get to the beaches on Lake Bracciano
Take a train from Ostiense or Valle Aurelia stations. Get off at Anguillara Sabazia (€ 2,60 or 2,10, 40-50 min. trip). Then take the Schiaffini local bus to the beach.
For a more adventurous and secluded experience near Lake Bracciano, hike for 1 hour from Anguillara Sabazia to the idyllic beach on the small Lake Martignano, included in the natural reserve “Regional Park of Lake Bracciano and Martignano.”
BEACH RESORTS AND OPEN BEACHES NEAR ROME: THE DIFFERENCE
As per Italian law, every beach in Italy which isn’t used for military reasons is public and open. However, a private citizen or company might receive a concession to exploit the public soil for their business if this concerns setting up beach facilities like beach umbrellas, beds, and chair rentals, a cafè, and a restaurant. In this case, we have a “stabilimento balneare” or “lido”, which I’d translate “beach resort” in English, and that can also have very basic facilities.
Beach resorts are handy for everyone. Even if you’re staying at the open beach you can just stop by a “stabilimento” and use the toilet or get a sandwich.
IMPORTANT: the foreshore is to be considered public in any case. Everybody’s free to walk for the whole length of the beach.
Every beach resort has one or more lifeguards.
If you decide to spend many hours on an open beach (spiaggia libera in Italian), it’s fundamental that you get a sun umbrella at a shop for household products, they can be as cheap as €20.
THE BEST BEACH RESORTS NEAR ROME AS PER THE AUTHOR:
I prefer to explore open beaches, however, I grew fond of these beach resorts over the year.
- The Six Beach House on Marina di Cerveteri, for their amazing seafood restaurant (and it’s close to where I lived.)
- The Moai on Passoscuro Beach, for the upbeat atmosphere.
- The Perla on Fregene Beach, for their swimming pool.
- The Singita on the northernmost part of Fregene Beach, for the exotic atmosphere, and it’s right on the back of the Fisherman Village where many amazing seafood restaurants are located.
BEST BEACHES NEAR ROME WITH FAST ACCESS BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Ostia Lido Beach | The “beach of Rome”
Ostia is the most popular beach town near Rome, but it’s actually the beach district of Rome because it’s under the jurisdiction of the city of Rome. You can reach it quickly by car from the southern neighborhoods of the city, or by city train from the Ostiense/Piramide station.
To be right at the beach, get off at the stations:
- Stella Polare, or
- Castel Fusano
Then walk to the beach and find the perfect spot, there are countless beach resorts and open beaches as well.
- I recommend a walk by the “Pontile di Ostia” and along the Pedestrian street “Isola Pedonale” (Via Lucio Coilio to Via dei Misenati) to bask in the local vibe, do some shopping or find the local street food.
- If you have additional time and are a history fan, visit the Roman ruins at the Ostia Antica Archeological Park before or after chilling at the beach, the site is on the same train line.
How to reach Ostia Lido Beach from Rome by public transport:
take the train from Piramide/Porta San Paolo (close to Piramide metro station) and get off either at Lido Nord, Lido Centro, or Castel Fusano. The train leaves often, check the timetable here (it includes workdays, Saturdays, and Sundays/holidays). Then it takes just a short walk to get to the beach.
Campo di mare Beach in Cerveteri
This is a much preferred holiday destination on the coast north of Rome. The village of Campo di Mare is just a few km from the town of Cerveteri, which holds the Etruscan Necroplis, an impressive Unesco Heritage site. Cerveteri has also a nice, walled, Medieval center and hosts the Wine Festival each year at the end of August. The popular beach resort with an acclaimed restaurant in this area is the Six Beach House.
How to get to the beach in Cerveteri by train:
Get on at Termini station and off at Marina di Cerveteri (€3,60). Then walk to the beach (1,5 km).
Beach of Ladispoli
Like Ostia, Ladispoli is quite a big town on the coast near Rome. This isn’t only a holiday destination. The majority of people live here throughout the year, also due to the fact that Ladispoli is well connected to Rome by public transports. There’s a nice wooden promenade you can walk or skate on, but the downside is that the apartment buildings stand really close to the shore. One of the beach resorts that have both facilities and a popular seafood restaurant is Miramare Beach. If you want more peace and room, you should head a little bit north of Ladispoli, towards some of the smaller villages I’ve selected below.
How to get to the beach in Ladispoli by train:
Take the train to Ladispoli-Cerveteri from the Termini Station, it departs two or three times per hour, the ticket is €3. Then walk for about 1 km until you get to the beach.
MORE BEACHES NEAR ROME
Less than 10 km north of Fregene town you’ll meet the village of Passoscuro. Like other seaside towns near Rome, Passoscuro was a simple fishermen village until the economic boom that followed the Second World War. Now it’s become a holiday destination, and actually one of Rome locals’ favorites. There are public beaches along with beach resorts, among which I recommend the “Moai”.
- The beach of Passoscuro also appears in Fellini’s movie La Dolce Vita. The sand is soft and clear.
- A cheerful event called “Sagra Della Tellina” is held in the town of Passoscuro every spring during the month of May. The Tellina Festival consists of an open-air market where numerous stands offer dishes and products made of tellinas (like a clam, but smaller), the protagonist being, of course, the Spaghetti con le telline.
How to get to the beach in Passoscuro:
The best way to reach this beach is by car. However, you could also get a train from Roma Termini to the station of Maccarese-Fregene and then a local bus to Passoscuro.
Beaches of the Lido di Ostia South | Ostia cancelli
On the southern part of Ostia Lido, there is a 5km long strip of open beach the locals refer to as “cancelli”. This is the alternative beach of Ostia Lido. Popular with people of all ages that prefer the open beach, it has an offbeat or hipster vibe and features little kiosks where you can get drinks. There is also a “nudist oasis”.
TIPS: Walk to the village of Torvaianica and have some nice seafood with a sea view.
Remarkable beach towns near Rome: Anzio and Nettuno
Beaches in this area gained the blue flag in 2010 and 2011, meaning that the water here is particularly clear and suitable for swimming. The towns were prolific even at the time of the Roman Empire, as displayed by the ruins of emperor Nerone’s villa. The natural areas north of Anzio are protected under the WWF Oasis Reserve of Tor Caldara.
How to get to the beach in Anzio and Nettuno from Rome:
Both towns are served by trains from Termini, which depart at least once every hour. To get as closest to the beach as possible, get off at the stations of
- Colonia, or
If you travel by car, visit the beach around the “Torre Astura”, a secluded beach surrounded by majestic pine trees, and crystal clear water.
The farthest from the mouth of the River Tiber, the clearest the water
Beaches of the Circeo region
The Circeo Promontory in the province of the city called Latina stretches south to the border with the Campania region. The farther we get from Rome, cleaner the seawater. Beaches are remarkable, and there are also interesting sea grottoes to explore with mask and fins at the bottom of the promontory, while you could get by car to the top of the hill (Acropoli di Circeii) to enjoy the sight of the bay from above, instead. The best beaches and beach resorts in the Circeo region are in the villages of:
- Terracina (also hosts the impressive ruins of the Temple of Jupiter)
Getting here by public transport isn’t very convenient. You can get a Cotral Bus from the Laurentina metro station in Rome to Terracina, (2.40 hours), or a train from Roma Termini to Terracina (€ 7,00 for one and a half hour trip); and then get a local public bus to the beach.
To better enjoy these destinations, get here by car or either plan to spend 2 days.
Beaches in Southern Tuscany and in the Argentario Peninsula
If you can get a car, I absolutely recommend traveling north and explore the beaches and the many little bays of the Argentario Peninsula, like:
La Feniglia Beach
A natural reserve with pinewood and an open beach 6km long. There are a couple of nice beach resorts as well. Park your car at the Camping La Feniglia and start exploring. To have a perfect trip, end the day dining at a seafood restaurant in the romantic harbor town of Porto Ercole.
How to get to La Feniglia beach from Rome with public transport:
Get on a train to Orbetello-Monte Argentario from the Termini station (1.47 hour for €9.75), there ’s one train each hour. Then take a public bus with destination Porto Ercole and get off at Feniglia, right next to the beach.
THE CLEAREST WATER IS JUST AT THE FOOT OF MOUNT ARGENTARIO:
- Cala del Gesso Bay
- Cala Piccola Bay
- Spiaggia Lunga Beach
to reach the small bays of the Argentario Peninsula, you might need to hike down for 20 minutes or more, be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring water, food, and a beach umbrella with you!
Just on and beyond the border between Lazio and Tuscany regions, there are many beach villages very popular with campers, south to north:
- Capalbio Marina
- Castiglion della Pescaia
There are km and km of beaches… Lots of families from Rome and Lazio spend the entire summer here. This can be a great idea to visit Tuscany from Rome during the hottest months of the year.
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Let me know how you enjoyed your trip to the best beaches near Rome, Italy and if you’ve discovered some more nice beach resorts!