10 of the best beaches, beach resorts and beach towns near Rome
This is a collection of the best beaches near Rome, Italy, picked from personal experiences. Italians love spending time by the beach, and Rome citizens are no exception. Rome 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. Who doesn’t want to get away from the chaotic city life having a walk barefoot in the sand, a coffee with a view, or eating delicious local seafood? Besides the overrated Lido di Ostia, beaches near Rome are not so crowded. Just think of theare km and km of sand available… In this article, I’m going to talk about Fregene, Passoscuro, San Nicola, Cerveteri, Santa Severa, Santa Marinella, Argentario, Ostia, Torvaianica, Sabaudia, and Sperlonga.
Beach life on the best beaches near Rome, Italy
What kind of beach are you looking for? There are beaches with facilities and wilder others, some you can reach via public transport, and others only by car. We’re going to look into all of these. All of the beaches I take into consideration here can be a day trip from Rome.
If you travel with kids, and you feel safer knowing that a lifeguard’s nearby, go for a beach resort: there are many of them in every of the towns and villages I’ve chosen. There are also stretches of sand that are totally public and free. I always find it convenient to place my towels and beach umbrella on a public beach (spiaggia libera), but close enough to a resort (often what I call “resort” is just a tiny coffee bar that rents out beach beds and umbrellas) so that I’m be a few steps away from the toilet and a cold drink. Some beach resorts have nice seafood restaurants and pizza. You don’t need any kind of subscription to eat there, just treat them as regular restaurants.
BEST BEACH TOWNS NEAR ROME
I’ll break the list down to beaches and towns located on the northern coast from Rome and those located South. See if any of these is suitable for your beach trip from Rome! Look at the map I’ve attached for reference.
Beaches near Rome airport
Ostia Lido Beach
Ostia is the most popular beach town near Rome. It is easy to reach from the southern neighborhoods of the city, and perfect for you if you want to stay among a lot of people. Beach resorts and restaurants abound. Ostia is so close to Rome, that you might not realize you’re in a different town. The favorite beach in Ostia, in the eye of young adults and adults who like to socialize, are the ones you get access to from the “Cancelli” (literally gates). Getting to the csncelli by public transport isn’t easy, and finding a parking spot during the summer is almost a dream, however if vintage music, and cheap beer is your priority, pack your beach bag and have a look at the map under the voice “Ostia Cancelli”. And don’t forget to grab some street-food in the nearby small town of Torvaianica.
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 wordays, Saturdays, and Sundays/holidays). Then it takes just a short walk to get to the beach.
Fregene town is about 30 km north of Rome’s Leonardo Da Vinci Airport. In there, surrounded by pine trees and holiday houses, you’ll forget about the big metropolis you’ve left behind. This beach is the top choice of the citizens living in the northern neighborhoods of Rome. The town is quiet, and invites you to explore on a bike, at a slow pace. On the northern edge of the line of beach resorts, there’s a neighborhood called the “Fishermen Village”, with a few cute seafood restaurants. Fregene is less crowded than Ostia Lido. Among the numerous beach resorts, choose “Il Sogno del Mare” for a delicious lunch. Later in the day, move to “Singita” for the typical aperitivo: a glass of wine with a paper cone full of fried prawns, squids, and octopus to be savored gazing at the sunset. If your kids love to swim or play in a swimming pool, spend the day at beach resort “La Perla”: they’ve got an amazing swimming pool.
How to reach Fregene beach from Rome:
By bus: take the bus line Fregene-Roma from the bus terminal near A line metro station Cornelia. Check their timetable here. You get off at the end of the line, in Via Sestri Levante. From there, it’s just a short walk and you’re at the beach.
Less than 10 km north of Fregene town you’ll meet the village of Passoscuro. Like others seaside town near Rome, Passoscuro was a simple fishermen village until the economic boom that folllowed the Second World War. Now it’s become a holiday destination, and actually one of Rome locals’ favorite. The beach of Passoscuro also appears in Fellini’s movie La Dolce Vita. The sand is soft and clear. There are public beaches along with beach resorts, among which I recommend the Moai. 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 MAccarese-Fregene and then a local bus to Passoscuro.
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 the Miramare Beach. If you want more peace and room, you should head a little bit north of Ladispoli, towards some 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 time per hour, ticket is €3. Then walk for about 1 km until you 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).
Beaches Santa severa and Santa Marinella
The best beaches of the village called Santa Marinella are in the neighborhood called “Santa Severa”. In here the seawater is much clearer than in other areas closer to the mouth of the Tevere river in Fiumicino and Ostia. The beautiful landscape is dominated by the Castle of Santa Severa, which hides proofs of an ancient past going back to the pre-Roman civilization of the Etruscans. “Pirgy” is the Etruscan name of the area, where were unearthed historical treasures now visible at the Etruscan Museum in Rome. The beach is mostly public here. You’ll find beach resorts and restaurants like the “Eco del Mare” walking for 10 min along the beach towards North.
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.
Beaches in Southern Tuscany: the Argentario Coast
When locals say “Argentario”, they refer to a group of beaches and beach towns located just on and beyond the border between Lazio and Tuscany regions. These destinations are very popular because the water is clean and the beach stretches for km and km: Ansedonia, Capalbio, Porto Ercole, Feniglia, Orbetello, Castiglion della Pescaia, and Talamone are the main villages with access to spectacular beaches. If you decide to visit here, I’d suggest you go for the highlight in the area, the Argentario Peninsula, which is connected to the mainland by three picturesque lines of sand. If you come here by car, you could explore the peninsula, which hides small bays with crystal-clear water you can reach with 20-40 minutes hikes. You would need to bring water and food with you, and something to protect your head, ideally a sun umbrella. If you’d go for a more comfortable option, head to “La Feniglia Beach”, where you’ll find beach resorts and public beaches alike, surrounded by pinewoods and with a delightful view of the hill. The Feniglia Beach stretches for 7 km from Porto Ercole to Ansedonia.
How to get to the beach in Tuscany from Rome:
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.
Beaches in Anzio and Nettuno
Beaches in this area gained the blue flag in 2010 and 2011, meaning that the water here is 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. Part of 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 villages 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 Marechiaro, Colonia, or Anzio.
Beaches in the Circeo region
As the northern coast of Lazio is rich of historical evidences, beach resorts and holiday destinations, so is the southern coast, especially across the Circeo Promontory in the province of Latina, which stretches out until the border with the Campania region. Again, as we get farther from Rome, the seawater gets cleaner. 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 Sabaudia, Terracina, and Sperlonga. Terracina also hosts the impressive ruins of the Temple of Jupiter.
How to get to the Circeo Coast from Rome:
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.
Beaches 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 of Rome houses plus 40 villages in Lazio). Motors are forbidden on the lake. Moreover, beach resorts are cheaper than the one on the coast. The landscape is beautiful, and the villages that overlooks 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. Beside swimming and sunbathing, you could enjoy paddle-boarding, windsurfing, and sailing. You can read all the essential info about the region in this article about Lake Bracciano.
How to get there:
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.
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