Even though summer is the peak of the high season, travelers hardly hit the beaches in Rome, preferring the art and history of the city center. However, if you are staying for a few days and sometimes you really feel too hot in the city, it doesn’t hurt to keep in mind that there are plenty of beaches near Rome.
Some beaches in Rome are easy to reach by public transport, while others require a car to get to, so you might need to rent one. In all of them, you can spend half a day or even the whole day because you will find everywhere restaurants and bars.
If you are planning your trip for the summer, make sure you devote one day to exploring the coastline to find the best beaches near Rome and also the many historical landmarks. Even though some are easy to reach by train or bus, having your own car is more convenient if you want to explore further and find good local restaurants.
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Ostia Lido is one of the most popular beaches in Rome probably because it’s extra easy and cheap to reach. You just board a train with a single €1.50 Atac ticket and half an hour later you are on the beach. If you are driving in Rome, you can also decide to go by car as it will take between 30 minutes and an hour, depending on the traffic. If you want to find a quieter spot and then eat at a nice restaurant, probably going by car is your best option. If you are spending August in Rome and the city becomes too hot, take the train to Ostia and cool off for the day!
Ostia is more famous for the archaeological park of Ostia Antica, the ancient port of Rome, and the beach is very close. Right next to the ruins you can also visit a medieval town built when the city port at the mouth of the Tevere river was completely buried. All around the tombs of the martyr Aurea and Santa Monica, the mother of St. Augustine, modest houses started to rise and now it’s a quaint “borgo” (village) to visit.
Ostia Lido is a large beach, often pretty crowded, especially on the weekend when packs of students and teenagers get there by train. There are plenty of bars and bistros so you can stay there also for lunch and keep enjoying your day at the beach a stone’s throw from Rome.
Some of the beaches have paid entrance but there are many free known in Italian as “spiaggia libera”. The free beaches of Ostia include La Spiaggetta, close to Stella Polare train station, and the one known as I Cancelli (the gates), because to enter there are six gates, towards Castel Fusano, so better to reach by car. Each gate has parking and in Cancello 1, there is also a dog-friendly beach, Bau Beach.
If you are into an evening aperitif, the most popular beach in Ostia is Curvone Beach Bar, while for white, sandy dunes, head to Capocotta after I Cancelli.
A nice place to eat and spend some time in Ostia is Ugo al Villaggio inside the complex of the Marine Village where you can enjoy their beach package inclusive of shades and lounges, and also their gardens with a sea view.
- How to get to Ostia Lido: by train on the Roma-Ostia Lido railway you can take from Ostiense (Piramide metro), Basilica San Paolo, or EUR Magliana stations. The closest station to the beach is Stella Polare from where you can walk or take a bus. By car, depending on where you are staying in Rome, you will either take the A90 (GRA – Raccordo) ring road and the large
- Where to eat in Ostia Lido: Molo Diciassette (Via dei Lucilii 17, Ostia Lido), La Vecchia Pineta (Piazzale dell’Aquilone 4, Lido di Ostia), Ugo al Villaggio (Via Litoranea 547, Ostia Lido).
- What to see nearby: Ostia Antica archaeological park, Ostia medieval town.
Located in Latina province, Sperlonga has been declared one of the most beautiful towns in Italy. So beautiful that even the emperor Tiberius liked to settle there when on a break from Rome. In fact, apart from the lovely beaches, Sperlonga is a fantastic place to visit also for its landmarks.
If you are going to Sperlonga for a day or two, don’t miss a visit to the archaeological site of the Villa and Grotto of Tiberius and the archaeological museum with the statues found in the ancient city.
When it comes to the coast, some of the best beaches in Sperlonga include Salette with fine, white sand and crystal clear waters, Fontana and Canzatora, a favorite of families with children. For nice views, there is also the beach of Capovento popular among surfing enthusiasts.
After the beach, take a walk around the town of Sperlonga and see the medieval towers and the beautiful local churches.
- How to get to Sperlonga: By car and by train. If you use the railway, take the regional train from Roma Termini station to Naples and get off at Fondi-Sperlonga. It takes around one hour and 15 minutes. Once at the station, you can take one of the shuttle buses to the beach. By car, it takes about 2 hours drive for some 150 km and it’s a mix of highways and provincial roads (SP). If you can go by car, you will also be able to visit some of the points of interest of the area.
- Where to eat in Sperlonga: Gli Archi (Via Ottaviano 17, Sperlonga), Il Porticciolo Bar Ristorante (Via del Porto 13), Ricciola Saracena Osteria di Mare (Via Porta Piccola della Chiesa 4, Sperlonga).
- What to see nearby: the archaeological site of the Villa of Tiberius and the old town of Sperlonga.
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Fiumicino is probably not what crosses your mind when you think about the beaches in Rome. Mainly popular for its international airport, you will be pleased to know that Fiumicino has also a long beach pretty popular among Romans because very close to the city. At a distance of 14km, Fiumicino is actually the closest beach to Rome.
The coast of Fiumicino is popular all year round. As soon as a bit of sun comes out even in winter or spring, Romans get to the coast to have lunch in one of the many seafood and fish restaurants Fiumicino is famous for.
One of the popular public beaches in Fiumicino is Focene. Featuring fine clear sand, near Focene beache you will find plenty of bars and restaurants and you can rent the equipment for water sports.
If you are renting an apartment and cook your own food when on holiday, you can go near Fiumicino’s port and buy fresh catch of the day for a fraction of the price you would buy it in the store. After a day in the beach, take a walk in the port and buy fresh fish just caught for dinner.
- How to get to Fiumicino: By car is your best best bet. Take the A90 (GRA) and follow the signs to the airport and Fiumicino. Once you get close, there is a roundabout and you need to take the exit to Isola Sacra otherwise you end up in the airport. It’s easier said than done, make sure you use Google Maps as it’s quite reliable. You can also get to Fiumicino by train but it would mean to either get off at the airport or in Ostia and then take a taxi or one of the locals buses.
- Where to eat in Fiumicino: Pizzeria Clementina (Via della Torre Clementina 158, Fiumicino), Il Moro – Ristorante di Pesce Fiumicino (Via dei Lucci 20, Fiumicino), Ristorantino Da Giorgio (Via della Torre Clementina 200, Fiumicino).
- What to see nearby: Ostia archaeological park, Ostia medieval town.
The beaches of Pescia Romana in Viterbo province are not very well-known if you are not a local but if you do get there, you will be surprised by the white sand and pristine clear waters. Between Montalto and Capalbio, the coast is 8km long and alternates public traits with beach resorts (stabilimenti balneari).
Behind the beach is the typical Mediterranean vegetation, the sand is fine and the area untouched and somehow wild. Despite the wilderness, the beaches are well kept and organized, featuring also easy access for disabled people.
From Pescia Romana you can easily reach Marina di Montalto, a very well organized tourist resort nearby. This whole part of the coast near Rome features a diverse array of views and beaches, from rocky shores and seabeds to sandy traits.
Pescia Romana is a perfect beach for families with children and has a section for dogs called La Pineta Blu Dog Beach featuring also a shower.
- How to get to Pescia Romana: If you want to visit also places nearby, by car is your best choice. If you are just going to the beach, you can take the train from Roma Termini station that takes an hour and a half to Montalto di Castro station and from there a local bus to the beach.
- Where to eat in Pescia Romana: Playa del Sol (Strada del Tirreno, Marina di Pescia Romana), Il Veliero (Lungomare Harmine, Montalto Marina), Il Gabbiano (Lungomare Harmine 64, Montalto di Castro).
- What to see nearby: Argentario plateau, Orbetello town, fishing towns of Porto Ercole and Porto Stefano.
Marina di San Nicola
The beach of Marina di San Nicola is located near Ladispoli and is a favorite by surfers. With fine sand and surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation this is a good pick for both adults and kids because it’s well organized with bars and restaurants as well as equipment for water sports.
Near the beach is also an archaeological site identified with an ancient Roman villa allegedly property of Pompeo Magno, a protected natural reserve known as Palo Laziale and the medieval Odescalchi Castle.
- How to get to Marina di San Nicola: Marina di San Nicola doesn’t have a train station so your best bet is to get there by car by taking Strada Statale SS 1. By car it takes between 40 minutes and an hour, depending on where you are in Rome.
- Where to eat in Marina di San Nicola: La Lucertola (Via dei Tre Pesci 3, Marina di San Nicola), Da Omar (Via Diana 8, Marina di San Nicola).
- What to see nearby: Roman archaeological site of Villa di Pompeo, natural park of Palo Laziale, Castello Odescalchi.
Fregene is one of the favorite beaches near Rome because of its proximity. Fregene is part of the Fiumicino municipality and counts both public beaches and private resorts such as Controvento Fregene, Miraggio Club, and Singita Miracle Beach. The private resorts are perfect if you don’t have a shade or lounges because they provide them for you. Located some 40 km from Rome, Fregene is popular in summer for some relaxed sun basking and swimming and in winter for a nice meal and walk along the beach.
If you don’t want to spend the whole day on the beach, your kids will love Parco Avventura in Fregene, an entertainment park with plenty of activities for kids of all ages and some adventure routes for adults too. Some of the experiences include teaching farm, horse riding, treasure hunt, paintball, calisthenics and more.
- How to get to Fregene: By train + bus: take the train from Roma Termini station to Maccarese and then bus n. 20. By car: take the GRA A90 or A91 depending on where you are in Rome.
- Where to eat in Fregene: La Scialuppa da Salvatore (Via Silvi Marina 69, Fregene), La Baia di Fregene (Via Silvi Marina, Fregene), Hand Made (Viale della Pineta di Fregene, Via Sirolo, 52/C, Fregene), Controvento Fregene (Via Silvi Marina 37/C, Fregene), Casa Carmen (Lungomare di Ponente 123, Fregene).
- What to see nearby: Castello di San Giorgio in Maccarese town, Fregene town.
Parco del Circeo/Sabaudia
The wonderful Parco Nazionale del Circeo is a protected area where biodiversity and a rich biosphere are key. Lakes, a huge diversity of local wildlife and trees such as cork oaks, holm oaks, and pines, stunning sceneries, grottoes, and forests make for a fantastic place to spend a day or two.
Part of Circeo park is also a long stretch of coastline and dunes leaning on a clear, azure sea. Those of Sabaudia are considered some of the most beautiful beaches near Rome and even though not as close as Ostia or Fregene, they are very popular among Romans.
Some of the best beaches in the Circeo are in Sabaudia and San Felice Circeo. The beaches in Sabaudia where you will have a great time and that are well equipped with facilities, bars, and restaurants are Spiaggia della Bufalara, very long and with fine sand, quite calm even during high season, and Torre Paola, quite windy but very popular because it includes both a public part and beach resorts such as Saporetti.
San Felice Circeo mainly features ragged and rocky coves such as Le Batterie or Grotta delle Capre, but also sandy beaches such as Spiaggetta del Porto (entirely free), Spiaggia La Bussola, entirely private and managed by a resort (stabilimento), and the small Torre Olevola towards Terracina.
- How to get to Sabaudia/Circeo: By car, some 100 km and around 2 hours drive taking Via Pontina from Rome or the A1 highway to Naples. Near all beaches are paid parking and some free ones. By Cotral coach from Roma Laurentina station. If you prefer to go by train, from Roma Termini station get off at Priverno-Fossanova and then take a taxi or a local bus to Sabaudia. By car is less time-consuming and you go straight to the beach.
- Where to eat in Sabaudia: Sorsi e Morsi (Piazza Guglielmo Oberdan 19, Sabaudia), Rendez Vous (Via Duca del Mare 1c, Sabaudia), Lo Zeffiro (Via Sant’Andrea 20A, Sabaudia), Al Giardino (Via Dante Alighieri 2, Sabaudia).
- What to see nearby: Parco Nazionale del Circeo, Sabaudia town.
Located around 60 km from Rome, Anzio is an easy trip you can take in summer for some relaxing beach time from Rome.
The beach of Anzio is a long stretch of fine sand equipped with several bars and great seafood restaurants as well as facilities such as paddle boat and boat rentals. Here is also a tourist port from where you can hop on a boat to Ponza and the other islands of the Pontino archipelago.
Some of the most popular free beaches of Anzio include Lido dei Gigli, Lavinio, Lido delle Sirene featuring plenty of tourist facilities, and the scenic Grotte di Nerone (Nero’s Grottoes), a rocky cove with a high historical value.
Founded around the 9th century BC, in 338 BC Antium became a Roman colony and around 87 BC lived its biggest heyday. The birthplace of emperor Nero, Anzio became a favorite beach resort for wealthy Roman patricians such as Cicero and Maecenas, and in imperial age the holiday home of emperors such as Augustus, Caligula, and Hadrian.
More recently, Anzio is known for having been in 1944 the theater of one of the bloodiest battles of WWII that ended with the liberation of Rome.
- How to get to Anzio: by car, exit n. 26 of the GRA A90, take Via Pontina and the detour Anzio/Nettuno. By train from Roma Termini station to Anzio. By Cotral coach from Eur Fermi or Cinecittà.
- Where to eat in Anzio: Ristorante Capo d’Anzio (Corso del Popolo 28, Anzio), Ristorante Al Turcotto (Riviera Vittorio Mallozzi 44, Anzio), Trattoria del Mare (Via Molo Innocenziano 35, Anzio), La Stanzetta (Via Porto Innocenziano 4, Anzio).
- What to see nearby: Anzio town, Nero’s Imperial Villa, English Cemetery, Sant’Antonio church.
Ponza and Pontino Archipelago
Even though Ponza is the most famous, all the volcanic islands of the Pontino archipelago have stunning views and fantastic beaches. The beaches that are possible to reach via land are very few and for this usually packed, such as Il Frontone, Cala Feola, and Cala dell’Acqua, all in Ponza. But if you take a short boat ride, you can land in some of the lesser-visited coastal stretches and enjoy a more relaxed beach experience.
The best beaches in Ponza that you can reach by boat are Chiaia di Luna, the most famous, l’Arco Naturale, called like this because of the arch-shaped sea stack and great for snorkeling, and the scenic Lucia Rosa.
Also the other islands, Ventotene and Palmarola, boast fantastic beaches for a day out basking in the sun. If you go to Palmarola, don’t miss Faraglione di Mezzogiorno, Cala del Porto, and Cala Spermaturo. In Ventotene, the beaches you should visit include the famous Cala Nave and the rocky Moggio di Terra perfect for snorkeling.
- How to get to Ponza: by ferry from Anzio tourist port. If you only want to visit without spending the whole day on the beach, you can book a day trip from Rome.
- Where to eat in Ponza and Pontino archipelago: Ristorante Eea (Corso Umberto I, Ponza), Il Porticciolo (Piazza Carlo Pisacane, Ponza), O’Francese (Palmarola), Ristorante Il Giardino (Via Olivi 45, Ventotene), Un Mare di Sapori (Via Porto Romano 3, Ventotene).
- What to see nearby: Anzio, boat tour around the islands, imperial Roman villas.
If you want to spend a day on the beach near Rome but are looking for an alternative to the sea, opt for Lake Bracciano, a large volcanic lake in the Lazio region and a favorite day trip from Rome. Apart from relaxing on its beaches, in Bracciano Lake you can rent a sailing boat or a canoe, do scuba diving, take a pleasant walk, visit the small towns around its shores such as Anguillara and Trevignano Romano, and explore the several historical sites of the area.
Sports lovers can do trekking, hiking and biking around the lakes enjoying fantastic views all the way of both Bracciano and Martignano lakes and of the mounts Sabatini and Della Tolfa.
Among the most popular beaches are Lungolago Argenti where you can enjoy water sports such as windsurf, and Vigna di Valle in the town of Anguillara.
- How to get to Bracciano: by direct train from Roma Tiburtina, Ostiense, Trastevere, San Pietro, Valle Aurelia. From the station you can walk to the lake or take a local bus. By car you can take Via Cassia/SS2 and Via Braccianese Claudia/SP493 following the sign to Bracciano.
- Where to eat in Lake Bracciano: L’Acqua delle Donne (Via della Acquarella 16, Bracciano), Le Papere (Via G. Argenti 20, Bracciano), Il Porticciolo (Via Settevene Palo Primo Tronco da Trevignano 197, Trevignano Romano), La Caletta sul Lago (Via Provinciale Vigna di Valle 42, Anguillara Sabazia. Near Viale Reginaldo Belloni).
- What to see nearby: Bracciano town and Odescalchi Castle, Monterano Antica ghost town, Sutri town and Parco Naturale Regionale Antichissima Città di Sutri, Martignano Lake.
Santa Severa is a resort town and one of the favorite beaches near Rome. Located north of the city, in summer is very popular with locals thanks to the many facilities and great views.
Being so popular and close to Rome, it’s only normal that Santa Severa is packed with private beach resorts alternated by stretches of free beaches that can be divided upon their colours: black and red. The black sand depends on the volcanic origins and are located on the left side of the castle. The red beaches are on the opposite side and count several sea grottoes.
Some of the best and most popular private resorts in Santa Severa are Ubaldo, Pino al Mare, Le Due Baie and Il Marinaio.
Santa Severa town itself is very ancient. It was founded as the Etruscan port of Pyrgi and is now a lovely town to explore.
- How to get to Santa Severa: by train from Roma Termini station to Santa Severa and then an easy walk to the beach. By car take the SS1 Aurelia to the km 52,500 and then follow the sign to the castle.
- Where to eat in Santa Severa: Pino al mare (Via Cneo Domizio 32, Santa Severa), L’isola del Pescatore (Via Cartagine 1, Santa Severa).
- What to see nearby: Santa Severa Castle, Pyrgi archaeological site.
Santa Marinella is another of the most popular beaches near Rome in both summer and winter thanks to being so close and well connected with public transport.
An ancient beach resort, Santa Marinella alternates free beaches such as Capolinaro and private resorts (stabilimenti balneari) such as La Conchiglia and Mediterraneo Beach Resort equipped with sunbeds and shades.
Apart from the sandy beaches and clear waters, thanks to its historical sites, natural landscape, Liberty-style villas, and fantastic sunsets, Santa Marinella is a favorite spot also for photographers.
- How to get to Santa Marinella: Take the train to Civitavecchia from Stazione Termini, Trastevere, or Stazione San Pietro and get off in Santa Marinella train station.
- Where to eat in Santa Marinella: Molo 21 (Lungomare G. Marconi 21, Santa Marinella), Bianca Ristorante (Lungomare G. Marconi, 9 c/o Villa delle Palme. Santa Marinella), Il Trabucco (Lungomare G. Marconi, 123, Santa Marinella).
- What to see nearby: Santa Severa Castle, Pyrgi archaeological site, Aquae Caeretanae archaeological site.
Even though not very close to the city, Terracina is one of the most appreciated sea resorts of the Lazio region. Being more than 100 km and around an hour and a half drive, you can either leave very early in the morning or even think to stay in Terracina overnight.
Terracina is located between Sabaudia and Sperlonga and its beaches are connected to the ones of these two famous sea resorts. The whole area is very interesting because of its many archaeological ruins, landmarks, towns, and obviously fantastic beaches. Along with the many, well-equipped private beach resorts, there are also free stretches of sand.
There are many activities available in Terracina such as surf, windsurf, and paddleboat as well as hopping on a ferry to Ponza island. For lunch, don’t worry if you didn’t have the time to bring something with you, there are plenty of restaurants and bars.
- How to get to Terracina: by car take the exit 26 of the GRA towards the Pontina road SS148 and once you take the exit for Terracina, follow the sign for the port. By regional train from Roma Termini station get off in Terracina station and take a 2km walk to the port.
- Where to eat in Terracina: Ristorante Bistrot Anema e Core (Viale Circe 244, Terracina), Hostaria del Vicoletto (Via del Quartiere 9, Terracina), Ristorante Hotel 116 (Viale Circe 116, Terracina).
- What to see nearby: Terracina town, Capitolium archaeological site in Terracina, Frangipane medieval castle, Temple of Jupiter, Foro Emiliano in Terracina.