With temperatures rising and summer in full swing, many Italians will retreat to the coastal towns of Rome in order to soak up the sun and indulge in relaxing days away from the bustling city. Whether you’re looking for a scenic view, party vibes, or just good old honest seafood, our round-up of the best nearby beaches has got you covered.
The northern-most beach on our list is Santa Marinella. Located just an hour by train from Rome, it’s not only one of the more beautiful beaches, but also one of the most easily accessible. This beach can get very busy during the Summer months – arrive early to grab a lounge chair and umbrella before they run out!
How to get there: Take one of the trains from Termini station which run every half hour.
Where to eat: Ristorante L’Acqua Marina (Via Trieste, 8)
One of Rome’s closest beaches, Ostia is situated just 30 minutes from the city. While a membership is required, day entries can be arranged for a fee. For those not wanting to pay, there are a few free beaches spread out along the shore line, which are busy during Summer months but provide a fun and bustling atmosphere with beach bars, restaurants, and clubs open late into the night.
How to get there: Take the Lido train from Piramide station and exit at Ostia Lido Centro.
Beach Club: Oasi
Where to eat: Al Pescatore (Via dei Pescatori, 43)
Fregene / Maccarese
If you’re looking to follow up a day in the sun with an aperitivo, drinking, and dancing in the sand, then this is the beach for you. The former hotspot of the 1960s and 1970s has become the summer nightlife retreat of today with people flocking from the city solely for the wild evening shenanigans. Despite the bustling nights, the days make for a quieter place to enjoy the Roman seaside, complete with family-friendly restaurants along the coastline.
How to get there: Take the train from Termini station to Maccarese-Fregene and from there one of the local buses to the beach. Journey time is around 1 hour.
Beach Club: Singita / Rambla / Marina Piccola
Where to eat: La Baia (Via Silvi Marina, 1)
Well known for the Italian surf expo which takes place every July, this beach is located just 50 km north of Rome and offers rich history alongside its sea and sand. With a medieval castle and some ancient ruins on its shoreline, this quaint little beach offers lovely scenic views. There are numerous restaurants and cafes for those who are plan on spending lunch or dinner nearby,
How to get there: Take an hourly train from Roma Termini to Santa Severa which takes around 1 hour.
Where to eat: Isola del Pescatore (Via Cartagine, 1)
Famously a blue flag area, this spacious and stunning coastline is predominantly made up of free beaches at which you simply pay for beach chairs and umbrellas. Despite having the odd restaurant here and there, the shores rarely gets crowded thanks to its vast stretches of sand. Also a keen spot for history buffs, the beach offers views of a grand defensive tower, the Torre Paola. A lake at the centre of the town sees many rowing teams from around the world flock to the area for training.
How to get there: From Termini take the train to Priverno-Fossanova and then a COTRAL bus to Sabaudia. All in all the journey will take around 1 hour 15 minutes.
Beach Club: Ponte Rosso
Where to eat: Sorsi e Morsi (Piazza Guglielmo Oberdan, 1)