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Best Beaches in Italy Near Rome

December 14th, 2019 by Prontopia

Rome has many amazing sites to see and activities to participate in during your trip. But if you've had your fill of museums and architecture for the day, you might want to pack a typical Italian lunch and head out to the blue waters and palm trees at one the beaches located near Rome. If you are looking for the best beaches in Italy near Rome, keep reading for local tips!

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Ostia

Ostia is known for its many stabilimenti, or beach resorts (which you need a membership to access). Ostia is the perfect beach to go to if you only have half a day to play in the sand! This beach is the closest Italy beach to Rome, and it's the easiest one to reach if you're in a rush, and especially if you're relying on public transportation. That being said, the farther away from Rome that go, the clearer the water and the cleaner the sand will be, so it can definitely be worth the travel time!

If you’re tired of laying on your beach towel, there are plenty of sights to see! Take a casual stroll around the harbor, and fantasize about which boat you would buy if you only had the money! Bonus points: rename all the boats according to their personalities.

How to get there:

In order to get to Ostia, you start by taking the train from Piramide (Metro B line) and getting off at Ostia Lido. From that point, walk along the lungomare until you find the stabilimento that inspires you the most!

If you're interested in going a bit further and you take the bus 07 from Ostia lido, you could discover the beauty and wilderness of the Capocotta beach. Capocotta beach is famous for boasting much less human contamination. And just so you're warned before you go, it's also a beach where beach-goers believe that bathing suits are overrated.

Santa Marinella (and surroundings)

If you’re planning a day trip to the best beaches near Rome, you need to include Santa Marinella, Santa Severa, and the lesser known Marina di San Nicola as destinations.

Santa Marinella is undoubtedly the most accessible beach near Rome, so it's best if you don't have as much time. Santa Marinella has water clear enough to make you doubt you are that close to big city.

Santa Severa is famous for its castle, which can make for some impressive photos, and it boasts wide beaches where surfers like to have their Point Break moment (minus the robberies!). There's also a delicious restaurant right on the beach if you get hungry!

And Marina di San Nicola is a cute little town so perfectly kept that it looks like the setting of a movie. The black sand and the bright green, evenly cut grass create an interesting contrast of color.

How to get there:

If you're driving a car toward the golden sand of Santa Marinella, you'll want to take exit 1 on the Grande Raccordo Anulare. Follow the signs for Via Aurelia. Once you're on the Aurelia, follow the signs for your chosen destination, and you'll be there!

If you're taking public transportation, take the train from Roma Termini to either Santa Severa or Santa Marinella. If you want to go to Marina di San Nicola, you might have to add an additional bus ride to the journey.

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Fregene

Fregene is famous mainly for the aperitivo at the Singita Miracle Beach. Fregene is a very popular destination for the Romans. It's a bit cleaner and more trendy. A beautiful beach during the day, it turns into an elegant lounge as the sunset approaches. Perfect for couples and group of friends, Fregene is an Italy beach that can be easily listed among the best beaches near Rome. There's even a wonderful aperitivo at a nearby restaurant, where they spread cushions out over the beach and strike a ceremonial gong when the sun sets.

How to get there:

Take the metro A to Cornelia (direction Battistini) and then hop on the bus to Fregene. 

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Anzio

Moving back to south of Rome, Anzio is famous for the American landing during the Battle of Anzio in World War II in 1944. Once you’re in the city, you can also visit the ancient Roman villa belonged to Emperor Nero. 

The charming lighthouse reminds the visitors the important role the city had both in ancient time and most recent one for sailors approaching the terra firma.

Besides it’s history, Anzio an Italy beach that is worth mentioning as it is one of the best beaches near Rome. You will see a blue flag waving on the beach as a sign of the award given for being one of the clearest and cleanest waters on the coast.

How to get there:

Take a direct train from Roma Termini to Anzio and then walk for 15-20 minutes to reach the nearest beach.

Sperlonga

This is definitely one of the pearls of the Roman coast when you’re talking about the best beaches near Rome.

The water is crystal clear, the sand thin and white. You might think for a moment you are somewhere exotic. Then you look behind you and the historical center of Sperlonga embraces the mountain, offering the eclectic landscape that is very common in Italy. 

And after your day of sunbathing and swimming, you can enjoy one of the prettiest sunsets while tasting fresh seafood at the Tramonto restaurant (hence the name!).

How to get there:

Take the train from Roma Termini to Fondi and then the bus to the beach! Unless you feel like driving; in that case, follow this direction!

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Gaeta – 300 Gradini

They were not joking when they picked the name for this beach (it means 300 Stairs). You will have to go down many of steps before your toes can touch the water. (So make sure you don’t forget anything in the car, like your lounge chairs!) You will very strong by the time you get back up to your car on the way back!

You will feel your legs wobble as you reach the bottom, while your mouth opens wide out of surprise and wonder. The amazing turquoise water and soft white sand earned the beach the Bandiera Blu award. If you like to snorkel and exploring caves, this is the right place for you!

How to get there:

Take the train from Roma Termini to Formia-Gaeta. A bus will then take you to the beach you want to visit. If you have your own car, you can find directions here!

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