Our 5 Favorite Beaches Near Rome

Rome is a city with a strategic location: close to the sea and with wonderful options for day-trips, it’s a perfect location to spend the summer enjoying a mix of natural scenery, culture and some swims in the Mediterranean Sea! Here are our favorite beaches along the Roman coastline and tips on how to reach them. If you’d like to hire a private driver to bring you to the beach and back, let us know and we’ll be happy to make arrangements.

Santa Marinella

The easiest and prettiest beach to reach from Rome is Santa Marinella, a seaside town that lies less than one hour north of the city near Civitavecchia. Local trains leave frequently from all the main train stations in Rome (Trastevere, Termini and San Pietro) and the beach itself is an easy 5-minute walk from the Santa Marinella train station. You can opt for a sun lounger or lay out on a free beach and there are a few dining options nearby, including our favorite little kiosk that opens beneath “Gigi” bar each summer that makes excellent salads. If you stay overnight, book a table at Molo 21 for dinner.

Santa Severa

Just a couple stops before Santa Marinella on the same train line, Santa Severa is a longer beach with an imposing 14th century castle and moat. There are dozens of beach clubs and restaurants along the sea, as well as free beaches where you can easily lay out your towel to soak in some sunshine. Lydo is our favorite restaurant and serves great fish pastas. For a scenic aperitivo, snag the outdoor table at Isola del Pescatore and order a Spritz and some snacks to enjoy while the sun goes down.

Anzio

The city of Anzio south of Rome may be best-known for its World War II history but its a lively cosmopolitan center with archeological treasures dating back to the Roman Era, like Emperor Nero’s Imperial Villa and grottos. You can catch a train from Roma Termini and get off at Anzio. The beach is about a 10-15 minute walk through the town – we like the free beach along the Riviera di Ponente. If you’d like a proper beach club with services, get off a few stops earlier at Marechiaro to grab a sun bed at Blue Bay Beach, a lovely quiet beach with a restaurant and shimmering sea.

Ostia

The closest beach to Rome, Ostia can be easily reached through public transportation by catching the Roma Lido commuter train from the Piramide train station. A lively beach town developed under Mussolini, it has a number of private beach clubs as well as a large free beach area where you can lay your towel out to sunbathe for free. If you catch a local bus out to the “Cancelli” (“Gates”) you can enjoy scenery of the nearby dunes with a more alternative crowd. Stop by the historic Paglia Pasticceria in the center of town for a cream or chocolate-filled “krapfen” donut for the perfect afternoon snack.

Sperlonga

Located halfway between Rome and Naples, Sperlonga isn’t the closest beach to Rome but it’s one of the loveliest in the vicinity. Considered a “Blue Flag Beach” thanks to its clean, clear water, it rivals some of Italy’s best-known coastlines and boasts a beautiful whitewashed hilltop town, too. Sperlonga is a perfect weekend getaway from the Eternal City and definitely worth spending a night to properly explore and unwind. Don’t miss visiting Emperor Tiberius’ ancient villa and its picturesque grotto with a perfectly framed view of the sea.

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The Best Day Trips From Rome

Although it would take you a lifetime to see everything Rome has to offer, we encourage our guests to explore the nearby sites, attractions and towns near the Eternal City for a fuller taste of the region and all its treasures. Rome is a great base for taking day trips to discover ancient archeological sites, landscaped gardens, hilltop villages and even the Pope’s summer residence. Here are TreasureRome’s top five experiences!

Tivoli

A beautiful hilltop town located just 40 minutes from Rome, Tivoli is famous for its parks, gardens and villas. Take a tour through Villa d’Este, a 16th century Renaissance villa with hundreds of water fountains, statues, grottos and other architectural details. Then step back even further in time at Villa Adriana, or Hadrian’s Villa, a vast archeological park that dates back to the 2nd century. And last but not least, explore Villa Gregoriana and dine at a picturesque trattoria located just beside the ruins.

Orvieto and the Civita di Bagnoreggio

Just one hour north of Rome, Orvieto is a charming medieval town in Umbria that is filled with homemade artisan ceramics, linens, and a variety of delicious gourmet meats, cheeses and oils. The impressive cathedral in the town center is worth a visit on it’s own! After a walk through the town, head into the countryside for a traditional meal at an agriturismo. And don’t miss the chance to visit nearby Civita di Bagnoreggio or ‘the dying city’: this town is something you have to see to believe.

Ostia Antica

The ancient port city of Ostia Antica was a thriving center for trade during the Roman Republic (509 – 27 BC) and functioned as Rome’s primary seaport during this time. There are dozens of fascinating sights to explore, including ancient baths, shops, a Jewish synagogue, temples dedicated to the Persian god Mithra and a Roman theater, where performances are still held to this day during the summer months. The site is easy to reach on the Ostia Train Line or we can help you arrange a private transfer to reach the archeological park.

Castelli Romani

The Castelli Romani, or “Roman Castles”, are a collection of hilltop towns located southeast of Rome that are built around two volcanic lakes: Lago Albano and Lago di Nemi. Rome’s nobility used to flock here in the summer months to escape the Roman heat and the towns provide a welcome respite from the frenzy of the capital: enjoy local food and wine while you soak in small-town charm. Each town also boasts a unique culinary tradition, like white wine from Frascati, bread from Genzano, wild strawberries from Nemi and porchetta from Ariccia.

Castel Gandolfo

Within the many towns of the Castelli Romani, Castel Gandolfo is worth a visit in particular because it is home to the the Apostolic Palace, better known as the Pope’s summer residence. This incredible property was commissioned by Pope Urban VII in the 17th century and features landscaped Barberini Gardens that rival the grounds of Versailles. Explore the residence before dining at a lakeside restaurant in the charming town.

Day Trips From Rome: Cerveteri and Ladispoli

A pretty town about 40 kilometers from Rome, that you can reach by bus or by train. A medieval center to explore by foot, discovering all its characteristic alleys. But Cerveteri is also famous for The National Archaeological Museum and its amazing Necropolis, a precious archaelogical site to find Etruscan ruins. The Banditaccia Necropolis is one of the World Heritage Sites in Italy and the most impressive in the Mediterranean world.

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Here you can visit well-preserved monumental tombs and find out more about Etruscan traditions and customs. A unique experience, combining archaeological finds with a luxuriant nature. A small journey into the history that has characterized this area and another opportunity to enrich your holiday in Rome from an artistic and cultural point of view.

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But Cerveteri also has another peculiarity. It overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea and so it is a perfect place to visit even in Summer. From here you can reach famous seaside places, often visited by Romans, such as Marina di Cerveteri, Ladispoli, Santa Severa and Santa Marinella. The beaches of black sand – a coloration given by the large quantities of various iron minerals – offer the possibility of relax and fun, thanks to the numerous bars, restaurants and bars present along the coast but also to facilities that allow you to practice some sports water.

The view from the center of Cerveteri

Ladispoli, in particular, is famous for the Roman artichoke: an excellence of this area that is celebrated with a festival in the month of April. Thanks to its splendid views, Ladispoli has also been used as a film set in several Italian films.

Spending a day in these places means discovering another aspect of the Roman territory. Equally fascinating but less chaotic,where you can enjoy an authentic and genuine city life.

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The surroundings of Rome offer many possibilities for different but awesome day trips: read what to see in Bracciano, Calcata, Ostia Antica and Bomarzo!

Villa D’Este, a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture

Included in the UNESCO world heritage list, Villa D’Este is one of the most notable masterpiece of the Renaissance culture in Italy. It is situated in Tivoli, at about 30 kilometers from Rome, and it is a beautiful path among decorated rooms, impressive gardens and awesome fountains.

The view from the first floor

The Villa was commissioned by Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este, who started the building renovation in 1550. It had been built on an ancient roman villa: in 1983 some ruins came out and today they can be admired by its visitors. The Cardinal’s aim was to recreate the glory of Hadrian’s Villa: the rooms of Villa D’Este were embellished by various painters as Livo Ligresti and Federico Zuccaro; the building and its gardens were entrusted to Pirro Ligorio and Alberto Galvani.

In every room of this palace you can breathe splendor and magnificenceBut their gardens are the most beautiful and captivating part of Villa D’Este. There are stunning views from here: you can admire Rome and the city of Tivoli, while you are surrounding by water games, majestic fountains, small caves, aged-old trees, plants and flowerbeds.

The stunning “Hundred fountains” run along the boulevard which leads to the Oval Fountain, embellished by rocks. At the end of this street, with an incredible view on the Roman valley, the Fountain of Rometta sticks out: it represents a miniature of Ancient Rome.

The Hundred Fountains

The Fountain of the Organ– which has a inner mechanism to play music- is situated in an area which seems to be magic: from this terrace you can admire all the gardens of the Villa. 

The Fountain of the Organ

The Fountain of Neptune is one of the most imposing and recent of the Villa: it was created by Gian Lorenzo Bernini using an existing waterfall.

The Fountain of Neptune

You can feel lots of emotions in Villa D’Este. You can almost see the protagonists of those ancient times, while walking or talking about art and politics. You only have to close your eyes, listen to the water and let yourself be caressed by its speechless beauty.     

Day Trip To Calcata: A Small Gem, Frozen In Time

Time seems to stand still in Calcata, a mediaeval village perched on a tufa mountain.  This magical place will awaken your imagination and transport you to a world of fairy tales. And it’s only about 40 kilometers from Rome.

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The historical centre of the village, surrounded by defensive walls – mentioned in some documents of the 8th century, even if human presence in this area can be traced back to prehistoric times- remained abandoned for many years from the beginning of the 20th century, because it was considered unsafe, and its inhabitants went to live outside. From the 70’s the situation changed and the small village returned to life, thanks to Italian and international artists who restored the houses and opened art galleries and cafès.

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Once you pass the gate to the heart of Calcata, you find yourself catapulted into a differents world, made by narrow alleys, beautiful views over the Treja Valley, nice restaurants, artisan shops and even a Museum (Museo della Civiltà Contadina). The Palazzo Baronale degli Anguillara, which is situated at the entrance of the village,  used to be the most important building of Calcata and now it is the headquarter of the Parco del Valle Treja.

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Calcata is a gem full of mistery, a place frozen in time where you can find a unique atmosphere. In this ancient village is easy to start believing in magic and witches, in romantic stories and legends. You can reach it by walk- it is not possible to go there by car, you have to park in sepcific areas- and you’ll be surprised by its beauty and appeal.

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Calcata is a perfect place for a day trip from Rome and it’s stunning during the night: it has that charm of the ancient times and the halo of a candle that continues shining.

A Day Trip To Lake Bracciano From Rome

A nice historical centre, surrounded by a volcanic lake and dominated by a splendid castle: Bracciano is a perfect day trip from Rome. You can reach it by car or train (the FM3 railway which runs between Rome and Viterbo).

The view from the castle

If you love history and nature, you’ll appreciate this town at about 40 km from the Eternal City. The Orsini-Odescalchi Castle, which you can immediately see from the road while reaching this place, is one of the most beautiful and impressive castles in Europe. Its costruction, commissioned by Napoleon Orsini, was completed in 1485. In 1696 the Castle was sold to the Odescalchi family and was opened to the public in 1952. Its decorated rooms tell the history of the well-known noble families of Italy- Orsini, Medici, Borgia and Odescalchi- and it’s really well preserved. You feel like you are in a movie, its atmosphere is really unique. That’s why many famous people- like Tom Cruise and Eros Ramazzotti, for example- chose this castle for their weddings. It also can be reserved for exclusive events.

After the guided tour to the Castle- which lasts one hour- you can go to the lake for a relaxing walk. It’s one of the cleanest ones in Italy- it’s famous also because it’s the drinking water reservoir of Rome- and in the Summer you can swim and sunbathe on its beach. The lake is inside the Parco Naturale di Bracciano-Martignano, which is an excellent area for sports activities as exursions, cycling and trekking.

When in Bracciano, you must taste its traditional dishes with Bracciano lake freshwater fish– like eel, pike, tench-or, if you prefer meat and depending on the season, pasta with boar meat or porcino mushrooms. You can find many restaurants and pizzerias both in the downtown and in the lakeside.

Your experience in Bracciano can give you anything you are looking for: history and art, nature and relax, good food and outdoor activities.

 

Day Trip To The Ninfa Gardens Near Rome

The Garden of Ninfa is a place that looks like it’s been taken out of a fairy-tale. An amazing park that tells the story of a ghost city and a noble family who decided to bring it to life.

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Ninfa was once a prosperous town on the Appian Way, property of the Caetani family: in the XIV century it was probably populated by 2000 people. Its names comes from the little temple dedicated to the nymphs during the Roman period built in this area, at the foot of the Lepini Hills. There were various churches-Santa Maria Maggiore was the primary one- mills and bridges, a castle and a town hall. It was defended by a double-walled fortification. The town was destroyed in 1382 due to politics and family events. It remained abandoned until the 20th century, when the estate was renovated and the garden was transformed by Gelasio Caetani.

Ninfa is now an English-style romantic garden with a river and a lake, where ruins and nature coexist harmoniously. There are trees and plants, which come from all over the world, together with ancient contrunctions, that show how the city used to be. It’s an open-air museum and a magic place surrounded by mountains and at about 20 kilometers from the sea.

Garden of Ninfa

Ninfa is located in the province of Latina, at 80 kilometers from Rome, and it is definitely worth a visit: it’s an experience you won’t forget. There’s a really strange atmosphere there: you can listen to nature and enjoy its beauty and sounds. If you have time, you can also visit the 17th-century “Hortus conclusus”, an Italian- style garden a the end of the Garden of Ninfa route, and the nearby towns Norma and Sermoneta.

Garden of Ninfa

The site is run by the Italian Foundation Roffredo Caetani and it is open to the public at set times from April to November.  Visitors are accompanied by a guide and entrance tickets must be purchased online. Don’t miss this jewel of Italy’s history and magnificence.

Bomarzo: A Visit To The Park Of Monsters

Once upon a time a beautiful wood, full of trees and plants, was turned into a scary and mysterious place. Monsters, dragons and strange fountains emerged from the ground and the legend says that they had the power to make people disappear…

The Park of Monsters Bomarzo Treasu

Don’t worry, that’s not true. This is what our imagination created about the Park of Monsters, also known as Villa of Marvels or Sacred Wood, a place that really exists. It is located in the village of Bomarzo, in the province of Viterbo. It’s at about one hour by car from Rome, but it seems to be a world apart.

It was the 1552 and the Prince Vinicio Orsini, together with the architect Pirro Ligorio, decided to animate this wood with bizzarre sculptures: monsters, exotic animals, mythological figures, a funerary temple, fountains and obelisks. The Park of Monsters remained in oblivion until 1954 when Giovanni Bettini bought it and everything came back to life again.

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The Sacred Wood is a kind of labyrinth which almost envelops its visitors. It is a unique place, where fear and beauty go hand in hand. Now there are a total of 24 strange sculptures to be admired, including the stunning “Hanging House”.

It is not so big, but it’s a nice surprise because different from any other park you may know. There is a strange atmosphere and it is super interesting for both adults and kids. You only have to let your fantasy go wild!

The park of Monsters is open every day of the year and it is definitely worth a visit. Details on tickets and opening times can be checked at the Sacro Bosco website.

Exploring the Castelli Romani: three awesome towns you should visit

There are a lot of things to do and see in Rome, as we already know. But if you stay more than three or four days, you can consider visiting the area of the Castelli Romani (Roman Castles in English). They are beautiful towns located in the south-east of Rome’s countryside: not so frequented by tourists, they are definitely worth a visit. There you can discover the essence of Roman traditions and gastronomic culture. In particular, we suggest these three little gems.

Castelgandolfo

It’s a relaxing place, overlooking Lake Albano. It’s well known because it used to be the holiday residence of Popes and cardinals. The lakefront is stunning and there are also some nice restaurants and pubs. The Church of San Tommaso da Villanova, the main church of the town, was created by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

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Ariccia

It’s famous among Romans for its “fraschette”, the typical local restaurants where you can taste the “porchetta”, ham, salami or homemade pasta with local red wine. But Ariccia is also known as an artistic town, thanks to its “Piazza di Corte” (which was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Carlo Fontana) and its bridge, which is massive (and sadly used for suicides).

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Frascati

It’s maybe the most beautiful town of the Castelli Romani. It’s full of bars and restaurants and has a lot to offer for the nightlife. Morover, you can have a stroll trough its amazing small streets and a coffee in the central square: you will discover a really fascinating place.

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If you like discovering new places, you just can’t miss the Castelli Romani!

Ostia Antica, walking through history

Love at first sight. This is the most common feeling you can experience in the archeological area of Ostia Antica. A breathless walk through history, a stunning place full of well-preserved roman ruins. This was the location of the harbour city of Ancient Rome, close to the River Tiber and the sea.

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It’s a really interesting visit for the whole family: both children and adults can easily imagine how this fortified citadel, founded in the IVth century BC, used to be. 

There are five main parts you can still admire: the commercial street, with official buildings, methods and sites of production. The sacred buildings, of different religious communities. The city centre: the baths, the market and the forum, which was the political heart of Ostia. The river-port quarters, with its paintings and mosaics,  and the area of Ostia Antica’s “modern buildings“.

There is also a Museum which holds some of the finest city’s statuary.

ostia-antica-2About 34 hectares of beauty, the equivalent to two thirds of the city’s original extension. The theatre is so well preserved that nowadays it is used for theatrical performances. And it’s simply fabulous.

Let your imagination take you back 2,000 years!

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Words cannot explain the atmosphere you can breath around there. It’s a really nice surprise: it even seems to hear voices and see the ancient Romans busy with their daily activities. This site is worth seeing: it’s a small, intimate Rome, which keeps the same magnificence.