5 Seaside Locations Near Rome for the Perfect Day Trip

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Rome, the Eternal City, is a captivating destination for learning about Italy’s rich history, art, and culture, as well as the beautiful Italian language. However, even the most passionate student requires a vacation from the city’s summer heat, and what better way to unwind than to explore some of the lovely beach destinations nearby?

Whether you’re a short-term visitor or planning a longer stay to learn Italian, these five seaside landmarks are ideal for a relaxing day trip from Rome.

Each place has its own distinct character, combining relaxation, adventure, and a taste of true coastal life in Central Italy. So get your beach bag ready and join us on a virtual tour of these incredible locations!

The enchanting Santa Severa Castle, few miles North of Rome. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

1. Santa Marinella: The Pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea

Santa Marinella, located just a short train journey from Rome, is a picturesque destination famed for its clear waters and sandy beaches. This lovely town provides a peaceful respite from the rush and bustle of the city. Spend your day basking in the sun, eating excellent seafood at local trattorias, and perhaps even trying your hand at some water sports. Don’t miss the famous Castello di Santa Severa, a breathtaking medieval castle located just on the beach, a privileged venue for concerts and shows throughout the summer.

2. Ostia: Rome’s Closest Beach Getaway

Ostia can be considered, for all intents and purposes, a neighborhood of the Metropolitan City of Rome, as it has historically been under the Capital’s jurisdiction. Located only 30 kilometers from the city center and accessible by train, this renowned (and quite ancient) coastal town is Rome’s solution to a quick beach fix. Although the seas may not be the clearest on the Lazio coast, this town is well-known for its large sandy beaches, ideal for a relaxing day by the sea. A day trip to Ostia must include a visit to the nearby archeological site of Ostia Antica, an old Roman harbor city whose well-preserved ruins rival those of Pompeii. After a history lesson, relax on the beach with gelato while watching the sunset over the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Our students visiting the ruins of Ostia Antica

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A coastal view of Sperlonga. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 by Marco Esposito on Flickr

3. Sperlonga: A Postcard-Perfect Escape

Perched on a rock with a view of the Tyrrhenian Sea lies the charming town of Sperlonga. Its beautiful views, narrow lanes, and whitewashed cottages make it the perfect place for a romantic day trip. Stroll around its quaint alleyways and unwind on golden sand, crystal-clear, turquoise beaches, all designated as Blue Flag locations. The old Roman villa known as Tiberius’ Villa is a must-see, with its spectacular ruins and an intriguing grotto with beautiful mosaics and sculptures: a fascinating look at luxury as it existed in antiquity. After your exploration, treat yourself to delectable seafood at neighborhood restaurants, which are well-known for their pasta alle vongole and mixed seafood grills.

4. Anzio: A Blend of History and Beach Fun

Anzio, a town with a rich historical heritage, is another excellent seaside destination near Rome. Anzio, known for its pivotal role in World War II, provides a unique combination of history and beach pleasure. After visiting the Anzio War Cemetery and the Imperial Villa of Nero, relax on one of the gorgeous beaches nearby. The local fish, particularly the legendary Anzio anchovies, is a must-eat.

A view from Anzio's harbor at dawn. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

5. Fregene: A Trendy Beach Spot

Closer to the Metropolitan City of Rome than Anzio or Santa Marinella, Fregene is a trendy beach village that attracts both locals and tourists. Fregene is known for its busy beach clubs, stylish bars, and vibrant nightlife, making it ideal for visitors wishing to mix beach leisure with social activities. During the day, you may have a seafood-based lunch at the charming villaggio dei pescatori and, in the evening, you can soak up the buzzing energy of its coastal venues.

These beachside locations provide a variety of experiences, from historical exploration to pure beach fun. Whether you wish to unwind on the Santa Marinella dunes, explore the historic ruins in Ostia, or take in the contemporary atmosphere in Fregene, there is something for everyone!

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