While summer is a popular time to visit Rome, the hot weather may be a bit much for some visitors. Fortunately, there are dozens of beautiful beaches in the Lazio region, many of which can be reached by public transportation from Rome.
Beaches in Italy: What to Know
In Italy there are some free beaches, but most are divided into private beach areas called stabilimenti. Visitors pay a day fee that provides a clean beach, dressing room, outdoor shower, a good swimming area and toilets.
Some private beaches offer access to a bar or restaurant as well.
Most local residents buy season passes for stabilimenti access. If you're planning to stay for a week or more, it's worth investing in a short-term pass so you get a prime spot on the beach of your choice.
If you want to escape the summer temperatures in Rome, here are a few beaches that are within a short trip from the city.
Ostia Lido Beach
While it might not be as glamorous as other Italian beaches, Ostia Lido is the closest to Rome. The beach at Ostia is known for its dark sand and the water is clean enough for swimming. For less crowded and more comfortable spots, a day fee gets you private beach entrance, with beach chairs, umbrellas and towels available for rental.
Private beaches usually have changing rooms, bathrooms (some even have bars) and sometimes additional amenities. If you're planning to spend a day or more at the beach it's usually worth paying a little for private access.
If you're interested in some sightseeting during your trip to Ostia, stop off to see the ancient Roman ruins at Ostia Antica, the ancient port of Rome. If you're flying out of Fiumicino airport, Ostia Lido is a good alternative to staying in an airport hotel.
Santa Marinella Beach
Santa Marinella is north of Rome, about an hour by regional train from Termini Station, Rome's main railway station.
There are two or three trains per hour most of the day and it's about a five-minute walk from the station to the beach.
Santa Marinella has nice sandy beaches, both with free access and private, and clear water for swimming. Like most Italian beaches, they are very crowded on weekends. In the small town of Santa Marinella you'll find bars, shops, and good seafood restaurants.
In the days of ancient Rome, Santa Marinella was a Roman bathing resort and the Etruscan ruins of Pyrgi are about eight miles southeast in Santa Severa, another beach resort town.
If you want to visit a nice town with really good beaches, Sperlonga is the top pick for a beach day from Rome although it's a little farther than the first two.
Sperlonga beach is one of Italy's blue flag beaches which means the sand and water are clean and the beach is environmentally friendly. Most of the beach areas are private so you'll pay a fee for use. Sperlonga itself is a picturesque town with narrow streets rising up the hill from the sea. In town there are shops, cafes, and restaurants.
Sperlonga has been a popular seaside destination since Roman times. Emperor Tiberius had a villa south of the town that you can visit along with the Grotto of Tiberius and archeological museum.