Santa Severa and Santa Marinella: Picturesque Beaches near Rome, Italy

If you’re in Rome and the weather turns hot, you might be surprised how easy it is to slip into the cool Mediterranean. Let’s discover together the most picturesque beaches near Rome, Italy.

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Santa Severa is a delightful destination as it is easy to get to, but far enough that it is not as crowded as the closest beaches to Rome.

If you’re looking to mix history & relaxing in one trip, this is the beach near Rome(Italy) that you need to visit.

Santa Severa, named after its homonymous martyr, is believed to have been an ancient Roman port under the name of Pyrgi, whose tower stood tall and uninterruptedly inhabited between the 7th century BC and the 5th century AD.

The tower then expanded and a castle was erected in the 10th century AD. In the shadows of this medieval castle you can find the gorgeous beach of Santa Severa, making it a very photogenic bathing experience.

Our tips:

  • There is a delicious restaurant right on the beach, L’Isola del Pescatore, for a lunch of fresh fish or a sunset spritz.
  • Here you won’t find the same amount of amenities and stabilimenti you might find in Ostia. Our top tip is that you make sure to bring a towel, sun cream and some snacks with you.

Beaches near Rome, Italy: How to Get to Santa Severa Beach

Take a 1-hour train from Rome (Roma Termini, Ostiense Trastevere, or San Pietro) to Santa Severa, then walk 15 minutes to the beach. Cost: €4-10. Once you’ve reached Santa Severa train station, you will have to walk around 10-15 minutes from the train station to the beach. Make sure to buy a return ticket as there is no ticket machine in Santa Severa for you to buy your ticket.

Santa Marinella Beach : a gorgeous sandy beach

Santa Marinella beach is another wonderful option with a picturesque beach near Rome, Italy. It is located just a little further north than Santa Severa.
The Santa Marinella’s main beach is so close to the train station that all you have to do is follow the swimsuit-wearing crowd and you’ll find it: a small bay with perfectly clear water.

This beach has a mix of both rocky areas as well as some gorgeous sandy parts. As this beach is extremely easy to get to, there are many amenities around the beach where you can pick up some food or drinks.

This beach is similar to Ostia beach whereby it is split up into two sections; one free area and one area that you have to pay for. It should be said though that the free area is normally quite small therefore you have to get there early to get your spot on the beach.

The Stabilimenti Balneari area is where you can choose a sunbed and umbrella for around €10 euros and then you will get access to the private bathrooms, showers & changing rooms.

Our tips:

  • The morphology of the seabed in some areas creates high waves that are very attractive to surfers.
  • On the calmer side of the beach you can go scuba diving to check out an interesting underwater scene where many Mediterranean species live.
  • Santa Marinella abounds with seafood restaurants where the fish is much fresher (and cheaper!) than in their counterparts in the city.
  • Try “L’Acqua Marina“: Via Trieste 8. This is a classy place where you can enjoy your grilled fish while overlooking the perfect blue of the sea. Try the seafood salad for an antipasti, simply delicious.

Beaches near Rome, Italy: How to get to Santa Marinella beach

Getting to Santa Marinella is similar to Santa Severa Beach. The easiest way to travel to this beach is by starting your journey at Termini train station (Rome’s main train station), here you can buy a return regional train ticket from Rome to Santa Marinella (Direction Civitavecchia) which will take around 1 hour an 15 minutes. Once you arrive at the train station, it is a 5 minute walk to the beach.

When you arrive at Santa Marinella train station, we recommend that you buy your return train ticket as there is only one ticket machine, therefore, it gets very busy with everyone buying their tickets in the evening.

Rome Beach Hotels – Where to Stay

Best luxury hotel: Hotel Villa delle Palme 3*

Amazing location with private beach

Hotel Villa delle Palme is set on the coast in Santa Marinella’s centre. It offers free Wi-Fi, a sea-view restaurant, and garden with outdoor furniture. Hotel Villa delle Palme features air-conditioned, spacious rooms with satellite TV. Some have views of the garden or the sea. Santa Marinella Train Station is about a 10-minute walk away.

Best mid-range hotel: Hotel l’Isola 2*, Santa Marinella

Great location, just off a pretty square with lovely restaurants and bars.

Situated in the characteristic Piazza Trieste, this hotel is set in the centre of the seaside town of Santa Marinella, beside the wonderful Odescalchi Castle. Dipped in a rich atmosphere of landscaped and archaeological treasures, Santa Marinella, known as the Tyrrhenian’s Pearl, is approximately 40 minutes away from Rome. After a long day you can return to your comfortable and spacious room, each one fully-equipped with all modern comforts.

Best budget hotel: I Cardinali , Santa Marinella

Farm Stay surrounded by greenery

I Cardinali is a bed and breakfast located on a rural farm in Santa Marinella. Guests can enjoy sea views from the balcony of their room, and spend time relaxing in the garden, where barbeque facilities are available.Breakfast is served at the property, and there is also a restaurant where guests can enjoy local products. Santa Marinella beach is just 4.5 km from the property.

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