If you love the sea and you are visiting Rome, there’s no need to give up your unbridled desire to run on the beach and jump into the waves! Passing long days al mare is a favourite Italian pastime, and there are a lot of beautiful beaches near Rome to wile away the warm summer days.
Sperlonga is most certainly the most beautiful beach near Rome: not only the whitewashed town worths a visit in its own right, the water has been awarded the Bandiera Blu, symbol of quality of sea water and beach facilities, for 16 years in a row.
With long beaches on either stretch of the town, and plenty of quaint alleyways to discover post-sun bathing, Sperlonga is a great overnight stay over a weekend.
Sperlonga has preserved intact its original nucleus and its typical Mediterranean atmosphere, rendered by white houses, small archways connecting the very narrow streets and occasional views of sea and sky.
Sperlonga is a seaside resort suitable for families with small children, not only because of its transparent waters and its extremely fine white sand, but also because of the copious amount of services offered to tourists with a special focus on children home and their families.
- If you want a sea and sun vacation in Italy, you can easily spend a week on Sperlonga’s beach, leisurely enjoying the water, the sand, the views and the many restaurants offering the best of Roman and Neapolitan food.
- You can also explore the area more and get to explore the Isole Pontine, islands just in front of this coastal area.
- For lunch: Try “Da Martini sul Ponte” up in the old town for the best views and an enviable breeze overlooking the coast.
- Don’t miss: Not far from the town centre sits one of the most interesting archaeological sites of the area, Tiberius’ Villa with its ruins and its Roman thermal baths. Visit the nearby cave which used to be a cenatio, an outdoors banquet room used by the emperor in the summer!
Beaches near Rome: How to get there from Rome
Sperlonga is less than 2 hours South of Rome and the easiest way to get there is by private car.
If you prefer not to drive, you can also use the train. The train brings you from Rome Termini to Fondi Sperlonga station and there you need to catch the local bus or a taxi to the town.
Not far from Sperlonga, you will find Terracina, a pleasant seaside resort in the south of the Lazio region, between Rome and Naples.
The beach and fresh fish sold in the city are certainly the main attraction of this town, but it is also worth visiting the historic centre, starting with Piazza del Municipio.
In the square, as well as walking on a pavement dating back to ancient Rome, you can admire the city’s cathedral and an archaeological museum. The most fascinating monument is certainly the Temple of Jupiter Anxur, an ancient Roman temple located on Monte Sant’Angelo.
Nowadays the modern town spreads out on the plain below the hills, along a wide sandy beach which attracts many summer visitors.
The beach is long and narrow, with a fine and very light sand, where you can walk and enjoy the salty air and an unforgettable view.
The clear and crystalline sea boasts the prestigious Blue Flag and the shallow seabed makes it perfect for families with children. Terracina was in fact also awarded with the Green Flag by Italian paediatricians for beaches suitable for the smallest of families.
Beach frequented by tourists of all ages and backgrounds, thanks to its location makes it possible to practice water sports such as surfing and windsurfing.
Moreover, the city of Terracina offers services and connections with the neighbouring areas, and with the Island of Ponza, making it a dynamic centre, both day and night, with parties and events planned by the various bathing establishments, and by the locals in the tourist port.
- Don’t miss a visit to the Canals of Terracina: When walking back from the beach promenade towards town, you will find small boats moored along the canals. It’s around here you will see some of the local fish markets and seafood restaurants.
- Stroll Old Town of Terracina: One of the places to see in Terracina has to be the old town and San Cesareo Cathedral
- Taste Buffalo Mozzarella: Terracina is worth a day trip just to taste the mozzarella produced locally here
- Where to stay: Torre Del Sole – just one minute walk from the beach, this hotel features a seasonal outdoor pool and a playground.
Beaches near Rome: How to get to Terracina
The easiest way from Rome is by train. The route to be purchased is Rome Termini – Monte San Biagio Terracina Mare.
Once you will arrive to Monte San Biagio station, reach the parking lot in front of the station and get on the public transport shuttle directed to the centre of Terracina. (COTRAL shuttle).
The train journey from Rome to Terracina has an average duration of about an hour and thirty minutes.
Best time to visit Rome beaches
The sunny and hot months between April and September offer the perfect weather for exploring the region of Lazio and the city of Rome. However, the hottest months of the summer, July and August, can be considered nearly too hot to visit Rome.
Rather, these months are perfect for visiting the beaches along the coast of Lazio and the interior part of the region that contains more high elevated areas. The warmest month is July with an average maximum temperature of 35°C.