Discover Rome's magical beaches

Sunny beach spots near the centre of Rome

There are numerous beaches near Rome and many of these are located surprisingly close to the city. The best beaches have excellent cafes, restaurants and bars to enjoy, as well as Rome's famous landmarks to visit. From Santa Severa castle, to sundowners at Fregene and Saubaudia's solitude, Rome beaches have something special for every traveller.

  1. Take a stroll through the castle at Santa Severa Beach
  2. Watch the sun go down at Fregene Beach
  3. Live wild and free at Santa Marinella Beach
  4. Visit Emperor Nero's villa and Anzio Beach.
  5. Ditch the crowds and spend the weekend at Saubaudia Beach
  6. Stay overnight at Sperlonga

Touring beaches outside the city centre avoids crowds during peak season. Santa Marinella is the closest beach to Rome that also offers excellent quality amenities with a pretty bay and lounge chairs. Travel even further along the coastline for quieter beaches, ideal for quiet sunbathing, and long, relaxing swims.

1. Take a stroll through the castle at Santa Severa Beach

You can walk around inside the castle and look at exhibits about the nautical, archaeological and architectural history of the castle before heading off to spend an afternoon on the beautiful sandy beach. You can even spend the night at the hostel inside the castle for an added treat! There are glorious sea views and concerts held on the shores at the castle on one of the best beaches near Rome Italy. This is a great spot to take photos with friends or family or spend the night in the local B&B.

Best for: Less crowds, historic beauty

While you're there: Visit the Museo del Territorio or the museum for sea artefacts

2. Watch the sun go down at Fregene Beach

Fregene Beach is popular with the party set, who enjoy sundowner cocktails and parties after dark and partaking in the high quality restaurant located right on the beach. The sand is smooth, the drinks cold and the staff always willing to bring deck chairs and umbrellas. This is the only beach that can also claim a forested area in the centre of town! Most people use bicycles to get around Fregene, making this an ideal location to ditch the cityscape and just relax. It's also a great place to spend the night in one of the town's pretty B&Bs.

Best for: Overnight, drinks on the beach, sun

While you're there: Miraggio Beach Club and the abandoned Casa Sperimentale

3. Live wild and free at Santa Marinella Beach

This picture perfect beach is so close to Rome that the train practically drops you off on the sand. During the off season it can feel like your own private beach and is just 45 minutes from the city centre. You can get there by Metro, which passes through fields of daffodils in the spring, and the quaint village features an assortment of bakeries, cafes and eateries supplying cakes and pastries. There are plenty of boats available at Odeschalci Port, or you can simply dive into the clean, clear waters of the Mediterranean sea!

Best for: Waterfront beach bars, seafood restaurants, swimming

While you're there: Parco Kennedy, stay at a B&B or spa

4. Visit Emperor Nero's villa and Anzio Beach.

Anzio beach may not be one of Rome's most famous, but its fascinating and interesting ruins make it well worth a visit. If you take to the cool water you can float in the shallows and enjoy views of the columns carved into the mountainside. The ruins date back several centuries and you can see the huge and treacherous rocks that wrecked ships and where the bravest of the local townsfolk spend their spare time laying in the sun. Just don't forget to try the Gelato!

Best for: Beach bars, Port Anzio, swim

While you're there: Tor Caldara Nature Reserve and the Basilica of Santa Theresa

5. Ditch the crowds and spend the weekend at Saubaudia Beach

You will find Saubaudia on long stretch of sandy coastline. Its soft-sand Blue Flag beaches are clean and have excellent amenities but here you can also find some of the best free beach space in Italy. There are pretty dunes and villas to delight the eye and the beach is more natural than some of the more commercialised beaches closer to Rome. You can get there by car, taxi and Metro and stay overnight at one of the boutique beach hotels in the area.

Best for: Natural focus, sunset happy hour

While you're there: Visit the Saporetti Beach Club and Torre Paolo Watchtower

6. Stay overnight at Sperlonga

A Sperlonga overnight tour is a novel way to see the coast near Rome and its three unique cave formations on one of the best beaches near Rome. It's well worth making the time to see it! Take a tour from the harbour and sail along the Riviera to the Grotta di Tiberio to see the marble sculptures honouring Ulysses. The tour continues to Via Flacca medieval towers, Bazzano and Capovento caves, and the famous "Blue Grotto". Don't miss this tour on your Rome beach holidays!

Best for: Old world charm, safe swimming, walks and fun in the sun

While you're there: Visit the Grotto of Tiberius, spas

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