10 Best beaches near Rome: my favorites with clearest sea water, beautiful coastal scenery, easy to reach

The best beaches near Rome are all at the south, along the coast of Latina and in the beautiful Pontine islands. However there are interesting beaches, and easy to reach, also in the province of Rome and Viterbo. Here are my favorites!

note: I ranked the beaches considering as factor their beauty but also their distance from Rome.


1: Sabaudia is my top recommendation for many reasons: it's not far from Rome, the beaches are long and spacious, the sea and the sand are very clean, and the natural scenery is unique in this region. In fact, right behind the beaches of Sabaudia there's a coastal lake and a natural park, so there are not too many kiosks for tourists and shops that would ruin the charm of the scenario (as in other beaches). The access to the sea is granted by a series of wooden decks, that go through the dunes of sand typical of this area. These dunes are covered with mediterranean vegetation: phoenician juniper, ononis, lentiscus, phyllirea.

In addition to the beautiful beaches, Sabaudia is also a nice town to visit, especially in summer during the touristic season. There are many attractions: amusement parks for kids, festivals in the center, small clubs and bars, and of course many restaurants to eat fresh fish and tasty italian food.

by car it takes approx. 1 hour 30 minutes from Rome

beach type: fine sand


2: Sperlonga is a picturesque town on the south coast and a popular destination among Rome insiders, for their summer vacations or also just for day trips. Sperlonga has indisputably some of the best beaches in the region: for the clearness of the water they consistently earn the "blue flag" acknowledgement. The town is on top of a promontory and offers beautiful views, especially at sunset: you can admire the Pontine islands and the Circeo. The beaches are at both sides, within walking distance, so you can spend most of the day there enjoying the sun and the sea, and then in the evening you can visit the town, and have a gelato or a full dinner in one of the many good restaurants.

Notice that while these beaches usually are not too crowded, as other beaches near Rome are, Sperlonga is already quite estabilished as "touristic destination", so take into account that, for example, for a day trip you may end up spending approx. 20 euro just for parking and renting the beach chairs.

by car it takes approx. 1 hour 40 minutes from Rome.

beach type: fine sand, very clean, gradual underwater backdrop, facilities can be rented -desk chairs, umbrellas-, several bars and kiosks to get food, drinks, magazines, toys for kids.


3: San Felice Circeo is another destination with beautiful beaches. Similarly to Sabaudia and Sperlonga, there's a cute little town to visit and beaches with very clear water. There is an alternance on the coast of lower traits, with beaches of fine sand, and higher parts with rocky cliffs.

La Spiaggia di San Felice Circeo fa parte del Parco Nazionale del Circeo, istituito nel 1934. Si tratta di una bella spiaggia di soffice sabbia dorata sotto lo sguardo del promontorio del Circeo. Il litorale è ampio e lungo ed alterna tratti bassi e sabbiosi a tratti più alti e rocciosi, orlato da una rigogliosa macchia mediterranea

by car it takes approx. 1 hour 30 minutes from Rome

nearby: interesting places that you may include in the same trip are villa Adriana and villa d'Este in Tivoli (mid-way), the sanctuary of Mentorella (another 1 hour drive)


4: Ostia Lido After the top three best beaches near Rome, it's time for "the beach of Rome". By that I mean that Ostia Lido is the default destination for insiders in summer and during hot weekends, as it's the nearest and the easiest beach to reach from Rome. So take into account that Ostia Lido could be crowded to very-crowded, especially in the touristic season. However if you don't mind the crowd and prefer a shorter trip, then this is your best option. Even if the scenario is not particularly suggestive, the chances to swim, have a drink on the beach clubs, and do beach life are there.

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by car it takes approx. 1 hour 30 minutes from Rome

beach type: interesting places that you may include in the same trip are villa Adriana and villa d'Este in Tivoli (mid-way), the sanctuary of Mentorella (another 1 hour drive)


5: Torvajanica with the beach equipped to host animals. Then there's Santa Marinella, north of Rome, that is less crowded and where the sea has cleaner water. Santa Severa is even better, and at the side of the castle is possible to find a small beach with some privacy. bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla

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by car it takes approx. 1 hour 30 minutes from Rome

nearby: interesting places that you may include in the same trip are villa Adriana and villa d'Este in Tivoli (mid-way), the sanctuary of Mentorella (another 1 hour drive)


6: Chiaia di Luna in Ponza is not the nearest to Rome, but it's definitely worth the trip: Assisi is a major point of interest for Christian pilgrimage in Italy. The beautiful basilica (a UNESCO site) is the mother church of the entire Franciscan order, and it contains frescoes and paintings by some of the most famous Italian artists,


7: Gaeta - spiaggia di serap and grotta del turco in Assisi is not the nearest to Rome, but it's definitely worth the trip: Asan Italy. The beautiful basilica (a UNESCO site) is the mother church of the entire Franciscan order, and it contains frescoes and paintings by some of the most famous Italian artists,


8: Cala Nave Ventotene is not the nearest to Rome, but it's definitely worth the trip: Assisi is a major point of interest. The beautiful basilica (a UNESCO site) is the mother church of the entire Franciscan order, and it contains frescoes and paintings by some of the most famous Italian artists,


9: Nome in Assisi is not the nearest to Rome, but it's definitely worth the trip: Assisi is a major point of interest for Christian pilgrimage in Italy. The beautiful basilica (a UNESCO site) is the mother church of the entire Franciscan order, and it contains frescoes and paintings by some of the most famous Italian artists,


10: Nome in Assisi is not the nearest to Rome, but it's definitely worth the trip: Assisi is a major point of interest for Christian pilgrimage in Italy. The beautiful basilica (a UNESCO site) is the mother church of the entire Franciscan order, and it contains frescoes and paintings by some of the most famous Italian artists,


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