"Rome's Beach - many entrances" Ostia by icunme

Ostia Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 33 photos

Summer - all roads lead to the seaside!

Many popular beaches in Italy are privatized, which means that beach "clubs" get money from the city to take care of their part of the beach while we pay to use the facilities. You pay an entrance fee and, then, of course, loungers and umbrellas are extra.
That said - it is a great excursion - especially if you consider that OSTIA ANTICA is right close by also - it is huge and you pass by part of it on the way to the beach. You could conceivably enjoy both in one day. I personally prefer going to Antica on cooler fall days and the beaches in summer.

Problem is - there is one main road and everyone goes - the traffic takes a good slice out of your day. We made the mistake of driving during peak hours the first time - far better, although not so comfortable, to tote everything by train. Solution - go VERY early in the morning - return late orstay overnight and spend the weekend there at the beach. You will still have unbearable traffic returning to Rome at any reasonble evening hour.

There are free public beaches further down from what you see in the center. Parking is not so difficult down at these beaches.
If you come by train from Rome, through the Porta San Paola Metro which has spiffy new trains - when you exit the terminal the "MARE" busses will take you by all 8 gates of the public beaches where there are no entrance fees.

Romans have squared off here at the beaches - private beaches where you pay for everything - free public beaches - there are dedicated family beaches - then you have the gay beach - the nudie beach - the beach where teenagers congregate - the beach for people whose doggies like to swim - and a beach where you find a little of all the above! Best to know where you are going soooo - no surprises!

Gate 7 on the free public beach is a lovely family beach with a nice cafe for indoor or outdoor lunch.

The waters are not noted for their cleanliness - maybe part of the reason I like the pristine lakes so much!

Ostia was the original Port of Rome and this site can be view from within Ostia Antica.

Lido di Ostia seaside piazza with fountain

Astrology signs surround the fountain in the small seaside piazza

Free Public beaches

If you go to one of the 8 free public beaches, best to know your preference as there are 8 different public gates. Families gather at the public beaches.

Gate 8 - topless women are not unusual, dogs were enjoying a dip - nude men were asked to wear bathing suits when someone complained.

Gate 7 is a great family beach with good, spacious cafe for indoor or outdoor lunch. I saw no nudity here!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Outstanding day trip from Rome!
  • Cons:Traffic if you are driving - take the boat or train!
  • In a nutshell:A must-see!
  • Last visit to Ostia: Sep 2009
  • Intro Updated Sep 26, 2009
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Feb 27, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Wow-the rules of how to beach it by the water. WE tried this a couple of times-and I must say will not pay for an umbrella, or sand. We did see nude for free, though.

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  • greekcypriot's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2011 at 10:26 PM

    Helpful tips for a person visiting Osita. I hope I come here myself.

  • Nov 15, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Thanks for your tips. Ostia seems like a good place to visit!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    It looks like there are lots of things to keep a person interested while in Ostia! A little people-watching while enjoying the seaside can be a pleasant way to pass the time.

  • royalempress's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2009 at 6:35 PM

    Thanks for the tips. Mike

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    Some great memories! My Roman friend brought me here once. We stayed in the camping for a weekend and had a lot of fun. It was in June so the beach was not overcrowded yet. But the traffic was quite annoying.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2009 at 3:02 PM

    I'm glad they have those spiffy new trains, so it is possible to get to the beach without getting stuck in traffic.

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2009 at 6:10 AM

    We enjoy the beach at end of day when it's quiet... and we can take Aussie with us. Crowded beaches no fun for me. Talk about vine covered cottages! time to trim, I'd say... altho it looks charming this way.

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