Beaches near Rome: Lido di Ostia
Going on a cultural trip to Rome, it should be remembered that not far from the Eternal City, the warm Tyrrhenian Sea splashes. Do not miss the opportunity to combine sightseeing with a beach holiday. One of the resorts that deserve close attention is located in Lido di Ostia.
HOW TO GET TO LIDO DI OSTIA?
The distance between the Italian capital and the coastal city is about 33 km. Take the metro and take line B to Piramide Station, where the train station is located. It is located almost in the center of Rome. At the station, you need to catch the train to Cristoforo Colombo and get off at the Ostia Lido Centro station (Lido Centro). The distance can be covered in 25-30 minutes. Ticket price – 1,5 €. Trains run every 15-20 minutes depending on the season.
RESORT LIDO DI OSTIA
This is not the most picturesque resort, but it is easy to reach from Rome, even without your own car.
Along the coast, cafes, pizzerias and restaurants stretch in a long line, where prices are much lower than the capital’s. It is difficult to resist the temptation to try real Italian cuisine with an emphasis on fish dishes. If you plan to stay, there are hotels for every taste at your service.
The city of Lido Ostia was founded in 1884 on the site of swamps. Initially, it was inhabited by peasants who arrived there for the sake of fertile arable land. Gradually, the soil was losing its beneficial properties, the settlement was in decline. However, in 1924, from the capital to Lido Ostia, a railway was laid, the Romans stretched to the beaches, exhausted from the summer heat.
The real tourist boom began in the early 1950s, when the resort turned into a place for a fashionable party, for this there were all prerequisites – from infrastructure to climate, but there were no iconic sights in the city. This is very unexpected for Italy, where every piece of land is associated with some ancient event.
BEACHES OF LIDO DI OSTIA
The coastline starts 200 meters from Lido Centro Station. It is covered with yellow or dark gray volcanic sand. There are several paid (from 15 to 20 €) and free beaches. The latter resemble Crimea or Sochi at the height of summer.
Paid beaches in most cases belong to hotels, therefore, they are maintained in perfect order, the equipment is in excellent condition. The number of sunbathers is determined by the number of sun loungers. Empty seats are almost always there. The infrastructure is well developed.
On free sites you can sunbathe with your own towel or rent a sunbed and umbrella. Each attribute of a comfortable stay will cost 5 €.
All beaches have toilets and changing cabins. Their cleanliness and appearance are directly proportional to the status of the beach. Traders of souvenirs, snacks, soft drinks and beer are constantly scurrying about. Their prices are 2-2.5 times more than store prices.
A full range of water activities is available on any beach: catamaran rides, banana rides, parasailing, surfing. Paid beaches have football and volleyball courts.
The nearest beach from the station is called Lido di Ostia Centro. To reach it, you need to turn from the station building to the left, walk about 50 m, and then turn right towards the sea. A walk takes no more than 7 minutes.
It is better to take a place early in the morning, by 11 o’clock it is practically impossible to find convenient sites. The entrance to the sea is comfortable, the water is clean, the sand is soft, there are no jellyfish. Nearby is a stone pier and a bridge where vacationers like to take pictures.
WHEN IS IT BETTER TO GO TO LIDO DI OSTIA?
It is comfortable all year round. The peak of the heat occurs in July, when the temperature reaches + 30 ° C, the coldest time of the year is January. The thermometer column shows only + 8 ° С. The swimming season opens in mid-May and ends in October. The sea in Lido Ostia is clean and clear. The warmest water in August and September is + 26-27 ° С.
The best time to visit the resort is spring and autumn: the water is warm, the air temperature is pleasant, restaurants and bars work as usual, but there are much fewer people.
If you spend your vacation in Rome, then it makes sense to go to the resort of Lido Ostia, along the coastline of which there are several beaches. Spending all the holidays there makes no sense, since there is practically nothing to do in the city.
If you need comfort and relative calm, prefer paid beaches. Free plots are full of vacationers and less well-maintained. Most of the people in Ostia Lido in July, when the city was flooded with tired from the heat metropolitan residents. Least of all people in the spring and early autumn.
You can get to the resort by train for half an hour, paying only 1.5 €.
There are many cafes and restaurants in the city offering delicious dishes at a nice price. If you plan to stay in Lido di Ostia, stay at one of the many hotels.