Discovering the Roman Coastline: A Journey through History, Sea, and Unique Atmospheres

by Sarah Strol

illustration by franco rea

Roman Coastline

We arrived in Rome in August, filled with enthusiasm, my husband Michael and I, eager to explore the beauties of the Eternal City. After a few days of captivating Roman chaos, we decided to escape the frenzy and heat of the capital to discover what the Roman Coastline and its sea had to offer.

A Promising Arrival in Fregene

The brackish air and lively energy of Fregene welcomed us positively. The wide sandy beaches were simply spectacular, and the waves of the Tyrrhenian Sea tempted Michael to grab his surfboard and dive into the waters. While he enjoyed himself among the waves, I preferred to stroll along the promenade, dipping my feet in the water and enjoying the breathtaking panorama. The atmosphere of this coastal town is palpable, with colorful surfers riding the waves and young families enjoying the sun.

The Authentic Charm of the Fishermen’s Village

Among the hidden gems of the Roman Coastline lies the picturesque Fishermen’s Village of Fregene, a destination that has fascinated and inspired numerous cultural figures over the years, becoming a refuge for artists, writers, and filmmakers in search of inspiration and tranquility.
Along the mouth of the Arrone River, which winds through the sand dunes and creates a unique environment where flora and fauna blend harmoniously, I observe the sunset on the beach and reflect on the beauty of this place. Everything contributes to creating a unique magic that fascinates anyone who visits. In an era when the modern world seems to prevail, Fregene and its Fishermen’s Village represent an escape to a more authentic and intimate dimension.

the mouth of the Arrone River - Fregene

Fellini, an Icon Living in Fregene

Meeting some locals, we discovered that the Fishermen’s Village of Fregene was one of the favorite locations of the legendary Italian director Federico Fellini.
Here, Fellini spent many moments of creativity and relaxation. The unique atmosphere of the village and the surrounding natural beauty enveloped the director, deeply influencing his cinematic masterpieces. A noteworthy moment for cinema lovers is the iconic ending of the film “La Dolce Vita,” shot right here in the Fishermen’s Village, the perfect setting for the famous scene with Marcello Mastroianni.

Portus Romae in Fiumicino, the Port of the Empire

A cone of fried calamari and shrimp consumed at Singita Miracle Beach and off we go! We got back in the rental car to reach Fiumicino. We had read that where the airport now stands, there was once the sea, and the Romans had built a port there. We were fascinated by the visit to Portus Romae, the monumental port that served ancient Rome. This historic site played a crucial role in the trade of the Roman Empire. As we looked at the majestic ruins, we were transported back in time, imagining ships laden with goods arriving from all over the world. Portus Romae was a crossroads of cultures, a place where past and present intertwined magically. Here is a brief history of Portus Romae.


Portus Romae

The Ancient Grandeur of Ostia Antica

After visiting Portus Romae, we decided to explore Ostia Antica, a true historical treasure located a short distance from Rome. This well-preserved archaeological site offers an immersion into the daily life of ancient Rome. You can stroll through the cobbled streets, explore ancient buildings like the theater and the baths, and admire ancient mosaics and sculptures. The atmosphere here is unique, with a feeling of traveling back in time enveloping you.

Ostia Antica

Lido di Ostia

A few kilometers from Ostia Antica lies Lido di Ostia, a simple and unpretentious seaside resort. Its sandy beaches are quite crowded during the summer, with umbrellas and loungers extending to the horizon.
The coastline of Ostia is characterized by a series of beach resorts, restaurants, and kiosks offering food and drinks. The local cuisine reflects the maritime traditions of the region, with dishes based on fresh fish. You can enjoy specialties such as fried seafood, spaghetti with clams, and grilled prawns.
It is important to emphasize that Lido di Ostia is not a luxury or exclusive destination. These are simple places frequented by a variety of people from different social backgrounds. Here, you breathe an authentic atmosphere, far from fashionable catwalks or luxurious yachts. It is a destination for those seeking a relaxing and unpretentious vacation.
We took advantage and relaxed among the dunes of Capocotta, on the beach, after a swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea and enjoyed artisanal ice cream.

Lido di Ostia - Loustal, Arriere saison

Anzio and Nettuno: A History of Heroes

Our journey along the Roman Coastline led us to Anzio and Nettuno, two cities that hold a dramatic history. We paid tribute to the fallen soldiers during the Anzio landing in World War II by visiting the American Cemetery in Nettuno. In Anzio, we visited the Landing Museum and strolled through the streets of the historic center. The seafood lunch in one of the characteristic restaurants was nothing short of sumptuous.
In addition to history, Anzio and Nettuno also boast charming beaches, fascinating marinas, and a cuisine based on fresh fish that will delight the most demanding palates.

Anzio - Sbarco alleato
illustration by franco rea

An Unforgettable Journey along the Roman Coastline

Our journey along the Roman Coastline was adventurous and full of discoveries. My husband Michael and I experienced intense moments on the enchanting beaches and exploring ancient ruins. The charming seaside resorts, the historical traces, and the unique atmospheres of the Roman Coastline made us feel part of a landscape that has inspired artists and writers over the centuries, a memory that will accompany us for a long time.

Travel Magazine

Museums to visit in Italy

The museums in Italy offer visitors a rich array of themes, types, and locations, making them a unique experience. Some of the world’s most historically and culturally significant museums welcome visitors to immerse themselves in the depths of Italian history and art.

Read More »

Umbria, land of history, art, nature, religion and flavours

Umbria is a reality suspended between the richness of its history, the depth of its culture, and the majesty of its nature. Located in the heart of Italy, between Tuscany, Marche, and Lazio, it is the only region on the peninsula without a coastline. Also known as the “green heart of Italy,” Umbria is a destination that provides a variety of experiences for visitors.

Read More »

Trip to Puglia, a land to discover

Puglia is truly a land to discover, a hidden treasure in the heart of the Mediterranean. With its temperate climate and four distinct seasons, this region offers a unique tourist experience throughout the year

Read More »
avventure italia

Italy: unconventional experiences for adventurous travellers

Italy is a country that offers a wide range of original and extreme experiences for the most adventurous travelers. Whether it’s exploring the depths of the sea, climbing imposing mountains, or immersing oneself in the rich culinary tradition of the country, there is something for everyone looking for authentic and unique thrills. Italy invites travelers to push their limits, discover new horizons, and live an experience that will remain imprinted in their memory.

Read More »

The pilgrimage in Italy

The tradition of pilgrimages in Italy is an integral part of the social, cultural, and religious fabric of the country. Throughout centuries of history, this practice has shaped individual and collective identities, enriching the spiritual and cultural life of those who undertake the journey. Pilgrimage remains a meaningful experience, reflecting mankind’s search for meaning and connection, and a link between the past, present, and future.

Read More »

The 5 most loved Italian dishes in the world

Italy, the birthplace of gastronomy, is universally recognized for its rich and diverse cuisine that reflects centuries of culinary traditions passed down from generation to generation. While not everyone can afford to enjoy Italian dishes in a Michelin-starred restaurant, it is possible to experience the magic of Italian cuisine by preparing some of the most beloved dishes directly at home. Here are the five most loved Italian dishes in the world, along with their recipes and secrets for successfully replicating them in your own kitchen

Read More »
Castel Gandolfo Lake

The Roman Castles, “invisible castles”

The Roman Castles, also known as the “invisible castles”, are historical places located near Rome, famous for their scenic beauty and gourmet food and wine tradition. Despite their rich history and natural attractions, these places often go unnoticed due to Rome’s extraordinary artistic wealth.
The very birth of Rome is linked to the events of Alba Longa, probably the current Castel Gandolfo, founded by Ascanio, son of Aeneas and Creusa in 1230 BC.

Read More »

Guide of Milan for Newbies

Our Quick Guide to Milan for Beginners will accompany you in discovering the treasures of this fascinating and hectic metropolis, providing you with essential information on the main attractions.

Read More »

Events and Exhibitions Italy 2023

Welcome to the fantastic world of events and exhibits in Italy in 2023! This year, we’re offering a selection of must-see events ranging from art to music, gastronomy to technology. Get ready to mark your calendars and plan a trip to discover the wonders of our country.

Read More »

Places Contemporary Rome

The places of contemporary Rome Rome has never stopped adding new architectural layers to its topographic fabric, with works often created in peripheral areas, in

Read More »
cucina romana

Eating in Rome

Eating in Rome! Eating like a God in Rome, Roman food’s survival guide! Index Eating in Rome “Please, recommend us a good restaurant!” it’s the

Read More »