If your perfectly planned trip to Rome got blindsided by the unbreathable, unbearable heat, don’t freak. Stai calma. A Cool-Off day trip is easy and affordable to incorporate into your Roman summer. Listed below are a combination of the closest, cleanest and cheapest AKA best beaches to run to when your skin starts to sizzle under the Mediterranean sun. Save the monuments and museums for the cooler evening, and just go get in the water for the day.
Note: The “blue flag” is a recognition awarded to certain beaches and marinas throughout the world, labeling them for their cleanliness and environmental policies and actions.
Getting There: A train from the Roma Termini station will bring you to the neighboring town Formia (Gaeta is out on a peninsula) in about one hour on the Intercity train or one and a half hour on the sometimes cheaper Regionale train. From the Formia train station, there is a free mini shuttle that takes you the two minutes down the hill to the port where you will find the public buses that go the 10 minutes out to Gaeta and it’s beach Serapo.
What Else: Eat really good seafood, visit the castle, explore the grotto, or hike the mountain…. including the huge crack down the middle where travelers will find handprints on the walls- if legend is correct if your hand fits the print, the mountain will close.
Blue Flag: Yes!
Photo via Flickr/Michael W Murphy