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Postcard - A Daytrip from Rome: Swimming at Anzio

Linda Hagstrom

Katelyn and Cathy at Anzio

My daughter-in-law, granddaughter and I spent five days in Rome in July 2010. We had decided before our trip that we would go swimming in the Mediterranean one day. I had thought about Sperlonga or Gaeta, knowing these beach towns are popular with Italians, but both of them required a train trip and then either a bus or taxi to the town and beach.

Cathy, my daughter-in-law, saw a DVD on Rome which suggested Anzio as a destination, and we decided to go there. It is right on the train line, and a short trip from Rome. Also, as we looked into it, we found that it has ruined villas from Nero and other Roman emperors, and if it was good enough for Nero, it would be good enough for us!

We took a train direct from Roma Termini to Anzio (destination: Nettuno). It was a ride of about an hour. When we got off, we walked toward where we thought the sea would be, and got some directions from a local couple. It was about 20 minutes walk to the town center and the beach fronting the blue Mediterranean.

There were 'beach establishments' all up and down the beach so we chose one and went to the bar there. We arranged for our chairs and umbrella, which cost about €30 for the day for the three of us. This also paid for a place to change clothes, toilets, and a shower. We changed and went into the water.

It was beautiful. It was a hot and sunny day, the water was warm, and the swimming was good. The beach was lovely, all sand, and there was a very gentle slope out into the water.

Many Italians were there enjoying the beach too, although it was a Monday.

We enjoyed the beach and the water all afternoon, with a break to eat some lunch from the bar. Cathy and Katelyn swam to explore some ruins and some caves nearby. When we were ready to leave, we bought 1/2 euro tokens at the bar to use in the showers. Two little boys, who spoke some English, were at the showers when I was there, and helped me get my shower started. They were amazed that I was from the USA.

We walked around the town of Anzio for a while and had some great pizza at a pizza a taglio on the square. I went into a bar for caffe, and the owner was thrilled to talk to me. He decided we needed a map, so he took me up the street to the Anzio municipal office, where the very nice people gave us maps and a book about Anzio.

We walked back to the train station through a beautiful municipal park. There was an open-air theater and grandstand there, and some young people were rehearsing for a musical and dancing play. We sat in the seats and watched the rehearsal.

Our train going back was late arriving. We were sorry to leave Anzio, but the many pleasures of Rome awaited us.

Linda has been a SlowTrav member and contributor since 2006. You can see other things Linda has written on her member page.

© Linda Hagstrom, 2010

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