A Rome day trip: The beach at Sabaudia

Sabaudia, ItalyA little over an hour’s drive south of Rome, along the Tyrrhenian coast, is a lovely stretch of beach – Sabaudia.

This is a popular destination during the summer months, since the sea is so much more beautiful than the water closer to Rome.

I think it’s also a nice place to go without the crowds.

Sabaudia, ItalyA visit out of the high season, particularly in early spring or in the early fall is always pleasant.

It’s a relaxing place to go to take walks and enjoy the refreshing sea air.

In the summertime, it’s quite crowded, but it’s still a lovely place to go to swim and enjoy a sunny afternoon.

2013_August_Sabaudia3From the beach, you also have a great view of the defensive tower, the Torre Paola. This was built in 1563, under the orders of Pope Pius IV, who was concerned by the frequent attacks by Saracen invaders during those years.

The tower saw its first attack while still under construction. the Saracens launched a surprise attack from the mountains over Sabaudia.

Sabaudia, ItalyLuckily, the tranquil Sabaudian coastline today is free from marauding pirates.

Sabaudia’s also close to the pretty beach town I’ve already blogged about – Sperlonga, just to the south.

You could easily combine these two seaside points on a day-long outing from Rome or-even better-enjoy them both on a  longer seaside holiday.


  1. Claire 'Word by Word' on July 24, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Looks gorgeous, and so necessary to have a beach not far away on these hot summer days, the challenge being to find a place not so crowded, almost impossible on the Mediteranean. This beach looks large enough to accommodate a few at least.

  2. kimberlysullivan on July 25, 2013 at 8:43 am

    It is lovely, Claire, but true that it can get crowded in July and August… particularly on weekends. If you’re visiting, it’s worth it to go on the weekdays.

  3. Claudia on August 1, 2013 at 1:33 am

    Hi, Kimberly. We’ve actually met before :-).
    Can you tell me the best way to get to Sabaudia from Rome?

    Cheers, Claudia

    • kimberlysullivan on August 1, 2013 at 8:53 am

      Ciao Claudia! You’re driving? It’s the Via Pontina (SR148). I take the train sometimes to Sperlonga, but I don’t know about public transport to Sabaudia. There muse be something, however. Enjoy the beach fro both of us! : )

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