If you’re in Rome during the summer, be prepared to sweat. Maybe more than you ever have in your life. On the plus side, at least you feel like you’re sweating out some of the calories from all the delicious food you’ve consumed. But, on the minus side, if you’re like me, you could end up looking like a drowned, overheated rat while stylish Italians pass you in full suits with not a drop of sweat on them. (Seriously, how do they do that??)
Anyway, you can see why I was excited to escape to the beach for a day. After a bit of research, we settled on Sperlonga, a beautiful seaside town about halfway between Rome and Naples.
An hour and a half train ride from Rome (take the train from Stazione Termini to the Fondi-Sperlonga station) and a 15 minute bus or taxi ride later, you’ll be deposited on this stretch of white, sandy beach flanked by a town of beautiful white-washed houses.
The beach is lined with beach clubs where you can rent a chair and umbrella as well as grab a quick snack. To my surprise, the snack bar I visited sold chipwiches! Unlike Rome, there were not many English speakers, so after an exchange with the woman working behind the counter consisting of me pointing at a photo of a chipwich repeatedly and yelling “due!!”, I discovered that chipwich in Italian is actually “cooky.” Duh!
The water was refreshing and clear, and the beach provided the perfect setting for a relaxing afternoon consisting of sleeping, reading and admiring this gorgeous view.
As the afternoon faded into evening, we headed up into the town where a band began to play jazz in a piazza overlooking the sea.The oceanfront avenue was lined with cute restaurants, many of which had water views.
After a sunset aperitivo, we headed back to the train station to be whisked back to Rome. It was hard to believe this small beach town was so close, yet felt so far away from Rome.