On our vacation this summer we have been to Rome. We both know Rome, I lived there for a year. My sweetie had his flight back to the US from Rome. The main airport is located in Ostia which was once the port of Ancient Rome. I was many times at the airport in Rome, big, chaotic and you definitely need to allow time before the flight. The connections to Rome city center are very good. There is a regular train every half an hour or less from inside the airport to the central station in Rome and vice versa.
But I thought not to pass a day in Rome but instead to stay outside near to the beach and visit Ostia Antica. I have never been there and I always wanted to see the ancient city. I found the perfect stay at Torvaianica, just 15 minutes south of Ostia.
We came up the Via Appia from the south, Naples to be exact. We drove along the coast and had spectacular views, passed wonderful little cities and white beaches. I enjoyed the drive very much, even though I was the driver. Somewhere we had a quick lunch and arrived in the beach town in the late afternoon. I sent a message to Marcela, our host, and she appeared a few minutes later.
The apartment is on the second floor, has a balcony on two sides and is great and spacious. For the car there is a garage in the basement, a little narrow but fine. Here we found beach chairs and parasols for the beach. The beach.. just across the street and there is fine sand, warm nice water and an endless beach. I could walk back to Naples, I think.
The apartment has a nice entrance hall with an open living room, a new bathroom, a perfect kitchen and a bedroom. All rooms have a door out to the balcony. Clean, nicely furnished, all essential there without being over-loaded. It couldn’t be better!
The house is calm, we didn’t hear any other people. The traffic stops around 11 pm and doesn’t start early. It was no problem to sleep with an open window.
In the fridge we found fruit, water and more, there was even pasta, tomato sauce and much more in a fully equipped kitchen. I found even coffee and the Italian Moka to make my morning espresso!
Marcela was very kind, she explained the many keys and locks, she gave good advice where the next supermarket is, where to have a good pizza or fish and how much time it will take to Ostia.
We had something to eat on the balcony the first evening enjoying the sunset, it is so beautiful!
To stay in this beach place was the best idea. We wanted to have some beach time, but also to see Ostia Antica. It took us around half an hour to find the sight, even though it is very easy. Just follow the street along the sea and then the indication from Ostia to Ostia Antica.
It is also easy to arrive in Rome. When you are on the GRA (Grande Raccordo Anulare) you have many exits for the city center or the autostrada/Highway. Don’t forget: these places have a lot of traffic even away from the rush hours and always calculate a lot of time.
I warmly recommend Ostia Antica, the little town like the ancient city. It is completely different to many other historical sights. The little borgo in the castle is a perfect place to have lunch (we had also dinner there).
To sit on the beach in the late morning and watch the fishermen returning with their fish catch. You can listen to people coming directly to the boat to buy. I guess many if the fish are also for the restaurants along the beach.
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