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Ostia Lido Beach tips

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Ostia Lido Beach tips

After several days of walking around Rome in very hot weather, we decided to go to the beach for some R and R. Took the advice of other TripAdvisor members and it worked. Just wanted to share some tips.

Although the beach is technically 30 minutes from Rome, it took us 1.5 hours door to door. It was a pleasant ride, all on public transportation and very worth it.

We took a bus from our apartment to the Metro B line heading toward Laurentina. From there: get off at the Pyramide station. At the top of the stairs, turn left and head toward the Roma Porto San Paulo station. Take the train (use the same ticket that you used for the bus and metro, it's good for 75 minutes). Get off at Lido Centro. From there, take the #62, 05 or 15 bus to the Paolo Tuscanelli street, which goes along the beach. We asked the driver to let us know when we were at the "ingresso libera" which is the free beach. He happened to drop us at Faber Beach, but there are others. (Not much English spoken here, bring an Italian phrase book).

We had a very nice day. The beach was crowded, but clean. We paid 5Euro for an umbrella. We just used our towels to lie on, but we could have rented chairs. There was a free bathroom (bring toilet paper and hand sanitizer) and many little restaurants for sandwiches.

The funniest thing to us was the number of people who walk along the beach selling everything that you can imagine: rafts, bathing suits, toiletries, jewelry. My daughter and I each bought a bathing suit for 3 Euro! We were able to walk along the beach, even passed the non-free beaches. It's all the same sand and ocean, but if you want a cabana and matching umbrellas, then you pay more. We had a nice day and then reversed the directions to go home. Hope this helps.

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Le Marche, Italy
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51. Re: Ostia Lido Beach tips

Thanks so much for your report, Christy! It's very helpful.

West Sussex, England
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52. Re: Ostia Lido Beach tips

Christy did you use the pool area or just the beach? I like the sound of the place but not a sand fan esp with people annoying me if im trying to relax.


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53. Re: Ostia Lido Beach tips

I agree with LazioChris, Ostia is a pleasant vacation spot. As a tourist I would prefer to stay in Ostia and make daytrip to Rome. I call Ostia and Rome as 2 separate identities. Ostia is leisurely peaceful and without lack of funs while Rome is hectic and tiring. Regarding the hawkers on the beach, what harm can they do ? They sell cheap goods for a cheap price. If Aristofan talked about legality, it is only to protect the other commerchants interests. For th beach goers, the tourists, the vacationers these hawkers provide some little things to be joyful for little money that one can spend. I must admit the they do bother me, as they insist that you buy something. Unfortunately when you want to be polite and start to say no thank you, there will initiate long insisting inviting until you have to turn your face to another direction. So that induces me not to answer or look at them at all......which is an unpleasant behavior...but you don't want to spend all day on the beach replying to hawkers...

Anyway Ostia is a great destination combined with Rome. Trust me

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54. Re: Ostia Lido Beach tips

Such fabulous descriptions! Thank you!

We're planning to do this tomorrow and now I feel like I've been there! :)

Thank you!

Big Bear City...
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55. Re: Ostia Lido Beach tips

I’m here in Rome and debating if I should go to the beach here. I’m scared to get lost . Thanks for the post and great tips

Rome, Italy
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56. Re: Ostia Lido Beach tips

Just one tip: avoid going to Ostia Lido on Saturdays and Sundays, especially in July and August, because it is full of people. Much better to go there on weekdays.

Another advantage of Ostia Lido is that it is much more airy than the center of Rome and the eastern neighborhoods, usually there are 3 to 5 degrees Celsius less.

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