The best beach near Rome – in terms of travel time, comfort and overall experience – is most certainly Santa Marinella. This lovely beach is located in a quaint bay and has clear water, a great little hole-in-the-wall for a quick takeaway lunch (beneath the Gigi Bar on the boardwalk), and plenty of lounge chairs. There is a small public area to lay out your towel, but space fills up quickly, so plan to arrive early. How to get there: Take the train from any major station in Rome (Roma Termini, Ostiense, Trastevere, or San Pietro) to Santa Marinella. The beach is just a five- to 10-minute walk from the station.