You would never expect to find beautiful sandy beaches with crystal clear and uncontaminated waters, within a National park, at approximately one hour drive from Rome. Yes, this is Italy! A cultural sightseeing of Rome can be matched with a day or a week-end spent enjoying the gorgeous scenarios of the southern Maremma region, one of the best preserved and wild landscapes in Europe. So, no need to fly to exotic destinations in the Americas or in the far East, a short flight to Rome from any European Country – or from the US or Canada, why not?- will give you the opportunity to swim, sunbath, play with your kids in a shore that can be compared to the most beautiful beaches of the Caribbean sea or of the Indian Ocean; but here you can as well taste the best varieties of food in the world, from the tasty wild boar to the delicious fresh fish delivered daily in the Port of Santo Stefano, Monte Argentario. We recommend to rent a car in Rome and drive through the highway Rome – Civitavecchia and then take the Aurelia heading north, following the signs to Orbetello. Shortly before Orbetello, exit Ansedonia and you’ll enter the Italian National park della Maremma. This area consists of sandy beaches, pinewoods, hills, sea cliffs, lagoons.
This is the ideal gateway for couples in search of wild romance as well as for families with kids.
Above a map of the area. The beach of La Feniglia is the one on the left, just above Ansedonia, backed by the Pinewood. The city of Orbetello is in the center and has a beautiful lagoon on both sides. The road leading to the Monte Argentario and to Porto Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole passes in the middle of the lagoon, on a slice of land, and offers incredibly attractive scenarios. From Porto Santo Stefano you can take the ferryboat that can take you to the isola del Giglio in half an hour.
Beautiful villas can be rented weekly to enjoy your holiday in the wild nature. The one above is surrounded by palms and trees and faces directly the lagoon of Orbetello.
The pinewood backing the beach is ideal for biking and trekking in the nature.
The beach has a length of nearly 6 kilometers and is always almost empty.
The turquoise waters of the beach are perfect for windsurfing or for snorkeling.
There are two or three beach clubs with their own restaurant and beach facilities on La Feniglia where you can have great fish meals in front of the sea or listen to jazz music in the evening.
The initial part of beach, which is showed on the pic above, has a bit more crowds than the upper part, which is always nearly deserted.
Perfect for relaxing with the sound of the waves in the background.
Feeling wild and free.
Italian kids love spaghetti with clams, so let your kids give it a try!
Not convinced yet? What are you waiting for? Time to book your apartment in Rome and plan at least a week-end in the Maremma Region, Monte Argentario.
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