Sperlonga: Il mare e la spiaggia {Sperlonga: the sea and the beach}

View of Sperlonga and the Tyrrhenian Sea

View of Sperlonga and the Tyrrhenian Sea

After spending most of 6 weeks in Rome, I felt like I needed a break from the heat and commotion of the city and the feel of an ocean breeze. I had researched several coastal towns within 1 to 1 1/2 hours from Rome. After seeing the photos and hearing others talk about the beauty of Sperlonga, I decided that would be my destination and since I would be traveling with Rico, an overnight stay where he could rest in a hotel room with air conditioning was going to be the best way to experience this coastal town.

On a Thursday morning, Rico and I walked to Roma Termini train station to hop the train to Fondi. The train ride is 1 hour, 20 minutes. From the train station in Fondi, it’s about a 15 minute bus ride to Sperlonga which is located between Rome and Naples. When the bus crested the hill and I saw the sea, I instantly felt happy and relaxed. Although I love Rome, spending so much time in a chaotic city (although beautiful), without the ocean nearby, had begun to wear on me. In addition the the side trips to Florence and Greve in Chianti with Roberto, going to Sperlonga was one of the highlights of my time in Italy.

This first post about Sperlonga highlights images of the beach and the Tyrrhenian sea.

Sperlonga and the beach

Sperlonga and the beach

One of many lidos (beach clubs where you rent a chair and umbrella)

One of many lidos (beach clubs where you rent a chair and umbrella)

Tower Truglia, one of a system of watchtowers built in the 16th century

Tower Truglia, one of a system of watchtowers built in the 16th century

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Fishing boats in the port of Sperlonga

Fishing boats in the port of Sperlonga

View from the south end of the beach back towards the Tower Truglia and the historic center of Sperlonga

View from the south end of the beach back towards the Tower Truglia and the historic center of Sperlonga

The beach café where I picked up my panini and beer for lunch

The beach café where I picked up my panini and beer for lunch

Partial view of historic center

Partial view of historic center

The view from my hotel room

The view from my hotel room

The end to a glorious day

The end to a glorious day

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4 thoughts on “Sperlonga: Il mare e la spiaggia {Sperlonga: the sea and the beach}

  1. You have some great pic there. I can surely understand wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. I have been to Rome once and, totally underestimated the heat. Once i got that sorted out everything was fine… however a trip to the beach would have been nice. great post!

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