Ostia (beach near Rome) – this is a popular Rome-area beach destination, especially during the hot months from June to September. It’s just over 30 minutes via car west of Rome (via Autostrada A90). While there are public beaches in the area, much of the coastline are private properties that charge for entry, chairs, and umbrellas. Many places have combination deals for entrance, bathroom use, and a chair (€8-10). Stop by the tourist office at the corner of Lungomare Paolo Toscanelli and P. Anco Marzio for a free map of the beaches.