A fishing port on the coast of the Lazio region, Anzio is a popular tourist destination with both locals and foreign visitors alike. Regarded by locals as one of Italy’s best kept secrets, Anzio has a strong history that dates back to ancient Roman times and a picturesque seaside setting, making it both an interesting and enjoyable holiday destination. With Rome just an hour away, staying in accommodation in Anzio is perfect for those who want a peaceful base within touching distance of the capital.
Some of the best holiday rental accommodation in Anzio lies along the coast, with close and easy access to the popular beaches and busy fish restaurants – two of the main draws to the area. Further along the coast is Tor Caldara, a World Wildlife Fund park which has sulphur springs and a medieval tower, making an excellent destination for hiking and walking enthusiasts, with many trails to be followed.
Though it attracts regular tourism, the town itself still has a traditional Italian feel to it, with its Italian art nouveau houses and laid-back atmosphere. Several old churches and historic piazzas are waiting to be explored, as well as a number of interesting sites that include the Beachhead Museum and the British Military Cemetery. There are also many small cafe bars and restaurants for when you need to put your feet up after a long day of pounding the streets.
Anzio is also the departure point for ferries and hydroplanes to the Pontine Islands. Consisting of Ponza, Ventotene and Palmarola, Zannone, Gavi and Santo Stefano, the islands lie a few miles off the west coast of Italy and are the result of volcanic activity. Ponza and Ventotene and the largest and are both inhabited, with their vineyards, beaches and grottos making for walking, hiking and sightseeing.
Rome is just an hour away by car and will be high up on the itinerary of any visitor to Anzio. There are however several other towns and villages well worth visiting in the nearer vicinity, including the fashionable tourist resort of Nettuno, which is just 3km along the coast from Anzio and boasts a large harbour and an excellent shopping centre amongst its many attractions.
Anzio has a mild climate, with warm, dry summers making for perfect beach weather. In fact the entire period from May to October is usually warm enough for swimming in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. August is the busiest month, with many Italians holidaying during this period. Winters are mild and still a good time to visit Anzio.
A flight to wither Rome Ciampino (CIA) or Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO) will leave you with just under an hour’s journey to your self-catering villa in Anzio. Flights to these destinations are readily available through most UK airlines, with bargains to be found by searching around and booking in advance.