How to keep cool in Rome this summer.

Rome is one of the world’s most jaw dropping cities, with so much to see, do and eat that you’ll be spending all day out beating the streets. But if the temperatures are rising and the chaotic traffic is starting to get to you, take a break and head for one of the beaches on the nearby Tyrrhenian Sea.

When on summer hours, Romans religiously jump on the train from Piramide Station after work and make for Ostia, the city’s nearest beach. You can combine some sunbathing and cooling down in the sea with a trip to Ostia’s ancient ruins one train stop away. At this time of year the beach can get very crowded so if you prefer something a little quieter, here are two suggestions.

Try Santa Marinella (pictured) to the north of Rome, which can be reached by train from Trastevere Station. The town itself, tiny as it is, is full of charm and the beach is a five minute stroll away. It’s popular with families and young people.

Alternatively, go a little further and visit the white-washed, cliff-perched, medieval town of Sperlonga . Public transport will get you there, by train from the main Stazione Termini to Fondi Sperlonga and then by bus to one of the beaches that form the picture postcard view you have from town.

Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) flies to Rome Ciampino from a number of UK airports and Easy Jet (www.easyjet.com) to Rome Fiumicino from London Gatwick and Bristol.

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