Today I had a beach outing at Santa Marinella, a tiny seaside town about a one hour train ride north of Rome. No way I’d bring my real camera to the beach, so you guys get a shot taken from my cell phone. Not the best quality, but I wanted to share the day (excuse my pale legs!). It’s pretty easy to arrive at the beach, which is key since I don’t have a car. I hopped on the train at Termini and then once I arrived in Santa Marinella, the beach was a five minute walk. Most of the beaches are private, something quite common here, so you needed to pay a small entrance fee and then if you wanted chairs or umbrellas, you pay as well. I remember this was a huge shock for me coming from the US where everyone brings their own stuff to the beach and you definitely don’t need to pay. On the other hand, I’m pretty happy I don’t have to lug around a lounge chair. And if you want to save money, you can pay the entry but not rent any chairs, there’s still plenty of sand to spread towels. Overall it was a nice day out and the first time this season I’ve made it to the beach from Rome. I normally go to Ostia, but that’s for another day. By the way, you’ll hear a lot of talk about how these beaches aren’t “nice,” but considering I have no car and also grew up swimming in the Atlantic, they’re pretty ideal for me. Most Romans maybe drive out to different beaches with even clearer water, but I’ve got to say I enjoyed Santa Marinella and would go back in a heartbeat.