But last week I had a couple of days of work in a seaside town I’d never been to, and planning to stay on an extra day turned out to be a great idea. Thursday and Friday were miserably cold, windy and rainy but manageable, as most of the time I spent working indoors.
Besides, walking to and from my lodgings along the dark greyish coast was better than fighting my way through metal-gridlocked Rome traffic jams.
In fact, I was staying in a perfectly comfortable B&B* with all possible amenities and delightfully friendly and helpful staff, with an excellent pizzeria-restaurant just around the corner. I puddle-skipped my way there on both evenings…
… but didn’t think to take photographs of the delicious food – spaghetti with the tastiest clams ever, and next day vegetarian pizza with freshly picked veggies. I just remembered to immortalize the aesthetic craft beer bottle.
So I stayed on after finishing the job, and on Saturday morning my partner drove down from Rome to join me. We were lucky and rewarded with the most perfect early spring weather possible. Deep blue wind-swept sky and warmish sun, ideal for leisurely walks all along the wide sandy beach that’s about 4 km long. There’s also a well-maintained bicycle path that runs from end to end.
Anywhere you go in Italy you usually find a mix of history, culture, nature and food. Terracina does have a rich history that goes back to ancient times and the Etruscans. It was heavily damaged in WW II, but there are still some Roman remains and a number of medieval churches and buildings.
It was supposed to be just a relaxing daylong break for us, and more “serious” tourism wasn’t what we had in mind, so we concentrated on nature and food. The long beach and panorama along it were a delight, and lunch in one of the many beach restaurants was excellent.
Overall, Terracina turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. It’s not a particularly well-known summer location, but its beach is perfect if that’s your type of thing, and foreigners after the famed Italian sunshine have started to discover it. Hospitality here is comparably more affordable than better-known resort towns, and with all the competing eateries and restaurants you’re assured of authentically fresh seafood, especially right along the beach.
It’s easy to reach, approximately 50 km south of Rome. Either a 90-minute car drive, or you can get there cheaply and comfortably from Rome by coach. It’s probably a good place for a family seaside holiday, or also if you just want a laid-back day or two on a beach, away from intense sight-seeing “duties”, having seen the Coliseum or when touring main Italian sights and cities.
*this is not an advertisement, but the B&B I stayed in, “Il Giardino di Adriana“, was just too good not to share: that’s its private garden up there.
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