Published on: 17 April 2014 | Last updated: 8 February 2018
This tour takes you for 344 kilometres alone the coast of Lazio from the border with Toscana to the border with Campania where you are within easy reach of Napoli.
The highlights of the northern Lazio coast are undoubtedly the UNESCO-listed Etruscan sites at Cerveteri and Tarquinia (unesco.org). These really are some of the most important and interesting ancient sites in all of Italy.
At the midpoint of the route is Ostia. Ostia is a small city in its own right, with a speedy metro rail connection into Rome. Just outside is Ostia Antica, the remains of the ancient port city, the remains are as extensive as the remains at Pompei.
Ostia itself is worth considering as a base for visiting Rome.
I would allow a good half day each for visiting each of the sites. If you were really in a hurry and took the most direct options, bypassing Tarquinia and Cerveteri you could perhaps complete the northern section in one long day.
The southern part of the coast, after Anzio, offers a long stretch of unspoilt coastline, for my money is one of the nicest parts of the Italian coast. The scenery isn’t dramatic but it’s nevertheless a great ride. As far as the town of Sabaudia. Once past Sabaudia the landscape and the feel of the area starts to change: you very much start to feel that you are in the south. The coastline becomes rockier and more dramatic. There are also the atmospheric and historic towns of Terracina, Sperlonga, Gaeta and Minturno.
This route uses quiet roads where possible, however at the beginning and end of the route where there are sections of busier road. These are difficult to avoid without long detours.
Map and altitude profile
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|Lazio Coast Distances Table|
|Chiarone Scalo - Marina di Minturno||344kms|
|Chiarone Scalo - Tarquinia||38.5kms|
|Tarquinia - Civitavecchia||25.5kms|
|Civitavecchia - Cerveteri||38kms|
|Cerveteri - Fiumicino (town)||40.5kms|
|Fiumicino - Ostia||14kms|
|Ostia - Anzio||47kms|
|Anzio - Sabaudia||46kms|
|Sabaudia - Terracina||29kms|
|Terracina - Marina di Minturno||51.5kms|
The main attractions of the northern section of the route are the sites at Cerveteri and Tarquinia - the coast itself isn't particularly interesting. If you want a scenic route through Lazio I would go via the Lago di Bracciano and the Lago di Bolsena. The coastal route is less hilly than the inland route and passes close to the airport at Fiumicino so you might option for this route if you have a plane to catch - or alternatively if you’ve just arrived and looking for a convenient route north. The download package includes the more direct options for those in a hurry.
If you are heading south the other major option is to head inland and then go via the Lago di Bolsena and the Lago di Bracciano to Rome and from Rome follow the Ciclopista del Sole (Eurovelo 7) to the coast at Terracina.
The Tuscan Coast tour in turn links with the route Cycling the Liguria Coast. So you could combine the three together - and indeed continue along the coast to Napoli and beyond. However, I'd recommend planning your tour to take in some of the inland areas for a more variety.
When to go
The best times would be May, June, July and September. Bear in mind that the seaside resorts within reach of Roma will be busy at weekends and during the peak holiday season.
Maps to print out or view offline
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Cycling the Lazio Coast: gps files
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Italy Points of Interest
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Places to stay
Hotels and B&Bs
There are plenty of hotels in and around the main towns on the coast although these are likely to be in demand in the peak holiday season.
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I’ve never had a problem finding places to keep my bike —even if it’s a cupboard or store room. I always use the ‘special requests’ field on the booking form to tell the hotel that I’m travelling with a bike, which gives them the opportunity to let me know if there’s a problem.
Many properties offer free cancellation but it’s a good idea to check the conditions as these vary from property to property.
There are lots of campsites along the Lazio coast, but quality is variable. Most are dominated by seasonal lets. There’s a reasonable campsite at Ostia which offers a good base for sightseeing in Rome and Ostia Antica and is good place to stay if you have a flight to catch.
Transport and services
Train and ferry services
There are regular train services along the coast between Civitavecchia and Rome, there are train lines between Anzio and Rome and between Rome, Formia and Minturno.
There are ferry services between Civitavecchia and Sardegna and Sicilia, as well as Barcelona and Tunis.
The route passes by Rome’s Fiumicino airport. The Ciampino airport is a little further away but it would still be feasible to reach it from the route.
There’s also an excellent train service between Ostia and Rome - this is part of the metro network and will get you into the centre of Rome in about half an hour. On Saturdays, and at certain times of the day you can take your bike on the train from the Lido see 060608.it