Anzio is a city in Lazio, Italy, about 57 km south of Rome. It is a fishing port, a popular place for the people of Rome to have a fish lunch, and a harbour for ferries and hydroplanes to the islands of Ponza, Palmarola and Ventotene.
In Roman times it was the site of numerous villas for the elite and many fine works of art from the period have been discovered in the area. The city was the site of a significant Allied landing during World War II prior to the march on Rome. In January 1944 troops landed behind the German lines at Anzio, but defences were well organised, and a breakthrough was not actually achieved until May. Anzio was heavily damaged and has since been extensively rebuilt.
Anzio is connected to Rome by the Via Nettunense (SS207) and the Via Ardeatina (SS601)and can be reached via the Via Pontina. There is an hourly Roma-Nettuno train. The center of the town and the port are 10 minutes walk downhill from the station
Check "Villa Adele" for concerts etc,
Have a good seafood meal at the port or on one of the beaches Restaurants along the beach or in the harbour are nice - but expenceive...
There is an unbelievebale amount of coffee-shops/bars, gelaterias, etc etc Along the beaches there are beach-restaurants - and wether you have your drink their or you bring your own bottle to enjoy the sunset (or sunrise?) - YOU make the magic moments by relaxing and being open minded.
Anzio has several hotels, a good choice of B&B's and a selection of Appartements and holiday-homes. Depending on your plans the choice for "city-loacation" is not always the best - more crowded and the beaches are full - in parts you have to pay for them. Advise: Go to the north of the town (2-3km) close to the beach and try to have good traffic-connection.
Anzio has beach, nature and the fine access to Rome - with a car even to the natural preserves of Sabaudia and further south - you can even do areas behind Naples in 2,5 hours - if you have a place well positioned between all the preferred destinations - and a host giving good advise.
There are several companies offering ferries to the Pontine islands of Ponza, Palmarola and Ventotene. Out of season they are said to be rather unreliable, so it is good to check in advance, because their places are limited and the requests are almost as high as the fares..!