The main meeting place of this enchanting seaside resort is the “promenade”, a pier by the sea with bars and restaurants. This is the haven of family tourism and this is where one finds all the long-standing bathing establishments, while those who prefer cliff diving converge around the small piers also with facilities closer to the Linaro Cape.
The port has recently been refurbished by the local council, and the very successful urban renovation has enabled the citizens and holiday-makers to discover this green corner, abounding with marine pines surrounding the Odescalchi castle.
Three small single span Roman bridges can be made out at the Southern entrance of the town, between the Aurelia state road that crosses Santa Marinella and the sea.
To the south, the so called “Banzai Beach” is a favourite haunt of surfers and kite-surf enthusiasts, with simple yet very traditional restaurants looking over the beach and open in the evenings.
Anyone who instead prefers peace and quiet or has small children usually opts for Santa Severa, just a little south along the Via Aurelia (km. 52) which boasts a Castle right on the sea that dates back to the year Thousand and is open to the public along with bike lanes and an extensive expanse of public beach.
- Punicum and Ulpiano villa
- Grottacce Roman Villa
- Apollo Bridge stele with inscriptions by the emperors Settimius Severus and Caracalla
- Punicum villa known as Odescalchi Ulpiano Castle.
- Castrum Novum Archaeological Area: Roman villa and Guardiole fishery.
- Punta della Vipera Etruscan Temple and Roman villa
- Punta della Vipera Fishery
- Etruscan settlement of Castellina del Marangone
Walkers will enjoy the beautiful views on the path that connects Santa Severa to Tolfa, along which (approx. 23 km ) one is likely to meet the typical local white cows, the “maremmane” with lyre shaped horns, chestnut groves, beech woods and marine brush.
The Regional Nature Reserve of Macchiatonda, at Km 50 of the via Aurelia, stretches over 250 hectares of coastal plain.