With summer comes fine days to spend in the sun at the beach or on the banks of one of the lovely lakes in the province of Rome. To make your sunny summer days even more pleasant, Roma&Più suggests lazy strolls through the area’s beguiling seaside resorts or the enchanting towns along the banks of its lakes – both perfect places to enjoy the excellent seafood caught in nearby waters.
If you love lakeside peace and quiet, Roma&Più suggests a day at volcano-formed Lake Albano in Castel Gandolfo: Since pre-Roman times it has been a cradle of beauty and spirituality, with sanctuaries and villas built on its shores and where nymphaeums and fine architectural detailing can still be admired. Castel Gandolfo is also the summer residence of the Pope, a fact that has influenced the town's architecture and history with its pontifical villas and breathtaking views from its picturesque alleys.
One of the typical freshwater fish of the Castelli Romani is the Caspian sand-smelt, a maximum of 4 in. long of the genus Atherina that lives in schools in lakes and rivers. In Roman cuisine, it is a favorite fried and eaten in the classic paper cone. Albano Lake is also home to other freshwater fish, including the South European roach, pike, barbel, chub, eel, trout, tench, rudd, carp, sunfish and perch, together with numerous saltwater species that were introduced, such as the grey mullet and stickleback.
The Caspian sand-smelt is also typical of another lake in the province, Lake Bracciano. If you choose these shores as a place to relax, after a delectable meal, Roma&Più invites you to stroll through the small town of Trevignano Romano, perhaps stopping in its small square looking out over the sea, or learning more about the Etruscan and Roman heritage of these communities at the archeology museum (museo archeologico).
Also as a result of region-wide laws prohibiting the use of motor boats, the waters of Lake Bracciano are especially abundant in fish, in particular pike, white fish, perch, trout and eel, which are the inspiration for fantastic dishes that must be tried, perhaps in one of the numerous restaurants along the lakeshore in Anguillara Sabazia.
If to the tranquility of the lake you prefer the saltwater ambience of the sea, Roma&Più invites you not to miss the lovely beaches of one of Rome's most typical seaside resorts, Santa Marinella. A favorite of Rome vacationers with its villas facing out over the sea, Santa Marinella offers a wealth of opportunities for a lovely day of sun and sea, or distractions from the summer heat by visiting the remains of Pyrgi, an ancient pre-Roman city and the beautiful Santa Severa Castle. But don't forget to stop in one of the many fish restaurants.
In the Tyrrhenian Sea off the coast of the province of Rome can be found all types of specialties, including “forgotten” fish like “sugheri”, little rock fish, skate, little mullets and lesser weever fish – unquestionably more of a challenge to cook, but certainly not any less-tasty.
Another favorite tourist haunt along the Rome coast is unquestionably Anzio. The home of Nero and Caligula, the leisure-time refuge of Cicero and Maecenas, rediscovered in the 20th century by D’Annunzio and Rome’s high-society and the backdrop for films by Fellini and Alberto Sordi – all this is Anzio: archeology, history and beautiful villas. Today, many of these villas belong to the city, such as Villa Sarsina which only recently became city hall, or Villa Adele near the seafront promenade, home of the Museo dello Sbarco (Anzio Landing Museum) and the Anzio Museo Archeologico (Archeology Museum). And once again here, either along the seafront or at the city's Centro Commerciale Naturale (market in the center of Anzio offering local food specialties and artisan goods), be sure to taste the goodness of the fish from the Anzio sea at one of the many restaurants!