When in Rome, do as the Romans do, truly applies to the once sleepy town of Focene, Italy. Fifteen minutes from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport, this rustic beach culture is known mainly by native Romans. The elite Carabinieri (a branch of the Italian military) choose to build a beach cabana in Focene years ago for their personnel and families. With easy access to Rome, a tranquil beachfront and secluded location, the choice was ideal.
Currently, past and future residents are returning and coming to Focene, Italy for a piece of the action. Beach housing and small businesses are booming here. The homes' grandparents left to their generations are being renovated into Bed and Breakfast and beach villas.
“I left Rome twenty years ago for a job opportunity in Milano,” says Franco, who recently built a vacation home here. “My great-grandfather brought us here as kids, we hated the secluded town, but loved the beach. Now I am very grateful to have a vacation home here. We arrive at the airport, take a taxi or shuttle, and we don’t need a car. Focene has beach cabanas and restaurants all around us. We love it!”
One very popular and successful beach cabana is called, 40° Gradi all’ombra (40 degrees under the shade). Located at the north end of Viale Di Focene, on Lungomare G. Rossini, 00054 Fiumicino – Roma, Italia, Telephone: 06 6588061.
Here is a place that has something for everyone.
Open every day from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., you will find fun, food, and a fabulous time all in one location. They offer beach umbrellas, lounge chairs, and changing rooms with showers. Enjoy beach volleyball, or tennis, surf and kite surfing, or take a leisurely swim in the Tyrrhenian Sea.
After all that activity, you will be ready for a cool beverage or cocktail. Stay for dinner, but reservations are preferred. Let chef and owner Tony Quaranta wow you with fresh seafood, appetizers, and an array of other menu specialties. Head upstairs to “Bellavista” (the beautiful view) and enjoy the cocktail terrace bar.
Relax in the cool crisp air, while enjoying the designer lounges with white leather sofas. Take in the panoramic view of Tyrrhenian Sea and wildlife preserve Litorale Romano, listening to live or DJ selections as you watch the spectacular sunset.
“Bellavista” may also be reserved for private parties. Occasionally, it is a fashion photographer shoot for shows resembling FTV (Fashion TV).
Stroll along (lungomare) the beachfront, and you will find many other beach cabanas that offer wood pit pizzas, fishing, swimming pools, dancing and other entertainment.
Remember this secluded secret the next time you are in Rome, or your flight cancels, and you think there is nothing around the airport, do as the Romans do.
© 2012 Benita Pagoria
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