Santa Marinella

About the Place

Discover The pearl of Tyrrhenian sea and dive into a past rich in art and history!

Santa Marinella is known as The pearl of Tyrrhenian sea due to its crystal clear water, its seafront location and its mild throughout the year. A small heaven on earth dedicated to relaxation and water sports like surfing, diving and underwater fishing. But Santa Marinella it also a land rich in art, history and high archaeological interest. Located just 30 minutes from Rome, it is easily accessible by car or by public transportation. In particular, it is the seaside resort most convenient to reach by train from Rome and just one stop from Civitavecchia.

Civitavecchia is one of the main Italian ports for passenger traffic and it is the perfect town for Roman history lovers, rich in monuments and archaeological sites of different eras and civilizations.

Santa Marinella boasts of ancient sites dating back to Neolithic times and Bronze Age when in the territory arose the settlements of Punicum, Pyrgi and Castrum Novum. The latter and the Etruscan Necropolises of “Castellina del Marangone” were found thanks to the excavations imposed by papal government in 1777.

Santa Marinella was founded in 1887 by the will of the Prince Baldassarre Odescalchi and the first buyers of the land in the area were member of the Roman aristocracy and upper classes that built beautiful Art Nouveau villas still existing today. 

Among its main attractions are Odescalchi Castle which stands on the ruins of Punicum and dominates the port of Santa Marinella, and Santa Severa Castle, one of the most evocative places of the whole Lazio with 2,000 years of history.

Santa Marina di Bitinia

Santa Marinella take its name from “Santa Marina“, a girl born in a Christian family that after the death of her mother decides to follow her father in a convent in Canon (Lebanon). To do this, Marina is forced to dress up as a man and takes the name of Fra Marino. 

After the death of her father, she decided to stay in the convent and continue to live in the role of Fra Marino. During a trip with other monks, the landlord’s daughter gets pregnant by a soldier. Fra Marino knew the culprit, but the monk  did not accuse him. Fra Marino, instead, took the blame on himself, being faithful to Jesus Christ’ teachings. Abbot decides to oust Marina from the convent, entrusting her the baby named Fortunato.

Marina remains close to Convent, raises the child as her own son with love and leads an austere life of prayer, hardship and deprivation. After three long years the monks ask the abbot to readmit Fra Marino in the convent and the abbot accepted. Unfortunately due to her life of sacrifice, Marina dies shortly after.

Only at that moment the monks discover that Fra Marino was a woman, they realized that Marina was the victim of defamation and admired her for her devotion.

Santa Marinella & cinema

Since 1950s, Santa Marinella was the holiday resort of international movie stars such as Rock Hudson, Gregory Peck, Marcello Mastroianni, Dino Risi, Vittorio Gassman, Marlon Brando, Alberto Sordi, Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman who purchased the Bergman-Rossellini Villa, a big white house by the sea. The Villa was sold years ago but it is still a symbolic place of Santa Marinella. Here, for example, General Della Rovere was seen in 1959.

“Below: Ingrid Bergman with their sons in Santa Marinella”

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Distances expressed by car. 

TOLFA (35m)
ROME CENTER (1h 15m))