16 September 2019
Friday 23rd August saw us off at the crack of dawn for the 87nm passage to Santa Marinella which we had identified as a good anchoring stop. The wind never got above 6kts so motored the whole way and dropped anchor off the beach and outside the marina in 7.5 metres.
We took the dinghy into the marina on Saturday and the staff were very friendly and showed us where to tie up. The town was a favourite of 1950s film stars such as Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman who worked at the renowned Cinecitta studios in nearby Rome, but of course today’s film stars own their own Caribbean islands …
A stroll, a superb ice cream and stops at a couple of cafes provided a gentle evening and the people were extremely friendly.
On Sunday 25th August we headed for Anzio/Nettuno for another decent anchorage, dropping in 3.5 metres off the beach which was full. Italians seem to fit into the tiniest of space to get their dosages of UV – there were literally thousands of them. On the next day we explored – one of the principal sites to visit is the US WWII cemetery, which has the graves of nearly 8000 US troops. It is a superbly designed and maintained memorial to their sacrifice.