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Ostia Lido, Rome

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Ostia is the beach for Romans who want to escape the big city heat. In summer, the population of the beach resort doubles, as locals and tourists fill the restaurants (whose specialties are, of course, seafood-based). The Via delle Baleniere, the main street, is where you will find delicious home-made gelato in dozens of imaginatively named flavors. Some pastry-shops near the beach still sell the famous Bomboloni con la Crema, fried doughnuts that are shot out of the fryer like a missile into a container with caster sugar. At night, there are discotheques and open-air parties. In winter, contrary to other seaside towns, Ostia remains lively.