The 1960s paved the way for mass beach tourism and a carefree addition to city life that still continues today. There are many bathing establishments from which to choose, some modern and some historical, but all very active.
One of the most famous is the Kursaal, a symbol of Ostia Lido which was built at the beginning of last century and renown for a trampoline designed by Pier Luigi Nervi. Additionally, there are the Elmi and Battistini establishments, both created in 1919 and well-known by all true Romans.
Another famous structure was the establishment known as Roma. It featured a huge building designed by architect G. B. Milani which included a large reinforced concrete terrace. Its characteristic form provided its nickname, the “panettone” of Ostia Lido after the Italian cake. Unfortunately, there are only period pictures of this beach resort as it was bombed on the night of 12 December 1943.
Today, Ostia's bathing establishments offer a wide range of amenities from traditional services to sports, as many establishments are now equipped for beach volleyball, skim boarding, beach ultimate, beach soccer, and beach tennis. Furthermore, they offer restaurants, musical entertainment, relaxation and amusement to please everyone. There is certainly much more to reveal but the Lido should keep some of its secrets.
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