After a few days of exploring Rome and its historical sites why not continue the adventure and discover what lies beyond. There are many wonderful day trips that can be taken from Rome and it really is the best way to discover some more beautiful places and experience Italian culture outside of the city.
So where should you go?
Take the train from Rome Termini Station and in just under 1h:20mins you will be transported to the centre of the Italian Renaissance, famous for its world class art, historic narrow cobbled streets and its wonderful Tuscan food and wine. Consider an enchanting guided tour to discover the life and works of the genius that was Michelangelo, who once lived in this serene City. Or take a Florence walking tour to make sure you don’t miss any of the cities main sites: The Academia Gallery, The Duomo, The Baptistery, Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio and as every tourist desires a picture in front of the famous Ponte Vecchio, all this whilst sampling some of the best gelato in Italy.
Naples, Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius and Amalfi Coast
Take advantage of Rome’s proximity to the coast, and in just over an hour by train you can arrive in Naples. The city with a real personality. Once in Naples make sure to experience all it has to offer. The original Pizza Margherita, its UNESCO world heritage Centro Storico with its cobbled streets and undeterred local people and its museums of fine art and archaeology. A short train ride out of the city will bring you to the breath taking world famous Amalfi coast. Once the Riviera of the Romans, today the Costiera Amalfitana is considered to be Italy’s most scenic coastline. Here you can visit the UNESCO site of Pompeii, climb mount Vesuvius (Europe’s only active volcano) or spend an afternoon strolling around one of picturesque towns of Sorrento, Positano or Amalfi and truly experience La Dolce Vita, enjoying wonderful cuisine, sipping limoncello whilst looking out over the sparkling turquoise Mediterranean.
Another not to miss site is Hadrian’s Villa located in the countryside just outside Rome. A huge awe inspiring palace built for Emperor Hadrian himself. Spreading over acres of countryside this luxurious complex included a theatre, a stadium, many libraries, beautiful water features, thermal baths, servants’ quarters and underground supply tunnels. The scale is astounding and you can quote easy spend hours wandering amongst these wonderful ruins just imaging a time gone by.
Just 20 miles out of Rome in the meadows by the River Tiber, lies the beautifully preserved ruins of Ostia, the port city of Ancient Rome. Let your imagination take you back 2000 years to when this was Italy’s thriving commercial centre of 60,000 people. Wander around the ruins discovering the remains of the old dock, warehouses, apartments, mansions, shopping arcades and baths. All giving you a peek into Roman Life as it was.
This ancient site is normally overlooked by tourists who tend to head south to Pompeii, But if you find the time to visit you are sure not to be disappointed and certainly won’t be crushed by crowds of guidebook wielding tourists.
So plenty of options if you feel the need to escape Rome for the day and we guarantee wherever you choose to go it will be a day you will never forget.