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Rome is a city steeped in history and culture, and it’s a destination that many people dream of visiting. In fact, it is the most visited city in Italy. To see everything that the city has to offer would mean staying for at least a month! However, if you have some time and want to explore more of Southern Italy beyond the Eternal City, there are plenty of amazing day trips you can take. Whether you’re interested in history and art or just want to soak up the Italian way of life, the surrounding areas are full of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. From ancient ruins and stunning architecture to breathtaking landscapes and charming towns, there’s something for everyone.
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Some of the most popular day trips from Rome include visits to ancient sites like Pompeii and Ostia Antica, or exploring charming hilltop towns like Assisi and Orvieto. With so many options available, it can be hard to choose where to go, which is why I’ve put together this guide to help you make the most of your time in Italy and discover all that this beautiful country has to offer. There’s something for everyone just a short train ride away.
Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius.
Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius are among the most fascinating destinations near Rome. The town of Pompeii, once a thriving city in ancient Rome and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a testament to the power of nature and human resilience in the face of disaster. Pompeii was buried under ash after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD and rediscovered in the 18th century, with its buildings, streets, and public spaces remarkably well preserved.
Embark on a captivating day trip tour from Rome to Pompeii, where you’ll be transported back in time to ancient Rome. Experience the massive archaeological excavation site, explore the remarkably preserved ancient Roman streets, and witness the devastating impact of the Mount Vesuvius eruption. Enjoy stunning panoramic views over Naples, including the Castel dell’Ovo and Mergellina, and indulge in a delicious 2-course lunch at a local restaurant en route to Pompeii. With entrance fees and skip-the-line access included, you’ll have ample time to immerse yourself in the fascinating history and culture of this ancient city. This full-day tour of Naples and Pompeii from Rome is an unforgettable adventure that promises to leave a lasting impression.
Tivoli, Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este.
Tivoli is a small, picturesque hilltop town nestled in the hills above Rome, known for its historical significance, stunning gardens, and breathtaking villas.
Step back in time on this tour and follow in the footsteps of Roman emperors and nobility who sought refuge from the excitement of Rome in the hilltop town of Tivoli. This day trip from Rome offers a glimpse into the past with a visit to the stunning archaeological remains of Hadrian’s Villa, where you’ll explore lavish temples, sculptures, pools, and theaters from the 2nd century. After a delightful lunch break, take a leisurely stroll around the lush gardens of the Villa d’Este, a Renaissance-era villa famous for its impressive Fountain of Neptune.
Florence and Pisa
A day trip to Florence and Pisa from Rome is a must-do for anyone looking to experience the rich history and beauty of Tuscany. Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, is a cultural hub known for its artistic masterpieces like Michelangelo’s ‘David’ at the Accademia Gallery, Brunelleschi’s famous dome, and the charming streets lined with local shops and cafes. On the other hand, Pisa is famous for its iconic Leaning Tower and the stunning marble architecture of Piazza dei Miracoli.
Looking for a break from the fast-paced energy of Rome? Hop on this full-day tour to the breathtaking Tuscan cities of Florence and Pisa! Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, will leave you awestruck with its artistic masterpieces like Michelangelo’s ‘David’ at the Accademia Gallery and Brunelleschi’s famous dome. And who can forget the charming marble treasures of Pisa’s Piazza dei Miracoli, including the iconic Leaning Tower? Travel in style through the picturesque Tuscan countryside in a comfortable minivan and enjoy the personal attention of a small-group tour. With a guided walking tour around Florence, you’ll learn about the city’s rich history and immerse yourself in the beauty of Tuscany.
Overall, a day trip to Florence and Pisa is an unforgettable experience that shouldn’t be missed!”
Assisi and Orvieto
For another great day trip tour, you can head to the charming countryside of Umbria on a guided tour to Assisi and Orvieto. You’ll travel comfortably with a knowledgeable guide to Orvieto, a stunning hilltop town perched on a volcanic tuff cliff known for its Gothic masterpiece – the Orvieto Cathedral. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the stunning architecture and breathtaking views.
After a delicious lunch near the tranquil Lake Trasimeno, you’ll visit the town of Assisi, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi, one of the most beloved and venerated saints in Christianity. Walk in the footsteps of this beloved saint and discover the town’s rich history and religious significance. Overall, this day trip is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty and serenity of the Umbrian countryside and explore two of its most picturesque towns.
Ostia Antica is an impressive archaeological site that offers a glimpse into Ancient Rome. The city’s remains are remarkably well-preserved, much like Pompeii, and include labyrinthine streets, alleyways, public squares, and impressive buildings. The site also includes the ruins of an amphitheater, a necropolis, a theater, public baths, and the Forum of Corporations, which once housed the offices of the city’s trade guilds.
Discover the ancient port city of Rome on this half-day tour to the ruins of Ostia Antica. You will travel to and from the site by train and then embark on a guided walking tour of the ruins. With a small group and a professional guide, you’ll have a personalized experience that includes train tickets and entrance fees.
Discover the must-see attractions of the Amalfi Coast with a carefully curated full-day tour from Rome that showcases the beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Experience the best of this stunning coastal region with a guided tour of Positano, followed by ample free time to explore both Positano and Amalfi at your own pace. Savor the flavors of the region with some limoncello tasting and take in the magnificent coastal scenery with scenic boat cruises. This tour includes transportation by both train and boat for your convenience and is limited to a small group of 18 people to ensure a personalized experience.
There is much to see on the amazing Amalfi Coast, from cute coastal towns, each with its own unique character, to the breathtaking landscape that any outdoorsy person would fall in love with!
The gastronomy on the Amalfi Coast is known for its delicious and authentic cuisine, which includes fresh seafood, locally-grown vegetables, and regional specialties like limoncello and buffalo mozzarella. On the tour, you will already get to taste limoncello, so make sure you also get to try the other specialties.
Last on the list is beautiful Capri, a stunning island in the Tyrrhenian Sea. On this tour, you will travel comfortably from Rome to Naples, where you will board a boat and cross the deep blue sea to reach the picturesque isle of Capri. Optional boat tours are available to Capri’s renowned Blue Grotto, which I highly recommend!
Some of the top sights to see in Capri:
- Blue Grotto, a stunning sea cave with bright blue waters (perfect for pictures!)
- Gardens of Augustus, a scenic park with amazing views of the sea and the famous Faraglioni rock formations
- Villa San Michele, a historic house museum with gorgeous gardens and panoramic views
- Piazza Umberto I, a charming square with restaurants, cafes, and shops.
Additionally, Capri is a dream destination for outdoorsy people as you can enjoy swimming and sunbathing at the island’s beaches, hiking the trails in the rugged landscape, and exploring the narrow streets and alleyways.
Southern Italy is full of beautiful discoveries that I hope you will enjoy!
Until next time,