27 of the Best Day Trips from Rome
Day Trips For History
Day Trips For Culture
This cultural hotspot is located 300 kilometers from Rome but can be visited in one day if you wake up early and hit the road. There’s so much art and culture to see here that you’ll need to narrow it down to the best of the best. Start off by visiting Michelangelo’s David statue in Galleria dell’Accademia, and then visit the city’s famous cathedral, Duomo di Firenze. Stop by the Ponte Vecchio Bridge to take in the views and make sure to stop off somewhere for some delicious, Tuscan pizza. The architecture alone is enough reason to visit, but try to squeeze in as many museums as you can to admire the artwork.
Make a quick stop in Pisa to see the Leaning Tower. It’s a bucket list item for most people visiting Italy, and is certainly worth the photo opportunities. The town itself is small but is one of the most historic in the country. Stop off for some gelato and pizza before grabbing the train back to Rome.
Technically a different city than Rome, a visit to the Vatican is a super easy day trip as you don’t have to go very far at all. As the official residence of the Pope, the Vatican is packed with historic and religious culture. It’s full of significant works of architecture, beautiful gardens, and an abundance of art museums. Make sure to visit the Gallery of Maps, the Sistine Chapel, and the many sculpture museums.
Located in the region of Castelli Romani, this Baroque plaza is known for its incredible beauty. It can be found just an hour from Rome, and was once the home of the prominent Chigi family. Over the years, this spot has amassed a wonderful collection of 17th century artwork and furniture that visitors can check out.
Located in Umbria, this hilltown makes a great day trip from Rome, especially if you like pretty scenery. The town is small but it’s full of interesting architecture and history. Make the Duomo di Orvieto your first stop as it’s sure to impress you with its beauty. You can take a tour of the underground labyrinth, Orvieto Underground, and get lost wandering the center of town. There aren’t many tourist crowds here so you’ll be sure to enjoy some peace and quiet.
This is one of the most beautiful coastlines in Italy. While it’s surrounded by stunning natural scenery, we put this one in the culture section because it really does have it’s own, unique atmosphere. The coastline is made up of small fishing villages, each boasting its own sense of culture. Check out the viewpoints, spend some time sitting in the cafes, and try out the delicious food in the restaurants.
Another stunning coastline in Italy, the Amalfi Coast, is a popular holiday destination from Rome. Take some time to wander around the villages, pop into the restaurants, and wander around the small, intricate streets. Boat rides along the coast are popular with visitors, especially for those who want to check out the small coves and inlets along the way.
Day Trips For Food
Tuscany is a well-known foodie destination in Italy. This area is full of rolling hills, farms, and wineries. Visiting during the fall is one of the best times as it’s harvest season. Visitors to Tuscany often come for the food festivals, wine trail tours, and the chance to take an authentic, Italian cooking class.
Casperia – olive oil tasting
Located in the countryside of Lazio, Casperia is a tiny, medieval, hilltown known for its olive oil. The town itself is rustic and charming with cobblestoned alleyways, and quaint buildings. There are various olive oil tasting tours that you can choose from. No matter which one you go with, you’ll learn all about one of Italy’s most prized exports. Plus, you’ll get to taste a variety of flavors.
Located an hour southeast of Rome, this beautiful palace expands out over 55 hectares. The grounds include colorful gardens and Pope Benedict’s organic farm. It’s perfect for photographers or anyone who just loves a good view. Spend a day exploring Castelli Romani and its surroundings which include plenty of great restaurants and places to try Italian wines.
If you love pizza (or food in general) you can’t miss an opportunity to visit Naples. This foodie city is where the pizza was invented, and you’ll be able to taste some of the world’s best pies here. The Margherita pizza is the traditional pick so make sure to get a few slices on your own personal pizza tour. Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba is said to be one of the first pizza restaurants so make sure stop here first so you can compare your other slices to this Naples institution.
Day Trips For Nature
Just a one hour train ride from Rome and you can be in the beautiful town of Bracciano. This medieval town is located on the shores of a lake, and is famous for its 15th century castle. You can explore the castle or just sit in its surrounding gardens and take in the views. Spend some time wandering around the town, stopping off at the viewpoints and testing out the restaurants that are dotted around the area.
This town is located in the beautiful area of Umbria. It’s a small city with one of Italy’s most beautiful Basilicas. The town is sprinkled with charming cafes, family-owned restaurants, and small cobblestone streets. There’s a well-known hiking trail that takes you into the woods, and plenty of places to try the local specialties, olive oil and white truffles.
Lago di Bolsena
Located just north of Rome, this quiet area is visited mostly for its lake. It’s also known for its wine and olive oil, so expect some delicious opportunities once you arrive here. Wander around the quaint town and check out the churches, the coastline of the lake, and the charming little fishing boats that surround it.
Take the train to Sorrento which can be found in The Bay of Naples. You’ll have coastline views of Mount Vesuvius and Capri! The town offers absolutely breathtaking, panoramic views that photographers will love. After taking in the scene, wander around the narrow streets and alleys and do a bit of window shopping at the small boutiques. The town is also full of trattorias, all of which offer the regional aperitif, Limoncello.
This rustic town overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea and was once a hotspot for artists and writers. It can be found halfway between Naples and Rome, and is an absolute gem for nature and culture lovers. It’s not on the usual tourist trail so you won’t be facing as many crowds as in Rome. Visitors will find a Roman sea grotto, sculptures, rocky cliffs, and a series of beaches.
This is one of the most beautiful wine regions in Tuscany. And, it’s the location of some of the world’s most famous wineries. While the wine is certainly the highlight of a visit here, the natural beauty is a close second. Rent a bicycle and take a self-guided winery tour as you ride past the olive groves and rolling hills of vineyards. Grab your camera because you’re going to want to snap a lot of photos here.
Located in Tivoli, this destination once drew in artists and writers who felt that its natural beauty was an inspiration to their work. Villa Gregoriana is a park that’s well maintained in order to preserve the beauty it’s been known for throughout the 19th century. The trail here will take you past waterfalls, grottos, and caves. The path is lined with stairs and it will take you around two hours to complete the whole park.
For a relaxing day trip, visit some of the most beautiful gardens in Europe. This stunning complex is famous around the world and even inspired famous authors like Virginia Woolf. Visitors will find a display of more than 1,300 plants and flowers that all play into the delicate ecosystem here.
Located in the Bay of Naples, Capri is an absolute gem of a day trip from Rome. A boat trip is the best way to see Capri and all of its luxurious hotels, restaurants, and boutiques. Visit the Blue Grotto, drink as much Limoncello as you can get your hands on, and visit Monte Solaro for some quality time outdoors.
A visit to Rome is an absolute must for its world renowned attractions. However, a stay in this city is a great opportunity to see what else Italy has to offer. Take a few extra days to use Rome as a homebase while exploring the quaint towns, historic wonders, and natural scenery that lay just beyond the city.
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