Affordable Day Trips From Rome You Need To Take
The wonderful metropolis of Rome has to be one of the most vibrant cities in the world and anyone who arrives here for the first time will be impressed at the organized mayhem of cars that rally round the city at break neck speeds in what appears to be a controlled manner. I for one love the city and the bustling atmosphere of the place. The pure chic of it all with the trattorias and cafés that line the streets, make it the perfect city to sit down, have a great cup of coffee and watch the world go by.
Rome is superbly situated with so much to see and do in the surrounding areas. Tuscany and Umbria not being that far away, makes Rome the perfect base for trips to these neighboring regions which have so much to offer visitors hungry to tour around the ancient monuments and ruins that abound in the areas. There is an endless list of places to visit when in Rome so having an insight into a few of the day trips that are available is great as it means you can plan your stay here really well. It means you get to see as much as you can, but without overdoing it so the experiences are pleasantly memorable ones.
One of the day trips which I went on was to Orvieto. This delightful hill town is in Umbria. It has existed since the Etruscan times, so really very interesting for anyone who loves history as I do. The museums and monuments found here are out of this world. The most impressive structure in Orvieto has to be the cathedral which has a mosaic façade and it is one of the best examples of medieval architecture you will ever come across in Italy. It takes around an hour to drive to this lovely hillside town, but when you arrive you won’t be disappointed as there are some great restaurants as well as shops to eat at and browse around in the town.
Etruscan history abounds in the regions around Rome and none more so that in Tarquinia where there are tombs from the period as well as a museum that is definitely worth a visit. The centre of the town is pure medieval and the cathedral boasts frescoes that date back to 1508. Again this little treasure of a town is about an hour outside of Rome and if you don’t want to drive there is a train service from the capital to Tarquinia that runs pretty regularly.
View on Tarquinia
Of course if you are looking for a day out which offers you a spectacularly refreshing vista, a trip to Tivoli has to be on the agenda. The Villa d’Este and Hadrian’s Villa are simply breathtakingly beautiful with gardens and fountains built in the Renaissance period. Hadrian’s Villa is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and when you see it, you really understand the magnificence of that period of Italian history. You can either drive to Tivoli or there is both a train service and a bus service from Rome.
For lovers of Italian wine, then a day trip to Frascati is a must. The town is situated in the hills around 13 kilometres outside of the city. This makes a great day out to an area that is built up on a volcanic complex of hills, so the landscapes and scenery are out of this world. If you are visiting Rome during the hot summer months, you will find a trip to the hills of Frascati refreshingly welcoming.
Town of Frascati
by Frank Hamm
Visiting Rome and not organizing a day at the beach would be sacrilege. Ostia Lido is a great destination for a day out of the hot city and although it is not the trendiest of beaches in the region, it offers you some really very nice private beach areas to just sit and enjoy the sun, sea and Italian way of relaxing. Ostia Lido is famous for its dark coloured sand and because it is only about thirty minutes from the capital is definitely worth considering for a nice quiet, relaxing day out of the city on a gorgeous private beach.
Ostia Lido Beach
If you are a food lover, then why not try a day out at one of the Italian cookery schools like the one at Fontana del Papa. This is a great idea for anyone who wants a break from the city in an environment that is pure Italian. The great thing about this idea is that you can stay overnight if you want to and the owners are very happy to pick you up at the station when you arrive. You get to learn how to cook some amazing Italian food in a family run affair that is both welcoming and charming. And the countryside is just spectacular in the area.
A day trip to the gorgeous town of Florence, which is another place that just has to be visited if you possibly can, is something you really need to think about. The fast trains from Rome only take around an hour and a half to arrive in Florence, so it is definitely worth considering. The centre of the town is just pure Italian splendour and with so much to see and do here, from the many historical sites to the fantastic restaurants, cafés and shops, it is a day trip that will be more than just a bit memorable.
Of course closer to the capital there is Vatican City with the incredible Sistine Chapel and all of the museums. Then there are the Catacombs of San Calliso where you will find the largest and most probably the most impressive of them in the whole of the area. One thing to bear in mind that Sundays are the best days to organise a trip here as the roads around the Appian Way are closed to traffic, making the experience that much more pleasant.
Rome, the grand Metropolis of Italy is a fantastic city to visit and because it is well situated amidst the gorgeous neighbouring regions, there is an abundance of day trips that can be organised so that you get to see and do as much as you possibly can when you are visiting the capital. Planning a few trips out of the city is like going on an adventure that will let you see more of the country in the nicest possible way.