Also in Tivoli, and another great addition to the list of best Rome day trips is Hadrian’s Villa. This was the emperor’s colossal country estate and is now a sprawling collection of ruins. Hadrian’s globe-trotting and enthusiasm for architecture make the 40 acres open to the public a full day’s experience.
Sitting on the fringes of Cerveteri is the Unesco World Heritage site, Necropoli di Banditaccia. Anybody with interest in the lost world of the Etruscans will find satisfaction here. Spanning over approximately 6 miles are a series of tombs featuring the same architectural detail as a city.
Furthermore, for more indulgent great day trips from Rome, head south to Castelli Romani. Here in the wine producing, volcanic landscape of the Alban Hills is Frascati. This is the place where you can enjoy local wine and dishes al fresco in one of the town’s many piazze.
If you’ve got the energy, more tours from Rome can see you traveling a little further afield. At only 150 miles south of Rome, Pompeii makes a great day out. Pompeii gives you a unique chance to check out the ghostly remains of the city swallowed by lava. For instance, you can admire the 1st-century-BC bathhouses or the amphitheater, all completely preserved. When it comes to places to visit around Rome, there are plenty of options.
With so many great places located a stone’s throw away from Italy’s capital, you’d be crazy not to. Better yet, most are accessible via the country’s fantastic public transportation system. Not only do all roads lead to Rome, but they also lead away from it too. So why hop on a bus or aboard a train and venture a little further afield.
Best tours out of Rome are Tivoli, west of Rome is 30 minutes by train. Cerveteri is north-east of Rome and takes about 45 minutes by train. Ostia is east of Rome and is again about 30 minutes by train.
Tivoli plays host to the Hadrian’s Villa, the sprawling ruins of the former Emperor’s home, and the spectacular Renaissance gardens that make up the Villa d’Este. Well worth checking out in Cerveteri is the amazing Necropoli di Banditaccia. And, Ostia is home to a superbly well preserved archaeological site of ancient Roman ruins, the scavi Archeologici di Ostia Antica.
Most of these sites can be explored without a guide, but as is always the case with ruins it’s great to have someone around who can tell you what’s what. Guides are a wealth of historical knowledge, and they can bring to life what can sometimes feel like a “pile of rocks.” We recommend having a guide if you take day trips around Rome.
Great idea! If you’ve got a spare day, or even, few days and are looking to go a little further afield, then remember that Italy is serviced by some fantastic high-speed trains. A great Tuscany day trip from Rome day, which is only 90 minutes away by train. Here, you can spend the day visiting the Duomo, Boboli Gardens, Uffizi Gallery before grabbing a delicious Tuscan meal, some gelato and the last train home.
But, you don’t just have to limit yourself to Florence. Also easily accessible are Milan and Venice in the North and Naples in the south. Italy really is your oyster.
As mentioned, Italy has a phenomenal train system, you can easily have a day trips outside of Rome. The state-owned Trenitalia offers regular speed trains with its Intercity service. These travel along various routes the length and breadth of the country and generally stop at many intermediate cities and towns along the way. Trenitalia also has a superb high-speed service in its Frecce trains. These are divided into three different speed services: Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, and Frecciabianca (fastest to slowest in descending order). Generally, these trains connect and travel between the major cities in Rome with little to no intermediate stops along the way so it's easy to have out of Rome day tours.
The best part about Italy’s fantastic train services, is they don’t break the bank. Trenitalia employs a similar approach to airline booking. This means that if you book your tickets online and in advance, prices will generally sit at around € 19.00.