What to visit near Rome?
You will be in Rome for several days and would like to take a day to visit a beautiful city near Rome? Well: it’s possible! There are several interesting cities and sights that are located at a small distance from Rome and, for that reason, allow you to visit them by car or using other type of transportation; thought we must tell you: you will need between 6 to 12 hours to devote yourself to these tours. Now let’s go to our post What to visit near Rome? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!” Read also: Examples of Itineraries in Italy!
1) What to visit near Rome? NAPLES AND POMPEII
From Rome you can go to Naples, a very important tourist destination. Its historic center was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995. You can also visit Pompeii, which is the second most visited archaeological site in the world.
Pompeii is the city that was covered by ashes in 79 A.D. and life stopped that day, but it gives us the opportunity to experience and understand the life of the Romans in Pompeii at that time. Also read our special posts: HOW TO GO TO NAPOLES FROM ROME? and HOW TO GO TO POMPEII FROM ROME?
2) What to visit near Rome? AMALFI COAST
You can take a beautiful tour by car along the Sorrento Peninsula, crossing the cities that are part of Amalfi Coast, passing through the small towns along the Amalfi and the Divina Coasts. You can visit Positano and Amalfi with their wonderful Cathedral, leaving some free time to go to Ravello. The Amalfi Coast is remarkable for the wild beauty of its coast. The cities and small towns that occupy the Amalfi coast are small jewels, colorful and full of life, often in scenic places, where you can enjoy the lush vegetation of the coast and the blue sea. Don’t miss the chance to know this paradise! HOW TO GO TO THE AMALFI COAST FROM ROME?
3) What to visit near Rome? ASSISI AND CASCIA (OR ORVIETO)
On one day you can visit Umbria, rich in vineyards, olive groves and beautiful villages on top of the hills, you can visit Orvieto, a beautiful and small medieval town, famous for its cathedral .If you want to, you can choose between visiting Cascia, the town of Saint Rita, the Saint of the Impossible Causes – or Assisi, the mystical town of St. Francis. The city, still surrounded by ancient walls, is on top of the green hills of Mount Subasio.
Its pink stone buildings, its narrow winding streets, the noble palaces, the balconies full of flowers: everything in Assisi will capture and enchant you. I suggest you to choose two from these 3 cities so you can enjoy them more calmly! Read our special posts on how to go to Assisi and Cascia from Rome: HOW TO GO TO ASSISI FROM ROME? and HOW TO GO TO CASSIA FROM ROME?
4) What to visit near Rome? FLORENCE
Florence is a city of Etruscan-Roman origin, which flourished in the middle ages as a free community. Favorably refined by Renaissance art and enriched by the Medici rule, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian language. We will get to know famous monuments such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, with the magnificent dome designed by Brunelleschi, the Baptistery with the golden bronze doors of Ghiberti and the Campanile de Giotto; also the Piazza della Signoria with the Palazzo Vecchio, the Basilica Santa Croce (with the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo, Rossini, Machiavelli) and in the Piazzale Michelangelo, we will get to know the view of the postcard of Florence: the famous Ponte Vecchio. HOW TO GO TO FLORENCE FROM ROME?
5) What to visit near Rome? CAPRI
One of the most popular and coveted tourist destinations in the world: Capri! The island of Capri is the pearl of the Gulf of Naples. The lush vegetation, the extraordinary colors over the sea, the wonderful caves, made it famous in the world. Capri has enchanted for centuries writers, poets, musicians, painters.
Many filmmakers chose it as a background for their films and celebrities fills the tables of its famous square. One of the first admirers of the island was the Roman Emperor Tiberius, who spent the last years of his life in Capri. But the island’s beauties were discovered in the middle of the 19th century, when visitors from all over the world chose it as their home, forming a cosmopolitan colony that created the myth of Capri and the Blue Grotto. HOW TO GO TO CAPRI FROM ROME?
6) What to visit near Rome? CASTEL GANDOLFO
Visit the charming Castel Gandolfo, summer residence of the Pope and, Nemi with his medieval castle, overlooking a truly charming small lake, where Emperors Caligula and Nero held refined and sumptuous banquets and parties on rafts luxuriously manipulated to entertain and surprise foreign dignitaries. This famous area is considered one of the most beautiful places in Italy, and the birthplace of the bronze age of the Latin languages and people who later founded Rome on the banks of the Tiber River. LEARN MORE ABOUT CASTEL GANDOLFO
7) What to visit near Rome: SIENA AND SAN GIMIGNANO
Are you looking for a beautiful walk through the superb hills over the Chianti countryside, with a constantly changing landscape of vineyards and olive trees? Well, you just found the right place to go! After arriving in Siena you will be able to admire the old city center: walking through the small medieval streets, admiring the splendid palaces and ending at the Cathedral, where you can visit the splendid spots including the Piccolomini Libreria and the Museo dell’Opera adjacent to the Metropolitan and the Piazza del Campo, one of the most beautiful squares in the world, where you will find the Palazzo del Comune. Then, go to San Gimignano a small town that has remained intact over the centuries, situated on top of a hill, and is famous for its numerous towers, frescoes and art treasures! Reserve some free time to discover this fascinating city.
8) What to visit near Rome? TIVOLI AND THE VILLAS
Visit the charming Tivoli, less than one hour driving from Rome. Walk around Villa Adriana, a huge complex designed to house and entertain the emperor and his entourage. We will pass through the historic center of Tivoli before heading to Villa d’Este, famous for its spectacular gardens and elaborate fountains.
Tivoli seems to be a natural wonder with its breathtaking Italian views, elaborate fountain engineering, and its two ancient villages. You will visit the Villa of Hadrian, designed and built in the 2nd century, the itinerant emperor. And finally the Villa d’Este, the sumptuous Renaissance residence built for the local cardinal son of Lucretia Borgia and designed to impress his guests. Walk through the gardens, among the extravagance of the trees and fountains, and admire the breathtaking view over the plain towards the Eternal City.
How can we make these tours?
1) How can we make these tours? WITH A GROUP TOUR
The group tour offers, more or less, what a private tour offers. The difference is that the City Tour has fixed days to carry out the tours. This type of suggestion is unique, in terms of quality and benefit, as you will get a much better price, since the values can be shared with more people. Group tours are a great alternative for those who do not want to spend so much and for those who are not used to traveling alone and therefore prefer to be in a group, where there will be a person who will organize all the day’s tours! That way you don’t have to worry about nothing! Just being rested and willing to visit magnificent places! Click here to see Group Tours in Italy!
- IDEAL option if you are alone, as a couple or with up to seven friends!
- Save time that you would probably lose by going to the train stations to catch the trains, or with transportation to get to the tourist places to be visited.
- Visit more cities on the same day!
- Spend less time (and money) on travel, taxis, trains and buses.
- You can enjoy a “bicchiere di vino” during lunch without having to worry about driving later :), since in Italy the laws are strict against those who drive after drinking!
- You travel safely and comfortably!
- There is practically none! Just the fact that you will have to adapt to the program of the day, and respect the tour schedule!
- Remember to always evaluate customer testimonials before proceeding with the booking!
2) How can we make these tours? BY CAR
If you prefer to do things with more tranquility and freedom of time, you can choose to rent a car to take this tour! The car is the ideal choice if you don’t care about taking a few, let’s say, unnecessary turns. It is always complicated to drive on roads that we do not know and it varies from person to person, of course, and the type of travel you are used to.
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No parking spots!
This option is ideal if you like to drive, however, it is important to know that in touristic cities there are places (like old towns) where PARKING is PROHIBITED, and only residents’ cars can be there! So it is important not to go to these places without knowing timetables and traffic limits, so as not to take unnecessary fines. PAY ATTENTION! In Italy it is common for them to tow the car or put that hubcap that blocks the vehicle’s exit! Take care, alright?!
How to know where these spots are?
See the post How not to get fined in Italy – ZTL that talks about it, but anyway another tip for those who are unsure about it, is to park a little outside the downtown and take a walk; if you don’t want to walk, spend a little more, and take a taxi or public transport.
- If you are in a group with 4 or 5 people it will be a great option instead of taking the train;
- Great for visiting more places on the same day, at your time and pace;
- It is the best form of transport for people who are used to driving anywhere and it is easy to locate!
- IF YOU DRIVE: DO NOT DRINK!
- Unforeseen expenses with parking and fuel that, unfortunately, cannot be calculated, but this is normal, in my opinion the biggest disadvantage is the lack of knowledge of the territory, which can sometimes result in a loss of time to find the main cities, and make a pleasant trip an incubus!
- Generally, those who drive cannot enjoy the beautiful view around, because you can’t take your eyes off the road!
- Extra expenses with GPS (average price of € 15.00 – A DAY) so you don’t get lost so much.
- If you are renting a car be sure to read our posts in the section Driving in Italy. There you will find, in addition, car itinerary tips! We have everything about signage, tolls, roads and many more tips.
Important to Know
- Another thing, folks: to drive in Italy, as I have explained several times, is it essential to have an International Driver License AND your original driver license (in English) or with an official translation, ok?! If you don’t have these documents: DO NOT DRIVE, as you will have a lot of problems if you are stopped by the Italian police! READ ALSO: DO I NEED THE IDL TO DRIVE IN ITALY?
- Those who drive cannot drink, the Italian laws on this are very strict and you take the risk of getting a really huge fine. So if you intend to taste great Italian wine during lunch pay attention! Don’t risk ruining your vacation!
- It is not a suitable option for people who do not have the confidence to ask for information, especially if they do not speak Italian, as with the train or the bus not knowing the territory you can end up wasting precious time that could be used for tourist visits.
3) How can we make these tours? BY TRAIN OR BUS
Some of these places can be visited by train or bus, always departing from Rome.
• Ideal option for people who like to do things at their own pace;
• For people who are used to traveling, mainly by train.
• For young people; for those who are backpacking.
• And especially for people who want to save money and are in no hurry!
• For families with toddlers and for elderly people it ends up being very tiring. I DO NOT RECOMMEND IT!
• Having to adapt to the fixed schedules of the outbound and return trains.
• Having to go to the tourist spots alone, without knowing the city or speaking the local language.
• Time wasted on public buses from the railway stations to the places where the sights are located or the money you will spend extra on a taxi once you reach your destination.
If you are travelling by train, buy the tickets at Trenitalia Official Website (online ticket), which is part of the dense network of regional and municipal trains. Access our link and learn “How to buy a train ticket in Italy”.
4) How can we make these tours? WITH A PRIVATE TOUR
A good option to get to know the cities in the best way possible and be able to make the most of each place in freedom. This type of service guarantees absolute comfort for those who travel. Basically you should only enjoy the ride without the stress of attending schedules of trains, subways, buses, nor worry about where are the main places to be seen! Click Here for Private Tour!
The last option is a private tour. The advantage of the private tour is the total freedom to decide your own time, not having to wait to leave, wasting unnecessary time using it to get to know other places. In addition, the tour departs comfortably from your hotel, which is important when you have little time available to visit a few places. In addition, of course, the arrival will not be at the train or bus station, but directly at the tourist spot you want to visit. And if you book in advance, you will often be able to have the driver speaking your language, so you can easily ask for clarification about the trip.
This type of tour is ideal for VIPs, who want to enjoy the trip “flag to flag”. Excellent option for small groups of people or elderly people. This type of service guarantees absolute comfort for those who travel. Basically, you should just enjoy the tour without the stress of attending train, subway, bus schedules, or worrying about where the main places to be seen are!
- IDEAL option if you are a couple or with up to seven friends!
- It is safe, comfortable and you make your own schedules!
- Great for visiting more places on the same day, at your time and pace;
- You can enjoy a “bicchiere di vino” during lunch without having to worry about driving later :), since in Italy the laws are strict against those who drive after they drank (even a small amount of alcohol);
- You won’t have to worry about train or bus schedules, you won’t have to worry about whether you will be able to return to Rome or not.
- No need to ‘stick’ to schedules and itineraries.
- You will save a LOT of time, which you would lose with commuting by bus and train.
- The rate is a little higher, but a worthwhile investment! Especially if you like to do everything on your own time, with no pressure.
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