Excursions from Rome: the best day trips around Rome

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Queen of an empire that has dominated the world, today the capital of Italy and the seat of the tiny state of the Vatican, Rome is a wonderful city, certainly among the most beautiful in the world.
Even today it preserves its immense history and the hand of the artists who made it eternal, thanks to wonders such as the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums.
But also the surroundings of Rome are certainly worth a visit. Here are the best day trips and excursions to do outside Rome.


  1. Albano Laziale, Castel Gandolfo and other Castelli Romani
  2. Anzio
  3. Cerveteri
  4. Farfa Abbey
  5. Sperlonga
  6. acquapendente
  7. Lake Fogliano
  8. Garden of Ninfa
  9. Castello Orsini-Odescalchi
  10. Villa Adriana and Villa d'Este
  11. Monastery of San Benedetto (Subiaco)
  12. Nettuno
  13. Ponza
  14. Vignanello and Castello Ruspoli
  15. Civita di Bagnoregio
  16. Park of the Monsters of Bomarzo
  17. Ostia Antica
  18. Orvieto
  19. Canterno Lake
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1 - Albano Laziale, Castel Gandolfo and other Castelli Romani

Albano Laziale is a nice little town not far from Rome it is part of the Roman castles: a set of villages located on the Alban hills, in the district of Rome. Mainly characterized by the beautiful seventeenth-century church of Santa Maria della Stella, in baroque style inside, and from tomb of the Horatii and Curiatii: burial place of the protagonists of the fight against Tullio Ostilio, who have become the main attractions of the village, however, it articulates its ancient beauty also in other monuments. The amphitheater dating back to the third century, the Romanesque churches of San Pietro and Santa Maria della Rotonda are striking. Very interesting is a visit to the Civic Museum of Villa Ferrajoli, which exhibits numerous archaeological finds found in the surroundings.

In addition to Albano Laziale, do not miss the other Castelli Romani, namely Ariccia, Frascati, Genzano di Roma, Grottaferrata, Marino, Velletri and above all Castel Gandolfo, the Pope's summer residence, full of historic buildings, gardens and with a wonderful view of Lake Albano.

  • Range: 25 km
  • Albano Lazio is 25 km from Rome and can be reached in less than fifty minutes by car and just over an hour by public transport. We recommend Trenitalia from Roma Termini, fares from € 2,00. Alternatively, nMA bus from Roma Termini to Anagnina and from there metro line A to Albano Laziale, fares from € 1,00. Get directions
  • Church of Santa Maria della Stella: 8: 30-18: 00, Tomb of the Orazi and Curiazi: always open; Museum: From Monday to Friday 9: 00/13: 00, Afternoon Monday and Thursday 15: 30/18: 30, Saturday 8: 00/14: 00 - 16: 00/19: 00, Sunday 9:00 / 13: 00 - 16: 00/19: 00.
  • Church: Free; Museum: € 3,00.
  • Castel Gandolfo: Optional Pontifical Villas and Vatican Museums From Rome: Pope's Summer Residence Tour with Lunch Rome: Castelli Romani Tour with Wine Tasting

2 - Anzio

Anzio is a beautiful one seaside town about an hour from Rome. It was the capital of the Volsci and preserves its historical heritage intact. Today it is famous for its seascapes: from the Caves of Nerone (bathing establishment) to Rivazzurra. Interesting a visit to Villa Adele, an ancient villa that belonged to the Cesi, Pamphili and Borghese families, now home to the Anzio Civic Archaeological Museum.

  • Range: 57,4 km
  • Anzio is 57,4 km from Rome, which can be covered in about an hour by car or public transport. We recommend Trenitalia from Roma Termini to Anzio Colonia, fares from € 3,00, or alternatively Bus nMB from Termini to Laurentina and from there Cotral Bus to Anzio railway station, fares from € 2,00. Get directions
  • Villa Adele: 7: 00-18: 00.
  • Villa Adele: free admission.

3 - Cerveteri

Famous for the Necropolis of Banditaccia, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004, is a town located in the Roman Tuscia: a set of villages and ancient castles, and is rich in relics and historical testimonies.
Certainly the most important attraction is the aforementioned Etruscan Necropolis: a 2 km long sepulchral path, located on a tuffaceous hill, whose tombs are adorned with motifs inspired by domestic architecture and objects in materials from the Near East and the Greece.

  • Range: 49,8 km
  • Cerveteri is about 49,8 km from Rome, which can be covered in an hour by car or train. We recommend Trenitalia from Roma Termini to Ladispoli-Cerveteri, fares from € 3.00 and from there Cotral Bus to Cerveteri, fares from € 1,00. Get directions
  • Necropolis: 8: 30-18: 30.
  • Necropolis: € 8,00 (full), € 5,00 (from 18 to 25 years and teachers), Free (under 18 and handicapped and professional partners).

4 - Farfa Abbey

Farfa Abbey is located just over 47 km from Rome and is a truly unmissable place one of the most important monuments of Lazio. Founded by Lorenzo Siro in the th century, it is immersed in a picturesque landscape characterized by cypresses and is almost enveloped by an aura of tranquility and peace.

The church of Santa Maria is beautiful inside, in Romanesque style and adorned with works of art from different eras: the Ionic style columns, the Cosmatesque floor, the "Final Judgment" fresco in Flemish, up to the paintings of Horace. Gentileschi and the seventeenth-century wooden choir. The Library is noteworthy. Do not miss a walk in the surroundings, to admire the breathtaking landscapes of the Sabina: the area in which the Abbey stands.

  • Range: 47,4 km
  • The Abbey is 47,4 km from Rome and can be reached in just over an hour by car (own or rented). Get directions
  • 10:00-12:00/15:30-16:30. Chiusa il Lunedì.
  • Consult the official website.

5 - Sperlonga

Sperlonga is a town in the province of Latina, famous for its beaches. The most famous are: Canzatora, Fontana and Salette, characterized by very fine sand and clear water.
In addition to its beaches, Sperlonga is famous for its medieval old town, in which the four towers stand out, built as a defense against the Saracens. Today perched they give the village an even more ancient and suggestive aspect.
Also interesting is the Grotto of Tiberius: a natural cavity carved into the rock and the Archaeological Museum, which exhibits statues that once decorated the city.

  • Range: 115 km
  • It is 115 km from Rome, which can be covered in about two hours by car or public transport.
    We recommend Trenitalia from Rome Termini to Fondi-Sperlonga, fares from € 7,00, from there Bus Piazzoli to Sperlonga. Get directions
  • Museum: 8: 30-19: 30.
  • Museum: € 5,00 (full), € 2,00 (from 18 to 25 years).

6 - Acquapendente

Extra small medieval village famous for the Cathedral of the Holy Sepulcher, so called for the blood-stained stone, which comes from the tomb of Jerusalem, kept inside.
The church was built between the th and th centuries by Pope Eugene III and is one of the oldest churches in Lazio. Also suggestive are the medieval Torre Julia de Jacopo and Torre dell'Orologio, the latter being part of the Imperial Castle.
The churches of San Francesco and Santo Stefano are very beautiful: decorated with seventeenth-century frescoes, and the historic buildings that embellish the streets of the city.

  • Range: 129 km
  • Acquapendente is 129 km from Rome. We recommend Trenitalia from Rome S. Pietro to Viterbo Porta Romana, fares from € 5,00; from there Bus cotral to Acquapendente, fares from € 2,00. Get directions
  • Cathedral: 9: 00-18: 00.
  • Cathedral: free admission.

7 - Lake of Fogliano

Located in the Agropontino, inside the Circeo Park, Lake Fogliano is an excellent idea for a trip outside Rome.
Brackish lake, it was an ancient fishing village belonging to the Caetani family. Today it is a small oasis of silence and tranquility, characterized by paths surrounded by woods. Ideal for a walk or a bicycle ride, during which it will be possible to admire the ancient fishermen's houses now in disuse, or to practice Birdwatching, photographing Mallards, Cormorants and Hawks. For fans it will even be possible to fish.

  • Range: 72,5 km
  • 72,5 km from Rome, it can be reached in just over an hour by car (own or rented). Alternatively, there are two bus lines: FS and I, which pass near Lake Fogliano. Get directions
  • Always visitable.

8 - Garden of Ninfa

Located in Cisterna di Latina, this wonderful botanical garden stands on the ruins of Ninfa: a small town dating back to the Middle Ages. The ruins of the ancient city and the castle still resist among green bushes, avenues and fragrant flowers from all over the world. Furthermore, it will be possible to see what remains of the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, located right inside the park.
The Garden has been declared a Natural Monument of the Lazio Region.

  • Range: 60,4 km
  • This beautiful garden is 60,4 km from Rome and can be reached in just over an hour by car. We recommend Trenitalia or Trenitalia Intercity from Roma Termini to Latina, fares from € 4,00, from there Cotral Bus to Norma, fares from € 1,00. Get directions
  • The Garden can be visited in spring and summer, on fixed dates. It is advisable to check them on the official website.
  • € 15,00.
  • Garden of Ninfa and Sermoneta: magical 1 day tour

9 - Orsini-Odescalchi Castle

This wonderful castle dating from the fifteenth century it is one of the most majestic and beautiful Renaissance mansions in Europe. Originally belonging to the Orsini family and only later to the Odescalchi, today it is still perfectly maintained.
The visit to the inside of the castle is suggestive, where you can admire the ancient apartments where Paolo Giordano Orsini and Isabella de Medici lived, the furnishings, the paintings, the weapons and the secret garden. The view from one of the towers surrounding the Castle is wonderful.

  • Range: 39,8 km
  • It is 39,8 km from Rome and can be reached in an hour by car or by public transport. FL3 train or bus Cotral 201 is recommended. Get directions
  • 10:00AM - 17:00PM
  • € 7,50
  • Bracciano: Odescalchi Castle tour, town and lunch

10 - Villa Adriana and Villa d'Este

Located in TiFlights, just over 29 km from Rome, these two villas have become the symbol of the city.
The first dates back to the second century and the second to the sixteenth, both have been declared Unesco World Heritage Sites.
Villa Adriana was the home of the Emperor Hadrian and was built in the classic Roman style, with fountains and statues. Villa d'Este instead is in the Renaissance style, surrounded by a wonderful garden.

  • Range: 29,5 km
  • They are 29,5 km from Rome, about 33 minutes by car and just over an hour by public transport. We recommend Trenitalia from Roma Termini to TiFlights, fares from € 2,00; I alternatively Bus Cotral, from Rome Tiburtina to TiFlights Piazza Garibaldi, fares from € 2,00. Get directions
  • Villa d'Este: 8: 30-18: 45 (from Tuesday to Sunday) and 14: 00-18: 45 (Monday); Villa Adriana: 9: 00-17: 30.
  • Villa Adriana: € 10,00 (adults), € 5,00 (from 18 to 25 years); Free (under 18). Villa d'Este: same rates.
  • TiFlights: Villa d'Este and Villa Adriana tour from Rome Villa d'Este and Villa Adriana: tour from Rome

11 - Monastery of San Benedetto (Subiaco)

Set on the rocky wall of Mount Taleo, which overlooks the waters of the Aniene river, the Monastery of San Benedetto, also known as the Sanctuary of the Sacro Speco of Subiaco, is an unmissable spiritual destination.
Inside the monastery the cave where St. Benedict of Norcia spent his years as a hermit is kept; a truly touching place, which attracts visitors from all over the world.
Inside they can also be admired remarkable frescoes dating back to the period between 1200 and 1300, which make the monastery even more characteristic. The surrounding landscape is enchanting.

  • Range: 69 km
  • The Monastery is just over 69 km from Rome, which can be covered in about an hour by car or bus. We recommend Bus FR18D, SU19A, SU6D, which pass right next to the Sanctuary. Get directions
  • 9:00-12:30/15:00-18:30
  • It is advisable to consult the official website.

12 - Neptune

Surrounded by walls and towers dating back to 1300, Nettuno is a very pretty medieval village located about an hour away from Rome.
The main feature of this town is the alternation of beaches, both private and free, and narrow alleys where time seems to have stopped. A very interesting idea for a trip outside the gates of Rome.

  • Range: 57,8 km
  • Nettuno is 57,8 km from Rome and can be reached by car or public transport in about an hour. We recommend Trenitalia from Roma Termini, fares from € 4,00. Alternatively, Bus from Roma Termini to Nettuno, with change in Laurentina, fares from € 2,00. Get directions
  • Always visitable.

13 - Ponza

A small island, perfect for a day dedicated to the sea and relaxation.
Crystal clear sea e dream beaches, among the most famous: Chiaia di Luna, Calaacqua, Cala Felce, Lucia Rosa beach; or the caves: Pilate's cave, Ulysses's cave; to visit on a sailboat or catamaran. Unmissable natural pools of Ponza and the wonderful view from the lighthouse.

  • Range: 119 km (as the crow flies)
  • It is advisable to reach Anzio (see above) and from there direct ferry to Ponza, fares from € 18,00. Get directions
  • Always visitable.
  • Ponza: 5-hour boat tour from Anzio

14 - Vignanello and Castello Ruspoli

Vignanello, a small town famous for its Ruspoli Castle: dating back to the th century and belonging to the Farnese family. The Castle is surrounded by a very elegant garden, even prior to the construction of the Castle itself, and precisely to the year 853. Divided into different parts: Giardino di Verdura, Giardinetto Segreto, Barchetto and Barco (in the latter the hunting trips were held), it hosts vegetable sculptures and aromatic plants that perfume the entire park.

  • Range: 70,4 km
  • It is just over 70,4 km away and can be reached in an hour by car and a little more by public transport.
    FC3 train or Cotral bus is recommended. Get directions
  • The Castle is open on Saturday and Sunday, from 10: 00-13: 00; 15: 00-18: 00.
  • € 10,00

15 - Civita di Bagnoregio

Leaning on a tuff spur, this very small town was nicknamed "the dying city", precisely because of its uncomfortable position that subjects it to the elements of rain and wind, causing its continuous erosion below.
Characterized by alleys and small houses in tuff really suggestive, this village in danger of extinction is typically medieval and absolutely worth a visit. The view over the Calanchi valley is also beautiful.

  • Range: 109 km
  • It is 109 km from Rome and can be reached in less than two hours by car. It is advisable to reach Bagnoregio with Trenitalia or Trenitalia Intercity, with change in Orvieto and fares from € 7,00. Given the location, the village of Civita can only be reached on foot. Get directions
  • Always visitable.
  • Civita di Bagnoregio: the walking tour of the dying city

16 - Park of the Monsters of Bomarzo

Designed by Pirro Ligorio (the one who completed St. Peter's following the death of Michelangelo), the Parco dei Mostri is a monumental complex dating back to the th century, which it houses some monstrous sculptures: from anthropomorphic creatures that seem to be ready to eat the visitor, to mythological characters and sphinxes, from giant elephants to dragons. Suggestive and bizarre the Leaning House, which enchanted Salvador Dali. The optical effect created by its irregular geometries is truly curious.

  • Range: 86,8 km
  • The park is 86,8 km away, reachable in about an hour and fifteen by car. We recommend Trenitalia from Roma Termini with change in Attagliano, fares from € 5,00. Get directions
  • 8:30AM - 19:00PM
  • € 11,00 (full), € 8,00 (from 4 to 13 years).
  • Bomarzo: Park of Monsters and tour of the center of Viterbo

17- Ostia Antica

Ostia Antica and its marvelous Archaeological Park, in which a wonderful one stands out Roman Theatre, where water games were once staged. Along the way, shops, spas and baths will still be visible, accompanied by descriptive signs and mosaics.
Walking through the ruins of Ostia Antica will be like returning with a leap to the majestic imperial Rome and it will be a truly suggestive experience.

  • Range: 28,9 km
  • Ostia Antica is 28,9 km from Rome, which can be covered in less than an hour by car or by public transport.
    We recommend MEB or Meb1 metro, from Roma Termini to Ostia Antica, with change at the Basilica of San Paolo, fares from € 2,00. Get directions
  • 8: 30-17: 30 (autumn and winter); 8: 30-18: 30 (spring and summer).
  • € 10,00 (full), € 2,00 (from 18 to 25 years).
  • Ostia Antica tour by train from Rome

18 - Orvieto

A trip to Umbria, to discover Orvieto.
Famous for her Gothic style cathedral, dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta in cielo, a real triumph of decorations and colors, ancient frescoes dating back to 1300-1400, is today considered one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in all of Italy.

It is also impossible to be in Orvieto and not experience the thrill of the descent along the St. Patrick's well: 248 steps of depth, in a path that becomes more and more adrenaline. In the past it was thought that that well led directly to hell; today it has become one of the most popular attractions in Orvieto. The view from the Torre del Moro is very beautiful.

  • Range: 122 km
  • Orvieto is 122 km from Rome and can be reached in just over an hour by car or public transport.
    We recommend Trenitalia Trenitalia Intercity, from Roma Termini to Oriveto, fares from € 7,00. Get directions
  • Duomo: 9: 30-13: 00/14: 30-17: 00 (weekdays, from November to March), 14: 30-17: 30 (holidays, from November to March). 9: 00-19: 30 (weekdays, from April to October) 13: 00-18: 30 (holidays, from April to October). St. Patrick's Well: 9: 00-19: 45; Torre del Moro: 10: 00-19: 00 (April - September), 10: 00-20: 00 (May - August), 10:30 - 16:30 (November - February).
  • Duomo: 4.00 (full), Free (children under 6), Pozzo di San Patrizio: € 5,00 (Full) € 3,50 (children aged 7 to 18, disabled, over 60, students and groups over 15 people). Torre del Moro: € 2,80 (full), Free (children up to 10 years).
  • Orvieto: Private Walking Tour w / a local Assisi and Orvieto: 1 day tour from Rome

19 - Lake of Canterno

The "ghost lake" so popularly called because it disappears at certain times of the year due to the accumulation of debris, Lake Canterno is another excellent idea for a trip outside the gates of Rome.
The landscape offered is truly incredible. Ideal for a relaxing walk, among plants and animals of all kinds.

  • Range: 80,4 km
  • Lake Canterno is 80,4 km from Rome and can be reached in about an hour by car (own or rented). Get directions
  • Always visitable.

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