Top 8: The most beautiful excursion destinations in Rome's surroundings
Near to Rome there are many beautiful places to visit. Pompeii, Tivoli, Venice - from a trip to the sea, a tour of Tuscany to a city tour in Florence, all doors are open to you. Our top 8 highlights in the surroundings of Rome.
Pompeii is an ancient city that sank with the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. It is about 242 km away from Rome. Interesting places are for example the mystery villa, the house of the Faun, the house of the tragic poet and the temple of Apollo. For a Trip to Pompeii you should plan a full day.
With the express train you can reach Venice in just under 3:45 hours. Be happy at the Day trip to Venice on the contrasting program to Rome. Instead of noisy cars and roaring moped scooters, you'll find romantic gondolas sailing across the canals. Stroll across St. Mark's Square and visit St. Mark's Cathedral, discover the picturesque alleys and walk across the numerous bridges. Particularly worth seeing: Doge's Palace, the Rialto Bridge, the Bridge of Sighs, the Teatro la Fenice and Santa Maria della Salute.
The Town Tivoli is only 35 km from Rome and offers impressive sightseeing with two fantastic Roman villas, the Hadrian's Villa and the Renaissance Villa D'Este. Both belong to the UNESCO world cultural heritage. The Hadrian's Villa is the largest and most luxurious ancient Roman villa ever built and Villa D'Este is one of the most beautiful villas of the late Renaissance.
4. Positano & Amalfi
A good opportunity to escape the stress and noise in Rome is a Trip to the Amalfi Coast. Here you can admire the beautiful scenery, visit the towns of Positano and Amalfi and relax on the beach. Approx. 274 km away from the hustle and bustle of Rome you can discover the steep slopes and the charming city centre of Positano. The fastest way to get around is by express train.
Florence is famous for its treasures of art and architecture. Visit places of interest like the Piazza della Signoria with the Palazzo Vecchio, the Ponte Vecchio, the Piazza santa Croce with the Basilica and much more. Visit the Uffizi Gallery, one of the most important art museums in the world. You can admire works such as "The Birth of Venus" by Sandro Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci's "The Annunciation". Florence can be reached in under 1.5 hours by express train. The Day trip from Rome to Florence comes with a guided tour and Uffizi ticket.
At a Day Trip to the Tuscany you can discover many beautiful cities. In Montepulciano you can taste the famous red wine Vino Nobile di Montepulciano at a wine tasting. You will visit medieval wine cellars and see the unfinished cathedral. In the Montalcino area you can visit the Abbey of Sant Antimo and enjoy the view of the city's vineyards. Tuscany can be visited particularly well with a local guide who will show you the most beautiful cities.
7. Ostia Antica
Rome itself has a lot of ruins to offer, but a trip to the ancient port city near Rome is still worthwhile. Here you can visit an ancient Roman insula, a domus, a theatre, a café, a laundry or even a public bath. Experience the everyday life and religion of antiquity Ostia Antica is about 20km away from Rome and can be reached in half an hour by car or train.
8. Summer residence of the pope in Castel Gandolfo
With the Vatican train you travel in the historical carriages to the Summer residence of the pope at Castel Gandolfo. The residence was built in the 17th century and still inspires today with its historic architecture, the enchanting stucco decorations and the blooming gardens of the villa.
Travel tips for excursions from Rome
Excursions from Rome: only a stone's throw away
Holidaymakers who do not visit the Eternal City just for a weekend have the opportunity to escape Rome and its chaos for a day trip. Those who have already seen St. Peter's Basilica, Colosseum and Co. should let the view wander to the surroundings: Popular sights such as the Villa d'Este, the Handriansvilla and the summer residence of the Pope are only a few minutes' drive away from Rome. The excursion is possible with your own rental car but also as a tour including guide.
Nearly 250km: by train to Pompeii
Time travel to the year 79 when the Versuv buried Pompeii. Pompeii is one of the most popular day trips from Rome. By train you can cover the 250km in 2-4 hours, changing trains at Roma Termini station with 1-2 stops. The faster the connection, the more expensive the tickets are. It's easier with the organized day trips with shuttle bus and guided tour through the once buried city of Pompeii.
Rome for cruisers: excursions from the port / Civitavecchia
Whether AIDA, Costa Cruises or MSC, cruise guests can book their land excursions, trips and tours directly with the shipping company. You would rather experience Rome from the perspective of a local, you would love to eat like a Roman or discover the highlights of the Italian capital away from the large group tours? Private guides are also happy to pick up their guests directly at the harbour!
You want to leave the cruise ship for a day trip and are on your own? Would you like to see the Colosseum, St. Peter's and the Sistine Chapel? The best way to get around Rome is definitely the Metro. Use it whenever you can, as it is the only way to escape the traffic and congested roads in Rome. Buses and trams are an alternative, but sometimes seem a bit slow. We do not advise you to take a taxi in the centre of Rome. In Rome's surroundings, however, taxis are an alternative. If you are in town for at least two days, it is worthwhile to get the Rome City Pass.
Popular excursion destinations in Rome
In the area surrounding Rome, the cities are Pompeii, Ostia Antica and Tivoli. In Rome itself, the Vatican Museums with the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica and the Colosseum are the sights considered as must sees on your excursion. Rome visitors, who are only one day in the city are recommended to non-queued tickets or skip-the-line tickets.
A day at the beach
As impressive as Rome with its sights and attractions is, at the latest after a few days in bright Rome, between honking mopeds and large groups of tourists, we are happy to have a little break. Why not plan a trip to the beach? Visit the towns of Positano and Amalfi and relax for a day on the warm sand of the beach. Positano is a true open-air museum with its beautiful view, the charming city centre, the alleys and the numerous beaches. Amalfi inspires with its Mediterranean architecture and is one of Italy's most famous holiday resorts.