Rome is not only one of the most culturally important cities in the world, but also one of the most romantic. With over 3000 years of historical heritage to explore, you will certainly not be bored in Rome. However, once you visit the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, and the Roman Forum, it’s time to explore something else. From the fashionable coastline to the massive Tuscan vineyards, day trips from Rome are just waiting for you.
Here are the best day trips from Rome
Hadrian’s Villa and Villa D’Este – a historical day trip from Rome
The city of Tivoli is home to not one, but two of the most luxurious and best-preserved Roman villas in Italy. Hadrian’s villa was built by the emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century. Once you visit the thermal baths, temples, and palaces, you can go to Villa D’Este. The former home of Cardinal Hippolytus who had it built in the 16th century, has beautiful gardens, fountains, and waterfalls. The stories you will hear at Villa D’Este are quite amazing. The villa itself is part of the UNESCO cultural heritage and it is best to explore it with a tour guide.
The ancient city of Pompeii, located next to Naples, is one of the oldest historical sites in the world. It is possible to walk to the top of Mount Vesuvius in just 20 minutes. Hiking takes you past old streams of lava and bumps and soft volcanic ash. The views from the top are quite amazing. As the volcano is still active, steam from the stone vents comes out into the air. When you return to ground level, you can wander the ancient ruins of Pompeii and learn about Roman times.
Naples is a city near Pompeii, and if you have enough time, combine a visit to Pompeii and this coastal city in one day. Although, in our opinion, Naples is so interesting and big that you need two full days to explore it. The Royal Palace in Naples is a treat to explore, as is the National Archaeological Museum. However, for any traveler who is passionately interested in Roman history, a visit to Naples is essential. Naples has some of the best pizzerias in all of Italy. To try some of the best pizzas in the world, book yourself a table at Pizzeria Dal Presidente or Pizzeria Starita. You will not be disappointed.
Florence – a cultural day trip from Rome
If you are a fanatic in terms of culture, a passionate lover of fine arts or you are simply a curator and artist by profession, you will surely fall in love with Florence. Home to countless museums, galleries, and fashion studios. Museums to visit include the Uffizi Gallery, which houses masterpieces by Raphael, Botticelli, and Caravaggio. The Gucci Museum provides a fascinating insight into the evolution of modern fashion through the eyes of a world-famous fashion house. You will find Michelangelo’s magnificent sculpture “David” in the Galleria dell’Accademia.
Cinque Terre – a romantic day trip from Rome
One of the most picturesque parts of the coast in all of Europe is the part of the Italian Riviera known as the Cinque Terre. Be sure to explore this part of traditional villages and authentic cities if you have enough time. Each of the five villages has a different vibe, but each place offers picturesque houses, family restaurants, and a beautiful view of the Italian Riviera. This area is known for being the authentic home of pesto, so be sure to try or buy some sauce.