10 Incredible Day Trips From Rome To Enjoy With Your Loved Ones

They say that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and with so much culture and history here in this historic capital, it’s not hard to appreciate that.

10 Incredible Day Trips From Rome To Enjoy With Your Loved Ones

However, just as true is the fact that Rome will not be explored in a single day, either!

With over 2 thousand years of history, and all that culture that has lived throughout it, it is not hard to at least appreciate the fact that, to no one’s surprise, a lot of stuff has happened in Rome, it turns out!

And the best (or maybe worst part, depending on your perspective), is that the surrounding areas are just as rich in that same colorful life as the city itself. Maybe even more so, without the hustle and bustle of city life!

So, as a tourist trying to absorb at least a little of this part of the world’s magnificent culture and history, you could spend a month walking through these streets, and still barely scratch the surface.

So, you’re probably going to want at least a few pointers and ideas as to how to better spend your time going around this ancient city.

If that’s the case for you, then you’re going to want to take a look at these cultural tours that we have collected for you, to better help you appreciate this incredible place in human history and the lands around you!

Castel Gandolfo

Starting this list with a golden visiting opportunity, this particular site is one of the most popular day trips to take from Rome itself.

And it’s not hard to see why! With a gorgeous view of the nearby Lake Albano, this little village might have one of the most drop-dead gorgeous vistas in the country.

A country that, need we remind you, is already considered one of the most beautiful countries in all of Europe, if not the world (see also our favorite Spanish cities)!

Accessible by both car and train, this particular village was once the domain of princes, powerful royal families, and even popes from time to time.

If you’re looking to experience a little of what the Italian countryside has to offer, this should be one of your first ports (or castles) of call!

Ostia Antica

Of course, one of the big reasons that many people like to visit Italy and the wider Mediterranean area is because of the history that the region had.

The Ancient Romans governed every corner of this inland sea, from the tip of Portugal to the Middle Eastern lands of Anatolia in modern Turkey.

Of course, the Roman’s strongest influence was around its aforementioned capital, leaving us with some of the most jaw-dropping archaeological sites in the world.

Ostia Antica is one such site. This ancient city from Italy’s long-past history was once a bustling metropolis at its height, with over 100,000 inhabitants filling its streets and buildings with day-to-day life.

Much of that old life can be felt as you pass through the main street that stretches a mile across the abandoned city, as well as visiting the old amphitheater that could once hold up to 4,000 spectators, as known as Agrippa’s Amphitheater, after the famous Roman general and close associate of the emperor Augustus.

Ostia Antica is just the first on this list, so start collecting these names for your next visit!

Ostia

Not far from the old Roman city, lies the quiet coastal town of Ostia itself.

This little seaside settlement, while being similarly named to the old Roman ruins nearby, has a character all of its own, and should be experienced if you happen to be traveling to see the old city.

While not exactly the most well-known beach in all of Italy, this little town still has plenty of character, including plenty of turn-of-the-century pieces of Art Nouveau architecture, giving it a completely different feel from the more classically styles villages and sites that we will cover in this list.

If you’re looking for a relaxing day by the beach, or want to find somewhere to wind down after going to the old ruins, this is the perfect little seaside place to go!

Hadrian’s Villa, Tivoli

Of course, we won’t be staying away from classic antiquity, and its many leftover ruins for long, as the area around Rome is littered with a massive variety of old Roman remains from yesteryear and further back.

Perhaps one of the most notable is the former villa of the old Emperor Hadrian himself!

The size of this ‘villa’ (feeling a little more like a miniature village in size), is exactly the kind of exuberant, over-the-top residence that you would expect from one of the most powerful rulers of the day.

The fact that so much of this old imperial home is on display, and historians and archaeologists estimate that this is still only half of the entire complex? It’s almost mind-boggling just how much authority these old rulers had.

If you love the history of Italy as much as we do, or simply love a good palace, this is one of the places to go on your visit to Rome. It’s a train and bus ride away from Rome, at most!

Castelli Romani

10 Incredible Day Trips From Rome To Enjoy With Your Loved Ones

Castel Dangolfo might be one of the most idyllic little villages that you’ll find in Southern Italy, but it is far from the only one in the area.

Many of the smaller villages in and across western and central Italy, known widely as Castelli Romani, translate (pretty literally) as ‘Roman castles’.

This refers to a range of settlements that were originally based around multiple Roman villas and palaces, that have since expanded to become their little corners of civilization across the Italian countryside.

Amongst these little towns, there are plenty of chances to learn more about the history and culture that accompanies them, from the old Roman/Byzantine monastery of Grottaferrata built in the 11th century, to the gorgeous amphitheater in Tusculum.

The Romans loved their amphitheaters, didn’t they?

Orvieto

Outside of the older Roman ruins, one of the most striking images that people have when thinking about what comes to mind when thinking of Italy, are the rolling countryside hills, and the many hill towns that pepper this idyllic part of the Mediterranean.

Orvieto is one of the closest to the Italian capital, making it a great day trip to take with you and your family if you have a chance!

This town has been around for hundreds of years, and has picked up a classic renaissance-era character to go along with it, from the Duomo de Orvieto that you’ll find in the town center, to the rooftop view of the Torre del Moro that will give you a glorious view of the entire town, and plenty of the surrounding countryside to boot!

Villa D’Este, Tivoli

Not far from the old Roman palace of Hadrian that we just mentioned, lies another royal dwelling that is in much better condition to view and admire!

The Villa D’Este is located very near the old Roman place, still in Tivoli, and housed the son of Lucrezia Borgia, the governor of Spoleto in the early 16th century.

This villa feels furnished for a prince, and given the occupant, it probably was, housing some of the most beautiful fountains and waterfalls in all of Rome.

Combine this villa with the Roman palace we’ve already mentioned for the perfect historical day trip, and see a slice of high-society Italy at two very different points in the country’s history!

Ariccia

Ariccia is another gem from the crown that is the Castelli Romani collection of towns, so you know it’s going to be a gorgeous place to visit!

And it’s gorgeous in more ways than one, as this place was the refuge of artists from across the Mediterranean for hundreds of years. This leaves Ariccia with an artistic catalog of famous renaissance painters and artists longer than some entire countries!

Olive Oil Tour

Olive oil is one of the oldest condiments and food items used in Europe, as well as one of the most widely used around the world.

If you’ve ever been curious as to how this particular item, known widely as Italy’s liquid gold, then you need to find yourself a quality olive tour around Rome.

Some of these vineyards have been around for centuries at this point, and the practice dates back thousands of years in Italy and the surrounding areas, so you can bet that they know how to make good olive oil!

Ladispoli

If you’re looking to get away from the cities and towns for a quiet day out, then you need to find your way over to Ladispoli.

Located less than 22 miles north of Rome, this beach is quiet and has plenty of room to explore and relax.

With dunes a-plenty, marshes to see, and even some old medieval ruins to find for yourself!

With so much to do and see, this beach is an underrated gem, as far as middle Italy beaches go! 

Final Thoughts

So, there you have it!

With such a massive amount of history hiding in every corner, it can feel tricky planning a visit to and around Rome.

However, we hope that this list has given you a few ideas for yourself!

Mylene Mace