10 Best Day Trips from Rome Italy

It’s easy to just spend all your days in Rome while in Italy as this capital city has so much in it to see in explore. However, it is also an ideal starting point for visiting nearby towns and cities, even entire regions — all showcasing a different side to Italy. These day trips from Rome are equally amazing and you should allocate some time to these day tours when in Italy. 

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From ancient roads and villas to buried cities, from the birthplace of pizza to the home of the country’s best wines, here are some of the best days trips from Rome, Italy. 

10 Day Trips from Rome, Italy

1. Tuscany day tour from Rome

Tuscany

‪Escape to the Italian countryside and sip some of the best wines in the scenic Tuscany, just a few hours bu train from Rome. Walk through vineyards and orchards, hike up rolling hills, take in the glorious scenery as you sip some wine.

The stunning hilltop town of Tuscany is one of those Rome day tours that are perfect if you want to just relax and enjoy a different side of Italy.

A fair warning though, wineries here tend to pour generously so be sure to watch how much you drink so you can fully enjoy the rest of the trip. ‬

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2. Bologna

Bologna

With the University of Bologna having been established in 1088, this city is known as the cradle of European higher education.

One of the easiest day trips from Rome, this city also known as ‘the fat one’ because of its rich culinary culture and tradition so make sure you sample a few dishes when you visit, like cold cuts and tortellini.

After you’ve probably fattened yourself up, head onto the Piazza Maggiore for a stroll and check out the strangely constructed Basilica of San Petronio — with its bottom made of marble and the top made of bricks. 

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3. Florence day trip from Rome

Florence

Florence maybe 300 kilometers away from Rome but via high/speed train, getting there will only take an hour and a half. This is a perfect day tour from Rome if you’re looking to immerse yourself in some fine art and history.

A must-see is the statue of David at the Galleria dell’Accademia museum, where there’s more stunning art to see than the naked guy.

Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the city center to admire the beautiful Renaissance buildings before stepping inside the Duomo di Firenze, the cathedral of Florence. When you get hungry, head on to Pizzeria Dante on the south bank of the River Arno and have some Tuscan pizzas.

Afterward, stop by the famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge as you head back to the city center. 

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4. Capri

Capri

‪Situated in the bay of Naples, the island of Capri is one of the best day trips from Rome that you simply must experience. Home to high-end boutiques and luxury hotels, Capri is also known for its limoncello. Have some while you’re here and buy a few bottles to take home.

This island is also where you’ll find the Blue Grotto, a much loved natural wonder. The Blue Grotto is a sea cavern that sparkles in crystal blue hues.

There’s also the ‬Faraglioni cliff and cave that you can explore. As well as the picturesque Villa San Michele and Monte Solaro if you’re up for a more active Capri adventure. 

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5. Appian Way

Appian Way

‪A unique day trip from Rome that’s just a quick and easy train ride from the Italian capital is the scenic Via Appia Antica or the ‬old Appian Way Road. Now a regional park called ‪Parco Regionale Dell’Appia Antica‬, this was once the major road of the ancient Roman Empire.

This ancient toad is lined with tombs and churches, that even the train ride going here takes you right to the catacombs of San Callisto, the largest and most impressive of the catacombs.

You can explore this park on foot or on a bike, and take in the scenery that you won’t find anywhere else. Sunday is the best time to visit when a good part of the Appian Way is closed to traffic. 

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6. Naples

Naples

A day trip from Rome that’s reachable by an hour-long train ride, Naples or Napoli is a definite must. This city has pretty interesting attractions such as Castel dell’ Ovo, Castel Nuovo, but the top reason why anyone should go here is actually pizza.

Known all over as the place where pizza was invented, Napoli is home to Italy’s oldest pizzeria — the Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba. It is still serving some of the best pizzas up to this day and a must when in Napoli. Definitely get some of their Margherita pizza before you start exploring Napoli.

When you get hungry again, have more pizza! This time though, get it at L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele and pair it with beer. This place was also featured in the film ‘Eat, Pray, Love’.

See more of Napoli then have more pizza but this time, try the fried ones. Wash it down with some limoncello, a local lemon liquor.

Better yet, take your fried pizza and limoncello to the coast, take a walk until you see the glorious Mount Vesuvius. 

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7. Orvieto

 

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‪Perched way up on a tufa, the picturesque Umbrian town of Orvieto is a must if you’re after a fun and just a bit adventurous day trip from Rome. This charming little town boasts of rich history and stunning architecture, as well as great views of the countryside since it is located on a hill.

Check out the ‬Duomo di Orvieto’s ornate facade and gorgeous interior, climb to the top of the Torre del Moro for panoramic views, or the engineering marvel that is Pozzo di San Patrizio. 

You may also explore Orvieto’s labyrinth of caves and tunnels created by residents that date back to Etruscan times, with a guided underground tour.

Afterward, enjoy a leisurely stroll in the town streets and marvel at the architecture, at pretty doorways or check out ceramics stores.

This town isn’t teeming with tourists yet so a visit here is like truly experiencing a bit of small-town Italy. 

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8. Tivoli

Tivoli

‪The city of Tivoli is just an hour away by train from Rome and is like escaping to ancient times with its magnificent Roman structures. These are the Hadrian’s Villa and the ‬Villa d’Este, which are both UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Dating back to 2nd century A. D., Hadrian’s Villa was much more than just a massive and grand residence, it was more like a small city. Here you’ll find the remains of libraries, palaces, and temples, as well as scenic gardens and pools for relaxation.

Meanwhile, the 16th-century Villa d’Este is known for its many fountains and waterworks. A landscape design masterpiece, this place showcases a variety of ways in which water is used  — from cascades to art installations to fountains and statues.

As you explore Villa d’Este, you’ll find that elevation changes in each part of the villa’s grounds, creating a sit of intrigue. You’ll never know what you’ll find in each turn, which makes touring more fun.

This is definitely one of the best Rome day trips that you just have to see and experience for yourself. 

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9. Pompei day trips from Rome

Pompei

Including‪ a quick stop at Napoli to change trains, reaching Pompeii from Rome only takes two hours. It is one of the most interesting day trips from Rome as this ancient city is filled with fascinating sites to visit.

Aside from an amazing view of the nearby Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii is also the site of some incredible archaeological displays. These ‘displays’ are everywhere in Pompeii, the result of a volcanic eruption that destroyed the city and killed thousands of its people.

There are ruins, then there are people permanently stuck in those few seconds before mount Vesuvius erupted, moments before they died.

It’s quite a sad spectacle, but fascinating nonetheless to see these visual (plasters) representation of one of the most devastating events in ancient history. It’s a lot to take in but a worthwhile visit nonetheless.‬

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10. Vatican

Vatican

‪Vatican City may be situated within Rome but stepping inside, it is an entirely different environment. For one, despite the tourists that are constantly getting in and out, being here still provides a much-needed respite from the relative chaos and hustle of Rome.

It starts with the lovely Vatican Gardens, then continues with the museums that are appreciated by visitors whether they’re religious or not. The Vatican City is the official residence of the Pope, a massive complex filled with structures and displays mostly of religious significance as well as incredible architecture.

This is an ideal quick day tour from Rome that’s best if you simply want a few hours to relax, to enjoy a quieter atmosphere. Be sure to visit the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll find ‬Michelangelo’s masterpiece ‘The Last Judgement’ which is a definite must-see and quite humbling to observe. 

Contact Information

Phone:  info@vaticanrome.it

Address: Vatican Relais Rome, Borgo Angelico, 22Rome, Italy

Email: +39 3478009066

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