Italy is a great place to be explored. You can find some of the most rural and traditional towns and villages, as well as culturally exquisite hubs, that lie within the landscape that surrounds Italy’s most famous cities. And Rome is no exception. Rent a car in Rome, take to the road, and explore Italy on your own road trip. If you decide to drive through Italy, it means you won’t have to worry about when you leave and what time you will get there, you can take the whole experience in your stride and make the most of your time in Rome; “seize the day” as the Italians would say!
It’s also a great way travel Italy on a budget, with alternative train and plane options often proving a more expensive way to travel. You can set up your base in Rome, and after spending three to four days exploring the city, hit the open road. All of these trips can be completed within one day, so take your pick and hopefully you can fit in more than one of these spectacular cities and towns of Italy into your agenda!
Check out some of the best day trips from Rome…
Located in Italy’s Umbria region, Orvieto is a beautiful city that is surrounded by fields of vines, olives and cypress trees, featuring a glorious Gothic cathedral, the city is brimming with culture and history just waiting to be explored. Just an hour-and-a-half south of Rome, the city is host to hundreds of underground passages that have existed beneath its grounds since Etruscan times, making them over 3,000 years old. Be sure to take the funicular to the top of the hill to where the city is located!
The ancient Italian town of Tivoli is just 30 km from Rome, or 40 minutes driving time. With spectacular views of the Roman Campagna, Tivoli’s picturesque and historic town is a popular day trip and a delightful break from the city. Famous attractions in the hill-town include the gardens of Villa d’Este and the ruins of Hadrian’s Villa, also known as the Villa Adriana, which is located on the outskirts of the town and is best accessed by car. You can also visit Villa Gregoriana, an incredible Italian park that features a prize 100-m waterfall!
Drive for just over two hours and you will reach the fabulous city of Naples. Once the centre of Roman Neapolis, Naples is now home to the remnants of an incredible ancient empire, with everything you would expect from an Italian city – narrow streets, lemon trees and exciting culture and history around every corner. Visit the catacombs that lie beneath the city, with the Catacombe di San Gennaro being the oldest and most famous, and the Museo Archeologio Nazionale, which is home to some of the most impressive collections of Greco-Roman artifacts, including exhibits from Pompeii. Naples also has a seafront (or Lungomare) with fantastic spots to watch the sunset before you head back to Rome. And of course you have to make time for at least one slice of Naples’ most famous export, the pizza.
While it may be the furthest destination from Rome, the famous city of Pisa and its wonderful leaning tower is still only three-and-a-half hours of driving away and can be explored in one day if you set off nice and early. Situated in the region of Tuscany, you cannot fail to visit this compelling city and its famous architecture gone wrong, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. With an electric cafe and bar scene, spend your day enjoying some of Pisa’s other landmarks, such as the Gothic churches, Renaissance piazzas and its many Roman buildings, and enjoy an evening meeting the locals that dominant this exuberant city.
For a trip into rural Northern Italy, take the E35 north and head to the beautiful wine town of Montalcino. Just south of Siena, Montalcino is a fairytale medieval town set in the heart of Tuscany. Surrounded by the stunning Val d’Orcia Natural Park, the town and its surrounding region is especially famous for its delicious Brunello red wine. The untouched town is a two-and-a-half hour drive north of Rome, and is well worth a visit. Spend the morning exploring the virtually untouched 16th-Century architecture, then head out into the fields of vines, or vineyards for an afternoon of wine tasting. Sign up for a wine tasting session and find out why what makes this red wine so famous. Enjoy spectacular views of the incredible Tuscan landscape before heading back to Rome.
Just half an hour from Rome, Ostia Antica may not be a location you have thought of visiting before, possibly because you haven’t heard of it, but it is most definitely worth a visit and in such close proximity of Rome, you can really make a day of. Originally one of ancient Rome’s sea ports, what’s left are beautifully preserved ruins. Much like Pompeii the city was thriving, with over 50,000 inhabitants after its founding in the 4th Century BC until a devastating epidemic of malaria saw its population abandon the city until it was re-established in the 9th Century. A manageable and moving insight into a lost ancient world.
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