Italy’s glorious capital, Rome is one of the world’s most romantic, spectacular and awe-inspiring cities. Rome and the surrounding regions of Italy are an amalgamation of artistic heritage & culture, ancient ruins, breathtaking landscapes, vibrant picturesque streets, cheerful bars and cafes and many more hidden treasures. Not only is there so much to see in Rome, but it is also blessed to have so many wonderful locations close by that can be easily visited when you visit Rome. Within a few hours reach, these destinations are best covered through day trips from Rome. These trips are very popular, convenient and practical as save you a lot of hassle of check-in/ check-out, packing/unpacking, time and money.
Day trips from Rome to Florence
From the most famous cathedral dome dominating the skyline of Florence, architectural marvels reminding you of their past political might and world’s top art museums displaying the works of the Renaissance to the stunning gardens, panoramic views and beautiful villas, Florence is a ‘must visit’ tourist destination. A day trip with careful planning of your itinerary can comfortably make you rejoice most of the attractions of this stunning city.
Things to do in Florence
There are umpteen number of things to see in Florence. Here are the main attractions one can cover in a day trip to Florence.
• Uffizi Gallery - One of the largest and most well known art museums in the world, the Uffizi Gallery is situated next to Piazza della Signoria in the Historic Centre of Florence.
• Piazza della Signoria - Piazza della Signoria is a historic square in front of Palazzo Vecchio. The square is adorned by many statues and sculptures, some of which are a Copy of Michelangelo's David, Fountain of Neptune(1575), Hercules and Cacus(1533), Medici lions (1598) and others.
• Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore - This iconic cathedral(the Duomo in Italian) dominates the Florence skyline and is the main church of the city. Begun in 1296 in the Gothic style, the cathedral is adorned by an impressive dome designed and built by Filippo Brunelleschi.
• Ponte Vecchio - An illustrious landmark in the city of Florence, Ponte Vecchio or “Old Bridge” in Italian, is the most famous bridge in the city. Spanning the Arno river, the bridge is made of stone and wood and leads to Florence from the Cassia road.
• Piazzale Michelangelo - Built by Giuseppe Poggi in 1869 on a hill on the south bank of the Arno river, Piazzale Michelangelo is one of the most visited attractions in the city and offers breathtaking views of Florence including Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio.
• Boboli Gardens - The Boboli Gardens are more than just a swatch of green in Florence. Situated behind the Pitti Palace, this 16th centure garden also functions as an open-air museum and is home to a collection of sculptures dating from the Renaissance as well as some Roman antiquities.
• Enjoy the beautiful Tuscan landscape - Not much needs to be said here. On your drive to Florence from Rome, you will encounter one of the most breathtaking landscapes in all of Italy. Famous for its rolling green hills, golden sunlight, vineyards and medieval castles, the Tuscan landscape is extremely beautiful and pleasure to explore.
Suggested Day Trips From Rome to Florence
Unesco Jewels: One-Day Tour of Florence by High-Speed Train
The trip like the one above lets you plan the itinerary very efficiently to make the best of a day trip. You are booked on a high speed train and as soon as you reach Florence you are escorted by a professional guide. You cover the main attractions of this immensely beautiful and historical place walking through the streets and famous squares of Florence. Witness the unbelievable statues at Piazza della Signoria. There is no wastage of time or effort standing in queues anywhere. The tickets of the attractions included in the trip are pre-booked by Headout. You move on to visit world famous, the main attraction of Florence, The Uffizi gallery. You can feast on the divine Florentine meal enjoying the breathtaking Tuscan landscapes and architecture at vast Piazza Santa Croce, framed by a towering cathedral on side. You stroll back contented to catch the train back to Rome.
Day trips from Rome to Venice
Venice, a city built entirely on water, has always pulled hoards for tourists curious to witness this distinctive marvel. Popularly called the “floating city” or the “city of canals” is a unique city historically as well as architecturally. Built on mud and sand, this city has magical touch to it with spectacular scenery coupled with the miracle of creative genius. Ornate marbled and frescoed palaces with artistic domes are an unbelievable work of art and architecture. And if all this wasn't enough the tantalising Venetian cuisine with traces of ancient spice route entices you to make this city a must visit destination.
Things to do in Venice
Venice has a number of attractions to offer for the tourists. Here are some of those:
• St. Mark's Basilica - St. Mark's Basilica is one of the most visited attractions and one of the most impressive buildings in all of Venice. With a rich and fascinating history that goes back to the 9th century, and works of art from the Crusades to the Renaissance, the basilica is a Venetian landmark you just can't miss.
• St. Mark's Square - The only piazza in Venice, St. Mark's Square is the historic centre of Venice. Probably the most popular attraction in Venice, the square is surrounded by historic buildings on three sides and the St. Mark's Basilica on the fourth.
• Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace) and Bridge of Sighs - Palazzo Ducale is another impressive Venetian landmark situated next to St, Mark's Square. The palace is defined by its airy design, soft colors, beautiful stone carving and is a stunning example of Venetian Gothic. Adjoining the palace is the Bridge of Sighs, that leads to the dungeons of the palace's prison.
• Canale Grande (Grand Canal) - Lined with over 170 buildings that date from the 13th to 18th century, the Grand Canal is the major water-traffic corridor in Venice. The S shaped canal flows through the heart of Venice, dividing the districts of San Marco and San Polo.
• Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge) - Of the 4 bridges that span the Grand Canal, the Rialto Bridge is the oldest and most famous. The bridge has been rebuilt several times since the 12th century and is now a major tourist attraction in the city.
Suggested Day Trip From Rome to Venice
Unesco Jewels: One-Day Tour of Venice by High-Speed Train
A day trip from Rome to Venice is ideal for someone hard pressed for time but eager to witness this unique city of architectural marvel built on a lagoon. The high speed train ride is an exquisite experience as you pass many scenic vistas of the beautiful country side. You enjoy the leisurely walk through the numerous water canals and arrive at the celebrated and most distinguished St Mark’s Square. You can pick up a few souvenirs or savour a snack and coffee at one of the lovely cafes. You skip the long queues and enter St Mark’s Basilica on pre-booked tickets. This lets you maximise your time marvelling the amazing Venetian architecture and incredible frescoes. You also have a twelve hour pass for the Vaporetto, the city’s water bus to enjoy the unique experience of this floating town. You wrap up the trip taking the Ferry down to the world renowned Grand Canal and head back to catch the train back to Rome.
Day trips from Rome to the Coast of Naples
Driving through the breathtaking view of the scenic Italian countryside, you find yourself witnessing the most spectacular slice of the country’s coastline. Clear blue waters of the bay of Naples is the most refreshing treat to your senses. You can enjoy the charm of idyllic streets of Sorrento and absorb the serenity of this lovely town sitting on a cliff. Much talked about Amalfi coast genuinely deserves the much hyped attention. Mountains plunging into the ocean, cliff clinging villas and lush green woods, make Amalfi coast a picture perfect abode. Pompeii, A UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the most important archeological sites in Europe. The city has been restored and preserved since the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD and is certainly a must visit tourist destination. The miraculously preserved ancient Roman villas are awe inspiring.No wonder it attracts nearly 2.5 million visitors every year!
One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Naples is also one of the most charming and beautiful cities in Italy. With a historic city center that is a designated Unesco World Heritage Site; the architectural, artistic and cultural heritage of Naples is second to none. If you decide to visit Naples, for a prolonged stay or a day tour, make sure to check out the National Archaeological Museum, Royal Palace of Naples, Castel Nuovo, Castel Sant'Elmo, the Catacombs of San Gennaro and more.
Pompeii was an ancient city near Naples that was abandoned in AD 79 after Mt. Vesuvius erupted and blanketed the town in ash. Lying undiscovered for over 1,500 year, Pompeii's ruins were eventually discovered in 1599 and ever since, it has become a popular attraction and tourist center in Italy. If you visit Pompeii today, you'll find a city that has been mummified - ruins, graffiti from Romans in the 1st century AD, solidified corpses and ancient wall art can still be found in adundance.
The town of Amalfi and the surrounding seascape are one of the most beautiful places in all of Italy. Situated at the mouth of a ravine opening up into the sea, Amalfi is situated at the foot of Monte Cerreto and is surrounded by dramatic cliffs and beautiful coastal scenery. The quaint town, perched upon a hill, paints a stunning picture and make visiting Amalfi a must for those visiting Italy.
Situated in the vicinity of Naples and Pompeii is the coastal town on Sorrento. Overlooking the Bay of Naples, one can enjoy views of Naples, Vesuvius and the Isle of Capri from the town. Connected to Amalfi by a scenic road that traverses the hilly coast, the drive to Sorrento in itself is a beautiful experience. The main attractions in Sorrento are the Marina Grande, Museum Correale , Piazza Tasso, Roman ruins at the Punta del Capo, the 14th century Monastery of St. Francesco and others.
Suggested Day Trips From Rome to Naples, Pompeii, Amalfi, Sorrento
Naples and Pompeii Archeological Full Day Trip from Rome
• A 10 hour tour from Rome to Naples, Pompeii and back.
• Enjoy a tour of the Mediterranean city of Naples.
• Enjoy a lunch amidst gardens dating back to the 1700s.
• Explore the ruins of Pompeii.
• Avail skip the line access to the Pompeii archaeological site.
Multi Day excursion to Naples, Pompeii and Sorrento from Rome
• Choice of 2 or 3 day tour from Rome and back.
• Skip the line entrance tickets to Pompeii.
• Explore the ruins of Pompeii.
• Enjoy a panoramic tour of the Mediterranean city of Naples.
• Drive to Sorrento for dinner and overnight stay at a 4 star hotel.
Day Trips From Rome to Tivoli
Tivoli a city in Lazio, since the 19th century has been a favourite with poets, painters and rich aristocrats for its unparalleled scenic beauty. This hilltop town is home to two Unesco World Heritage Sites; Villa Adriana, the sprawling estate of Emperor Hadrian, and the 16th-century Villa d'Este, a Renaissance villa famous for its landscaped gardens and lavish fountains. Famous for archaeology, history, places of worship and natural sceneries, this town should definitely be visited by beauty lovers.
Things to do in Tivoli
There are two main attractions which the tourists must cover. They are:
• Villa of Emperor Hadrian - Built during the 2nd century, Hadrian's Villa is a large Roman archaeological complex at Tivoli and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Designed and built as a retreat for the Roman emperor in the beautiful country landscape of Tivoli, the remains of the villa features many baths, fountains and classical Greek architecture set amidst landscaped gardens and wilderness areas.
• Villa D’Este - The 16th-century Villa d'Este is a villa situated in Tivoli and is famous for its terraced hillside garden typical of Italian Renaissance gardens. The villa is now an Italian state museum and is a designated UNESCO world heritage site.
Suggested Day Trip From Rome to Tivoli
Day Trip from Rome: Tivoli - Hadrian's Villa & Villa D'Este
A day trip like the one above is best suited to cover a location like Tivoli. Hardly any distance from Rome, it takes just a few minutes to reach Tivoli. There are two main attractions of this town and the trip includes professionally guided tour to these. Also, you can skip the line at both locations as the tickets are pre booked. Enjoy your leisurely walk through Hadrian’s Villa to admire the ancient Roman Emperor’s estate. Travel to the city centre to look around and grab a bite. Move on to explore the enchanting Villa D’Este adorned with great pieces of art and beautiful gardens, capturing the best of Renaissance work.
Day Trips From Rome to Ostia Antica
Ostia Antica, ancient Rome’s seaport gives you a peak into the Roman lifestyle. Remains of the docks, warehouses, apartment flats, mansions, shopping arcades, and baths take you back 2000 years into the rich history of this port town. Just 30 minutes from the Colosseum this town has managed to preserve the ancient buildings, magnificent frescoes and impressive mosaics beautifully. It is a densely populated Roman city at the mouth of the river Tiber which is an ideal tourist destination for art and history lovers.
Things to do in Ostia Antica
A number of attractions that can be covered while walking in these Roman ruins are:
• Castello di Giulio II - A fine example of Renaissance military architecture, the castle rises above above Ostia's medieval village and is named after Pope Giulio II. The castle was built around the 15th century to guard the mouth of the Tiber but was eventually abandoned after the river changed its course following a heavy flooding in 1557.
• Baths of Neptune - Dating back to the 2nd century, the Baths of Neptune were commissioned by Emperor Hadrian to replace the existing baths from the 1st century. The large complex of baths is most famous for the Antonine black-and-white floor mosaics.
• Decumanus Maximus - The Decumanus Maximus is the main street in ruins of Ostia Antica and is flanked by ancient Roman ruins on both sides.
Suggested Day Trip From Rome to Ostia Antica
Private Tour of Ostia Antica from Rome by Train
A day trip to Ostia Antica is really worthwhile for the fact that it is so close to Rome and is a paradise for adventure seekers with historical interests. You can marvel at the mosaics and artworks of the well preserved structures of this archival place at leisure. A professional guide helps you navigate through the marvellous ruins and also entertains you with stories and anecdotes of the past.
Insider Tips for Day Trips from Rome
1. Dress for the weather
Summers are pleasant in Italy and hence, you can dress up how you like. If visiting Italy in winter, remember that winter temperatures may go down to 9°C (48°F) in Rome and Naples.
2. Make an itinerary
Italy may be a small country but it offers an astounding number of experiences. It is better to plan your visit and not cramp in too much as you will be tempted.
3. Go for tours
Whenever you can, go for a guided tour. If it's your first time visiting Italy, then your guides will help you learn and experience interesting things that you otherwise wouldn't have.
4. Try the local cuisine
Italian food is more than just pizza and pasta. There's a whole universe of delicious Mediterranean cuisine waiting for you on your Italian adventure.