There are many incredible day trips from Rome and you can easily leave the city and feel a world apart from it.
Rome literally is the ultimate place to visit in Italy, and it is only fair that it receives the amount of attention it gets from tourists. The Eternal City is fantastic: a perfect mixture of historic and archeological sites (think Colosseum), beautiful churches, museums and art galleries, lively vibe, delicious food and fun nightlife.
Make sure to read my post “37 Unmissable, Fun And Cheap Things To Do In Rome.”
One thing is true about Rome, however. It can get overwhelming: the traffic, the noise, the crowds of tourists in all the major sites – after a few of days, once you have seen the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums, joined a Vatican tour and have done a tour of Ancient Rome, seen the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona and Trevi Fountain, explored the Appian Way, and wandered the streets of Testaccio, you’ll need a change of scenery or you may well go crazy.
The good news is that Rome is so centrally located in Italy, and so well connected, that you can easily get out of it even just for a day. You’ll have a great choice of day trips from Rome.
In this post, I highlight some of the best day trips from Rome and share a few tips on how to fully enjoy your day out of the city. For the sake of clarity, I will divide my selection by larger topics – archeological sites; cities; smaller towns; countryside; wine tours; islands and coastal road trips.
Please keep in mind that this list of day trips from Rome is by no means exhaustive. There are many more you can take, and some I don’t mention because I simply don’t think they make sense – for example, I don’t think places such as Cinque Terre or Venice should be visited in a day. Cinque Terre is too far and complicated to get to from Rome, and with so much time wasted on transportation, you’d have no time to enjoy all that it has to offer! The same goes for Venice – you’d hardly have time to enjoy St. Mark even if you take the high-speed train.
The following is a selection of the nicest day trips from Rome:
- Day tour of Villa d’Este and Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli
- Day trip from Rome to Viterbo, Bagnaia, Thermal Baths and Lake Vico
- Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio
- Tarquinia Etruscan tombs
- Tuscia Romana wine experience from Rome
- Frascati and Castel Gandolfo day trip from Rome
- Bracciano Castle and Lake
- Pompeii and Vesuvius day trip from Rome
- Assisi and Orvieto day trip from Rome
- Amalfi Coast private tour from Rome
- Capri Island day trip from Rome
- Ponza Island day trip from Rome
Continue reading for a more in depth guide to the most interesting day trips from Rome.
Make sure to also read my post “17 Reasons To Visit Italy As Soon As Possible.”
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Day trips from Rome to nearby archeological sites
The immediate surroundings of Rome, as well as places that are a bit further away, are packed with beautiful archeological sites – some are very famous among foreigners; others well known to Italians but virtually unknown to tourists, but just as interesting to visit. I can’t possibly mention them all, so I am going to select the ones I find unmissable.
This definitely is one of the nicest day trips from Rome, connected to the city via the Appian. While the medieval quarter of Ostia makes for a nice walk, it’s the archeological site that is really worth visiting.
Located at only 30 km from Rome, Ostia used to be the commercial port of the Eternal City. Facing the sea, it was here that goods were stored and then shipped to Ancient Rome via the Tiber river.
In its heyday Ostia got to count around 100000 inhabitants – it was very large for that time. The ongoing excavation have confirmed that Ostia used to be twice bigger than Pompeii. It was also a very wealthy city, which was reflected in the presence of villas and residential areas for its rich inhabitants. The city was packed with shops, taverns and temples, a political forum, an amphitheater and thermal baths.
I recommend taking a guided tour of Ostia Antica so that a tour guide can share as much information as possible about the site, and help you put things in context.
The following are some very good tours departing from Rome:
- Half day tour from Rome by train
- Guided walking tour of Ancient Ostia and the Necropolis
- Ostia Antica small group day trip from Rome
This is a day trip you can easily do self-guided, as it is easily accessible by public transportation, and you can even use your Roma Pass to hop on the train. Take the train from Roma Porta San Paolo Station towards Roma-Lido. The trip takes around 40 minutes.
For more information about the Roma Pass, make sure to read my post “The Best Roma Pass Options And How To Make The Most Of It.”
Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este, Tivoli
Tivoli is home to two of the best preserved Roman villas – Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este. These are some of the nicest places for day trips from Rome and truly a must-visit.
The first was built in the 2nd century by Emperor Hadrian. It was so grand that in his final years he decided to make it his official residence; and it was so large that it was more like a village proper. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, despite the passing of time it is in incredible conditions and inside you’ll find the remains of temples, palaces, libraries and barracks. You’ll also be able to enjoy the gorgeous park around it.
Villa d’Este, where the son of Lucrezia Borgia used to live, is a 16th century villa with beautiful gardens complete with some of the prettiest fountains and waterfalls in the area of Rome. With such a beautiful park, this is one of the best places to visit on day trips from Rome, and in fact it is quite a popular destination in the good season.
Another place you may want to check out in Tivoli is the Villa Gregoriana, a beautiful park at the foot of the acropolis that was commissioned by Pope Gregory XVI around 1834.
I recommend joining a guided tour to make the most of your time. Guided tours usually include entrance tickets to both villas. You can pick between a group and a private tour.
These are some of the best guided tours:
- Day tour to Villa d’Este and Hadrian’s Villa from Rome
- Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este half-day
- Day trip from Rome with visit to Villa d’Este and Hadrian’s Villa
Tarquinia and Cerveteri
Located in the province of Viterbo, at about 90 minutes drive from Rome, Tarquinia is actually fairly close to the capital and hence a perfect place for day trips from Rome. I have visited multiple times when in either Rome or Viterbo, and enjoyed it immensely. Very known to Italians, it’s not a very popular destination among foreigners – yet. But those who do are inevitably charmed by it.
Tarquinia is an ancient Etruscan town whose best site is a necropolis where there are some incredibly well preserved paintings and murals. When visiting, make sure to also pop in the very well curated archaeological museum.
Cerveteri is a beautiful medieval town where you’ll find some very well preserved Etruscan ruins. It also has a very well preserved necropolis and a good museum.
The necropolis of Tarquinia and Cerveteri is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There are several good guided tours departing from Rome that go to both cities. These are some ones:
- Tarquinia Etruscan tombs
- Tour of the Etruscan necropolises
- Day tour from Rome to the Etruscan necropolis
GOOD TO KNOW: These tours are also offered from Civitavecchia.
You can reach Tarquinia from Rome by train from Termini Station – make sure to check the train timetable and buy train tickets here. Once in Tarquinia, you can either walk to the Etruscan necropolis or take bus D.Once in Tarquinia, you may want to join a guided tour of the archeological site. You can book it here.
The best way to get to Cerveteri from Rome is by car. Alternatively, you’ll have to take the train from Rome to Marina di Cerveteri, where you’ll have to catch bus D to Piazzale Moretti or Piazza Aldo Moro and from there bus G to the necropolis.
This is one of the best day trips from Rome. Most people visit this astonishing archeological site from Naples, but the good news is that Rome is close enough for you to be able to enjoy it even if you aren’t really heading south.
We are talking about one of the most famous archeological sites in the world. The city was completely abandoned as a consequence of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD which killed more than 2000 people and buried it under a large coat of volcanic ash and pumice.
Nowadays, you can visit it to explore the remains of the many beautiful buildings and even of the bodies that were covered in ashes.
A lot of times guided tours also include a hike to the summit of Mount Vesuvius, which goes through old lava flows. These are some of the best guided tours departing from Rome:
- Pompeii Tour from Rome with Amalfi Coast Drive
- Pompeii and Vesuvius day trip from Rome
- Semi-private tour Pompeii day trip from Rome
- Pompeii and its ruins
- Roundtrip transfer to Pompeii and its ruins
Alternatively, you can travel independently by train. You have to catch the train from Termini to Napoli Centrale and then head to Napoli Piazza Garibaldi station nearby and catch the train to Salerno, stopping in Pompeii. Count around 2 hours for the overall journey. You can check the train timetable for all of Italy and buy train tickets here.
If you are visiting independently, you may want to buy tickets beforehand. Remember this is one of the most visited sites in Italy! This are some good options:
- Fast track entrance ticket
- Small group tour
- Two hour private group tour
- Tour with audio-guide
- Small group tour with a local guide
Day trips from Rome to other cities
Rome is so centrally located that you can easily reach many other cities from it, and in a short time. I have selected a few of my favorites.
Viterbo, at about 100 km from Rome, is one of Italy’s best kept secrets and a perfect place for day trips from Rome. I feel particularly attached to this small medieval city, as my dad was born there and that’s where he lived before moving to Sardinia. We regularly visit to see family and to just enjoy the incredible sights.
The city has a very well preserved medieval center, surrounded by well kept walls. Viterbo was the seat of the pope for about 24 years in the 13th century, and it has a magnificent Papal Palace. Other places of interest are the Romanesque-Gothic Duomo of San Lorenzo and the Church of Santa Maria Nuova. The oldest area in the city is San Pellegrino, a maze of narrow cobbled alleys and tiny squares.
If you happen to be around Rome at the very beginning of September, make sure to head to Viterbo in time for Santa Rosa, a fantastic festival held on the evening of 3 September in honor of its saint. During the festival, a team of 100 porters carries an enormous papier-mache statue that is beautifully illuminated, moving it along the narrow streets of the historic center. In 2013 Santa Rosa festival was added to UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list.
In Viterbo you’ll also find some beautiful thermal baths where you can relax for a real steal.
Guided tours of Viterbo departing from Rome often stop at various other places in the region.
These are some of the best tours of Viterbo that leave from Rome:
- Day Trip from Rome to Viterbo, Bagnaia, Thermal Baths & Lake Vico
- The Renaissance residence of Palazzo Farnese and the Pope City Viterbo
You can reach Viterbo by train from Rome Aurelia train station. The journey takes around one hour and 45 minutes. You can check the train timetable and buy train tickets here.Once there, you can walk around on your own to take in all the beautiful sights, or join a guided tour of the city. The Viterbo guided tour with Cathedral and Priori Palace entrance is quite expensive, but worth it. You can book it here.
Florence and Pisa
Florence is at about 300 km from Rome, which seems quite far from Rome. To be completely honest, I wouldn’t recommend visiting Florence on day trips from Rome – there is too much to see and do there, and this is a city that deserves more time. However, the train journey to get there is actually quite quick and if you only have limited time in Italy you may want to give it a go, despite my advice.
Florence has a wealth of fabulous attractions and such a deep history that you’ll only be able to scratch the surface on a day trip. Among the places you shouldn’t miss there are the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria which looks much like an open-air museum, the Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio.
Pisa is another lovely city whose center is fairly small and can be visited in just a few hours. The most famous sight there is the Leaning Tower, which dates back to the 12th century and is located in the gorgeous Piazza dei Miracoli.
Since Florence is so packed with things to see and do, if you really want to only go there on a day trip you may consider joining a guided tour. Some of them even go to Pisa.
These are some of the best guided tours of Florence that depart from Rome:
- Florence day trip from Rome by high speed train
- The beauty of Florence in a day – day trip from Rome with lunch
- Florence full day tour from Rome with transfers
- Florence and Pisa full day small group tour from Rome
- Florence and Pisa full day small group tour from Rome – take care to note that the price indicated is per group.
GOOD TO KNOW: For something different, you may want to consider this guided tour of Siena and San Gimignano departing from Rome.
You can get to Florence by train in less than 1.5 hours on the Frecciarossa and Freggiargento trains that depart regularly from Termini station. I recommend getting an early train – make sure to check the train timetable and buy train tickets here.
To get to Pisa, you will have to travel to Florence Santa Maria Novella station and then change for Pisa. The overall journey will take you more than two hours.
Once in Florence, fast track tickets may be the best options if you are interested in visiting any of the local attractions. Here are a few good ones:
- Florence Dome climb priority entrance tour
- Uffizi Gallery priority entrance
- Timed entrance ticket to the Uffizi Gallery
- Timed entrance ticket to Michelangelo’s David
- Accademia Gallery fast track tickets
Much like for Florence, I think Naples deserves way more time than just a day trip. This is one of Italy’s biggest cities, with so much to offer to its visitors, and with a truly unique, somewhat crazy atmosphere that it’s best enjoyed for a few days. I appreciate that not all people have as much time as I do to travel around, though – hence why some opt to go there on day trips from Rome.
There are some gorgeous places to visit . Among the places you shouldn’t skip there are Piazza del Plebiscito, Castel d’Ovo, San Severo Chapel, San Gennaro Catacombs, the Archeology Museum, the Royal Palace and the Cathedral.
However, if there is one thing you shouldn’t miss that is the mouthwatering food. This is the place where pizza was invented in 1830, and I wholeheartedly recommend to make it a point to eat pizza when there. You can pick from the traditional one to the “pizza a portafoglio” – which is folded in two; to the pizza fritta. Just build up an appetite before you go! Before you visit, make sure to check out this guide to the best pizzerie in town.
If you only have a short time, you may want to optimize by joining a guided tour that departs from Rome. These are some good organized day tours:
There are regular Frecciarossa (fast train) departing from Termini train station that take you to the city’s central station in little over one hour. Since there is so much to see, make sure to get an early train. Check the train timetable and buy train tickets here.
To make the most of your short time in the city, you may want to book a guided tour or an entrance ticket. These are the best options:
- Catacombs of San Gennaro guided visit
- Naples underground entrance ticket
- Naples street food and sightseeing tour
Day trips from Rome to lesser known places
Not far from Rome, there are a few regions and smaller villages that are very well known to Italians but not as famous among foreigners. They are perfect places for day trips from Rome.
Few places in Italy call for a road trip as much as this. For as pretty as it is, this small region attracts very few foreign tourists – so it is the perfect place to visit if you want to avoid the crowds. The main city there is Viterbo, which I have already mentioned above. However, the whole region deserves to be visited.
The name Tuscia comes from the Roman word for Etruscans, who ruled this part of the country that spreads across northern Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany’s lower Maremma between 700 and 300 BC.
This is a place of sweet hills scattered with beautifully kept medieval villages, and while it would be perfect for a long term hike (there is a trail that goes right through it and that takes you from village to village across lakes and the gorgeous countryside), if you lack time a road trips is a fantastic way to enjoy it.
Among the villages that are a must-see there are Bolsena, right by the lake of volcanic origins that has the same name; Bomarzo, one of the most beautiful villages located in the Cimini Hills (and while there, why not visit Soriano nel Cimino and its beautiful castle as well?); Calcata, located on top of a hill and whose views from a distance are breathtaking; and Bagnaia, where you have to visit the beautiful Villa Lante.
To me the prettiest looking town is Vitorchiano – it’s the closest one to Viterbo, and one of the best kept one. I promise that the photo of Vitorchiano my dad took and my parents have framed and placed in their living room hasn’t influenced my opinion!
There aren’t many guided tours that can be easily booked online. The only one is a Tuscia and Viterbo wine tour, but it doesn’t really go to all the lovely villages. Your best bet is to enquire your hotel about it, and book the tour locally once you are in Italy. This way you can actually make sure you book a fully customized private tour, or perhaps find some special offer.
In all honesty, however, this is one of the cases in which I think that you are better off without a guided tour. The best way to visit is on a road trip, where you can drive along the windy roads, stop in as many villages as you want, take in the splendid views, and try the local specialties – lombrichetti is the local pasta, and it is delicious! You can check out the prices of car rental here.
Many songs in the Roman dialect celebrate the beauty and the wines of this region. The most famous one is “La Società Dei Magnaccioni” (you can listen to it here) – it’s the song that always ends up being sung at large family gatherings in Lazio, and I think I have lost count of how many times I have joined my father singing it even at karaoke (you really do not want to listen to me sing, trust me).
This is to say that the area is gorgeous, and also one of the best and easiest day trips from Rome. It’s located at about half hour drive south of the city, and it is a plethora or lovely picturesque towns. You can go there to hike through the beautiful Alban Hills, to eat and drink wine and just take in (and photograph) the amazing views.
The most popular place there is Frascati, where the main attractions are the Renaissance and Baroque villas built by noble Roman families. The ones you shouldn’t miss are Villa Aldobrandini and Villa Falconieri. Make sure to also visit San Pietro Cathedral. When lunch time comes, head to one of the many osterie and try the porchetta (slowly roasted pork on the spit).
Other places to visit are Nemi, Rocca di Papa, and Castel Gandolfo – which is famous for the summer residence of the Pope (a property that actually belongs to the Vatican) and a great addition to a Vatican tour.
Make sure to check out my post “A Fantastic Day Trip To Castel Gandolfo.”
Most guided tours involve a good deal of food and wine. These are the best ones:
- Discover Castelli Romani from Rome – half day tour to Frascati and Castel Gandolfo
- Art, culture, food and wine day trip from Rome
- Gourmet trip – the best food, wine and sightseeing
The only town that is connected to Rome by train is Frascati, so your best bet if you want to visit the area independently is by car. Check out the prices of car rental here.
Civita di Bagnoregio and Orvieto
Considered one of the ultimate places to visit in Lazio, this lovely tiny town of Tuscia is known as the dying village (though tourism is bringing it back to full like) because it stands on a hill that is slowly eroding and collapsing into the Valle dei Calanchi below. It makes for an excellent day trip from Rome.
Located at little over 440 meters above sea level on top of a tuff hill, on the border with Umbria, this is one of the prettiest villages in Italy. It was founded between the 9th and 8th centuries BC, and subsequently inhabited by the Etruscans.
The village is blissfully isolated, connected to the surroundings only through a narrow bridge that has had to be rebuilt several times – the Nazis destroyed the original one during WWII. You’ll have to walk into the village through the only gate, the Romanesque Arch of Porta Santa Maria, and once there you will be able to explore the marvelous medieval remains, with the beautiful cathedral, the gorgeous main square, and the many tiny shops.
Orvieto is located at around 25 km from it. It’s a lovely small town located on the hills of the region of Umbria. It’s most notable place is the Cathedral, but the undergrounds are worth visiting too. This small town is never crowded with tourists, so it is a nice break from the crowds of Rome.
There aren’t many tours that just go to Civita di Bagnoregio departing from Rome, unless you want to enquire with your hotel to organize a private tour. However, you can go on tours that also visit the nearby Orvieto (more about it below). These are the best options available:
Orvieto can be reached by train from Termini station – regional trains take about 90 minutes, whereas fast ones will get you there in 50. You will find the train timetable and buy train tickets here. To get to Civita di Bagnoregio you have to take the train to Orvieto and from there the Cotral bus.
These are some guided tours that depart locally:
- The dying city walking tour
- Private tour with a local
- Underground tour and light lunch with wine tasting
Christians will definitely know about Assisi. This lovely small hill town of Umbria is famous for being the birthplace of St. Francis, and it is a great place to visit. There you will find one of the most beautiful Basilicas in Italy, as well as a maze of tiny cobbled alleys and small shops, local restaurants and cafés.
Guided tours of Assisi that depart from Rome often include Orvieto in their itinerary. These are the best options:
It takes little over 2.5 hours to reach Assisi from Roma Termini train station. For a faster trip, you may want to take the train to Santa Maria degli Angeli which takes little over 1.5 hours, and from there take a taxi or a bus. Check out the train timetable and buy train tickets here.
Once in Assisi, you can explore independently, hire a private guide or join a guided tour (whether a group or a private tour). These are a few good options:
- Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi video-guide
- Ape calessino panoramic vintage tour of Assisi
- Assisi 3 hour private tour
- Small group tour of Assisi
Located on the shores of a volcanic name from which it takes its name, this is a lovely small medieval town in the province of Viterbo that can be easily visited on day trips from Rome. It used to be a fishing an farming village but at the beginning of the 15th century the pope gave it to the Orsini family.
This one built the local castle, now known as Odescalchi Castle, which is the most famous local attraction. This mansion has been disputed by Roman aristocrats throughout the 15th century and was finally confiscated by pope Alexander VI in 1496.
Other attractions include the beautiful Santo Stefano cathedral and the lake and nature reserve that are a perfect place for a relaxing walk.
The following are a couple of good tours departing from Rome:
- Roman countryside and Lake Bracciano private day trip from Rome
- All-Day Trip from Rome: Bracciano Lake and Surrounding areas
To get there, you can take the train from various stations in Rome – Trastevere, Ostiense, San Pietro or Valle Aurelia heading to Viterbo. All trains stop in Bracciano.
Wine tasting tours departing from Rome
A lot of people who want to go on a wine tasting tour when in Rome opt to go all the way to Tuscany. With all due respect for Tuscan wines, which I love, I think it’s a real pity – not to mention a waste of time and money – not to opt for something closer. The surroundings of Rome have some fantastic vineyards and you will easily find some excellent day trips from Rome during which you’ll have the chance to try lots of wine.
The best area for wine tasting that is very close to Rome is that of Castelli Romani. The one thing to keep in mind if you want to do a wine tour is that you may want to avoid driving, so joining a guided tour may be a better idea. These tours often also include olive oil tasting – olio nuovo (fresh olive oil) is a specialty from the Tuscia region.
These are some of the best tours departing from Rome:
Day trips from Rome to the Amalfi Coast
I’d never go to the Amalfi Coast on just a day trip. There is too much to see and do in this world-famous place! However, I appreciate that some of you only have limited time in Italy, and that it may be years until you come back – and you may want to squeeze in as many activities and places as possible.
The good news is that you can go on day trips from Rome. Once there, you can stop in the scenic villages of Sorrento, Amalfi and Positano to take in the beautiful views, try the delicious local food, and even spend some time at the beach.
There are several tours depart from Rome, each with a tour guide. Some also stop in Pompeii. These are the best options:
- Boat-Hopping On The Amalfi Coast: Day Trip from Rome
- Private tour of Amalfi Coast with lunch
- Small group tour of Pompeii, with Amalfi Coast drive and Positano
If you aren’t keen to join a guided tour, you won’t be able to see as many villages: you’ll have to rely on public transportation, having to wait for it at times. From Rome, you can take the train from Roma Termini station to Napoli Centrale, and once there transfer to Napoli Garibaldi station, which is a few minutes walk, and take the Circumvesuviana train to Sorrento (this also stops at Pompeii). Check out the train timetable and buy train tickets here.
Alternatively, you can rent a car and drive all the way yourself. Check out the prices of car rental here.
Day trips from Rome to the nearby islands
The one thing that I find is missing in Rome is beautiful beaches. Don’t get me wrong – there are good, well equipped beaches in Ostia and Fregene, but when you are used to the splendid beaches of Sardinia, those just won’t do.
If you are desperate for a beach day but want something very scenic, where you can count on clear waters, you should head to one of the nearby islands. These can be visited on guided day trips from Rome.
Lesser known compared to Capri, Ponza is a small island of the Pontine Archipelago, located between Rome and Naples, on Italy Thyrrenian Sea. It’s a fantastic place with dramatic cliffs, clear waters and sea grottoes, where you can enjoy a day beach hopping and snorkeling.
Since the best way to enjoy Ponza is on a boat tour, I recommend joining a guided tour from Rome that include all sort of transportation. These are two good options:
Located in the Bay of Naples, Capri is a real gem of an island. It’s best enjoyed on a boat trip. Once you are there, you can enjoy the picturesque views, go to the Blue Grotto (a coastal cavern where you will be able to admire the bluest water you can imagine) and the Faraglioni cliffs, as well as enjoy a drink in one of the many local bars.
The best way to get to Capri from Rome is on a hassle-free, guided tour. These are some good options:
5 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Day Trips From Rome
Join a guided tour
My best advice to make the most of your day trips from Rome is to join a guided tour – whether a small-group or a private tour. These have been designed by experts who know the territory inside out, and who are masters at organizing – so they run in an efficient way. You will have round-trip transportation and a driver, so won’t have to worry about things such as speed limits and parking spaces or alcohol consumption (especially in case you have a wine tasting tour). You’ll also have an English speaking guide who will shower you with useful information about the places you’ll be visiting.
In general, I am a fan of GetYourGuide for things such as attractions tickets and even guided tours. You can use it to book your visit of the Colosseum and Roman Forum, of the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums, and for all your Rome tours, including hop-on hop-off bus tours, double-decker bus tours and obviously even for day and multi-day tours. It will give you the option of selecting a group or a private tour. And – quite importantly – their customer service is spot on.
Make sure to check out my post “A Completely Honest GetYourGuide Review.”
GOOD TO KNOW: Most guided tours mentioned in this post offer free cancellation. If you decide to book one, make sure to double check the free cancellation policy.
Pick your transportation wisely
If you really dislike guided tours and would rather go around independently, you need to consider your transportation options wisely. Depending on what you plan to do and where you want to go, you can travel by train or by car.
You can get your Rome Public Transportation Card (ATAC) here.
If the day trips from Rome you are considering are to big cities with lots of traffic such as Florence or Napoli, traveling by train will save you the hassle of spending precious time looking for a parking spot and will avoid you the hassle of having to consider things such as speed limits and limited traffic areas (ZTL). Train stations in Italy are usually located in the heart of the city, so you’ll find yourself in the historic center, ready to explore.
You can consult the train timetable for all of Italy and buy train tickets here.
If you are a fan of road trips or are going to visit the countryside, renting a car may be a good idea for your day trips from Rome. You will have to pay attention to speed limits, and consider that Italian laws when it comes to drinking and driving are pretty strict. You can check out the prices of car rental here.
Use Google Maps to get around
Whether you are walking around a city or exploring the Italian countryside, make sure to have a phone data plan that allows you to get online if necessary, and to check Google Maps if needed. Alternatively, download maps on your smartphone, so that you can also use them offline. You will find that it is incredibly easy to get lost in the narrow alleys of a small Italian town, or to take a wrong turn when driving through the countryside – and having a navigation apps installed will help you sort out your orientation during your day trips from Rome.
Bring a guide book with you
This is especially relevant if your day trips from Rome are independent and you don’t want to hire a private guide. A good guide book will have at least some background information on the places you will be visiting – ie information about historical sites; good restaurants and bars to have a meal; and anything else that may help you make the most of your day.
These are some good guide books you may want to read and take with you:
Get travel insurance
I always recommend getting a good travel insurance, no matter the duration of your trip or the destination. Make sure to read my post “Why You Need A Good Travel Insurance.” Get a good travel insurance here.
Further readings about Rome
Do you want to save some time and avoid the lines to major tourist attractions in Rome? Check out my incredible hacks:
- “Five Smart Ways To Get Tickets To The Colosseum And Skip The Lines”
- “How To Get Tickets To The Sistine Chapel And The Vatican Museums And Skip The Line”
- “How To Get St. Peter’s Basilica Tickets And Skip The Line”
- “A Complete Guide To Visiting St. Peter’s Basilica Dome“
- “Seven Smart Ways To Get Galleria Borghese Tickets And Skip The Lines”
- “A Guide To Visiting The Pantheon, Rome + What You Should Know About Pantheon Tickets”
- “A Complete Guide To Where To Stay In Rome”
- “All The Food In Rome You Should Eat: 25 Delicious Dishes.”
If you have limited time in Rome, make sure to also read my itineraries:
- “The Perfect Itinerary To See Rome In A Day”
- “The Perfect Itinerary To See Rome In 2 Days”
- “The Perfect Itinerary For 3 Days In Rome”
- “A Fantastic Itinerary For 4 Days In Rome”
- “A Wonderful Itinerary For 5 Days In Rome”
- “A Great Itinerary For A Fabulous Week In Rome”
- “31 Incredible Places To Explore Rome Off The Beaten Path”
Check out my guide on “How To Get From Fiumicino Airport To Rome City Center.”