Rome is one of our favorite cities in Europe. The city enchants us and many other travellers like us with its splendid historical buildings, monuments, and archaeological sites. One will easily need 2 to 3 days in Rome alone to explore the best of what this glorious city has to offer. But if you have more days to spend in Rome you can plan one of the amazing day trips from Rome listed in this post. Here some of the best places to stay in Rome as recommended by our travel blogger friends.
Vatican City (~35 Minutes)
Most of the tourists who visit Rome do not miss a visit to Vatican City. The smallest country in the world is located in the heart of Rome. The Vatican City is easily accessible with well connected public transport from Rome City center. The major attractions in the Vatican City are the Vatican Museums, the St Peters Basilica, and the Vatican Gardens. Though Vatican tours can help you cover the highlights in half a day you will need a day to explore the best of Vatican City.
If you are exploring on your own do not miss the Pio Clementino Museum, Raphael Rooms, the Gallery of the Tapestries and the magnificent Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museums. And the largest church in the world St. Peter’s Basilica, an exemplary Italian Renaissance has great works of art and architecture in the interior as well as exterior.
Hadrian’s Villa & Villa D’Este, Tivoli (~1 hour)
Tivoli once the popular retreat for the wealthy Romans is home to numerous sumptuous villas and gardens. The two most popular tourist attractions are the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Villa d’Este and the ruins of Hadrian’s Villa.
The 2nd Century Hadrian’s Villa built by Emperor Hadrian is a large complex that has lakes, fountains, baths, temples, and gardens. The Villa d’Este is a 16th-century villa famous for its terraced hillside Italian Renaissance garden. The magnificent garden is decorated with elaborate fountains and sculptures.
Tivoli is about an hour’s train ride from Rome. There are also regular buses plying between Rome and Tivoli which also takes around an hour.
Villa d’Este is a 10 to 15 walk from the train station. There are local buses that run from Tivoli center to Hadrian’s Villa.
Florence (~1 hour 30 minutes)
Florence is a haven for history buffs. The city is no less than an open-air art museum. The city known as the ‘cradle of the Renaissance’ is home to magnificent monuments, churches, and architectural buildings. The main attractions of Florence are mostly located in the city center and can be easily explored on foot. The top places not miss in Florence are Piazza Della Signoria, Uffizi Gallery, Florence Cathedral, Ponte Vecchio for Sunset and Boboli Garden. Florence and Rome are well connected with high-speed trains that cover the journey in around 1 hour 30 minutes.
One can easily cover the major highlights with 2 days in Florence. But if you have more days on hand we recommend you plan a visit to other amazing Italian cities on day trips from Florence.
Naples (~1 hour 15 minutes)
Naples is a region rich in culture, history and of course the pizza. The trains from Rome to Naples take about 1 hour 15 minutes which makes for a perfect day trip. Some of the major attractions in Naples include Duomo di San Gennaro, lavish Royal Palace, and the 13th-century Castel Nuovo.
The Pizzaria La Notizia, L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele and Pizzeria da Attilio are amongst some of the best pizzerias you wouldn’t want to miss when on a gastronomic tour in Naples.
Naples has plenty to offer and if you end up spending more time in Naples here are some of the top day trips from Naples to make the most of your time.
Pompeii (~2 hours)
One of the most popular day trips from Rome is Pompeii. Rome to Pompeii is about 2 hours with a train change at Naples Central Station.
The city of Pompeii was buried under 4 to 6 m of volcanic ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Pompeii was once a prosperous town home to many exquisite public buildings and sumptuous villas rich decorated with lavish furnishings and works of art. Today Pompeii is like an archaeological site, where tourists can discover the ancient Roman city and learn about the everyday life of its inhabitants.
Pompeii a UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy which should be on your list.
Pisa (~2 hours 30 minutes)
The major attraction in Pisa is the Piazza Dei Miracoli or the Square of Miracles which is home to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and other religious monuments: the Pisa Baptistry, and the Camposanto Monumentale. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is no doubt one of the top tourist attractions in Italy. The historical wonder dates back to the 12th century.
Also, explore the local markets around Piazza Delle Vettovaglie and do not miss the beautiful Piazza Dei Cavalieri. A walk along the River Arno and the colorful buildings lining the bank reminds of the stunning islands of Murano or Burano.
Pisa is home to over 20 historic churches, numerous museums and several medieval palaces make sure to make most of your time in this pretty town.
Orvieto (~2 hours)
About a couple of hours from Rome is the small city of Orvieto. The major attractions in Orvieto are the 13th century Duomo di Orvieto and Pozzo di San Patrizio. The Orvieto Cathedral has a stunning facade decorated with carvings and mosaics. The Pozzo di San Patrizio is a historic well dating from the 16th-century. The double spiral staircase of the well is an amazing way to get in and out of well which never meets.
One of the most unique attractions in Orvieto is the underground caves. The city is said to have over 1200 caves which have been used by the locals as bomb shelters, wine cellars, and wells. A history buff wouldn’t want to miss a visit to the Archaeological Museum which offers an opportunity to learn more about the Etruscan history and culture.