27 Amazing places to visit near Rome

When planning a trip to Italy don’t forget to squeeze in some day trips from Rome in your itinerary. Just 40 minutes away, you’ll find an array of beautiful seaside, countryside, and lakeside locations perfect for a weekend escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. Whether it’s beautiful villas or serene lakeside retreats, here are some of the best places to visit near Rome for the day. Just bear in mind that not all of these picturesque spots can be reached by public transportation, most of them require a car.

If you want to ditch the public transportation and discover Rome’s surroundings at your own pace, you can easily rent a car at Auto Europe. Simply enter your pick-up and drop-off preferences, compare prices from the world’s most trusted car rental companies and book the car that best fits your trip’s needs. By reserving online, you can find some of the best rates available in Rome and other major destinations worldwide. This option comes with the added bonus of lower rates, the flexibility of canceling up to 48 hours before pick-up, multiple coverage options and more. But let’s now explore the top day trips from Rome, and don’t forget to check out the map at the end of this guide for a comprehensive overview.


Perched on top of the Monti Tiburtini hills on the Aniene River just East of Rome, Tivoli is home to some stunning UNESCO World Heritage Sites and breathtaking views. No day trip to Tivoli would be complete without visiting Villa D’Este, one of the most impressive Renaissance villas and gardens worldwide. Cascading waterfalls, fountains and beautiful frescoed-halls make Villa D’Este a unique example of a 16th-century Italian garden. Another must-visit is Villa Adriana, an exceptional complex of classical buildings created in the 2nd century A.D. by the Roman emperor Hadrian.

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⭐ Best day trip from Rome to Tivoli
🚗 Can be reached with public transportation

Palazzo Farnese of Caprarola

Just an hour’s drive from Rome, in Tuscia, lies the breathtaking Palazzo Farnese. Commissioned by the influential 16th-century Farnese family, this pentagonal, five-storey villa showcases Renaissance artistry by renowned figures like il Vignola, Antonio Tempesta, and Taddeo and Federico Zuccari. Initially planned as a military fortress by Pope Paul III, his nephew, Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, transformed it into a luxurious residence with exquisite Italian gardens. The palace’s highlights include the Map Room with its detailed world maps and celestial depictions, the Loggia of Hercules, and the enchanting Sala of the Fasti Farnesiani. To fully appreciate its splendor, a guided tour is highly recommended.

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Private tour of Palazzo Farnese
🚗 Can be reached by car


This beautiful borgo in the province of Viterbo is just 1 hour and 30 minutes by car from Rome. We stumbled upon this hamlet on our way to a restaurant after we gave up on visiting the gardens of Bomarzo due to an hour-long que to get in! But Bagnaia was such a gem. We visited the historic center and then visited the magnificent Villa Lante, a Renaissance-style villa with Italian style gardens. Truly a must-visit. We then headed for lunch at the nearby restaurant Giardini di Ararat. Super recommend this day trip from Rome, especially in the fall with the beautiful foliage!

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⭐ Private tour from Rome: Villa Lante and Civita di Bagnoregio
🚗 Can be reached by car

Giardino di Ninfa

Less than a two-hour drive from Rome you’ll stumble upon what the New York Times has called “the most romantic garden in the world”. The Giardino di Ninfa or Garden of Ninfa is a green oasis that boasts 1300 plant and flower species with the ruins of the medieval town of Ninfa serving as a backdrop. The town of Ninfa was destroyed in the 14th century and afterwards became a garden with rare botanical species, water pools and fountains at the behest of the Caetani Family, who founded the Roffredo Caetani Foundation which preserves the garden. You can admire 19 species of deciduous magnolia, birch, water iris and Japanese maples. Not to mention the bamboo plants (which grow 7cm per day) and so much more. A wonderful day trip to get in touch with nature!

🚗 Can be reached by car

Castel Gandolfo

Overlooking Lake Albano, Castel Gandolfo is one of the towns of the Castelli Romani best known for the beauty of the nature that surrounds it and for the elegance of its historic center. Not to mention it was the summer residence of the Popes for generations until Pope Francis decided to abandon the palace. And now, from April to October (excluding July and August) you can visit the stunning Pontifical Villas and Gardens! Afterwards, head on over to Antico Ristorante Pagnanelli for local specialties and amazing wine overlooking Lake Albano. To get to Castel Gandolfo take the train from Roma Termini station. 

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⭐ Castel Gandolfo tours and tickets
🚗 Can be reached with public transportation


Nestled in the lush greenery of the Aniene Valley, Subiaco is a hidden gem just an hour’s drive from Rome. Famous for its monastic history, Subiaco is home to the Sacred Convent of Saint Benedict and the Monastery of Santa Scolastica, both offering an insightful glimpse into medieval monastic life. The town is also renowned for its picturesque streets and traditional Italian charm. A visit to Subiaco isn’t complete without exploring the Rocca Abbaziale, a fortress offering panoramic views of the valley below. Subiaco’s blend of spiritual heritage and natural beauty makes it a serene escape from the bustle of Rome. For lunch, reserve at Agriturismo La Parata.

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⭐ Full day tour from Rome to Subiaco and Montecassino 
🚗 Can be reached by car or local bus


Orvieto, perched on a tuff cliff in the heart of Umbria, is a splendid destination for a day trip from Rome, only an hour and a half away by train. This medieval town is renowned for its striking Duomo, a Gothic architectural marvel with a dazzling facade of mosaics and sculptures. Equally impressive is the St. Patrick’s Well (Pozzo di San Patrizio), an architectural marvel with a double helix staircase, designed for water supply during sieges. Orvieto’s Etruscan roots are also on display in its extensive network of underground tunnels and caves. While here, indulge in the local culinary scene, particularly the famous Orvieto Classico wine. Orvieto offers a captivating mix of history, art, and gastronomy, making it a must-visit on any Roman day-trip itinerary. For lunch, reserve at Trattoria La Palomba.

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⭐ Best tours of Orvieto 
🚗 Easily accessible by train


A gem in the heart of the Lazio region, Viterbo, often overlooked by tourists, is steeped in medieval charm and history. This city was once a refuge for popes during times of unrest in Rome, and its Papal Palace, where several papal conclaves took place, is a testament to its significant past. Actually, Viterbo’s Papal Palace was the site of the first and longest papal election in history, which lasted from 1268 to 1271. This prolonged election led to the origin of the term “conclave” (from Latin: cum clave, meaning “with a key”), as the cardinals were literally locked (‘clavis’) in (‘cum’) to hasten their decision. The city’s historic center, one of the best-preserved medieval towns in central Italy, is encircled by an ancient stone wall and is a labyrinth of cobblestone streets, ancient houses, and quaint squares. The San Pellegrino quarter, with its picturesque alleys and courtyards, feels like a journey back in time.

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Best tours of Viterbo
🚗 Best reached by train or car

Bomarzo’s Parco dei Mostri

For those seeking something truly offbeat and whimsical, Bomarzo’s Monster Park is a captivating choice. Created in the 16th century, this surreal garden is filled with larger-than-life sculptures and architectural oddities. The park, also known as the Sacred Grove (Sacro Bosco), was designed to surprise and intrigue rather than to please. Its grotesque and fantastical stone creatures, including a giant tearing itself from the earth and a monstrous fish-head, are scattered amongst the lush greenery, creating a fairy-tale-like atmosphere that’s both eerie and enchanting. This bizarre and fascinating park reflects the eccentric vision of its creator, Prince Pier Francesco Orsini, and serves as a striking contrast to the typical Italian garden. A visit here offers a unique, if slightly surreal, escape into a world of myth and imagination. For lunch, head to the Giardini di Ararat.

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⭐ Best tours of Bomarzo and more from Rome
🚗 Reached by car

Reggia di Caserta

Just north of Naples lies the Royal Palace of Caserta, an 18th-century royal residence that rivals Versailles in its grandeur and opulence. This UNESCO World Heritage site is renowned for its lavish architecture and beautifully landscaped gardens. The palace, commissioned by King Charles of Bourbon, is a shining example of Italian Baroque art. Inside, visitors are treated to luxurious rooms, a grand staircase, and intricate frescoes. The palace’s park extends for 3 km, adorned with fountains, a large fishpond, and elegant sculptures, leading to an English garden filled with rare plants and beautiful flowers. The Reggia di Caserta isn’t just a palace; it’s a testament to the splendor of the Bourbon dynasty, offering a day filled with art, history, and the serene beauty of one of Italy’s most majestic gardens. For lunch, you can’t go wrong with a pizzeria like I Masanielli di Francesco Martucci.

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⭐ Guided tour of the Royal Palace of Caserta
🚗 Easily reached by train + a short walk


A journey to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius offers a profound glimpse into ancient Roman life and nature’s formidable power. The ancient city of Pompeii, frozen in time by the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, provides an unparalleled window into the past. Visitors can stroll along the ancient streets, stepping into homes, baths, and even a Roman amphitheater, all remarkably preserved under layers of volcanic ash. The haunting yet fascinating site paints a vivid picture of daily life over two millennia ago. Just a short distance away, the still-active Mount Vesuvius looms. A hike to its crater offers breathtaking views and a stark reminder of the natural forces that shaped this historic landscape. This day trip is a must for history buffs and nature enthusiasts alike, offering a compelling blend of archaeology, natural history, and stunning panoramas.

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⭐ From Rome to Pompeii with private guide and lunch
🚗 Can be reached by car or train

Ostia Antica

All archeological fans need to visit Ostia Antica — Ancient Rome’s seaport at the mouth of the Tiber River founded by the fourth king of Rome – Anco Marcio. The best part? You won’t find the tourist crowds you get in other archeological sites like Pompeii! Historically, Ostia Antica was a key port for the Romans, where innumerable goods were exchanged. Today, it is known as Rome’s “ghost town” for its wonderfully preserved ruins of streets, villas and frescoes. Check out the Terme di Nettuno, baths that date back to the 2nd century boasting stunning mosaic floors to be completely swept off your feet! To reach Ostia Antica take the Ostia Lido train from San Paolo Station and get off at Ostia Antica. For lunch, take the metromare to Lido di Ostia (or drive for 10 minutes) and go to the restaurant La Vecchia Pineta

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⭐ Best tours of Ostia Antica
🚗 Can be reached with public transportation


With its rich history, outstanding basilicas and churches, beautiful piazzas, ancient castle and Roman ruins, there are a lot of things to do in Assisi. Located in the Umbria region, bordering Lazio, Assisi is one of those medieval towns you will never forget. Perched on top of a hill, it offers stunning panoramic views of the Umbrian countryside, and is a short hike from the beautiful Mount Subasio, where you can also visit Eremo delle Carceri. From having lunch at one of my favorite restaurants in Assisi to visiting nearby wineries, it’s a must day trip from Rome. It’s no wonder it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To reach assisi take the train from Roma Termini Station.

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⭐ Best tours of Assisi
🚗 Can be reached by train

Civita di Bagnoregio

For a magical day trip from Rome, the town of Civita di Bagnoregio has to be on your list. Known as “the dying city” for losing almost all of its inhabitants due to erosions and landslides, Civita di Bagnoregio is an ancient Etruscan town dating back to 2500 years ago with only 16 inhabitants! It’s located in the Calanchi Valley, and the only way to reach the town is by walking a long footbridge that connects Civita to Bagnoregio. It’s definitely worth it. For lunch, reserve at Alma Civita. 

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⭐ Best tours of Civita di Bagnoregio
🚗 Can be reached by car

Lake Bracciano

To explore some beautiful lakeside towns in the Lazio region just head on over to Bracciano, Anguillara Sabazia or Trevignano Romano. All three are lakeside towns along the shores of the famous Lake Bracciano. Medieval towns, beautiful views and a relaxing atmosphere are in store for you. For lunch, I recommend reserving a table at Chalet del Lago in Anguillara, and don’t forget to stop by the stunning Museo Storico dell’Aeronautica Militare, aka the Historic museum of the Italian Air Force, in Bracciano.  There’s also the stunning 15th century Orsini Odescalchi Castle to check out — famous for being the wedding location of celebrities such as Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes! The Bracciano area is also filled with beautiful agriturismi – explore these four farm-stays near Rome.

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⭐ Best tours of lake Bracciano
🚗 Can be reached with public transportation


Another famous town of the Castelli Romani area is the hilltop town of Frascati, just a short train ride from Rome. It’s known for its elegant aristocratic villas – the Ville Tuscolane – built by wealthy Roman families in the Renaissance, as well as its rich gastronomic specialties and wine. In fact, Frascati is a renowned wine town, where the Frascati Superiore, Cannellino and Frascati DOP are produced. So hop on that train, visit the Roman villas and stop by for lunch in the centro storico! To get to Frascati take the train from Roma Termini Station.

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⭐ Best tours of Frascati and Castelli Romani
🚗 Can be reached with public transportation


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Medieval and Renaissance beauties, art and history await you in this beautiful countryside town. Dating back to Etruscan times, Tarquinia is one of the most ancient Etruscan cities and is the perfect mix of history, art and nature. Stroll through its historic center visiting Palazzo Vitelleschi and the Santa Maria in Castello church. But definitely don’t head back to Rome before visiting the famous Monterozzi Necropolis, one of the most important archeological sites of the area, declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. To reach Tarquinia take the train from Roma Termini Station.

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⭐ Tarquinia and Cerveteri tour from Rome
🚗 Can be reached with public transportation

Abbazia di Montecassino

The Montecassino Abbey is one of the most famous abbeys worldwie. In 529 San Benedetto chose the Montecassino mountain to build his monastery. He was able to transform this place into an exemplary Christian monastery. Over the course of the centuries, the monastery was destroyed over and over again, until it was bombarded and completely destroyed in 1944. The Montecassino Abbey was then reconstructed to perfection and today thousands of pilgrims visit this wonderful place. Visit the Basilica and the tomb of San Benedetto and don’t forget to step inside the museum to browse through marvellous manuscripts and ancient books. Take the train from Roma Termini to Cassino and then a bus from Cassino to the Abbey. P.S. The city of Montecassino is quite ugly so don’t plan on spending time there. 

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⭐ Montecassino day trip from Rome
🚗 Can be reached with public transportation

Parco degli Acquedotti

While the Parco degli Acquedotti is inside Rome, it’ll actually feel like you’ve been catapulted somewhere else. Located near the Ancient Appian Way, it’s the perfect place to spend a relaxing day pedalling around, having a picnic or walking. My advice is that you rent a bike or go on a bike tour and explore this sensation park boasting thousands year-old Roman aqueducts. Ride along the pine-tree-shaded paths, snap some pictures, have a picnic, and definitely visit the Ancient Appian Way. It’s a sensational place to visit, and a completely underrated one too!

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⭐ Ancient Appian Way & Aqueducts Bike Tour


Along the Lazio coast, just a one hour and thirty minutes from Rome you’ll find the beautiful seaside town of Sabaudia. This town is the perfect place for a day trip from Rome during the hotter months of the year. Beautiful beaches, sand dunes, a stunning lake and Mount Circeo await you. Known for being founded in 1933 by Mussolini, Sabaudia was initially a marshland turned seaside town in just 253 days! If you want to breathe some summer air, this is definitely a place to visit. For lunch, reserve a table at Saporetti restaurant along the beach (but be prepared for the hefty price tag). 

🚗 Can be reached by car

The Sabina Countryside

Sitting in the Lazio region and bordering Umbria and Tuscany, the Sabina countryside is a must-visit local’s gem. The panoramic views alone are worth the visit: from here you can see the Valle del Tevere and the Monte Soratte, towns and cities near Viterbo, the Monti Cimini, the Umbrian hills and the Monti Sabini and Tiburtini. Plus, hills covered in olive groves and vineyards. It’s a sensational setting. The town of Magliano Sabina is famous for its history and architecture and its events held throughout the year. Don’t miss out on the yearly Infiorata del Corpus Domini in June, where flowers are used to depicting the Catholic feast of Corpus Domini. It’s also the perfect base to explore Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany.

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⭐ Tenuta Collesala: country-chic estate 50 minutes from Rome
⭐ Hot air balloon ride from Rome through Lazio
🚗 Can be reached by car


Behold Nemi, one of the most beautiful towns of the Castelli Romani area. This charming town sits on top of a hill overlooking Lake Nemi and is known for its delicious wild strawberries and stunning views of the valley. It is said that Diana of Nemi, or “Diana of the woods” was the goddess of hunting and fertility, thus making the lands surrounding her temple more fertile.  Whether it’s a day trip from Rome surrounded by the Alban Hills you’re searching for, or a relaxing day indulging in strawberries, wine and good views, Nemi is surely a magical town not to miss.

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⭐ Best day trips to Nemi and Castelli Romani
🚗 Can be reached by car


Photo by Carlo Ciccarelli from flickr.com/photos/ccgraphicdesigner/

Sermoneta is one of the jewels of the Lazio region and a must-visit place near Rome. This medieval borgo is perched on top of the Monti Lepini, offering stunning panoramic views of the Pontine valley, surrounded by olive groves. But the town is just as stunning as the views. Don’t forget to visit the 13th century Caetani Castle, symbol of Sermoneta, and its prison cells which have just been opened to the public in 2019! And while you’re at it, don’t forget to visit the Garden of Ninfa, which is just 7km away from the town.

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⭐ Paragliding flight over the gardens of Ninfa
🚗 Can be reached by car

Lake Bolsena

Head to Lake Bolsena to get a taste of the largest volcanic lake in Europe! Sometimes called “Italy’s belly button” for its bowl-like shape in the middle of the Italian peninsula. Along the lake, medieval towns along the shores of the lake await you. From Capodimonte to Bolsena and Montefiascone, there are charming historical sights to visit. And if you’re up for some swimming, this area — also called Tuscia for being in between the Lazio and Tuscany regions — is known for boat rentals, swimming and much more. For lunch, head to Pepe Nero along the lake. 

🚗  Can be reached by car


Photo by: Gaetano Virgallito from flickr.com/photos/gaetanovirgallito/

Travel back to the Middle Ages by exploring this town perched on a tufaceous spur in the Valle del Treja Regional Natural Park. Known as the “borgo of the artists”, Calcata is one of  Italy’s most famous fortified small towns. From its winding streets you can admire breathtaking views of the valley and immerse yourself in a fairytale-like atmosphere. Walk along the town and browse artists’ and artisans’ workshops and studios hidden beneath ivy-clad arches. After exploring the town stop by in one of its characteristic restaurants for a lunch to remember.

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⭐ Best tours of Calcata from Rome
🚗 Can be reached by car


The picturesque town of Tuscania is located in the northern Lazio region and is built on seven promontories of tufa rock. It dates back to Etruscan times and is most famous for its medieval towers and walls and two imposing basilicas in Romanesque style, San Pietro and Santa Maria Maggiore. And just 2km north of Tuscania, you’ll find the famous Necropolis of Tuscania overlooking the valley of the Marta River, where you can visit the Etruscan tombs. After visiting the town, you have to stop by for lunch in one of its characteristic restaurants.

🚗 Can be reached by car

Skiing day trip

For those looking to trade the ancient streets of Rome for snowy slopes, a skiing day trip offers an exhilarating change of pace. The Apennine Mountains, just a short drive from Rome, are home to several ski resorts that are perfect for a day of winter sports. About an hour and a half drive brings you to Campo Felice, known for its accessible slopes and stunning views, making it a favorite for both beginners and seasoned skiers. Ovindoli, slightly further away, melds scenic beauty with excellent skiing facilities, offering a diverse range of runs. For those seeking a more extensive skiing experience, Roccaraso is the perfect destination. As one of Italy’s premier ski areas, it boasts over 100 kilometers of slopes in the Alto Sangro ski area, suitable for all levels of skiers and offering a mix of challenging runs and breathtaking mountain vistas. Each of these resorts, reachable by car, provides an ideal setting for a fulfilling skiing or snowboarding adventure, promising a refreshing contrast to the city life of Rome. Check out my guide on where to ski near Rome for more info.

🚗 Reached by car


I'm the daughter of an Italian family of diplomats, the second of three children, and a global citizen. I've lived in 7 cities around the world, I have a gigantic crush on Italy and my name has been mispronounced more times than I can remember.


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