Being in the capital of Italy has so many advantages and opportunities. The eternal city will forever be located in a spot that offers so many ways to go on last minute adventures, study breaks, and little day trips. Call em’ whatever you like, here are our Best Day Trips from Rome:
Journey through the area known as “The Five Lands.” Cinque Terre is a strip of 5 seaside towns with colorful houses and buildings layered on mountainous terrain looking over the Mediterranean Sea. You can hike or take a train to each of the towns and find fresh seafood, refreshing clear waters, and insta-worthy picture spots.
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Less than twenty miles north of Rome, Tivoli is the perfect escape from the big city life. Specifically Villa Adriana, the summer residence of Emperor Hadrian and the tranquil gardens and fountains of Villa d’Este. This UNESCO world heritage site is one you can’t go back to America without seeing.
Do your stomach a favor and make the trip down to the birthplace of pizza, even if it’s only for a few hours. Take in the gorgeous coastline, stroll through the cobblestoned streets taking in the heart of Italy. After you’ve stuffed your face with the most delicious, authentic Margherita pizza, check out castles, museums, and palaces and everything else that the city has to offer.
Under the Tuscan sun is a wine enthusiast’s paradise. Some of Tuscany’s finest wine is located in Montalcino where Brunello is served by the glass. Wine away with tours of underground cellars and tastes of authentic sampling dishes. Then head over to see Montepulciano’s incredible views of rolling hills scattered with villas and vineyards.
Ostia Antica the old port city of Ancient Rome, dating back to the 4th century. It was a strategic center of trade, and after unknown reasons for abandonment, though most speculate disease, the river silt buried and preserved the city. Ostia is absolutely one of my favorite day trips from Rome. There is so much to explore- the amphitheater, mosaics, and frescoes, piazzas, homes and trading stores. Spend a day wandering the picturesque stone streets of this ruined city, and you’ll feel like you lived a typical day in Ancient Rome
Go to Perugia for some stunning architecture and art history sprinkled throughout the city. But if you really want to experience Perugia, you have to go to Casa del Cioccolato!Perugia is home to the producers of Perugina and Baci chocolates – a very well-known chocolate brand in Italy- so it’s the perfect place to visit if you are craving something sweet. If you are in Rome in the fall, Perugia hosts an annual chocolate festival, Eurochoclate, each October!
Visit the town that is not only known for rich history but rich food as well. Bologna, nicknamed “La Grassa” meaning “the fat one” is home to the world’s first food-themed amusement park. Take a stroll through the Piazza Maggiore and see the overarching columns and sprawling city life. Visit all of the medieval towers scattered throughout the gleaming city.
This hot weather has us all thinking one thing- the beach. Lucky for us Romans, beaches are close-by and plentiful. Take your pick: the beautiful beach town of Sperlonga halfway from Rome to Naples, or Fregene, the lively maritime town of ancient Etruria. How about the clean and pristine fishing port of Anzio? You can’t miss the beautiful Santa Marinella with its beach resorts and medieval castle 60 km northwest of Rome. The closest and debatably nicest Lido di Ostia is the only province of Rome on the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Maybe you’ve already been to Florence this semester, but why not return to Tuscany’s capital city now that the weather is gorgeous and flowers are blooming. If you haven’t been yet, get on the next train! Florence is a must-see for art lovers and fashionistas alike. Spend the day exploring renaissance museums, taking in the breathtaking architecture and shopping along the fashionable high streets. Don’t forget to take some time to enjoy some of the world’s best gelato.
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