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Date: 2014-03-20 11:06:52

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For those of you who have been in Rome already long enough to see the major sights and monuments and are looking to make a daytrip from the city, here are a list of the best daytrips from rome.      

 

1.) Naples and Pompeii tour

Usually the most popular daytrip taken from Rome is to visit the region of Campania south of Rome and Lazio towards Pompeii  which is one of the most significant proofs of Roman civilization and, like an open book, provides outstanding information on the art, customs, trades and everyday life of the past.

Naples and Pompeii

The city has re-emerged from the darkness of centuries precisely as it would have been when it was unexpectedly buried in the thick layer of ash and lava which poured down from the devastating eruption of Vesuvius. It was the year 79 A.D. The scale of the tragedy was appalling: in what had been one of the most active and splendid Roman centres, life came to a permanent standstill. The ruins can be visited  by taking the train from Roma Termini the “frecciarossa” (red arrow) train  takes 1 hour and 10 minutes and costs 43 euro’s (Aug’13). In arrival at Napoli central station you will then need to take the underground called Circumvesuviano which costs 2.80 euro’s (Aug’13) and you will need to get off the train at Pompei Scavi – Villa dei Misteri. The ticket to Pompeii will set you back 11 Euros for adults, 5.50 euro for EU students ages 18- 25 and free for EU under a18 and over  65’s.

 

You can spend a whole day in the ruins quite easily such is the size, and even take a ride upto to the top of Mount Vesuvius the still active Volcano overlooking the bay of Naples. For a guided tour option of Naples and Pompeii you can check out the following link for coach departures with tour guide and all costs included for the excursion. naples and pompeii tour from rome

 

2.) Tivoli-Villa D’este & Villa Adriana Tour

Not too far from Rome about 30km north east of the city you will find the town of Tivoli on the mountain, this is the perfect trip on a nice sunny day to take a picnic and enjoy the countryside of Lazio. Tivoli is famous for Villa Adriana at the bottom of the hill Built by the Emperor Hadrian, starting from 117 A.D.,

Villa D'este Tivoli

it is the most extensive ancient roman villa,covering an area of at least 80 hectares, more or less as Pompeii. At the top and in the town centre you can find the second and most probably more famous Villa D’este which has been voted one of the most beautiful gardens of Europe full of fountains. Its also worthwhile to have a walk around the quaint little town and norrow streets to get a feel for typical Italian life.

To reach Tivoli from Rome's Termini station, take Metro Line B -- "Metropolitana Linea B"  toward Rebibbia. Get off at Ponte Mammolo and take the Rome-Tivoli bus (it is a Cotral Bus), which stops in Tivoli just outside Hadrian's Villa first and then to the top of the hill to the town centre and Villa D’este. The ride takes between 40 and 60 minutes and a ticket costs 1.50 euro (Aug’13) for the Metro and 1.60 (Aug’13) for the Cotral bus. To enter  Villa D’este its 12.30 Euro Adult  and 8.30 Euro reduced, Villa Adriana is 9.50 Euro Adult and 5.50 Euro reduced. For a guided tour of Tivoli you can check out the following link for coach departures with tour guide and all costs included for the excursion  tivoli tour

 

3.) Calcata & Parco di Treja

A less touristic option off the beaten path is this charming medieval village on top of a stone hill. Calcata has been inhabited since the mid-second millennium BC but the village bhas a structure of medieval origin. Calcata was also a famous as the supposed home of the “Foreskin of Jesus Christ”  which was discovered in Calcata in 1557, and a series of

Calcata - Parco di Treja

miracles soon followed (freak storms, perfumed mists engulfing the village). The church gave the finding a seal of approval by offering a 10-year indulgence to those who came to venerate. Lines of pilgrims stretched from the church doors to beyond the walls of the fortress town. Nuns and monks from nearby villages and monasteries made candlelit processions. Calcata was a must-see destination on the pilgrimage map. Then in 1983 the relic was stolen. Was it sold or was it stolen? There are many theories!

Aswell as the town there are also some nice trekking routes not too difficult departing from the town and also Monte Gelato where you will find the waterfalls and the adventure park “Parco di Treja”

To arrive at Calcata you will need to take the regional train from Flaminio station which is the station across from the Flaminio metro stop line A, from there you will need to take the regional train to  Prima Porta approximately 6 stops to Saxa Rubra. From there you can take the Cotral bus to Civita Castellana and ask the driver for the stop for Calcata. For further info and timetables you can visit http://www.calcata.info/endove.html otherwise for a personalized tour or group tours of Calcata you can contact groups@aroundrometours.com

 

4.) Orvieto Tour

Why not take a trip to the Neighbouring region of Umbria and to the town of Orvieto, on a plateau of volcanic tuff, surrounded by a stupendous landscape of fields and vineyards. The unbreachable walls appear to encircle the city rather than elevate it, as though it were a fortress rising on the flat valley floor of the river Paglia.  Because of its location,

Orvieto

 

because of its Etruscan roots, because of its charming medieval character, and above all because of its celebrated Cathedral which is a gem of Gothic architecture, Orvieto is one of Italy's most unique and interesting cities. The Cathederal matches that of what you will see in Rome and is quite impressive, you can also enjoy the ride on the funicolare (cable railway)up to the town.

Many also visit Orvieto to visit underground where you will find a series of 440 caves has been used for millennia by locals for various purposes, including as WWII bomb shelters, refrigerators, wells and, during many a pesky Roman or barbarian siege, as dovecotes to trap the usual one-course dinner: pigeon (still seen on local restaurant menus as palombo).

To reach Orvieto you can take a train from Termini station costing 16 Euro’s and takes just over an hour, otherwise for a guided tour of Orvieto you can check out the following link for coach departures with tour guide and all costs included for the excursion  Orvieto tour

 

5.) Florence in one day from Rome

Ideally you would go to stay in Florence to experience the Florentine life in the capital of Tuscany, but if you are on a short vacation to Rome or have a day spare to leave the city, good news you can visit Florence in a day, in an hour and 30 minutes from Roma Termini you

Florence - Around Rome Tours

can be at Santa Maria Novella the central station in Florence and the ticket will cost you 43.00 Euro’s one way taking the fast Frecciarossa train.

Once in this City of Art you can visit the many attractions, climb up to the top of the Duomo to get the view from above, visit Ponte Vecchio with its storied gold workshops, the Galleria degli Uffizi or David by Michelangelo. You won’t be able to see it all but some of the highlights you will make.

For a guided tour of Florence see the following link for coach departures with tour guide and all costs included for the excursion  Florence daytrip from Rome

 

6.) Capri day trip from Rome

In the summer months a daytrip to Capri is definitely worth the journey, this Island famous throughout the world and a favourite of the rich and famous. The island is situated 5km from the bay of Naples so a train ride

Capri - Around Rome Tours

from Rome Termini station using the Frecciarossa will have you in Naples in 1 hour and 10 minutes and the tricket costs 43 Euro’s one way. Then from Napoli central station. From the train station you can take a taxi to

the port of Molo Beverello. A taxi to the port has a fixed fee of 10 Euro’s so be sure to let the taxi driver know this before you depart. From the port you have option to take a Ferry or Hydrofoil and the prices range from 12- 20 Euro’s one way, for further information and prices you can visit http://www.capri.com/en/ferry-schedule

Once on the Island there are a wide variety od things to do, you can take a boat trip to visit inside the Blue Grotto,  a visit to Monte Solaro which at 589 metres is the

highest point of the Island with spectacular views. You can walk or take a 15 minute chair life ride to the top for those of you that don’t suffer from Vertigo. Or just spend the day relaxing checking out the scenery and a spot of shopping, whatever you decide there is no better setting.

For a guided tour of Capri see the following link for coach departures with tour guide and all costs included for the excursion Capri day trip from Rome

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