Top 4 Day Trips from Rome

Visiting Rome? Looking for some day trip ideas? Here are four great excursions to consider on your Roman getaway.

1. Umbria

Two hours from Rome, the everchanging, untouched landscapes in the green of winding valleys make Umbria a region that will never fail to amaze. This region comprises mainly hills, mountains, hollows and plains and extends along the Tiber’s central basin. It includes Lake Trasimeno, central Italy’s largest lake and some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Europe. The charm of Umbria derives from its fusion of art, nature, peace and calm, the inspirations behind its various localities that comprise Renaissance masterpieces and small Medieval towns embedded in the hills, including Gubbio, Spoleto, Assisi, and the main city of Perugia.
Umbria WaterfallsAssisi-skylinePerugia-Village2. Appian Way

The Via Appia Antica, old Appian Way Road, was the major road of the ancient Roman Empire. It’s now a regional park featuring several catacombs to visit. The largest and most impressive catacomb, San Callisto is where you can begin your adventure From there you can walk or bike along the ancient road, lined with tombs and churches. A beautiful place for lunch on Via Appia Antica is the Cecilia Metella Restaurant, especially when it is nice and you can sit on the patio, or pack a picnic.

Appian WaySan Callisto3. Sabina Hills

37 miles north east of Rome lies an area of the Rome countryside that feels like it is a million miles from the hustle and bustle of Rome.  This area of the Rome countryside is a patchwork of olive groves and vineyards, dotted with ancient monasteries and medieval villages. Go to the fantastic Sabina olive oil museum and learn about ancient methods of olive oil production.  Or. pend some time in the Olioteca (olive oil shop) for a tasting of local extra virgin olive oils.  And visit one of the many castles and fortresses that watch over the hilltop towns.

Sabina-Olive-OilCastello-Orsini-Nerola4. Ostia Antica

The beautifully preserved ruins of Ostia lie twenty miles from Rome, in the meadows between the Tiber River and the Tyrrhenian Sea. It was founded, in the 4th century BC, as a military colony to guard the river mouth against seaborne invasions. Later, during the centuries when virtually all imports reached the Capital via the Tiber, Ostia gained prominence as the domestic landing for cargo boats. By the 2nd century AD, it had become a flourishing commercial center inhabited by upwards of 100,000 people, whose apartment buildings, taverns, and grocery shops are still intact.Visit the Baths of Neptune, the Ostia Ampitheatre, the Forum of Corporations, and the Collegiate Temple.

Ancient Roman Baths of Neptune Mosaic Floors Ostia Antica Rome I Ostia AmpitheatreTo book your Roman getaway, contact lynn@bellavacations.com / www.bellavacations.com.

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