Best places near Rome: how to reach them

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]You could spend a lifetime in Rome without seeing it all, but what about the best places near Rome? There’s so much to see in nearby towns, and even the bordering region of Umbria is easy to reach from Rome. When it comes to day trips, visitors are truly spoiled for choice.

What are the best places near Rome?

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Villa d’Este in Tivoli

Ostia Antica is very close to Rome, and can be seen in an afternoon, either on your own or on a private tour with an expert. This atmospheric archaeological site resmembles Pompeii without the visitors and is a must for anyone interested in Ancient Rome. The picturesque town of Tivoli is also worth a visit – ideally a full day, or even an overnight trip – for the spectacular gardens of Villa d’Este (famous for its fountains) and Hadrian’s Villa. Orvieto in Umbria, renowned for its dramatic hilltop setting and stunning cathedral, is another popular option for a day trip.

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The Capitolium (temple of Juppiter) in Ostia Antica

In the summer locals and tourists alike escape the heat of the city for the lakes (such as Bracciano) or the beach (Ostia, Santa Marinella and Santa Severa). While having a car certainly makes things easier, most of the best places near Rome are also accessible with public transport.


Getting to to Ostia Antica

Reaching Ostia Antica with public transport is quick and easy. There are regular trains from Ostiense/Porta San Paolo station (next to Piramide metro station). The ticket is the same as the standard metro ticket, costing just €1.50, and the journey takes half an hour. When you arrive at Ostia Antica station, it’s about a 10 minute walk to the archaeological site.

 A day trip to Tivoli

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Beautiful sunset in Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli

Tivoli is not far from Rome, but it can be a little complicated with public transport, especially if you plan to visit both Villa d’Este and Hadrian’s Villa. To reach Tivoli town centre, you have two options: the bus or the train. Catch the bus from the station outside Ponte Mammolo metro station (B line), and expect the journey to take about 45 minutes, or much longer during rush hour. Alternatively, take the train from Tiburtina station; the journey takes about 45-70 minutes, depending on which train you get. The bus drops you off right in the town centre, while the train station is a short walk from the centre. Keep in mind that public transport is often limited on Sundays. Unfortunately, getting to Hadrian’s Villa from Tivoli town centre is a little tricky unless you have a car or book a private tour of Tivoli. You can catch a local CAT bus from Tivoli town centre, but they’re not very reliable. Don’t be misled by the map – walking from to Hadrian’s Villa is not an option.



We strongly recommend driving to Tivoli or booking a private tour to make the most of your visit.

Orvieto: a day in Umbria

One of the best places near Rome is in another region, Umbria, but it’s relatively straightforward to get to. There are regular trains from Termini station. Intercity trains take 1 hour and a one-way ticket costs €17.50, while regional trains take 1 hour 15 minutes and one-way tickets cost €8.25. When you get off the train at Orvieto, you can either take a bus, taxi or funicular for the short journey up the hill to reach the town centre.

While it’s possible to reach these sites on your own, booking a private tour is the best option for anyone who wants to explore in-depth, learning all about their fascinating history and going off the beaten path. Roads to Rome Private Tours can organise private transportation from Rome to Ostia Antica, Tivoli and Orvieto as part of a personalized private tour. Contact us for more information!

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