You may be thinking, “Why would I want to leave Rome?” With so much to do, see, eat and drink, it is no wonder why you might be complexed by our suggestion to venture out of the city. However, just beyond the city limits lie beautiful ancient towns, stunning vistas and experiences you just can’t find in Rome. Here, we have gathered a list of the best day trips you can take from Rome.
Scavi Archeologici di Ostia Antica is one of the best day trips from Rome, and is also one of the easiest trips to make. Ostia Antica is an archaeological site that is similar to Pompeii in that it contains very well-preserved ruins of an ancient sea port. While you are there, check out the Terme di Nettuno, which is a 2nd-century baths area. The baths feature floor mosaics, an amphitheater and even a café with remnants of a menu carved into the wall. In order to travel there from Rome, you will want to take the Ostia Ido train from Stazione San Palo and get off at Ostia Antica.
Cerveteri’s city of the dead
The Necropoli di Banditaccia in Cerveteri is a necropolis – a cemetery that belonged to an ancient city – that is just outside of the town that is presently there. The cemetery is often referred to as a city of the dead, and has streets, squares and terraces of grass-topped tombs known at tumuli. In order to get there, you should take a Cotral bus from the Cronelia metro station. You can also drive there, by taking the A12 autostrada.
Pompeii is obviously a well-known ancient Roman city, and as such has quite a lot of area to explore. You will need at least a couple of hours to explore the ruins. At Pompeii, you should visit the Forum, Lupanare (a brothel), and amphitheater. The ancient Pompeii forum was the center of religious, cultural and political life in the ancient city. The amphitheater of Pompeii is the oldest surviving Roman amphitheater, and was buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, which also buried the entire town of Pompeii. The amphitheater was home to gladiatorial contests, and was also the site of a deadly brawl between Pompeiians and residents of Nuceria, which resulted in a 10-year ban on such events. In order to get there, take the train from Stazione Termini.
Another must-see is Naples, and if you are feeling highly ambitious you could likely see both Pompeii and Naples in the same day. While there, you should visit the Museo Archeologico Nazionale and see the classical art on display and to see the Cristo velato (Veiled Christ) sculpture by Giuseppe Sanmartino. You can also climb Mount