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Best Day Trips from Rome

written by Sean Finelli April 9, 2020

There’s a lot to see in the Eternal City of Rome, but a few days in the surrounding regions can truly take your Rome trip into an adventure to remember. From Pompeii and Sorrento to the Pope’s Summer Home, we’ve put together a list of our most popular day trips from Rome, so you can plan a vacation that’s sure to be different than the rest.

Visit Umbria: Orvieto, Civita di Bagnoregio and Wine Tasting Day Trip from Rome

Italy is known for its fantastic and varied selection of wines, and there’s no better way to gain an appreciation for this Italian tradition than to visit the source itself. On this two hour tour, you’ll travel through the gorgeous Umbrian Countryside, filled with rows of vineyards ripe with the winemaking grapes that have grown there for years. 

You’ll travel along the “Highway of the Sun”, and make your way to the Civita di Bagnoregio, a secluded city that can only be accessed by a singular bridge heading high above the countryside below. It’s a stunning view, and one you’ll definitely want to bring a camera to capture. The city itself is a unique one with only fourteen permanent residents still remaining in the city. 

Then it’s off to Orvieto. This city on a hill is not only known for its jaw dropping views of the country, there is also a cathedral here that took over three centuries to build and features some beautiful frescoes. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the shops of city, and check out the incredible wares that local artisans have for sale. 

“Even those who’ve been to Italy before are blown away by the views from Orvieto” – Livia, Tour Guide

After a lunch break consisting of delicious local delicacies, its on to a family winery for the last part of our trip. You’ll explore the cellars of these long-standing wineries, and learn what goes into making each glass of Italian wine special. Then it’s time to head back to Rome for a wonderful evening in the city!

Pompeii & Mt. Vesuvius Day Trip: From Rome

It’s hard to believe the catastrophic event that brought so much destruction to the seaside town of Pompeii., but on this tour you’ll be able to see what it left in its wake. When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D. it was seen as a cataclysmic event, leveling town after town in the surrounding area of Naples. It rained fire and ash that burned everything in its path, while also preserving many of its victims in the very positions where they lost their lives. 

On this day trip from Rome, you’ll have the opportunity to explore this ancient city for yourself, which remains one of the most well-preserved of the period. With an expert guide, you’ll take a step back in time and imagine what it was like to live in this town just before the eruption, and what it would have been like when Vesuvius began to spew its volcanic ash. 

You won’t just think about it from afar, however. We’ll take you up Mount Vesuvius itself, so you can peer into the volcano that caused so much destruction so many years ago. It’s one of the most unique experiences you can find in Italy, and certainly a great excuse to get away from the city for a day. 

Rome to Pompeii Day Trip with Stunning Sorrento

With luxury transportation to shuttle you to and from the ruined city, this tour takes you on a beautiful drive down the Autostrada del Sole (or “Highway of the Sun”) to some of the most beautiful sights that Italy has to offer.  

Shortly after arriving, your experienced, English-speaking guide takes you on a private walking tour of the city where they weave stories with historical accuracy to bring Pompeii back to life. Your tour include stops to the ancient markets, piazzas, theaters, (even a brothel!) and provides a glimpse into the daily life of the ancient Pompeiians. 

No tour is complete without exploring the Villa of Mysteries, a hidden gem of the city decorated with frescoed depictions of an ancient Greco-Roman cult!  

“Every time I return to Pompeii, it’s like there’s something new to discover” – Sasha, Tour Guide

Once you’ve had your fill of the Ancient Ruins, you’re then chauffeured down to the beautiful seaside town of Sorrento. Along the way, you’ll have plenty of time to marvel in the view of the Gulf of Naples and shop around the city’s many shops and cafes. 

If you’re unfamiliar with Sorrento, it’s regionally known for its olive oil and limoncello, a lemon liqueur that you absolutely have to try (unless you’re under the legal drinking age, then you absolutely should not try it). Finally, when your guided trip is over, you will be driven back to Rome to enjoy your evening in the Eternal City. 

We also offer this tour as a private tour!

Sistine Chapel, Vatican Gardens & Pope’s Summer Home Day Trip 

This might be one our most longest tours, but it’s perfect for anyone looking for a full day experience of the Vatican. With skip the line access, you’ll enter the Vatican well before the public. Your guide will describe the four years of Michelangelo’s intense work that made this masterpiece a reality. Then you’ll have plenty of time to examine the awe-inspiring frescoes for yourself. 

That’s just the beginning, however. On this tour, you get exclusive access to the Vatican Gardens. These tickets are in extreme demand, but we’ve worked hard to secure your visit to this special place. Including about 100 fountains, these gardens are absolutely breathtaking. 

At the Vatican, there’s no bigger VIP than the pope, and on this tour you’ll be able to walk in his footsteps. After checking out the Vatican city highlights, you’ll board a train with your guide to the Pope’s summer home: Castel Gandolfo. Few take the opportunity to see this gorgeous castle and its gardens. After you’ve gotten the chance to see it all, you’ll be treated to a delicious buffet lunch of local cheeses and meats. It’s one of our most special tours and our customers love it. 

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