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The Ultimate Guide to Day Trips from Rome by Train: Look no further!

written by Sean Finelli December 12, 2017
Day trip to Gaeta from Rome

 Rome is the perfect base for your Italian adventure. Why? It’s central location allows you to spend more time exploring, and less time on a train. Perhaps you’re hoping to experience Italy’s capital city but also small town life?

Interested in local foodie culture and wine tasting? Or, are you more attracted to the ruins of ancient Roman civilizations? Here are five of the best day trips from Rome by train. Pack your bags and let’s go on an adventure.

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1. Ostia Antica

Ostia Antica - Day Trips from Rome by TrainDuring your visit to Rome, why not take advantage of an underrated, less crowded destination. Ostia Antica which is Rome’s answer to Pompeii, is just 30 minutes from the city center.

Ostia Antica was founded in 620 B.C. In 400 B.C., the mighty Romans conquered the area and turned it into a naval base.  Then, in 150 A.D. it became a busy commercial port.

Today, you can visit the ruins of this remaining Roman civilization. For the full effect of “Rome’s Pompeii”, join us on our Ostia Antica tour.

The top attractions to see are the wonderfully preserved amphitheater, Terme di Nettuno (2nd Century baths complete with mosaic floors), and the Thermopolium, the remains of a café in which you can still see traces of a menu frescoed on the wall.

How to get there?

  • Take the metro (line B) and get off at Piramide.
  • Next, follow the signs inside the train station to Roma-Lido- a commuter train.
  • Get off at Ostia Antica stop.  Either follow the other visitors or cross and bridge and walk straight for 5 minutes.
  • Train ticket cost: €1.50 (the same as a one-way metro ticket).

2. Gubbio

Gubbio - Day Trips from Rome by Train

This is the oldest town in Umbria. The first settlements date back to the Paleolithic era. Then, in the 4th Century B.C., Rome conquered the land.

Today, it is a spectacular medieval town. In the winter, Gubbio is home to the world’s largest Christmas tree, seen from Mount Ingino. Other highlights include the main square (Piazza Grande), a Roman Theater, and last but not least, the Colle Eletto cable car.

Not for those who have a fear of heights, this cable car is essentially an open-air cage that takes you to the top of Mount Ingino with the sweeping landscape below you. Adrenaline with a killer view? Sign me up!

How to get there?

  • Take the train from Roma Termini to Fossato Di Vico-Gubbio.
  • Exit the train station and you’ll see a coach bus.  Take that for about 30 minutes to Gubbio Center.  Time tables are here, but know the bus coordinates with train arrival times.
  • Ticket cost: €12
  • Train frequency: runs every 2 hours
  • Ride duration: 2-3 hours

3. Orvieto

This beautiful town is perched on a rock, caused by an ancient volcanic eruption.  Because of the natural fortress created by its elevation, many civilizations tried to conquer the area in its history.

Today, it is one of the most popular day trip options from Rome for a variety of reasons. For instance, the Duomo, which is a symbol of the city itself, is one of the most striking you’ll see in all of Italy. Don’t believe me? The interior holds frescoes which are said to have inspired Michelangelo.

Other highlights include seeing the underground caves and tunnels built by the Etruscans. For a great meal in between your adventures check out Trattoria del Moro.

How to get there?

  • Take the train from Roma Termini to OrvietoOrvieto - Day Trips from Rome by Train
  • Exit the train station and cross the street to the funicular station for the short ride to the top of the rock.
  • Ticket cost: €8
  • Train frequency: runs every hour
  • Ride duration: 1 ½ hours
  • Funicular Cost: €1.30 each way
  • Opening Hours: 7:15am-8:30pm daily
  • Funicular Frequency: every 10 minutes.

4. Gaeta

Gaeta - Day Trips from Rome by Train

A coastal city surrounded by the sparkling blue sea and mountains in the distance, Gaeta is off the radar for most tourists. For one simple reason: there is no train station so many guide books don’t include it in their recommendations.

However, don’t fall into the trap, it is a simple journey from Rome and well worth it.

The history of Gaeta goes as far back as Greek mythology. In the Roman era, it was a popular vacation destination for wealthy Romans. The subsequent years saw siege after siege, most likely because of its desirable location.

Today, it is still a popular summer resort town for all Italians. There are a total of 7 beaches, with Serapo Beach being the most popular. What’s more, it is one of the southernmost towns in Lazio so it is a great option for those travelers who want to stay close to Rome and still experience a southern Italian town.

Don’t miss the Grotto del Turco and Montagna Speccata (Split Mountain). Legend has it that the mountain split in two at the exact moment Christ died.

How to get there?

  • Take the train from Roma Termini to Formia-Gaeta.
  • From the station, take the local bus to Gaeta center.  The bus sits directly outside the entrance to the train station.  You can buy your tickets inside the train station at the newsstand.
  • Ticket cost: starts from €8
  • Train Frequency: twice an hour
  • Ride Duration: 1-1 ½ hours.
  • Bus ticket cost: €1
  • Bus frequency: every 15 minutes

5. Castelli Romani

The “Roman Castles” are a group of 13 towns at the feet of the Alban Hills. After Rome’s elite started using this area for their summer villas, the Pope caught on. In 1596, the Vatican acquired a villa in Castel Gandolfo, a town in the Castelli Romani and consequently became the Pope’s summer residence which is still operational today.

There are two towns that I would recommend visiting; the first is Castel Gandolfo, as mentioned above. Aside from the Pope’s residence, it’s famous for porchetta (pork roast) and charming streets. If porchetta isn’t up your alley, stop for lunch at  Hostaria la Fraschetta di Padre in Figlio.

Frascati is the other town well worth a visit. This hillside masterpiece is known for their white wine and welcoming atmosphere. Highlights include Villa Torlonia and a wine tour/tasting at a local producer’s vineyard.

Fraschetta - Day Trips from Rome by TrainFor an unforgettable lunch experience, head to a fraschetta – a special type of restaurant in this area. It’s a casual (understatement of the year) cantina where you sit down, tell them if you want a medium or large carafe of wine, and you eat the food you bring yourself.  Do as the locals do and go to one of the several porchetta food trucks and indulge on the local delights in la dolce vita. Try Osteria dell’Olmo.

How to get there?

  • Take the direct train from Roma Termini to Castel Gandolfo or Frascati

For: Castel Gandolfo                                                                                                          

  • Train ticket cost: €2.10
  • Frequency: once every hour
  • Duration: 45 minutes

For: Frascati

  • Train ticket cost: €2.10
  • Frequency: once every hour
  • Duration: 30 minutes

 

If you’re looking for a beach day away from the city, there’s no place better than the Amalfi Coast. Check out the beautiful sounds and pearly blue water rolling on to the shore. There’s plenty to see!


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2 comments

Tim McCoy September 15, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Love your ideas and I appreciate the tips. One question: we are going in early November so given that time of year would you recommend Gaeta, Orvieto or Castel Gondolfo? Thank you.

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Gilles Traditi September 19, 2018 at 8:12 am

Hi Tim, thanks for your support! November as you know could be rainy but it is probably the less busy time of the year in Italy and you could still find great sunny days during that time.
I recommend you have a look at our day trip from Rome to Castel Gandolfo with lunch included (summer pope’s residence) which is a really great and complete experience even when the weather is not perfect, the day trip from Rome to Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoreggio with wine tasting.

Taking a day trip from Rome with will make things easy and perfectly organized in any weather condition.

Best

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