There's a whole lot of history and wonder just beyond the ancient Roman gates of the city. We like getting out of town for a day or two to revel in the glories and stunning beauty of Italy. Day trips can take you from Rome to Naples, Pompeii, Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, Hadrian's Villa, even the Isle of Capri.
Italy is a small country, roughly the size of New Mexico, and many of the top attractions and historical sites are close enough to Rome to see in an action-packed day. Instead of worrying about train schedules, bus stops and guide books, we always recommend signing up for a small-group tour that handles all the details for you.
Pompeii may be the most visited archeological site in history — and for good reason. Imagine a thriving ancient Roman city destroyed in a virtual blink of the eye and preserved for all time.
The remains of the city are both fascinating and eerie. As you walk the timeless streets you can feel what urban life was like back then. And then there are the petrified remains of Pompeiian citizens. It's something you don't want to miss when you're in Italy.
Tivoli, about 25 miles of east of Rome, is a hillside town that has been the retreat of the wealthy and famous since ancient Roman times.
Romans made rich by the Empire, and later the hierarchy of the Catholic church, chose Tivoli as the place to build expansive castles, villas, and famous gardens. It's another must-see destination from Rome and easily reachable with the day tours we recommend.
Easier to get to than Pompeii, the ancient city of Ostia has similarities to the buried city. What makes them similar are the perfectly preserved ruins. It's amazing to wander the ancient Roman settlement's temples, baths, and theatres — all barely touched since Ostia was abandoned.
Ostia, a prosperous port city at the mouth of the Tiber, was the gateway for riches transported from the far reaches of the ancient Empire. Unlike Pompeii, which was destroyed in an instant by Vesuvius, Ostia's slow decline took centuries.
We like this activity because you truly discover why experts are calling Ostia "The Better Pompeii". Just a short drive from Rome, the fascinating remains were once inhabited by 100,000 citizens.
You're amazed by the preservation of the city as you walk the main street called the Decumanus Maximus, as you visit the see amphitheatre, and as you see the Baths of Neptune with its mosaic of the sea god being drawn by a four-horse chariot. Although this is a half-day tour, you have the option of remaining at Ostia at the end of the tour and exploring on your own. (You'll have train ticket back to Rome.)
Fantastic trip by train out to the ancient port of Rome. We made our own way back, easy enough and ended up spending the whole day at the site. It is huge! The guide was excellent and showed us the best of the site, but we wanted to wander around on our own at the end. I would say that if you are into history, this is a don't-miss trip."
– 5-Star Review
Capri truly is a magical place, set in a magical sea. This tour from Rome arranges all the details. Travel to Naples, then cross by catamaran to the gem of the Amalfi — the gorgeous island of Capri.
First stop is the magical Blue Grotto, a sea cave bathed in brilliant blue water. Lunch is served in a traditional trattoria in the charming hillside village of Anacapri, overlooking the town of Capri. There's plenty of time to explore the Piazza Umberto in Capri before heading back through the lush countryside back to Rome.
We ended our vacation with this day trip and it was absolutely amazing!!! Taking the boat ride around Capri was the highlight of our trip. It was stunning. Our tour guides took very good care of the group. Wonderful lunch, company, views and people. Highly recommend it!! Would definitely go again!"
– 5-Star Review
From Rome, you travel through the rolling hills of the Italian countryside to discover two classic & charming Italian towns — Assisi & Orvieto.
Your first stop is the hilltop town of Orvieto to see the famous Gothic cathedral, with its glorious facade of stained glass, mosaics & sculptures.
Next, drive through Umbria to Lake Trasimeno for a traditional Umbrian lunch. Then it's time to explore Assisi, the the birthplace of St Francis, where you visit the convent, the basilica, and Piazza del Comune with its magical turreted palace.
Every aspect of this tour was terrific. Hotel pick-up was prompt and efficient. The tour guide was… very personable and you could tell that she liked her job and liked her clients. She gave clear and interesting information about everything we were seeing… Orvieto was exquisite and quite a surprise for me. Lunch was spectacular! The tour of Assisi with our local guide there was more than I expected. She was also an excellent tour guide and had a true love for Assisi. I have taken many tours in many European cities in this one ranked right at the top because of the tour guides. Couldn't be happier…well spent time and money!"
– 5-Star Review
Tuscany is magnificent, picturesque and this day tour lets you experience some of the best of it.
Travel to Val d'Orcia, south of Siena, where medieval towns and rustic farms dot the hillside. Visit Montelpulciano, a Renaissance town famous for its Vino Nobile de Montepulciano red wine, to Montalcino, and to Pienza, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You sample fine wines and local delicacies along the way. The day tour includes a Tuscan lunch and wine tasting.
This was an amazing tour. Every detail was very well organized and our guide Andy was very knowledgeable about the region, its wine and its history. We had a local guide for Montepulciano and the walk in that village was truly enjoyable. The wine tasting and lunch were done in a charming cellar with traditional local food. All delicious!"
– 5-Star Review
Instead of just going out for a day, why not make an adventure of it and go deeper into the culture of Italy?
We've had great fun on trips that span three, four, even five days. When you're travelling like that, with an expert guide, you get treated in a special way by the Italians you visit, who love to show their guests the best time possible.
This selection of trips takes you to Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, the Island of Capri, the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany, Pisa, Florence, Venice, and so many wonderful places in between. You also eat and drink in style!
The best way to discover Florence and its top attractions is with an expert guide at your side. And the best way to visit from Rome is on a tour like this, where all the details are arranged for you.
You start at the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo's David and Botticelli's Madonna and Child. Then, you'll be spellbound as you stand before Brunelleschi's dome, called the Duomo. See many other sites before your day in Florence ends with a visit to a legendary leather-making school.
Explore the Renaissance cities of Florence and Pisa on a full-day tour from Rome. Like the tour above, you visit the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo's David and Botticelli's Madonna and Child.
But in this tour, you then travel to Pisa where you wander its famous streets and admire the monuments of the Piazza dei Miracoli. Hey, is that tower standing straight?
It's even possible to go farther afield and visit Venice from Rome on a day trip — thanks to Italy's high-speed trains. This tour arranges all the tickets and passes you'll need to discover the City of Love!
Hop on the high-speed train in Rome to travel to the city of canals. Wander through the romantic web of hidden alleys, squares and bridges. Then, use your skip-the-line ticket to visit inside of St Mark's Basilica. See the best of Venice from the canal with your included vaporetto (water bus) ticket.