Rome is one of the most historical cities in the world. With so much to see and do, it can be tough to decide how to spend your time while you’re there. To help you out, I’ve put together a list of five different day trip ideas around Rome that will help you make the most of your time!
#1 Day Trip- Rome Colosseum & Palatine Hill
When in Rome, you must see the Colosseum. This is an obvious fact, but I still needed to list it. It’s one of the most famous buildings, and it also has HISTORY! – which means there are plenty of reasons to visit this incredible landmark. The Colosseum is not just an ancient Roman structure, it’s also the largest standing amphitheater in all of the world. This incredible feat has been maintained and still impresses all today with its size.
You must buy your tickets months in advance if you want underground tours of the Colosseum. Otherwise, you need to purchase time-allocated tickets or a tour in advance. The tickets sell out fast! Just a heads up, most Colosseum tickets include Palatine Hill which is next door.
The Palatine Hill is one of the most ancient parts of Rome and has been recognized as “the first nucleus” of the Roman Empire. Palestine Hill is massive! You can spend an entire day roaming the Colosseum and Palestine Hill. If you are unable to get tickets, then tours are always available through the street vendors roaming outside.
#2 Day Trip- Vatican City
Vatican City, a tiny city-state in Rome, surrounded by Italy and home to the Pope himself. This small country has an abundance of iconic art from all throughout history that can be seen within its many churches. The Vatican also houses some important religious iconography. including Sculptures, along with other pieces collected over time at different locations.
You need to buy your time-allocated tickets in advance, or worse case you can purchase an expensive tour online. Keep in mind, there is a strict dress code. You can not show your shoulders or knees.
I suggest you get a rosary souvenir for any Catholic relatives back home.
#3 Day Trip- Visit an Italian Beach (Scorpion Beach)
Yes, you can do that. Just hop on the train and take a taxi to the nearest beach. We went to Scorpion Beach which was a 100% authentic experience. You will not find a tourist here. If that is your “thing” this is the place to be. This beach in Italy has the blackest sand with the bluest water. The best part is, you can rent a beach chair, umbrella, and table for a small fee. No tourist prices here. Relax on the beach with a drink from their bar. They’ll come ’round and serve you as soon as they can. The drinks at this restaurant are so delicious plus strong, but the food is just Ok. However, be prepared to wait for the food. Order before you are hungry so you’re not starving by the time the food shows up. This is the perfect spot for an escape from the city.
#4 Day Trip- Take a Train to Pompeii
I think it’s a great idea for you to go and visit Pompeii, which is 100% an all-day trip. You can take a 1-hour train to Naples and then a 41-minute Metro to Pompeii. Pompeii is an ancient Roman city that was destroyed in AD 79. It’s situated on top of Mount Vesuvius, which killed hundreds upon its eruption. When I was young and in school, I remember learning about Pompeii. The story of this ancient city is still very much alive with tourists visiting its ruins today to discover what life might have been like for those who lived there centuries ago. The city is in great condition and is a perfect example of what a Roman city would look like. Walking through the ruins of ancient Pompeii is an unforgettable experience that will take you back in time.
You should buy your tour tickets in advance, otherwise, you may have to wait for a tour to become available.
- Masks are required on the train and they will not give you one. You need to bring a mask.
- Pickpocketing can happen, therefore, make sure your purse/bag has a zipper.
- Rent a room by the train station if you plan to do day trips using the train while in Rome
If you are hungry, there is a fabulous restaurant on-site called Hortus Pompei that has some really great food.
#5 Day Trip- Take Pictures at the Leaning Tower of Pisa
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one place that you should visit if your vacation includes a stop in Italy. It’s an iconic site with a unique design and beautiful views. Take a 2-hour train ride then a taxi ride to the site. The site is free. Stop for pictures and enjoy lunch with views of the tower. Keep in mind, that restaurants in Italy are open only during lunch and dinner. They’re not like the ones back home where you can get food all afternoon. In Italy, they don’t start serving dinner until 7 pm and lunch is usually over around 3 pm.
With so many amazing places to see, it’s hard to know where to start when planning a trip to Rome. But don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! These five different day trip ideas will help you make the most of your time in this historical city. From exploring the ancient ruins of Pompeii to enjoying a delicious meal with views of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, there’s something for everyone on this list. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your dream vacation today or have Glam Escapes book your next trip. Click the service tab above for more information.