Day Trippin'

The great thing about Rome is that nothing is really too far away. Florence is only 1h30 away on the Eurostar, and Naples is a 2h train journey with trains leaving early and returning late. They are both perfect day trips.

Ponza is a beautiful island just off the coast of Lazio that you really shouldn’t miss. It has beautiful beaches and if you go there in June and July, you avoid the majority of Romans escaping the city. To get there, take the train from Termini to Anzio and from there, go by boat. You will have to check the crossing times as they change throughout the year. Sorrento is also a lovely place to see, a nice town on the Amalfi coast, you can easily get there by train. If you have the time, take the boat along the coast, it’s fantastic!!

For places much closer to Rome, head to Tivoli to see the Villa Adriana. Buses leave every 20 minutes from metro Ponte Mammolo on the B line. Ostia is cheap and easy to get to with a standard metro ticket. Take the urbane E train line until Ostia antica to see the old centre, or Lido centrale to get to the beach. The beach is not beautiful, but it’s nice if you want a break from the city.

If you have a car, or access to one, then the following three places are also well worth a visit (you can get there by train but the stations are either away from the town, or in the town and miles from the beach). Tarquinia is a lovely town in Tuscany that is famous for its Etruscan tombs. It is not far from Orbetello, which is a beautiful seaside town with great markets and shops. The beach there is really beautiful despite being busy. The most beautiful beach by far, is the San Felice Circeo in Lazio. It is a hilltop town with wonderful views all over the area and the delicious seafood at the restaurant on the main piazza is amazing.