Venice- “the city built on water”, is one of the most romantic cities in the world and if you’re visiting Rome and have enough time, it’s definitely worth visiting. The beautiful canal city is unlike anything you’ve seen before. There are no roads, just canals, with the main mode of transport being water buses and water taxis. Of course, if you want to experience Venice properly, a gondola ride is a must!
Sail along the grand canal admiring the city’s famous sights, gothic churches and the beautiful architecture. If you want to see Venice in a day, our package includes a high-speed train transfer direct from Rome to Venice. You’ll have around 7 hours to explore this enchanting city and visit key tourist spots like St Mark’s Basilica, St Mark’s Square, the Teatro La Fenice and Doge’s Palace to name just a few. We’d also recommend taking a relaxing stroll across stunning Rialto Bridge. Upgrade your package to include a Gondola Ride if you want to tick this truly iconic experience off your bucket list.
Famously known as the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is just waiting to be explored. Conveniently, it’s only about an hour and a half away from Rome on the train, making it a great choice for a day trip. There’s so much to see in this beautiful city that it can be hard to know where to start. If you need a little help, our full day tour of Florence includes a guided tour of the city’s highlights. You’ll get to see the spectacular Santa Maria's del Fiore Cathedral up close, and admire the famous Brunelleschi's Dome, which was once the largest in the world! You’ll also have the chance to visit the Academy Gallery, which is home to the original David statue by Michelangelo, and the Piazzale Michelangelo which boasts unrivalled panoramic views of Florence.
Spend the rest of your time shopping in the boutiques, strolling through the breath-taking gardens of Giardini di Boboli, or indulge in a delicious scoop (or two!) of authentic Italian gelato.
Everyone has heard of the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, and if you want to see the extraordinary structure for yourself, Pisa is the place to go. A fast train from Roma Termini to Pisa Central Station will take you just over 2 hours, and is well worth the journey. Known all over the world for its unintended tilt, the tower is Pisa’s main tourist attraction, standing at 60-metres tall and leaning at a 5.5° angle. If you’re feeling brave enough, you can climb to the top for a bird’s eye view of the city. If you want to take some great holiday selfies you can’t get better than this!
We’d also recommend visiting the cathedral which was the biggest in Europe when it was first built, and is free to enter. Browse the local markets, enjoy the tasty Italian cuisine or have a coffee and watch the world go buy from one of the piazzas.
Tivoli is a gorgeous town just an hour outside of Rome in Lazio, boasting breath-taking views of the Roman Campagna. Tourists often come here to see UNESCO World Heritage Sites- Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este. The perfect place to go for history buffs, Hadrian’s Villa was originally designed to be a home for the Roman Emperor Hadrian. Explore the stunning grounds which span over 250-acres and admire the incredible architecture and lavish design of the complex.
Villa d’Este is famous for its palace, but more so for its spectacular Italian Renaissance garden. Take a relaxing stroll along maze-like paths and look out for hidden surprises like musical fountains, ornate statues and rushing waterfalls. After working up an appetite, stop at one of the many restaurants to sample proper authentic Italian cuisine. This is an ideal place to come if you want to escape the busyness of Rome for the day.
Naples and Pompeii:
A day trip to Naples and Pompeii offers the perfect combination of rich culture and fascinating history. With a knowledgeable guide on hand you can venture outside of Rome, and see the highlights of both these cities in just one day. Travel through the beautiful hillsides covered with vineyards, before stopping at Naples. Not only is this the largest city in southern Italy, it’s also considered the birthplace of pizza, so a great choice for lunch! You’ll also get the chance to see famous historical sights, like the Royal Palace, the beautiful Basilica of San Francesco, Piazza del Plebiscito and the San Carlo Opera House to name a few.
Afterwards, visit the legendary town of Pompeii, which was buried in metres of ash after the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. A visit to this extraordinary place encourages you to learn all about its history on a guided tour. The town appears frozen in time since the eruption, but a walk through the ancient ruins will help you reimagine how Pompeii once was all those years ago.
Top tip- There are so many beautiful places that are easily accessible from Rome, so if you’re planning a visit, we’d recommend taking a day trip to explore outside of the city. The best way to travel in Rome is by train, as you can visit so many different places, it’s much quicker than driving and its great value!
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