Driving tours  from Rome

Check our selection of the most popular day trips, located between Florence to the north or Rome and Naples to the south. Our suggestions include hilltop townsart citiesvillageslakes and hot springsbeach resortsmountain retreatsnature reservesarchaeological sites and island.

Ostia ruins guided tour with skip the line tickets

Ostia Antica is a large archaeological complex of ancient Roman ruins located south-west of Rome, near the coastal town of Ostia. Although not as well preserved as Pompeii, the 50-hectare site offers visitors the chance to explore remains of taverns, baths, frescoes and even a Roman theatre. Ostia Antica is a Roman town at hand to get an authentic look at daily life in the ancient world. This trip to Ostia Antica is a valuable alternative if you do not have the time to make a private tour from Rome to Pompeii. Travel back through time. Learn why Ostia Antica is a Pompeii in miniature. You will be in the company of your own dedicated expert guide who brings the site to life. In addition, with comfortable, air-conditioned transport throughout, you can relax on the journey. Experience an ancient world extraordinarily preserved over the ages. Stroll through old paved streets just as the Romans did. See first-hand how daily life used to be 2000 years ago. Explore a real working city with its bars, blocks of flats, launderettes, thermal baths, lavatories, bakeries, shops, markets, temples, fire brigade quarters, and even a real latrine. Admire frescoes and mosaics.

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Tivoli tour with entrance to Villa d’Este and Villa Adriana

This town located just an hour outside of Rome is home to two important cultural landmarks, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Villa Adriana and Villa d’Este. Dating back to the second century AD, Villa Adriana was once the vast imperial residence of emperor Hadrian. The remains of this magnificent villa include statue-lined pools and a maritime theatre, while the landscaped Renaissance gardens of Villa d’Este are celebrated internationally for their multitude of fountains and water features. This visit takes you a magic journey into a Baroque time. Beautiful gardens, mazes and hundreds of fountains are the prime attraction of this gorgeous summer villa. Villa d’Este was built in 1550 for Cardinal Ippolito d’Este, the son of Lucrezia Borgia. The most striking part of the Villa d’Este, however, is its garden; a terraced extravaganza of shady trees and show stopping fountains. The garden is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of its significance in the history of garden design, and its fountains are famous worldwide. Also well worth a visit is Villa Gregoriana, a beautiful natural park on the outskirts of the town.

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Wine and food tour to the Roman Castles (Frascati and Castel Gandolfo)

Do as the Romans do on hot summer days and take a break from the crowds and the heat on an excursion to Castelli Romani, an area of small hilltop villages that are surrounded by lovely countryside. Spend a half-day touring Castelli Romani, home to the famous hills known as “Roman Castles.” Escape from the bustle of Rome and visit a typical “fraschetta” the venue where Romans traditionally go to eat their own food paying for the table and the local wine served. Nowadays Fraschettas are specialized in both food and wine, so …relax and enjoy! The region is home to some of the oldest wine-producing vineyards in the world. Etruscans and Greek settlers produced wine in the country long before the Romans started developing their own vineyards in the 2nd-century B.C. Now, 2,000 years later, Italy is one of the world’s foremost producers, for approximately one-fifth of the world’s wine production. Lunch/Food and Wine Tasting is included in a local characteristic Wine Estate. You will not only visit historical sites of great relevance and interest, but savor a cultural and gastronomic legacy developed over untold generations. You will meet and spend time with locals whose warmth and cheerfulness is matched only by their pride in their cultural traditions and their willingness to share them.

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Assisi (or Civita di Bagnoregio) and Orvieto guided tour

Both towns are located in the Umbria region considered “the green heart of Italy. The hilltop city of Orvieto is located in south-west Umbria, about halfway between Rome and Florence. The city has its roots in the Etruscans and Roman civilizations, and acted as a papal refuge during the Sack of Rome in 1527. Visitors can descend the fascinating St Patrick’s Well – 60 meters deep – and enter the imposing 14th-century cathedral on Orvieto’s summit. The city is also known for its series of Etruscan underground caves and its wines. Orvieto offers wonderful surprises charming cobblestone lanes lined with artisan shops and slow food trattorias. Surrounded by rolling hills, Assisi has been a place of pilgrimage for centuries. The mediaeval town is best known as the birthplace of St Francis, who founded the Franciscan religious order. Assisi offers many important sights, including the spectacular Basilica of Saint Francis with its frescoes by Giotto. See the highlights of Assisi on a 3-hour walking tour with a knowledgeable local guide. Visit the stunning UNESCO World Heritage-listed Basilica di San Francesco (Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi), the Duomo di San Rufino, the Basilica di Santa Chiara (St Claire) and the lovely main square, Piazza del Comune. Enjoy clear views of the massive 14th-century fort, Rocca Maggiore, which sits on top of the hill. As you walk with your guide, hear about the history and cultural treasures of Assisi. Alternative stop to Assisi is Civita di Bagnoregio, regarded as one of the most beautiful towns in Italy, known as “the dying city” because of the erosion and landslides that have occurred throughout the centuries. Only a handful of residents remain in Civita which is seeking to be recognized as a World Heritage Site and is reached by a steep pedestrian bridge (to access the town visitors must make their way over a narrow, steep footbridge, which is suspended at great height) The first glimpse of the town from the viewing point across the valley is jaw-dropping. Hydrangeas and geraniums tumble over its meticulously-kept stone footpaths; the lunchtime hum of conversation and clinking cutlery is offset by the cicada buzz rising from the valley below. Its beauty has caught the imagination of artists and filmmakers who chose the hilltop town as the setting of their works. The official travel guidebook uses effusive terms to describe Civita, “surrounded in a fog of unreality” as if “an island in our memory or a figment of our imagination”  or “hidden pearl in the heart of Lazio”.

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Siena and San Gimignano with wine tasting

Siena, probably Italy’s loveliest medieval city, is characterized by its mediaeval brick buildings and central Piazza del Campo, where the famous horse race Il Palio, that takes place two times each summer. The town offer magnificent masterpieces and incredible views.  Siena’s historic centre is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to buildings such as the 13th-century Duomo, the city’s Romanesque-Gothic cathedral; and the 14th-century Torre del Mangia, whose 88-m high summit offers sweeping views, if you can manage the 400 steps. Walking along the narrow medieval streets, you will admire the splendid Cathedral where you can visit the marvelous interior including the Libreria Piccolomini. Siena was a very remarkable City-State in the Middle Ages, most of its important monuments were built between the XIII and XIV century, today we can still admire these artistic and architectural wonders and much more. There are so many hidden spots within the city walls where past and present blend together. They are off the tourists’ beaten paths and can be discovered only with a Private Guide. Dominated by its skyline of 14 mediaeval towers, San Gimignano was a booming stop-over on the Via Francigena pilgrim route during the Middle Ages. Today this well-preserved town is once again thriving thanks to a steady stream of tourists. Its most celebrated site is the stunning fresco-filled Collegiata Church of S. Maria Assunta which contains a Renaissance jewel: two exquisite scenes of S. Fina painted by Ghirlandaio. The town’s art museums include the Pinacoteca, with mediaeval and high renaissance works, and the Museum of Sacred Art, a highlight of which is a selection of 14th-century wooden sculptures. San Gimignano is not all about art and history, however. Its centre offers an abundance of tourist shops selling ceramics, leather goods, artworks and food, while its restaurant menus contain regional specialties including rabbit cooked with the local Vernaccia white wine or risotto made with locally-produced saffron.

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Napoli and Pompeii ruins tour (or Caserta Royal Palace)

The capital of the southern Campania region, Naples is one of Europe’s most important ports. Naples is also home to the largest historic city center in Europe, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Naples is an open-air living history museum with an extensive list of must-see sights. You will find two royal palaces, three castles, Caravaggio masterpieces, ancient ruins and the highest number of churches in the world. On top of this, a glorious food scene adds to the city’s charm. Naples is the bustling birthplace of pizza but here you will also find Italy best pasta, espresso and pastries. Our expert local guide and driver accompany you throughout this exclusive Pompeii in depth Naples tour. Get an intimate experience of colorful and vibrant Naples. Let history come alive as you explore the heart of Naples main historic sites. Drive past royal palaces and old castles. Stop for an authentic Neapolitan coffee. Visit Naples top attractions, intimate alleyways and lively squares. Beyond Naples, the shoreline offers the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The once thriving ancient Roman city near the Bay of Naples was buried by the volcanic eruption of the nearby Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Enjoy a private in depth tour of Pompeii archeological ruinsExplore the remains of Roman houses, temples and shops with elaborate mosaics and frescoes buried when the volcano Vesuvius erupted. Your personable guide introduces you to the tragic fate of Pompeii and traces the architecture and social structure that has been revealed by archaeological finds. Learn about life in ancient Rome and how the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius created this amazing city frozen in time. At the end of your day tour you are brought back to your hotel.

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A splendid alternative stop to Napoli or Pompeii is the tours of Caserta’s Royal Palace

This former royal residence was built for the Bourbon Kings of Naples and was completed in 1845 after almost 100 years of construction. The 1,200-room palace was one of the largest and most opulent built in Europe during the 18th century, and in 1997 it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known as the “Italian Versailles”, the palace also attracts visitors for its remarkable fountains, waterfalls and gardens. Stroll in the gardens to see the great waterfall with its marble statue of Actaeonid at the moment he was transformed into a stag by the goddess Diana. The park covers 120 acres, with long avenues and many buildings that can be explored on foot or by carts. In the atrium of the main building you will find a majestic staircase of 116 steps and marble statues that lead to the upper vestibule and Palatine Chapel, with its vaulted ceilings and gilded rosettes. Look at the royal apartments, decorated in a mix of Rococo and Neoclassic styles, and learn how the best painters and cabinet makers contributed to create the highest decoration of 18th-century Italy in the King’s apartment, Murat’s apartment, court theater, and more.

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