Visit the ancient city of Pompeii and relive daily life in the first century before Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D. burying the town under several feet of volcanic ash and preserving its memory for centuries. This is the best example of how a thriving city of the Roman Empire functioned at the height of the Empire.
A trusted driver would pick you up in Rome, drive you (approximately 2.5 hours) to the entrance of the excavations of Pompeii where a prearranged local guide/archaeologist would meet you for a two hour tour. Then you can head back to Rome or extend the day to visit the excavations of Herculaneum or to visit the popular coastal town of Sorrento for lunch and shopping.BOOK NOW
Umbria has all the natural beauty and charming hillside towns of its more popular neighbor Tuscany (not to mention equally fabulous food and wine) and it’s much easier to visit on a day trip from Rome. In just two hours you can be in Assisi, home of Saint Francis and his spectacular church with both upper and lower basilicas, the university town of Perugia or, one of our favorites, the medieval hill town of Orvieto.
Situated atop a volcanic outcrop, Orvieto (just an hour and a half from Rome by car) offers a relaxing escape from busy city life. Marvel at the frescoes in the grand 14th century gothic Duomo compared to the older 11th century church of San Giovenale and admire the view from the clock tower in the center of town before heading half an hour down the road for a tour of a local winery and an incredible gourmet lunch paired with the best wines of the region.BOOK NOW
Take a quick jaunt outside of Rome and visit the ancient port town that used to be Rome’s vital access to the Mediterranean. Ancient Ostia spanned more square footage than Pompeii. Enjoy a half-day excursion with one of our guides who can lead you through the streets, houses, shops and temples for a look at how ancient Romans lived or make it a full day out and explore the modern town of Ostia combined with a seafood lunch and an afternoon at the beach!BOOK NOW
Tour the Castelli Romani, the little towns nestled in the hills south east of Rome for a day of eating, drinking, and soaking in the natural beauty of Lazio. Stop at Frascati (known for its white wine), Ariccia (for it’s succulent porchetta), Castel Gandolfo (to tour the Pope’s summer residence), Grottaferrata (with its great medieval Abby), Nemi (for its wild strawberries), and relax by the lakes with a glass of wine.BOOK NOW
Rome conquered the world but who occupied this land before the Romans? Who were the people who influenced their architecture, religious practices, and many key elements of daily life before being engulfed by Roman expansion? The answer is the Etruscans. Discover the mystique of this extinct civilization at the national museum of Cerveteri and don’t miss the nearby necropolis – a 1,000 acre UNESCO world heritage sight where you can enter into their house-like tombs and explore the ruins of their necropolis.BOOK NOW
To the east of Rome you can visit Roman Emperor Hadrian’s magnificent villa and palaces built in the second century A.D. to see how the emperors lived. Stop for lunch and then head just up the hill to the Villa D’Este, built by Cardinal Ippolito D’Este in the 16th Century. With its beautiful gardens and breathtaking fountains where you can enjoy spectacular views out over the Roman countryside, it’s no surprise that it was a precursor to the palaces of Versailles. It is approximately 30 minutes outside of Rome, but a world away with its quaint country-side feel.BOOK NOW