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What to see in the vicinity of Rome and where to swim

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First you need to decide if it is worth leaving Rome at all and going somewhere else. Why? Firstly, in Rome there are a great many sights, which are also dispersed over a very vast territory. Therefore, even a cursory acquaintance with Rome will require at least two to three full days. Needless to say, one can spend here with interest a week, two, and a month. Secondly, in Rome, quite expensive hotels. (The question of where it is better to live in Rome is discussed in detail in the corresponding article, we will not dwell on this for a long time.) Therefore, traveling around the neighborhood, based in Rome, can be unprofitable.

On the other hand, in the vicinity of the Italian capital, you can find many interesting places that definitely deserve to be seen. And to visit at least some of them, it is most convenient to stay in Rome.

In short, before making travel itineraries from Rome, you should decide whether you are ready to pay a lot of money for a hotel that you only need to spend the night. If your budget allows you to stay directly in Rome and spend a few days traveling around, you can safely proceed to consider destinations for excursions. This is what we will do next.

So, where you can go from Rome for one day.

The selection is extensive. Thanks to the system of high-speed railways from Rome, regardless of the distance, you can easily go to Naples one day (go a little over an hour), Florence (about an hour and a half) and even Milan (about three hours). True, one day is not enough to get to know each of these cities, and tickets for high-speed trains are not cheap. So go from Rome for a day to Naples, Florence or Milan, as well as in Bologna, Perugia, Pisa and especially Venice, it’s worth it only if you want to catch it all at once, dreaming of seeing Italy in all its diversity, and, moreover, not too financially constrained. In all other cases, it makes sense to focus on the immediate vicinity of Rome (primarily on the Lazio region, but not only), which, in our opinion, are much more suitable for day trips than all of the above cities. An overview of these very immediate surroundings will be devoted to the rest of the article on travel routes from Rome. At the same time, from the point of view of transportation methods, we will rely mainly on the possibilities of public transport, primarily rail (hereinafter, see www.trenitalia.com). Although, of course, you can travel around Rome by car, which is often much more convenient.

Small town Tivoli (Tivoli), located east of Rome, is known worldwide for its attractions, the main of which is the palace and park ensemble of Villa d'Este. It could be called the Italian Versailles, if the situation had not been exactly the opposite. Villa d'Este appeared no less than 100 years earlier than Versailles. (Of course, the palace and park complexes were built before, but from the point of view of arranging the space, it is Villa d'Este that is considered the prototype of Versailles and many other parks that subsequently arose. Cascades of fountains, multi-level terraces, ornamental pools, sculptural compositions, etc. . - all this is here. Nevertheless, to say that the same Versailles or Peterhof blindly copied from Villa d'Este would be an exaggeration.) It would be interesting to visit in Tivoli the park of the Gregorian villa with its grottoes, waterfalls and caves. Finally, there is in Tivoli an even more ancient villa built in the 2nd century A.D. for the emperor Hadrian. In addition, it is worth mentioning the so-called temple of Sibylla, which arose even before our era. And this is not a complete list of local attractions. In a word, in Tivoli there is something to see. You can spend the whole day here.

To get from Rome to Tivoli is not difficult: the road will take about an hour if you go by train. And you can go both from the Roma Termini station, and from the Roma Tiburtina station. From the Tivoli train station, you can walk to almost all sights. The only exception is Villa Adriana, which is located some distance from the city center (you can get there from Tivoli by bus number 4, see www.catbustivoli.com).

Bracciano (Bracciano), located on the shores of the lake of the same name (Lago di Bracciano), even smaller than Tivoli. There are many such towns in the vicinity of Rome. However, each of them is somewhat remarkable. So, speaking of Bracciano, it is impossible not to mention the castle of Odescalchi (sometimes it is called the castle of Orsini, by the name of the previous owners). It is impressive on its own, and even in the company of the lake it looks especially attractive. Despite the fact that the castle remains in the possession of the Odescalchi family, everyone can visit it (for details, see the website www.odescalchi.it). Even if you come to Bracciano for the sake of the castle alone, you can safely lay two or three hours on the trip. In the summer season, it is worth complementing a visit to the castle with a boat trip on Lake Bracciano (see www.consorziolagodibracciano.it). If you are by car, it makes sense to ride around the lake. It, like Bracciano himself, is small, but picturesque.

If we talk about public transport, it is convenient to get to Bracciano by train from the Roma Tiburtina (to go about 1 hour 20 minutes) or Roma Ostiense (a little less than an hour).

Romanesque castles

Castell Gandolfo (Castel Gandolfo) Another interesting destination for a day trip. You can get here again by rail: about 40 minutes from Roma Termini station. This place is known as the summer papal residence, although the town itself is by no means bad. Castel Gandolfo is located on the slopes of a high hill towering above Lake Albano (Lago Albano). Handsomely. The papal residence was for a long time inaccessible to tourists. However, now it is open to the public (for more information visit www.museivaticani.va). In Castel Gandolfo, you can easily spend half a day, or even all day, if you want to go down to the lake and take a walk along its shore. If you wish, you can swim (beaches are available) or ride a catamaran.

However, to be limited to visiting Castell Gandolfo is not necessary at all. Literally 10 minutes by train (or about 30-40 minutes on foot) is the town Albano (Albano Laziale), and a little further - Arichcha (Ariccia), which is also worth a glimpse, having crossed the bridge over the deep gorge separating the two towns. If you have time, then on the way back from Albano to Rome you can get off at the city station Marino (Marino Laziale)in order to devote a couple of hours to walking along its quiet streets.

All these cities - Castell Gandolfo, Albano, Arichcha, Marino - are included in the list of so-called Romanesque castles (Castelli Romani)scattered on the slopes of the Albanian mountains. In addition to them, it is also worth mentioning Nemi, Genzano di Roma, Frascati and Grottaferrata. All of them are also worthy of attention, however, getting to them by public transport is not very convenient (with the exception of Frascati, only half an hour from Roma Termini). Therefore, if you are particularly interested in Castelli Romani, it is best to rent a car (see www.rentalcars.com, www.economybookings.com and the like sites) and drive between them. It makes sense to stay not in Rome, but in one of these towns or somewhere nearby, say, in Ciampino, where, by the way, the notorious low-cost airline Ryanair flies.

In addition, we note that many of these towns (in particular, Frascati, Genzano, Marino) are known as ancient wine centers. Moreover, in Mariino, for example, the oldest wine festival in Italy (Sagra dell'Uva, see www.sagradelluvamarino.it) is held annually (in early October). Thus, in this area it is quite possible to organize an excellent gastronomic tour (read more about gastronomic tourism in Italy here).

Viterbo and surroundings

Viterbo (Viterbo) again known as the papal residence, however, unlike Castel Gandolfo, it was not the summer residence, but the main residence of the Papas.True, it was a long time ago - in the 13th century. It was then that the Papal Palace appeared in Viterbo with a magnificent openwork loggia. Of course, there are other attractions in Viterbo. The old city of Viterbo is surrounded by massive stone walls, inside of which, it seems, the true medieval spirit of this place has been preserved, and, of course, medieval architecture is abundant.

You can get to Viterbo from Rome in about two hours from the Roma Ostiense and Roma Tiburtina train stations. Not fast of course, but for Viterbo two hours is not a pity.

Theoretically, a trip to Viterbo can be supplemented by a visit to the surrounding area. It is worth paying attention in particular to places such as Montefiascone (Montefiascone) with its medieval historical center, walled, as usual, with a fortified wall, and a tiny town Civita di bagnoregio (Civita di Bagnoregio), at the sight of which it takes your breath away, it looks so unreal (fantasy). You can get to both of Viterbo by bus (see the route planner of the Cotral bus company): it takes about 25 minutes to Montefiascone, about 40 minutes to Civita di Bagnoregio (in this case you need to get to Bagnoregio, and then go on foot) .

In practice, a lot will depend on the pace you are used to traveling. By and large, in Viterbo you can spend the whole day and do not go anywhere else. However, if you plan to travel by car, you should not neglect the opportunity to see something else besides Viterbo. Perhaps the best solution for car travelers will be to stay for a few days in Viterbo (about where it is better to live in Viterbo, more here) or somewhere nearby (in the same Montefiascone, for example), in order to get to know this area more carefully and without haste . Nearby Lake Bolsena (Lago di Bolsena), Tuscania (Tuscania), Vignanello (Vignanello), Bomarzo (Bomarzo), Caprarola (Caprarola), Lake Vico (Lago di Vico) and other interesting places. Numerous wine festivals held here in late July - early August can serve as additional help. The most famous of these is in Montefiascon (Fiera del Vino, see www.fieradelvinomontefiascone.it). Information on other festivals, as well as on the surroundings of Viterbo in general, can be found on the website www.tusciawelcome.it.

If you look at the map, you can easily see that Orvieto (Orvieto) in relation to Rome it is located even further than Viterbo, and, in general, it is already Umbria, and not Lazio. However, you can get to Orvieto in just an hour with a little from Roma Tiburtina station (Roma Termini takes 15 minutes longer). And this is good, because in Orvieto it is worth a trip without a doubt. This city is located in a picturesque place, on a steep cliff (the city center is connected to the railway station by funicular) and looks no less fancy than the above-mentioned town of Civita di Bagnoregio (which, by the way, can be reached via Orvieto, the bus takes no more than an hour - see cotralspa.it). The main decoration of Orvieto is its magnificent cathedral. But even if he hadn’t been, it would have been possible to roam the streets of Orvieto for hours. The city captures and does not let go. And the views of the surroundings from here are gorgeous.

Since we are talking about Umbria, it is worth mentioning at least two more cities located in this Italian region, which are quite realistic to visit as part of a one-day excursion from Rome. These are Terni and Spoleto.

Specially go from Rome to Terni (Terni)maybe it’s not worth it, because from the point of view of the tourist this city does not stand out against the general background, except for the fact that it is here, as it is believed, that the same St. Valentine. The relics of the patron saint of all lovers are stored in the Basilica of San Valentino, which is about 3 km from the Terni train station (about one hour from Rome to the station). Thus, you can go to Terni if ​​you are interested in visiting the basilica, and since the road to it lies through the historical center of the city, you can spend some time on it too.

Spoleto (Spoleto), once the capital of the Duchy of Spolet, is of much greater interest. Here you should pay attention to the cathedral, as well as to the Rocca Ambrociana fortress (Rocca Albornoziana) and the tall Ponte delle Torri aqueduct bridge.In addition, in Spoleto there is a Roman theater and other antiquities (in particular Arco di Druso e Germanico), well, a series of city escalators is also a kind of attraction, only modern. Finally, if you decide to take a trip to Spoleto, do not hesitate to take the Giro dei Condotti walking route (it’s easy to follow the signs). The views along the way are wonderful. From Rome to Spoleto can be reached in about an hour and a half by rail.

If desired, Terni and Spoleto can be visited on the same day, since they are on the same railway line. Alternatively, you can drop in for a few hours and in the old town Narni, which is ten minutes (by train) from Terni (from Rome to Narni can be reached in less than an hour). Thorns, in general, are conveniently used as a base for trips around Umbria. However, this is a completely different topic (it is disclosed in a little more detail here).

Finally, from the depths of the Apennine Peninsula we will be transported to the sea, on Tyrrhenian coast. In addition to the resorts, there are also many interesting places to visit, based in Rome.

Perhaps the most attractive destination on the Tyrrhenian coast for a half-day trip from Rome is Sperlonga (Sperlonga) - snow-white seaside town on a cliff. Fantastic place! True, getting to Sperlonga by public transport is not very convenient. One of the possible options is to get by rail to Formia (Formia-Gaeta station, an hour and a half ride), and in Formia transfer by bus to Sperlonga (about half an hour more). On the way you can visit at the same time and Gaeta.

Another interesting area - Terracina (Terracina). A visit to this city can be combined with an excursion to the same Sperlonga. By rail from Rome again is not very convenient. Once there was a direct train to Terracina, but now you have to first get to the Monte S. Biagio station (the journey takes about an hour) and transfer to Terracina by bus (it takes about 15 minutes to get there). However, there is direct bus service between Rome and Terracina - see www.cotralspa.it. From Terracina to Sperlonga about 20 minutes by bus.

Where it is more convenient to get to Anzio (Anzio) and Nettuno (Nettuno) - A little over an hour by train, directly from the Roma Termini station. These cities flowing into each other and as resorts are good and are not deprived of sights (the ruins of the villa of Nero and other villas in Anzio, the medieval historical center in Nettuno, etc.).

Get to Faster Ostia (Lido di Ostia) - half an hour by train Roma Lido (departing from the Porta San Paolo train station, Piramide metro station, see www.atac.roma.it). As a beach resort, this place is not so attractive, but if you just want to take a walk along the sea (or take a swim) without leaving far from Rome, you can imagine nothing better. In addition, there is a wonderful archaeological park (station Ostia antica) Is a great alternative to Pompeii. (You can also go to Pompeii from Rome, but why, if literally there is Ostia Antica right next to you?)

Read more about the sea and beaches near Rome in the article “From Rome to the Sea”.

We’ll put an end to this, although, of course, if you wish, you can find other interesting places in the vicinity of Rome. For example, the ancient Etruscan cities. Traces of Etruscan civilization are found in many cities of central Italy, including those mentioned above (for example, in Viterbo there is a National Museum of the Etruscans), but, generally speaking, this topic requires a separate consideration. Another theme is the Apennines with their stunning nature, ancient towns and villages. And so on, so on, so on.

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Rome is not only a collection of ancient ruins, baroque palaces, renaissance stairs, fountains and statues. Parks, museums, galleries - the sights of the Italian capital can be listed for a long time.But it may happen that you have studied the historical center of Rome, proceeded along and across. It is clear that lovers of walks can endlessly roam the Roman streets and look at stucco molding on houses. But this requires a lot of free time. In addition, the crowds of tourists and the summer heat, multiplied by the abundance of cars in the center, do not add pleasure.

Rome would not be Rome if there weren’t a lot of interesting places around it. There is no need to go around the entire region of Lazio.

In the suburbs and environs of Rome there are a lot of interesting things: traces of ancient history, medieval castles, villas of the Renaissance. It offers lakes, parks, conservation areas, and most importantly, beaches.

Getting to all this wealth from the city is quite simple.

The main thing is to decide what you are attracted to and what interests you. This article will be devoted to some of the most interesting and important places for visitors to Rome around Rome.

The villa is a country residence. In the time of Ancient Rome and the Renaissance, for the emperor, for a representative of a noble family, the villas were built for life outside the capital, away from noise and din. The villas were rebuilt and furnished according to the latest building art, fashion and style of their time. Often, country residences were invented much more interestingly, richer furnished and more skillfully decorated than the main places of residence in the capitals.

The town is only 24 km from Rome.

You can get there by train from Roman stations Termini and Tiburtina.

The train runs for about an hour, the ticket costs €2,60. Electric trains depart very often, see the schedule here: trenitalia.com and ru.goeuro.com.

One of the legends claims that the city was founded in the 13th century BC, then it was called Tibur, was one of the most important cities of the Latin Union, rivaled Rome, but eventually obeyed it.

The main attraction of the city is Villa Adriana. Villa website: villa-adriana.net.

Other sights of Tivoli:

  • castle of Pope Pius II (XV century),
  • Villa d’Este with an amazing complex of fountains (XVI century),
  • Villa Gregoriana (XIX century) with a park full of grottoes, waterfalls, cliffs and alleys.

There is also the Temple of Vesta, preserved from the time of the Republican Ancient Rome. And in the town itself there is something to see. The medieval center of Tivoli is perfectly preserved.

This small town stands 21 km from Rome.

The train goes there from the station Termini almost every hour. On the way - half an hour, the ticket costs €2,10.

Frascati was founded in the 9th century on the site of an ancient villa; by the 12th century, suburban residences of relatives of the Pope and important officials of the Holy See began to be erected here.

Villas have survived to our days:

At 2 km from the city you will find the ruins of ancient Tusculum: an amphitheater, a forum and the remains of a manor, presumably belonging to Cicero.

The city with a population of 50,000 is located 50 km from Rome on the shores of a volcanic lake.

Trains from Rome leave for Bracciano from stations Roma tiburtina and Roma ostiense. From Roma Tiburtina the train runs about an hour and a half, the ticket costs €3,60, from the Roma Ostiense station, you will reach Bracciano in an hour and fifteen minutes and €3. Trains run every 30-40 minutes.

The lake is filled with clear water.

On its shore you can ride a horse or bike. There are black volcanic sand beaches.

The castle, officially called the castle of Orsini-Odescalchi, was built in the XIV century. Today there is a museum: an armory, an Etruscan hall, a science hall, a caesar hall, etc. The rooms of the castle are full of antique furniture, statues, the walls are painted with frescoes. The castle tower offers breathtaking views of the lake, mountains and valleys.

Castle Hours:

  • from 10:00 to 17:00 Tuesday to Friday winter and until 18:00 summer,
  • from 10:00 to 18:00 Saturday and Sunday in winter and until 19:00 summer.

The ticket costs €8,50.

Castle website: odescalchi.it (there is a Russian version).

Castell Gandolfo

Castell Gandolfo is located 24 km from Rome and is known primarily for the summer residence of the Pope.You can get to it by train from the station TerminiThe train runs every hour. The journey takes 40-45 minutes, the ticket costs €2,10.

You can leave for Castel Gandolfo from the Vatican:

By bus to Castel Gandolfo you will leave the bus station AnagninaA direct flight will cost you € 2.60, you will be on the road for about an hour.

The place is very ancient. The territory on which the town stands has been populated since the 14th century BC. The city itself partially covers the area of ​​Alba Longa, the ancient capital of the Latin League, the city founded by the son of the legendary Aeneas.

It is believed that Romulus and Remus were born in Alba Long.

Later, Roman emperors built their villas here.

Since the XVI century, the town began to belong to the Holy See. The residence of the pope, gardens, Villa Barberini, Lake Albano, the picturesque views around attract many tourists and guests from different countries. The town is small, but several churches here deserve attention.

The current Pope Francis recently decided to open a residence and a park for visitors. Previously, excursion programs affected the Apostolic Palace and part of the park.

The pontiff’s decision is being worked out, all information about visits to the pope’s residence can be viewed on the website: museivaticani.va, section Villas of Castel Gandolfo.

Tickets cost € 10. Schedule must be viewed on the site.

55 km north of Rome lies the mysterious town of Cerveteri.

Its streets contain traces of several eras that swept over the Apennine peninsula. The easiest way to get there is by bus: from the metro station Cornelia (red line A) company buses run to the center of Cerveteri Cotral (cotralspa.it). The ticket can be bought nearby at the newsstand or Tabaccheria, you just need to specify the destination.

From the station Termini to the station Marina di Cerveteri every half an hour an electric train leaves (ticket costs €3,60), but you still need to get from the station to the city center. By taxi it is about 10-15 minutes.

What to watch in Cerveteri?

Of course, there are medieval quarters, and the excellent Cerite Nazional Museum, there are several Renaissance palazzos. The main thing is that two kilometers from the center is a huge Etruscan necropolis. He is called Necropolis of Banditaccia. For the sake of acquaintance with the mysterious and unknown culture of the Etruscan civilization, this path is worth doing.

Necropolis Opening Hours:from 8:30 to 19:30.

Ticket - €6, with a visit to the museum - €8.

Viterbo is 100 km from Rome.

You can get to Viterbo by train from the stations Termini and Ostiense. End station - Viterbo porta romana. The train takes two hours, the ticket costs €5.

The ancient Etruscan city from the 9th century became a papal residence.

The Duomo, the Papal Palace, the Pilgrim Quarter, the Great Fountain - these are some of the attractions of Viterbo. The Museum of the Papal Fortress offers an exhibition of artifacts from Etruscan times and an exhibition on the architecture of the city.

Despite its ancient appearance, the city is not crowded with tourists, you can safely walk along its ancient streets. Near the city there are lakes and therapeutic thermal springs. Because of them, the city of Viterbo is sometimes called the Papal baths.

Getting to the seashore from Rome is easy. And even on the beaches, the guest of Italy does not calm down from the proximity of antiquity and medieval antiquity.

Lido di Ostia

The town of Ostia can be considered a Roman suburb, it is located 25 km from the Eternal City.

You can get here by public transport. Metro, line B (blue line), station Piramide. On it, you change to an electric train going in the direction Cristoforo colombo. For travel, use tickets for public transport. Your stops Lido centro, Stella polare and Cristoforo colombo.

There are many beaches, both paid and public, they are all clean and equipped. The beaches are sandy, the bottom of the Tyrrhenian Sea is shallow.

The city has an active nightlife: bars, discos, night clubs. There are hotels where you can stay, this must be taken care of in advance.

At the train station Ostia antica there are ruins of ancient buildings.

In terms of safety, they are comparable to the remains of Pompeev and Herculaneum, with the only difference being that instead of volcanic ash, ancient Ostia was covered with river silt and sea sand.

Not far from Ostia is Fiumicino Airport.

From the train station Termini to the station Maccarese-fregene every half an hour there are trains to the beaches of Fregene. It takes half an hour to get there, the ticket costs 2.60 euros. Therefore, there are crowds on weekends. Sandy beaches are clean and well maintained. From the station to the coast - half an hour on foot.

In summer, the Romans themselves relax on these beaches.

Santa marinella

A small seaside town with a population of 16,000 lies on the Tyrrhenian Sea, an hour from Rome by train. From the station Termini to the station S. marinella electric trains leave at half-hour intervals. Go to Santa Marinella hour plus or minus 10 minutes, the ticket costs €4,60.

The town is quiet and calm, which is what attracts tourists and the Romans themselves here. Free parts of the beaches in the city center are often crowded. They are all well maintained and clean. The city has a castle and a museum. There are many cafes and restaurants with seafood cuisine on the coast.

A little over an hour from the station Termini and €3,60 for a ticket - and you are on the beaches of Anzio.

Ancient Antsium is much older than Rome, the founder is Antei, son of Odysseus and the sorceress of Circe. Before joining the Roman lands, this city was a fortification of the Volsk tribe. In imperial times, luxurious villas of the Roman nobility were built here, Caligula and Nero were born here.

Today there are 12 kilometers of beautiful beaches.

In Anzio, both sailing lovers and surfers will find a job. In between sunbathing, you can drop by the local military and archaeological museums.

Not far from Anzio is the town of Nettuno (Neptune).

You can even say that one city flows smoothly into another: from Anzio you will walk to Nettuno and back. Buy a ticket to the station Nettuno.

The water here is very clean, as the locals proudly say, this is its normal condition. The beach is extremely popular with the Romans, so it is better to go here on weekdays.

The beaches of Sabaudia lie 95 km from Rome and are included in the so-called Odyssey Coast. They have the Blue Flag, but there are not many people on them.

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From Termini to the station Priverno-fossanova you will arrive in an hour and €5, from the station by bus Cotral 20-30 minutes. Another option: take the blue line B on the Roman metro to the station Laurentina, next to the station - bus parking. Are you looking for a bus with a sign Roma - Sabaudia. Buses run several times a day, the ticket costs about 2-3 euros. The schedule must be found on the website of the company Cotral. The journey takes 1 hour 40 minutes.

Sabaudia - a city built by order of Mussolini for more than 200 days as an elite resort. Near the Circeo National Park with eucalyptus trees and pines, Lake Paola. This quiet and peaceful place is popular with Italian celebrities.

In the city there are practically no discos and the noise of nightclubs, discos are available only on some beaches. Rest in Sabaudia is not cheap. Entrance to the beach is worth from 15 to 20 euros. There are free plots, you can rent a sunbed or umbrella for € 5.

The most popular beaches of Sabaudia are Lido Azzuro Sabaudia, La Buffala Beach, Duna 31.5.

San Felice Circeo

Another city of the Odyssey Riviera.

It is located near Sabaudia, so you need to get to it in the same way. You can train to Priverno-fossanovaand then by bus Cotral with a sign San felice circeo (the train runs about an hour, the ticket costs € 5, the bus takes about 15 minutes, the ticket costs € 1). It is possible by bus Cotral from metro station Laurentina. Bus with a sign Roma - San Felice Circeo will reach the city in almost 3 hours and € 5.30. Find out flight schedules on the Cotral website.

San Felice Circeo is famous for its chamber atmosphere and comfort. Beaches are both paid and free. The latter always have a lot of people.

The city has a lot of cafes and restaurants.

The city itself is interesting: it is divided into two parts. One lies on the mountain, the second - at its foot. Rumor has it that thousands of years ago, the mountain was an island, past which Odysseus sailed. Here he met his Circe.

Sandy beaches, gently sloping bottom. Closer to the foot of the mountain, the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea await divers and snorkelling enthusiasts. Surfers will also find what to do with themselves.

From the train station Termini get a ticket to the station Monte S. Biaggio - Terracina Mare, it costs €6,90. The train runs 1 hour 10 minutes. When leaving the train, find buses with a sign in the parking lot at the station Terracina Mare.€1 per ticket, and after 15-20 minutes you are in Terracina.

Terracina is a city older than Rome. Here lived natives of Sparta, then the Etruscans, then the Romans.

This port was one of the most important on the Tyrrhenian coast. In the city it is interesting to see the Cathedral, the Appian Way that passes through the city, the ruins of the forum, the ancient Roman theater and the temple of Jupiter. From Terracina it’s easy to get not only to Rome, but also to Naples and Pompeii.

There are many hotels in the city - the resort business is well developed here. Hotels themselves own beaches. But there are many well-equipped beaches that are not tied to hotels in Terracina. The beaches stretch for 15 km.

It is the busiest resort on the Odyssey Riviera.

From the train station Termini need to get to the station Fondi-sperlonga (an hour or so is on the way, trains run at half-hour-hour intervals, a ticket is € 6.90), then by bus to Sperlonga (buses take into account the train schedule from Rome, ticket 1-3 euros).

A small town with a population of 3 thousand people is a combination of natural beauties: caves and troughs - with typical Mediterranean architecture: white houses, arches, narrow streets, stairs and a sea of ​​greenery.

Beaches are free and paid, sandy and pebble.

In any case, these are the most beautiful beaches in Lazio. Golden sand, convenient descent into the water, beautiful landscape, clear azure water. The line of beaches - 6 km.

On this line, everyone will find a site that meets their interests and requirements.

Paid beaches will require fees in 20-25 euros for free rent a deck chair or umbrella will cost in the amount of 5 to 9 euros. All beaches are equipped with changing cabins, showers, toilets, and there are a variety of cafes.

The city also has attractions: the Archaeological Museum and the Cave of Tiberius a kilometer from the city.

This small town, a kind, center and pearl of the coast of Lazio.

The ancient fortress-port of Gaet saw how Ancient Rome arose and fell.

It is located 110 km from Rome and 70 km from Naples. From the station Termini need to take an electric train to the station Formia - Gaeta (about one and a half hours, ticket €8,20), from the station by Cotral bus in 10-15 minutes you will reach Gaeta.

The city also has something to see.

According to legend, it was founded by the Trojan hero Aeneas, who buried his beloved nurse Caeta here. The ruins of a fortress and aqueducts of ancient times, a fortress that was built in the Middle Ages, a castle combining the buildings of the Anjou dynasty (VI century) and Aragonese (XVI century) have survived to our days. There are several ancient churches, including the Duomo. At Cape Monte Orlando, there is a beautiful natural park where locals love to relax.

A beach holiday in Gaet is recognized as the best. Beautiful sea nature attracts divers here.

The ancient town of Formia is located very close to Gaeta and is connected to Rome by rail (see the section on the city of Gaeta). These places were greatly respected by the kings of Naples. They say that Homer was here, and Goethe came here for inspiration.

The beaches are developed and equipped, the entire infrastructure is thought out to the smallest detail. You can comfortably lie in the sun, go diving and surfing, and water ski.

Of the sights I note the ancient quarter of Mola and the medieval region of Castellone, wandering around them, you will be transported centuries ago.

In Formia is the residence of the Neapolitan kings, it is worth visiting the Clock Tower and the Tower of St. Erasmus, visit the grave of Cicero. Towering over the city, guarding it, is a grandiose cast-iron statue of Christ.

Here, perhaps, the most calm sea on the whole Odyssey Coast. The bay is hidden from the open sea, the beaches can be said to be impregnable.

Planning a vacation in Rome and its environs is both simple and difficult. Just because there is plenty to choose from, but on the other hand you have to choose from a large number of options. Hope you figure it out.

Thanks for reading. Good luck.

Ostia Antica

The first colony of the Roman Empire, located just 30 km from the capital. This is the world of Antiquity with the ruins of temples and excavations of ancient streets.

It is better to come here with a guide, because just walking in the middle of dilapidated buildings will quickly get bored.Our guides will help you find out many interesting facts regarding the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. You can book an excursion to ancient Ostia on our website.

If you drive 55 km north of Rome, you find yourself in the kingdom of the ancient Etruscans. This is the most mysterious people on the planet whose language has not yet been deciphered, but their houses have not been preserved. You can only see the mysterious necropolises and wall inscriptions, on which you can imagine the lifestyle of ancient settlements.

You will visit the largest necropolis of Banditaccia, where there are more than a thousand burials. Their age is approximately 500 BC We also recommend visiting a museum with an exposition of finds from tombs. Since the ancient people buried their nobility with all human values ​​that “might come in handy in the afterlife,” the museum’s collection fully reflects the life and culture of the Etruscans.

The settlement also belongs to the Etruscan era, but it is also famous for the papal residence. Everything here reminds of the life of medieval Europe, and a guide from local residents in Russian will tell you about the intricacies and intrigues of papal rule for several centuries.

You will see the Pilgrim Quarter, the Late Gothic architecture of the Farnese Palace, the Cathedral of San Lorenzo and the old town hall.

Pay attention to the openwork style of the papal palace and the mysterious meaning of the appearance of local fountains, which in ancient times played an important role in the life of the city.

The Monster Park near Viterbo was created by Vinicho Orsini in memory of the deceased wife in the era of alchemy and gravitation towards everything mystical. This is a prototype of a modern quest of the 16th century. Riddles await at every step: a tilted house, mysterious architectural compositions, awesome sculptures.

It was here that Salvador Dali drew inspiration, and you can show off erudition and ingenuity, looking for the secret wash away of monuments. The park is located 95 km from Rome, it is interesting to visit not only in summer, but also in winter, which turns a walk into a journey into the fabulous country of Monsters.

It is a city of Italian bohemia. Situated on top of a volcanic rock surrounded by dense forests, it inspired Roman artists and poets who settled in it in search of a creative mood.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the city was recognized as dangerous and sentenced to "demolition." But artists, poets, musicians reached out to empty buildings, claiming that special energy was concentrated here. Gradually semi-empty buildings turned into a "cultural Mecca", where you yourself will experience the amazing atmosphere of antiquity and creativity.

Here in every cafe you can find an art gallery, and in souvenir shops you can buy real masterpieces of mini-sculptures from local limestone.

Civita di bagnoregio

The city is called the miracle of Italy, because in XVII it was completely cut off from civilization, but preserved thanks to the dedication of the inhabitants.

You will walk along a long bridge surrounded by forests and dunes formed after the earthquake. This place has concentrated all the "delicious" that is in Italy. Many taverns are already 500 years old, and the menu has dishes that were served even in the era of the Roman Empire. Wine knows no equal thanks to the careful preservation of recipes and the sweetness of southern vineyards.

We talked about the beautiful suburbs of Rome, the names of many small villages are famous throughout the world. It is better to travel here on a rented car, stopping in the picturesque corners of nature. You can order an original tour, then in one day you will see more attractions. Choose such a tour on the Sputnik website and go ahead, to meet the impressions hidden around Rome.

Roman Castles or Albanian Mountains

Another attraction of the environs of Rome are the so-called "Roman castles" (Albanian hills). The Albanian mountains are a place combining a natural park and several small towns, this place was a favorite of the ancient Roman nobility in the past and remains attractive to most Romans now.

The bewitching beauty of volcanic lakes and magnificent landscapes, aromas of traditional Italian cuisine and magnificent wines - a real paradise for gourmets and nature lovers, it seems that everything is shrouded in peace and tranquility.

Naturally, this does not end the walk on the outskirts of the Italian capital, because the neighborhood of Rome is a whole country with magnificent nature and famous architectural monuments. It is not for nothing that in all centuries these places have attracted poets and artists, ancient emperors and aristocrats.

Bracciano Lake

One of the nearby interesting towns is Bracciano. In this charming place with cobbled streets, it seems as if you were transported in time several centuries ago.

In addition to the old traditions, passed down from generation to generation, here you will find a crystal clear lake of the same name with the city and the Orsini-Odescalchi castle, which has not changed its appearance for several centuries. Read more about Bracciano

Another settlement located northwest of Rome is Cerveteri. Cerveteri is a city with a rich history, on the territory of which there was a settlement of the ancient Etruscan civilization. Cerveteri is surrounded by a whole complex of necropolises (ancient cemeteries), in which representatives of one of the most progressive Etruscan civilizations at that time rest.

The Etruscans believed that a person, leaving in the afterlife, had to have his own home, therefore, for the deceased, they built whole houses with all the necessary utensils a bit far from the city of the living, and so the whole city of the dead appeared - necropolises. Having been in such a necropolis, a special connection is felt between the past and the present, the world of the dead and the world of the living.

Ostia is an ancient port city that reached its peak during the imperial period, becoming a major business and commercial center, unfortunately, now its population has decreased several times, but a large number of attractions remain. Today it is an archaeological complex where you can completely plunge into the atmosphere of an ancient Roman city: enchanting streets, richly decorated baths, a theater, a tavern, temples, houses of nobility and ordinary citizens.

In addition, here you will find a great beach where you can soak up the warm Italian sun.

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Colosseum - a new wonder of the world

A long multinational line is usually built in the ancient Roman amphitheater, which is not only the greatest historical heritage, but also recognized as one of the 7 New Wonders of the World. The Colosseum is a symbol of Rome and one of the most impressive structures of the ancient world. The so-called Flavian Amphitheater was erected back in the 1st century A.D. by order of Emperor Titus Flavius ​​Vespasian. The grandiose arena was intended for entertainment and entertainment: gladiator fights, battles with bulls, lions, etc.

Coliseum. Iakov Kalinin

For the construction of the amphitheater, more than 100,000 slaves were used, who mined travertine in quarries, raised blocks up, delivered stones to Rome. The construction of the Coliseum with wall heights of up to 50 m lasted 8 years. The Flavian Amphitheater accommodated 55,000 spectators, having the shape of an ellipse with side sizes from 156 m to 188 m. Earthquakes and wars damaged most of the structure. Today, an example of an ingenious project is majestic ruins, which tourists of all age categories will be interested to see. For security reasons, the amphitheater can accommodate up to 3,000 tourists without large baggage.

Colosseum inside. kentaylordesign

Top view of the coliseum. B.Stefanov

Good to know! You can avoid the queue at the box office to visit the Coliseum if you purchase a comprehensive ticket at the box office near the Roman Forum or Palatine.

The sublime atmosphere of antiquity is felt at every turn! If the stones could speak, they would talk about the Coliseum’s eventful past ... However, the private guide organizing this historical excursion also has no less exciting information. You will see and visit the main ancient monuments of Rome, as well as admire the picturesque views from the Palatine Hill.

Vatican City - Pope State

When studying the main attractions of Rome, you must visit the "state in the state" of the Vatican - the location of the Holy See, the papal court. Each building of this mini-state is considered an important monument of ancient architecture. Tourists of any age or religion are invited to visit St. Peter's Basilica, conquering with numerous sculptures and picturesque masterpieces. The Sistine Chapel, painted with magnificent frescoes by Michelangelo, Perugino, etc., is considered a real gem.

Vatican. Kemal taner

On the territory of only 0.45 km2 there are many historical monuments and works of art: the Vatican Library with a huge number of manuscripts, the famous Vatican Gardens, the Pinacoteca with 18 halls, which contain unique icons, statues and works by Raphael, da Vinci, Titian, Caravaggio. Guests of the dwarf state are invited to visit the Belvedere Courtyard with palaces, the Historical, Apostolic, Etruscan museums (in total about 10 museums).

Fountain in the Vatican. Calin stan

Some attractions can only be seen after prior appointment.

For visiting museums, it costs € 7 to rent an audio guide (sound files with information about all exhibits).

There is also a more attractive alternative - excursion "Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica". In the company of a private guide, you will get acquainted with the main cultural treasures of the city-state and learn the centuries-old history of the Roman papacy. After a walk, you can look at the local post office and send a souvenir card with a stamp of the head of the Vatican!

View of the Cathedral. Mariia golovianko

Remember! It will be possible to visit the Vatican only after passing the dress-code: you may not be allowed to wear a shirt and shorts.

St. Peter's Basilica - the center of the Catholic religion

The list of sights of the Vatican is crowned by the majestic St. Peter's Cathedral - an architectural memorial, in the creation of which Michelangelo, Bernini, Rafael, Bramante participated. The construction, with a dome height of almost 140 m and a length of 210 m, was erected in memory of the ally of Christ, who was crucified in the era of Nero. This cathedral, created in the Baroque style and famous for its grandeur, beauty, scope, is the heart of the Vatican and the entire Catholic world.

Saint Paul's Cathedral. Ignatius tan

Its main value is magnificent sculptural works, mosaics, bas-reliefs, altars, frescoes created by the legendary masters of Italy. Parishioners believe that the statue of St. Peter is endowed with miraculous power.

Fragment of the Cathedral and the statue of St. Peter. Frank11

Therefore, the afflicted try to touch her, making wishes. In the Cathedral of St. Peter the ashes of several Popes are kept. The Cathedral Treasures Museum has been opened, where you can see religious Catholic rarities.

View of the Cathedral. Matteo gabrieli

The cathedral is located in the Vatican, on St. Peter's Square, which serves as a venue for large-scale worship services. General inspection of the ancient temple is free (included in the price of the ticket to the Vatican). To get inside, you need to buy a separate ticket. Tourists are invited to visit the dome, the grave of St. Peter, a necropolis.

The interior of the Cathedral. Stan de Haas Photography

It is interesting! St. Peter's Basilica is the largest building in the Vatican and until 1990 was the largest Christian church in the world.

The best time to visit the shrine is the morning when the Vatican is not so crowded with tourists yet. For example, you can join this fascinating tour and walk around the cathedral in a peaceful atmosphere, without rush and fuss.During the walk, the guide will answer the most common questions about the Vatican, take you to the observation deck of the shrine and to the walls of the castle of the Holy Angel.

Sistine Chapel - a masterpiece of Michelangelo

One of the most interesting sights of the Vatican is the Sistine Chapel. Externally unremarkable building with a height of 20 m has a rich interior decoration belonging to the brush of Michelangelo, who spent about 4 years at work. The creation of this Renaissance masterpiece was attended by famous artists who describe the history of Christ and Moses.

The Sistine Chapel. Pierre jean durieu

The walls and ceiling of the 15th-century edifice ordered by Pope Sixtus IV are decorated with magnificent biblical frescoes. Special feelings are caused by contemplation of a huge wall fresco behind an altar under the name "Last Judgment". The painting is world famous for its plot warning of a universal catastrophe, and realistic artistic expression of the feelings of its characters. Within the walls of the Sistine Chapel, the election of the new Pope is taking place.

Staircase to the chapel. Gopal seshadrinathan

You can get into the treasury of biblical and Old Testament stories during a visit to the Vatican.

Important! Local laws prohibit talking and taking pictures inside the chapel.

The walls of the Sistine shrine seem “alive” thanks to the elaborate painting by Michelangelo and Florentine masters of the 15th century. From the private guide of this interesting excursion, you will not only learn the history of the chapel, but also hear the intricate history of the Roman papacy. It is worth noting that many facts are unknown even to local residents, not to mention travelers!

Pantheon - the ancient temple of all gods

Choosing what sights to visit in Rome, do not miss the ancient Pantheon temple, unique in architectural design. This is a real miracle of engineering, one of the symbols of the Roman Empire, whose construction is not inferior to the Colosseum in genius and scale of embodiment. The temple of all gods was erected in the 2nd century AD. e. and it is a circular room inside with 16 marble columns, which is crowned on top by a tall dome with a diameter of 43 m with a round hole in the middle.

Rainfall and a pillar of light penetrate through the so-called Heavenly All-Seeing Eye, which does not dissipate at noon, descends vertically and becomes practically tangible. During the day, a stream of light, which is the only source of illumination, moves from one statue to another. The towering dome with an opening of 9 m in diameter has a weight of 5,000 tons.

The dome of the Pantheon inside. Pavel Ilyukhin

The walls and the altar are painted with frescoes by masters of the Renaissance. The Pantheon is considered the true receptacle of the divine spirit. The one-of-a-kind sanctuary serves as a tomb for the famous painter Raphael, some kings of Italy, etc.

Inside the Pantheon. byggarn.se

Believers are invited to worship on Saturdays and Sundays. It is allowed to take pictures in the current Church in the Pantheon against the background of the grave of Raphael, tombs of kings.

A visit to the temple of all the gods is an integral part of most city tours. No exception - and this is an intriguing journey into the world of Roman antiquity. The guide will lead you along the route, combining the most striking sights, and tell you many stories from the life of ancient emperors and patricians.

Trevi Fountain - the most beautiful fountain in the world

The grandiose sculptural stone masterpiece, which is also a source of clean water, is a magnificent fountain of di Trevi. Matured in the Baroque style, the largest fountain in the city reaches a height of 26 m and is 20 m wide. The transformation of the natural spring into an artistic and architectural composition took place in the 18th century.

Trevi Fountain. anyamuse

Talented architects, artists, sculptors for 30 years created antique plots. Tourists who have come to the fountain are greeted by the mighty Neptune, the goddess of Health and Abundance, and other representatives of ancient mythology.

The Trevi Fountain often appears on postcards, photos and even in films. Here a passionate scene was shot from the film “Sweet Life” by F. Felinni, as well as a meeting of the heroes of “The Taming of the Shrew”.

You can get to the Trevi Fountain, which is located on the Piazza de Trevi square of the same name, on line A of the metro.

Trevi Fountain - fragment. Mikadun

Interesting! A visit to the Trevi Fountain is recommended to everyone who is looking for a soul mate, dreams of wealth or good health. It is believed that the favor of the gods can be obtained by appeasing with metal coins thrown at their feet.

The tour “Rome: first impressions of the Eternal City” is a great chance not only to see the famous fountain, but also to learn about it is not one interesting fact. The latter is possible thanks to a private guide, in the treasury of which is invaluable knowledge about the capital of Italy.

The Capitol - great museums

Among the main attractions of Rome, which are recommended for lovers of hiking in the monuments of ancient architecture, the Capitol occupies an important place. The history of the complex of the Capitoline Museums (Palazzo Nuovo, the Palace of Conservatives, Central Montemartini, etc.) was born at a time when Pope Sixtus IV presented the inhabitants of the Eternal City with a gift in the form of a luxurious collection of gilded, bronze statues, masterpieces of Rubens, Titian, Caravaggio, Tintoretto.

The huge halls of museums are connected by an underground tunnel (tabular). It is here that the famous monument to the Capitoline Wolf is located, which, according to legend, fed the abandoned parents Romulus and Remus, who became the founders of the city. Tourists of different ages come here to see:

  • Venus Capitol
  • Hercules Statue
  • Bust of Brutus
  • Egyptian lions at the foot of the white marble staircase of the Cordonate.

The statue of the she-wolf. . goir

For a thorough tour of all the attractions of the Capitol, a whole day may not be enough. If you are ready to set aside several days to visit the architectural masterpieces of Capitol Hill, you can purchase a card for 16 euros, which gives you the right to visit the exhibition during the week.

As you know, all roads lead to Rome, but in order to see the Capitol and other main attractions of the city, it is enough to take 10 thousand steps. This is possible as part of the eponymous tour! The walking route brings together famous sights and helps tourists understand why Rome can only cause mixed feelings!

Roman Forum - Memory of the Eternal City

In the center of the Italian capital is a monument, long-standing as the Eternal City itself. The Roman Forum is located on the central square - a place where important political events and public events were held. Dozens of structures for various purposes are collected on an area of ​​500 m2.

Roman forum. Marco rubino

The Roman Forum is located between the Colosseum and Piazza Venezia, continuing along the Palatine and Capitol Descent. Now the greatness of the Roman Empire is presented in the form of a large archaeological site of excavation with antique columns and ruined temples.

Fragment of the arch. . Kiev.Victor

You can walk around the Roman Forum for 30-40 minutes. But people who want to deeply penetrate the atmosphere of the past and learn a lot of interesting things about such a historical attraction are recommended to stock up on free time (at least 1-2 hours) and use the services of a guide, guide or buy an audio guide for 4 euros.

Moreover, with a simultaneous visit to the Coliseum, Palatine, a complex entrance ticket to the Roman Forum (price 12 euros), and a general tour will take 3-3.5 hours. Visiting is possible from 08:30 to 17: 00-18: 00 hours.

Good to know! Many of the excavations look like real ancient ruins, so you have to strain your imagination a lot to imagine the original appearance of the structure.

This historical tour will help you to feel the grandeur of the ancient Roman civilization.You will visit not only the Roman Forum, but also other ancient attractions. Communication with a professional guide will help to understand the stages of the development of the empire, as well as the reasons for its heyday and death.

A fragment of the forum. . Elena Pavlovich

Villa Borghese - park and art museum

Those wishing to visit the main sights of Rome can spend several hours walking around Villa Borghese, which is one of the largest urban park complexes. Borghese Palace with an amazing landscape park was erected in the 17th century, being a favorite place for walking guests and residents of Italy.

Villa Borghese. . D. Bond

The center of the exhibition is the Borghese Gallery, where 25 masterpieces showcase real masterpieces: statues and paintings by Rafael, Claude Monet, Rubens, Bernini, Van Gogh. One of the pearls of the complex is the Villa Medici. At the edge of the park is the National Museum and Villa Julia. Here is:

  • Temple of Diana
  • House-Museum of Pietro Canonica,
  • Temple of Aesculapius,
  • Museum Patron Carlo Bilotti,
  • Obelisk of Anthony,
  • Globus theatre",
  • Biopark
  • many fountains, etc.

Pond at Villa Borghese. Frank bach

It is best to visit the Borghese Gallery with an art historian, otherwise a walk among the exhibits will seem pointless. For example, you can book this individual tour, go through the central halls of the gallery and enjoy the best masterpieces of Italian art.

Piazza Navona - Baroque Square

The most elegant and sunny corner of the city is the lively Piazza Navona, surrounded by an ensemble of Baroque buildings. In ancient times, there was a stadium for athletic competitions, fairs, religious processions, city celebrations took place.

Piazza Navona Belenos

A walk through the modern Piazza Navona gives guests the opportunity to admire the chic baroque fountains (Moor, Neptune and the Four Rivers) and the frescoes of the Pamphili Palace, visit the Brasky Palace, the snow-white Church of St. Agnes, and see a huge obelisk. Tourists can visit the Christmas market, shop at local souvenir shops and popular boutiques.

You can get to Piazza Navona from the station by city bus number 64. From the main tourist attractions of Rome, the square is within walking distance: just 500 meters from the Pantheon, and from the Castle of St. Angela a 15-minute walk following the signs.

Piazza Navona - the starting point of the excursion "The Greatness of the Roman Squares". Walking here in the company of a guide, tourists will learn more than one interesting fact about local fountains, churches and other atmospheric attractions. In addition, you can enjoy the colorful panoramas from Pincho Hill and make a wish by throwing a coin in the famous Trevi Fountain.

Imperial Forums - History of Rome

After the area of ​​the Roman Forum became insufficient for administrative, religious, political events, a decision was made to expand it. The first to engage in construction, which took place over 150 years, was Julius Caesar.

Imperial forums. givaga

The resulting ensemble of architecturally designed public spaces was called the Imperial Forums, including:

  • Forum Caesar. It was erected in 46 BC It occupies a rectangular area surrounded by an arched gallery. Here was the temple of Venus of the Ancestress.
  • Forum of Augustus. The construction was carried out in 2 BC The Temple of Mars the Avenger was erected by decree of Octavian Augustus.
  • Temple of Peace. Emperor Vespasian in 75 AD gave the order to build a temple of Peace after the victory over the Jews. Forum Vespasiani attracts tourists and honeymooners with its preserved marble altar, mosaics of white and pink marble.
  • Forum Nerves. Date of construction 98 A.D. Emperor Domitian erected a temple dedicated to Minerva, from which there were 2 granite columns, ruins of walls, a relief image of the goddess of wisdom.
  • Forum of Trajan. In 113 BCa grandiose architectural ensemble appeared, created by order of Emperor Trajan. The white marble basilica of Ulpia, Latin and Greek libraries, an equestrian statue of Trajan, a column with bas-reliefs, and a huge market with 150 shops were erected.

Forum Caesar. Mitzo

Imperial forums are located near the Coliseum, via Via Dei Fori Imperiali. An excursion is best done with a guide.

An interesting video comparison of what the forums looked like before and now:

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In order to save money, you can purchase a comprehensive ticket for simultaneous visits to the Palatine, the Coliseum, the Roman Forum.

Is it possible to know ancient Rome in 3 hours? Of course, yes: the main thing is to book this historical tour for the right date. You will walk through the famous places of the “capital of the three empires” and dive headlong into its mysterious legends. The guide will teach tourists to subtly feel the atmosphere of a great city.

Castle of the Holy Angel - a museum in the mysterious castle

Among the most mysterious and interesting sights of Rome stands the Castle of the Holy Angel. The squat structure of unusual shape is also called the Sad Castle due to its rich history.

Castle of the Holy Angel. Raagemax

After all, the castle managed to visit the mausoleum, the fortress, the residence of the Popes, the treasury and even the prison. Today, this majestic historical monument invites guests to visit the National Museum, filled with historical exhibits and treasures, as well as the Armory, the Museum of Military History, an old library.

Castle of the Holy Angel near. Shevchenko Andrey

The bridge to the castle. voyageur8

On the first Sunday of any month you can visit the Castle of St. Angela for free.

The fortress, residence and tomb of the representatives of the Roman papacy is so unique that it managed to become the central object of many sightseeing tours of Rome. One of them - "Tour of the Castle of the Holy Angel" - involves a walk through all levels of the fortress and a complete immersion in its multifaceted history. For an appetizer - an incredible panorama of the Tiber, St. Peter's Basilica and its environs.

Terme Caracalla - summer concerts among the ruins

The list of attractions that amaze with scale and grandeur includes the Baths of the Emperor Caracalla, built in the 3rd century AD. The construction of a huge complex of large blocks of stone and marble lasted 11 years.

The Baths of Caracalla. Johnkruger

The construction, designed for simultaneous visits to 1,500 people, was striking in its dimensions. The terms were recognized as the eighth wonder of the world. For several centuries, the Baths of the Emperor Caracalla enjoyed incredible success among representatives of the upper classes, but at the same time with the collapse of the Roman Empire, the structures were destroyed, the spring became clogged.

Terme Caracalla - panoramic view. MAVRITSINA IRINA

The ruins were restored in the 16th century. Now the ancient public baths are a picturesque historical and archaeological monument, which in the summer season comes at the disposal of the Roman Opera House. Along with classical opera performances and ballet, concerts of pop stars are held here.

The Baths of Caracalla. Viacheslav Lopatin

The complex ticket is valid for an excursion to the Baths of Caracalla, to Villa Quintiliev and to the Cecilia Metella Mausoleum for a week.

Want to have a cultural evening?

A ticket for an opera or ballet costs up to 100 euros, for a concert of stars - up to 250 euros. Follow up-to-date information on the official. Theater website: www.operaroma.it.

The Baths of Diocletian - Antique Public Baths

Almost in the center of Rome there are ancient Roman public baths - the Baths of Diocletian. This is a whole complex of buildings, well preserved to our time, which was not equal in the empire in scale and technical equipment. Construction began in 298, and after 7 years, the Terme of Diocletian received up to 3,000 visitors at a time.

The Baths of Diocletian. Viacheslav Lopatin

The complex was located on the territory of 13 hectares, on which 3 spacious pools and 3,000 baths were built. The rich interior of marble, mosaics was decorated with frescoes, statues, fountains. Tourists are invited to visit the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, the National Museum, the Church of San Bernardo alle Terme, located in public baths.

The Baths of Diocletian. Viacheslav Lopatin

The tour “Walking along the seven hills of Rome” touches the most picturesque observation platforms of the Eternal City. On one of them the ancient terms of Diocletian rise. You will have a unique chance to see the remains of the building, contrasting with the modern square of the Republic and its Fountain Naiad.

Baths of Diocletian - statues. Rodkarv

Domitilla Catacombs - Ancient Burial

When deciding what sights to visit in Rome, lovers of interesting places do not forget about the catacombs of St. Callist, Priscilla, St. Sebastian, St. Agnes, St. Marcellinus and Peter. But the largest burial place of the ancient city is the most famous and interesting Roman catacombs of Domitilla with a total length of about 17 km.

The underground cemetery, located on 4 levels, is a network of rooms connected by corridors. The Domitilla catacombs, dug at a depth of several tens of meters, include more than 150,000 beggar funeral cells. This is the burial place of executed soldiers, the storage of the relics of the holy martyrs Achilles and Nereus. The Domitilla catacombs are famous for their ancient frescoes, including the “Madonna and Child with the Four Magi”.

Visiting the catacombs is not recommended for families with small children, pregnant women, people suffering from high blood pressure, heart pathologies, claustrophobia, epilepsy, diabetes mellitus, and people with disabilities.

Spanish Square - for a romantic evening

Among the most relevant tourist attractions in Rome, the Plaza of Spain stands out. Since the 17th century, the Spanish Embassy has been located here. From the north, Piazza di Spagna “covers” the Trinita dei Monti church, the Barkaccia marble fountain in the form of a sinking boat, the favorite place for youth to relax - the Spanish Steps.

Square of Spain. Phant

In the south is the Palace of Spain, as well as the famous column of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. On Spanish Square and further along Via Condotti there are popular fashion boutiques representing collections of clothes, shoes, and accessories made by Italian brands.

Square of Spain. Catarina belova

The square, located near the Spanish Steps, attracts tourists of different ages, but most often romantically inclined women and men. Adds romance and the possibility of arriving from the city center on a horse-drawn carriage.

Piazza di Spagna is one of the most famous squares in Rome. You will be able to enjoy its symbolism and rich history during this individual excursion. You will also find out about the difficult relationship between the Spanish and French communities that have settled in the Italian capital in the past.

Spanish Steps - A Popular Place Among Youth

The most original staircase in the whole Old World was built in Rome. The beautiful Spanish Baroque staircase, the construction of which was carried out until 1725 with the participation of the famous architect Francesco de Sanctis, is similar in shape to butterfly wings. The steps are glorified in fiction and cinematography: in the films “Roman Vacations”, “Talented Mr. Ripley”, etc.

Spanish Steps. Javen

Loving couples, newlyweds love to sit on the steps and dream about the future. It often hosts concerts, fashion shows, flower shows and photo shoots. To get to the top of the Scalinata staircase and enjoy the city view, you will need to overcome 138 steps.

First you need to get to Piazza di Spagna. Metro line A goes to this area of ​​the city (the fare is 1.5 euros).

It's important to know! In the area of ​​the Spanish Steps there are always a lot of merchants who intrusively offer, put flower bouquets directly in their hands, souvenirs that can be difficult for tourists to refuse. Taking advantage of the romantic atmosphere, fraudsters in the form of "suitors" are traded here, so ladies should be extremely careful.

At dusk, the Spanish Steps are especially beautiful! Do not miss the chance to enjoy this delightful sight during the tour “Magic of evening Rome”. You will receive not only unforgettable impressions of studying Rome, but also hear the most intriguing facts and legends about ancient emperors and patricians.

Palazzo Farnese - a magnificent palace

The Roman Palace of Farnese is rightfully considered one of the best examples of the Renaissance style. The three-story building, in which the embassy of France has been sitting since the beginning of the last century, rises on Sq. Farnese decorated with 2 fountains. The construction process of the palace was carried out in the 16th century with the participation of the architect Antonio da Sangallo, and later Michelangelo himself.

Palazzo Farnese. rarrarorro

Refined interiors were intended for representatives of the aristocratic family of the Farnese family. At the beginning of the 20th century, Palazzo Farnese became the property of the Italian government. Since then, the palace has been leased to the French Embassy. The grandeur of the front part can be appreciated by everyone.

The fountain at the Palazzo Farnese. miroslav110

A visit to an example of the Italian Renaissance is an integral part of the route of this thematic tour. A private guide will help you immerse yourself in the Renaissance and enjoy the atmosphere of those streets of Rome that have not changed their appearance for many centuries.

Grand Circus (Circo Massimo) - Ancient Roman Hippodrome

One of the most interesting sights of Rome, attracting numerous tourists of all age categories, is Circus Maximus. The so-called Grand Circus was the largest hippodrome of Ancient Rome, in the construction of which Caesar, Nero, Traian, Constantine the Great contributed. Chirkus Maximus is located almost in the center of the “eternal city”, on the banks of the Tiber.

The big circus. Di gregorio giulio

From the 6th century BC, spectacular events were held at the site for the competition of chariots and horse racing. Today, Circo Massimo looks like a spacious oval meadow with ruins of running tracks, stone stands, marble cells, etc.

The big circus. Lena Ivanova

The territory of the Circus Maxim is often used for public events, military parades, celebrations and concerts.

Circo Massimo serves as the starting point for the Sightseeing Rome Tour. Under the strict guidance of the guide, you will go back in time and understand how the everyday life of commoners and patricians proceeded in the era of antiquity. During the walk, tourists will have the opportunity to taste one of the most delicious coffee drinks in Italy.

Appian Way - an important route of Ancient Rome

One of the wonders of the Roman Empire is the Appian Way, which led from the historical center of the capital to the Mediterranean port town of Brindisi. A 540-km-long path was made of basalt pavers to connect Rome with strategically important neighbors: Greece, Egypt, etc. The first section of the road was built in 312 BC. and first served military purposes.

Appian Way. Jannis tobias werner

Later, the first horse-drawn / pedestrian route was used to go through shopping caravans and move travelers. In the late Middle Ages, the so-called “Queen of Roads” was partially dismantled or covered with a new roadbed. Today, the Appian Way has acquired the status of an archaeological park and is a picturesque ruin of tombs, palaces, columbaria, citadels and catacombs.

Appian Way. Stefano_valeri

Along the road there is the Hybogey Museum of Vibia, the Museum at the Gates of St. Sebastian, the Mausoleum of Romulus, Circus Maxentius and others.

Lovers of leisurely walks can go all the way on foot.Convenient to see the sights by car. You can take a tourist or regular bus (No. 118, 218).

During this unusual excursion you can ride on an old road and feel like people from the ancient era! The guide will teach you how to saddle horses and hone the basic movements, after which a truly fascinating walk awaits the tourists. It will reveal to tourists the full depth of the cultural and historical heritage of the Eternal City.

São Paolo Fuori le Moura - Grand Cathedral

The grandiose building, which ranks second in size after St. Peter's Basilica, is St. Paul’s Basilica outside the city walls. One of the 4 greatest basilicas of the capital is located in the southern part, behind the Aurelian walls. The construction of the Basilica di San Paolo fuori le Mura was begun by Constantine I, choosing the site for the erection of the alleged site of the martyrdom of the Apostle Paul.

Basilica of São Paulo Fuori le Mura. HeadSpinPhoto

St. Paul's Basilica is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The church of São Paolo fiori le Mour has a rich interior: marble walls with frescoes, stained glass windows, a ceiling with gilding, patterns and sockets.

Unique doors with a bronze relief adorn the entrance to the basilica, the facade is complemented by statues, columns, frescoes.

A fragment of the basilica. Kiev.Victor

Interesting! In 2002, during archaeological work, the remains of the supposedly Apostle Paul were found, which were stored for about 2000 years, and the sarcophagus was first studied through a miniature hole. The cathedral discovered elements of gold, the remains of precious fabric, etc.

The Basilica of St. Paul occupies an important place among the Christian pearls of Rome. No wonder the Eternal City is called the second Jerusalem: the number of churches and cathedrals is amazing! You can see the main shrines of the capital during the tour "Rome and its Christian heritage." You will find a thematic excursion into the religious past of the city.

Piazza del Popolo - People's Square

The most popular city square is Piazza del Popolo, which can be easily recognized by the tall obelisk of Flaminia towering in the middle. This is a 24 m high column with an age of almost 3,500 years.

Panoramic view of the Piazza del Popolo. Sf photo

Fountains are located around the obelisk - four marble lions with water pouring from their mouths, which tourists like to climb for a photo shoot. On different sides of the obelisk are:

  • Churches of Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria di Montezanto,
  • Napoleonic Stairs - monumental steps leading to the Pincho hill,
  • Porta del gates (landmark of the Aurelian wall),
  • Park complex Villa Borghese.

Fountain on the Piazza del Popolo. Andy.m

The so-called People's Square is a lively holiday destination for young people who love the evening bustle, mass festivities, concerts of wandering artists or walks on segways. Tourists come to admire the beautiful gardens from the side of Pincho Hill or the cascade built in 1936, which is fueled by water from a natural ancient spring.

Piazza del Popolo. Catarina belova

There is no car traffic in Piazza del Popolo, with original lighting.

Visit the Piazza del Popolo as part of the universal tour “Roman Legends of the Classic Route”. You will be swallowed up by the mysterious cycle of local stories and traditions. In 3.5 hours, a licensed guide will depict the city as it has always been seen by locals.

Aventin Hill - where the history of Rome began

Sung by writers and musicians, the most beautiful of the 7 hills of Rome, Aventine is located on the left bank of the Tiber, not far from Palatine. From the Aventine hill the history of Ancient Rome began. Tourists are attracted by the delightful Orange Garden, filled with the aromas of citruses (mostly feral trees), as well as thickets of oleander and pine.

Aventin Hill is an orange garden. Catarina belova

If you climb the slope of Aventina, you can see the park of San Alessio, which contains almost all the existing varieties of roses. On the hill is located:

  • Church of Santi Alessio o Bonifacio,
  • Church of Saint Sabrina,
  • Chapel of St. Hyacinth,
  • Temple of Portune
  • Church of Santa Prisca.

Aventin Hill. Catarina belova

An important attraction is the keyhole of the Order of Malta. An amazing feature of such a small hole in the gates of the villa is the ability to see 3 states through it at once. Through the well, a view of the Vatican (visible St. Peter's Cathedral), Italy, as well as the enclave state of the Order of Malta, in whose territory the villa is located, opens.

Keyhole of the Order of Malta. HeadSpinPhoto

The Orange Garden Terrace is perfect for a romantic evening!

The delightful panoramas of Aventin Hill worthily complete this fascinating tour. In the company of the guide, tourists will walk through the historical center of Rome, see its famous sights and even look into the most mystical corners of the city. For a snack (literally) - delicious Italian ice cream and a glass of cold prosecco.

Vittoriano - a monument to the unification of Italy

The monument dedicated to Victor Emmanuel II and erected on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the unification of all Italian states into one kingdom is one of the largest projects for Italy in the 19th century. At the same time, Vittoriano is the most ambiguous monument of Roman history from an aesthetic point of view. The project was created in the spirit of ancient Roman architecture as conceived by Giuseppe Sacconi, but stands out against the background of other structures of the historical center with a pompous appearance with an abundance of decorative elements.

Vittoriano. Sandra van der steen

Due to the piling up of details, the snow-white eclectic memorial earned many nicknames from local residents: “typewriter”, “inkwell”, “false jaw”, “cake”. The national monument to the first king of united Italy, as well as the Altar of the Fatherland, the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Museum of the Renaissance, tourists do not deprive.

Vittoriano. martinho smart

Like the palace of the same name, the Vittoriano monument is visited during most sightseeing walks. For example, you can join the excursion “Rome from Antiquity to the Middle Ages” and trace the rich history of the Italian city. In 2.5 hours, tourists will learn more than in history lessons!

Holy Staircase - An Important Christian Relic

If you are wondering what other attractions are worth visiting in Rome, then do not miss the Holy Steps. This is one of the most valuable relics of the Christian faith. It is believed that through these steps Jesus Christ descended from the house of Pontius Pilate to the Last Judgment. The mother of Emperor Constantine took care of the transportation of the marble staircase from Jerusalem.

During the reconstruction of the Lateran Palace, built in the 14th century, the Holy Staircase was added to its design. The new temple was given the status and name of the Church of San Lorenzo in Palatio.

The staircase, consisting of 28 steps, is allowed for believers to overcome only on their knees.

The marble steps are decorated with wood, they have small glazed windows in those places on which, according to legend, the roof of Christ dripped.

Side steps are provided for which you do not need to go on your knees.

The entrance is decorated with 2 white marble statues, on the walls are beautiful frescoes. If you want to visit the Holy of Holies, you must follow the dress code: no bare legs and shoulders.

Interesting to know! It is believed that when ascending the Holy Staircase during Lent, sinners are guaranteed forgiveness. Humble pilgrims who have risen on their knees on other days will receive partial absolution.

A visit to the Holy Stairs is part of this thematic excursion program. You will walk through the most sacred corners of the city and learn about the development of the Christian religion in Italy.Tourists are waiting for a real aesthetic pleasure from the contemplation of local architectural monuments.

Lips of Truth - a legendary lie detector

Visitors to the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin are greeted by a slightly frightening mask with a wide open mouth, having a diameter of 175 cm and a weight of 1200 kg. The so-called Ust of Truth in the form of a round slab of Pavonaz marble is made with the image of the ruler of the seas and oceans of Triton, and according to some reports - Erkol the Victor, God of the Tiber, Zeus, Faunus, pagan deity or oracle.

The mouth of truth. Rafael dias katayama

Scientists believe that the age of a marble disk with a gloomy face is about 2200 years. Many legends are attributed to the mystical ancient object. According to one of them, the mask served as a kind of lie detectors - dishonest people, wives who cheated on their husbands, she “bit off” a hand put into her open mouth. Tourists come to a stone mask to get answers to their questions. Lips of truth appeared on the movie screen many times: in the films “Roman Vacations”, “Only You”, “Night Wings”, “Escaping Bride”. A copy of the face image is used by machine manufacturers to make predictions.

The church in which the mask is located. Luxerendering

Interesting! There is no documentary evidence of the “biting off” of the liar’s hand. But according to some reports, beyond the mouth of truth was an executioner who chopped an ax with the ax of a guilty person.

You can visit the church on your own, but it is best to book an excursion with an individual guide - for example, "Rome, Ancient, Medieval, Modern." Thanks to the guide, you can recreate a full-fledged picture from the past of the city, see one of the most atmospheric areas and understand its authentic charm.

Santa Maria Maggiore - one of the main temples of the city

One of the four main Roman basilicas is Santa Maria Maggiore, which is a great architectural example of world baroque. According to legend, it was built after the prophetic dream of the bishop of Liberia, who dreamed of the Blessed Virgin, who indicated the place of construction of the temple where the snow would fall.

Santa Maria Maggiore. Leonid Andronov

In honor of the miraculous snowfall, according to legend, held in August, the pilgrimage basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore was built on Esquiline Hill. Since then, festivities have been held annually on August 5, during which thousands of snow-white rose petals fall from under the dome of the church, depicting a prophetic snowfall. There are several chapels in the basilica, but 3 large chapels are most attractive: Paolinskaya, Sistine and Cappella Sforza.

The interior of the church of Santa Maria Maggiore. Mirec

Tourists of different ages will also be interested to see:

  • The Golden Casket with the Holy Cradle of Jesus,
  • The holy relics of Pope Pius V,
  • Icon Maria Salus Populi Romani,
  • Masonic symbol, etc.

The painting of the dome of Santa Maria Maggiore. Frank bach

You can see a delightful shrine during a car tour "Across Rome with the Breeze." For 3 hours in the company of a guide-driver, you will see and learn as much as you could not during independent walks! The guide will show you the most beautiful places in the Italian capital and stop at any time so that you can take a couple of photos as a keepsake.

Marcellus Theater - predecessor of the Coliseum

One of the most significant sights on the tourist map of Italy is the Marcellus Theater, which together with the Pompeii Theater and the Balbus Theater was the forerunner of the Colosseum.

Marcellus Theater. Luxerendering

The construction of one of the largest objects in Rome was begun during the reign of Julius Caesar, and then the emperor Augustus. The height of the building reached 33 m, and the auditorium with a length of 130 m could accommodate up to 15,000 people. A distinctive feature of the structure were numerous arches and columns (in total more than 80 pieces). Today, most of the facade is made of white travertine, walls made of stone, a couple of tiers of arches, and the place of the third floor is occupied by elements of a medieval building, as well as modern brick houses.

Visit the building from the inside does not work, only excursions from the outside are available.

The elder “brother” of the Coliseum is included in the route of the excursion “Sightseeing tour of Rome”. You are waiting for a leisurely study of the capital and its attractions in the company of a friendly guide. He will share not only historical facts, but also useful practical information - for example, where it is best to taste the local cuisine.

Arch of Constantine - the famous Arc de Triomphe

The majestic representative of a rare type of architectural architecture is the Arch of Constantine, which was erected in 315 BC. The Triumphal Arch was built of natural marble and impresses with its overall dimensions: 21 m high, 26 m wide, 7 m deep. Relief images on the bas-reliefs tell the story of the military adventures of Constantine and Marcus Aurelius, presented in different images.

Arch of Constantine. Sergii zinko

On the medallions 2 m in size, there were episodes of images of sacrifice, military operations, hunting, as well as the sun and moon. The columns are complemented by voluminous images of captured warriors, the goddess of victory Victoria. Nearby are the ruins of a fountain.

The ancient monument is an integral part of the excursion program "From the Coliseum to the Pantheon: the secrets of ancient Rome." You will take a fascinating journey into the past, learn intriguing facts from the biographies of great emperors and feel the contrasting atmosphere of the capital.

Arch of Titus - a classic of Roman architecture

The Triumphal Arch of Titus, built in 81 AD, is considered a classic of ancient Roman architecture. e from Pentel marble. The single-span structure, decorated with bas-reliefs, has a height of more than 15 m and a width of about 13 m. The progenitor of all triumphal arches is dedicated to the suppression of the popular uprising in Jerusalem by the emperor. On the facade of the ancient monument there are images testifying to the military exploits of Titus.

Arch of Titus. Panda_On_The_Road

The arch was a tomb for the emperor Titus. In the Middle Ages, the arched structure served as part of the fortifications, but was partially destroyed over time. After restoration, the triumphal arch acquired its original form, including 2 inscriptions, but with the exception of the statue of Titus in bronze. For reconstruction, instead of white marble, natural travertine stone was used.

Fragment of the arch. Panda_On_The_Road

History of the Arch of Titus

Enjoy the antique beauty of the Arc de Triomphe during a car tour of Rome. In addition, you will see other famous sights of the city, and the most picturesque observation platforms on seven hills. Tourists will not notice how 3 hours of communication with a professional guide will fly by!

It is difficult to reveal the beauty and convey the grandeur of the most interesting sights of Rome - they need to be seen in person. In the city, almost every stone, street, square or structure is an ancient monument. Our selection will serve as a hint for beginner tourists who want to get a boost of special energy after visiting popular historical monuments, architectural masterpieces, art relics.

What to see in Rome in 3 days

Day 1

  1. Colosseum (take 1-2 hours for inspection)
  2. Roman Forum (1-2 hours)
  3. Trevi Fountain (less than 1 hour)
  4. Pantheon (less than 1 hour)
  5. Castle of the Holy Angel (2-3 hours)

Day 2

  1. Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican (half a day or more)
  2. Santa Maria della Vittoria (less than 1 hour)
  3. Church of San Luigi dei Francesi (1-2 hours)
  4. Navona Square (1-2 hours)
  5. Spanish Steps and Square of Spain (less than 1 hour)

Day 3

  1. Campo dei Fiori District (2 hours to half day)
  2. Trastevere district (from 2 hours to half a day)
  3. Panoramic area on the Yanikul hill (from 2 hours)

To quickly and comfortably move from one attraction to another, read the article on transport in Rome.

We study the Eternal City: where to find the best excursions for educational walks

You can talk about the historical and cultural heritage of Rome for hours! Not a single guidebook can convey the unique atmosphere of the city, reveal its rich past, tell about famous sights. But it is by virtue of licensed guides who have been living in Rome for more than one year and are happy to conduct private excursions for tourists.

Where can I find the available options?

Pay attention to the services of Tripster and Satellite. These sites have dozens of offers from the best guides in Rome. Each tour is accompanied by a description of where you can find basic information: an approximate route, duration, permissible number of people, cost, etc. No less useful is the block with reviews of tourists who have already joined the tour. From these comments, you will understand how affordable offers meet your expectations.

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