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Places to visit around Rome

Must-see destinations

10 places you must see near Rome

The Colosseum or the Trevi Fountain are a must-see for anyone visiting Rome. However, if you want to get to know the secrets of the Capital and its area in depth, there is nothing better than a day trip out of town.

Are you looking for inspiration? We've put together a handy guide with the 10 must-see destinations near Rome. Don't wait! Book a car with SHARE NOW. We'll deliver it to you, whenever and wherever you want.


TOP destinations around Rome



1. Frascati and the Castelli Romani
2. Ostia
3. Tivoli, Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este
4. Lake Bracciano
5. Farnese Palace in Caprarola
6. Sacro Speco of Subiaco
7. Garden of Ninfa
8. Viterbo
9. Park of Bomarzo (Sacro Bosco)
10. Civita di Bagnoregio

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1. Frascati and the Castelli Romani

Distance from Rome: about 20 km

Rocca di Papa, Frascati, Castel Gandolfo, Grottaferrata: these medieval villages offer breathtaking views. Nestling in the hills around Rome, they were a favourite holiday resort of the roman Popes who found relief from the summer heat here. Enjoy the view and sip Frascati wine while sitting in a fraschetta. In these typical local taverns you can enjoy local gastronomic delicacies, such as abbacchio and porchetta.

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2. Ostia

Distance from Rome: about 30 km

Are you in Rome and fancy a dip? Then visit Ostia. Its dark, almost black, beaches attract tourists and city dwellers during the hot summer days. Relax among the 1950s villas overlooking the sea, with their elegant style. If, on the other hand, you are history lover, you must know that Ostia has one of Italy's largest archaeological parks, with amphitheatres and mosaics. Indeed, Ostia was once the ancient port of imperial Rome.

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3. Tivoli, Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este

Distance from Rome: about 42 km

Tivoli lies at the foot of the Tiburtini Mountains, hidden in the green countryside. A must-see destination is Villa d'Este, a sumptuous 16th-century residence surrounded by gardens, fountains and water features. Then go to Villa Adriana, the imposing mansion with libraries and private island commissioned by Emperor Hadrian. Get around among the ancient ruins and retrace the splendour of days gone by, when royal banquets were held among statues and pools.

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4. Bracciano Lake

Distance from Rome: about 50 km

This lake of volcanic origin is distinguished by its deep blue waters. Churches, villages and perched castles stand on its shores. Lake Bracciano is particularly appreciated as a natural oasis and the surrounding National Park is an ideal place for sports activities and excursions. Bracciano perfectly combines historical, cultural and natural interests and is an ideal destination especially for families.

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5. Farnese Palace in Caprarola

Distance from Rome: about 62 km

A spiral staircase so wide that it can be travelled on horseback? It's real! Artistic wonders are hidden everywhere around Rome, even in Caprarola. Enter the sumptuous villa commissioned by Cardinal Farnese and enjoy spectacular Italian gardens and botanical parks. Don't forget to visit to the interior where the famous Sala del Mappamondo (Globe Room) will enlarge your perspectives with its unique frescoes.

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6. Sacro Speco of Subiaco

Distance from Rome: about 75 km

Has the novel 'The Name of the Rose' by Umberto Eco always fascinated you? Then a trip to Subiaco is well worth it. The monastery of San Benedict welcomes you with its appearance at once imposing and mysterious. The upper church is a triumph of frescoes made by the best Italian craftsmen. Also known as the Sacro Speco, the monastery hides a natural cave where Saint Benedict lived as a hermit for three years.

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7. Garden of Ninfa

Distance from Rome: about 80 km

The New York Times named it as one of the most romantic places in the world. Keeping this in mind, a visit to this delightful garden, where waterfalls and small lakes alternate with medieval ruins, is almost a must. So called because in ancient times it housed the temple of the Naiads Nymphs, today it is a true oasis of peace, far from the traffic. The Caetani family has been taking care of the smallest details for years, searching for the most suitable flowers.

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8. Viterbo

Distance from Rome: about 80 km

In medieval times, Viterbo, known as the city of the popes, was a popular centre for cardinals, princes and illustrious personalities. This city boasts Etruscan origins and has one of the largest centre in Europe. Walking through narrow streets between towers and palaces will take you back in time. The Basilica di San Pietro, in the nearby village of Tuscania, has also been the set of several successful films, including Lady Hawcke's in 1985.

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9. Park of Bomarzo (Sacro Bosco)

Distance from Rome: about 92 km

This park, commissioned by Prince Orsini after the death of his beloved wife, is also known as the Monster Garden. Unlike the water features typical of 16th-century gardens, such as Villa d'Este in Tivoli, this park seems a surreal place. You will be welcomed by monstrous and mythological figures cleverly carved into the rocks. Between architectural illusions and games of perspective, you will be fascinated by the magic of this enchanted forest.

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10. Civita di Bagnoregio

Distance from Rome: about 130 km

Appreciated already by the ancients for its location, the village sits on top of a tuff rock and offers breathtaking views. It seems to be suspended in the air and the only way to reach there is via a bridge over the valley below. Also known as the dying village, Civita will become depopulated in the near future. Few people still live there and the tuff on which it stands is destined for a slow process of erosion.

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