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Rome in a day: 5 sights to make your day trip perfect

Don't expect to see all of Rome in a day. All the same, whether you're on a cruise stop or just passing through on a tour of Italy, here's a varied sampling platter of Rome's highlights!

  • Borghese Park

    1. Borghese Park

    Sunny day? Be sure to meander around the Galleria Borghese's picturesque park and gardens. If you've got time, pop inside the gorgeous villa for a who's who of Renaissance art.

  • Roman Forum

    2. Roman Forum

    This world-renowned archeological site is the closest you'll come to a glimpse at city life in Ancient Rome. Even better, it's right by the Colosseum and Palatine Hill too!

  • Trevi Fountain

    3. Trevi Fountain

    A day tour won't allow enough time to savor life at all Rome's piazzas, but make the most of it by seeing this cultural emblem - celebrated in numerous films - at Trevi Square.

  • Sistine Chapel

    4. Sistine Chapel

    Seeing Michelangelo's Renaissance-defining ceiling might be a bit of stretch at peak season. Be sure to fit it in by pre-booking skip-the-line tickets to the Vatican museums!

  • Campo de' Fiori

    5. Campo de' Fiori

    If you're early enough, mingle with the locals at Campo de' Fiori, one of Rome's favorite markets. If the stalls are already packed up, fret not! Stick around to enjoy the vibrant café culture.

Planning Your Visit

  • How to get there from Civitavecchia cruise port?

    Civitavecchia is the main cruise port for excursions to Rome. The easiest way to reach the city center is by pre-booking a private or shared transfer, or by taking a taxi. However, there are also two or three trains per hour to Roma Termini (Rome's main station). It costs about €5 each way, but you could save money with the BIRG ticket (day pass), which will get you there and back, as well as covering buses, trams, and the metro for the entire day.

  • How to get around Rome?

    Since you're not there for long, you'll probably want to rely on taxis. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done in Rome, where hailing down a cab in the tourist-heavy areas is nearly impossible. Utilize the metro wherever possible, as buses and trams can also be slowed by traffic. There are two metro lines: Line A (orange) runs between the northwest and southeast, and Line B (blue) runs north to south, with a third line due to open in 2016.

5 best day trips from Rome

Day trip to Pompeii

1. Day trip to Pompeii

Possibly the single most popular excursion from Rome, Pompeii is best known as the ruined city in the shadows of Mount Vesuvius. Travel back to the Roman Empire and stroll the storied streets lined with ancient bakeries, villas, and even brothels. To return to reality, step out of the historical sites into the modern streets of Pompeii, filled with shops and gelaterias.

How far is Pompeii from Rome?

Located in the Campania region of Italy, Pompeii is situated 240 kilometers (150 miles) south of Rome. By train, the trip takes about two hours, while by car it will take around two and a half hours.

Day trip to Tivoli

2. Day trip to Tivoli

Just outside of Rome lies the imperial playground of Tivoli. Home to emperors of the past, the ruins of Tivoli are truly awe-inspiring. The historic points of the town include several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Make sure to visit the Villa d’Este, with its stunning gardens, and the famed Hadrian’s Villa.

How far is Tivoli from Rome?

Only about 33 kilometers (20 miles) from Rome, getting to Tivoli is simple no matter how you choose to travel. By car or bus, the journey can take anywhere from a half-hour to an hour. By train, it’s just one hour direct from Roma Tiburtina station.

Day trip to Naples

3. Day trip to Naples

Naples is a great place to experience the illustrious art and culture of Italy. One of the largest cities in the country, it’s packed with amazing things to do and see. In one day, you can tour the UNESCO-designated historic city center, visit the Royal Palace, take in unbelievable views of the Bay of Naples, and much more. Of course, being the birthplace of the internationally-beloved pizza, nobody would blame you if you ditched your diet on your visit.

How far is Naples from Rome?

It should take about two to two and a half hours to drive the 225 kilometers (139 miles) to Naples from Rome. By train, it’s an easy 75-minute ride from Roma Termini station.

Day trip to Orvieto

4. Day trip to Orvieto

Get to know the striking hill town of Orvieto on a day trip from Rome. Guarded by its ancient walls, Orvieto is full of rich history, and breathtaking vistas around every corner. Don’t miss out on a chance to admire the intricately decorated cathedral, tour hidden underground tunnels, and stroll the winding cobblestone streets.

How far is Orvieto from Rome?

Just about 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of Rome, the train ride to Orvieto is a painless two-hour ride. Driving, this inspiring day trip is just 90 minutes away.

Day trip to Castel Gandolfo

5. Day trip to Castel Gandolfo

For an escape from the city without traveling far and wide, a day trip from Rome to Castel Gandolfo is a perfect choice. Once the summer playground of popes and emperors, this picturesque lakeside gem still offers plenty to see and do. Visitors can check out the Papal Palace, linger over espresso in the Piazza della Liberta, and see the Bernini-designed Church of San Tommaso di Villanova.

How far is Castel Gandolfo from Rome?

In just 45 minutes, you can travel the 24 kilometers (15 miles) to Castel Gandolfo, whether going by car or by train.

Rome day trip FAQ

What are the best transportation options for my day trip?

Not sure of the best way to reach Pompeii? Or how to get to Tivoli? There are many different transportation options available for your day trip from Rome.
  • • Rome day trips by train

    With many high-speed trains running all over Italy, and Rome’s hub station of Termini, riding the rails is an excellent method to tackle any day trip. The train is frequently the quickest way to get to your destination for the day.

  • • Rome day trips by bus

    Most guided day tours will be conducted via the bus, and many even include pickup and dropoff at your hotel. Bus tours are a great way to have a fun, full, and convenient day trip without the worry of having to navigate and plan.

  • • Rome day trips by car

    A car is one of the most convenient options for excursions out of town. They allow you the freedom to truly tailor your day trip to what interests you. Plus, a car allows you to take things at your own pace without worrying about meet-up times.

Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

Taking a guided tour for your day trip from Rome is never a bad idea. Sit back and enjoy some of the most incredible sites on earth while avoiding all the hassles of planning. Guided tours also come with the added benefit of knowledgeable guides who can really elevate the experience above simply bringing along your guidebook.

What should I pack for my day trip?

What to bring with you on your day trip really depends on different factors. Time of year, and what you have planned will definitely affect what you should bring. The weather around Rome tends to stay pretty mild, but in the winter and spring, an extra layer and umbrella can’t hurt. Many tours will provide all you need, including entry tickets and meals, so all you need to bring is your sense of adventure.

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What people are saying about Rome

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I have been on plenty of winetours all over the world and this has been one of my favourites to date! Our guide Paoula was so pleasant and informative. The views over the vineyards are stunning. The whole experience was so relaxed and we were not rushed after the wine tasting session. A great change from the hustle and bustle of Rome. Max our tour guide in Frascati town was a breath of fresh air... highly entertaining. I would highly recommend this wine tour.

Our guide Joseph was great. The day was nicely split with Hadrian’s palace in the morning and the Villa d’Este and it’s amazing fountains in the afternoon. I felt we had adequate time at both sites as well as a good break for lunch. But Joseph was truly one of the highlights - very informative and a very engaging personality.

Excellent tour there’s a lot of walking as Pompeii is a lot bigger than I expected. My 9 year old enjoyed it although the walking by the end was getting to her. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole day and the guide was excellent not Daniel or Christian but Andrea.

Our Guide Anna and our driver was excellent. Montepulciano and Pienza was really beautiful. The lunch and winetasting was perfect. We really enjoyed this trip. It was perfect!!!

Would definitely recommend this day trip. Tuscany is beautiful and Emiliano was an amazing tour guide, full of knowledge, stories and great fun!