From Rome: Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius Volcano Full-Day Trip
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- Duration: 13 hours
- Optional audio guide
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In just 45 minutes, you can travel the 24 kilometers (15 miles) to Castel Gandolfo, whether going by car or 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.
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.
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.
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 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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Robert, our guide, was super knowledgeable! He was also very funny. Although there was a hiccup with our Pompeii tickets (main office’s fault) that was cleared up and Robert communicated with us really well about how the rest of our day would flow.
Wonderful trip, highly recommended! Everything was on time and smoothly organised. Pompeii is definitely a must see and in Positan we had an opportunity enjoy some stunning views! Safe drive through all serpantines!
Best tour of our trip to Rome. Saw parts of Rome we never saw before. Fascinating and exhilarating. Paul was an amazing guide with so much knowledge—both historic and current. Thank you!
I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this. I loved riding the Vespa. My tour guide Mario had a great personality. He was very nice & gave a great tour.
Staff were really friendly, food was provided, was explained well. Beautiful lake, would do it again!