Just outside of the amazing Walls of Rome you find the unique archeological park of the Appian Way which immediately sets you up for this incredible mix of nature, art and history that is the Roman countryside. Hills, lakes and seashore are just aside ancient necropolis and abandoned cities, medieval castles and summer residences of the bygone days.
Just outside of the amazing walls of Rome you find the unique archeological park of the Appian Way which immediately sets you up for this incredible mix of nature, art and history that is the Roman countryside.
Hills, lakes and seashore are just aside ancient necropolis and abandoned cities, medieval castles and summer residences of the bygone days. It is extremely easy to create your perfect day out (exactly like the Romans do! And you know that when in Rome…!) according to the season and to your inclinations: an active day or a bit of relaxation can be combined to a historical visit (the ancient harbour of Ostia, the necropolis of Cerveteri, the world-known villas of Tivoli, the hilly towns of Castelli Romani) all spiced up with the food and wine specialities of the area.
Three major villas are located here: the ancient Hadrian’s villa, the Renaissance Villa d’Este with spectacular fountains and the less known Villa Gregoriana where you can hike next to a legendary waterfall. Not to forget the medieval borgo with narrow alleys and small churches… There’s something for everybody’s taste.
Ostia and the sea
Not only the amazing ruins of the harbour of ancient Rome, but also the castle of a Pope, the seaside at hand, the natural oasis of Portus, a modern Spa… the area of Ostia is all that, and it’s only 40 minutes away from Rome!
The Etruscan town of Caere is still a fascinating borgo boasting one of the most famous and charming necropolis of the ancient world. From here you can easily reach the port of Civitavecchia, several beaches and thermal complexes, practice hiking or enjoy a horse ride.
Several archeological sites, medieval abbeys, a beautiful landscape with two volcanic lakes and a great offer of certified wine and food specialities…. These are the main reasons to come to the hilly towns south east outside of Rome, since centuries. Let’s trust the ancient!
The medieval town dominated by an imposing castle is famous for its volcanic lake and quiet atmosphere.You can indulge in some lake activities, such as canoeing or sailing. We especially like the nearby smaller lake of Martignano immersed is a natural reserve.
The ancient Appian Way is one of the oldest roads still in use today, it dates back to the year 312 BC and it was extremely advanced for the time, so well done that it still resists more than 2000 years later and still deserves the nickname of “queen of the roads” (Regina Viarum).