The outskirts of Rome are full of endless beauties to admire – beginning with the tour of the Roman Castles, to the most ancient cities of Lazio, where you can walk among medieval roads, visit castles, and historical villas. All this at just a few steps from Rome. They are also the background of happy feasts and popular festivals where typical products are celebrated according to the old traditions. The wine of Frascati and the roast pig of Ariccia are worth the trip!
After a tour in the capital, what you’ll need is a nature walk. And the outskirts in Rome offer just this – walks by the lake or in natural reserves, horseback ride or by bicycle, away from the bustling city of Rome. We have listed some of the breathtaking sights that you can visit.
Anzio is famous for its seaside tourism. You can visit the monuments at Saint Antonio Church and the anta Teresa del Bambino Gesù Basilica in the center of the city.
Right in the center of Anzio, overlooking the main square, there is the Santissimi Pio e Antonio Church. Also interesting is the English Cemetery just outside the city, or some historic building of Villa Albani, Villa Sarsina e Villa Adele.
Without doubts, the most important tourist attraction is the Emperor Nero Villa. Its location is still not found with precision but they say it’s near the “Arco Muto” where there are also the ruins of a supposed theater. This project was supposed to be a big residence of Nero. After his death, the Villa was used by the Emperor until the Severi dynasty.
You can visit during the summer where you can go to the beaches, rent paddleboats, and do some aquatic sports like kitesurfing and windsurfing. It is perfect for long walks and you can cap your trip with excellent seafood too!
Forget the city chaos and traffic. Travel and see ancient taverns, thermal baths, houses, and public buildings of this Roman city. At just a few footsteps from the medieval city, there is the archaeological zone of the first Roman colony. This is Ostia, a port city, among whose roads you’ll still see picturesque scenes of the daily life of the ancient Romans, where you can take a seat on the steps of an ancient theater and imagine yourself as a spectator of an unbelievable challenge among gladiators.
But Ostia is also by the sea and has enjoyable warm weather. There are a lot of bathing establishments, hotels, restaurants, and nautical clubs.
Trajan’s Harbor is probably one of the most beautiful “attractions” to visit in the outskirts of Rome. Located at just a few kilometers from the center in Rome.
Cerveteri and Tarquinia, the necropolis
One of the places to see out of Rome is Cerveteri, a medieval suburb that is risen on a spur of tuff. This place was selected by the Etruscans to bury their dead. Today, this necropolis is a real archaeological treasure of testimonies, able to make light on the uses and customs of the mysterious Etruscan civilization.
The most famous burial place is the Banditaccia, which includes 50.000 graves. You can also take an interesting multimedia journey that will make the visit even more intense, with audiovisual projections inside the graves, that will show all the secrets of this magical place.
You can take also an underground trip, where you’ll enter into rooms dug in the tuff. Here you’ll breathe a dark atmosphere, but at the same time magic, where it seems that secrets are hidden but nobody will never discover them.
The beauty of the outskirts of Rome and the climate has made this zone the first choice for the construction of great villas where the nobles loved to spend moments of leisure and vacation. Tivoli is located on the slopes of the Tiburtini Mountains and entertains two great villas that deserve a visit, the Villa Adriana and the Villa d’Este.
The villa is enriched with thermal fittings, the original maritime theater where the emperor read, the libraries, the imperial rooms, and the theater. Visit the dreamy villas where only walking along the corridors and the rooms will make you feel important. These extraordinary villas are adorned with gardens, caves, and fountains. A beautiful tune plays in the background while you enjoy the scenery and relax like nobles of the past.
Roman Castle tour
One you shouldn’t miss out on on your trip to Rome during the sunny days would be walks on the Roman Castles. You can enjoy the pleasant walks and relax in the company of good wine and taste traditional cuisine. The Roman Castles are located in Colli Albani inside the Roman Castle Natural Park.
You can enjoy a picnic on the edge of Castelgandolfo or Nemi Lake. The beauty of the landscapes, the wine, and the other gastronomic delights make this one of the most irresistible places.
Have you been to the Outskirts of Rome? Is this something you would want to explore when in Rome?
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38 thoughts on “Rome Outskirts: A Must-See if You Visit The Capital of Italy”
So many places to see in Rome and each time I visit, I discover more great things…
Easy for me to visit though living in southern Italy. 😉
I know right?! There is always more in Rome. I love the place, and we hope to take the kids there someday…
Anzio looks gorgeous and colourful! Adding it to my bucket list if I go on a trip to Italy.
Thanks, Ellen. Appreciate it.
These places look Amazing! Kind of reminds me of when we visited Pompeii
Wow! I’ve always wanted to visit Pompei!!
This is a fantastic guide! I love visiting lesser known areas and getting away from the crowds.
Thank you! I always try to avoid crowd lol.
I have been to Rome but not explored outskirts that much but shall do in future visit.
I love the vibrant colors of Anzio. From the colorful buildings to the clear blue waters, this seems like paradise!
It seems so!
I miss Rome so much~ Wish I go there one day
Rome is one of the places we don’t mind coming back to over and over again.
Wow, not only Rome is culturally and historically rich, it also has magical places…..thanks for bringing us there…..
You’re welcome. Thanks for stopping by.
I hope to visit Italy some day. Places like Venice, Santorini and Ostia sound like the perfect couple’s hideout.
You can never go wrong with Italy!
I’ve been to Rome a few times, and I always try to go out of the city, but I0ve never managed. There’s so much to see/do in Rome, that it consumes you. This sounds great, though. I’ll have to plan a trip only for this places. Thanks for sharing!
Great tips on places to see. I would love to do the underground trip!
Ohhh Rome is so beautiful, I have a few friends that are going soon there, and I will show this article to them, so that they have a few more things to look forward to.
Thank you. I greatly appreciate it.
All the places look amazing…such beautiful detailed description and lovely pics…all places are worth a visit..
Thanks. Appreciate the kind words.
I’ve been to Rome, which I loved, but this post has made me determined to go back and travel beyond the city limits.
We also loved Rome – such a majestic city!!
I either stay in India or in Italy. U r absolutely right these places are beautiful. Mostly, they are peaceful.
You are so lucky! Italy is one of my favorite European countries!
Oh wow I’ve not heard of Ostia. I’m going to do some research and learn more how to get there from Florence next year. Hopefully we can add that stop. What is the best time to go there?
Have a fantastic time!
I have visited Rome on a couple of occasions, but have only ever stuck within the main city. I am returning next year, and will be sure to check out some of the outskirts of the city.
We love the main city. But checking out the outskirts would be nice!
I never been to Rome, but would love too!
I hope you get to visit Rome someday! It’s a wonderful place!
Going next week, can’t wait!