August is often a month when the locals escape the heat of the city and visit the coast. If you don’t have the time or aren’t intending to visit the coast on your visit, we have put together some of our favourite and popular tours outside of Rome. All the tours outside of Rome include a private car and driver to pick you up from your centrally located hotel in Rome.
Starting with the most requested tours outside of Rome. When time is limited and you only have the one day, why not head out of Rome on a driving tour of the Amalfi coast, visiting the towns of Positano and Ravello. Positano is one of the most photographed places on the Amalfi coast and is possibly the most recognised. Take a trip to discover the splendid town that looks down over the sea. Discover the beautiful Ravello, a village set in the mountains with spectacular views of the coast. Explore the amazing medieval street and the charming village life.
Another popular tour is Pompeii, we have created a full day tour including a visit to Pompeii and a drive along the coast before returning to Rome. The whole day take around 7 to 8 hours. Your private guide will take you around Pompeii, walk the same streets as the wealthy Romans who lived there, explore their homes and discover what daily life was like for Romans. After the tour, your driver will take you along the coast before you return to Rome.
The half day Appian Way tour is a great way to get out into the countryside that surrounds the city. Appian Way was Europe’s first main road and possibly one of the oldest that is still existing. It is incredible well preserved and stretched all the way to Naples before it was extended by 300 miles. On this tour you will also see the Catacombs. (Please be aware, the catacombs have narrow spaces and may not be suitable for people that suffer from claustrophobia)
Another tour is Castelli Romani, the hilltop villages just outside of Rome. The literal translation of ‘Castelli Romani’ is ‘Roman Castles’, but the name refers to a collection of hill towns, known for producing wine. There was once volcanic activity with the craters now home to Lake Nemi and Lake Albano. Once the rural retreat of the city’s wealthiest and most powerful families.
Another popular tour is Tivoli and the villas. Hadrian’s Villa is a huge complex, that is the size of a town and was built on the request of Emperor Hadrian in 117AD. The Villa has lakes, fountains, libraries, baths, temples, gardens and it covers a staggering area. YOu will also visit Villa D’Este, a Renaissance palace built for Cardinal Ippolito d’Este, the son of Lucretia Borgia. It was designed to impress the Cardinal’s guests and was intended for entertaining.
Not too far from Rome, you could choose to travel into the Tuscan countryside and discover the region of Chianti, stopping for a visit to a winery in Panzanello (with the option to do a cooking class) before visiting Monteriggioni.