What to see near Rome: the best art and food destinations

The capital of Italy is full of wonders and certainly requires several trips to be visited in depth. However, perhaps you have visited Rome several times already or you simply have time to spare and you like the idea of going beyond the city walls. If you are ready to go outside the city centre, this guide to the places to visit around Rome is for you.

 

Take a dive into the history of the Region

The ancient history of Rome has undoubtedly spread beyond the boundaries of the historic centre and there are many cities in Lazio that preserve traces of this very important heritage. Here is a brief overview of the main villages worth visiting.

To the north of the city we first find the town of Cerveteri, about 46 kilometres from Rome and a few kilometres from the sea, which is one of the richest historical centres of the Region from an artistic and archaeological point of view. Here you will find the famous Etruscan Banditaccia Necropolis, Ruspoli Castle, located in the heart of the historic centre, and numerous ancient churches, such as the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore and that of Sant'Antonio Abate.

Cerveteri


Moving west of the capital, we find several places of great interest. The first town to mention is without doubt Tivoli, about 43 kilometres from Rome, located on the slopes of the Tiburtini Mountains, along the Aniene River. An ancient city dating back to 1215 BC, it is dotted with Roman villas built here for the richness of the river waters. The most beautiful to visit are without a doubt Villa Adriana, Villa d'Este and Villa Gregoriana. A little further away, about 60 kilometres from the city, we find the town of Agosta, a delightful village built around a medieval castle, where you can also visit the famous Sanctuary of the Madonna del Passo. Then, 70 kilometres from the capital, we find the cities of Subiaco and Cervara di Roma. In Subiaco, a small village immersed in the Simbruini Mountains Natural Park, Benedetto da Norcia created the Rule of Saint Benedict with the Monastery of Saint Benedict and, a little later, the first book was printed in Italy in the first Italian printing house. This is a city full of history, as well as one of the most beautiful towns in Italy. Cervara di Roma is also located on the edge of the Simbruini Mountains Natural Park and is the highest village in Lazio, with its altitude of 1053 metres, which ensure a beautiful panoramic position surrounded by meadows and woods. Here we recommend visiting the Church of Maria Santissima della Visitazione, located near the ruins of the medieval fortress, where some works of art of a certain value are preserved.

We then arrive south of the city of Rome and find, 24 kilometres away, on the shores of Lake Albano, Castel Gandolfo, one of the Castelli Romani villages that best represent the region's history. The fame of the city is linked to the presence of the summer residence of the popes, but in the area there are many other villas and period residences, as well as interesting archaeological sites, such as the Lake Albano Emissary and the remains of the Villa of Domitian. All immersed in the beautiful Regional Park of the Castelli Romani. Other artistic places that we recommend visiting are the Pontifical Collegiate of San Tommaso da Villanova, built by Bernini, and the Church of Madonna del Lago.

Finally, just over 30 kilometres from Rome, we find Grottaferrata, one of the most famous destinations of the Alban Hills, characterised by its noble villas, unfortunately not open to visitors, and the numerous churches built both inside and outside the village, such as the Abbey of Santa Maria and the Church of the Sacred Heart.

 Grottaferrata

Villages where you can find typical products to eat 

If you want to visit a small town in Lazio, but also taste some typical Roman dishes, we recommend that you set sail toward the south and visit Ariccia. An integral part of the Castelli Romani, Ariccia is a combination of art, nature and delicacies. After visiting the Monumental Bridge and the two important works by Bernini, Palazzo Chigi and the Collegiata Maria Santissima in Cielo, you can head without further delay to one of the typical"fraschette" to enjoy a nice Roman-style meal, such as bruschetta, pasta all'amatriciana or porchetta, to be accompanied with a good Castelli wine (we recommend the typical wine "Romanella"). Not too pretentious, they are very good restaurants guaranteed to have tasty food!

 Ariccia

For your trip to discover the Roman surroundings, remember that you can stay in one of our facilities. The Fabulous Village is perfect for visiting the Castelli Romani, while I Pini Family Park in Fiano Romano is perfect for reaching the villages to the west and north of the city. With its strategic location, Roma Camping in Town is instead perfect for visiting the city centre while being able to get out of Rome quickly to visit the surroundings.

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