Zagarolo International Arts & Music Campus

Upcoming events in Zagarolo

The third edition of the Zagarolo Music Campus is ready to welcome artist from all over the world.
An amazing experience that give young musicians and actors  the opportunity to check and upgrade their skills with some amazing international artists such: Fiorenza Cossotto, Bruno Canino, Sergey Girshenko.
Masterclasses of: belcanto, piano, violin, cello,electronic music, advenced stage performance, acting.

In the amazing frame of the medioeval town of Zagarolo, just outside Rome, students and artists attending the Campus will enjoy a full immersion in music and art.

Internationally renowned performers will give master classes, concerts and performances that will help the students improve their technique and deepen their grasp of the fundamentals of musical and theatrical interpretation.

Musicians and artists from different countries will gather in the splendid frescoed halls of the Rospigliosi Palace to express and transmit their art to international young talents.

The Zagarolo Arts & Music Campus proposes to become known as a place where young musicians, singers and actors can study in a unique, calm and relaxed environment close to the innumerable sights and events of the Eternal City.

Withdrawing Money from an ATM in Rome

People often get worried about how they will withdraw money once they land in Rome. Well have no worries, we have your back and are happy to explain things for you!

Even though the use of credit cards is getting more and more popular in Italy, especially in smaller cities, cash is still the most used payment system.

Getting Money in Rome
Even if your short on cash at your arrival, avoid changing money at the money exchange at the airport, port or train station. You’ll easily find a Rome airport ATM right when you land, so forget the money exchange booths.
You’ll find an ATM in Rome around every corner. ATMS are easy to find even in remote towns. ATMS are the better options for getting money in a foreign country.
Why You Should Use ATMs When Traveling
Italian banks do not charge for ATM withdrawls, but your own bank might charge a foreign withdrawal fee. It’s best to find out about the withdrawal fees before you leave your own country.
Some banks are part of the Global ATM Alliance. If your bank is part of this, it basically means that your own bank has partner banks or sister banks abroad. These banks have an agreement not to charge International ATM access fee if you use ATMs that are part of the Global ATM Alliance.
List of Banks in the Global ATM Alliance:
  • Bank of America (United States)
  • Barclays (United Kingdom, France, Spain, Portugal, Pakistan, Gibraltar, Ghana, Kenya, and other countries in Africa)
  • BNP Paribas (France)
  • BNP Paribas Fortis (Belgium)
  • Deutsche Bank (Germany, Poland, Belgium, India, Spain, Portugal and Italy)
  • Scotiabank (Canada, Caribbean, Peru, Chile and Mexico)
  • Westpac (Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands)
  • Westpac Banking Corporation (Australia, Fiji, Cook Islands, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu)
  • Westpac New Zealand Limited (New Zealand)
  • Westpac Bank – PNG – Limited (Papua New Guinea)
  • Westpac Bank Samoa Limited (Samoa)
  • Westpac Bank of Tonga (Tonga)
  • ABSA (South Africa)
  • UkrSibbank (Ukraine)
NOTE: Bank of America will only honor ATM reciprocity for one country per bank. You will not be charged a fee for using Barclays branches in the UK or Deutsche Bank branches in Germany, you will be charged fees for branches of those banks in other countries.
Chances are it will sometimes be difficult to find partner ATMS. You are still better off withdrawing a large amount of money, even from a foreign ATM, than using a money changer.
Bank of America, for example, doesn’t charge if you use banks such BNL (Banca Nazionale del lavoro) and apply only 1% foreign conversion fee. ATMS will give you the best exchange rate.
Be Ready to Pay in Cash

Even in big cities sometimes if you are having breakfast in a bar, getting a slice of pizza on the road, paying a small family business such a bed & breakfast or, in some cases, even buying a pair of shoes, you could be asked to pay cash because not all businesses are organized to receive credit cards payments.You’ll definitely need cash in Italy! Luckily, nowdays, following some little advices you can easly withdraw cash and discover that the use of ATMs could be a valid alternative to the more used credit cards.Planning to use ATMs, don’t forget to pick up your PIN code and let your bank know that you are travelling abroad. If you don’t notify them, they may shut off your card because they have put you on fraud alert, thinking your card has been stolen!

Please note, even though the bank will extend your daily credit, if trying to withdraw more than 250,00 euro per session the ATM could give you back a strange and frightening message like:

“Your card is not valid” or (even more terrifying) “You ran out of credit”.

No need to worry!If you need more than 250,00 euros you need to make more than a transaction for at most 250,00 euro/each. Generally, you will be charged a little and insignificant fee will be added (banks are banks) but, at the end, all together it will still be worth doing.

An alternative system that we highly suggest you avoid is “travel cheques”. Do not do travel checks!
This system is not longer common and turn often to be very time consuming and expensive in terms of exchange rates.

For more information don’t hesitate to call us! We are happy to talk with you and help ensure that you have a safe and organized journey!

You can find us on skype. It will give you the chance to call us for free.
To use skype you need a computer, internet connection, an headphone (no webcam is required) and a skype account.

For an instant connection to skype click here or search us through our account “Eylife”.

With Skype you can easily get in touch with your friends all around the world!

Enjoy your life in Italy!

Drops of Italian Culture: Ferragosto

drops-of-italian-culture-ferragostoCity is empty, offices closed, it’s hard to find services; it’s not a scene of an apocalictic movie.
It’s only Rome in Ferragosto!

Ferragosto (Ferie di Agosto/August vacation) is a important recurrence celebrated only in Italy, particularly in Rome. The meaning of this celebration is unknown to the most.

It’s apply on August 15th, and eventhough today is a catholic recurrence devoted to the assumption of Maria Vergine, the origin is pagan and goes back to the Roman Empire.

In fact, in 18 B.C., Ottaviano was proclaimed August from the Senate, therefore venerable and sacred.
Due this month included a lot of religious parties, the most important of which was the party of Goddess Diana, on Aug 13th the emperor declared the whole month of August Feriae Augusti, the vacations of August.

This is the reason why, up to the recent past, italian’s holidays were concrentrated in august.

The term “August “ derived from the denomination of the Great Mother siriana Atargatis, said “l’Augusta”, that is the greatest, the most sacred, the Goddess with the towered crown that was risen standing on two leaning lions.

It seems that in 21 B.C. the Feriaes Augusti changed name in “Ferie Augustales”, and all the parties of the month were gathered in a day; the 15th.

Since then the crops would have been devoted to the emperor what guarantor of the provisionings, not only of the Romans but all the poor people that received free wheat and oil.

At Olive Tree Hill – your B&B in Rome countryside, Tradition Goes On and guests staying over 3 days along the month of august, receive a Free Olive Oil Sample and can enjoy a Free Pizza Party.

Make a present to the one you love.
Spread the word!

It’s time for music


Yesterday, in the splendid frame of Palazzo Rospigliosi, the first of four concerts planned for the International Musical Camp began on August 25th in Zagarolo organized by the Association “Amici di Zagarolo” under the Art Director Antonella Ceravolo.

Performing this first concert the violin and cello’s students (Antonietta Pilloli, Ivana Querques, Luca Calzolaio, Antonio Aprile, Anna Skladannja, Enrico Cuculo, Constanza Maria Campiti) accompanied by master of music Georgy Gusev (Cello) and Manfred Croci (Violin) who performed an exhilarating duet on the notes of Hendel.

These the concerts planned in the next days at Palazzo Rospigliosi in Zagarolo – Rome:
August 31th at 9,30 p.m. Final Concert of Violin and Cello

  • September 1st at 7,00 p.m. Prize Concert Campus 2013
  • September 6th at 9,30 p.m. Final Concert of Flute and Piano

Zagarolo – Summer Bread Festival


The area outside Rome have always plenty to offer to the one travelling in Italy who want to go off the beathen path, but in summer thetravel experience get enanched by a large amount of summer festivals running normally in the weekend to recall ancient traditions.

On July the streets of Zagarolo held the traditional bread festival organized by the local associations with the contribute of the entire community.

The ancient and traditional brick ovens will be baking bread, biscuits and cakes. The local associations will take care of the service and the bread dressing, if required.

All the income will be donate to charity or to restore part of the historical medieval town of Zagarolo. On 2016 the bread festival will be held on jul 23th.

Enjoy Zagarolo and get an amazing experience out of your trip!

Rome Termini Luggage deposit

Rome Termini railway station is the largest terminal station in Europe enriched by shopping malls, cafes and restaurants that you can find either underground, first & middle floor.

The luggage deposit is located at the basement level and can be reached by a moving walkway (if coming from a metro station) or along the track 24 ( if coming form the station or walkng at the ground level).
You can easly reach the luggage deposit following this sign  
and leave there suitcases, bags, backpacks and trunks.

Single luggage weight can not exceed 20 kg. and can not be stored more than 5 days

Hazardous substances and materials are prohibited for a deposit.

Rome Termini  – Luggage Deposit Information

Opening Hours6:00-24:00
(per baggage)
First 5 hours: € 3.80
6 to 12 hours: € 0.60/hr.
After 13 hours: € 0.20/hr.
Tel.(+39) 06 47825543

To double check updated rates and opening time pls visit Trenitalia official page

Getting Around Rome

Rome is definitely a walkable city and we higly suggest you to explore it in that way. We should never forget that Rome is a museum itself.
Around any corner  there is something that will stimolate your senses.

To discover Rome’s beauties, make your plans, take a map and get lost! That’s the best way to discover the real essence of the Ethernal city.

Traveling outside of Rome, you can find some special and unique spots to visit that will make your trip much more memorable than you expected.
In this page you’ll find some informations and tips for getting around & outside Rome that will help to make your experience less stressful and exhausting.

How to Get Around in Rome

Visitors can easly and cheaply travel around Rome via buses, trams and metro and avoid to get around Rome by car. You can park your car safe and free of charge at Olive Tree Hill.

Getting around the Greater Rome also known as the Metropolitan Area of Rome province is done through coaches and regional trains.
Buses in Rome runs 24 hours a day and go extensively all over the city.

Tips on Walking Around Rome

Rome is definitely a walkable city and the best way to visit Rome is making your plans, taking a map and getting lost!

Rome itself is a great museum  and Walking around Rome, Italy is a fantastic way to see and experience the city. Anyway, it could be tough on your feet.
So, make sure to bring good walking shoes and also consider orthopedic foot inserts for added walking support.

Your best tools for walking around Rome will be sturdy shoes, a good map, and plenty of water.

In the summer, it’s recommended you consider visiting the city by night with our Rome night walking tour. You’ll stay cool and avoid the crowds!
Don’t miss it! If interested, don’t hesitate, ask for more informations at:

Tips on How to Get Around Rome Cheap

While staying with us we wiil provide info & tips to avoid crowds,lines and queues in Rome.

In the last years a big business has been created around the “skip the line tickets”; a real tourist trap.

While here the best way to get around is using the Metrebus Network System.
You don’t even need the well known Roma Pass, the tourist card promoted to use public transportation and visit some museums.

Metrebus Network System

Metrebus is an extended transportation network that let you get around in and outside Rome very easily and cheaply. It allow you to use: trains and buses/coaches connecting the metropolitan area to Rome downtown plus metro e buses to get around in Rome.

Metrebus system offer you several tickets option to get around in and outside Rome.

According to the area you are planning to visit, single ride ticket for train, or metro / bus / tram, 1day, 3days, 7days are available. A multidays transportation tickets is also available in the Roma Pass but it doesn’t allow you to travel outside Rome and is not particurarly convienient if staying with us.

Daily and multidays, tickets, as well as pass that include transportation ticket, should be validated only once at the beginning of your journey . To validate you’ll find machine at train and metro stations or on buses and trams. Machine will stamp time and date. If a daily or multidays tickets, you’ll need to write on it you name, surname and date of birth. They will be valid midnight of the expiring day.

Rome Metrebus tickets can be purchased at news stands, tobacco stores, or vending machines at metro or train stations.

Be sure to validate/stamp the ticket before using. You rarely see somebody validating a ticket but that’s because most of passengers are locals who own a monthly or annual pass, which don’t need to be validated.

On buses, since you do not purchase tickets from the driver as you do in other countries, you can enter the bus at multiple doors and validate your ticket, if still necessary.

If you try to re-validate a ticket, it maybe looks as though you’re trying to reuse it. Only using a metro turnstile, the machine will check the validity of the ticket and stamp if never used before.

If you travel without a validated ticket, you could be fined a large amount from ticket inspectors.

Traveling Around AND Outside of Rome

Transport around and Outside Rome is easily done with the Met1rebus Network System.

Rome and its Metropolitan area (the greater Rome) has been split in many rings (zone).

The ticket cost will change depending on which region you intend to travel to.

Zagarolo, where Olive Tree Hill is located, is part of the “Zone 3”

The following options will allow unlimited rides on regional coach & train within the 3 zones (Rome included) plus buses, metro and trams in Rome.

BIRG – valid 1 day –  € 8,00.
Unlimited travel for one day in the Lazio region according to areas indicated on the ticket.

BTR – valid 3 days – € 22,00.
Unlimited travel for 3 days in the Metropolitan area of Rome, according to areas indicated on the ticket.

CIRS – valid 7 days – € 34,50.
Unlimited travel for 7 days in the Metropolitan area of Rome, according to areas indicated on the ticket.

A single one-way train ticket to/from Rome is also available at the cost of 3,60 euros.

Traveling Around Rome Center with Rome Metro/bus Tickets and Passes

While the above ticket options allow you to travel in a wider area, there are other ticket options if you plan on traveling only around the city of Rome.

B.I.T . – Standard ticket – € 1,50.
This ticket is valid for 100 minutes of travel on all transport in Rome central. Tickets need to be validated at beginning of travel time and can be used only once on the metro.

B.I.G. – Daily ticket – € 6,00.
Valid for 1 day of unlimited metro, bus, and train travel within Rome. Pass expires on day of purchase at midnight.

B.T.I. –  3day tourist ticket – € 16,50.
Valid for 3 days, with unlimited metro, bus, and train travel around Rome center.

C.I.S. – Weekly ticket – €24,00.
Valid for 7 days with unlimited metro, bus, and train travel around Rome center.

Getting Around Rome With the Metro

Rome’s metro network, known by Italians as the “Metropolitana” lets you easily travel from Termini station to key locations around Rome city.
The two lines, the red (A) and the blue(B), cross only at Temini (the main train station in Rome).

Rome’s Metro Hours are from 5:30am-11:30pm every day (Saturdays it runs until 12:20am).

Rome Metro Tickets can be purchased at news stands, tobacco stores, or vending machines at metro or train stations.

All Rome metro passes and tickets need to be validated before use at the boxes you’ll find on the bus/trams and the metro & train stations.
Some passes might also have spaces for data, such as your name or the date of birth.

Children under 10 ride free on bus, metro & trams in Rome and have discounts on trains.

Getting Around Rome: Important Rome Metro Stops

Some important key metro stops include:

Metro A (red line)
Spanish Steps
Ottaviano: St. Peter’s Basilica
Cipro: Vatican Museum
Flaminio: Piazza del Popolo

Metro B (blue line)
Rome Colosseum
Circo Massimo: Circus Maximus or the bus to the catacombs
Ponte Mammolo: to take the bus to Tivoli
Piramide: to get the train to Ostia Antica or the bus to the catacombs

To find the proper updated connections and routes visit the Metrebus official website

Enjoy your holidays and make an experience out of your trip!! :))


Please note
Prices and rules for Rome travel passes and tickets often change. If you notice any outdated information on our site, please notify us so that we can correct it, keep you up to date and provide the most recent information.

Using The Roma Pass: Your Roma Pass Guide

Is the Roma Pass Worth It? 

The Roma Pass is a well known touristic cards that gives the opportunity to benefit from various discounts and services while visiting Rome & Rome Province.

Not always a traditional Roma Pass is worth to buy. Nowdays is often used to skip the line/queue while with suggestions hopefully provided by your local experts (your host) you should be able to tour around avoiding touristic traps and saving money.

Instead, expecially if staying outside Rome city center, we highly suggest you to buy  the Roma & Piu Pass.

The superior Rome travel pass is a very good deal!!

The lesser known Roma & Più Pass is a Rome pass card that offers you, with few 2 more euros, the chance to enjoy not only the beauties of Rome but  much more.

The Roma & Più Pass to travel in rome and also areas outside of Rome where youìll find beauties that often turn out to be the highlights of our guest’s trip at Olive Tree Hill B&B.

Benefits of the Roma & Piu Pass Card

The Roma & Più Pass costs 32.00 euros, instead 30,00 euros asked for the traditional Roma Pass.

The card is valid for 3 days and includes:

·   Rome & Province museums pass which gets you free entry to 2 museums and / or archaeological sites

·   Up to 50% discount on a long list of other museums

·   Exhibitions held in the museums are included with the pass

·   Roma & Piu Pass also includes Rome transportation pass, giving you free use of bus, trams, metro in Rome; Lazio

Regional train (between zone A and zone B. Learn more about best techniques for getting around Rome

·   CO.TRA.L. regional bus (between zone A and zone B). (NOTE: Bus and train connections between Rome and FCO (Fiumicino airport) are not included.)

· Discounted tickets to exhibitions, events, tourist services and other collaborating operators included in the network.

·Rome detailed map + Rome surroundings map (pay attention to it and you’ll discover a new world)

·  Museum Guide – a list of all the Rome & Rome Province museums (more than you could ever visit in one lifetime!).
The Rome city pass also includes a list of museums/sites in the surrounding area that are ABSOLUTELY worth a visit and turn out to be the highlights for many of our guests.

·   Rome & Rome Province news – an official detailed program with events, services, and discounts available to you with your Rome pass. The Rome pass news pamphlet is divided by type: art, dance, music, theater, reviews, exhibitions and sightseeing tours.  Unfortunaly, often no update :((

Please note:

Vatican Museum and Churches are not included in “Roma Pass” and “Roma Pass & Più” offer.

At the Colosseum a reserved turnstile is available for Roma & Più Pass holders to get direct access to the monument but, please note, do not buy the Roma Pass or Roma Pass & Più just to skip the line. This a tourist trap; save your money and ask your host for good tips 😉 We know the best and cheapest ways to avoid lines!

Prices are subject to change.  Please check the Roma Pass official website.

Roma Pass: Advantages of the traditional Roma Pass

Everything you have been reading above with access restriction only to museum and transportation system in Rome.

How to Use the Roma Pass cards

Transportaton and museum cards  must be filled with name, surname and validation date.

The cards are valid three days and are activated at the time of the first entry to the museums/sites, and/or at the first journey on public transport, up until midnight of the third day, including the day of the activation.

If you are wondering what pass to get to use regional trains in Rome, we would recommend the Roma & Piu Pass.

Getting the Most Out of Your Rome City Pass

The Rome museum pass card and the Rome transportation pass card can be used in different days.
A proper use of this cards can extend the length of use to the forth day.
For further details, ask again a good (and legal) tip from your host at
Olive Tree Hill B&B

We are always happy to help! 😉

The Roma Pass must be produced along with your passport when required by the staff in charge.

When purchasing the Roma Pass card, please ensure that you ask about further discounts/free services that may be available for people of a certain age and/or nationality and/or place of residence and/or profession ( European citizens over 65, students, etc.) Asking about this possibly get you some great deals and discounts when purchasing the Rome pass.

Please note that most museums in Rome are generally closed on Mondays (with the exception of the Colosseum and the Baths of Caracalla). Almost all the museums normally are closed on December 25, January 1 and May 1 too. We advise you to check in advance.

If you arrive early in the morning you maybe purchase your Roma Pass and start using immediately; otherwise you may buy a one way train ticket to Zagarolo and save your Roma Pass for the next days. Don’t hesitate to ask us suggestions on this matter.

Where to Buy the Roma Pass & Roma & Più Pass

·   Online (max 4 cards, method of payment: credit card Visa and Mastercard. Only 1 transaction/day – any 24 hours- from the same computer)

·   By calling the Call Centre 0039 060608 (method of payment: credit card Visa and Mastercard)

·   All participating Roma Pass Museums and sites

·   Airport, train /bus/metro stations

Where to Buy the Roma Pass & Roma Piu Pass in Rome

Here is where you can buy your Roma Pass & Roma Piu pass once you arrived in Rome.

·   Termini – Termini Central train station, Via Giovanni Giolitti, 34. 8.00am – 8.00pm

·   ATAC – Subway ticket office (Open: Mon / Sat from 7am to 8m – Sun/public holidays from 8am to 8pm):

·   Metro Line A stations: Anagnina, Battistini, Cornelia, Lepanto, Ottaviano, Spain

·   Metro Line B stations: Laurentina Eur Fermi, Ponte Mammolo

You can also buy your Rome Pass from Tourist Information Sites (Punti Informativi Turistici, PIT) in Rome:

·    Castel S. Angelo, Lungotevere Vaticano (Piazza Pia). 9.30am – 7.00pm

·   Cinque Lune, Piazza delle Cinque Lune (Piazza Navona). 9.30am – 7.00pm

·   Minghetti, Marco Minghetti Street (corner of Via del Corso). 9.30am – 7.00pm

·   Nazionale, Via Nazionale (Palazzo delle Esposizioni). 9.30am – 7.00pm

·   S. Maria Maggiore, Via Olmo. 9.30am – 7.00pm

·   Trastevere, Piazza Sidney Sonnino. 9.30am – 7.00pm

·   Complesso del Vittoriano – Via di San Pietro in Prison

·   Forum of Rome, Exhibition Centre / Information – Via dei Fori Imperiali

·   Scuderie del Quirinale, Via XXIV Maggio, 16

·   Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Via Nazionale 194


Where to Buy the Roma Pass in Greater Rome Province

·   CIA – Ciampino Airport GBPastine – International Arrival, baggage claim area. Open: 9.30am – 6.30pm

·   FCO – Fiumicino Leonardo Da Vinci Airport – International Arrival area (T3). Open: 9.00am – 6.30pm

·   ARICCIA – Chigi Palace/Museo

·   PALESTRINA – Dea Fortuna Temple (National Museum)

·   TIVOLI – Adrian Villa & Gregorian Villa

·   OSTIA, Lungomare P. Toscanelli corner with Piazza Anco Marzio. 9.30am – 7.00pm

You can also purchase your Roma & Più Pass at Olive Tree Hill (aka “Il Colle degli Ulivi”) with any extra charge. In case you need one please make sure to ask availability in advance.


For more Rome travel tips, visit our pages about:

·   Traveling in Rome with Kids

·   Getting a Papal Audience while in Rome

·   Visiting hidden gems outside of Rome

·   Where to Park a Car in Rome

·   How to Withdraw Money from an ATM in Rome

·   Consider planning a Rome Night Walking Tour to avoid crowds


Tivoli is one of the hidden gems outside of Rome in the Lazio region of Italy; a delightful town with historic Villas and a collection of incredible fountains, Tivoli doesn’t get anywhere near the attention or recognition it deserves.
Tivoli has a number of sites worth visiting, such as:
  • Villa d’Este
  • Rocca Pia
  • Villa Gregoriana
  • Hadrian’s Villa
Tivoli’s Villa d’Este is considred a must-see by many, boasting colorful murals depicting the legendary origins of Tivoli and the feats of Herculues, natural gardens with winding paths, gorgeous mountain-top views, and a collection of grand fountains that is truley remarkable.

History of Villa D’Este

Villa d’Este, situated appropriatly in Valle Gaudente, or, “The Valley of the Pleasure-seeking,” is a Villa built in the 1550s by Cardinal Ippolito D’Este. When the Cardinal was elected Governor of Tivoli, rather than stay in the sparse pre-exisiting govenor’s palace, Ippolito D’Este chose to build the grand Villa d’Este, imagining it a perfect rustic retreat where he could host private meetings.
Since Cadinal Ippolito D’Este’s death, Villa D’Este has gone through many hands and sufferd neglect due to the high cost of its upkeep. The villa was also damaged during bombing attacks of WWII, but has since been restored to its previous condition.

Visiting Tivoli: Villa D’Este Fountains and Gardens

An enjoyable morning in Tivoli can be spent strolling through Villa d’Este’s gardens, or stare spell-bound at the villa’s many grand fountains. The fountains are so impressive and playful that they could belong in an up-scale amusement, if it weren’t for the soft moss growing from the fountains, reminding you of their age.
Wandering through the gardens, you’ll stumble upon a number of fountains. There’s the Rometta Fountain, with its watery, miniature model of important buildings in ancient Rome. Then there’s the Grotto of Diana, the musical Fountain of the Organ, the Fountain of the Dragons, with jets of water streaming skyward, the Fountain of the Peagasus, and The Hundred Fountains, with its long rows of comical faces spitting out water into parallel basins, dotted with stone eagles, which were the D’Este coat of arms. And that’s just to name a few of the fountains!

Fountain of Neptune

Each fountain is unique and worth its own visit. The garden’s downward-sloping paths lead to the fish ponds and Villa d’Este’s biggest and most impressive fountain, the Fountain of Neptune. Considered an architectural masterpiece, its parts are perfecly balanced as water cascades down through various levels of basins, as other streams of water shoot towards the sky.

Villa D’Este Murals

While the fountains take the lion’s share of attention, the apartments of the Villa D’Este feature many colorful paintings and murals that can’t be missed. The lower or “noble” apartments hold the Room of Hercules, with pictures around the room documenting Hercules’ feats of bravery that had to be accomplished before the hero could obtain his place among the gods. Other rooms contain illustrations telling the story of Tivoli’s creation and legendary origins.

Tivoli: Great Family Attraction Outside Rome

One great thing about Tivoli is the lack of crowds. Despite the impressive villas, fountains, gardens, and murals that are abound in Tivoli, the town is often overshadowed by Rome. While it’s a shame that so many people miss out on the wonders of Tivoli, the lack of crowds means plenty of space, no lines, and easy photographing, making it a great destination for families looking for places to go outside of Rome and its crowds.
If you are traveling around Rome with kids, Tivoli is a great destination. Children will like the colorful, detailed murals of Herculeus, have plenty of space to play in the gardens, and will enjoy pointing out the animals that decorate many of the fountains.
After visiting the palaces, a trip to Tivoli (or anywhere in Italy for that matter) isn’t complete without chowing down on pizza and topping your meal off with gelato. Just ask your host Ivano, who can tell you about the best pizza and gelato in Tivoli.

Places to Visit Outside of Rome: Day Trips and Excursions

First time visiting Rome?

If you only have a short time and it’s your first time visit to Rome there are few tips we would like to give you. Avoid hasslestouristic traps & skip the line tickets. Instead, look for a good host and follow his/her tips. You’ll see Rome with different eyes and most probably you’ll optimize your travel schedule and discover unexpected beauties off beathen path in Rome and, last but not least, amazing surrounding towns.
How many days in Rome?
I lived in Rome for 32 years before moving in Rome countryside to enjoy a morerelaxing enviroment and I can confirm that a life is not enough to explore Rome.

How many days to spend in Rome?
Most of people are exploring Rome in 2-3 days. That is possible, if planning properly your daily tours, but means they don’t realize what they are missing. Our guests learn quickly how to optmize their Rome visit,  enjoy the vibrant emotion of visiting the outskirt of Rome, discover how easly they can travel around, where to find local festivals and cultural events that makes their trip special. Result, average of staying pop up to 5 nights.

Can I explore Rome in 1 day?

In a day you can just have a taste of Rome but, don’t worry, we will be happy to help you to plan your Rome itineraries at the best and allow you to make memories that will last a lifetime.

How to visit Rome at the best?
To see Rome at the best consider a Rome midnight walking tour. That’s the best option , expeccially if you are planning a short visit of Rome. Working properly around the Rome midnight walking tour you can see the highlights of Rome at the best in 2 days.

Is really worth to plan a visit outside Rome?
The discover of surrounding villages of Rome turn to be for most of our guests one of the highlights of the entire trip and let them enjoy a more real Italy.

At Olive Tree Hill Bed and Breakfast, we are happy to help you organize day trips in and outside Rome. We also offer personalized guided tours to areas around Rome.

There are many day trips outside of Rome you can take. Exploring places around Rome allows you to discover the hidden gems of Rome province and experience a more authentic Italy.

In the following list you’ll find some of the best places to go outside Rome within the Rome Province. We hope you take the time to consider visiting some of these great hidden gems outside Rome, which many of our guests consider the best part of their visit.  Consider visiting them when traveling in and around Rome:

At Olive Tree Hill Bed and Breakfast, we are happy to help you organize day trips around Rome. We also offer personalized guided tours to areas around Rome if you desire them.

There are many day trips outside of Rome you can take on your own even using the public transport system and the very usefull Roma pass card system. Exploring places around Rome allows you to discover the hidden gems of Rome province and experience a more authentic Italy.  

Places to Visit Near Rome 


The Latin Capital

Albano was known in the antiquity as Alba Longa, the capital of the Latin people and parent city of Rome. However, finds of flint tools dating back to the palaeolithic (300,000 – 10,000 years ago) and to the neolithic ages point to the presence of human activity in the Albano area at a much earlier date.

The huge cistern which supplied the camp is without a doubt one of the most spectacular monuments in Albano and in the Roman world as a whole. The Albano catacomb is the largest and the most important sites outside Rome.

In the central crypt there are some well-preserved wall-paintings. Nowdays Albano is a flourishing and active city with a lot of interesting shopping streets to satisfy everybody’s taste. 

Albano is only 25 minutes driving from “Olive Tree Hill” aka “Il Colle degli Ulivi” – B&B in Rome


Ariccia is well known as the home of the famous “porchetta (roast sucking pig) and fraschetta.

From the Roman times the porchetta has survived and is considered today a perfect dish, that can be served together with a slice of homemade bread and a glass of wine!

Wine, Porchetta, fraschettas but Ariccia is Much More…

Later the legend goes that during the Roman Empire, it seems that the Porcheta beacame favourite dish of the Emperor Nero, who used to organize luxurious feasts with his friends and moreover he used to give it as a gift to his distinguished guests.

Its origins go back to about 3000 years ago when the “Prisci Latini”, once a year, got together and gave a big party in order to celebrate the birth of the “Lega Latina”. During these celebrations, the priests, who were at the same time butchers and cooks, sacrified swines and boars for Mars.

Ariccia is another great day trip outside Rome. Ariccia is of latin origin, is situated between Albano and Nemi lakes on a spur in the middle of two verdant valleys having behind Mount Cavo and in the front a wide valley with view all the way to the sea.

The foundation of this town dates back to the 14 th century b.c. It is still possible to see the side of the old volcanocrater where used to be a lake which now is dried out. Gian Lorenzo Bernini , architect genius, changed the face of Ariccia due to the will of Chigi family Imposing Chigi Palace with its Park is the best reserved 17th century residence in the whole province of Rome.

Ariccia is one of the things to do around Rome, and is only 25 minutes driving from “Olive Tree Hill” aka “Il Colle degli Ulivi” – B&B in Rome.


The Kingdom of Castelli Romani Area (wine area of Rome)Frascati is another one of the places around Rome to visit. Thename of Frascati appears for the first time in the “Liber Pontificialis” towards the half of IX century of Christian era. In the place of present Frascati existed in the antiquity an important compitum, a crossing of roads that connected Rome with Tuscolo, the Labican & Latin way and Via Appia. But as Frascati has kept quite little from ancient roman times it is impossible to rebuild its phases and happenings.

During centuries Frascati passed in the hands of different noble families and the face of Frascati turns to be elegant and decent with the treaty of Cateau-Cambrésis in 1559, when the great cardinal families invested their capital in works of great social prestige. This begins the epoch of the splendid renaissance and baroque villas like Villa Aldobrandini, Villa Ruffinella ,Villa Lancellotti,Villa Falconieri,Villa Mondragone, Villa Parisi, Villa Grazioli,just to mention some of them, still today constitute the wonder of Frascati.

Currently Frascati is an important residential center with character just outside of Rome some.

Its position in the centre of Castelli Romani area makes it most popular town in the Rome area and is loved by the romans who arrive in crowds during weekend to stroll along its panoramic terraces, explore the fine boutiques, eat out in typical “fraschette” is definitely to be experienced.

These “fraschette” are still run by local families who produce the world famous Frascati wine.

The particularity is that the owners sell you their wine but you bring your own food and enjoy it in their place. These little “restaurants” are very picturesque to visit and specially in summer time to sit outside by wooden tables and chairs in the middle of square, is the most typical view of Italian life. 

As the italians say…. “Salute and Buon Appetito”!

Frascati is only 15 minutes driving from “Olive Tree Hill” aka “Il Colle degli Ulivi” – B&B in Rome

In Touch with the Sky

Monteporzio is another one of the great places to visit near Rome. The hill where now stands the town’s historical center already seat of a villa of roman age and a small medioeval settlement, offers extraordinary beautiful view of Rome and its fertile countryside from the sea to the Prenestini mounts. The historical center is inserted between two imposing architectonic elements: the Dome of XVII the century and the Bourgeois Palace.

The ruins of the city of Tuscolo nearby (etruscan fortress) founded according the legend by Telegono, the son of Ulisse , which had a period of great splendor in imperial age and became the holiday place for emperors. In the territory of Monteporzio Catone are found some splendid historical dwellings of great roman families: Mondragone villa, that accommodated Gregorio XIII who promulgate the reform of the Calendar, and recently acquired from the University of Tor Vergata, is today center of numerous cultural and scientific manifestations, Villa Parisi, the seventcentury Villa Lucidi, Borgo Borghese and last but not least the Convent Eremo di Camaldoli (visit permitted to men only).

Not to lose, moreover, there is the Astronomical Observatory with the didactic Museum “Astrolab” where is possible to complete an interactive travel to the discovery of the Universe. Not to forget the visit to the Wine Museum (Museo Diffuso del Vino) as identity of the inhabitants of the entire zone are deeply connected to the culture of wine.Looking down from the town to valley below you can see fertile countryside with famous Castelli Romani vineyards and rests of other ancient villas. 

Monteporzio is only 20 minutes driving from “Olive Tree Hill” aka “Il Colle degli Ulivi” – B&B in Rome

The Jewel in the Middle of Sacred  Forest

This charming little town lay on a rock in the the summit of volcanic lake called by Latin people “Specchio di Diana” (the Mirror of Diana).
In the past , on the banks of the lake, a temple was built to worship Diana, the Goddness of Forest and Hunting. The ruins of this ancient temple are still visible.

This area is one of the great places around Rome to visit because visitors are fascinated by its labyrinth of lanes and narrow streets facing craftsman shops and flowered balconies.

Nemi is also famous for its wild strawberries and other excellent local products.

Nemi’s lake set in crater of ancient volcano has kept for millenniums the mystery of two ships which were built by Roman Emperor Caligula for the celebration of sacred rites. Unfortunately very little is left of these precious ships and now displayed in the museum beside the lake.

Nemi is one of the wonderful places to visit near Rome for nature enthusiasts and is only 20 minutes driving from“Olive Tree Hill” aka “Il Colle degli Ulivi” – B&B in Rome


An Amazing hidden jem 

The earliest settlements in the area appear to have been of southern etruscan culture and dated back to VII century B.C. Known in the antiquity as “Praeneste” it was already an important center around the 8th century B.C.

From this position Palestrina could control the road of trade and communication between north and south.

In Palestrina is the temple of Primordial Fortune, the most important monument from the Republican Era in Lazio with a series of beautiful terraces brought to light during second world war bombing.

In 338 the city partecipated in the Latin war against Rome and town was conquired by Romans.

Palestrina has been home land of Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina – the prince of polyphonic music, and cultural center for many artists in the middle age.

Palestrina is one of the top sights near Rome to visit and is only 5 minutes driving from “Olive Tree Hill” aka “Il Colle degli Ulivi” – B&B in Rome 


The God Kingdom
Subiaco, which is situated outside of Rome some, is the most important town in the upper valley of river Aniene and lies in the heart of Regional Natural Park “Monti Simbruini”. Its latin name “Subiaquem” comes from artifical lakes which Emperor Nero obtained building a dam on the river Aniene.
Here the Emperor had a luxurious villa which is now in ruins. Subiaco is famous worldwide for its two Benedictine monasteries: St.Scholastica (here was printed the first book in Italy) and St.Benedict “Sacro Speco” so unusually beautiful and so close to the rocks that described as a “swallows nest”.
Saint Benedict came here to look for more rigorous solitude and spent first 3 years in the cave “Holy Grotto” just under present Upper Church of Sacro Speco. Besides these important monasteries Subiaco has a magnificent natural setting – the river Aniene with its limpid waters rich of fish and Mount Livata an important resort for visitors during winter and summer.
Subiaco is a great place to visit outside Rome and is 45 minutes from “Olive Tree Hill” aka “Il Colle degli Ulivi” – B&B in Rome


A real gem just outside Rome

Tivoli is one of the lovely places to visit near Rome and only recently is this town is getting the popularity and recognition that it deserves.
Since ancient times Tivoli was famous for its termal bath (locate in Bagni di Tivoli), travertino mines and climate. Here are settled some spectacular sites that absolutely deserve a visit.
The most remarkable examples are constituted by Villa Adriana (summer residence of Adrain the Emperor), Villa d’Este (a marvellous gardens and fountain paradise taken as example to create the Versailles gardens), Villa Gregoriana built in the chasm of the Aniene valley just underneath the Roman acropolis.
Learn more about Tivoli and Villa d’Este.
Tivoli is one of Rome’s hidden gems and is only 20 minutes from “Olive Tree Hill” aka “Il Colle degli Ulivi” – B&B in Rome


The Thermal Bath

Set in a picturesque valley, Fiuggi is renowned in Europe for it’s Thermal Baths. For centuries its waters taken by papa Boniface VIII and Michelangelo Buonarroti, have been famous for their curative and disintoxicating qualities. Fiuggi, with its stone built houses and ancient narrow streets has an interesting modern building in its Municipal Theatre, built in 1910.
Fiuggi offers visitors two splendid Thermal Bath centres; “Fonte Anticolana” and “Fonte Bonifacio VIll”, and it also offers a wide range of hotels in every category. This town outside Rome has good sports facilities including a golf course, one of best among ltalian courses. Like all Italian spa towns, Fiuggi has loads of great shopping, and plenty of good restaurants serving hearty local food.
Fiuggi offers the two main appointments with the tradition: the Festivity of the Stuzze and the Festivity of Saint Biagio, celebrated the 2 and 3 February. It seems that in 1298 it was just the Festivity of the Stuzze to save the city from I besiege of the papal troops. The soldiers arrived in night to the doors of the village and, exchanging fires of the celebrations for a fire, they thought to have been preceded from allies and calmly left. The next day the city, heard of the escaped danger, named the saint of that day, Saint Biagio, as a patron of Fiuggi.
During the Festivity, that it derives from ancient pagan rituals of purification, it was used to burn exactly “stuzze”, logs that in the centuries have become canes, log of oak and wooden huts covered with twigs of ginestra constructed purposely for the celebrations. The Festivity of Saint Biagio , comes repeated in the first Sunday of August so that also summery vacationing can enjoy the city traditions.
Fiuggi is another one of the places around Rome to visit and is only 30 minutes driving from

Visiting Around Rome:
Off the Beaten Path

It’s highly recommended that you visit some of these places to visit around Rome. There is as much to see around Rome and outside of Rome as there is in the city center!
We’ve discussed the attractions near Rome and outside of Rome, but there is one place we haven’t mentioned yet!
Now, lastly, but only because it is well known and not needing particularly promotions……

The Eternal City

Rome is famous for being one of the top attractions in Italy, home to some of the most well known historic sites and monuments in the world. Because of this, there are many attractions in Rome, and the city is considered by many as one of the top things to do in Italy.

What to do in Rome?

There is an abundance of things to do around Rome. Visitors will most likely want to see the main Rome tourist attractions that are famous with Rome tourism. We can help you organize your day trips into Rome so that you see the top attractions around Rome like the Vatican City, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Colosseum, etc. There are also a number of paid and free walking tours that you can take advantage of.
We will discuss with you what to see in Rome, how to get around Rome easily, and how to avoid the crowds in Rome that often plague tourists.
One of the best way to see sites in Rome is with our personalized Rome night walking tour. It’s a wonderful way to discover the secret gems of Rome. After living over 30 years in the city center, it’s the only way that we locals still manage to enjoy the real essence of this wonderful city.
We will be glad to share our knowledge of Rome and help you to enjoy the city and experience the best of Rome. We want to make sure you see Rome but also see some of the top sights near Rome and outside of Rome as well.
Rome is only 30 minutes train ride from “Olive Tree Hill” aka “Il Colle degli Ulivi” – B&B in Rome

Why Visit Outside Rome?

There are an incredible number of places to see in Rome, but this doesn’t mean that you need to stay in the city to enjoy at the best.
Why stay outside of Rome? After 7/8 hrs. in the hustle and bustle you’ll love to find a more relaxing environment where you can cool down and enjoy a relaxing dinner in a green and fresh environment.
Visiting outside Rome off the beaten path is highly recommended- there are many amazing places to see outside of Rome. Travel outside of Rome some ways and you are bound to see some truly unique sites. Try stopping by some of the lesser known cities around Rome to experience real Italy.