The eternal city of Rome attracts millions of visitors every year. Mainly to pay a visit to Pantheon, throw a coin in the Trevi fountain, stroll around the Spanish steps, reminisce the gladiators at the Colosseum, and maybe catch a glimpse of the Pope at the Vatican.
All the while waiting in line amidst hundreds of tourists all waiting to do the same thing.
If you would like to tread off the beaten path and experience Italy beyond the popular attractions, you will be surprised to know that there so many historical and beautiful places to visit near Rome.
Exploring places around Rome allows you to discover the hidden gems of Rome province and experience a more authentic Italy. Best of all – with only a handful of people around.
Stacie, an American reporter, talks about her authentic Italian experience, exploring the beauty of Rome, and its surroundings and the warm hospitality at Olive Tree Hill B&B – thanks to Ivano and Terhi.
Here’s a brief overview of the places to visit near Rome all accessible by public transportation.
Albano, The Latin Capital, was known in the antiquity as Alba Longa, the capital of the Latin people and parent city of Rome. However, you can find flint tools dating back to the Paleolithic (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 supplied water to the camp is without a doubt one of the most spectacular monuments in Albano. Also, 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. Nowadays, 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 popular as the home of the famous Porchetta (roast sucking pig survived since Roman times) and Fraschetta.
But Ariccia is much more than wine, Porchetta and fraschettas.
As the legend goes, during the Roman Empire, it seems that the Porchetta became a favourite dish of Emperor Nero. He organized luxurious feasts with his friends. And then gifted Fraschettas to his distinguished guests.
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 a view all the way to the sea.
The foundation of this town dates back to the 14th century B.C. It is still possible to see the side of the old volcano crater where there was a lake once which is 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 one of the best preserved 17th-century residences in the whole province of Rome.
The Kingdom of Castelli Romani Area (wine area of Rome) is another hidden jewel around Rome. As Frascati has kept quite distance from ancient Roman times it is impossible to rebuild its phases and happenings.
This begins the epoch of the splendid renaissance and baroque villas and some of them, still, today constitute the wonder of Frascati.
Currently, Frascati is an important residential centre with so much character just outside of Rome.
Its position in the centre of Castelli Romani area makes it most popular town in the Rome and loved by the Romans. The Romans arrive in mass during the weekend to stroll along its panoramic terraces and explore the fine boutiques. And eat in typical fraschette.
These fraschette are still run by local families who produce the world famous Frascati wine.
The idea 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. Especially in the summers, be privy to the typical Italian life here.
Frascati is only 15 minutes driving from “Olive Tree Hill” aka “Il Colle Degli Ulivi” – B&B in Rome.
Monteporzio is another one of the great places to visit near Rome. The hill where now stands the town’s historical centre already the seat of a villa of Roman age and a small medieval settlement offers an extraordinary view of Rome and its fertile countryside from the sea to the Prenestini mounts. Inserted between two imposing architectonic elements: the Dome of XVII the century and the Bourgeois Palace, this historical centre still stands intact.
This period of great splendour in imperial age and served as a holiday place for emperors. As a result, in the territory of Monteporzio Catone are found some splendid historical dwellings of great Roman families.
Moreover, you can discover the Universe on an interactive travel at Astrolabe of Astronomical Observatory. Not to forget the visit to the cultural Wine Museum (Museo Diffuso del Vino) is a must. Looking down from the town to valley below you can see fertile countryside with famous Castelli Romani vineyards.
Monteporzio is only 20 minutes driving from Olive Tree Hill” aka “Il Colle Degli Ulivi – B&B in Rome.
A hidden jewel in the middle of the sacred forest, Lake Nemi is set in the crater of an ancient volcano. It 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 also famous for its wild strawberries and other excellent local products.
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.
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 centre 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. It has a series of beautiful terraces brought to light during second world war bombing.
In 338 the city participated in the Latin war against Rome and Romans conquered the town.
Palestrina has been the homeland of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina – the prince of polyphonic music. And has also served as a cultural centre 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.
Subiaco, The God Kingdom outside of Rome, is the most important town in the upper valley of river Aniene. It lies in the heart of Regional Natural Park Monti Simbruini. Its Latin name Subiaquem comes from artificial 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 known for its two Benedictine monasteries: St.Scholastica and St.Benedict Sacro Speco. It was here in St Scholastica that the first printed book was published. St.Benedict Sacro Speco is so unusually beautiful.
Saint Benedict came here to look for more rigorous solitude. And he ended up spending the first three years in the cave Holy Grotto. Besides these important monasteries, Subiaco has a magnificent natural setting – the river Aniene with its limpid waters rich in fish. Also, Mount Livata serves as a 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.
Tivoli is one of the lovely places to visit near Rome. Only recently is this town is getting the popularity and recognition that it deserves.
Since ancient times Tivoli was famous for its thermal bath (locate in Bagni di Tivoli), travertine mines and climate.
One of the most remarkable examples is Villa Adriana – summer residence of Adrain the Emperor. In addition, there are other interesting villas in Tivoli – Villa d’Este and Villa Gregoriana. Vill d’Este is a marvellous garden and fountain paradise. It serves as an inspiration for the world-renowned Versailles gardens in France. 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.
Well known in Europe for its thermal Baths, Fuiggi, is set in a picturesque valley. For centuries the waters have been famous for their remedial and healing qualities. Amidst the stone built houses and ancient narrow streets of Fuiggi, lies a modern building in its Municipal Theatre, built in 1910.
Apart from thermal baths, this town one of the best golf courses in Italy. 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. It seems that in 1298 it was the Festivity of the Stuzze that saved the city from the besiege of the papal troops. The soldiers arrived in the night to the doors of the village. And watching celebrations of fire, they thought to have been preceded by allies and calmly left. Upon realizing the escape from danger the next day, named the saint of that day, Saint Biagio, as a patron of Fiuggi.
Fiuggi is another one of the places around Rome to visit and is only 30 minutes driving from Olive Tree Hill aka Il Colle Degli Ulivi – B&B in Rome.
Olive Tree Hill
If you like to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city in a countryside amidst the olive groves, then we welcome you to our cosy B&B just 30 minutes outside of Rome. Here you can eat and live like a local and experience the real Italy away from the crowds.
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