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Side Trips from Rome

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Side Trips from Rome

Lazio, the region that encompasses Rome, the capital, is often bypassed by foreign visitors. This is a pity, since the area, which stretches from the Apennine mountain range to the Mediterranean coast, holds dozens of fascinating towns and villages, as well as scenic lakes, national parks, and forests. A trip outside Rome introduces you to a more intimate aspect of Italy, where local customs and feast days are still enthusiastically observed, and local gastronomic specialties take pride of place on restaurant menus.

Despite these small towns' proximity to the capital and the increased commuter traffic congestion of today, they still each manage to preserve their individual character. Ostia Antica, ancient Rome's seaport, is one of the region's top attractions—it rivals Pompeii in the quality of its preservation, and for evocativeness and natural beauty, it easily outshines the Roman Forum. Emperors, cardinals, and popes have long escaped to green and verdant retreats in nearby Tivoli, Viterbo, and the Alban Hills, and their amazing villas, palaces, and gardens add to nature’s allure. So if the screeching traffic and long lines at the Colosseum start to wear on you, do as the Romans do: get out of town. There's plenty to see and do.
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    Castello della Rovere

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    Sight

    This is close to Ostia Antica, on the other side of the railway line and Via del Mare in the smal...

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    Ostia Antica

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    City

    Ostia Antica is a large archeological site, close to the modern suburb of Ostia, that is the loca...

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    Sora Margherita al Borghetto

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    Palazzo dei Papi di Viterbo

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    Sight

    This was formerly the bishop’s residence but was enlarged for the popes. It was the papal seat be...

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    San Pellegrino

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    Neighborhood

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    Terme dei Papi

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    Sight

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    Viterbo Cathedral

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    Sight

    Viterbo Cathedral (Italian: Duomo di Viterbo, or Cattedrale di San Lorenzo) is a Roman Catholic c...

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    Tre Re

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    Restaurant

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    La Terrazza Medioevale

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    Hotel

    B&B La Terrazza Medievale is a 15th-century building located in Viterbo’s centre, 350 metres from...

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    Ristorantino La Torre

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    Restaurant

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    Villa Lante

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    Park / Zoo

    For the villa in Rome, see Villa Lante al Gianicolo.

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    Villa Farnese

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    Sight

    The Villa Farnese, also known as Villa Caprarola, is a mansion in the town of Caprarola in the pr...

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    Antica Trattoria del Borgo

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    Restaurant

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    Parco dei Mostri

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    Sight

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    Hadrian's Villa

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    Sight

    This is a masterpiece that blends the highest expressions of the material cultures of the ancient...

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    Villa d'Este

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    Sight

    A unique example of 16th century gardens in Italy and a remarkable example of Renaissance culture...

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    Antico Ristorante Sibilla

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    Restaurant

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    Hotel Torre Sant'Angelo

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    Hotel

    Hotel Torre S. Angelo is a medieval castle located in the peaceful hills outside Tivoli town cent...

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    Palazzo Barberini

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    Museum / Gallery

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    Il Piscarello

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    Restaurant

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    Villa Aldobrandini

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    Museum / Gallery

    Also known as the Belvedere because of its dominant position, with a view all the way to Rome. Th...

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    Osteria Del Fico Vecchio

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    Restaurant

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    Park Hotel Villa Grazioli

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    Hotel

    Park Hotel Villa Grazioli is a beautiful 16th-century building set in a panoramic location in the...

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    Territorial Abbey of Santa Maria di Grottaferrata

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    Sight

    The Territorial Abbey of St. Mary of Grottaferrata (Italian: Abbazia territoriale di Santa Maria...

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    Il Grottino Frascati

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    Restaurant

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    Antica Fontana Grottaferrata

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    Restaurant

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    Antico Ristorante Pagnanelli

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    Restaurant

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    Lakeside Lido

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    Park / Zoo

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    Hotel Castelgandolfo

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    Vacation Rental

    Just 100 metres from the Pope's summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, Apartment Castel Gandolfo of...

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    Palazzo Chigi

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    L'Aricciarola

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    Specchio di Diana

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    Museo delle Navi Romani

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    Museum / Gallery

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    La Fiocina

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    Restaurant

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