We're heading to Rome soon to work on the 8th edition of Eating & Drinking in Italy. Here are four day trips from Rome.
The gateway to the Amalfi coast is Sorrento. Sorrento has a spectacular cliffside setting, an unspoiled old town, and plenty of places to dine. If you’re ambitious, you can visit beautiful Sorrento for lunch. Take the high-speed train to Naples and then catch the hydrofoil or train to Sorrento.
Orvieto is located on a monumental square-shaped rock visible for miles. Don’t miss this impressive and well-preserved town (or a taste of its famous wines). The Gothic façade of the Duomo (Cathedral) is one of the great masterpieces of the late Middle Ages. Orvieto is only an hour train ride from Termini, Rome’s main train station
Naples (Napoli) is the third-largest city in Italy and for most, the introduction to southern Italy. In the shadow of Vesuvius (the only active volcano on the European continent), Naples is crowded, noisy, and not an easy city for the traveler. Highlights include the huge Castel Nuovo (a medieval castle), and the seaside fortress of Castel del’Ovo. Naples, the birthplace of pizza, is a favorite culinary destination. But there’s so much more to the city than pizza. Fast-speed trains take you to Naples from Rome in an hour.
The beach at Ostia Lido has dark sand and can be quite crowded in summer. For less crowded areas of the beach, you can pay for entrance to a private beach where you can rent a chair, umbrella, and towel. Most also have showers and a bar for all your drinking needs. If you’re not into beaches, you can visit the Roman ruins at Ostia Antica. The ruins are much easier to reach than Pompeii (and there will be much smaller crowds). It’s an easy train ride by taking the Metro Line B to the Piramide stop, then take the Ostia-Lido train.