With so much to see, a visit to the Eternal City is essential. Although it's spread over 7 hills, the centre is surprisingly compact. It’s easy to plan your route, and walk between the main attractions. The Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon are the must see attractions; while across the river is the Vatican City and St Peters.
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Sitting on the shores of lovely Lake Bolsena, in northern Lazio, there’s plenty of watersports to choose from on the lake, but why not wander around the typical stores, pizzerias and trattorias, and try some of the regional specialties? Visit the Church of Saint Cristina, the castle-fortress of Monaldeschi and even the catacombs!
Just over an hour from Rome, this Umbrian hill town perched atop tufa cliffs is pretty as a picture. With gorgeous views over the surrounding areas, there's a stunning cathedral to explore, monuments and museums, shops and restaurants. A funicular connects the station and lower town with the medieval centre above.
The lovely Piazza Silvestri and the Chiesa di San Silvestro are just two of the major landmarks in this attractive village. With medieval walls and towers of all shapes and sizes, it’s well worth a look. Nearby you’ll find the popular villages of Spello and Montefalco as well as the imposing Borgia Fortress – Gualdo Cattaneo.
Just a short drive from Rome is the modern town of Ostia; right on the coast, the beaches here are known for their dark sand and clean water. There are several public areas of the beach for you to enjoy. Alternatively try Fregene, the next beach town north of Ostia, popular with young Romans there are bars and nightclubs along the shore.
If you’re driving down the coast road between Rome and Naples, Gaeta is a great place to stop. There are no less than 7 beaches spread out between the rocky coast of the Split Mountain, and the grottos of Sperlonga, all boasting fine sand and very clear water. Away from the beach, you’ll find plenty of historic sights to enjoy.
The largest city in southern Italy has its own unique style and is authentically Italian. It might feel a bit chaotic, but it’s got the biggest Old Town district in Europe. There’s also a huge medieval castle, Castel Nuovo, a seafront fortress, and the National Archaeological Museum - one of the world’s largest museums of its kind.
Set in the Apennine hills, this historic town is a hidden gem. Visit the Roman amphitheatre, Duomo and the ancient Castle Rocca with its six large towers. The whole town can easily be explored on foot as the main attractions are all quite close together, and there are plenty of good restaurants and pizzerias when you’re ready for lunch.