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5 Day Trips from Rome for Foodies

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5 Easy Day Trips from Rome for Food and Wine Lovers

Rome offers more sights and experiences than you could fit into a lifetime, but sometimes it’s refreshing to escape the Eternal City and explore new destinations. As foodies, we love combining history, culture, and sightseeing with local cuisine and wine. Here are our top five easy day trips from Rome that will satisfy your wanderlust and your taste buds.

1. Hotfoot it to Florence

A quick 90-minute train ride takes you to Florence, the capital of the Tuscany region and the cradle of the Renaissance. Dive into culture at the Uffizi or Accademia museums, stroll over the iconic Ponte Vecchio to the trendy Oltrarno, and climb the Duomo for breathtaking views of the Tuscan countryside. Or book one of our wonderful food tours.

Eat & Drink: Brave a lampredotto (tripe) sandwich from a street vendor and visit one of Florence’s cozy enoteche for a bottle of rich Tuscan red wine.

2. Explore the Castelli Romani

Southeast of Rome, the Castelli Romani hill towns offer a peaceful retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle. Wander the charming streets of Frascati, Marino, and Ariccia, relax by the lakes of Albano and Nemi, or explore the historic papal residence in Castel Gandolfo.

Eat & Drink: Indulge in the mouthwatering porchetta of Ariccia, paired perfectly with a glass of local Frascati wine.

3. Take the Fast Train to Naples

Experience the unique vibrancy of Naples, just an hour away by train. Walk along Spaccanapoli to soak in the sights, smells, and colors of this lively city. Don’t miss the nativity figurine shops on Via San Gregorio Armeno and the bustling Pignasecca market.

Eat & Drink: Savor authentic Neapolitan pizza, enjoy fried street food, and treat yourself to a classic sfogliatella, a sweet stuffed pastry.

4. Chill Out at the Beach

Rome’s proximity to the coast makes a beach day a breeze. Head north to the picturesque beach towns of Santa Marinella and Santa Severa, or travel south to Anzio or Nettuno for some seaside relaxation.

Eat & Drink: Relish fresh seafood at a beachside restaurant. There’s nothing like enjoying a plate of spaghetti alle vongole while gazing at the sparkling sea.

5. Discover the Charm of Orvieto

Perched atop a volcanic rock, Orvieto offers stunning views of Umbria’s rolling hills. Visit the town’s distinctive striped cathedral to see its spectacular frescoes, and explore the underground caves and tunnels for a unique adventure before a leisurely lunch.

Eat & Drink: Delight in Umbrian specialties such as local cheeses, cured meats, and truffles, paired with the renowned white Orvieto wine.

When in Rome, join one of our food tours, wine tastings, or cooking classes to gain local insider knowledge and tips on Italy’s best food and wine.

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