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21 BEST Day Trips From Rome By Train You’ll Love In 2024

If you’re looking to add some day trips to your Roman holiday, you’re in the right place.

All roads lead to Rome…but there are hidden gems to be found at the other ends of those roads! My family and I spent a whole month in Rome during our family gap year, touring all the hotspots and hidden gems the city has to offer, from climbing Aventine Hill and exploring ancient ruins to drinking cappuccinos (cappuccini!) in bars and eating gnocchi on Thursdays.

But, the adventure doesn’t end at the capital city limits! The rest of Italy is just a train ride away, and there is so much to discover. That’s why today I’m sharing some of the best day trips you can take from Rome on the train.

Day trips from Rome by train

Short on time? Here’s what’s included in the post!

  • 14 amazing day trips you can take from Rome, from iconic cities to hidden gems
  • 7 more great options for 2-day trips from Rome
  • Directions for how to get from Rome to each city
  • Tours and other fun activities to do in each city
  • The best places to stay in Rome
  • and FAQs on taking day trips from Rome!

My top 3 day trip picks from Rome

  1. Naples
  2. Florence
  3. Bologna

From Rome, you can get to the coast for some beach time, explore beautiful art and architecture in the heart of Tuscany, or head south in search of the best Italian food. Let’s dive into the 21 best train trips from Rome that’ll have you saying “perfetto!”

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21 Day Trips From Rome By Train

Ready to swap the busyness of Rome for new horizons, if only for a day? Italy’s efficient train system is your golden ticket to adventure. The day trips listed below are roughly ordered by travel time, from under an hour to just under 3 hours away.

Keep in mind that sometimes it’s faster to get to the locations that are further away from Rome. You can take advantage of high-speed trains on some routes to go far in a surprisingly short amount of time!

I’ll also share some additional destinations that would be a bit of a stretch for a day trip, but if you have at least two days, these are must-visit locales!

From ancient ruins that aren’t the Colosseum to seaside escapes where the gelato tastes even sweeter, these 21 day trips by train are about to make your trip to Italy unforgettable. Let’s hit the tracks and explore!

1. Ostia

Ostia Roman Amphitheatre

Just a 30-minute train ride from Rome, you can visit Ostia Antica — an extensive archaeological site that rivals Pompeii for its well-preserved ruins. Wander through the old streets, amphitheater, and remnants of baths and houses, all telling tales of daily life in ancient Rome.

After your history walk, head to the beach in Ostia for some sun and sand before heading back to Rome after the perfect day trip!

How to get to Ostia from Rome:

Catch the Rome-Lido train from the Roma Porta San Paolo station, and in just 30 minutes, you’ll step out at Ostia Antica station. 

2. Tivoli

Villa d'Este in Tivoli

Tivoli, a historic hilltown, is known for its stunning villas, especially Villa d’Este and Hadrian’s Villa (Villa Adriana), both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Villa d’Este is renowned for its Renaissance architecture and terraced gardens dotted with fountains, while Hadrian’s Villa offers a peek into the life of the Roman emperor, with ruins spread over a vast area.

How to get to Tivoli from Rome:

There are several train routes from Rome that will get you to Tivoli in 35 minutes to just over an hour. From the Tivoli station, take a local bus or taxi first to Villa d’Este then to Villa Adriana.

3. Frascati

Villa Aldobrandini in Frascati

Just about 30 minutes from Rome by train, you’ll find the town of Frascati in the Castelli Romani area. Famous for its villas, lush gardens, and especially for its white wine, Frascati provides an escape into the Roman countryside with plenty of dining options where you can enjoy local specialties and wine tasting.

If I was planning your day trip itinerary to Frascati, I’d definitely include a stroll through the gardens at Villa Aldobrandini, and then a relaxing lunch accompanied with some locally-made white wine.

How to get to Frascati from Rome:

From Roma Termini, you can reach Frascati by train in just 30 minutes. 

4. Bracciano

Bracciano castle

Bracciano is best known for its picturesque lake, Lago di Bracciano, and the imposing Castello Orsini-Odescalchi, where Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes tied the knot. The town is perfect for a leisurely day of exploration, with the lake providing a serene backdrop for picnics and photos.

The castle is a beautifully preserved example of military architecture with a rich history. Take a guided tour here before heading to the lake for a dip!

How to get to Bracciano from Rome:

From Rome’s Valle Aurelia station, the trip to Bracciano takes under an hour. 

5. Arezzo

Piazza Grande in Arezzo

Life is beautiful in Arezzo (this is where the movie was filmed!), a Tuscan city rich in history and art. Less crowded than nearby Florence, Arezzo is a perfect day trip from Rome.

Start your visit by admiring the Piero della Francesca frescoes in the Basilica di San Francesco, considered some of the finest examples of Renaissance art. Then, enjoy a leisurely lunch in the Piazza Grande, the city’s sloping main square, where you can soak in the atmosphere surrounded by medieval buildings.

Spend the rest of your day ambling by impressive churches like Santa Maria della Pieve and Santa Maria delle Grazie or admiring Vasari’s frescoes at Casa Vasari.

How to get to Arezzo from Rome:

From Roma Tiburtina, you can take the high-speed train and arrive in Arezzo in just about one hour.

6. Naples

Naples

Naples, with its vibrant streets, rich history, and world-renowned cuisine, is the gateway to the southern part of Italy. You could definitely spend more than a day in “old Napoli,” but since the high-speed train will get you there in just over an hour, it totally works as a day trip from Rome!

Dive into the heart of Neapolitan culture by tasting authentic pizza, exploring the historic center (a UNESCO World Heritage site), and visiting the impressive National Archaeological Museum. 

How to get to Naples from Rome:

Catch a direct, high-speed train from Roma Termini to Napoli Centrale.

7. Pompeii

Pompeii

A short train ride from Naples, the ancient city of Pompeii offers a hauntingly vivid look into life (and sudden death) in Roman times, preserved under volcanic ash from Mount Vesuvius. 

If you choose to combine a visit to both Naples and Pompeii, you might want to consider making it a 2-day trip to have time to fully experience both cities.

The main draw in Pompeii is definitely the preserved ancient city, so make sure you’re headed to the right place, versus the modern city center. You’ll need a ticket to enter Pompeii Archaeological Park, and it’s best to buy ahead of time.

Wandering through Pompeii’s ruins, you’ll see frozen moments of daily life, grand villas, and striking frescoes. You can definitely spend the majority of a day here, or you could choose to take in the highlights in a few hours.

How to get to Pompeii from Rome:

First, take a high-speed train from Rome to Naples (Napoli Centrale). Then, switch to a local train to Pompeii Scavi. The whole journey will take approximately an hour and a half.

8. Florence

Florence cathedral

Florence, the jewel of the Renaissance, is brimming with art, culture, and history. We spent a day exploring Florence when we lived in Lucca, Italy for a month, but it’s a very do-able day trip from Rome!

We suggest starting your day at the Galleria dell’Accademia to see Michaelango’s David and other works of art. Then, head to the Piazza del Duomo to visit the breathtakingly beautiful Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

If you’re feeling up to it, you can climb up to the giant red dome, but we actually recommend climbing Giotto’s Bell Tower instead because from there you can get amazing photos OF the Duomo.

Florence Duomo

Once your legs recover, take a stroll across the Ponte Vecchio (preferably with some gelato in hand) before browsing the masterpieces in the Uffizi Gallery.

Wrap up your day by admiring the stunning view from either the Boboli Gardens or Giardino Bardini.

View of Florence

How to get to Florence from Rome:

Direct high-speed trains connect the heart of Rome to the heart of Florence (Firenze) in about an hour and a half.

9. Orvieto

Cathedral of Orvieto

Orvieto is a unique little city north of Rome and definitely a worthy day trip. Its stunning cathedral, Duomo di Orvieto, features a façade adorned with mosaics and sculptures that are a testament to Italian Gothic architecture.

The city is also known for its system of underground caves and tunnels, which can be explored through guided tours.

How to get to Orvieto from Rome:

Direct regional trains from Rome’s Termini station to Orvieto take about 1.5 hours. From the Orvieto station, you can take a short, scenic funicular ride up the hill (we love a funicular!).

10. Assisi

Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

Assisi is a serene town in the Umbria region of Italy. It’s known for being the birthplace of St. Francis and you’re sure to feel the city’s innate peace and spirituality during your visit.

Assisi’s basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage site and pilgrimage site for many, is adorned with frescoes by Giotto that narrate the life of St. Francis.

The town’s medieval streets invite you to wander and discover hidden chapels, artisan shops, and stunning views of the Umbrian countryside. Trains from Rome take about 2 hours, making Assisi a great choice for a contemplative retreat into Italy’s spiritual heartland for a day.

How to get to Assisi from Rome:

Travel by train from Roma Tiburtina to Foligno, about an hour and 40 minutes. From there, a local bus can get you to Assisi in about 20-30 minutes.

11. Pistoia

Pistoia

Pistoia, a hidden treasure in Tuscany, offers a glimpse into authentic Italian life away from the tourist trails. We almost stayed here on the Tuscan leg of our backpacking trip across Europe, but we ended up in nearby Lucca instead.

Known for its charming medieval square, the Piazza del Duomo, Pistoia is rich in history and culture. The Cathedral of San Zeno and Baptistery of San Giovanni showcase the best of Tuscan architecture, and the lively local markets are a must to experience.

How to get to Pistoia from Rome:

Travel from Rome to Florence via high-speed train (about 1.5 hours) and then take a regional train to Pistoia, which takes around 40 minutes to an hour.

12. Bologna

Porticoes of the city of Bologna

Venture north to Bologna, about two hours on the train from Rome, and you’ll be rewarded with a day full of immersive culture, delicious food, and gorgeous views.

Bologna, the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, is known for being the site of oldest university in the Western world, the University of Bologna.

The city’s distinctive porticoes, stretching for kilometers, provide sheltered walkways through its historic heart, leading to the Piazza Maggiore and the imposing San Petronio Basilica. 

Food lovers will revel in Bologna’s gastronomic offerings, from classic Bolognese sauce to fresh tortellini. It’s a great place to take a food tour!

Don’t miss the chance to climb the Asinelli Tower for panoramic views of the city’s red rooftops and the surrounding countryside.

How to get to Bologna from Rome:

Direct high-speed trains take you from Rome Termini to Bologna Centrale in about 2 to 2.5 hours.

13. Perugia

Perugia

Perugia, the capital of Umbria, is a vibrant hilltop city known for its universities, annual jazz festival, and delicious chocolate! Getting to Perugia from Rome takes about two hours by train, making it an easy escape to one of Italy’s most lively cultural hubs. 

The MiniMetro, an automated people mover, is a fun and unique way to reach the city center upon arrival. Once there, explore the city’s arched stairways, cobbled alleys, and impressive art galleries, including the National Gallery of Umbria. 

Make sure to visit one of the many chocolate shops before returning to Rome!

How to get to Perugia from Rome:

You can take a direct train to Perugia from Rome’s Tiburtina station, and the journey takes about 2.5 hours.

14. Pisa

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Here’s a city you’ve probably heard of! You’ll spend most of your day in the beautiful Piazza dei Miracoli, where you’ll find the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Pisa Baptistery, the Cathedral Of Santa Maria Assunta, and the Campo Santo. The latter three represent the stages of birth, life, and death, hence the area being called the “square of miracles.”

Pisa cathedral

The Leaning Tower was originally just the bell tower for the cathedral, but now it’s one of the most famous buildings in history!

We strongly recommend getting passes that include entrance to all of the buildings in the Piazza dei Miracoli, including the two museums: Museo delle Sinopie, and Museo dell’Opera del Duomo.

When you’ve exhausted all the things to do in the main piazza, grab lunch and then enjoy a leisurely walk around the rest of the city, along the banks of the Arno River.

Arno River in Pisa

Other things to do include visiting the Palazzo dei Cavalieri and the Knights Square, Palazzo Blu, and Church of Santa Maria della Spina. Stop by Tuttomondo, a Keith Haring mural, for a fun, Instagrammable shot!

Pisa mural

How to get to Pisa from Rome:

Direct high-speed trains from Rome to Pisa are available, taking about 2.5 hours.

Best 2-Day Trips From Rome

The above 13 day trips from Rome should keep you busy for a while! But it’s just a fact that there is so much more to see in Italy just beyond the day trip threshold.

With a travel time between 3–5 hours, you could squeeze these visits into a day, but if you’re traveling that far, I’d definitely recommend getting a place to sleep and fully experiencing these incredible cities over two or more days.

15. Civita di Bagnoregio

Civita di Bagnoregio

Civita di Bagnoregio, often referred to as “the dying city,” is perched on top of a hill and accessible only by a pedestrian bridge. It may be the most unique way you’ve ever entered a new city! Make sure you’ve got your walking shoes on!

This enchanting town seems suspended in time, with its ancient buildings, narrow streets, and panoramic views of the surrounding valleys. After taking the train from Rome to Orvieto, you’ll complete your journey with a breathtaking bus ride as you watch Civita emerge from the horizon!

This is a great destination to pair with a visit to Orvieto. See Orvieto first, spend the night, then head to Civita the next day to explore before heading back to Rome.

How to get to Civita di Bagnoregio from Rome:

Take a train from Rome to Orvieto (about 1.5 hours), then a bus or taxi from Orvieto to Civita di Bagnoregio, which can take around an hour.

16. Lucca

San Michele en Foro in Lucca

Lucca is a medieval Tuscan city that holds a special place in our hearts. Lucca was our last long-term stay while in Europe. We stayed in a gorgeous apartment where the cobblestone streets of shops and restaurants were just outside our doorstep.

View from Lucca apartment

One of the best things to do in Lucca is to walk (or better yet, bike or surrey) the well-preserved Renaissance walls that surround the city, now transformed into a pedestrian promenade. Listen to some Puccini while you stroll — Lucca is his birthplace!

Surrey in Lucca

I also recommend climbing a tower to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the sea of red rooftops that define Tuscan architecture. Try the Torre del Ore clock tower or the Guinigi Tower with its rooftop garden!

View of Lucca

Be sure to have a meal at Madama Butterfly — try the lasagna! I’m not kidding when I say I think we ate here about five or six times during the month we were there.

How to get to Lucca from Rome:

Travel from Rome to Florence via high-speed train (about 1.5 hours), then catch a regional train to Lucca, which takes around 1.5 hours.

17. Sorrento

Sorrento

Earlier in this list, I suggested day trips to Naples and Pompeii, both located on the west coast of Italy, south of Rome. With a little extra time, you can head slightly further south to visit the next three destinations on our list: Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast, and the island of Capri.

Individually, you could visit each of these cities on a 2-day trip, but you could also opt for a longer trip to visit them all in one go and save on travel time by not taking multiple trips. It’s all up to you!

Sorrento is known for its breathtaking views over the Bay of Naples, charming old town, and limoncello production (mmm…limoncello). Its relaxed atmosphere and beautiful sunsets make it a perfect overnight stop.

How to get to Sorrento from Rome:

Take a high-speed train from Rome to Naples (Napoli Centrale), then transfer to a local train to Sorrento. The entire journey can take about 2 to 3 hours.

18. Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is a 34-mile stretch of coastline famous for its cliffs, scenic beauty, colorful seaside towns, and crystal-clear water. The area is UNESCO World Heritage site and includes several charming towns, including Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello.

Here you’ll definitely want to soak in the views, wander the towns, and try the delicious Mediterranean cuisine.

Stroll Positano’s steep, narrow streets lined with boutiques and cafes, and explore Ravello’s panoramic gardens and villas. The journey itself is as memorable as the destinations.

How to get to the Amalfi Coast from Rome:

The Amalfi Coast itself doesn’t have a train station, so the common route is to take a high-speed train from Rome to Naples (about 1 to 1.5 hours), then transfer to a regional train to Sorrento. From Sorrento, buses or ferries can take you to various towns along the Amalfi Coast.

19. Capri

Capri

The island of Capri is the definition of a luxe escape, with its jaw-dropping cliffs, shimmering blue caves, and streets lined with high-end shops.

From the ferry landing at Marina Grande, you can take the funicular up to the historic center of Capri town. You’ll find the most activity at Piazzetta, the city’s main square, where you might want to grab a bite to eat.

Don’t miss window shopping along Camerelle, the street where you’ll find a number of high-end luxury brand shops.

Feeling adventurous? You’ll definitely want to visit the Blue Grotto, a sea cave famous for its blue and emerald-colored waters and unique lighting effect created when the sun shines through. You’ll access the cave via a rowboat, but try to get your timing right. Visiting is only possible during low tide when the sea is calm.

How to get to Capri from Rome:

First, take a high-speed train from Rome to Naples (about 1 to 1.5 hours). From Naples, head to the port and take a ferry to Capri (about 40-75 minutes). Alternatively, if you’re already in Sorrento or on the Amalfi Coast, you can take a ferry from there.

20. Venice

Venice Grand Canal

One thing I love about Italy is the variety of terrain, climate, and culture you can experience across the country. Venice is truly in its own class, and although it’s a bit far for a day trip, I’d still encourage you to make the trek!

A high-speed train from Rome can get you to Venice in about 3.5 to 4 hours, making it a feasible 2-day adventure. If you leave early in the morning and return the following evening, you can enjoy more than a day among the canals and gondolas.

Start with a vaporetto (water taxi) ride along the Grand Canal and take in the sights along the way. Exit at San Marco and explore St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica, and Doge Palace.

St. Mark's Square in Venice

From there, you can take a leisurely 20-minute walk to the Ponte dell’Accademia (a bridge with great views of Venice and the Grand Canal) on your way to the Peggy Guggenheim collection to browse an impressive display of 20th century artwork.

End the day with a romantic gondola ride along the canals! And for a nice dinner, find Trattoria Povoledo Venezia, near the Ponte degli Scalzi. Here you can enjoy delicious Italian food with amazing views, dining right by the canal.

Eating by canal in Venice

How to get to Venice from Rome:

Direct high-speed trains connect Rome with Venice, taking you from Rome’s Termini station to Venezia Santa Lucia in about 3.5 to 4 hours. This route offers scenic views as you approach the Venetian lagoon.

21. Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre, a string of five centuries-old seaside villages on the Italian Riviera, is known for its colorful houses, terraced vineyards, and breathtaking coastal views.

Each of the villages has its own personality, and you can’t go wrong choosing any one of them for your stay. Whether you go with Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, or Monterosso al Mare, be sure to visit each of the others for a unique experience!

A 2-day visit allows you to leisurely hike the scenic trails connecting the villages, savor the local cuisine, spend time at the beach, and soak up the relaxed atmosphere of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

How to get to Cinque Terre from Rome:

To visit Cinque Terre, take a high-speed train from Rome to La Spezia (about 3 to 4 hours), which is the gateway to the Cinque Terre region. From La Spezia, regional trains frequently run along the coast, stopping at each of the five villages.

Where To Stay In Rome

Family by Colosseum in Rome

If you’re planning several day trips from Rome, you might want to choose accommodations close to a train station. Luckily, Rome’s public transportation system is pretty easy to navigate, so it’s not hard to get around in the city!

The Roma Termini Station serves as the main hub for both regional and high-speed trains. There are lots of hotels to choose from in this area, and you’ll be close to shops, restaurants, and landmarks.

For a more scenic and serene stay, consider the Trastevere district. Known for its charming cobblestone streets and vibrant nightlife, Trastevere also offers easy access to Rome’s main sights and is well-connected by public transport.

Another great option is the Prati district, near the Vatican. It’s a more upscale area, offering a quieter stay while still being conveniently located.

📍Budget Option: The Beehive

Just a few steps from Termini Station, The Beehive offers a unique blend of comfort and sustainability, making it perfect for eco-conscious travelers on a budget. With its cozy, home-like atmosphere and a delightful organic café, it’s an oasis in the heart of Rome.

📍Mid-Range Option: Starhotels Michelangelo

Just a stone’s throw from St. Peter’s Basilica, Starhotels Michelangelo offers modern comfort with a touch of elegance. Its rooms are spacious and well-appointed, providing a peaceful retreat after a day of exploring Rome’s sacred sites and historic streets.

📍Luxury Option: Hotel Hassler Roma

Located at the top of the Spanish Steps, Hotel Hassler Roma is renowned for its impeccable service and stunning city views. Each room and suite is a blend of classic design and modern comfort, offering an oasis of tranquility right in the heart of Rome’s fashion and shopping district.

FAQs

What is the best day trip from Rome?

The “best” day trip from Rome often depends on your interests, but Tivoli, with its stunning Villa d’Este and Hadrian’s Villa, consistently ranks high for its breathtaking gardens, architectural marvels, and ease of access by train.

What countries are close to Rome by train?

While international train travel from Rome can take you to several countries, the closest and most accessible by train are Vatican City, technically a separate country within Rome itself, and San Marino, an independent republic nestled within Italy. Longer train journeys can connect you to neighboring countries like France, Switzerland, and Austria for more extended trips.

Can I do a day trip to the Amalfi Coast from Rome?

Yes, a day trip to the Amalfi Coast from Rome is possible but ambitious. It involves taking a high-speed train to Naples (about 1 hour), followed by a combination of regional trains, buses, or ferries to reach towns like Positano or Amalfi, making for a long but rewarding day. You’ll be more relaxed and have more time for exploring if you stay in the area overnight.

How do I buy train tickets for day trips from Rome?

Train tickets can be purchased online through the official websites of Italian train companies, at ticket machines, or at the ticket counters in train stations. For convenience and to avoid queues, consider buying tickets online in advance, especially for high-speed trains where reservations are mandatory.

Are there any passes or discounts for multiple train trips?

Yes, Italy offers several regional and national train passes that can be cost-effective for travelers planning multiple train journeys. The Trenitalia Pass and Interrail Italy Pass are popular options, offering flexibility and discounts for families and groups.

What’s the best time to start a day trip from Rome by train?

To maximize your day, aim to catch an early morning train. This gives you more time to explore your destination and return comfortably by evening. Check train schedules in advance to plan your departure and return times.

Should I book my train tickets in advance?

For high-speed trains and popular routes, booking in advance is advisable to secure the best fares and ensure availability, especially during peak tourist seasons. Regional trains usually don’t require advance booking, but it’s still a good idea to check schedules ahead of time.

What should I bring on a day trip from Rome?

Pack light but don’t forget essentials: comfortable walking shoes, a water bottle, sunscreen, a hat for sunny days, and a light jacket or umbrella depending on the season. Also, keep your train ticket, a valid ID, and some cash alongside credit cards.

Is it safe to travel by train in Italy?

Traveling by train in Italy is widely regarded as safe. However, like in any busy public spaces, keep an eye on your belongings, be aware of your surroundings, and watch out for pickpockets, especially in crowded stations or on busy trains.

Final Thoughts on the Best Day Trips from Rome

Lucca gelato

While there is so much to see and do in Rome, these day trips will take you to awe-inspiring locations that few tourists venture to.

From the ancient ruins of Pompeii to the bustling markets of Florence and the breathtaking views of the Amalfi Coast, there’s a whole world out there waiting to be explored.

And remember, the train journey itself is part of the fun. You get to enjoy views of the Italian countryside and relax while someone else does the driving!

Whether you’re looking to dive deeper into Italy’s history, eat your weight in pizza, or just soak in some stunning views, these train trips have got you covered. So, pick your favorite destination, and go explore!

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