Trips into the countryside starting from Rome
Experience the outdoors: villages, the sea, parks and lakes
1. Garden of Ninfa
The most beautiful romantic stroll in the world.
Widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful gardens in the world, the Nymph Garden can only be visited on prior booking but is an experience to share with people you love. Eight hectares of gardens and 1300 botanical species will especially appeal to people who love plants. Magnolias, Birches, Iris, Japanese Maples and Cherry trees are just some of the species that create the setting for this enchanting place. Crossed by the River Ninfa and its streams, the garden is a magical and exciting place for a whole day full of romance and nature. Don't miss a visit to the nearby Castello Caetani in Sermoneta.
2. Circeo National Park
The experience of sea and nature.
The Circeo National Park is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and offers a wide variety of outdoor experiences. The tourist offering ranges from paths immersed in the park's natural setting, to treks around the Circeo promontory overlooking the sea, as well as itineraries for bikers and easy walks for everyone. The Park is home to historical and archaeological finds and an impressive offering of food and wine products, such as Mozzarella di Bufala Campana DOP. The nearby sea means that people who love water sports can organize scuba diving or sailing trips.
3. The Park of the Five Continents
Nature in its entirely in a single park.
Enjoy a full-immersion experience on a trip around the world with nature as your guide: from the giant sequoias of North America to the sugar maple, boulders from the Mexican desert and Australian sand to typical oriental gardens and the splendid collection of flowering cherry trees, not to mention the tree of youth. These are just some of the treasures you will find in the Park of the Five Continents 100 km from Rome. A frenzy of colours, shapes and perfumes one after the other as you stroll among rare and very rare plants from various corners of the globe and all with a story to tell. As the name implies, the Park of the Five Continents provides an overall glance at the wealth and biodiversity of the world around us; it is a centre of excellence for communication and enhancing awareness among visitors as regards environment protection and sustainability issues.
4. Sperlonga and Gaeta
Historic villages close to the sea
Sperlonga and Gaeta are two jewels made of sea, shopping and good food not far from Rome ideal for a weekend away.
Sperlonga is known to be one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. This enchanting place rises from crystalline sea with a breath-taking view for people to admire from the upper part of the village. Sperlonga welcomes a great many visitors every year because of its beauty: evocative white glimpses and narrow alleys unwinding through the historic centre and its typical restaurants, craft shops and bars for enjoyable aperitifs. A long strip of white sand extends at the feet of the ancient village, where beaches with kiosks alternate with free areas for those who want closer contact with nature. Visits to the archaeological site of the Villa of Tiberius, the Truglia Tower and the famous Piazzetta del Pozzetto are highly recommended.
Gaeta: Thanks to its rich heritage of natural history, Gaeta is a popular Italian and international tourist destination. Largely made up of two focal points - the Mediaeval Sant'Erasmo quarter and the Porto Salvo quarter once inhabited by fishermen - Gaeta is the place to go to find the perfect combination between visiting a village with plenty of history and the desire to enjoy a fairy-tale sea. The typically Mediaeval historic centre is characterized by numerous restaurants, craft workshops and stalls selling locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables. The coastline has a sequence of enchanting beaches, bays and coves connecting Gaeta and the beautiful Sperlonga.
5. Lake Bolsena
For people who love nature and physical activity in the open air.
Located in Tuscia, it is Europe's largest volcanic lake. Surrounded by evocative places such as Capodimonte, Civita di Bagnoregio and Montefiascone, Lake Bolsena offers a huge variety of outdoor experiences that turn it into an interesting destination for people who love nature, physical activity and the great outdoors. Sailing trips, paragliding, trekking, mountain biking and archeo-bikes, excursions and trips on horseback are just some of the many experiences to be enjoyed hereabouts. Numerous 'trattoria' line the shores of the lake - often in fishermen's huts - serving freshly caught lake fish. An out of town trip for lovers of sports and good food.
6. Island of Liri
A medieval village with a waterfall in the centre.
An impressive, large and imposing waterfall dominates the village of Isola del Liri in the very heart of the ancient settlement. Located in the province of Frosinone, the island is embraced by the River Liri. It offers visitors a magical and evocative spectacle, so much so that over time it has been the subject of works by important artists such as Georges Bidault, who immortalized it in one of his paintings currently on show in the Louvre, Paris. The historic centre is ideal for a romantic stroll, especially at sunset, when the sun is reflected in the waters of the river, unleashing a display of incomparable colours. We recommend a visit to the Boncompagni Viscogliosi Castle, Villa Nota Pisani with its English garden and the former Cartiera, today converted into a Museum of the Civilization of Paper and Telecommunications.
7. The Castelli Romani Regional Park
For lovers of walks through woods and woodland paths.
Woods, greenery and lakes are all to be found in the Castelli Romani National Park - a destination highly recommended for lovers of strolls surrounded by nature. The park and its extensive network of paths offers many different itineraries, all of which stand out for their special landscape, archaeological and natural history features. Lake Nemi with its historical and archaeological background and the waters of Lake Albano (the deepest volcanic lake in Italy) offer excellent opportunities for canoeists. On the other hand, the landscape itinerary of the Tuscolani Mountains and the historic path of ancient Tusculum are ideal for people who love walking or cycling. The Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo - the summer residence of the Popes - are well worth a visit for the historic value of the archaeological ruins alongside the balance and beauty of nature. If you are in this area, don't miss a trip to Frascati and Ariccia, where the "Fraschette" (taverns) offer visitors the chance to sip fine wine and delight the palate with excellent local produce, such as the famous Ariccia porchetta - excellent together with Genzano IGP homemade bread - and the various typical and traditional Roman dishes.