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Side Trips from Rome Travel Guide

Plan Your Side Trips from Rome Vacation

Lazio, the region that encompasses Rome, the capital, is often bypassed by foreign visitors. This is a pity, as the area, which stretches from the Apennine mountain range to the Mediterranean coast, holds dozens of fascinating towns and villages, as well as scenic lakes, national parks, and forests. A trip outside of Rome introduces you to a more intimate aspect of Italy, where local

customs and feast days are still enthusiastically observed, and local gastronomic specialties take pride of place on restaurant menus.

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Updated 1/20/2014

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Ostia Antica Perhaps even more than Pompeii, the excavated port city of ancient Rome conveys a picture of everyday life in the days of the empire.
  2. Tivoli's Villa d'Este Hundreds of fountains cascading and shooting skyward (one even plays music on organ pipes) will delight you at this spectacular garden.
  3. Castelli Romani Be a Roman for a day and enjoy an escape to the ancient hilltop wine towns on the city's doorstep.
  4. Get "Middle-Aged" in Viterbo This town may be modern, but it has a Gothic papal palace, a Romanesque cathedral, and the magical medieval quarter of San Pellegrino.
  5. Gardens bizarre and beautiful The 16th-century proto-Disneyland Parco dei Mostri (Monster Park) is famed for its fantastic sculptures; the Villa Lante, a few miles away, remains the stateliest Renaissance garden of them all.

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