Side Trips from Rome

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  • 1. Palazzo Chigi


    This is a true rarity: a Baroque residence whose original furniture, paintings, drapes, and decorations are largely intact. The Italian film...Read More

  • 2. Palazzo Farnese


    When Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, Pope Paul III's grandson, retired to Caprarola, he intended to build a residence that would reflect the family...Read More

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  • 3. Scavi di Ostia Antica

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Today some of Rome's most impressive ruins, the ancient port town was covered by tidal mud and windblown sand and lay buried until the 19th...Read More

  • 4. Terme dei Papi


    Viterbo has been a spa town for centuries, and this excellent spa not far from town continues the tradition, providing the usual health and...Read More

  • 5. Villa Adriana


    An emperor's theme park, this astonishingly grand 2nd-century villa was an exclusive retreat below the ancient settlement of Tibur where the...Read More

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  • 6. Villa d'Este


    One of Italy's UNESCO World Heritage sites, Villa d'Este was created by Cardinal Ippolito d'Este in the 16th century. This villa in the center...Read More

  • 7. Abbey of San Nilo Grottaferrata

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In Grottaferrata, a busy village a couple of miles from Frascati, the main attraction is a walled citadel founded by St. Nilo, who brought his...Read More

  • 8. Cattedrale di San Lorenzo


    Viterbo's Romanesque cathedral was built over the ruins of the ancient Roman Temple of Hercules. During World War II, the roof and the vault...Read More

  • 9. Lakeside Lido


    This waterside promenade below the pretty town is lined with restaurants, ice-cream parlors, and cafés, and is a favorite spot for Roman families...Read More

  • 10. Museo delle Navi Romane


    In the 1930s, the Italian government drained Nemi's lake to recover two magnificent ceremonial ships, loaded with sculptures, bronzes, and art...Read More

  • 11. Palazzo Barberini


    A bomb blast during World War II exposed the remains of the immense Temple of Fortune that covered the entire hillside under the present town...Read More

  • 12. Palazzo Papale


    This Gothic palace was built in the 13th century as a residence for popes looking to get away from the city. At the time, Rome was notoriously...Read More

  • 13. Parco dei Mostri


    This eerie fantasy, originally known as the Village of Marvels, or the Sacred Wood, was created in 1552 by Prince Vicino Orsini, with the aid...Read More

  • 14. San Pellegrino

    Historic District/Site

    One of the best preserved medieval districts in Italy, San Pellegrino has charming vistas of arches, vaults, towers, exterior staircases, worn...Read More

  • 15. Santa Maria Assunta in Cielo (Church of the Assumption)

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Directly across from Palazzo Chigi is the Church of the Assumption, with its distinctive blue dome and round shape designed by none other than...Read More

  • 16. Villa Aldobrandini


    Frascati was a retreat of prelates and princes who built magnificent villas, the most spectacular being the 16th-century Villa Aldobrandini...Read More

  • 17. Villa Lante


    The main draw in this otherwise sweet but underwhelming village is the hillside garden and park that surround the two small, identical residences...Read More

  • 18. Castello di Giulio II


    The distinctive castle, easily spotted as you come off the footbridge from the train station and part of the medieval borgo (town), was built...Read More

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