17 Fantastic Day Trips From Rome, Italy

Rome is huge and there are a million things to do, places to visit, and restaurants to try, but that’s not all. A holiday in Rome, in fact, offers more than the city itself. If you want to spend a day out relaxed and far from the mental traffic, take a train and enjoy one of the fantastic day trips from Rome that are easy to reach and can truly add to your Italian experience.

While Rome is the undisputed queen of local tourism and a limitless source of places to visit covering the span of thousands of years, its surroundings and the other cities of the Lazio region are very much worth visiting.

Rich in history, boasting amazing landmarks and palaces and counting wonderful natural parks and woods, the Latium region is all to be discovered. While these are all destinations that can be visited all year round and every month they offer something different, if you are traveling to Rome in April or May, these are great months for day trips out of the city.

If you travel by camper van, the Lazio region is a fantastic destination because it has several places to park such as the Agricampeggi, a middle way between Agriturismo and camper parking areas. Here is also a handy guide to affordable camper vans if you are thinking about starting this new way of traveling and journeying around Italy and Europe.

My personal selection of places to see near Rome includes cities that are easy to reach by train or by car. They can be truly explored and enjoyed in one day and will add incredible value to your Roman holiday.

Ostia Antica

Close to Rome and very easy to reach is Ostia Antica, where you can visit both the Roman archaeological site and the medieval quarter in the modern town.

Ostia (Ostium in Latin means “mouth” as the city was located right at the mouth of the Tiber where it flowed into the sea) was an ancient Roman town mainly serving as a commercial port for the capital. From here goods of all types, especially wheat, were stored and shipped to Rome via the river.

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A view of Ostia Antica, one of the best day trips from Rome

Built as a military settlement, Ostia has later turned into a pivotal commercial and trading hub thanks to its proximity to the port. By the 2nd century, it had become a rich city with villas and residential areas where the wealthy would either live or spend their holidays, along with taverns, shops, bakeries and the mandatory temples, a political arena, an amphitheater for public games, and the thermal baths, favorite pastime in ancient Rome.

With barbarians’ attacks on Rome and its aqueducts, also Ostia faced an inevitable decline and was gradually abandoned.

Digging is always ongoing, and three years ago they found new evidence showing that Ostia is twice bigger than Pompeii.

Walking around the ancient alleys of Ostia Antica you can still see the old dwellings, ruins of the temples, and remainings of the mosaics. Admittedly, by visiting with a knowledgeable tour guide you will gain much more from this trip rather than going by yourself.

Click here for more details and prices for a private tour to Ostia Antica

  • How to get to Ostia Antica: take the train from Piramide metro station, the ticket is € 1.50 for a single trip.
  • Opening hours for Ostia Antica: 8.30 am-3.30/4.30 pm in winter; 8.30 am-5.30/6.30 from late spring to early autumn. Closed on Mondays, December 25th, January 1st, May 1st. Check here for more details
  • Ticket fee for Ostia Antica: the full ticket is 8 €, for teachers or 18-25-year-old citizens from EU countries is 4 €. First Sunday of the month is free for everyone.

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A fascinating day trip from Rome is certainly to the town of Tivoli. Very old, claiming to be older than Rome as dating back to 1215 BC, Tivoli is home to the wonderful Villa Adriana and Villa d’Este, both enlisted by UNESCO (here and here).

Villa Adriana is a complex of classical buildings dating back to the 2nd century AD of Roman emperor Hadrian. Here you can see the most important architectural styles of the time such as the Greek, the Egyptian, and the Roman blend gracefully, while Villa d’Este is a Renaissance-style palace and garden exquisitely decorated with fountains and statues.

In addition, in Tivoli, you can also visit the beautiful Villa Gregoriana park, Albule thermal baths, and Hercules Sanctuary built in the 2nd century AD.

  • How to get to Tivoli from Rome: by train from Roma Tiburtina station, or by Cotral bus from Ponte Mammolo metro station, line B. Once in Tivoli, you can use the public transport C.A.T. to reach the different places.
  • Opening hours: Villa Adriana opens daily 9 am-7 pm in summer (until 5 pm in winter); Villa d’Este opens 8.30 am-6.45 pm in summer (until 4 in winter); Villa Gregoriana opens 10 am-4 pm in March, November, December (last entrance at 3 pm), until 6.30 pm April-October (last entrance at 5.30 pm), closed on Mondays. If Monday is a holiday, Villa Gregoriana stays open and closes the day after.
  • Tivoli’s official website for more info
  • Entrance fee: for Villa Adriana and Villa d’Este ticket is 8 €, for Villa Gregoriana 6 €.


One of my very favorite towns near Rome, Viterbo is a real pearl. As soon as you get off at Viterbo Porta Romana train station, you cross the road and find the first gate into the medieval heart of the city.

Viterbo is famous for being the official papal seat for a short time, unofficial for much longer, and home now to what’s known as the Palace of the Popes. The palace was built when the papal seat was going to be transferred to Viterbo from Rome in 1257. It’s located on a hill in the historical quarter with a beautiful view of the city and the surroundings and it’s possible to visit both the palace and the adjoining cathedral.

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A view of Viterbo, a must-visit town near Rome

The city is also known for its workshops, so if you stroll around the Quartiere San Pellegrino you can see some local handicrafts and do pretty fascinating shopping. One of my favorite art workshops is Laboratorio Artistica (via S. Pellegrino 8), where they produce the original Zaffera ceramics.

Viterbo is also home to wonderful thermal baths, so if you have some extra time in the city, do pamper yourself with some treatments or even only for a warm bath (entrance for only the baths is 10 € and you can soak as much as you like).

  • How to get to Viterbo from Rome: take the train from Roma Ostiense, Roma Trastevere, Roma San Pietro, or Valle Aurelia (also a metro station, line A), the ticket is 5 €, ride from 1 hour 50 minutes to 1 hour 30.
  • Opening hours of the Palace of the Popes: open daily 10 am-1 pm and 3-6 pm (in summer open until 7 pm, in August until 8 pm).
  • Check the official website for more information.
  • Entrance fee to the Palace of the Popes: 9 € and it includes the palace, the cathedral, and museum with the audioguide.

Tarquinia and Cerveteri

A beautiful medieval town, Cerveteri is home to some of the fascinating Etruscan ruins of central Italy. Actually, Cerveteri is the ancient capital of Etruria, and its necropolis is the most imposing among the Etruscan funerary remains.

Here you can take a stroll around the “city of the dead” and thanks to the 3D video installations, virtual reconstructions, and light and sound effects, you can see how the tombs as they were 2000 years ago and have a true time travel experience. In Cerveteri, you can visit also the Museo della Cerite which displays many Etruscan relics.

North of Cerveteri is Tarquinia, also an ancient Etruscan town where you can visit the necropolis that has been defined as “the first page of the great Italian paintings” thanks to the wonderful paintings representing scenes with hunters, fishermen, athletes, musicians, dancers, and jugglers. In Tarquinia, there is also an archaeological museum worth a visit.

  • How to get to Cerveteri from Rome: the best way is by car. If you decided not to drive in Rome, take the train from Roma Termini or San Pietro and get off at Marina di Cerveteri station from where you will take a bus from line D to Piazzale Moretti or Piazza Aldo Moro, and from here line G to the necropolis.
  • How to get to Tarquinia from Rome: take the train from Roma Termini station and get off at Tarquinia, from where you can either walk to the Etruscan necropolis or take a bus of line D.
  • Opening hours for Cerveteri and Tarquinia necropolis: 8.30 am to sunset, closed on Mondays, December 25th, January 1st.
  • Check the websites for Tarquinia and Cerveteri for more info (in Italian)
  • Entrance fee to Tarquinia and Cerveteri: tickets are 6 €, for Cerveteri the booking is mandatory and costs 2 €.

Terni – Cascata delle Marmore

Terni is in the Umbria region, but only an hour by train from Rome so totally doable in one day trip. The city is known as “the Italian Manchester” or “steel city” because of its industrious modern history. This is not all about Terni, though.

Image: Cascata delle Marmore is one of the best day trips from Rome.

The saint patron is Valentine, his relics are preserved in San Valentino Basilica, a popular pilgrimage site. So it’s easy to imagine that here Valentine’s Day is sort of a big deal and many events are organized the days before the 14th of February.

Terni, however, doesn’t end in Terni. From the station, take the bus to Cascata delle Marmore, Marmore Waterfalls, and enjoy a fantastic hike or walk (depending on the paths you choose) around this natural wonder that is actually man-made, the result of the Roman hydraulic genius in order to collect the waters from the Velino river that were becoming stagnating on the Sabina plain, and to merge the flow of the Nera and Velino rivers, making them tributary of each other.

Cascata delle Marmore is definitely one of the great day trips from Rome that will give you the chance to explore nature and delve into the history and tradition of central Italy.

  • How to get to Terni from Rome: train from Roma Termini, the ride is about one hour and the ticket costs 7 €.
  • Opening hours of Cascata delle Marmore: January and February the water in the falls is open only on weekends, while in the good season, they open it for a couple of hours in the morning and some hours in the afternoon and evening.
  • Before going, it’s good to check out the hours from the official website (in Italian)
  • Entrance fee for Cascata delle Marmore: 10 € for adults, 7 € for 5 to 10-year-olds.


A beautiful medieval town, Bracciano is also home to the Orsini Odescalchi Castle. This historic mansion is also famous for having been the venue for Tom Cruise’s wedding.

Built in the 15th century upon the commission of Napoleon Orsini to Italian architect Francesco di Giorgio Martini, throughout the century has been the object of dispute between Roman noble families Colonna and Borgia who fiercely fought for its ownership. To the point that in 1496 Pope Alexander VI Borgia confiscated it.

Image: Castello di Bracciano to see in one of the best day trips from Rome
A view of Castello Odescalchi in Bracciano

Residence of local noble clans and several popes, the castle is a must for any visit to this lovely town north of Rome.

Originally, Bracciano was a fishing and farming village existing already from Etruscan time, and in 1419 pope Martino V gave it up to the Orsini family. This is how, from the 15th century, the history of Bracciano is inextricably linked to the Orsini-Odescalchi clan.

The city lies on the shores of the famous Bracciano lake and is a perfect destination for a walk in nature, going on a boat, or, in summer, for a swim. This is not the only town lapped by the lake’s waters, and also hamlets like Anguillara Sabazia and Trevignano Romano make it for beautiful and regenerating day trips from Rome.

  • How to get to Bracciano from Rome: take the train from Roma Ostiense, Roma Trastevere or Roma San Pietro towards Viterbo, the same train stops both at Bracciano and Anguillara. The ticket is 4 €.
  • Opening hours for Castello Odescalchi: open daily. Monday-Friday 10 am-6 pm (winter until 5 pm), Saturday and Sunday 10 am-7 pm (winter until 6 pm). Last admission an hour before closing time.
  • Check Castello Odescalchi’s official website for more info
  • Entrance fee to Castello Odescalchi: for adults € 8.50, 6 € for children between 6 and 12 years old, free for children up to 5 years old.

Castelli Romani

Perched on the hills south of Rome is a cluster of picturesque towns and hamlets perfect for a hiking day out, a foodie trip, and a photography outing.

The symbol of the Castelli Romani group is Frascati, an ancient town famous for the historical Renaissance and Baroque villas that Roman noble families wanted to be surrounded by nature in the backdrop of the Colli Albani (Albani Hills).

Image: Castel Gandolfo one of the easiest day trips from Rome.

With time, Frascati has become always more popular among foreign tourists as well as Roman residents who like to regenerate on the weekend with a day out in nature, silence, and good food.

In Frascati, you can stroll around its beautiful streets, visit the sumptuous villas and mansions such as Villa Aldobrandini and Villa Falconieri, the churches such as San Pietro Cathedral, and enjoy the typical dishes, from the porchetta (spit-roasted pork) to the renowned local wines at one of the traditional osterie.

Nemi is also worth a visit during a day out at the Castelli Romani. Famous for its tiny little strawberries, when it’s not the season for these juicy delights, you can still stroll around its quaint alleys, visit the museum built around a Roman ship that was found in the area, and enjoy the view of the Nemi Lake.

Among the other towns of the Castelli Romani are Rocca di Papa, Castel Gandolfo to visit the summer residence of the Pope, Colonna, and Ariccia.

  • How to get to Castelli Romani from Rome: definitely by car as only Frascati can be reached by train (half an hour from Roma Termini), but once there, seldom are the public buses to go around the other villages.


Located some 45 km from Rome, Calcata is a tiny village perched on a tuff cliff. From above, you can view its rooftops and spot its medieval look like many other villages of the Tuscia region in the Lazio. Also inside, the small town still retains much of the original look it had in the Middle Ages between cobbled alleys, churches, and castles.

Strolling around the village you can stop at the many handicraft shops and artist workshops, and also have lunch in one of the many traditional restaurants.

Some of the best things to do in Calcata include strolling around the old town, seeing Castello degli Anguillara castle, visiting 17th-century Chiesa del SS. Nome del Gesù church, discovering the local artists’ workshops, and hiking in the woods surrounding the village and part of the Valle del Treja valley.

One of the most fascinating highlights of one of the most memorable day trips from Rome is strolling what’s known as Museo Opera Bosco, an open-air museum with some 40 artworks entirely made with natural material and displayed across over 2 hectares into the woods.

To reach Calcata from Rome, your best bet is to rent a car and drive there yourself. There are also some Cotral buses that stop nearby, but I’m not sure how many per day and also how many are on the way back to Rome. To get there, you’ll need to do a piece of the Raccordo Anulare (GRA, A90) and then follow the sign towards Calcata. The regional and council roads are narrow and two-way, and there are plenty of bends.

Once in Calcata, you can briefly stop at the entrance to take a picture of the view, but then you need to move the car as parking there is not allowed. Follow the P sign for the council parking not far from there. From the parking, you can get to the historic center via the staircase.

You can park inside the village only on weekdays as on weekends and holidays it’s ZTL (limited traffic zone). However, the space is very limited, so you will probably need to get to the parking.

  • How to reach Calcata: by car, merge onto the GRA (A90) and take the exit SS2bis/Cassia Veientana/Viterbo. After some 23 km, take the exit Trevignano/Mazzano and then merge onto SP37 and SP16b towards Via per Calcata.

Civita di Bagnoregio

Known as the city that is dying, Civita di Bagnoregio is one of the most scenic day trips from Rome. In fact, standing on a hilltop and reachable only on foot via a long bridge, you will constantly be surrounded by breathtaking views.

Once you get to Bagnoregio, if you are by car, I recommend parking in the city center close to the tourism info point where there is the paid blue-line parking. You need to pay for the parking from the ticket machine and set the hours you are going to stay (we paid for 5 hours to be safe). Enter the info point and buy the ticket to access Civita di Bagnoregio. To get to the entrance to the bridge you can either walk or take a shuttle bus (2€ for a return ticket).

Founded as an Etruscan settlement, Civita di Bagnoregio has a long history of thriving trading hub in the Middle Ages and a rich Renaissance city. Earthquakes and the gradual collapsing of the mountains caused much of its population to move away down the mountain where the city of Bagnoregio was founded.

Image: View of Civita di Bagnoregio, one of the best day trips from Rome. Photo by Rome Actually

Over the years, Civita has been an endangered city for both the natural elements and due to its residents leaving their homes. Currently, Civita is inhabited by 15 citizens and kept alive mainly by travelers visiting it, staying for lunch in one of the main local restaurants, and occasionally also spending the night in one of the B&Bs.

Getting lost in the maze of winding cobbled alleys surrounding the main square and seeing the few landmarks such as the church and the lovely private garden property of a local organic farm.

  • How to reach Civita di Bagnoregio from Rome: by public transport, you need to take the train to Orvieto and from there the bus to Bagnoregio. Once in the city of Bagnoregio, you need to walk to the entrance of the bridge to the ancient city of Civita. Your best option is to reach Civita di Bagnoregio by car and Google Maps is your friend. Depending on where you are leaving from, by car you can directly merge onto the GRA (A90) and take the exit SS2bis/Cassia Veientana/Viterbo to merge onto SS2bis and SR2. You will pass towns like Sutri and Vetralla and then reach Bagnoregio via Strada Teverina and SP6.
  • Entrance fee: 5€.
  • Official website.

Sant’Angelo di Roccalvecce

Are you traveling to Rome with your children? Or are you a fan of fairy tales yourself? Then you can’t possibly miss a day trip to Sant’Angelo di Roccalvecce in the Tuscia region around Viterbo. Around an hour from Rome, driving towards Viterbo and near the Umbria region is an enchanted village where time seems to have frozen.

Image: Sant'Angelo fairy tales village is one of the coolest day trips from Rome to go with children.

Home to very few residents, you will have the impression of stepping into a children’s book of fairy tales. From The Little Mermaid to Snow White to Peter Pan, the characters of the most famous stories will be winking at you from every corner of the village.

Of course, alongside our heroes will be also their forever companions as well as foes. So you will see Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs but the Wolf will be looming over them. The same applies to Hansel and Gretel: you will see them tucking into the facade of the delicious gingerbread and candy house but the Witch will be right there, sinister and wicked.

In Sant’Angelo village there is only one restaurant, Mastro Ciliegia, so if you decide to take this day trip from Rome and want to eat out, make sure you book your table at least one day before or even two if you are going on the weekend.

  • How to reach Sant’Angelo di Roccalvecce from Rome: Driving is the best way to reach the village of Sant’Angelo from Rome. There are two ways, and while the distance is about the same, one is faster because it goes through the A1 highway while the other runs through provincial roads and local villages. The A1 is a toll highway but not too expensive, €5,40.

Sacro Bosco di Bomarzo

I have been wanting to visit Sacro Bosco di Bomarzo (Bomarzo Sacred Wood) for a while because I read much about it. I was sure I would have liked it but it truly exceeded my expectations. And even more surprising, my 3-year-old loved it to the extent that he even forgot it was lunchtime and he was hungry.

Bomarzo Sacred Wood is also known as the Park of Monsters (Parco dei Mostri) because of all the stone creatures that populate it. From mythological figures to pagan gods to monsters to fantasy animals such as winged horses, from the moment you step into this fantastic park, you will be surrounded by the weirdest creatures and buildings.

Image: Bomarzo park of monsters is one of the coolest day trips from Rome.

The creation of the Mannerist Sacro Bosco di Bomarzo park was ordered by Pier Francesco Orsini, an Italian nobleman, military leader, patron of the arts, and lord of Bomarzo until 1581. He started it around the mid-16th century and in 1552 the first section was already completed.

Alongside dreamlike sculptures and surreal landscapes, giant creatures, and grotesque elements, you can also see weird buildings such as a reclining house. We entered and felt like falling as if in a ship sailing through the rough sea.

Inside Bomarzo park there is only one restaurant that gets crowded and fully booked on busy days, especially weekends or holidays such as Easter Monday. So if you are visiting Rome during Easter and want to spend here Pasquetta, you should either bring your own food as there is a devoted picnic area or book a table at least from the day before.

There are also other restaurants in the nearby Bomarzo town but they are not many and get fully booked in no time.

  • How to reach Sacro Bosco di Bomarzo from Rome: You can take the A1 highway also to go to Bomarzo park, it will be faster than crossing the little villages and it’s not too expensive: we spent €4,60.
  • Entrance fee: Adults 13€.
  • Official website.


Sutri is a very easy day trip to take because it’s just half an hour’s drive north of Rome.

Sutri is located among the slopes of the Cimini Mounts and those of the Sabatini Mounts around Bracciano Lake. The archaeological park of the ancient city of Sutri is a protected area situated on a plateau where on top is Villa Savorelli while on the valley towards the modern town of Sutri are some of the most important archaeological sites of the area.

Some of the highlights of the ancient site include the necropolis, the amphitheater, and the old church where is also a Mithra temple.

This is a fantastic and multifaceted excursion because there are many things to see belonging to different ages. Apart from the archaeological ruins, in fact, don’t forget to visit also the lovely village.

  • How to reach Sutri from Rome: The best way to get to Sutri from Rome is by driving. You can also reach by public transport but instead of half an hour, it would take you three hours. By car, you can choose to take the GRA (ring road) or the Cassia road and the regional SR2. With the GRA, the road is longer but it will take less than driving through the local roads because it’s a highway.
  • Entrance fee: Adults 8€.


Located south of Rome, Sermoneta is a wonderful destination to consider for a day trip from the capital. A hill town in the Latina province, Sermoneta is famous for the large castle owned by the important Caetani family, the scenic Valvisciolo Abbey, and the 13th-century Romanesque-style cathedral.

Along with visiting its historical highlights, a great thing to do in Sermoneta is simply walking around its medieval center of winding cobbled alleys. If you have some extra time, you can also visit the beautiful Giardino di Ninfa, nymph’s garden, less than 10 km from Sermoneta. Also located in the Latina province, it’s considered one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in Italy.

  • How to reach Sermoneta from Rome: You can reach Sermoneta by public transport and by car. The best way to reach Sermoneta is by car because it would take an hour and a half instead of the 3+ hours using public transport because you would have to change several means of transportation including trains and buses. By car, you need to take the GRA A90 highway towards Via Pontina and then merge into the local roads to Sermoneta.


Subiaco is a medieval town immersed in the beauty of the Parco Naturale Regionale dei Monti Simbruini. It’s a great day trip from Rome because it’s quite close, but if you can afford a little longer in the region, Subiaco is totally worth staying a couple of days.

The town is famous for the San Benedetto Monastery perched on the verge of a cliff in the Anion valley, but it offers fantastic walks around its historic center made of cobbled alleys and medieval buildings, including the paper workshops. Trekking and hiking fans won’t want to miss the chance for great excursions in the nearby regional park of the Simbruini Mounts, of the valley of the Aniene river, and of the charming Livata Mount, famous ski resort in winter.

  • How to reach Subiaco from Rome: By car, you need to take the toll A24 highway, and depending on where you are in Rome, you first need to merge into the A90 GRA highway. From the A24, take the exit following the signs for Cineto Romano/Sambuci/Roviano/Anticoli Corrado/Saracinesco/Arsoli/Subiaco/Monte Livata. Alternatively, you can reach by public transport by taking a bus to Subiaco from the Ponte Mammolo metro station on the B line. Using public transport, it’s going to be longer, around 3 hours instead of 1/1 and a half needed with the car.


Anagni is an ancient town in the province of Frosinone. Its moniker of city of popes was earned because Anagni is the birthplace of four popes, Innocent III, Alexander IV, Gregory IX, and Bonifacio VIII.

The ancient Anagnia capital of the Ernici on a hill between the Ernici mountains and the Sacco Valley, Anagni became a thriving medieval center. Strolling around the old town, you can see its elegant buildings, Romanesque-style churches and bell towers, and important palaces such as the 13th-century mansion of Boniface VIII and the civic palace. Among the highlights is the town’s cathedral and its beautifully frescoed crypt.

  • How to reach Anagni from Rome: It’s possible to reach Anagni from Rome by public transport but there are so many changes that it will take you a really long time. Plus, if you miss a train or a bus, the traveling time will increase even more. Your best bet is to drive to Anagni. You need to get to the GRA A90 highway, merge into the tolled A24 and A1 highways for some 50 km in total and take the exit to Anagni/Fiuggi.

Celleno Ghost Town

Not far from the dying town of Civita di Bagnoregio, also in the Tuscia region of Viterbo, not far from Orvieto. Built on a tuff spur, Celleno has very ancient origins. Archaeological digs found traces dating to Etruscan times, but it’s in the Middle Ages that Celleno knew its highest moments.

In its oldest phase, this was a stronghold of the Counts of Bagnoregio, lords of the whole area, built between the 10th and 11th centuries. From being a built-up center part of the jurisdiction of Bagnoregio, in the 12th century, Celleno was incorporated in the municipality of Bagnoregio. It remained a castle in the Viterbo area ruled by a public Podestà until the 14th century when Celleno was given in concession to the Gatti wealthy clan from Viterbo by the Holy See.

Similarly to Civita di Bagnoregio, also Celleno went through several natural disasters throughout the centuries, such as earthquakes and landslides. Today, it’s a fascinating ghost town next to the modern Celleno and surrounded by vegetation and beautiful views.

  • How to reach Celleno from Rome: You need a car to reach Celleno from Rome. From the A90 GRA highway, merge into the tolled A1 highway towards Firenze and take the exit Orte – Viterbo SS675. From the exit Bagnaia/Montefiascone, merge into SP Acquarossa and then SP Teverina towards Celleno. You will see the signs to “Celleno Borgo Fantasma”.

Antica Monterano

Monterano Antica, the ancient Monterano, is another ghost village north of Rome located west of Bracciano Lake and some 2 km from the modern town of Canale Monterano. Its geographic location between the Tolfa and the Sabatini Mounts in the heart of the Monterano Nature Reserve is revealing of its geologic mix of tuff and calcareous formations.

An old Etruscan hub, the Romans built here a settlement, expanded the local road network and built an aqueduct. With the increasing attacks against Rome and its territories, also this area became the target of the barbarian invasions, draining the region and impoverishing the population.

This is why in the 6th century, the local bishop and the residents of nearby cities decided to move to Monterano because on top of the hill and easier to protect. Seat of the bishop and with an increasing population, this is when Monterano started to become a thriving center. This lasted until the 10th century when the seat of the bishop was moved to Sutri and people started to move away from Monterano, by then inhabited only by the lord of the castle, the feud’s functionaries, and the servants.

Today Antica Monterano is a fascinating historical sites with ancient ruins and important monuments belonging to different eras such as the Roman aqueduct, the palace of the local lord, and the church and monastery of San Bonaventura built following a project by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

  • How to reach Antica Monterano from Rome: Located north of Rome, the best way to reach Antica Monterano from Rome is by car. Depending on where you are, you won’t even need to merge into the A90 GRA highway. Follow the Via Braccianese/Claudia road SP493 towards Canale Monterano and follow the signs to the ancient city.


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About The Author: Angela Corrias

Hi, my name is Angela Corrias! I am an Italian journalist, photographer, and blogger living in Rome. After over ten years of living abroad, I finally came to the conclusion that in order to better organize my future adventures, I needed a base. Since I know and love Rome so much, I moved back to the Eternal City. This is how Rome Actually was born. Here, I cover everything about Rome, from the local food to the culture to Roman history.

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