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Tours in the countryside near Rome. Wine tasting and olive oil sampling. Day trips from Rome by private car with English speaking driver guide.

Tuscany isn't the only beautiful country in Italy and neither it is the only place where they make good wine. If you are in Rome and want to see some beautiful countryside, you don't need to spend your day driving on the motorway to get to Tuscany and back, a few miles from Rome you can visit some amazing sites and taste great wines and foods.  Spend your time sightseeing, sampling local wines and other products instead of spending your day driving on the motorway.

However, we're ready to take you on day trips to Tuscany, Florence, Chianti, Pompeii, Positano, Amalfi, Assisi, Orvieto, Umbria  or anywhere else you like.

 

 
Half day tours in Rome's countryside by private car with English speaking driver guide. Private tours by car for small groups.

   Half day tour from Rome to Tivoli

   Half day tour from Rome to The Roman Castles

   Half day tour from Rome to Ostia Antica

 

Villa D'Este, the "Ovato" fountain

Half-day tour to Villa D'Este in Tivoli. 4 hours

Villa D'Este - Fishponds and fountain of Neptune

We meet at your hotel in Rome at the time you like and drive to Tivoli.

We will be driving on the motorway towards Tivoli and reach it within 45 minutes. Once in town we'll park the car and stroll through its quaint medieval streets to enjoy the atmosphere and reach Villa D'Este. We'll also be able to see Tivoli's castle from the outside and take pictures of it. Villa D'Este was built in the 16th Century for the Cardinal Ippolito D'Este (son of the famous Lucrezia Borgia) when he became the governor of Tivoli, the beautiful building is world known for its astounding gardens which are decorated by hundreds of artistic water fountains. Possibly, before getting back on the motorway, we'll visit the ruins of the famous residence of the Emperor Hadrian: Hadrian's Villa. The villa was the Emperor's "ideal city", a retreat from the chaos of Rome and the classical buildings in it reproduced the best elements of the material cultures of Egypt, Greece, and Rome. If we omit the visit of Hadrian's Villa, we'll have time to stop and look at the Travertine marble quarries. Tivoli is in fact the place where the ancient Romans quarried the marble they built Rome with.
Hadrian's Villa, it's not an easy place to visit, you have to walk a lot, up and down the steep hill on uneven surface, why not use the time to stroll down the streets of medieval Tivoli instead?

Villa D'Este - Fishponds and fountain of Neptune
 

Not on Mondays!

Rates per vehicle for this shore excursion:
sedan (1/4 persons) 290 €;
minivan (4 persons) 310 €;
minivan (5/6 persons) 350 €;
minivan (7/8 persons) 370 €.
Driving time:
Rome to Tivoli: 45'
Tivoli/Rome: 45'
These rates include:
4 hours of touring (including pick up and drop off) in the requested vehicle conducted by experienced driving guide and VAT (value added tax).
Rates do not include entrance fees or meals and drinks.

 

Castelgandolfo, the square
  Castelgandolfo, the square

Half-day tour to Castelgandolfo and Nemi. This can also be a wine tasting tour. 4 hours

Nemi

We meet at your hotel in Rome at the time you like and drive to the hills south-east of Rome. They call this area the Roman Castles since these towns originated from the castles the Roman nobles built on the most suitable hill in their property. Over the years the people built their homes outside the castles so to be protected by it and finally they built walls around the city for more protection. When better times came, in the Renaissance, those castles were made into villas and the nobles spent their summers there in better climate than Rome. The location and the climate were ideal for cultivating grape vines and the area has always been known for producing wonderful white wines. The wines are usually named after the town where they are produced and, to my advice, the most famous is the wine produced in the town of Frascati. The area has beautiful hills and lakes and the little towns have a special quaint atmosphere. The first one of the towns we reach is Grottaferrata, there we can visit the Abbey founded in the 10th Century by St. Nilo. Later we proceed driving on the beautiful "Via dei Laghi" (the road of the lakes) to Nemi. The road climbs the hills between the woods of the Alban Hills and offers breath taking panoramas of the towns and the lakes. Nemi is a lovely little town overlooking the homonymous lake and known for producing special strawberries. Finally we'll reach Castelgandolfo which is the most charming of the small towns in the area. It will be possible to make a stop at local restaurant for a typical lunch. Castelgandolfo was chosen in the 17th Century by Pope Urban VIII Barberini to be the Summer Residence of the Popes, so that's where still today the Pope spends there the months of July and August. The Papal Residence cannot be visited, but the Palace can be seen from the outside. In Castelgandolfo are also shops that represent the local wineries, so you can go wine tasting. The area is also well known for its food and willingly you could have a nice lunch in one of the restaurants in the area. Wine tasting can also be arranged at one of the local wineries. Nemi
Rates per vehicle for this shore excursion:
sedan (1/4 persons) 290 €;
minivan (4 persons) 310 €;
minivan (5/6 persons) 350 €;
minivan (7/8 persons) 370 €.
Driving time:
Rome/Grottaferrata: 30'
Grottaferrata to Nemi: 30'
Nemi to Castelgandolfo: 30'
Castelgandolfo/Rome: 30'
These rates include:
4 hours of touring (including pick up and drop off) in the requested vehicle conducted by experienced driving guide and VAT (value added tax).
Rates do not include entrance fees or meals and drinks.
 

  Ostia Antica, view of the ruins
Half-day tour to Ostia Antica. 4 hours The theatre in Ostia Antica
We meet at your hotel in Rome at the time you like and drive to Ostia Antica via the oldest motorway in Italy, the "Via Del Mare". Located at the mouth of the Tiber river, only a half-hour drive from Rome, the visit of Ostia is like the visit of Tivoli and the Roman Castles: a relaxing trip to one of the most interesting places just outside of Rome. Ostia Antica (Ancient Ostia) was founded in the fifth century B.C., as a military fort, a "Castrum", that guarded the river mouth against sea borne invasions. Ostia later gained prominence as the domestic landing for cargo boats. According to ancient sources it was the oldest Roman colony. Ostia is easily comparable to Pompeii: you walk through the ruins of a city that was abandoned in the fifth century A.D.. It is in fact a magical alternative to the crowded, and far from Rome, Pompeii as well as it is complementary to the visit of Pompeii, in Ostia you can really see how the Romans lived and worked, in Pompeii you can see how they vacationed! Ostia was for one thousand and five hundred years a ghost town, covered by marshy swamp and infested with malaria. In the early nineteen hundreds, the Italian Government ordered the first systematic archaeological excavations, and to this day, with every unearthed stone, they add to our knowledge and understanding of a city that once stood next to Rome in grandeur. The theatre in Ostia Antica

Not on Mondays!

Rates per vehicle for this shore excursion:
sedan (1/4 persons) 290 €;
minivan (4 persons) 310 €;
minivan (5/6 persons) 350 €;
minivan (7/8 persons) 370 €.

Driving time:
Rome/Ostia: 30'
Ostia/Rome: 30

These rates include:
4 hours of touring (including pick up and drop off) in the requested vehicle conducted by experienced driving guide and VAT (value added tax).
Rates do not include entrance fees or meals and drinks.
   

Six-hour tours between Rome and the country. The Catacombs and the Roman Castles

  The town of Nemi
The Catacombs and the Roman Castles The square in Castelgandolfo

Suppose you've toured Rome with us by golf cart and didn't have the time to include the Catacombs in your city tour and you also wanted to see a little of the Roman countryside and taste some of the famous wines they produce in the area and enjoy an authentic Roman lunch, this is the tour for you.

We meet you at your hotel around 10:00 or 10:30 am and we drive you to the Catacombs via the world famous "Old Appian Way" the first road the Romans built. We stop for pictures of the most evocative spot on the way to the Catacombs and tour the ancient Christian Cemetery accompanied by a guide.

At the end of the tour of the Catacombs we get back in the minivan and drive to Castelgandolfo. Once there we can stroll through the streets of the quaint  little town and enjoy the panorama of the Volcanic Lake and the surrounding hills.

After a nice lunch with wine sampling we get back in the car and drive to Nemi, another charming little town overlooking another volcanic lake.

Nemi is famous for the special, tasty little strawberries and you'll have the opportunity to sample them, with a scoop of ice-cream maybe, as you'll wander around and explore the place. From Nemi we will return to Rome.

The square in Castelgandolfo
 
Rates per vehicle for this shore excursion:
sedan (1/4 persons) 400 €;
minivan (4 persons) 450 €;
minivan (5/6 persons) 500 €;
minivan (7/8 persons) 550 €.

Driving time:
central Rome/Catacombs: 20'
Catacombs/Castelgandolfo: 30'

Castelgandolfo/Nemi: 30'

Nemi/Rome: 45'

These rates include:
6 hours of touring (including pick up and drop off) in the requested vehicle conducted by experienced driving guide and VAT (value added tax).
Rates do not include entrance fees or meals and drinks.
 

Full day Rome countryside tours for small groups by private car with English speaking driver guide.
 

  Villa D'Este, the statue of Minerva at the "Rometta" fountain
Full day excursion to Tivoli and Subiaco. 8 hours

Not on Mondays!

An unforgettable day in the country visiting two of the most interesting sites in Italy, each unique in its kind!

A full day tour to one of the most impressive ancient monasteries in Italy, the "Sacro Speco" founded by St. Benedict of Norcia, combined with a great lunch and the visit of Villa D'Este and outstanding Villa built for the Cardinal Ippolito II in the 16th century and its famous park decorated with many spectacular fountains.

We will meet you at your hotel and get on the motorway to drive to Subiaco. We will reach the place in about one hour. Subiaco is famous for being the location of two important monasteries: St. Benedict's, called "Sacro Speco" and St. Scolastica, but also for having been the birth place of two of the most famous Italian women: Lucrezia Borgia and Gina Lollobrigida! It's the "Sacro Speco" though the real attraction in Subiaco. This incredible monastery built and decorated between the 12th and 13th century is really unbelievable. Built on the cave where St. Benedict lived, it consists in a labyrinth of chapels all beautifully decorated with frescos, and one of the frescoes is a portrait of St. Francis made when he was still alive and before he received his stigmata. It's in fact the only picture of the Saint without the stigmata and the halo!

After visiting the "Sacro Speco", before we move to Tivoli to visit Villa D'Este, we can stop for lunch in Subiaco, in a little family run restaurant housed in the cellars of the Rocca (castle) of the Borgias where the famous Lucrezia was born.

Once in Tivoli we'll stroll through the streets of the medieval town to get to the Villa D'Este and visit the place. Built in the 16th Century for the Cardinal Ippolito D'Este (son of the famous Lucrezia Borgia) when he became the governor of Tivoli, the beautiful villa is world known for its astounding garden decorated by hundreds of artistic water fountains.

Time permitting, on the way back to Rome, we will stop to look at the marble quarries at the foot of the hill on the way to Tivoli

Subiaco, the "Sacro Speco" monastery
Rates per vehicle for this tour:
sedan (1/4 persons) 560 Euros;
minivan (4 persons) 600 Euros;
minivan (5/6 persons) 640 Euros;
minibus (7/8 persons) 660 Euros.

Driving time:
Rome to Subiaco: 1 hr

Subiaco to Tivoli: 30'

Tivoli to Rome: 45'

These rates include:

8 hours of touring (including pick up and drop off) in the requested vehicle conducted by experienced driving guide and VAT (value added tax).

Rates do not include entrance fees or meals and drinks.

   

  Ostia Antica, the theatre
Full day excursion to Tivoli and Ostia. 8 hours

Not on Mondays!

The most visited places outside of Rome: Ostia Antica and Tivoli. You'll go back in history to the days of the glory of Rome visiting the Ruins of the harbor of Ostia and you'll see the pomp of Papal Rome in Tivoli touring Villa D'Este. Ostia rivals with Pompeii as well as Villa D'Este in Tivoli rivals with the French royal palace of Versailles. Each one of these places has its unique charm and in a day's time you can see them both traveling a few miles from Rome. Founded at the mouth of the Tiber river, only half an hour drive from Rome, Ostia Antica (Ancient Ostia) offers the unique opportunity of exploring a Roman port city, though in ruins, and to learn about life at the time of the Roman Empire. Founded in the fifth century B.C., as a military fort, the Castrum, Ostia guarded the river mouth against sea borne invasions and later became Rome's most important landing for cargo ships. The visit of Ostia is comparable to the visit of Pompeii: a walk through the ruins of an ancient abandoned Roman city, but a much more relaxed visit since Ostia doesn't get the thousands of tourists Pompeii gets. The reason for this is that it's not as well known as Pompeii and it's too close to Rome which catalyzes everyone's interest. For 1500 years Ostia was a ghost town, a marshy swamp infested with malaria until, in the late 1800's, the Italian Government started the first archaeological excavation and, yet today, not all of Ancient Ostia has been dug out, but don't worry, we'll not put a shovel in your hand!. From Ostia we'll skirt Rome driving on the freeway the belts the city and get on the motorway to Tivoli. It'll your choice whether to have a nice lunch by the sea in Ostia before we leave the place or in Tivoli when we get there. Basically the choice is between fish or meat, but in any case we promise it'll be a great lunch!  Time permitting, once in proximity of Tivoli,  we will stop to look at the travertine marble quarries. 

Tivoli, the "Ovato" fountain
Tivoli, the "Ovato" fountain
Once we reach Tivoli we'll park our car and stroll through the evocative streets of  the medieval town to get to the Villa D'Este and visit it. The villa was built in the 16th Century for the Cardinal Ippolito D'Este (son of the famous Lucrezia Borgia) when he became the governor of Tivoli and became immediately famous worldwide for its astounding garden the artistic water fountains it contains. At the end of all this, you'll be accompanied back to your hotel.

Rates per vehicle for this tour:
sedan (1/4 persons) 530 Euros;

minivan (4 persons) 550 Euros;

minivan (5/6 persons) 600 Euros;

minibus (7/8 persons) 650 Euros.

Driving time:
Rome/Ostia: 30'

Ostia to Tivoli: 1hr

Tivoli/Rome: 45'

These rates include:

8 hours of touring (including pick up and drop off) in the requested vehicle conducted by experienced driving guide and VAT (value added tax).

Rates do not include entrance fees or meals and drinks.

 

  Ostia Antica, the Capitolium
Full day tour to Ostia, Castelgandolfo and Nemi. 8 hours

Not on Mondays!

We'll meet you at your hotel in the morning and drive to Ostia, via Italy's oldest motorway, the "Via Del Mare" in about half an hour. Ostia Antica "Ancient Ostia" was originally founded by the Romans to protect their city from any potential sea borne invader but later became Rome's most important sea port, the landing for all cargo ships that supplied Rome with all its necessities.

The walk though the ruins of Ostia can be compared to the visit of the ruins of Pompeii, though Ostia is much quieter since it doesn't get all the visitors the more famous Pompeii gets, and its exploration is therefore much more relaxing.

Ostia was abandoned after the fall of the Roman Empire and only at the end of the 19th century the Italian Government started to dig out the ruins and the entire city hasn't been dug out yet!

You'll able to choose between having your lunch in Ostia before getting back on the road on on the hills of the Roman Castles when we get there, in other words, do you want to eat meat or fish?

We'll get back on the "Via Del Mare" and then via the G.R.A. freeway that enables us to skirt Rome, we'll get on the Via Appia which will take us to Castelgandolfo.

This is a lovely little town by a volcanic lake where, since the 1600's the Popes have had their Summer Residence. The Papal Palace cannot be visited, but you'll enjoy walking the quaint streets and the panorama of the lake.

This area goes by the name of Castelli Romani (Roman Castles) since the hilltop towns originated from the country castles of the Roman noble families. Later, in the Renaissance, most of the castles were made into more comfortable residences where the nobles could spend the summer away from the heat of Rome. Which is what happened to the castle of the Gandolfo family when the Pope bought it.

The ideal climate and the fertility of the soil of the hills did so that what is mainly cultivated in this area is grapes from which the famous Castelli Romani wine is produced. Therefore, if you decide to have lunch in this area, you can also try the different kinds of wines it produces.

We proceed then driving on the "Via dei Laghi" (Lakes' Road) to Nemi. We'll climb the hills driving through the woods of the Alban Hills enjoying breathtaking panoramas. Nemi is a lovely little town on another volcanic lake that's named after the city (or vice versa!). The town is known for the special tiny strawberries cultivated in its environment.

At the end of the tour, you'll be driven back to your hotel.

If you wish, we can also arrange for you to visit of a local winery !

The town of Nemi
The town of Nemi

 
Rates per vehicle for this tour:
sedan (1/4 persons) 560 Euros;
minivan (4 persons) 600 Euros;
minivan (5/6 persons) 640 Euros;
minibus (7/8 persons) 660 Euros.

Driving time:
Rome/Ostia: 30'

Ostia to Nemi: 45'

Nemi to Castelgandolfo: 30'

Castelgandolfo/Rome: 30'

These rates include:

8 hours of touring (including pick up and drop off) in the requested vehicle conducted by experienced driving guide and VAT (value added tax).

Rates do not include entrance fees or meals and drinks.

 

Nemi, view of the city
  Nemi, view of the city
 
Full day tour to Tivoli, Castelgandolfo and Nemi. 8 hours

Not on Mondays!

We'll meet you at your hotel in the morning and we'll drive to Tivoli to visit the Villa D'Este, the renowned residence built in 1550 for the Cardinal Ippolito II D'Este with its fantastic gardens and incredible fountains. At the end of the tour of the Villa we'll not drive down from the Tiburtini mountains to get back on the motorway towards Rome like most would do, but we'll instead drive through the olive groves the the area of Tivoli is known for. The road we'll be traveling on does not have much traffic, we'll be driving on the mountain side surrounded by olive groves, but offers breath taking panoramas.

We can stop for a memorable lunch, in a little out of the way place only frequented by locals, that will cost less than breakfast at your hotel but will be really authentic and home cooked.

We will drive through a few interesting medieval towns and we'll stop to take pictures and admire the view.

We'll finally descend the mountains to cross the valley and climb the Alban Hills where they mostly grow grapes and make the famous white wine that generally goes by the name of "Vino dei Castelli" (wine of the castles) but changes it's denomination according to the city where it's produced and so you have the Frascati, Marino, Velletri wines atcetera.

Once we arrive in the area of the Roman Castles we'll drive though Marino and Frascati to get to Castel Gandolfo, built on the ridge of a volcanic lake, where the Pope has his Summer Residence, and we'll stop for a look around.

We'll then drive to Nemi, a lovely little town similar to Castelgandolfo and also built on the ridge of another volcanic lake, but with more charm and tasty little strawberries that are sold practically everywhere and that you'll be able to taste.

After our visit of Nemi we will return to the hotel driving on the Via Appia.

If you wish, we can also arrange for you to visit of a local winery or an oil press!

 

 

San Gregorio, which we will pass driving from Tivoli to the Roman Castles
San Gregorio, a stop during the tour to Tivoli to the Roman Castles.

Rates per vehicle for this tour:
sedan (1/4 persons) 530 Euros;

minivan (4 persons) 550 Euros;

minivan (5/6 persons) 600 Euros;

minibus (7/8 persons) 650 Euros.

Driving time:
Rome/Tivoli: 45'

Tivoli/Castelgandolfo: 1.15 hr

Castelgandolfo/Nemi to : 30'

Nemi/Rome: 1hr

These rates include:

8 hours of touring (including pick up and drop off) in the requested vehicle conducted by experienced driving guide and VAT (value added tax).

Rates do not include entrance fees or meals and drinks.

 

  Anagni, the cathedral
Full day tour of Ciociaria. 8 hours Abbey of Trisulti

If you want to get away from all the tourists and see real Italy, this is the tour for you! We'll meet you at your hotel in Rome and drive on the A1 motorway heading south-east to reach Anagni. The trip will take only about one hour, but it'll take you to a different world. Ciociaria is and area that hasn't developed tourism like Tuscany or Umbria yet, ,but has just as much to offer to the tourist , if not more...

This tour will take you to see quaint medieval towns; a castle built 1000 years ago, where a Pope was imprisoned, still inhabited by the descendants of the original family; an abbey on the mountains founded in 1204 with intriguing hidden chapels and cloisters and the secret for the philosopher's stone written on the wall; the shop of an artist who makes his pictures using wood instead of oil colors; mysterious walls built with gigantic stone boulders thousands of years ago plus, wherever we'll go, you'll probably be the only foreign tourists there!

Come and discover Ciociaria, you'll have a great time and you'll see it before all the other tourists will discover it!

The area is named “Ciociaria” after the special shoes, called “cioce”,  which the locals traditionally wore.

We leave Rome in  the morning and drive to Anagni where we'll visit the famous cathedral built in the 12th century and enjoy walking its evocative medieval streets. Than we'll proceed driving up the mountains to reach the Abbey of Trisulti which we'll visit. From Trisulti we'll descend to Fumone, where we can visit the fascinating castle, driving by Alatri famous for its well preserved "Cyclopean Walls".

In Fumone we can also have lunch a great restaurant where they serve only food and wine from the area for an amazingly convenient price..

After visiting Fumone we'll stop to visit a winery and then return to Rome.

 

If you wish, we can also arrange for you to visit of a local winery or an oil press!

 

 

 
Rates per vehicle for this tour:
sedan (1/4 persons) 560 Euros;
minivan (4 persons) 600 Euros;
minivan (5/6 persons) 640 Euros;
minibus (7/8 persons) 660 Euros.
Driving time:
Rome to Anagni: 1hr
Anagni to Trisulti: 35’hr
Trisulti to Fumone: 30'
Fumone to Rome: 1hr
These rates include:

8 hours of touring (including pick up and drop off) in the requested vehicle conducted by experienced driving guide and VAT (value added tax).

Rates do not include entrance fees or meals and drinks.

 

Full day tour of Ciociaria. 8 hours Abbey of Trisulti

If you want to get away from all the tourists and see real Italy, this is the tour for you! We'll meet you at your hotel in Rome and drive on the A1 motorway heading south-east to reach Anagni. The trip will take only about one hour, but it'll take you to a different world. Ciociaria is and area that hasn't developed tourism like Tuscany or Umbria yet, ,but has just as much to offer to the tourist , if not more...

This tour will take you to see quaint medieval towns; a castle built 1000 years ago, where a Pope was imprisoned, still inhabited by the descendants of the original family; an abbey on the mountains founded in 1204 with intriguing hidden chapels and cloisters and the secret for the philosopher's stone written on the wall; the shop of an artist who makes his pictures using wood instead of oil colors; mysterious walls built with gigantic stone boulders thousands of years ago plus, wherever we'll go, you'll probably be the only foreign tourists there!

Come and discover Ciociaria, you'll have a great time and you'll see it before all the other tourists will discover it!

The area is named “Ciociaria” after the special shoes, called “cioce”,  which the locals traditionally wore.

We leave Rome in  the morning and drive to Anagni where we'll visit the famous cathedral built in the 12th century and enjoy walking its evocative medieval streets. Than we'll proceed driving up the mountains to reach the Abbey of Trisulti which we'll visit. From Trisulti we'll descend to Fumone, where we can visit the fascinating castle, driving by Alatri famous for its well preserved "Cyclopean Walls".

In Fumone we can also have lunch a great restaurant where they serve only food and wine from the area for an amazingly convenient price..

After visiting Fumone we'll stop to visit a winery and then return to Rome.

 

If you wish, we can also arrange for you to visit of a local winery or an oil press!

 

 
Rates per vehicle for this tour:
sedan (1/4 persons) 560 Euros;
minivan (4 persons) 600 Euros;
minivan (5/6 persons) 640 Euros;
minibus (7/8 persons) 660 Euros.
Driving time:
Rome to Anagni: 1hr
Anagni to Trisulti: 35’hr
Trisulti to Fumone: 30'
Fumone to Rome: 1hr
These rates include:

8 hours of touring (including pick up and drop off) in the requested vehicle conducted by experienced driving guide and VAT (value added tax).

Rates do not include entrance fees or meals and drinks.

 

  Sermoneta, view of the city
Full day tour to Sermoneta, Ninfa and Valvisciolo. 8 hours Ninfa

This tour will take to visit places in the area known as Agro Pontino, land that the Romans reclaimed from a marsh when they built the Old Appian Way which runs, as straight as an arrow, through it for 50 miles!

The tour covers Sermoneta, a well preserved medieval city with its sturdy fortress which in the 15h century was property of the Borgia;  the Abbey of Valvisciolo, built originally in the 8th century, and controlled by the Knights Templars in the 13th century; the town of Bassiano, famous for the outstanding "prosciutto" they produce there, with its well preserved belt of medieval walls and Ninfa, an abandoned medieval town which hoses one of Italy's best botanic gardens which, unfortunately is only open to the public on special (few) days each year.

We meet you in the morning at your hotel and drive to Sermoneta, we park the car and walk through its evocative streets to reach the Fortress which can be visited every hour on the hour joining a tour group accompanied by a local guide (included in the entrance fee). The guide doesn't speak English, but we'll interpret for you. After touring the fortress we can take time for lunch in Sermoneta or in Bassiano to taste the famous prosciutto. The restaurants in Bassiano are not open year round (this is another tour off the beaten path) they're only open in the summer. From Bassiano we retrace our steps to Valvisciolo to visit this beautiful abbey with its enchanting cloister and church. On the way back to Rome we'll stop to look at the abandoned, flooded, town of Ninfa. We'll not be able to walk through its streets because its part of the botanical garden which is closed to the public, but even seen from far is the place is spectacular, especially at sunset.

Ninfa

 
Rates per vehicle for this tour:
sedan (1/4 persons) 560 Euros;
minivan (4 persons) 600 Euros;
minivan (5/6 persons) 640 Euros;
minibus (7/8 persons) 660 Euros.
Driving time:
Rome to Sermoneta: 1hr
Sermoneta to Valvisciolo: 10’
Valvisciolo to Ninfa: 20'
Ninfa to Rome: 1hr
These rates include:

8 hours of touring (including pick up and drop off) in the requested vehicle conducted by experienced driving guide and VAT (value added tax).

Rates do not include entrance fees or meals and drinks.

 

  Ceri, the city seen from the bottom of the hill

Full day tour to the land of the Etruscans: Tarquinia, Ceri and Cerveteri. 8 hours

Cerveteri

This tour will take to you to the land of the mysterious Etruscans! Nobody knows for sure where this populace came from, but they sure left their mark on our civilization. They occupied central Italy before Rome was founded and they were technologically advanced to the point that they could build ships that sailed the Mediterranean Sea and traded with the Egyptians, the Phoenicians and the Greeks.

They where later absorbed by the Romans and their cities became Roman cities so the history of their civilization has come to us only through their tombs and what's been found in them.

We will meet you at your hotel in the morning and drive on the Via Aurelia expressly built in the 3rd century b. C. to link Rome with the Etruscan provinces.

The Via Aurelia will take us to Tarquinia, founded by the Etruscans and named after the tribe of the Tarquinii, appears today as a typical medieval city with very tall towers and narrow streets. In Tarquinia exists a museum where items that where found in the Etruscan tombs are kept. In fact, Tarquinia is also famous for its Etruscan tombs, some two thousand of them, two hundred of which are decorated with fresco painting. Willingly you can visit the museum and some of the tombs.

From Tarquinia we'll retrace our steps to Ceri, a castle-city also founded by the Etruscans still very well preserved and really fascinating. There's a great restaurant in Ceri where we could have lunch and besides enjoying the food we can go down to the cellar to taste some of the local wines. Curiosity: the cellar is actually an Etruscan tomb!

From Ceri we can go to Cerveteri, another Etruscan town today appearing as a medieval town where a well preserved Etruscan cemetery can be visited. This burial ground is entirely different from the tombs in Tarquinia as it resembles an Etruscan town with huge mausoleums for the very rich the play the part of the villas and the  and the more ordinary tombs that seem to be condominiums.

For those who should not be interested in visiting Tarquinia, the could could include instead the lake town of Bracciano and its castle (where Tom Cruise got married).

At the end of the tour you'll be driven back to your hotel.

Find out more about the Etruscans here.

Cerveteri

   

Rates per vehicle for this tour:
sedan (1/4 persons) 560 Euros;
minivan (4 persons) 600 Euros;
minivan (5/6 persons) 640 Euros;
minibus (7/8 persons) 660 Euros.

Driving time:
Rome to Tarquinia: 1hr 20'
Tarquinia to Ceri: 35’
Ceri to Cerveteri: 20'
Cerveteri to Rome: 45'
These rates include:

8 hours of touring (including pick up and drop off) in the requested vehicle conducted by experienced driving guide and VAT (value added tax).

Rates do not include entrance fees or meals and drinks.

 

  Orvieto, view of the city
Full day tour to Tuscania, Montefiascone and Orvieto. 8 hours The view of the church of San Pietro from Tuscania

This tour will take to you to some lovely small towns in the Etruscan area north of Rome called "Tuscia". The towns in question are Tuscania, a reminiscent small town, unfortunately badly damaged by an earthquake in 1971, but very pretty and with some outstanding art treasures. Montefiascone, a pretty little town overlooking the lake of Bolsena well known for its cathedral and its wine: "Est! Est!!  Est!!!". Orvieto, a small town built on top of a plateau of "tufo" stone, situated half-way between Rome and Florence, with a lot of charm and one of Italy's most beautiful gothic cathedrals, the facade of which is completely decorated with mosaics. Orvieto is also known for its white wine and its region, Umbria, for outstanding foods and olive oil.

Time permitting we may also include Civita di Bagnoregio in our tour. This is a very small town sitting on a plateau of "tufo" stone just like Orvieto which can only be reached by a footbridge. The tufo plateau that Civita is built on is deteriorating, so the town might not be there for much longer

We'll meet you at your hotel in the morning and we'll drive to Tuscania via the Via Aurelia, 1.5 hours drive, and we'll pass by Rome's port, Civitavecchia, and Tarquinia. Once in Tuscania, we'll walk its streets and squares and then drive up the hill to visit the outstanding San Pietro's church where we may also have the opportunity to see an artisan making pottery replicas of ancient Etruscan vases. Then we'll get back on the road to Montefiascone where we'll admire the panorama of the lake  and stroll through the streets that take us to the main square or even to the ruins of the old castle on top of the hill. Leaving Montefiascone we'll drive to Civita di Bagnoregio where we might walk the long footbridge to go and explore the town or simply take its picture from the distance, your call.

Finally we'll reach Orvieto where we'll visit the cathedral, a wine cellar dug out of the tufo stone, have our lunch and walk the streets full of characteristic shops.

Depending on personal interests, traffic, etcetera, we may also include the visit to an oil press with also an oil museum and/or the visit to a winery.

At the end of all this we will return to your hotel in Rome.

 

The view of the church of San Pietro from Tuscania
Rates per vehicle for this tour:
sedan (1/4 persons) 560 Euros;
minivan (4 persons) 600 Euros;
minivan (5/6 persons) 640 Euros;
minibus (7/8 persons) 660 Euros.

Driving time:
Rome to Tuscania: 1hr 20'

Tuscania to Montefiascone: 30'

Montefiascone to Orvieto: 30'

Orvieto to Rome:  1hr 20'

These rates include:

8 hours of touring (including pick up and drop off) in the requested vehicle conducted by experienced driving guide and VAT (value added tax).

Rates do not include entrance fees or meals and drinks.

 

Long range day trips from Rome to other major attractions in Italy. Private tours by car with driving guide  for small groups.

   Day trip to Florence

   Day trip to Orvieto and Assisi

   Day trip to Pompeii, Sorrento and Positano

 

  Florence, view of the city
Day trip to Florence from Rome. 10/12 hours

Not on Mondays!

Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, the home of Michelangelo, the city of art, Italian literature, science... Surely Florence would deserve more than just a day trip from Rome, but if you're in Rome and you have one day, let's do it!

We meet you in the morning and drive to Florence (Firenze in Italian) via the motorway A1. The trip takes less than 3 hours and the scenery along the motorway is absolutely beautiful.

We drive through north Lazio, Umbria and finally Tuscany. This is some of the most spectacular countryside in the world and you'll not just see it through the car's windows, but the most interesting facts about the areas we'll pass through will be commented and the most interesting towns will be pointed out to you. Arriving in Florence we'll make our first stop at Piazzale Michelangelo where we can enjoy the spectacular view of the whole city and then continue to the city center to visit the Accademia Museum where the famous statue of David by Michelangelo is kept.

We could then stop for a quick lunch and continue to explore the city in the afternoon including in our tour the church of Santa Croce, where people like Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo and Dante are buried and where the famous leather school of Florence was started by the Franciscans and we can see the artisans and their disciples at work. We could then continue to Piazza della Signoria, the main square of Florence, and the Ponte Vecchio and the gold craftsmen at work. Obviously you'll also be taken to the Duomo, the cathedral of Florence.

For those who would like a more thorough visit of the museums and the churches a driving guide from Rome can provide, can arrange for a local guide to meet us and take you on a 3-hour tour which will include a guided visit to the sites as per your specific interest.

Florence, the Ponte Vecchio
Florence, the Ponte Vecchio

The supplementary cost for this guide tour is  presently 200 Euros.

We might even be able to squeeze in some time for shopping.

At the end of the tour you'll be driven back to your hotel in Rome.

 

Sure this tour can be done by train for a lower price, but not much lower for groups from 4 up, but please consider the following.

  • the train takes 1.5 hours but considering the time needed to transfer to the train station and the fact that you need to be there 15 min. before train's departure the trip will take the same time the car takes: 2.5/3 hours.

  • as you're travelling in a train there's no one there to tell you anything about what you're seeing and you only see the scenery from one side of the train

  • once in Florence you'll have to find your way to the places and this will take time and the consequence will be that you'll not be able to see half of what we can show you

 

 

 

Florence, the Duomo  
Florence, the Duomo
Rates per vehicle for this day trip:
sedan (1/4 persons) 735 Euros;
minivan (4 persons) 760 Euros;
minivan (5/7 persons) 800 Euros;
minivan (5/7 persons) 850 Euros.
Driving time:
Rome to Florence: 3hr
Florence to Rome: 3hr
These rates include:

8 hours of touring (including pick up and drop off) in the requested vehicle conducted by experienced driving guide and VAT (value added tax).

Rates do not include entrance fees or meals and drinks.

 

  Assisi, the view of the city
Day trip to Assisi and Umbria from Rome. 9/10 hours Orvieto, the Main street

You'll be met at your hotel in the morning and driven to Assisi via the A1 motorway and the Via Flaminia passing through north Lazio and Umbria.

The drive will offer beautiful panoramas which will change from the rolling hills of the Tuscia region to the mountains of Umbria covered with woods, because of which Umbria is also referred to as the "green heart of Italy".

This tour will take you to:

Assisi, the city of St. Francis built out of the local "Pietra Subasia" stone. In spite of the disastrous earthquake that devastated it years ago,  Assisi is still appears as a perfectly preserved medieval Umbrian town and one of the most charming. Really an enchanting place, walking through its streets you feel an intense mystical atmosphere that would be difficult to experience anywhere else. From Assisi we'll on the freeway and drive past Perugia towards Deruta the city of ceramics where we might stop to look at some of the shops selling the local artistic products. We will then continue to drive in the countryside and the beautiful landscapes to

Todi which is another charming medieval Umbrian town, a bit out of the way for most tourists, built on top of a hill overlooking the Tiber river, this town has a unique charm and exquisite food this is where we could stop for lunch. Todi is referred to as the model sustainable city and the ideal place where to live due to its scale and its ability to change and reinvent itself over time. Finally we'll reach

Orvieto where we'll be visiting the famous gothic cathedral and one of the typical wine cellars dug out of the tufo stone underneath the buildings. Orvieto is in fact built on top of a plateau of "tufo" stone which also served as the quarry for the material for the town's buildings, including the huge "Duomo" church, which was built with the tufo the inhabitants of Orvieto quarried underneath their homes and the resulting space was then used for cellars or even workshops. Orvieto's cathedral, the Duomo, is considered one of the most beautiful in Italy and surely its facade, entirely decorated with gold mosaics, is impressive! After a stroll through the beautiful streets full of characteristic shops, we'll get in the car to drive again on A1 motorway and return to Rome.

 

Again we have to say that the tours and excursions we list on this website are nothing but suggestions, we want to give you an idea of what you can see in a half day or a full day and, in this particular case, you are free to change the itinerary and spend the whole day in Assisi or omit Assisi and visit other places, for example Civita di Bagnoregio or simply spend more time in Orvieto and Todi and visit a winery and/or an oil press.

 

Orvieto, the Main street
Rates per vehicle for this shore excursion:
sedan (1/4 persons) 630 Euros;
minivan (4 persons) 670 Euros;
minivan (5/7 persons) 700 Euros;
minivan (5/7 persons) 725 Euros.
Driving time:
Rome to Assisi: 2hr
Assisi to Deruta: 20'
Deruta to Todi: 30'
Todi to Orvieto: 50'
Orvieto to Rome: 1hr 15'
These rates include:

8 hours of touring (including pick up and drop off) in the requested vehicle conducted by experienced driving guide and VAT (value added tax).

Rates do not include entrance fees or meals and drinks.

 

  The Mount Vesuvius seen from Sorrento

Day trip to Positano, Sorrento and Pompeii from Rome. 10/12 hours

Positano, the view of the city

You'll be met at your hotel in the morning  and taken on a great tour that will cover the most beautiful coastline of Italy and its most famous excavation site.

We'll drive on the A1 motorway through southern Lazio to reach Campania and Naples. We skirt Naples and continue to on the A3 motorway which will then get us onto the Sorrento Peninsula. The drive offers unforgettable panoramas. Driving along the winding coastal road, on top spectacular overhanging cliffs, on the south side of the Gulf of Naples we'll be able to see from far the isle of Capri, the city of Naples and the mount Vesuvius.  We'll then drive over the hills to our first stop:

Positano. This lovely, small coastal town founded by the Romans, was a poor fishermen's village until the 1950's and than it became one the most famous vacationing places in the world, also thanks to Steinbeck and the American military who where sent there for rest and recuperation during WWII and today tourism is surely the main industry there. All this because Positano is simply spectacular, just the vies of it from the top of the cliff is worth the trip there. After our exploration of Positano we'll drive to

Sorrento which is a another charming resort area. Located at the tip of the Sorrentina peninsula that separates the Gulf of Salerno from the Gulf of Naples. This  town is larger than Positano but equally interesting. We suggest to have lunch  in Sorrento at a little "trattoria" on the old marina, away from the most touristy side of Sorrento. You'll enjoy walking around the streets of Sorrento and looking at the colorful shops selling typical products like Limoncello, inlaid wood works, ceramics and embroidery. After a good lunch, whether an authentic fish and mozzarella based typical Italian lunch by the sea or a quick snack, we'll hit the road again to visit

Pompeii. The most famous excavations in the world? The most famous volcanic eruption in the world? Maybe, what is sure is that we can take you to see the place and we're sure that you'll be thrilled by the visit! You'll have about 2 hours to spend visiting the excavations, which means you'll just scratch the surface considering the fact that Pompeii was a city of 30,000 inhabitants when the volcano destroyed it, but you'll be satisfied.

After visiting Pompeii we'll get on the motorway again to return to your hotel in Rome.

Driving guides aren't allowed to guide their clients through the ruins and we recommend you hire a local guide to get the most out of your visit. The cost for hiring a local guide is about 100 Euros, for a group up to 6 people, for a satisfactory 2-hour tour. The alternative is renting an audio guide, a sort of portable mp3 player that you take with you and activate once the spot marked on the map they give you and tells the story of what you see from that particular spot. After visiting Pompeii we return to Rome to arrive there in the early evening.

 

 

Positano, the view of the city
Pompeii and the Vesuvius
Pompeii and the Vesuvius
Rates per vehicle for this day trip:
sedan (1/4 persons) 735 Euros;
minivan (4 persons) 760 Euros;
minivan (5/7 persons) 800 Euros;
minivan (5/7 persons) 850 Euros.
Driving time:
Rome Positano: 2hr 45'
Positano Sorrento: 30'
Sorrento to Pompeii: 40'
Pompeii to Rome: 2hr15
These rates include:

8 hours of touring (including pick up and drop off) in the requested vehicle conducted by experienced driving guide and VAT (value added tax).

Rates do not include entrance fees or meals and drinks.

 
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