25km southwest; half day
One of Lazio’s prize sights, the sprawling ruins of ancient Rome’s main seaport are wonderfully preserved, like a smaller and less-crowded Pompeii.
30km east; full day
Take in two Unesco World Heritage Sites: Villa Adriana, the sprawling estate of Emperor Hadrian, and Villa d’Este, a Renaissance villa famous for its gardens and extravagant fountains.
20km southeast; full day
A lovely cluster of lush hills and volcanic lakes, renowned for its food and drink. Head to the wine town of Frascati and hilltop Castel Gandolfo overlooking Lago Albano.
35km northwest; full day
A relaxed provincial town plays host to one of Italy’s great Etruscan sights, a haunting burial complex known as the Necropoli di Banditaccia.
120km northwest; full day
Midway between Rome and Florence, cliff-top Orvieto impresses with its medieval centre and extraordinary Gothic cathedral decorated with spellbinding frescoes.
240km southeast; full day
The ruined city of Pompeii provides a thrilling slice of ancient life: walk down Roman streets and explore millennia-old houses temples, shops, cafes and amphitheatres, even a brothel.