Rome is surrounded by its other provinces and has the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west, situated on the Tiber river with the Apennine mountains clearly visible from certain points on the outskirts of the city. Ancient tribes once inhabited the surrounding territory - long before the Romans - but were either eventually beaten in battle or gradually absorbed into Roman life.
“All roads lead to Rome!” Okay, that’s not meant to be taken literally, but if you sit for long enough at a street cafe, sooner or later you will probably see everyone you’ve ever known walk past. Certainly Rome is on most people’s bucket list. However, the amazing & beautiful Eternal City tends to overshadow the rest of the province, which actually offers historically-rich archaeological sites, pretty towns & villages, volcanic lakes (Bracciano & Albano), a coastline and delicious local specialities that you won’t really find anywhere else.
Important UNESCO World Heritage Sites here are: Rome’s Historic Centre, Villa Borghese Park, properties of the Holy See, St. Pauls Outside the Walls, Villa Adriana & Villa d’Este (Tivoli), and the Necropolis at Cerveteri.
Do as the Romans Do!
If you are staying in Rome centre, do as the ancient Romans used to do, and take a trip into the Roman countryside. Choose the Castelli Romani as Caligula did at Nemi; or follow Emperor Hadrian to Tivoli; or Emperor Nero to Subiaco or Anzio! Emperor Trajan preferred his own villa at Arcinazzo Romano near Subiaco. Destinations are just 40-60 minutes drive away. Even more fun if you allow us to plan your trip to coincide with one of the many local, traditional events which have survived from medieval times or earlier.
City of Rome
Eventually Rome City will have its own section as there is far too much to cover here and this is mostly concentrated on the province of Rome, surrounding towns & villages, but if this is your first (or even second) visit here is a list of what you should try not to miss: