CARLO'S DAY TRIPS FROM ROME
TOUR 1: LAZIO ETRUSCAN VITERBO & RENAISSANCE GARDENS OF VILLA LANTE
Morning walk in the historical center of ancient VITERBO, dating to Etruscan period, including San Pellegrino Medieval quarters, Palazzo Papale 13th century palazzo for official visits of Popes; Duomo Cathedral with 12th century bell tower; Palazzo dei Priori with frescoes of town's history.
LUNCH at a typical local trattoria with menu based on ancient local recipes.
Afternoon walk through the stunning gardens of VILLA LANTE, one of Italy's best-preserved examples of Renaissance landscaping designed by the era's most prominent architect, Il Vignola for Cardinal Giovanni Francesco Gambara. He commissioned the numberless water plays, and fountains originating from mountain springs, and called upon the most illustrious artists of the time to decorate the Villa's halls, like Zuccari, Raffaellino da Reggio, Tempesta and Lombardelli. Successively the Villa was owned by several cardinals, among whom duke Ippolito Lante, who gave it its present name.
TOUR 2: SABINA COUNTRYSIDE: Farfa Abbey, Olive Oil Tasting, Lunch Casperia
At just an hour north of Rome is the unspoiled Sabina countryside most noted for its top quality olive oil. The day begins with a visit to the stunning 12-century Farfa Abbey and charming surrounding hamlet. Drive on scenic roads passing Medieval villages and stop at one of the most well-preserved, Casperia. Typical country lunch within village and visit. Return to Rome in late afternoon.
TOUR 3: TIVOLI – Villa d'Este Gardens and /or Hadrian's Villa Archaeological Park
In Tivoli, visit the villa, gardens and magnigicent fountains of the Renaissance Villa d'Este, built in the 16th century. you can make this a full day by adding on the visit to Villa Adriana at a short distance from Villa d'Este after luch. The extensive grounds of Hadrian's Villa, created by Emperor Hadrian in the second century is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and can be explored by walking through the ruiins )approx. 1,5hrs)
TOUR 4: OSTIA ANTICA Archaeological Park
At a short distance from Rome center Ostia Antica is an enjoyable and easy day trip away from the bustle of the city. The extraordinary site of Ostia Antica was once the hub of Rome's trade links with the rest of the world. Massively under-visited, it makes a great alternative to Pompeii if you are interested in seeing what's left of a functioning Roman town.