The Southern Lazio map shows the parts of Lazio south and east of Rome. Easy day trips from Rome include:
- Ostia Antica - West of Rome on the map - Ostia Antica is one of our favorite Roman sites, as it represents a real city, not a resort, and it's easily accessible with fewer visitors than Pompeii or Herculineum. Accessible by metro from the Roma-Lido station (get off at Rome's Piramide station (trudge up the escalator, turn left and down the steps into the Roma-Lido station.) Get off at the Ostia Antica stop.
- Tivoli - See the villa, gardens and fantastic fountains of the Villa d'Este, then take a short bus ride out to Hadrian's Villa. Accessible by bus or train from Rome.
- Colli Albani and the Castelli Romani - South of Rome is the Volcanic complex of hills and lakes. Rich Romans have summered here for centuries, leaving a lot of grandeur to take in. Even Popes summer at the Papal Palace and extensive gardens of Castel Gandolfo. You'll find lots of fresh air and Frascati wine awaiting you at Frascati, just 13 miles from Rome (archeology buffs and walkers will want to take to the ancient pavements of the Tusculum, starting on the Via dei Sepolcri in Frascati), Take in a spectacular view of the volcanic crater that is lake Nemi from the medieval village of Nemi, magazine Geo Saison calling Nemi one of the most picturesque villages in Italy. Park: Parco Naturale Castelli Romani.
- Anzio and Nettuno - further South in Lazio are two cities associated with World War II, Anzio and Nettuno. Anzio hosts the Anzio Beachhead Museum (Museo dello Sbarco di Anzio) and Anzio War Cemetery. Nettuno was the site of Allied landings in the Second World War, and hosts the American Cemetery and Memorial. Both towns accessable via trains from Rome
- Gaeta is a stunning town with nice beaches in southern Lazio between Rome and Naples.
- Formia was along the Appian way. It's reached by train in about two hours from Rome. Cicero's Tomb, Roman ruins and nice beaches make this a fine stop in Lazio.
- The stunning Montecasino Abbey, famous as an important WWII battle site, is well worth a visit.
A great place to stay in a small medieval hill town in southern Lazio is Casa Gregorio Bed and Breakfast. They also have a cooking school.