Visitors to Rome often want to see more than just the top sights and attractions of the eternal city. Some day trips can easily be taken independently but to go farther afield or visit more than one place in a day, a guided one-day tour is recommended. Here's a selection of guided excursions departing from Rome that can be booked ahead and paid in US dollars through Kijubi.
Assisi and Orvieto are two of Umbria's most popular hill towns. The tour's first stop is Orvieto, dramatically perched on a cliff, where you'll see its magnificent 14th century cathedral. After traveling through the countryside you'll have a lunch of traditional local dishes, then continue along the shores of Lake Trasimeno to Assisi, the birthplace of Saint Francis. Here you'll have a guided walk of the historic town and visit Saint Francis Basilica with its 12th to 14th century frescoes.
The picturesque island of Capri, in the Bay of Naples, has been a favorite retreat since Roman days. This tour starts with a bus ride to Naples to take the 45-minute boat ride to Capri. On the island you'll have a scenic mini-bus tour, enjoy a typical lunch, and have the option to visit the famous Blue Grotto (additional fee). There's also free time for exploring on your own and shopping before the boat and bus ride back to Rome.
Photos: Capri Island
On this tour you'll travel by bus to Naples where you'll pass the city's historic sites including Castel dell'Ovo (Egg Castle), the Royal Palace, San Carlo Opera House, Gallery of Umberto I and Castel Nuovo (New Castle). Next you'll travel through the valley below Mount Vesuvius where you'll see the volcano looming above. Upon arrival in Pompeii you'll have lunch and then visit the impressive excavations of the city buried by the volcanic eruption in 79AD.
On this food tour, you'll walk around the historic center of Cortona, the Tuscan hill town made famous by the book Under the Tuscan Sun. Then you'll travel along the shores of Umbria's Lake Trasimeno where you'll stop to taste typical products (olive oil, cheeses, salami) and have lunch in a countryside restaurant. In the afternoon you'll travel through the Chianti wine region to the wine town of Montepulciano to visit one of the town's oldest wine cellars and taste wine.
This half-day excursion takes you to Tivoli where you'll visit the ruins of Hadrian's Villa, built in the second century AD, and its impressive landscaped gardens and grottoes. Then you'll go to Villa d'Este, a Renaissance villa, where you'll see the stunning gardens modeled after those at Hadrian's villa.
Photos: Villa d'Este
From Rome you'll travel through the Chianti wine country to arrive in the Renaissance city of Florence. There you'll visit the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo's David and have a walking tour with a local guide to see the Cathedral (outside visit), the Baptistery, Giotto's Bell Tower, and Piazza della Signoria, the heart of Florence. After lunch in a typical restaurant you'll visit the Church of Santa Croce, a leather school, and artisan shops.
The excavations of Ostia Antica, Rome's ancient port, are much closer to the city than Pompeii and more compact. On this half-day trip you'll be transported to the site where you'll walk through the ruins of the city and visit the museum that houses artifacts from the excavations.
Photos: Ostia Antica
On this afternoon tour you'll head to the hills south of Rome, passing the summer residence of the Pope and medieval villages of the Castelli Romani region, to taste wine in the wine town of Frascati.
If you're looking for a tour that's more unusual, check these unique guided tours that include touring Rome on a vintage Vespa, in a Fiat 500, or by Segway. Special visits include a gladiator school, Colosseum underground, or an after hours visit of the Sistine Chapel.